Executive Committee
May 18, 2012 - 1:10 p.m.

1.    Chairperson’s Report

2.    Secretary’s Report 3.    Administrative Liaison 4.    Nominations for Deans' Evaluation Committees

Nominees are needed to populate two slates, each consisting of eight faculty members from outside of the evaluee's unit, for dean's evaluation committees for:
5.    Standing Committees

Proposed Charge to Academic Standards, Regulataions, and Admissions Committee (ASRAC), submitted by Martha Cotter, ASRAC Co-chair:  

Academic Regulations, Student Achievement, and Effective Use of Resources: Examine how well current academic regulations and procedures serve to maximize student academic achievement and result in the most effective use of our resources. In particular, look at the effect on student achievement and use of resources of regulations and procedures related to (1) students retaking courses they have failed or withdrawn from many times; (2) replacement of grades when a student retakes a course; (3) dismissal of students for poor academic performance and readmission of students who have been dismissed; and (4) deadlines for withdrawal from courses. Suggest changes in policies and procedures where needed in order more effectively to foster student success and use limited resources.
Rationale:  This proposed charge results from faculty complaints concerning (1) students who keep registering for the same course they have failed or withdrawn from many times (8 times in one recent case) without even speaking with the instructor or an academic adviser; (2) students who purposely fail a course in which they think they may receive a C or D or beg a faculty member to change a D to an F after the fact; (3) students who manage to continue at Rutgers for long periods of time despite very poor academic performance by manipulating apparently somewhat lax procedures (at some schools) regarding dismissal and readmission and monitoring of readmitted students; (4) problems that result when students from different schools registered in the same course have substantially different deadlines for withdrawal from the course.

Request for Modification of Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) Charge S-1108 on Research Support Infrastructure, submitted by Gayle Stein, RGPEC Co-chair:

Stein states that, "The RGPEC is requesting that charge S-1108 be divided into smallercharges as follows, in order to make the results more manageable. The committee plans to invite a number of experts to speak at our meetings and believe that it can fulfill its charge more effectively if it is broken up."

Charge S-1108 Research Support Infrastructure: In preparation for the Rutgers/UMD merger, investigate the status of the research supportinfrastructure at Rutgers, including instrumentation, equipment,maintenance contracts, site licenses, and shared data storage. Provide recommendations that have the potential to reduce associated costs and enhance opportunities for information, equipment, and instrumentationsharing. Provide recommendations about research data security and academic and non-academic support services.

Draft Breakdown:

Proposed Charge to Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee (RGPEC), submitted by Gayle Stein, RGPEC Co-chair:  

Support for International Students: Investigate and make recommendations with regard to core university support for international students, particularly in the area of visas.

Rationale: A significant number of international students are not getting adequate advising with regard to visa issues and in some cases find themselves unable to return to the US to complete their graduate work.
6.    Old Business

7.    New Business

8.    Adjournment