Executive Committee


June 5, 2015 - 1:10 p.m.

1.    Chairperson's Report

2.    Secretary’s Report 3.    Administrative Report - Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

4.    Standing Committees/Panels

Draft Standing Committee Rosters 2015-16, and assignment of chairs [Committee rosters will be distributed in hardcopy at the meeting.]

Pending Charges:

Discussion of Status of Pending Charges:  Charges with March 2015 or earlier deadlines, issued before this year, must be reviewed, evaluated, and either renewed/reissued with a new deadline, or withdrawn.

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Proposed Charge on Modifying the Academic Calendar and Exam Times for Online Courses - submitted by James Massachaele, Executive Vice Dean of SAS-NB via email.

This matter was discussed at the February and April 2015 Executive Committee meetings. ICAC Chair Natalie Borisovets has drafted the following charge to be issued to the ICAC on related work they are already doing:

Testing Facilities at Rutgers: Examine the state of testing facilities at Rutgers. Are there issues relating to facilities for both traditional and comuter-assisted testing? Is there a need for a separate testing facility/facilities? Can existing space be better utilized? What is the availability and process for instructors in online courses to reserve physical spaces for their exams?

Proposed Charge to Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee (ASRAC) on Academic (and Holiday) Calendar for All RBHS Units - Suggested by Matthew Miller, Assistant RBHS Registrar

Proposed Charge to Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee on Class Attendance Record Keeping Requirements for Students Receiving Federal Funds [Previously discussed] - suggested by Fran Bouchoux, Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Enterprise Risk, Ethics, and Compliance Officer:

"We ask that the University Senate provide guidance, in collaboration with relevant units, to develop a systematic approach to complying with attendance requirements. The DoE's guidance on this issue suggests institutions have a broad latitude in its approach to capture the necessary information. Collaboration in developing a clearly defined protocol will assure an efficient and optimal way that best suits the academic practices at Rutgers."

ICAC has accepted this charge, which ICAC Chair Natalie Borisovets has drafted as follows:

Determination of Student Attendance: Develop guidelines that would allow units and individual instructors to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements that Rutgers keep records for students receiving federal financial aid that substantiate a student’s participatory attendance in the classes for which they are registered.

Report Reviews:

Senate Report on Academic Reappointment Promotion Form 1-A Review: This report included a recommendation that it be reviewed. [See also President Barchi's response.]

5.     [At approximately 2:00 p.m.] Continued Discussion of, and Decision on,  the Proposal to Reorganize the School of Public Health (RSPH), submitted by Jasjit Ahluwalia, RSPH Dean Designate and Brian Strom, RBHS Chancellor: The Executive Committee has agreed to decide on whether to approve the proposal at this meeting. The original proposal included the following:

"The proposed reorganization and expansion will expand the breadth and depth of SPH research programs by increasing its number of faculty and encouraging collaborations; unify faculty across RBHS with a public health focus; and enhance SPH educational, research, and service programs.  This will be achieved with full approval and endorsement of affected faculty and without loss of any faculty positions. This is the first step of many that will be planned in the upcoming years as we strive to compete with the strongest schools of public health in the country."

Ann Gould and Martha Cotter have met with Dean Designate Ahluwalia and Chancellor Strom to discuss this matter. Questions arising in Senate committees during discussions of the proposal were compiled and forwarded to Ahluwalia and Strom, whose responses are online here.

6.    Old Business

7.    New Business

2016 Shared Governance Symposium Committee Discussion - Ann Gould

8.    Adjournment