Executive Committee


October 31, 2014 - 1:10 p.m.

1.    Chairperson's Report - Ann Gould, Senate Chair

2.    Secretary’s Report - Ken Swalagin, Senate Executive Secretary 3.    Administrative Report - Robert Barchi, University President

4.    Standing Committees

Issues/Proposed Charges:

Proposed Charge to Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee on Expediting the Education of Military Veterans at All Rutgers University Campuses - submitted by Senator Nambaramey Dy, as follows:

"Examine obstacles preventing military Veterans from expediting their education at all Rutgers campuses. If deemed appropriate, recommend policy and process changes that would promote growth of inter-campus collaboration. Refer to Student Caucus proposal for this charge when deliberating.  Identify issues to be further considered by the Instruction, Curricula and Advising Committee, if necessary. " Follow this link to read the rationale submitted for this charge.

Committee Reports:

[Possibly ready for November 14 Senate] University Structure and Governance Committee (USGC) Response to Charge S-1309 on Senate Election Procedures [Link not yet active. Report anticipated.] - The USGC has been charged as follows:

Senate Election Procedures: Review election procedures used by the Senate, and, if appropriate, recommend improved procedures. Respond to Senate Executive Committee by December 2014.

5.    University Senate Agenda for November 14, 2014
6.    Old Business

Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) Update - Robert Barraco, COIA Representative - [See also Executive Committee Minutes of  October 10, 2014.]: Response received from Gregory Jackson, President's Chief of Staff, to Barraco's question regarding Rutgers' position on changes to NCAA governance:

"I am writing to update you on Bob’s position on changes to NCAA governance. He wrote in support of 50% academics (presidents or FARs) and 50% practitioners (ADs) to the COIA chair back in July and his position remains the same. If you have any questions, please let me know."

Continued Discussion of
Managed Online Programs Agreement between Rutgers University and  [See also Executive Committee Minutes of November 2013, March 2014, September 2014, and October 10, 2014.] This issue has been discussed multiple times in the Executive Committee, and most recently it was suggested that a draft charge may be forthcoming from the ICAC on this matter. ICAC Chair Natalie Borisovets has submitted the following proposed charge:

Charge S-14## -  Selection Process for Software Packages or Services of Significant Instructional Impact: Using the most recent Pearson contract as a case in point, review the process by which large contracts that have the potential to seriously affect curricular or academic areas of the University are awarded. How are final bidders selected, and by what criteria are choices made? How are specifications determined for components/needs? How do we ensure that faculty preferences and pedagogical priorities are included in the consideration of such packages?

Committee on the Near- and Long-Term Impact of Instructional Technology, and Committee on the Future Academic Structure of the University: At a previous Executive Committee meeting, President Barchi said that there would be interim reports from those two committees, and that the EC could communicate directly with them, perhaps inviting them to attend an EC meeting. An email was been sent to both committees' co-chairs asking if interim reports are available, or, if not, when those reports may be available for the EC to review. Linda Brzustowicz responded to that email as follows: "We are not scheduled to produce an interim report until summer 2015."

7.    New Business

8.    Adjournment