Report of the University Senate
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee,
with input from the Student Affairs Committee
Dealing with the Effects of Increasing Enrollment
on the Quality of Life and Education at Rutgers University
Over the past half decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of students enrolled at Rutgers University. This increase, while welcomed for many reasons, also has created stresses and strains on the quality of student life and on the availability of academic and non-academic services. Students have been increasingly vocal about such services as bus scheduling and the time needed to travel between classes and dorms, the lack of adequate parking, the scarcity of housing and the practice of housing three students in a single room, closed and crowded classes, inaccessibility of student services, among others.
In addition, the number of high school graduates in New Jersey during the next decade is expected to grow dramatically, putting ever-greater pressure on the University to expand enrollments still further. The University is already beginning to feel this pressure. Undergraduate applications have increased by 31% over just the last four years, and by 2008, there will be 20,000 more New Jersey high school graduating seniors than there were last year. While it is recognized that major additions to current capacity on all Rutgers campuses will only come with increased state funding and bonding ability, the University must take steps internally to alleviate current overcrowding pressures and prepare for future increases.
In view of these developments, we call for the creation of a committee, whose structure is specified below, to develop an ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT SERVICES ASSESSMENT AND MASTER PLAN to outline how the University plans to address current difficulties and future possibilities regarding undergraduate enrollment.
The issues involving enrollment growth at Rutgers cut across every sector, unit and subdivision of this University. No one committee that currently exists has the expertise or ability to comprehensively address all of the issues that pertain to this problem. This is why we recommend the formation of a new committee to issue the ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT SERVICES ASSESSMENT AND MASTER PLAN, since it will take the most knowledgeable and best-informed representatives at this University to recommend solutions which will effect the quality of life and education at Rutgers for a decade to come.
Of foremost importance is the area of student services. The Master Plan should address the following:
Student Services: To what extent must student services, which includes, but is not limited to, housing, dining services, student centers, health centers, financial aid offices, student accounting offices, recreational services, and computing services, be improved/modified/expanded to meet increasing demand?
In addition, the Master Plan should address, but is not limited to, the following major areas:
· Inter-Campus Enrollment Shifts: To what extent, if any, should enrollment be shifted among the campuses through the use of “market force” programs (e.g. 2-2 Engineering programs, 2-4 Pharmacy programs, etc.)? Should caps be placed on the enrollment of individual colleges and/or campuses?
· Transportation Policy: How can we decrease the use of individual vehicles on campus and what improvements should be made to existing transportation systems?
· Academic Services: First, what new approaches to class scheduling can be implemented to promote greater use of underutilized periods, and which enable departments and deans to schedule classes according to a campus-wide coordinated plan which takes into consideration parking, transportation, and classroom-utilization issues? Second, to what extent at the existing numbers and assignments of faculty at each of the individual instructional units and campuses sufficient to meet the needs of the university equitably within and across academic units and campuses?
· Campus-Wide Oversight: Are there any improvements in the administrative structure of the university that would enable more coordinated oversight and supervision of enrollment and student services on the New Brunswick campus?
· The Future: What additional steps should be taken by the University to prepare for the next 10 years of University Enrollment and projected high school graduation rates?
The committee shall be composed of three equal groups of seven (7) representatives each: students, faculty, and administrators, plus one (1) alumni member, selected as follows:
1. The representative to the Board of Governors (1)
2. The undergraduate and graduate representatives to the Board of Trustees (2)
3. Four additional student representatives who are elected by the Student Caucus of the University Senate (4)
Of the seven student representatives, there must be at least one representative from Newark, Camden, and New Brunswick, and with at least one (1) of the four being a graduate student.
1. There shall be seven faculty members, elected by the Faculty Caucus of the University Senate, with at least one representative from each of the Newark, Camden and New Brunswick campuses. (7)
1. University Vice President for Academic Affairs (1)
2. Vice President for University Budgeting (1)
3. Vice President for Student Affairs (1)
4. Executive Vice President for Auxiliary Services (1)
5. Three additional administrators appointed by the President of the University (3)
1. There shall be one (1) alumnus member, elected by the Alumni Federation. (1)
Additional student, faculty and administrators may be asked to serve on select subcommittees.
This committee shall be an ad hoc subcommittee of the University Senate, and shall report to the Senate Executive Committee on a periodic basis to be mutually determined by the Senate Executive Committee and the University Administration. The committee chair, who shall be a non-voting member of the committee, shall be a member of the University Administration appointed by the President of the University.
Whereas, increasing enrollment is currently, and will continue to be, an issue of great importance at Rutgers University; and,
Whereas, student services have not increased at the same rate as enrollment; and,
Whereas, this is affecting the quality of student life on all three campuses;
Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the University Senate accepts the recommendations on this and related issues put forth in the joint report of its Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee and Student Affairs Committee; and
Be it Further Resolved, that the committee recommended in the joint report be established by the Chair of the University Senate and the President of the University by June 1, 2001; and
Be it Finally Resolved, that the recommended committee should issue its initial report to the Senate Executive Committee no later than its April 2002 meeting, to be docketed on the Senate’s May 2002 agenda. Said initial report should address each of the issues with which the committee has been charged.