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2020-2021Budget and Finance Committee

Standing Charge: This Committee shall concern itself with all matters related to budget priorities, allocations and general planning, as provided in section 2.2.2. B of the University regulations. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To select and study policy issues associated with the University’s budget, including priorities and allocation of funds, and to develop recommendations to the Senate.
  • To evaluate the probable financial impact of proposed new programs being considered by the Senate.
  • To receive, study, and make recommendations to the Senate, and through it to the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, with respect to requests from members of the University community or others with a legitimate interest regarding Rutgers University investments.
  • To consider, study, and make recommendations to the Senate, and through it to the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, with respect to any investment policies of the University that may involve ethical and moral principles as established by the Boards of Governors and Trustees.
  • To consider broad issues related to physical plant and infrastructure, space, transportation, and safety on and among the three campuses.
    To present to the University Senate an annual report on the Rutgers University budget.
Senator Constituency
Menahem Spiegel, ChairRutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Faculty
Andrea Baldi, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Joseph Barbarese, MemberFaculty of Arts & Sciences-Camden, Faculty
Joseph Barone, MemberSchool of Pharmacy, Dean
Margaret Cavanagh, MemberEJBSPPP, Student
Harrison Chiu, MemberNewark College of Arts & Sciences, Student
Jessey Choo, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Peter Cole, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Tyrone Davidson, MemberNew Brunswick Staff
Brian Ding, MemberSchool of Pharmacy, Student
William Dreyer, MemberAlumni Association
Gary Ebert, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Thomas Farris, MemberSchool of Engineering, Dean
Laura Fernandez Arroyo, MemberSchool of Graduate Studies, Student
Thomas Figueira, MemberSchool of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty
Kathryn Kovacs, MemberCamden At-Large, Faculty
Lei Lei, MemberRutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Dean
Lisa Maddox Douglas, MemberAlumni Association
Valerie Maglione Rico, MemberRutgers School of Dental Medicine, Faculty
Krisellen Maloney, MemberUniversity Librarian
Kenneth McKeever, MemberNew Brunswick At-Large, Faculty
Paul Miranti, MemberRutgers Business School:Undergraduate NB, Faculty
David Moore, MemberVP Financial Planning/Budget
James O'Connor, MemberNew Jersey Medical School, Faculty
Monica Roth, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Lily Todorinova, MemberLibraries, Faculty
Sean Valverde, MemberRutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Staff
James Walkup, MemberGraduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Faculty
Jose Ward, MemberSchool of Law-Newark, Student
Laura Willett, MemberRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty
Senator Present Excused Absent
Spiegel, Menahem | Rutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Faculty 1 0 9
Baldi, Andrea | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 1 0 9
Barbarese, Joseph | Faculty of Arts & Sciences-Camden, Faculty 1 0 9
Barone, Joseph | School of Pharmacy, Dean 0 0 10
Cavanagh, Margaret | EJBSPPP, Student 1 0 9
Chiu, Harrison | Newark College of Arts & Sciences, Student 1 0 9
Choo, Jessey | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 1 0 9
Cole, Peter | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 1 0 9
Davidson, Tyrone | New Brunswick Staff 0 0 10
Ding, Brian | School of Pharmacy, Student 1 0 9
Dreyer, William | Alumni Association 1 0 9
Ebert, Gary | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 1 0 9
Farris, Thomas | School of Engineering, Dean 0 0 10
Fernandez Arroyo, Laura | School of Graduate Studies, Student 1 0 9
Figueira, Thomas | School of Arts & Sciences-NB, Faculty 1 0 9
Kovacs, Kathryn | Camden At-Large, Faculty 1 0 9
Lei, Lei | Rutgers Business School:Newark/NB, Dean 0 0 10
Maddox Douglas, Lisa | Alumni Association 0 0 10
Maglione Rico, Valerie | Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Faculty 1 0 9
Maloney, Krisellen | University Librarian 0 0 10
McKeever, Kenneth | New Brunswick At-Large, Faculty 1 0 9
Miranti, Paul | Rutgers Business School:Undergraduate NB, Faculty 1 0 9
Moore, David | VP Financial Planning/Budget 0 1 9
O'Connor, James | New Jersey Medical School, Faculty 1 0 9
Roth, Monica | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 1 0 9
Todorinova, Lily | Libraries, Faculty 0 0 10
Valverde, Sean | Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Staff 0 0 10
Walkup, James | Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology, Faculty 1 0 9
Ward, Jose | School of Law-Newark, Student 1 0 9
Willett, Laura | Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Faculty 1 0 9
Charge NumberTitleDescriptionCommittees Being ChargedCharge StatusDue Date
S-2117Hiring Transparency and EqualityInvestigate the current practice of hiring faculty at RBHS with full titles but described on appointment as part time and contingent on their maintaining employment at RWJBH. Make any appropriate recommendations.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingMarch 16, 2022
S-2116SIRSInvestigate the validity and accuracy of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET), as well as the details of how the SIRS is implemented at Rutgers and make recommendations for its role in our new approach to the evaluation and improvement of teaching effectiveness. Please report to the Senate Executive Secretary by March 16, 2022.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingMarch 16, 2022
S-2115Academic FreedomIdentify and investigate any recent attacks on the academic freedom of our faculty and students with a particular focus on the University's response to these attacks.Student Affairs CommitteePendingJanuary 7, 2022
S-2114Review of Interim Code of Student Conduct PolicyInvestigate proposed changes to the current code of student conduct policy based on the report from the Cannabis Decriminalization Impact Task Force.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingSeptember 29, 2021
S-2113PTL Pay and RecognitionInvestigate the scope of recognition and compensation for Rutgers Part-Time Lecturers and make any appropriate recommendations.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2112Free Speech Issues at Rutgers and the University Senate's RoleConsider the most effective mechanism to enable the University Senate to provide the administration with feedback and advice from the Rutgers University community relating to statement, policy, and implementation on matters of free speech. Look at peer best practices. Make any appropriate recommendations.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2111Late Course Add/Drop PoliciesInvestigate current practices for approval of late course add/drop policies and determine best practices for their approval and adjudication when they are not approved. Consider best practices used by peers to guide approval of late course add/drop requests and whether an appeal process (or an alternative mechanism) would be appropriate for evaluating, approving and adjudicating late add/drop requests. As appropriate, propose such a process, including procedures, factors to be considered in adjudication, and appropriate levels of discretion to be exercised by deans, advisors, instructors, and other.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2110Research Information SystemsInvestigate the development of Research Information Systems. Determine best practices and system impacts as well as what office should lead the university to ensure that Rutgers research impact is maximized.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2109Communication Mechanisms Regarding Major Changes in IT ApplicationsInvestigate the existing mechanisms for communication regarding changes in major IT applications.  Propose additional mechanisms that would engage the Senate, through its IT Committee, in such communications and decisions about major IT application changes that would affect major University constituencies.  (See Senate Resolution S-1801Information Technology CommitteePendingDecember 28, 2021
S-2108Senate Procedures for Debate, Amendment, and VotingInvestigate and make any appropriate recommendations with regard to changes in Senate procedures for debate, amendment, and voting that might improve their efficiency and effectiveness without unduly restricting their democratic nature.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2021
S-2102Senate Culture and LeadershipExamine the culture of the Senate, and the roles and responsibilities of senate leaders including: Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Committee members and committee chairs. Determine if revisions need to be made to the current roles and responsibilities, outlined in the Senate Handbook and University Policy 50.2.1: Senate Membership and Organization. Make recommendations as appropriate. Ad Hoc CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2021
S-2106Office of Disability ServicesConsider the work of the Office of Disability Services and how it has been affected by the pandemic. Examine the patterns of responsibility and interaction between the office, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. Identify any perceived issues that might impact ODS’s mission to provide and maintain equal opportunity and access across the University, and potential strategies to support their work.Instruction Curricula and Advising CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2021
S-2103Review of the Current Procedures for the Periodic Evaluation of DeansReview the current procedures for the periodic evaluation of deans.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteePendingFebruary 23, 2022
S-2101Review of University Policy 10.2.4 - Units of Credit
Determine the current viability of University Policy 10.2.4 - Units of Credit and propose changes as appropriate to make the definition consistent with its use in current practice.
Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2021
S-2020Investigation of Changes to the Rutgers University Patent PolicyReview the changes made to University Policy 50.3.1 - Patent Policy. Investigate potential impacts the changes may have on research, innovation & technology transfer, faculty retention and recruitment, and the financial viability of research units. Explore the extent of faculty input and notification prior to the change in policy. Make recommendations on appropriate processes for faculty consultation on these and similar issues in the future. Respond to the Senate Executive Secretary by March 31, 2021.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteePendingNovember 22, 2021
S-2019Review the Senate's Relationship with the Rutgers Governing BoardsConsider and recommend appropriate communication pathways and relationships between the University Senate and Governing Boards of Rutgers. Recommend policy changes, if any, for improved robust communication and input.University Structure and Governance CommitteePendingNovember 23, 2021
S-2013-1Preparing Graduate and Professional Students to Teach in the 21st CenturyEvaluate the current policies, practices, outcomes and plans across the University related to how graduate and professional students are prepared for effective teaching, including online instruction, and make recommendations.Research, and Graduate and Professional Education CommitteeReissuedOctober 27, 2021
S-2012-1Procedures for Handling Student Complaints Against Rutgers Personnel Regarding InstructionInvestigate the procedure for reporting and adjudicating student complaints against Rutgers personnel, specifically in regard to course instruction and/or concerns about faculty.Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions CommitteeReissuedFebruary 23, 2022
S-2010-1Evaluation of the RCM Implementation at RutgersEvaluate the implementation of the RCM budget model at Rutgers University. Specify recommendations where improvements should be considered.Budget and Finance CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2021
S-2008-1How Staff Senators are ElectedInvestigate and report on how staff not aligned with any Chancellor are elected to the Senate and make recommendations.University Structure and Governance CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2021
S-2006-1Senate AttendanceProvide recommendations as to what actions can be taken to collaborate with units in order to increase senate attendance.Ad Hoc CommitteeReissuedNovember 22, 2021
S-2002-1Challenges Related to Parking and TransportationReview the ongoing planning and financial status of parking and transportation, including its use of permits and citations as a source of revenue, and the long-term planning as it relates to transportation and parking, including plans to reduce parking on campus and how the administration plans to meet the challenges this will create. Budget and Finance CommitteeReissuedMarch 31, 2022
S-1909-1Senior Leadership SearchesInvestigate the processes, including those used by the Big 10 and AAU Institutions, to identify senior leaders and recommend best practices at Rutgers.Faculty and Personnel Affairs CommitteeReissuedAugust 25, 2021