RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES
 

Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE:  February 5, 1999

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick

MEMBERS PRESENT:  G.D.Adamcik, G.M. Adamcik, Aprea, Barone, Berman, Bhandari, Bhoj, Blair, Blasi, Borisovets, Boylan, Bronzan, Bruner, Burton, Bushnell, Carlson, Carlton, Cohen, Colaizzi, Crew, Crozier, Crupi, Curcio, Davidson, E. Dennis, Diner, DiTomaso, Elias, Emanetoglu, Evans, Feighn, Foley, Forman, Friedrich, Gaunt, Gilchrist, Goodman, Griffith, Haidet, Harris, Hartman, Haska, Hughes, Hyndman, Janes, Jussim, Kennedy, Kho, Kirschner, Krantz, Kubey, Laskaris, Lattimer, Lawrence, Leontiades, Lesser, Levinson, Maher, Manganaro, Manhoff, Marlys, Marsh, McCabe, McCloughan, Miller, Narvaez, Naus, Oosting, Parikh, Perney, Pifer, Pina, Pomper, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Rentezelas, Rosen, Samuels, Savalia, Scott, Seneca, Shailor, Sigel, Simmons, Smouse, Snyder, Somville, Soyinka, Spencer, Stevens, Stojsin, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Tomie, Tripolitis, Vodak, Wadia, A. Watts, T. Watts, Wilkinson, M. Wilson, R. Wilson, Winterbauer, Znayenko

EXCUSED:  Alm, Bagnell, Bell, Cornier, Doshna, Flanagan, Jones, Koehler, Lang, Mack, Mayer, McNally, Solomon, Toth, Tuckman, Van Til, Whipple, Young

ABSENT:  Advis, Aisenbrey, Bartkowski, Belton, Blumenschine, Bottega, Caprio, Davis, R. Dennis, DeSimone, Dickson, Drewes, Dukes, Finstein, Gang, Gardner, Gary, Gross, Hall, Hess, Hinch, Hogan, Jacobs, Kaplowitz, Kenfield, Kimbrell, Klein, Lehman, Levin, Li, Liivak, Lucas, McCoy, Molnar, Neisser, O’Donnell, Padgett, Pedersen, Proctor, Rabin, Reisman, Roth, Ruvolo, Scheinbeim, Scheuermann, Sifuentes-Jauregui, Singer, Sondahl, Srinidhi, Vasconcelos, Walker, Webb, Williams, Yates

NON-VOTING MEMBER PRESENT:  D’Jamoos, Locicero

NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:   Salpas

PRESIDING OFFICER:  Louie Crew, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT:  Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order and declared there was a quorum. He commented on the activities of the Senate Revitalization Committee, encouraged Senators to bring issues during the "New Business" portion of Senate meetings, and encouraged Senators to deposit suggestions into a suggestion box which would be available on the sign-in desk at the next Senate meeting.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as revised to include the "Rutgers Academic Challenge" presentation. Minutes: the Minutes of December 4, 1998 were approved as distributed by the Secretary.

PRESENTATION ON RUTGERS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE – Linda Bassett, Director of Programming for Office of Television and Radio:  After being introduced by President Lawrence, privilege of the floor was granted to Linda Bassett, Director of Programming for Rutgers’ Office of Television and Radio. Ms. Bassett showed a video and spoke about the upcoming debut of the Rutgers Academic Challenge, a competition designed to reach out to, showcase, and reward high-achieving New Jersey high-school students. The competitions will be held in New Brunswick, Camden and Newark in 1999, and will be televised on NJN in the spring.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Senator Janes reported on the December 11, 1998 Board of Governors meeting, which included: a report by President Lawrence on his Kellogg Commission and NASULGC committee activities, his meetings with various media representatives, a campus event to announce a $2.5 million appropriation for RUNet 2000, and SROA funding; an Educational Planning and Policy Committee report on the Center for State Health Policy and a related $11 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, naming of Professor Shirley N. Jackson as University Professor, approval of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, approval of an endowed professorship and chair named in honor of Professor Joshua Barlaz; a Building and Grounds Committee report including approval of a contract for an addition to the Waksman Institute; a Committee on Budget and Finance report on deferred maintenance backlog; and approval of honorary degrees. The next Board of Governors meeting will be on February 12, 1999 in Camden.

Senator Locicero reported on the December 17, 1998 Board of Trustees meeting, which included: induction of a new Trustee; the BOG chairman’s report of BOG activities; a Subcommittee on Athletics report on implementation of recent recommended changes to the athletic program; a report by President Lawrence, including a presentation on the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers Academic Challenge, the Committee for the Future’s solicitation of SROA funding proposals, the anticipated release of the Lifelong Learning Report, his recent meetings with national media, and discussion of the AAU Report on Graduate Education; a report by Vice President Winterbauer on enrollment; Vice President and Treasurer Whiteside’s Treasurer’s Report, which included the $50 million bond issue that will finance part of RUNet 2000, and Joint Investments Committee activities; and discussion of College of Pharmacy’s change to a six-year curriculum.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Senator Manganaro reported on recent activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, which included: discussion of ways Faculty Council might work more integrally with the Senate; discussion of blocked access or entry to undergraduate majors; and a presentation by the Council’s Ad Hoc Negotiation Process Committee. Senator Manganaro concluded by announcing a conference, sponsored by the New Brunswick Faculty Council on The Scholarship of Teaching, to be held in the Busch Campus Center Multipurpose Room on February 19, 1999.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chair Scott reported on the November 19, 1998 Executive Committee meeting, the minutes of which are attached to these minutes. She concluded by announcing that the first Faculty Senator Caucus will take place at noon on March 12, 1999, just before the Senate meeting, in Room 410A of the Rutgers Student Center, and said that formal notice of the caucus will be sent to all faculty Senators.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  President Lawrence noted his appreciation to the Faculty Council for its role in making the current collective bargaining environment a positive one.

President Lawrence announced the creation of the Human Dignity Awards Program, funded by his office and the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes.

President Lawrence began his comments on the budget by saying that the new budget the best in his tenure at Rutgers, providing for a 3.5 percent increase, one percent of which is tied to Rutgers meeting various performance indicators in areas such as graduation rates, transfer and articulation rates, efficiency, capacity, and others. He commented on: continuing debate on a measure linking some funding to the level of tuition increase; state funding of benefits, albeit for one year, and the potential re-emergency of that issue in the future; continuing Outstanding Scholars Recruitment Program funding, and the success and benefits of that program; capital funding, matching requirements for that funding, and deferred maintenance; and an examination of campus deferred-maintenance needs being conducted by University Vice President Seneca and Provosts Samuels and Dennis.

On fundraising, President Lawrence said Rutgers is now in the "very quiet phase" of elevating fundraising to a much higher level, which would eventually lead to a formal and public campaign announcement, and commented on recent fundraising activities and successes, including an all-time single-month fundraising record set in December 1998. He said that, in pursuing this higher level of fundraising, he will be spending approximately 40 percent of his time visiting with donors and foundations. He added that Rutgers’ clear-cut, concise, cutting-edge strategic planning initiatives have been invaluable in the fundraising process. President Lawrence concluded by saying that every dean and vice president is also participating in the capital campaign process with him, and expressed his confidence in the success of Rutgers’ fundraising efforts.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – New Brunswick Campus Report, University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca:  University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca presented a synopsis of the New Brunswick Campus Report. (The report had been distributed to the Senate in advance.)

Senator Crupi requested the Senate Executive Committee request from the University administration an accurate account of part-time instructional statistics. Senator Szatrowski suggested that faculty statistics by gender, rank and retainment would be interesting and helpful if they were included in future reports.

SPECIAL ELECTION OF GRADUATE STUDENT MEMBER TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:  An election was held to fill the position of Graduate Student Member of the Executive Committee vacated by Emily Carey, who completed her degree in December 1998. Chairperson Crew announced the slate of nominees, which had been formulated by the Executive Committee:

Chairperson Crew asked for nominations from the floor. There were none. Senators Aprea and Haidet made statements in support of their candidacies. Voting was done by secret ballot, and tabulated by Senate Office staff while the meeting continued.

COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Revitalization Committee, Kenneth Carlson, Co-Chairperson:  Senator Carlson, Co-chair of the Senate Revitalization Committee, reported on the committee’s activities. He said the committee has been meeting regularly, announced the names and relevant expertise of the committee members, and invited the Senate to contact any of the members directly and confidentially on revitalization issues, or to write any suggestions on the back of their voting cards and turn them in at the end of the meeting. He also offered several other methods of, and encouraged, communicating their revitalization ideas to the committee.

Senator Carlson said the committee is looking specifically at two areas. The first, ways in which to make the Senate agendas exciting and consequential, has been made a secondary priority, but the committee understands that there may be valid reasons why the University administration would be reluctant to bring issues to the Senate, including the sometimes protracted period of time required for Senate action, and the need to placate external constituencies on politically touchy matters in ways to which the Senate may not be sensitive. The committee will continue to discuss means of improving the Senate’s agendas.

Senator Carlson said that the committee’s primary focus has been on the structure and size of the Senate. He said that the committee had no immediate plans to recommend changes in Senate membership or size, nor to formalize faculty caucuses, but that the committee does agree there should be much closer connection between the Senate and the Faculty Councils, and that Camden should also have an inclusive Faculty Council. The committee will be working on specific recommendations for strengthening and expanding Senate/Faculty Council connections, and will continue to examine Senate structure and size.

Senator Miller spoke from the floor on behalf of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate, a portion of which had met that morning and concluded that the Senate requires significant revitalization, and that representative bodies of faculty will be more meaningful if they are integrated, concluding with a proposal that "There be significant overlap between members of the Faculty Councils and faculty members of the University Senate."

Senator Pomper, also a member of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate, spoke in support of that Senate/Faculty Council connection and overlap of membership.

SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTS:  Tabulation of the election results disclosed a tie vote, with each candidate receiving 36 votes. On motion and duly seconded, Senators Aprea and Haidet were both seated on the Executive Committee for terms ending June 30, 1999.

NEW BUSINESS:  Senator Pina asked that Senate standing committees try to accommodate those Senators who are on multiple committees by scheduling meetings at different times. Chairperson Crew offered to take up that issue with the Executive Committee.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business before the University Senate, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

Kenneth W. Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate