Regular Meeting of the University Senate
February 25, 2000, 1:10 p.m.
Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus

MEMBERS PRESENT:   G. Adamcik, J. Adamcik, Aisenbrey, Alm, Augustin, Axelrod, Barone, Bell, Benovitz, Bhoj, Blair, Blasi, Borisovets, Boucher, Boylan, Burton, Caprio, Carlson, Carlton, Charaipotra, Cheung, Chiaverini, Clinton, J. Cohen, R. Cohen, Colaizzi, Crew, Crozier, Dembowitz, E. Dennis, Deutsch, Diner, Elias, Emanetoglu, Fechter, Forman, Goldmark, Golhar, Gross, Hall, Harris, Hughes, M. Jackson, Jesse, Joseph, Kazam, Kelly, Kennedy, Kirschner, Koehler, Krueckeberg, Kuehn, Lang, Lawrence, Leath, Leontiades, Li, Lorenzo, Manganaro, Manhoff, Markowitz, Marsh, McCloughan, McKay, Medina, Miller, Naus, Oren, Panossian, Parker, Patel, Perney, Petronko, Pomper, Portella, Prusakowski, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Regulska, Roth, Rothberg, Sands, Schaper, Scott, Seneca, Sermarini, Simmons, Singer, Smouse, Solomon, Somville, Spencer, St. John, Tallau, Tomie, Tripolitis, Van Til, Vodak, Walker-Andrews, Walsh, A. Watts, Wilkinson

EXCUSED:  Bronzan, R. Dennis, Evans, Flanagan, Foley, Friedrich, Gaunt, Goodman, Griffith, Haidet, Haska, Hyndman, James, Janes, Knee, Lucas, Mack, Narvaez, Ruggerio, Shailor, Strom, Tuckman, Wadia, Winterbauer, Znayenko

ABSENT:  Adelson, Advis, Balikov, Baptiste, Beck, Boulding, Bruner, Bushnell, Davidson, E. Diamond, M. Diamond, Dickson, Edini, Engel, Feighn, Felson, Gang, Gary, Gilchrist, Hamm, Hartman, Hinch, Hirsh, T. Jackson, Jones, Jussim, Keating, Klein, Lehman, Maradonna, Marlys, Massachaele, Matsuda, Matusz, McCabe, Morrison, Padgett, Phillips, Pifer, Pina, Samuels, Scheinbeim, Snyder, Sumner, Szatrowski, Vershon, T. Watts, Webb, Young

Faculty:  Of 86 total: 44 present (51%), 10 excused (12%), 32 absent (37%)
Students:  Of 46 total: 32 present (70%), 3 excused (7%), 11 absent (24%)
Administrators:  Of 39 total: 21 present (54%), 12 excused (31%), 6 absent (15%)
Alumni:  Of 5 total: 5 present (100%)
Link to Cumulative Attendance Summary


PRESIDING OFFICER:   Kathleen Scott, Chairperson

Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order and declared that there was a quorum. At her suggestion, on motion and duly seconded, the agenda was amended to place the Report of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee immediately after the Secretary’s Report, and preceding the Administrative Report. Regarding the January 28, 2000 Senate meeting, she thanked the Senate for helping to appropriately make the Senate a forum for raising issues and concerns important to the Rutgers community, and urged them to continue to do that. She thanked President Lawrence and University Vice President Seneca for their patience and time spent in responding to the many questions and comments which followed that meeting’s administrative report. She asked the Senate to watch the Senate website for interesting items expected from the Senate standing committees.

SECRETARY’S REPORT: Agenda: The agenda was approved as revised. Minutes: the Minutes of January 28, 2000 were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Announcements: Secretary Swalagin said that an outdated version of the proposed Academic Calendar had been attached to the mailed meeting packets, and that the correct version had been posted on the Senate website and was available at the sign-in desk.


Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, Senator Gary Roth, Chair: Senator Roth summarized his committee’s proposed University Academic Calendar for academic years 2003-04 through 2014-15, and the guidelines the committee followed in formulating it. [Copies of the calendar and guidelines had been distributed to the Senate, and posted on the Senate website.] He said the calendar is put forth as a default calendar which will allow the University to have a long-range calendar on the books for planning purposes. He noted that, although it is impossible to put together an "ideal" calendar under the constraints which must be considered, this calendar represents an attempt at the best compromise. He noted that some semesters do not include two reading days, some years are not well coordinated with UMDNJ and/or NJIT, that some fall semesters begin on August 31, and that some semesters include Sunday exams. He added that the August start dates would require discussion with the administration and various faculty and staff unions, and that the entire calendar and its provisions are subject to review and revision at any time.

Comments and questions included: the importance of two reading days each semester, the significance of approving a long-term calendar subject to revision, potential conflicts with union contracts, difficulties with August start dates relative to students’ summer employment, the importance of limiting Senior Week to no more than eight days, the effects on lab-course schedules in 12- or 14-week semesters, and feasibility of Sunday exams.

A motion to remand the calendar back to committee until the correct version of the calendar could be fully considered and discussed in caucuses, and to announce the time and place of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee meeting to allow students to attend, was defeated by a vote of 27 in favor, 50 opposed, with 4 abstentions.

Several Senators spoke in favor of the calendar. Asked about the potential for large numbers of students declaring conflicts with Sunday exams, Senator Roth responded that he had been told by the Scheduling Office that a Sunday exam schedule affecting the fewest number of students could be arranged, and if there are too many Sunday conflicts, that provision of the calendar would have to be rethought. Other comments and questions included: lack of time for student Senators to discuss this version of the calendar with their constituents, the extent of consultation with NJIT and UMDNJ in formulating it, and the need for a statewide academic calendar.

Senator Crew called the question. The calendar was approved by a vote of 67 in favor, 3 opposed, with 14 abstentions.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: President Lawrence thanked Senator Roth for his and his committee’s work on the academic calendar.

President Lawrence’s Administrative Report included: examples of recent, outstanding awards and honors to faculty; comments on fundraising, including several significant gifts and endowments; and the results of the recent President’s Award for Excellence in Administration.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT: Vice Chair Rabinowitz thanked Senator Roth for his work as chair of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee. He reported on the February 4, 2000 Executive Committee meeting. Draft minutes of the February 4 meeting had been posted on the Senate website.


Senator Kuehn reported on planning for a March 2 BOG Educational Planning and Policy Committee student forum, and on the February 11 Board of Governors meeting held in Camden, which included: approval of an honorary degree to Corinne Boggs, US ambassador to the Vatican; Professor Norman Zabusky’s appointment to the Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics; establishment of a joint Rutgers/UMDNJ bachelor of science degree in allied health technologies, and of a bachelor of arts degree in information technology and informatics at SCILS; approval of a concept plan for a grants administration facility to be built on Busch Campus; and other items and discussion.

REPORT OF CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISONS: Senator Walker-Andrews, chair of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, reported on the February 28 NBFC meeting and other activities, including: discussion of distribution of indirect costs, the FAS dean search, an upcoming meeting with Acting Vice President for Student Affairs Emmet Dennis regarding increasing faculty involvement in student life, a survey of departments regarding research opportunities, a planned CEFAR-2 committee meeting on the roles of Learning Resource Centers; an interim report on allocation of funds for library collections; and planning for a meeting with Vice President Raphael Caprio to explore issues of Winter Session and distance-learning teaching contracts.

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business before the University Senate, Chairperson Scott declared the meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate