RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
UNIVERSITY SENATE MINUTES

Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE:  March 12, 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, Barone, Bell, Blair, Blasi, Borisovets, Burton, Caprio, Carlson, Cohen, Colaizzi, Cornier, Crew, Crozier, Crupi, Curcio, E. Dennis, Doshna, Feighn, Forman, Friedrich, Gary, Gross, Haidet, Hall, Hedges, Hogan, Hughes, Kaplowitz, Kho, Kimbrell, Kirschner, Koehler, Krantz, Kubey, Kuehn, Lang, Levinson, Li, Liivak, Maher, Manganaro, Marlys, Marsh, McCabe, McCloughan, Naus, Oosting, Parikh, Pedersen, Pifer, Prakash, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Rentezelas, Roth, Ruggiero, Ruvolo, Savalia, Scott, Seneca, Sigel, Simmons, Singer, Somville, Stevens, Szatrowski, Van Til, Vodak, A. Watts, Webb, R. Wilson, Winterbauer, Znayenko

EXCUSED:  Alm, Aprea, Boylan, Carlton, Davidson, DiTomaso, Evans, Flanagan, Goodman, Griffith, Harris, Jones, Lattimer, Lawrence, Mack, Manhoff, Mayer, Miller, Narvaez, Soyinka, Tomie, Tripolitis, T. Watts, Whipple, Wilkinson, Young

ABSENT:  Advis, Aisenbrey, Bagnell, Bartkowski, Belton, Berman, Bhandari, Bhoj, Blumenschine, Bottega, Bronzan, Bruner, Bushnell, Davis, R. Dennis, DeSimone, Dickson, Diner, Drewes, Elias, Emanetoglu, Finstein, Foley, Gang, Gardner, Gaunt, Gilchrist, Hartman, Haska, Hinch, Hyndman, Jacobs, Janes, Jussim, Kenfield, Kennedy, Klein, Laskaris, Lehman, Leontiades, Lesser, Levin, Lucas, McCoy, McNally, Neisser, O’Donnell, Padgett, Perney, Pina, Pomper, Proctor, Rabin, Roth, Samuels, Scheinbeim, Scheuermann, Shailor, Sifuentes-Jauregui, Smouse, Snyder, Solomon, Sondahl, Spencer, Srinidhi, Stojsin, Sugarman, Toth, Tuckman, Vasconcelos, Wadia, Walker, Williams, M. Wilson, Yates

NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:  D’Jamoos, Locicero, Salpas

PRESIDING OFFICER:  Louie Crew, Chairperson

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT:  Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order and declared there was a quorum.

SECRETARY’S REPORT:  Agenda:  The agenda was approved as distributed. Minutes: the Minutes of February 5, 1999 were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Communications:  Secretary Swalagin reminded the Senate to send nominations for 1999-2000 Senate officers to the Senate office by March 29.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  University Vice President for Academic Affairs Seneca presented the administrative report, noting that President Lawrence was on a development trip, and commenting on the progress of the President’s fundraising activities.

Dr. Seneca reported on: contract research awards to Rutgers for this academic year, which are more than $102 million as of the end of February, up 15 percent over the same period last year; spring 1999 enrollments; applications; private giving to Rutgers; and the Annual Mason Gross Lecture featuring author, Princeton Professor Toni Morrison.

Dr. Seneca summarized the budget situation, commenting on Governor Whitman’s recommended state appropriations to Rutgers, including a 3.5 percent increase in fiscal year 2000, part of which will be awarded based on Rutgers’ performance in graduation rates, transfer and articulation rates, efficiency and effectiveness, and diversified revenues.

Senator Cornier asked if the length of time required to complete a degree would be reflected in the graduation rates, citing as an example the six-year pharmacy degree. Dr. Seneca replied that it would. Senator Cornier asked if other factors would be considered, and Dr. Seneca said that the measure would be based on a six-year graduation rate, which is the standard in higher education.

Senator Pifer expressed dissatisfaction with the new same-sex domestic partner benefits plan.

On motion and duly seconded, time for Administrative Report questions and answers was extended for five minutes.

Senator Levinson asked if the longer time required for part-time University College students to complete their degrees would be considered in the performance-based budget criteria. Dr. Seneca said that would be considered in terms of the measures of what constitutes a "first-year entering" student vis-à-vis part-time and full-time status.

Senator Crozier asked about the planning process for next year’s winter term, and whether faculty or student input was solicited or considered. Dr. Seneca replied that the winter term is seen as a pilot only at this stage, offering to refer the question to Vice President Caprio after the meeting.

Senator Manganaro asked for clarification on how transfer articulation rates could be improved, and how that improvement would be measured. Dr. Seneca responded that those rates would be measured against a benchmark which has not yet been established. Senator Winterbauer said that Rutgers will participate in establishing the benchmarks, and that they should be appropriate to the type of institution to which they are applied.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Chairperson Crew announced that BOG Representative Senator Janes was unable to attend the Senate meeting to report on the BOG meeting, and referred the Senate to the previously distributed Summary of the February 12, 1999 BOG meeting. There was no BOT report, no BOT meeting having taken place since the previous Senate meeting.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Professor Charles Russell, Newark Faculty Council Chairperson, reported on the composition, mission, status, and recent activities of the Newark Faculty Council, including: publishing of a Newark Faculty Council website (fc.rutgers.edu), which will include discussion groups on several key issues, including possibilities of developing an interdisciplinary cross-campus urban research center; interest in, and discussion of, the issue of faculty governance and representation, and related AAUP and NJEA positions.

Senator Manganaro reported on the February 19 meeting and recent activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, which included: resolutions calling for increased TA and GA stipends and flexibility in graduate student funding; anticipated reports and resolutions on the use of teaching evaluations, the library budget, the state of journal subscriptions, blocked access to majors in New Brunswick, and FACIP awards and retirement incentives; the February 19 conference on the Scholarship of Teaching, and plans for further teaching conferences.; and work with Teaching Excellence Center Director Gary Gigliotti on planning of orientations for new department chairs, which is one part of the W.K. Kellogg Rutgers Leadership Development Initiative being organized by Professor Brent Rubin of QCI.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chair Scott reported on the February 26, 1999 Executive Committee meeting, the minutes of which are attached to these minutes.

Senator Znayenko asked about the status of the resolution adding an alumnus member to the Senate Executive Committee. Vice Chairperson Scott responded that the resolution was on the day’s agenda for Senate action.

Senator Gary asked if winter session implementation would be postponed until the Senate Educational Policy Committee completed its charge to examine and report on the issue, noting what he felt were serious pedagogical issues requiring careful faculty and Senate deliberation. Vice Chair Scott responded that she believed implementation of that pilot program was not under Senate control.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, University Academic Calendars for 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03 - Henrik Pedersen and Gary Roth, Co-Chairpersons:  Senator Pedersen, Co-chair of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, presented the proposed University Academic Calendars for 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03, and explained how the calendar was structured and formulated by the committee. Senator Roth, Committee Co-chair, further explained the calendar, summarized some of the outstanding issues, and proposed that the calendar be discussed by the Senate and then referred back to the committee for further refinement. That motion was seconded. Senator Bell urged the Senate to consider the probable cost of the calendars, as well as other potential negative effects. Senator Ruvolo proposed a friendly amendment to the motion to refer the calendar back to the committee, as follows: that the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee hold public-input meetings on each campus, with the assistance of the individual governing associations, and then report back to the Senate with a new proposal for April 23. The motion was seconded, and carried.

Committee on Rutgers University and the Public, Proposed Resolution in Support of Increased Advertising – Robert Kubey, Chairperson:  Senator Kubey, Chair of the Committee on Rutgers University and the Public, presented his committee’s report and a Resolution in Support of Increased Advertising of Rutgers’ undergraduate, graduate, and other programs to the public-at-large. Senator Simmons questioned the financial and budgetary implications of increased advertising. Senator Caprio moved amending the resolution by adding "within the context of well-developed enrollment goals" to the end of the last paragraph. The motion was seconded. Following brief discussion, the amendment failed. Senators Haidet, McCabe and Rentezelas spoke to the main motion, and Senator Kubey responded to each in turn. The question was called, and the resolution carried.

Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate, Proposed Resolution for Alumni Representation on the Senate Executive Committee – Barbara Reed, Co-chairperson:  Senator Reed, Co-chair of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate, presented her committee’s report and a resolution proposing that an alumni-Senator representative be added to the membership of the Senate Executive Committee. Duly seconded, the resolution carried.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business before the University Senate, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 2:43 p.m.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate