January 14, 2000
MEMBERS PRESENT: Crew, Koehler, Leath, Rabinowitz
(Vice Chair), Scott (Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
EXCUSED: Borisovets, Barone, Cohen, Crozier,
ALSO ATTENDING: Naus (Faculty BOT Representative),
Seneca (Administrative Liaison), Walker-Andrews (New Brunswick Faculty
Liaison), Parikh (Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive
Committee was held on Friday, January 14, 2000 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s
Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus, the Chair and Secretary
Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order.
Minutes: Minutes of the December 3, 1999 Executive
Committee meeting were approved.
Communications: The following communications were
presented and acted upon as noted:
Copies of the November 1999 Report to the Executive Committee
of the University Senate on the Balance of Full-time and Part-time Faculty
Teaching at Rutgers University, from University Vice President for Academic
Affairs Joseph Seneca, were distributed. Previously presented and discussed
as part of the December 3, 1999 Administrative Report.
January 7, 2000 Memorandum from University Secretary Mildred
Schildkamp announcing updated University Regulations. Secretary Swalagin
explained the Senate-relevant changes, which included addition of an alumni
Executive Committee member, administrative changes (e.g., Provost-New Brunswick
replaced in Senate membership with University Vice President for Academic
Affairs), and updating of the various university units specifically named
in the membership-entitlement section. Noted.
University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph
Seneca presented the administrative report, which included comments on:
President Lawrence’s continuing fundraising efforts;
Governor Whitman’s recent State of the State message, including:
its focus on the "Four E’s: Economy, Elderly, Environment, and Education";
a $15 million program in technology training, which will be available to
all higher-education institutions in New Jersey in the form of one-time
grants in technology areas, and which works well with Rutgers Strategic
Plan; a proposed budget item for $10 million in matching funds for high-technology
areas grants; plans for a $5 million "business incubator," in which Rutgers
hopes to participate; and anticipation of the upcoming basic budget message;
recent grants, including a $500,000 Andrew Mellon Foundaation
grant associated with Rutgers’ Instructional Technology Initiative;
success of the recently completed computer purchase program
through which 1,744 computers were purchased at reduced prices;
settlement of the PTL contract (terms to be announced after
continuing Computer Training Program as part of Reinvest
continuing progress of the capital improvement process, focusing
on deferred maintenance; and
status of the task-force approach on grant-seeking, including
a current, broad-based proposal for an NSF Teaching and Learning Center.
On motion and duly seconded, the Academic Personnel Committee,
Educational Policy Committee, Committee on Rutgers University and the Public,
and Student Affairs Committee were charged as follows:
Broadly examine the issue of student evaluations of
courses and instructors. Provide to the Senate Executive Committee general
comments on the process, use, and value of student evaluations. Initial
report requested by: April 7, 2000.
On motion and duly seconded, the Academic Personnel Committee
was charged as follows:
Examine and comment on University Vice President Seneca’s
November 1999 Report on the Balance of Full-time and Part-time Faculty
Teaching at Rutgers University. Comments requested by: March 10, 2000.
The New Brunswick Campus Report was placed on the January
28, 2000 Senate agenda.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m. by Chairperson
Executive Secretary of the Senate