RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES
February 26, 1999
MEMBERS PRESENT: Crew (Chairperson), Aprea, Barone, Haidet, Krantz,
Rabinowitz, K. Scott (Vice Chairperson), Swalagin (Executive Secretary),
ALSO ATTENDING: Janes (Faculty BOG Representative), Koehler (Alumni
Liaison), , Locicero (Graduate Student BOT Representative), Parikh (Student
Affairs Committee Co-Chair), Naus (Faculty BOT Representative), Seneca
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was
held on Friday, February 26, 1999 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining
Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus, the Chair and Secretary being
Chairperson’s Report: Chairperson Crew called the meeting
to order and asked all present to introduce themselves. He welcomed new
Executive Committee members William Aprea and Kyle Haidet.
Secretary's Report: Minutes of the January 22, 1999 Executive
Committee meeting were approved.
The following communications were presented to the Executive Committee,
and acted upon as indicated:
Administrative Report: University Vice President Seneca explained
that President Lawrence was fundraising in California. Senator Seneca presented
the administrative report, which included: a review of the new same-sex
domestic partner benefits program; progress of ongoing faculty collective
bargaining; and budgetary developments, including state funding, performance-based
funding, ORSP fund matching, and graduate student support.
Minutes of several recent standing committee meetings were distributed.
Secretary Swalagin asked the committee if they would like to receive such
minutes regularly. The committee asked Secretary Swalagin to send only
those minutes which indicate significant actions by standing committees.
Memorandum dated February 22, 1999 from Richard Norman, Vice President
for Administration and Associate Treasurer, announcing Rutgers University’s
initiation of a health insurance premium reimbursement program for same-sex
sole domestic partners. Noted.
Recommendations for the Student Charter Trustee 1999 Vacancy – Student
Affairs Committee, Lori Krantz and Rajiv Parikh, Co-Chairs: Recommendations
for the Student Charter Trustee vacancy were presented by the Student Affairs
Committee. Five nominees were put forth based on criteria set forth in
Board of Trustees bylaws, including eligibility, service, and experience:
John T. Adamcik, University College-NB; Jeffrey Cohen, Rutgers College;
Jan Oosting, Douglass College; David Singer, Cook College; and Addie S.
Wright, College of Pharmacy. A late submission from Camden was not put
forth because the Student Affairs Committee found that the nominee did
not have the requisite leadership experience. On motion and duly seconded,
the Executive Committee unanimously approved the submitted nominees. Secretary
Swalagin will forward the nominee information to the Secretary of the University
for Board of Trustees consideration.
Appointment of 1999-2000 Nominating Committee for April 1999 Election
of Senate Officers: The Nominating Committee charge was reviewed,
and 1999-2000 Senate Nominating Committee members were named, as follows:
Harry Janes, Cook (F) – Chair
Joseph Barone, Pharmacy (F)
Kenneth Carlson, GSE (F)
Lori Krantz, Douglass (S)
Kyle Haidet, GS-NB (S)
Henry Levinson, UC-N (F)
Patricia Mayer, MGSA (F)
Rajiv Parikh, Rutgers College (S)
Samuel Rabinowitz, SB-Camden (F)
Joseph Seneca, University Vice President for Academic Affairs (A)
Antonia Tripolitis, UC-NB (F)
Report of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, Proposed
2000-2003 Academic Calendar: The Academic Calendar and Commencement
Committee’s proposed 2000-2003 Academic Calendar was reviewed and discussed.
Senator Rabinowitz, a member of the Calendar Committee, responded to questions
regarding formulation of the proposed calendar. A summary of issues considered
in formulating the calendar had also been submitted by the Calendar Committee.
On motion and duly seconded, the Executive Committee docketed the 2000-2003
Academic Calendar on the March 12, 1999 Senate agenda, and instructed Secretary
Swalagin to also include the summary of issues in the Senate mailing.
Part-Time Faculty and Teaching Assistants: Senator Crupi’s
remarks to the February 5, 1999 Senate regarding the New Brunswick Campus
Report and the status of part-time faculty and teaching assistants were
reviewed by the committee, having been placed on the agenda at Chairperson
Crew’s request. On motion and duly seconded, the Executive Committee issued
the following request:
"The University Senate Executive Committee requests from the University
Administration a report on part-time teaching at Rutgers, including numbers
of faculty, teaching assistants and others teaching on a part-time basis,
with the rationale and issues associated with that instruction. The Senate
Executive Committee recognizes that this report may be an approximation
of the current status, since the issues are complex, and the numbers of
such faculty, as well as the environment in which they work, are dynamic."
Resolution in Response to Pending Portion of Charge S-9709 – Committee
on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate:
The following resolution submitted by Senator Reed, co-chair of the
Governance Committee, was reviewed and discussed:
"Whenever the President declines to adopt policy advice of the Senate,
the President shall notify the Senate in writing of the reasons for his/her
action. At the first meeting following the President’s action, with the
approval of the Executive Committee, the policy and the President’s action,
with the approval of the Executive Committee, the policy and the President’s
response shall be docketed on the Senate agenda, and the President invited
to explain his/her action at that meeting."
On motion and duly seconded, the resolution was tabled until Senator Reed
was present to support and explain her committee’s rationale in formulating
Resolution in Support of Increased Advertising – Committee on Rutgers
University and the Public: A resolution from the Committee on
Rutgers University and the Public, which concluded, "Therefore, Be it Resolved
that the University Senate expresses its support for increased advertising
of the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and other programs to the
public-at-large" was discussed. Senator Kubey, chair of the Committee on
Rutgers University and the Public, was unable to attend the meeting, so
the Executive Committee’s questions concerning the proposed source of funding
for the increased advertising, and whether Admissions and other departments
were consulted, could not be answered. On motion and duly seconded, the
resolution was docketed on the March 12, 1999 Senate agenda. It was suggested
that William Walker, Executive Director of University Communications, and
administrative liaison to the committee, be asked to attend the Senate
meeting to respond to logistical questions.
March 12 Senate Meeting Agenda: March 12, 1999 Senate meeting
agenda items were docketed as follows:
Old Business: Secretary Swalagin summarized for the committee
the results of his further research on Senator Rentezelas’ 9/3/98 e-mail
regarding Rutgers residency requirements, and academic calendars and financial
aid for Rutgers Law Newark and Camden. It was found and agreed that law
students ordinarily receive their financial aid checks earlier than students
at other units, which reflects the earlier start date for the law schools,
and that the delay in sending out financial aid checks to law students
last year was an unexpected problem rather than a policy issue. On the
issue of residency requirements, particularly as they affect Camden students
temporarily residing in Philadelphia, the Executive Committee jointly charged
the Student Affairs and Budget Committees as follows:
Investigate and report, by October 1999, on the following: Should
students who are bona fide residents of New Jersey be charged out-of-state
rates when they move out of state solely for accommodations while attending
Report of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, Proposed University
Academic Calendars for 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03
Report of the Committee on Rutgers University and the Public, Resolution
on Increased Advertising
Report of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition
& Function of the Senate, Resolution in Support of Adding Alumni Representation
to the Senate Executive Committee
Student Fees: Senator Haidet distributed and presented information
on rising student fees and the relative impact of those increases on TA,
GA and fellowship support. After discussion, on motion and duly seconded,
the Executive Committee charged the Budget Committee as follows:
Investigate and report, by September 1999, on the impact of increasing
percentage of TA, GA and fellowship support which must be paid back to
Rutgers in mandatory student fees.
Executive Committee Meetings: Secretary Swalagin asked the Executive
Committee members if they would like to begin meeting briefly at the Senate
office following Senate meetings to discuss issues arising from the Senate
meeting. The Executive Committee declined.
Winter Session: Vice Chair Scott raised the issue of the proposed
expansion of winter session to offer three-credit courses over a 15-day
instruction period. After discussion, on motion and duly seconded, the
Executive Committee charged the Educational Policy Committee as follows:
Investigate and report, by January 2000, on the implications of the
proposed expansion of winter session to offer three-credit courses over
a 15-day instruction period.
Faculty Caucus: Vice Chairperson Scott will e-mail to all faculty
Senators a notice of the upcoming, pre-Senate Faculty Caucus.
Adjournment: There being no further business before the
Executive Committee, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned
at 3:30 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.
Executive Secretary of the Senate