April 4, 1997

PRESENT: Borisovets (Immediate Past Chairperson), Crew, deBoer, Evans, Lawrence, Scott, Seneca (Administrative Liaison), Szatrowski (Vice Chairperson), Tripolitis (Chairperson), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED: Evans, Scott

ABSENT: Schmitt

ALSO ATTENDING: Koehler (Alumni Senator Liaison), Mayer (Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees), McLoof (Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees), Pifer (Equal Opportunity Committee Chairperson), Rabinowitz (Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee Chairperson), Shafer (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, April 4, 1997, at 1:10 p.m. in Room 413 of the Rutgers Student Center, the Chair and Secretary being present.

Chairperson’s Report:  Chairperson Tripolitis said that Jack Nelson had asked her to announce a Shared Governance and Academic Freedom Conference to be held April 25 at the Continuing Education Center, and to ask anyone interested in attending to contact him.

Secretary's Report:  Minutes of February 21, 1997 were approved.

Administrative Liaison:  President Lawrence reviewed the status of three ongoing position searches: University Librarian, for which one candidate had already been interviewed, and two others would soon be interviewed; Camden Provost and Graduate Dean, the search committee for which was expected to report to President Lawrence on April 7, after which interviews would be scheduled; and Dean of Engineering, which was slightly behind schedule, but on which progress was being made toward narrowing the list of candidates.

President Lawrence commented on: the Admissions Yield Program Corinne Webb presented at the RAC, saying that the impact of the program should be apparent by mid-May, and that major changes are not expected until more outside communication is conducted; activities of the Accreditation Committee, which will be chaired by Buzz Shaw, chancellor of Syracuse University, and which activities should be completed sometime around April 1, 1998; RU Net 2000 and Strategic Planning Committee activities, including campaign progress, the anticipated feasibility study, and donor interviews; the ongoing search for a director of the Rutgers University Foundation, names of the first round of candidates for which should be forthcoming from the search firm by mid-April; and the administration's current concern, plans, and activities regarding expansion of Ph.D. programs coming steadily from state colleges, and "mission creep." President Lawrence promised a report on recent NASULGC news at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Vice Chair Szatrowski mentioned a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article which reported that many schools are cutting back on programs, and asked if the administration had quantified Rutgers faculty participation on Ph.D. committees and other activities relative to Ph.D. programs. President Lawrence responded that Rutgers' and Duke's reports coincided well, that there was agreement that it would not be beneficial to award large numbers of doctoral degrees if a corresponding number of relevant jobs were not available, and that the university must strive to inculcate its theology of graduate education a means of doing the best possible job with its graduate students.

In response to Senator Pifer's question about the status of the transgender resolution passed at the previous Senate meeting, President Lawrence said he has asked University Counsel to examine and respond to each item of the resolution. Senator Pifer said there was concern that everyone would be gone during the summer. President Lawrence said that if he could not act on the transgender resolution before the end of the current semester, he would wait until next semester.

President Lawrence described the current status of the Harassment Policy, saying that he had read it again, and asked University Counsel to look for any contradictions in the policy, adding that he now has a draft of a response. He said there was clearly some difficulty with the hearing-panel aspect of the policy, and that, in order to address those concerns, he had asked Sheila Fleischman, who is handling the Student Code of Conduct, to provide him with information regarding difficulties already encountered with that panel-selection process. He said he would act on the Harassment Policy by the end of April.

Campus Faculty Liaisons:  Senator Shafer reported on New Brunswick Faculty Council activities, including: discussions on the libraries, and unanimous passage of a resolution regarding creation of a library summit; CEFAR Committee's conclusion of focus groups and a preliminary report for next meeting; and progress of the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Academic Calendar for 1997-98, 1998-99 (Revised), and 1999-2000:  Senator Rabinowitz, Chair of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, presented the 1997-2000 Academic Calendar. He explained that 1998-99 had been revised to reduce the number of days designated as "other class days," and to coordinate it with NJIT joint programs. The 1998- 99 calendar year is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 31. Vice Chair Szatrowski asked if there were any contract or labor issues which would conflict with the August semester start date. Senator Rabinowitz replied that he had spoken with Vice President Norman, who had said there were no problems in that area. After review, the Executive Committee docketed the Academic Calendar for the May 2, 1997 Senate meeting.

S-9701, Review of Multicultural Blueprint Progress Reports:  Senator Pifer, Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee, presented his committee's report of the review of the Multicultural Blueprint Progress Reports. The EOC report included: a statement calling for more critical self-analysis, with student input, and more student involvement generally, through focus groups or open hearings; a suggestion that the focus should shift from quantity to quality, with realization and acceptance of the fact that not every event will be successful; and a criticism of the perceived narrowness of vision of diversity in some units. Senator Pifer then presented the EOC recommendations and a resolution that the Senate endorse its report, "A Review of Multicultural Blueprint Progress Reports." After discussion, Senator Pifer agreed to redraft some portions of his committee's report, and the Executive Committee docketed it for the May 2, 1997 Senate meeting.

May 2 Senate Meeting:  The agenda for the May 2 Senate meeting was set to include items docketed as follows:

Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee - Samuel Rabinowitz, Chairperson
- University Academic Calendar for 1997-1998, 1998-1999, and 1999-2000
Equal Opportunity Committee - Joseph Pifer, Chairperson
- S-9701, Review Multicultural Blueprint Progress Reports

Committee Reports:  Senator Pifer discussed the Equal Opportunity Committee’s Progress Report, which included a report and resolution reiterating the Senate’s December 2, 1994 resolution urging Rutgers and the AAUP to act to provide health and related benefits to bona fide same-sex domestic partners. He asked if the administration had acted on the issue of Rutgers' provision of benefits to same-sex partners of its employees, and Vice President Seneca responded that the issue was being reviewed for possible action, and that he would prepare a response for the June Executive Committee meeting.

The EOC's Progress Report also included an Interim Report on Charge S-9504, which requested an examination of discrimination against homosexuals by Rutgers University ROTC programs. Senator Pifer noted that there was a poor turnout for the EOC meeting on the issue. Senator Lippincott, as chair, will convene the Student Affairs Committee to comment on the Interim Report by June 1. Further discussion of the Interim Report on Charge S-9504 will be carried over to the June 6 meeting to allow the Executive Committee more time for review and evaluation.

Adjournment:  There was no new business. There being no other business before the Executive Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m.

Kenneth W. Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate

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