April 9, 1999

MEMBERS PRESENT: Crew (Chairperson), Barone, Haidet, Krantz, Mayer, Rabinowitz, Scott (Vice Chairperson), Swalagin (Executive Secretary), Tripolitis


ALSO ATTENDING: Carlson (Revitalization Committee Co-Chair), Janes (Nominating Committee Chair), Pifer (Equal Opportunity Committee Chair), Reed (Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition & Function of the Senate Co-Chair)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, April 9, 1999 at 1:10 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Room, Rutgers Student Center, College Avenue Campus, the Chair and Secretary being present. This was a meeting of Executive Committee members and report-presenting committee chairs only.

Chairperson’s Report:  Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order.

Secretary's Report:  Minutes of the February 26, 1999 Executive Committee meeting were approved with the following amendment: Under "New Business/Winter Session," report due date corrected to "January 2000."

The following communications were presented to the Executive Committee, and acted upon as indicated:

Report of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee:  Senator Rabinowitz responded to questions on the Proposed 2000-2003 and 2003-2006 Academic Calendar for Committee Co-Chairs Pedersen and Roth, who were unable to attend the meeting. On motion and duly seconded, the Proposed 2000-2003 Academic Calendar was docketed for Senate action at the April 23, 1999 Senate meeting. The Proposed 2003-2006 Academic Calendar and a list of "Calendar FAQs" were forwarded to the Senate for information purposes only. Submitted Alternate Calendars were not sent to the Senate.

Report of the 1999-2000 Nominating Committee – Harry Janes, Chair:  Senator Janes, Chair of the 1999-2000 Nominating Committee, presented the committee’s report and proposed ballot for election of 1999-2000 Senate officers. He proposed a separate election for chair, to take place during the campaign statements, should a New Brunswick Senator be nominated from the floor for Vice Chair, in order to ensure that either the Chair or Vice Chair be from Camden or Newark (the only nominee for Chair at the time being from New Brunswick), as required by University Regulations. This process would allow the Vice-Chair slate to be revised to include only eligible candidates before voting takes place. To satisfy the requirement that Newark and Camden campuses be represented on the Executive Committee, the faculty EC candidate from the otherwise unrepresented campus who receives the highest number of votes will become an EC member. All candidates will be asked to limit their campaign statements to no more than one minute. Senator Janes reported that the Board of Governors had not yet changed University Regulations to include alumni representation on the Senate Executive Committee, but suggested that the election for that alumni position take place in anticipation of that change. The Executive Committee agreed, and approved the proposed ballot, election process, and campaign-statement time limit.

Report of the Senate Revitalization Committee – Kenneth Carlson and Kenneth Swalagin, Co-Chairs:  Senator Carlson and Secretary Swalagin, Co-Chairs of the Senate Revitalization Committee, presented the committee’s report and recommendations, and responded to questions from the Executive Committee. The recommendation that faculty Senators be elected by their respective campus Faculty Councils produced considerable debate. Following discussion, on motion and duly seconded, the Executive Committee reordered the Revitalization Committee’s recommendations, and docketed the report and recommendations on the April 23 Senate agenda. Each recommendation shall be voted upon by the Senate individually.

Report of the Educational Policy Committee:  An Educational Policy Committee report and Resolution on Access to Majors was discussed and docketed for April 23 Senate action.

 Report of the Equal Opportunity Committee – Joseph Pifer, Chair:  Senator Pifer, Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee, presented his committee’s report and Recommendations in support of establishing an Asian Cultural Center at Rutgers. Following discussion, the report and recommendations were docketed for April 23 action.

Report of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate – Barbara Reed, Co-Chair:  Senator Reed, Co-Chair of the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate, presented her committee’s resolution recommending that part-time lecturer membership be added to the Senate. The Executive Committee asked Senator Reed and Secretary Swalagin to work together to rewrite the resolution, which is to be docketed for April 23 action.

April 23 Senate Meeting Agenda:  March 23, 1999 Senate meeting agenda items were docketed as previously indicated, after establishing sequence and time limits for the items.

Adjournment:  There being no further business before the Executive Committee, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 2:38 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate