June 2, 2000

PRESENT: MEMBERS: Barone, Borisovets, Crew, Crozier, Koehler, Leath, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Scott (Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED: Cohen, Haidet

ALSO ATTENDING: Dennis (Camden Provost), Hamilton (Graduate Student BOT Representative 2000-01), Kelly (Student EC Member 2000-01), Naus (Faculty BOT Representative), Walker-Andrews (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison, EC Member 2000-01)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 1:10 p.m. in the Presidentís Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus, the Chair and Secretary being present.

1. Chairpersonís Report
Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order, invited all present to introduce themselves, and thanked the outgoing Executive Committee members for their service.

2. Secretary's Report
Secretary Swalagin distributed a revised agenda which included, under "Administrative Liaison," a report by Provost Roger Dennis on "Clinical Professorship at Rutgers Law Schools." The revised agenda was approved.

Minutes: On the April 7, 2000 Executive Committee Minutes, Senator Koehler noted an error in the alumni attendance summary. Secretary Swalagin will correct the error. Minutes of the April 28, 2000 Executive Committee meeting were approved as distributed by the Secretary. Minutes of the April 28, 2000 Senate were approved by the Executive Committee on behalf of the University Senate.

Communications: The following communication was presented and acted upon as noted:

 3. Administrative Report
Senator Roger Dennis, Camden Provost, summarized an administrative request for Senate Executive Committee consideration of a proposal to establish clinical professorships at Rutgers Law Schools in Camden and Newark. Following considerable discussion, the following resolution was approved by the Executive Committee on behalf of the University Senate:

Whereas, there is a particular need in the Schools of Law for faculty with expertise in clinical practice in the law; and

Whereas, a clinical faculty track would fulfill the need in both schools of law; and

Whereas, such a faculty clinical track has been established in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing, with the approval of the University Senate;

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Executive Committee of the University Senate, on behalf of the University Senate, endorses the establishment of non-tenure-track clinical faculty appointments in the School of Law-Camden and the School of Law-Newark, and

Be It Further Resolved that the Senate Executive Committee notes that this endorsement refers only to a non-tenure clinical faculty track in the Schools of Law.

4. Pending Committee Charges 1999-01
Unresolved standing-committee charges issued in 1998, 1999, and 2000 were reviewed, revised, and/or reassigned to appropriate committees in the Senateís new committee structure.

5. Committee Assignments and Appointment of Chairpersons
All Senators currently on next yearís Senate roster were assigned to standing committees. Committee chairs and co-chairs were identified; all will be contacted and asked if they agree to serve.

6. 2000-01 Calendar of Senate Meetings
The calendar of 2000-01 University Senate and Senate Executive Committee meetings was approved as follows:

Senate Executive Committee: September 8, 2000; October 6, 2000; November 17, 2000; January 12, 2001; February 9, 2001; March 9, 2001; April 6, 2001; June 1, 2001.

University Senate: September 22, 2000 (Presidentís State of the University Address); October 27, 2000 (in Camden); December 1, 2000 (Camden and Newark Campus Reports); January 26, 2001 (New Brunswick Campus Report); February 23, 2001; March 23, 2001; April 27, 2001 (on Douglass Campus)

7. Committee Reports:

Academic Personnel Committee Chair Joseph Barone suggested that the Executive Committee wait for results of the New Brunswick Faculty Councilís consideration of a policy on disclosure of FASIP awards before proceeding with Senate consideration of the issue. The Executive Committee agreed.

Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee Chair Gary Rothís request for Executive Committee approval to petition University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca directly for an adjustment to the academic calendar for future years was discussed. The proposal involves extending the length of each Saturday class from 2 hours 40 minutes to 2 hours 55 minutes in order to eliminate the overlap of Saturday classes with Spring Break (and the resultant reduction in services in busing, dining, housing, etc.). The Executive Committee instructed Secretary Swalagin to notify Dr. Seneca that it endorses Senator Rothís proposal.

8. Old Business

Administrator Review: Discussion on the New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) request for Senate-committee consideration of administrator review, begun at the April 6 Senate Executive Committee meeting, continued. Senator Walker-Andrews summarized the NBFCís discussion on the subject. Senator Crew moved that the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee be charged with the review, and that additional administrators, in addition to those already on the committee, be asked to participate. A formal charge, to include a request for research as to how well administrator reviews work at other universities, will be drafted for the September 2000 Executive Committee meeting.

Minimum Grade Point Average: Discussion of Rutgersí policy which establishes 1.6 as the minimum grade point average for good academic standing, begun at the April 6 Senate Executive Committee meeting, continued. Senator Borisovets summarized the pertinent University Regulation 2.4.5, on Student Scholastic Standing and Graduation. A charge will be written and circulated to the Executive Committee for issuance to the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee.

"Improvement of Rutgers University Graduate Education" Report: The report authored by Senators Fechter and Sands and others, previously transmitted to, and discussed by, the Senate Executive Committee was discussed. The following charge was issued to the Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee:

Review and comment on the March 26, 2000 report by Senators Fechter, Sands, Golhar and Kuehn, entitled "Improvement of Rutgers University Undergraduate Education." Identify areas which require additional data or clarification, either from the reportís authors or from other university sources. Evaluate the validity of the reportís statements, and provide preliminary recommendation as to how or whether to proceed with Senate and standing-committee action on the report. Respond to Executive Committee with preliminary report by October 2000.

9. New Business

Draft Policy on Parental Notification: The committee discussed a Draft Policy on Parental Notification recommended by the Coordinating Council of Student Affairs, which was forwarded to the Committee for Senate consideration by Vice President for Student Affairs Emmet Dennis. Secretary Swalagin will contact Vice President Dennis to ask for a response deadline. Thereafter, the Student Affairs Committee will be charged with reviewing and making recommendations on the draft policy.

8. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m. by Chairperson Scott.

 Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the Senate