September 5, 1997

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Crew (Chairperson), Evans, Mayer, Rodriguez, Scott (Vice Chairperson), Shapiro, Sigel, Tripolitis (Immediate Past Chairperson); Swalagin (Executive Secretary)

EXCUSED:  Znayenko

ALSO ATTENDING:  Blair (New Brunswick Faculty Liaison), Boikess (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), Janes (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), Koehler (Alumni Liaison), McLoof (Student Representative to the Board of Governors), Pifer (Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee), Puniello (Faculty Representative to the Board of Governors), Ruvolo (Undergraduate Student Representative to the Board of Trustees), Seneca (Administrative Liaison)

The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, September 5, 1997, at 1:10 p.m. in Room 413 of the Rutgers Student Center, the Chair and Secretary being present.

Chairperson’s Report:  At Chairperson Crew's request, all present introduced themselves.

Chairperson Crew then introduced and welcomed University Director of Harassment Compliance Melanie Griffin. Ms. Griffin made a brief statement of her relevant employment background and her activities to date at Rutgers.

Chairperson Crew reminded the Executive Committee members, liaisons and board representatives that motions and voting during Executive Committee meetings are limited to Executive Committee members only.

Secretary's Report:  Minutes of the June 6, 1997 Executive Committee meeting were approved.

Secretary Swalagin presented the following communications: memorandum dated 8/14/97 from Senator Evans to Provost Dennis regarding conflict with University Senate obligations and detenuring panel hearings; memorandum dated 5/20/97 from Senator Pifer, EOC Chair, to Senate Chair regarding Affirmative Action request; memorandum dated 7/24/97 from President Lawrence to Secretary Swalagin regarding Administration Senate Appointees and Liaisons to Senate Committees; memoranda dated 8/7/97 to Chairperson Crew from Vice President for Administration Richard Norman and Daniel O'Connor, AAUP, regarding University Senate Academic Calendar, with attachments; memorandum dated 5/31/97 (received 6/6/97) from 1996-97 Rutgers College Student Senators regarding phone card; and memorandum dated 5/23/97 (received 6/6/97) from 1996-97 Rutgers College Student Senators regarding spring reading period. It was decided that the communications would be discussed under "New Business."

Secretary Swalagin informed those present of the address of the new Senate website, and urged all to view it and send their comments to him.

Administrative Liaison:  University Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Seneca wished all present a happy academic year, and explained that President Lawrence could not attend the meeting because he was out of state on a fundraising and alumni tour through the weekend.

Vice President Seneca reviewed the new state budget, noting that the state appropriations were at the best level in seven years. He credited the hard work of President Lawrence, the administration, and many others for the improved budget. He also noted that the University had received approximately $7 million from the technology bonds, as well as $1.8 million from the Commission on Science and Technology.

On enrollment, Dr. Seneca said that this year's class is the largest in ten years, largely because of efforts in enrollment management and administration.

On contract negotiations, Dr. Seneca said that the University had reached agreement with AFSCME for ratification in September, and that fact-finding with the AAUP continues. He said that both sides' briefs are due to the fact-finder by September 15, and that the fact-finder will then consider and report within 45 days.

On other issues, Dr. Seneca said: the administration is grateful for everyone's work on the Middle States Accreditation, and said that the team will be chaired by Kenneth Shaw, president of Syracuse University; that the University recently funded about $4.3 million for 60 strategic planning projects; and that Michael Carrol from Virginia Tech had been hired as the new Director of the Rutgers University Foundation. Dr. Seneca said that an Instructional Faculty Technology Support Committee had been formed over the summer, and that the committee will utilize newly upgraded computer facilities and resources of the libraries, computing services, and Teaching Excellence Centers to provide computer technology support to faculty to enable anyone who wishes to do so to make course materials available online.

Dr. Seneca responded to questions regarding provision of and copayment for health benefits to employees, the Middle States Accreditation, priorities for RUNet connections, recycling of outdated computer equipment, and scheduled renovations of Newark's Hill Hall.

Campus Faculty Liaisons:   Senator Blair reported on activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council during the summer, including redefining the Council's relationship with the University administration since the abolition of the New Brunswick Provost's office, increasing the size of the Council, contested elections, the Council's anticipated assumption of the governance of graduate education in New Brunswick, faculty advising, and student recruitment, and scheduling of the first meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council for September 26.

September 19 Senate Meeting Agenda:  Presentations of the standing committee chairpersons were docketed for the September 19 Senate meeting.

Committee Appointments:  The following committee appointments were made: Educational Policy Committee: Andrew Lees, CCAS (A) Research and Research Administration: Lily Young, Other Units-NB (F) Rutgers University and the Public: Todd Hunt, SCILS (A) Student Affairs Committee: Michael Salpas, Student Charter Trustee

New Business:  Under New Business, the Executive Committee: decided to take no action at this time regarding the potential conflict of Senator Evans' responsibilities to the Executive Committee and the ongoing detenuring panel hearings, but to monitor the situation for possible later action; to docket for a fall 1997 Senate meeting an administrative report on the progress and prospects of Affirmative Action at Rutgers, per Equal Opportunity Committee Chairperson Pifer's request; to return to the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee for reconsideration the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 Academic Calendar, with specific focus on correcting conflicts between the August semester-start dates and the September 1 AAUP contractual provisions; to charge the Student Affairs Committee with investigating offering a phone card as a negative check-off option on first-year students' term bills; and to charge the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee with considering implementing a two-day reading period during the spring semester, and requesting that the committee deliver its report at the March or April Senate meeting, rather than at the May meeting, to allow ample time for debate.

Adjournment:  There was no old business. There being no further business before the Executive Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth Swalagin
Executive Secretary of the University Senate

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