RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SENATE
SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES
October 1, 1999
PRESENT: MEMBERS: Borisovets, Cohen, Crew, Crozier, Haidet, Koehler, Leath, Rabinowitz (Vice Chair), Scott (Chair), Swalagin (Executive Secretary)
ALSO ATTENDING: Lawrence (Administrative Liaison), Parikh (Student BOT Representative) Walker-Andrews (NB Faculty Liaison)
The regular meeting of the University Senate Executive Committee was held on Friday, October 1, 1999 at 1:10 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room, Brower Commons, College Avenue Campus, the Chair and Secretary being present.
Chairperson’s Report: Chairperson Scott called the meeting to order. Noting the weather-related cancellation of the September 17 Senate meeting, she said she would bring a policy for handling such weather emergencies for consideration at the next Executive Committee meeting. She reported that she and Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz had met with President Lawrence and Vice President Seneca, and that topics of discussion included increasing Senate visibility through a link to the Rutgers homepage, as well as areas of possible Senate exploration, including: graduate students’ training, advising, career counseling, and admissions.
Secretary's Report: Minutes: Minutes of the September 3, 1999 Executive Committee meeting were approved as amended.
Communications: The following communications were presented and acted upon as noted:
Administrative Report: President Lawrence presented the administrative report, which included: a request that an August 1999 letter (with attachments) from William DeJong, Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, regarding the new parental notification amendment signed into law by Congress last year be added to the Student Affairs Committee’s consideration of priorities for implementing Alcohol Report recommendations under Charge S-9908; awards to faculty, including new Teacher Scholar awards to be given to faculty integrating research and teaching; the Lifelong Learning Report of the Kellogg Commission; expansion of Route 18, and maintaining the ecological preserve; continuing Reinvest in Rutgers activities; and ? fundraising and scholarships.
The following issues were suggested and/or discussed as areas for Senate exploration:
Policies on Use of Student Evaluations: Vice Chairperson Rabinowitz began a discussion of student evaluations of instructors, the way those evaluations are used, and whether they have real meaning. Several standing committees were suggested as arenas for further exploration of this issue, including Academic Personnel, Rutgers University and the Public, Educational Policy, and Student Affairs. Chairperson Scott suggested basic information-gathering as a first step, and proposed that a formal charge be formulated for approval at the next Executive Committee meeting.
This discussion led to a proposal that the Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate look at ways in which the Senate’s standing committee structure could be improved. Chairperson Scott, who co-chairs the Governance Committee, will bring this topic to the committee for examination.
Senate Revitalization Committee: Secretary Swalagin, co-chair of the Revitalization Committee, responded to questions regarding that committee’s activities. At the last meeting of the 1998-99 Senate, the Revitalization Committee’s recommendation regarding election of faculty Senators by Faculty Councils was referred back to the committee for further consideration, and the Senate approved a resolution that the Revitalization Committee continue its work. On motion and duly seconded, the Executive Committee issued the following charge:
The Senate Revitalization Committee and Committee on University Governance and Role, Composition and Function of the Senate shall meet jointly to resolve additional issues related to both committees’ standing charges, and to review the Revitalization Committee’s charge with a view toward determining whether that charge has been satisfied.
The Executive Committee asked the Secretary to plan one additional, alternate meeting at the end of each year or semester in the future if possible to decrease the possibility of unmanageably heavy agendas for the last meeting of the year.
Response to University Senate ROTC Resolution: The Executive Committee asked the Secretary to transmit to the Senate President Lawrence’s September 1999 memoranda to Chairperson Scott transmitting the Report of the ROTC Resolution Committee and to Professor George Sigel (Chair, President’s Advisory Committee on the ROTC Resolution of the Rutgers University Senate), as well as the report’s Executive Summary. Secretary Swalagin will transmit those documents and will also try to obtain an electronic copy of the report to post on the Senate’s website, and will ask Senator Pifer, Equal Opportunity Committee chair, if he would like to have added to a Senate agenda a response from his committee.
Discontinuance of the Cook College BS Program in Professional Occupational Education: Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning Christine Haska’s September 13, 1999 memorandum to the Senate Executive Committee regarding discontinuance of the Cook College bachelor of science program in Professional Occupational Education was reviewed. On motion and duly seconded, the Executive Committee accepted the recommendation of the Cook College faculty that the program be discontinued.
October 22 Senate Meeting Agenda:
The Executive Committee instructed Secretary Swalagin to ask all standing committee chairs to provide summaries of their reports in writing for distribution to the Senate prior to the Senate meeting, and, if those summaries could be obtained and prepared beforehand, to docket ten minutes on the Senate’s agenda for related questions only to committee chairs. President Lawrence’s State of the University Address will be the first item on the October 22 Senate agenda following the chair’s and secretary’s reports. The following agenda items were carried over from the cancelled September Senate meeting: a motion to remove from the table and return to committees the joint Educational/Athletic Policy Committees’ Resolution on Access to majors, which was tabled at the May 1999 Senate meeting; and standing committee reports.
Old Business: The following charge, discussed at the September 3, 1999 Executive Committee meeting, was approved and formally issued to the Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility as charge S-9909:
Examine the issue of the potential conflict between the public’s right to know about the activities of faculty and the right of faculty to be free of harassment and intimidation in their pursuit of inquiries that are controversial. Recommend which specific kinds of data/documents should be released to external organizations and under what circumstances, as covered broadly by NJ Right- to-Know Statute and common law.
The Executive Committee requested the Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility’s report by January 2000.
Educational Policy Committee Chair Borisovets pointed out that the Educational Policy Committee’s charge S-9906 requests evaluation of the WinterSession after it takes place, and asked that the deadline therefore be corrected to April 2000. The change was approved.
Adjournment: On motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m. by Chairperson Scott.
Executive Secretary of the Senate