Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE:  November 21, 1997

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Aisenbrey, Anderson, Appleton, Arias, Barber, Barone, Bartov, Bathory, Beatty, Berz, Bhoj, Blair, Boikess, Borisovets, Boylan, Calabrese, Carlson, Carlton, Cooney, Crew, Crozier, Crupi, Crystal, Davenport, Decker, E. Dennis, R. Dennis, Dill, DiTomaso, D’Jamoos, Doshna, Drewes, Elias, Emanetoglu, Feighn, Feinman, Flanagan, Forman, Gang, Gary, George, Goodman, Greven, Haidet, Hall, Harris, Haska, Hughes, Italiano, Janes, Kaplan, Kaplowitz, Kirschner, Koehler, Krantz, Krueckeberg, Lang, Lattimer, Lawrence, Lehman, Leontiades, Levinson, Li, Magryta, Mayer, McCabe, McCloughan, McLoof, Miller, Molnar, Mulé, Narvaez, Nash, Naus, Orenstein, Pedersen, Perney, Pifer, Pomper, Puniello, Rabinowitz, Reed, Rockland, Roth, Ruvolo, Samuels, Sass, Scott, Seneca, Shailor, Shapiro, Shappell, Sigel, Simmons, Snyder, Solimine, Sugarman, Szatrowski, Tao, Tortajada, Toth, Tripolitis, A. Watts, Webb, Wilkinson, M. Wilson, R. Wilson, Winterbauer

EXCUSED:  Bagnell, Bell, Benson, Berman, Clarke, Evans, Finstein, Frenkel, Gaunt, Gilchrist, Griffith, Hunt, Hyndman, Jacobs, Jones, Kubey, Manhoff, Marlys, Rabin, Rotker, Tangri, Van Til, Wadia, T. Watts, Whipple, Young, Znayenko

ABSENT:  Abrams, Bailey, Bartkowski, Belton, Benjamin, Blumenschine, Bottega, Bruner, Burger, Burton, Caprio, Clayton, Colaizzi, Davidson, Douriet, Fitzgerald, Foley, Hosford, Idler, Jarvis, Jussim, Kenfield, Laskaris, LeBaron, Lees, Lesser, Liivak, Logie, McAfee, Mccloskey, McCoy, Monaco, O’Donnell, Panayotatos, Pelaez, Poole, Rainey, Rodriguez, Rosen, Rothberg, Scheinbeim, Shafer, Srinidhi, St. Peter, Staton, Stojsin, Taghon, Tomie, Vasconcelos, Williams

NON-VOTING MEMBERS ABSENT:  Benevento, Cortese, Salpas

PRESIDING OFFICER:  Louie Crew, Chairperson Chairperson Crew called the meeting to order at 1:20 p.m. and declared that there was a quorum.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY:  The Agenda was approved as distributed. The minutes of October 24, 1997 were approved as distributed by the Secretary.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT:  President Lawrence commended the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee for its work, and encouraged the Senate to devote ample time to the day's consideration of the calendar.  

President Lawrence reported on the State of the University and reinvestment plans and activities.  He thanked the Rutgers community for its support of reinvestment, saying that he had received comments from people on all three campuses expressing their hopes for additional years of reinvestment, adding that those hopes were his dreams.  Saying that Rutgers' importance as a comprehensive, major research university serving a large area of New Jersey deserves appropriate recognition from the state, especially in terms of funding, President Lawrence promised to make that case even more strongly in the coming year, knowing that many of those present would work toward that goal as well.

President Lawrence reported on the progress of the second SROA process, addressing the difficulties of allocating $4 million in available SROA funds when requests are received for twice that amount.  He encouraged all who were not yet successful in receiving SROA funding to be patient. He thanked all involved in the process, particularly the Committee for the Future, cited Hans Fisher's report on the success of leveraging SROA funds to secure additional funding, and stressed that similar leveraging efforts to bring in outside funding are vital to the success of the program.

On RUNet 2000, President Lawrence said that work continues on track, that additional funding sources continue to be explored, and that it is vital for the university to have a high-quality voice, video and data network.

President Lawrence then spoke about the recently released report of the Commission on Higher Education's Capacity Study, saying that, while there are many good aspects of the report which merit support, there are a few problems.  He noted that the report: lacks an overarching vision which should inform the governance of New Jersey's higher education system; challenges institutional autonomy by attempting to shift away from the university community determinations of which academic programs should be offered; and fails to limit further growth of doctoral-degree-granting public institutions.  He commended the report's reassertion of the importance of insuring access to higher education for an increasingly diverse population, for economically and educationally disadvantaged students, and for those who speak English as a second language, as well as for recommending enhanced state support for programs serving those students, such as EOG, TAG, and ESL.

President Lawrence then strongly criticized the Capacity Study's conclusion that "New Jersey should not make the recruitment of high-achieving students a priority, and additional state funding should not be directed for that purpose."  He said that the continuing acceptance of the "brain drain" or outmigration of about 70 percent New Jersey's high-achieving students has serious consequences in terms of the quality of New Jersey's higher education system.  Citing the success of this year's Outstanding Scholars Recruitment Program in enrolling 700 high-achieving New Jersey students at Rutgers, an increase of 20 percent over last year, President Lawrence said that the "brain drain" can and should be stemmed, and that the state should make that a priority.  He then asked all who could to participate in and testify at upcoming CHE open hearings on the Capacity Study's findings and recommendations.

President Lawrence then responded to questions from the floor.

Senator Boylan asked about the validity of a recent newspaper report announcing a Brookdale Community College/Rutgers University joint venture through which a post-associate degree partnership would lead to a bachelor's degree.  President Lawrence responded that, while discussions with Brookdale and other community colleges are ongoing, no specific programs had been finalized.

Senator Pifer, Chair of the Equal Opportunity Committee, asked about the status of the Senate's spring 1997 resolution urging the administration and Board of Governors to provide protection for transgendered persons by amending the nondiscrimination policy.  At President Lawrence's request, Vice President Seneca responded that discussions with counsel on this matter are continuing, and that he believes that transgendered persons are covered by the sexual-orientation policy.

REPORT OF THE REPRESENTATIVES TO BOARDS OF GOVERNORS AND TRUSTEES:  Senator Janes reported on the November 7, 1997 Board of Governors meeting, which was hosted by Provost Samuels on the Newark Campus, and which included: naming of Prof. David Oshinsky as a Board of Governors Professor; approval of refunding of certain university bonds; appointment of Deloitte & Touche as the University's external auditors; announcement of a joint degree program between the Bloustein School and some New Brunswick undergraduate colleges in public health and urban studies; building and program name changes; and a report on the University Heights Science Park in Newark.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Senator Blair reported on the November 14, 1997 meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, which included: a presentation by Prof. Hans Fisher, chair of the Committee for the Future, and a discussion of the SROA process; and initiation of a review of the first two years of the SROA process.  He said that the next meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, which is scheduled for December 5, will include a presentations by President Lawrence and Rutgers Foundation Director Michael Carroll, discussion of the current internal review of athletic policy, and consideration of the Capacity Task Force report.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:  Vice Chair Scott reported on the October 31, 1997 meeting of the Executive Committee, which included: President Lawrence's administrative report, which included comments on the Reinvest in Rutgers initiative; campus liaison reports; presentation and discussion of the academic calendar; NJPIRG and Targum concept plans; a proposed preliminary report on Affirmative Action for presentation by Vice President Seneca at the January 1998 Executive Committee meeting; and discussion of Senator Simmons' suggestions on Senate practices and procedures, and of Senator Boylan's suggestion regarding Board of Governors meetings.

CAMPUS FACULTY LIAISON:  Prof. Laguna-Diaz reported on the November 17, 1997 meeting of the Newark Faculty Council, which included: discussion of the SROA and Reinvestment in Rutgers processes; and a report on the Newark College Honors Program.  The next meeting of the Newark Faculty Council will be on December 15.

COMMITTEE REPORT:  Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee: Senator Rabinowitz, chair of the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee, presented a revised, proposed University Academic Calendar for 1998- 1999, 1999-2000, and 2000-2001.  He summarized for the Senate a memorandum he had distributed at the meeting which described the elements considered in formulating the calendar (a copy of which is attached to the master copy of these minutes).  A motion from the floor to adopt the calendar as presented was seconded. Chairperson Crew opened the discussion.

Senator Shappell made the following motion: "I move that a second reading day be added to the spring 1999 term.  The second reading day will be held Monday, May 3, and classes for May 3 will be held on the previous Friday, April 30.  As a result, classes on April 30 will be cancelled."  The motion to amend the calendar was seconded.  Senator Shappell spoke on behalf of his amendment. Senator Barber asked if the motion could be amended to clearly indicate that only the classes originally scheduled for Friday, April 30 would be cancelled.  Senator Shappell accepted the change in wording.

Discussion was extended for 15 additional minutes after the initial 15-minute discussion period expired.  The question was called, ending debate.  The motion to add April 30 as a second day to the spring 1999 reading period, to hold classes originally scheduled for Monday, May 3 on Friday, April 30, and to cancel classes originally scheduled for April 30, was passed.  

The University Academic Calendar for 1998-1999, as amended, was approved.

Chairperson Crew opened discussion on the 1999-2000 Academic Calendar.  President Lawrence moved to table the 1999- 2000 and 2000-2001 Academic Calendars until the Academic Calendar and Commencement Committee could consider the issues raised during the Senate's discussion of the 1998-1999 Academic Calendar.  The motion to table was seconded and approved.

NEW BUSINESS:  Senator Naus, chair of the Budget Committee, in response to the Commission on Higher Education’s Blue Ribbon Task Force Capacity Study report, moved that the Senate endorse the following recommendation: "Given that the Commission on Higher Education's committee made the following recommendation, 'Institutions that wish to aggressively recruit larger numbers of high-achieving, outmigrating students or resident students act at the direction of their board of trustees, but the recruitment of these students is not viewed as a statewide priority, and additional state funding should not be directed for that purpose. ' We disagree with this recommendation.  It is critical for our state's development in all ways to keep future innovators and leaders.  We strongly recommend additional state funding should continue to be directed for the purpose of scholarships and high-quality academic programs that are necessary for the recruitment of high-achieving students, and provide the best education for all students.  The commission should reaffirm in practical terms the goal of an outstanding state higher-education system of the highest quality for the benefit of all our students and the present and future of our state."  The motion was seconded.  

Senator Tao moved to amend the agenda to add the standing proposal on the agenda as Old Business for consideration before the Senate.  The motion was seconded, and passed.

OLD BUSINESS:  The recommendation moved by Senator Naus under New Business was added to the agenda as Old Business.  Senator Tao then called the question.  After seconding, the motion to endorse the Budget Committee's recommendation to the Commission on Higher Education was unanimously approved by the Senate.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business before the University Senate, on motion and duly seconded, the meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m. by Chairperson Crew.

Kenneth W. Swalagin
Secretary of the University Senate

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