New Plan Replaces 1992 Plan, Provides Improved Manageability, Reduces Duplication of Effort, and Reinforces the College Council’s Role as the College’s Sole Governance Body
Brooklyn, NY – Medgar Evers College today announced that the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a new governance plan for the College at the June 24 Board of Trustees meeting. The new plan goes into effect immediately and repeals the existing governance plan which had been in place for more than 20 years.
The 1992-dated governance plan provided for a very large College Council (108 members) and very complex procedures with respect to the operation of the College Council, the appointment, reappointment and promotion processes, and the amendment of the governance plan itself. For many years, the College Council had difficulty in achieving a quorum or in transacting business. The Perez decision of the New York Court of Appeals holds that college councils are public bodies and therefore subject to the Open Meetings Law, the Freedom of Information Law, and other statutes governing public bodies.
Due to the lengthy procedures under the 1992 plan, time did not permit the new governance plan to be reviewed. However, the new plan was the result of numerous meetings between the College’s Governance Committee and the University’s General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.
The new governance plan makes changes to accomplish the College’s business goals and to make it more consistent with the governance plans of other CUNY campuses. Some of the changes are as follows:
• Any and all references to the “Faculty Organization” have been eliminated making clear that the College Council is the sole governance body of the college.
• The new plan reduces the size of the College Council (from 108 to 72 members) and increases the percentage of its members who are faculty (from 50 percent to 70 percent).
• The new plan provides for the election of alternates, thereby making it easier to achieve a quorum.
• The new plan reconstitutes the Executive Board to include four senior administrators and eliminates members who are not faculty or students.
• The new plan reduces the number of committees, many of which rarely meet or whose functions are performed elsewhere within the College.
• The new plan eliminates as duplicative the Academic Review Committee, thereby making the College-wide P&B Committee (somewhat reconstituted) the sole committee between the departmental P&B committees and the President regarding appointments, reappointments, promotion and tenure.
• The new plan simplifies amendment procedures. Ratification will now need only a vote by a majority of the voting faculty and either a majority of the voting non-faculty instructional staff or a majority of the voting students.
A full copy of the Board resolution and the newly-adopted plan can be found at www.mec.cuny.edu.
Contact: Dawn S. Walker (718) 530-4539