Executive Committee, 865th Meeting
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at latest
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 963


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Old Business
    1. Progress on Two New Committees (Academic Policy and Enrollment Management)
    2. Follow-up on Fall Conference
    3. Charter Amendments
    4. Addressing Jack Zevin’s Request
  4. New Business
    1. Resolution from Student Affairs Committee (see attached)
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board of Trustee Committees
    2. BAC
    3. Chair

Notes: We approved the plenary agenda at the last Exec.

Joint CUNY/SUNY Exec meeting will probably be on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at SUNY Optometry (it’s up in the air about a reception, whichever evening).


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Terrence Martell, at 9:30 a.m. in room 963 of Board Headquarters.  Also present were: Michael Barnhart, Kathleen Barker, Manfred Philipp, Kay Conway, Jay Weiser, Phil Pecorino, Karen Kaplowitz, and Emily Tai.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Old Business
    1. Progress of Two New Committees (Academic Policy and Enrollment Management) – The latter had met for the first time, with Bob Ptachik and Jim Murphy. They are all deciding what the key, ongoing agenda items will be. One issue arose about Early College Initiative students and how their grades are to be applied to their transcripts after being accepted at CUNY. To the next meeting Prof. Barnhart would bring some data to illustrate what the issue is.
    2. Progress on Fall Conference – All going well.
    3. Charter Amendments – Following the rather negative discussion with FGLs a few days earlier, the Committee agreed to drop two of its suggestions: the one that would give the Executive Committee, in conjunction with FGLs, a role in filling vacancies in campus delegations, and the one that would try to achieve some turnover on the Executive Committee by running an extra seat every other year. Prof. Weiser said he would try his hand writing up a few options for staggering seats or other making adjustments that might address turnover in other ways.
    4. Addressing Jack Zevin’s Request – The Committee was waiting to hear back from him on the estimated cost of assisting teacher ed students with State certification requirements.
  4. New Business
    1. Approve Plenary agenda – As proposed.
    2. Reports
      1. BAC – The Committee has requested from the Budget Office for some time an accounting of central administration costs. It has provided some information, but only of indirect value. At the December plenary, such information as is available then, and/or estimates and projections based on it, will be presented.
      2. FAC – A scientist from Hunter had been a recent guest. He suggested a number of ways that CUNY and the RF could facilitate cooperation among faculty in writing and submitting grants and could improve the quality of writing in grants (by paying for professional editors to work on the grant submission).
      3. Chair – Topics were solicited (by January 1) for a Spring Conference. Mentioned were how to help K-12 students transition to college (Profs. Pecorino and Barnhart will work on this) and how to expand Master’s programs at CUNY (Profs. Philipp and Weiser).
      4. Prof. Conway agreed to be the UFS rep to CUNY Conserves.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps