Executive Committee, 862nd Meeting
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
9:30 a.m. until 12 Noon
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of September 30, 2014
  3. Reports
  4. Old Business
    1. Progress on Charter Amendments
    2. Progress on Two New Committees (Academic Policy and Enrollment Management)
    3. Progress on Fall Conference
  5. New Business
    1. FYI — RF President responds to concerns from faculty
    2. Approve Plenary Agenda
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Representatives to Board Committees
    2. Chair

Lunch with Chancellor Milliken will take place at 12 Noon in room 1835–


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Terrence Martell, at 9:30 a.m. in room 1002 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 – The agenda was adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – The minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. Old Business – Progress on Charter Amendments – Agreed at this meeting:
    1. the Preamble is not part of this amendment process
    2. leave apportionment at one rep per 60 faculty (don’t lower to 50 to make UFS larger)
    3. don’t impose term limits on Exec members but instead elect a 10th member for a one year term every other year to ensure some turnover
    4. keep all at large members at 1 year terms
    5. any tie votes when the committee has 10 members would count as failed votes
    6. a clear Explanation paragraph should be included when these amendments are proposed to the UFS
    7. definition of quorum:  empty seats cannot be excluded in calculating quorum under Perez but one possibility (if consistent with State law) would be to declare seats not filled by the election deadline as empty subject to appointment by the Chair in conjunction with FGLs (the staff member pointed out that quorum problems don’t occur until late in meetings and that moving actions item earlier would solve most of the problem).
    8. Progress on Two New Committees (Academic Policy and Enrollment Management) – The rosters were shaping up. Chair Martell said he would become a member of Academic Policy. (The issue arose here about whether faculty governance bodies should cooperate with the request that they elect members to campus Pathways Course Review Committees. All agreed that such bodies should make these appointments, since this was part of the agreement that the UFS worked out with Interim Chancellor Kelly.)
    9. Progress on Fall Conference – Prof. Conway reported that organizing was almost finished. Members would see full details soon. Chancellor Milliken had agreed to give the Greetings.
  4. New Business – There was none.
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Representatives to Board Committees – Among the news: According to Prof. Conway, the Budget Advisory Committee had informed the VC for Budget that it would present its own data on the size of the Central Administration at the December plenary, which thus would be the last chance to include the CA’s own data rather than the estimates BAC had developed on its own.  Repeated requests for the CA’s own data had been met only partially. Some percentage information is available on the PMP website.  — According to Prof. Weiser, he and Trustee Shorter were making headway convincing the Facilities office to take a portfolio approach with its capital holdings. According to Prof. Tai, the Committee on Higher Ed in the Prisons recently had a successful meeting, and the UFS blog was making new posts frequently. VC Waters had hired a firm to review retiree benefits in general, according to Prof. Barker, who had recently been invited to a meeting on the subject with administrators. Library privileges varied campus to campus.  The Contract may have a bearing on whether certain benefits can be offered CUNY-wide; this is being studied. Standardizing the use of the Emerita/us title may be a key to doing this.
    2. Chair – One point of interest raised was whether the CUNY Board is reviewing in a timely manner (or reviewing at all) programs and initiatives that it routinely passes with the stipulation of review by a date certain. SPS was given as a possible example.

The Chair gave several examples of how the UFS was achieving small victories and signs of appreciation from the Board of Trustees and the administration.

The fossil fuel divestment movement is pushing its agenda.  He said he would oppose it if it comes to the Board on the grounds that it’s impractical since CUNY’s endowment is small and the portfolio does not contain individual stocks.

He concluded by saying that the volume of business for the Executive Committee should be going down as committee activity goes up according to the new plan of holding fewer plenaries and more committee meetings.  He stressed that liaisons from the Executive Committee to standing committees should view their role as supportive of committee chairs.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps