Executive Committee, 861st Meeting
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
9:30 a.m. until 12 Noon
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  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
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Representatives to Board Committees
  7. Chair


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 – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of September 2, 2014 – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Reports
    1. Overview of University of Nebraska Structures and Policies – Contrasts were cited between CUNY and the college system led by Chancellor Milliken for the past 10 years: Nebraska faculty are not unionized; total students number 50,000; the central administration is tiny by comparison (for instance, the Office of Academic Affairs consists of six total staff); there are no community colleges in the Nebraska system; there is no diversity on the Board of Regents, no faculty representation, and token student representation. Some speculated that CUNY might experience a decentralization trend under the new chancellor, citing pros and cons.
  4. Old Business
    1. Ideas for Charter Amendments – A preliminary draft, prepared by Prof. Pecorino, was reviewed. Discussion will continue for much of the year. Most agreed that some provisions should be added to ensure reasonable turnover of members on the Executive Committee.  One new idea was to elect an additional member to that Committee for a one-year term, every other year. This would set up an automatic run-off the next year, it was hoped.  The idea of two-year, staggered terms for all Committee positions also found support. Another new idea was to lower the quorum requirement by no longer counting empty seats towards the quorum; however, it wasn’t clear that Perez would allow this. Prof. Pecorino would update the draft with these and other ideas discussed at the meeting.
    2. Two New Committees – Due to high interest, the membership of the Academic Policy Committee is shaping up. The aim is to have about 10 members. The Enrollment Management Committee was also recruiting members.
    3. Fall Conference – Prof. Conway presented her written outline of the Nov. 21 conference about online education, to approval. Hybrid courses will be covered, too.  Arranging speakers is in process.
    4. New Business
    5. Logue Experiment on Math and Remediation – Skipped due to the hour.
  5. Organizational
    1. Annual Meeting with SUNY/FCCC – Date will be determined.
    2. Review Standing Committee Mandates – Draft was approved.
    3. Approval of Plenary Agenda – Done.
    4. Approval of FGL Agenda – Done. There was some discussion of structuring the meetings more around selected topics on which the group could be surveyed in advance, in favor of spontaneous reports from the campuses. Members generally wanted to retain the traditional format however.
  6. Report of the Chair – The Chair reminded everyone of the opportunities ahead for the UFS with a new Chancellor. He noted that the search for Lexa Logue’s replacement (EVC for Academic Affairs) is under way, that an interim appointment had been made to former VC Weinshall’s position as head of Facilities, that the future of the CUNY BA program was still clouded (having just lost its long-time Executive Director), that the revamping of doctoral science education had been postponed for at least a year (deadlines proved to be too ambitious, the proposed structure unworkable, etc.), and that he had recently undertaken efforts in cooperation with Burt Sacks and others to find ways to lower the price of textbooks (efforts had stalled for the past several years).

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps