Executive Committee, 860th Meeting
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
9:30 a.m., 205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of June 3, 2014
  3. Reports
    1. Overview of Univ. of Nebraska Structures and Policies (Prof. Kaplowitz)
  4. Old Business
    1. Ideas for Charter Amendments (Prof. Pecorino’s draft enclosed)
    2. Two New Committees (Academic Policy and Enrollment Management; draft mandates enclosed)
    3. Fall Conference
  5. New Business
    1. Logue Experiment on Math and Remediation (enclosed)
  6. Organizational
    1. Annual Meeting with SUNY/FCCC
    2. Review Standing Committee Mandates
    3. Approval of Plenary Agenda
    4. Approval of FGL Agenda
  7. Report of the 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 – The agenda was adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – The minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. Organizational Matters
    1. Standing Committee Chairs and EC Liaisons/Representatives & Alternates on Trustee Committees – The approved appointments are attached to these minutes.
    2. Other Committee Appointments – The approved appointments are attached to these minutes.
    3. New Special Committees on Academic Policy and Enrollment Management – Prof. Kaplowitz volunteered to review the draft mandate over the summer for a new Academic Policy Committee and revise it according to discussion at the meeting. Professor Barnhart volunteered to do the same for the Enrollment Management Committee.
    4. Prof. Kaplowitz passed along a request from the student representative to CAPPR that the UFS consider supporting a campaign for CUNY to divest itself from stocks related to the fossil fuel industry by voting on a resolution at the next plenary. Members agreed that this would not be an appropriate subject for the UFS to take up.
    5. Reassigned Time – The request is attached to these minutes.
    6. Approval of Dates for Next Year – The approved dates are attached to these minutes.
    7. Ideas for conferences and/or speakers/panels at plenaries next year – Prof. Conway volunteered to organize the fall conference on the topic of online education. She will be assisted by Prof. Pecorino.  Ideas for a spring conference included a look at programs like ASAP, CUNYStart, or perhaps at the general craze of “accelerated” programs and their pros and cons. Prof. Barnhart agreed to try to flesh out the idea for further discussion in the fall.
    8. Ideas for Charter Amendments – Members were asked to give this some thought over the summer. A list of possibilities was distributed (attached to these minutes).
    9. Review Standing Committee Reports/Thoughts on Mandates – This would be done with committee chairs and liaisons in August.
  4. New Business
    1. Support for Revival of Vallone Scholarships – The University Student Senate had asked UFS Student Affairs Chair Siochain Hughes if the UFS perhaps could join the USS in urging the City Council to revive these scholarships. The motion was unanimously passed.
  5. Report of the Chair – Members agreed that the foremost goal for the coming year would be to develop an active, positive, and diplomatic working relationship with the new Chancellor. Other projects for the coming year will be participating in the review of Pathways, monitoring the task force that is reorganization doctoral science education, build up attendance and fill delegations from the campuses. Prof. Kaplowitz volunteered to contact personally senators with bad attendance records, and in general to contact all senators with the message that the upcoming year with a new Chancellor will be pivotal and that they should participate.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps

Proposed Standing Committee Mandates 2014-2015

A. Libraries and Information Technology – Jochen Albrecht (chair), Phil Pecorino (liaison)

  1. General Jurisdiction: To monitor the effectiveness of the University’s library system in meeting CUNY’s research and teaching needs; also to assess the effectiveness of the IT system in supporting CUNY’s academic goals.
  2. Goals for 2014-15 Academic Year:
    1. The committee will focus this year on Information Technologies and continue to monitor library issues.
    2. Improve communication. This starts with improving the UFS website and extends to lobbying with CUNY Central for an open flow of information from 42nd St to individual faculty members. Examples include streamlining information flow from vendors of site licensed software, CUNYfirst tutorials as well as faculty feedback, improving the online catalog, and better communication about major university-wide events and new faculty programs.
    3. Monitor CUNY on-line and hybrid instruction developments and seek active involvement in related strategic initiatives from the Chancellor’s Office. Committee members will run a panel aimed at addressing concerns many faculty have about on-line instruction.
    4. Evaluate progress of the Institutional Repository and the Digital Commons platform advocated by the UFS Open Access Group. Explore progress of a phase II custom made repository for the University. As part of this goal, the committee will instigate options for online storage and permanent links of theses submitted from 2015 onward.
    5. The committee will continue to ask UFS representatives from the IT Steering Committee, Committee on Academic Technology (CAT), and the Open Access Group to provide updates.

The central administration contacts for this committee are the Chief Librarian, the Chief

Information Officer, and the Executive Vice Chancellor/Chief Operating Officer.

B. Status of the Faculty* – Jason Young (chair), Emily Tai (liaison)

  1. General Jurisdiction:  To monitor the well-being of CUNY’s faculty as it is affected by the University’s personnel policies that are not explicitly defined as terms and conditions of employment under the jurisdiction of the PSC.
  2. Focus for 2014-15 Academic Year:
    1. Examine any issues related to the status of the faculty that may appear on the agenda of the Board of Trustees Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration and report findings to UFS Chair.  Work with that Committee’s faculty representative.
    2. After seeking input from the UFS and holding internal committee discussion, identify three current issues (one related to contingent faculty, one related to faculty quality of life, and one related to a pivotal policy change under way this year) and establish subcommittees to study these issues and make recommendations. Report findings to the UFS.  Note —  for the coming year action items might include:  polling campuses to find out about their faculty exchange programs and suggesting those models to other campuses; brainstorming ideas to bring faculty together intellectually both on individual campuses and cross-campus (through CUNY Commons, discipline meetings, etc.); examining retiree email policy; continuing to find ways to increase the visibility of adjuncts on the campuses; continuing to seek faculty influence in shaping the PMP.

The central administration contacts for this committee are the Vice Chancellor for Faculty and

Staff Relations, and the Vice Chancellor for Labor Relations.

*Note from Chair Young: “At this time, senators are requested to think of critical issues they would like the Status of the Faculty Committee to address.  The Committee seeks to identify 1-2 issues in each of the 3 areas mentioned in the mandate to address in the coming year and depends on the UFS body’s input at this early stage to determine this year’s focus. Please send suggested issues to be considered by the full Committee to Prof. Jason Young, Chair, Status of the Faculty Committee, jason.young@hunter.cuny.edu .”

C. Academic Freedom – Peter Alexanderson (chair), Jay Weiser (liaison)

  1. General Jurisdiction:  Maintain vigilance for threats to academic freedom at CUNY.  Draft statements on appropriate issues for Executive Committee and UFS endorsement. Receive and evaluate inquiries from individual faculty members and college faculty groups about possible violations of academic freedom. Publicize the UFS Statement on Academic Freedom, online at www.cunyufs.org/academicfreedom.pdf.
  2. Focus for 2014-15 Academic Year:
    1. Continue from last year trying to examine whether there are forms of assessment at CUNY which might pose potential threats to academic freedom.
    2. Discuss trends in governance dynamics at CUNY in recent years, and report on any developments that may affect faculty participation in governance.

The central administration contact for this committee is the Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs.

D. Student Affairs– Vacant (chair), Manfred Philipp (liaison)

  1. General Jurisdiction:  Foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the UFS and the University Student Senate on issues of common interest.
  2. Focus for 2014-15 Academic Year:
    1. TBD.