Executive Committee, 868th Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
9:00 a.m., 205 E. 42nd Street
Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of February 24, 2015
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring Conference
    2. Statement on Experiential Learning requirement
    3. Draft Statement about faculty assignment of own textbooks
    4. Guidelines for Promotion, etc.
  4. New Business
    1. Approve Plenary Agenda (Charter revision needs 84 votes)
    2. Chair of Academic Freedom stepping aside temporarily
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Chairs of Advisory Committees, etc.
    2. Chair


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:  Kathleen Barker, Michael Barnhart, 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. Spring Conference – Prof. Conway did an informal survey at plenary and narrowed down the topics as the Committee suggested at its last meeting. The program should be full enough shortly to open registration.
    2. Review FGL highlights – Follow-up items from FGLs were reviewed. *It was decided to refer the possible gathering of campus policies/procedures on guidelines for promotion, reappointment, and tenure to the Status of the Faculty Committee.  *Academic Affairs would take up the ethical issue of whether professors should be allowed to assign their own textbooks to their classes and produce a pros and cons statement by the next FGL meeting. *Academic Affairs would also take up the issue how observations of faculty teaching online should be done.  *No survey would be done of reassigned time offered for governance activities at the various campuses.  The Committee would offer help if a campus asks for it.  *The Chair would request from Pres. Chase Robinson of the Grad School the report on doctoral education he is now working on.
    3. Experiential Learning requirement – The Governor is imposing on SUNY and CUNY a new graduation requirement of 3 credits devoted to “experiential learning.” Enactment is very likely because the measure is much favored by Chancellor Zimpher and the legislation the requirement is couched in essentially cannot be modified.  Strategy to oppose the measure at various levels was discussed.
    4. Community College faculty fellowships renewed – Noted.
  4. New Business – It had been learned that the Pathways review was under way, but no one knew yet who was being asked to participate.
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Chairs of Advisory Committees, etc. – Progress was reported.
    2. Chair – The Governor is now saying that SUNY and CUNY must get their performance budget plans actually approved by the State Budget Office by the deadline, not just prepare them by then. This is the 10% of impounded funds

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

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps