Executive Committee, 874th Meeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 963


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Old Business
    1. A “21st Century CUNY” responses received by UFS
    2. Planning for a joint meeting with USS Exec about pending legislation
    3. Taking a joint approach with SUNY UFS/FCCC on higher ed funding
    4. Fall/spring conferences
  4. New Business
    1. Resolution from Prof. Zevin
    2. Approve Plenary Agenda
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.
    2. Chair


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Terrence Martell, at 8:30 a.m. in room 1002 of Board Headquarters. Also present were: Kathleen Barker, Hugo Fernandez, Kay Conway, Jay Weiser, Phil Pecorino, Karen Kaplowitz, Emily Tai, and Michael Barnhart.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Old Business
    1. A “21st Century CUNY” steering committee – The CUNY website was recently put up soliciting input from faculty and others as to what CUNY should be in 10 years.  The UFS would get the word around and urge everyone to contribute ideas.  Several noted that for real change to occur CUNY would have to break the habit of never trimming sagging ventures and putting the money into more timely programs. Chair Martell agreed to see whether the Steering Committee would be willing to share its preliminary report with the Executive Committee. (Prof. Pecorino, in view of a looming cut in the math requirement CUNY-wide, suggested that the UFS write to trustees asking them what role math literacy played in their own personal careers.)
    2. Taking a joint approach with SUNY UFS/FCCC on higher ed funding – The Chair, with the Committee’s blessing, would float the idea at the first SUNY UFS plenary.
  4. New Business
    1. Planning for a joint meeting with USS about the CUNY Budget – The Chair would speak with the current student trustee, Joseph Awadjie, about having a few members from each Executive Committee meet together with Budget VC Sapienza for a briefing only about the pending budget bill passed by both Houses but unsigned by the Governor that would force the State to cover mandatory costs even when tuition is rising.   Some members favored a larger meeting on broader budget topics.
    2. Structure of Plenaries and FGL meetings – The September plenary had been long, with two vice chancellors, a resolution, and numerous reports. All were in favor of ending plenaries whenever possible at 8 p.m., making them an hour and a half long. Priority should be giving to standing committees to report when time is short, not to UFS representatives to Board committees. It was agreed the office would send agendas of Board committees to all senators, not just the FGLs.
  5. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.
    2. Chair – VC Schaffer had asked for a UFS representative for a task force he is forming on crowd-funding, monies raised online by faculty for research, class projects, etc. It was not clearly exactly what the issue was, and the Chair would ask him to clarify. (Chair Martell later located a suitable volunteer: Professor Laxmi Ramasubramnin of Hunter College, who does research in this area.)  It was expected that the central office will have finished by November 4 compiling from the campuses an inventory of all the activities they offer that might reasonably count as “experiential learning.”

There was a discussion of whether the Chancellor’s University Report was in the public domain.  All agreed that such reports were public and not confidential even though they may be hard to locate online.

An announcement to FGLs had been sent, reminding them of the need to push their provosts to share COACHE results with the faculty in a timely way.  It was not clear whether the results would be easily readable by faculty not specialists in surveys, or whether faculty would need some training to interpret the results.  It was also unclear what level of detail would be presented to the faculty at the different colleges.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:17 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps