Executive Committee, 873rd Meeting
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
8:30 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” steering committee (website for input is up)
    2. Taking a joint approach with SUNY UFS/FCCC on higher ed funding
  4. New Business
    1. Planning for a joint meeting with USS about the CUNY Budget
    2. Structure of Plenaries and FGL meetings
  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. Libraries/IT Committee Resolution on Intellectual Property – After discussion, the resolution was approved for placement on the Plenary agenda. It was agreed that in presenting the resolution, Prof. Albrecht should say orally that by taking a training program with a stipend of $3,000 offered by CUNY to faculty, they may be forfeiting their IP rights.
    2. Spring Conference & Brody’s proposal – It was thought that Prof. Brody’s proposed topic, object-centered learning, did not have broad enough appeal for a whole conference. Perhaps a workshop sometime in February would be more suitable. Prof. Conway would speak with Prof. Brody about this idea.
    3. COACHE Survey Results – Some campuses have received results. All campuses should receive them by the following week. Provosts were invited by CUNY central to a webinar to help them understand the results; provosts were given the option of including faculty members in this. At the appropriate time, the UFS would make efforts to see that consultation with faculty on the results is as broad as possible.
    4. New members for Academic Affairs Committee – The Chair asked members to suggest names. He and the Chair, Prof. Brenkman, were working to re-populate the Committee whose original membership turned out to lack the desired types of variety.
  4. New Business
    1. “21st Century CUNY” steering committee – Members requested to see the roster of the steering committee (it turned out to be already online).
    2. Experiential Learning task force – A representative from John Mugulescu’s office, along with President Travis of John Jay, would make a presentation at the next FGL meeting.   The Chair had accepted the duty of informing faculty about the task force and its desire to get input from all interested faculty, and this will be the first part of that effort.
    3. Latest revisions to sexual harassment policy- Noted.
    4. Approve Plenary Agenda – The draft was approved.
    5. Approve FGL Agenda – The draft was approved.
  5. Invited Guest, Chancellor Milliken (and new EVC Rabinowitz) – The Chancellor expressed how pleased he was to have EVC Rabinowitz join his administration, saying that academics, under her leadership, would drive every aspect of the University. The Chancellor then discussed a number of funding issues from the past year, pending legislation that might help CUNY in several ways, and initiatives like 21st Century CUNY, which he urged everyone to contribute their ideas about how CUNY should be evolving. The point person for that initiative is a new hire in OAA named Annemarie Nicols-Grinenko, whose title is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.
    1. In response to questions, EVC Rabinowitz said her office intended to publish the CUNY-wide results of the COACHE survey and also would encourage college administrations to release results from their campuses and to engage in wide consultation with faculty. Next year, the survey will be incorporated into the PM
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc. – There were none.
    2. Chair – The Chair emphasized that his top goal for the year was to develop and to institutionalize better relations between the USS and the UFS. Standing committees are shaping up. He had met with their chairs and settled on mandates and membership for the year.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps