Executive Committee, 872nd Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015
8:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Old Business
    1. Libraries/IT Committee Resolution on Intellectual Property
    2. Spring Conference Brody’s proposal
    3. COACHE Survey Results (if any)
    4. New members for Academic Affairs Committee
  4. New Business
    1. “21st Century CUNY” steering committee
    2. Experiential Learning task force
    3. Latest revisions to sexual harassment policy
    4. Approve Plenary Agenda (draft attached)
    5. Approve FGL Agenda (draft attached)
  5. Invited Guest, Chancellor Milliken (and new EVC Rabinowitz), 10 a.m.
  6. 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 12 Noon in room 818 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. Organizational Matters
    1. Standing Committee Chairs and EC Liaisons/Representatives & Alternates on Trustee Committees; Other Committee Appointments – For results, see attached. It was agreed to continue experimenting next year with standing committees by reducing the size to about 10, and making the selection of members a matter decided between the chairs, the staff, and the Executive Committee instead of having an open call. The open call had caused people to join committees casually but then not ever to participate, making quorum often difficult. Standing committees would also be given a choice when and where to meet – if they want to meet before plenary they may, but they would asked to start at 4:30 (half an hour earlier than is traditional). Four meetings a year was thought to be sufficient if the committees used subcommittees wisely.
    2. A community college member would be sought for the Committee on Advanced Technology. Prof. Albrecht would be asked to nominate someone.
    3. It was thought that Prof. Martin Burke, who would be taking over as chair of the Status of Faculty, might like to be relieved from the SPS governing committee.
    4. The Academic Freedom Committee, it was decided, would be placed on stand-by, pending any complaints from the campuses about violations. Professor Weiser and Pecorino would review any cases and make that decision.
    5. The membership of the Academic Affairs Committee would be given a make-over for next year, with the arrival of a new EVC for Academic Affairs.
    6. Reassigned Time – For results, see attached.
    7. Approval of Dates for Next Year – For results, see attached.
    8. Ideas for speakers/panels at plenaries next year/fall & spring conferences – The fall conference, it was already decided, would be about the interface of K-12 and CUNY. Prof. Brody’s proposal (Object Centered Learning in the Digital Age) would be considered for the spring conference.
    9. Review Standing Committee Reports/Thoughts on Mandates – The Chair would meet with standing committee chairs over the summer to refine their committee mandates.
  4. New Business
    1. Retiree email policy – Noted.
    2. Library Committee resolution on intellectual property – It was thought the issue needed close vetting and should not be presented to the May plenary. Consideration was postponed until September.
    3. Update on PMP – A recent email from Cheryl Littman was noted.
    4. Report of the Chair – The Chair asked members to reflect on what the goals should be for the next academic year. Below is a summary of the discussion.

Three General Goals:

  • Increase UFS visibility and image among the Chancellor and the Trustees (invite him more frequently to UFS meetings, socialize with Trustees, communicate with them effectively, be appropriately cooperative, etc.)
  • Participate to maximum extent in initiatives, such as Academic Scheduling, Strategic Framework, Full Admissions on CUNYFirst; also ensure that the appropriate Executive Committee members meet on a regular basis with senior management
  • Maintain effective communication with the Student Senate

Specific Goals:

  • Work with EVC Rabinowitz to ensure that the results of the COACHE survey are used most effectively to inform needed changes
  • Finish work on pension reform (with Commack Group)
  • Seek written policy on retirees use of libraries
  • Increase plenary attendance
  • Push for more resources for faculty hiring and support
  • Push for more faculty involvement in admissions (York just discontinued this role)
  • Expand/improve UFS blog; target audiences better and get word out to them better
  • Explore subsidized housing for faculty

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Bill Phipps