Executive Committee, 878th Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes
  3. Report of the Chair – (one topic = BoT vote on predictive analytics software)
  4. Old Business
    1. UFS Standing Committees
      1. Outreach to College Faculty Senates
      2. Math requirement (search in UFS blog for several posts on this)
  5. New Business
    1. Approve plenary agenda
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.


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: Kathleen Barker, Hugo Fernandez, Michael Barnhart, Kay Conway, Jay Weiser, Phil Pecorino, Emily Tai, and Karen Kaplowitz.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes – Adopted as proposed.
  3. Report of the Chair
    1. It was noted that the State Senate had voted to support Cuomo’s $485 million cut to CUNY, very bad news indeed. All agreed that faculty governance must assert itself as a rightful part of the process as CUNY moves to decide how to manage the cut, both centrally and at the colleges in general. The Chair would speak with the Chancellor about this.
  4. Old Business
    1. Principles to guide CUNY response to possible Cuomo cuts – Among the principles discussed were: whatever cuts are made should hold students harmless to the greatest extent; cut non-academic core items first
    2. Comparison of Chicago Statement with UFS Academic Freedom Statement – All agreed that the existing UFS academic freedom statement covered largely curricular issues, and that therefore the Chicago Statement should be separately affirmed by the UFS in an up or down vote. Such a resolution would be offered at the plenary.
    3. Conflicts of Interest policy – Prof. Pecorino confirmed that UFS input was reflected in this new version going to the Board.
  5. New Business
    1. Campus Climate Task Force – The UFS is to nominate members. Questions were raised whether this task force and the free expression task force of VC Schaffer should not be merged. Chair Martell would suggest this to the Chancellor.
    2. Questions for Chancellor/Provost at Lunch – Questions were framed and split up among members.
    3. Approval of Plenary Agenda – A few changes were made to the draft, which was then approved.
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps