Executive Committee, 878th Meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 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
  4. Old Business
    1. Principles to guide CUNY response to possible Cuomo cuts
    2. Comparison of Chicago Statement with UFS Academic Freedom Statement
    3. Conflicts of Interest policy
  1. New Business
    1. Campus Climate Task Force
    2. Questions for Chancellor/Provost at Lunch
    3. Approval of Plenary Agenda
  1. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.

Lunch with Chancellor Milliken will take place upstairs at 12 Noon.


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, 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. A draft report on experiential learning is ready but not yet public. It recommends against making EL a degree requirement. *The strategic framework seems to be on the back burner due to the budget crisis. *The Faculty Advisory Council wants to begin doing a survey of faculty about not just the RF but all other quadrants involved in research success at CUNY: college grant offices, presidents/provosts, the VC for Research, the IRB process, etc. *Poster Day was a big success. *All agreed the Committee should seek from the Chancellor a place at the table in deciding CUNY’s response to potential State budget cuts. *It was decided not to hold a spring conference.
  4. Old Business
    1. How committees are faring, part II – A few progress reports were given.
    2. FYI: notes from meeting with SUNY/FCCC – Noted
  5. New Business
    1. Adopt Chicago Statement on free speech? – This would be taken up at the next meeting after this Statement was compared with the existing FUS Statement on Academic Freedom.
    2. For-profit prison divestment – Members felt this would have to be folded in with many pending questions about divestment.
    3. Resolution on Veterans Day – It was agreed that this was outside the UFS purview.
    4. Tentative Approval of Plenary Agenda – Items noted. To be finalized at next meeting.
  6. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc. – Prof. Barker noted that the Board of Trustees had approved reverse transfer, where community college students who transfer to 4-year colleges get their AA retroactively once they have earned the necessary credits. Two matters related to SPS were raised by Prof. Conway. First, UFS input on the new governance plan needed to be secured, so Chair Martell would remind John Mogulescu of this. Second, the UFS needs to alert the Provost that a search engine being developed by SPS to enable students to find online Gen Ed courses which could make it hard for the campuses to compete with their existing courses. Profs. Kaplowitz and Pecorino would meet soon with the Provost to do this, and to bring up other pertinent issues.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps