Executive Committee, 885th Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 963
- Adoption of the Agenda
- Adoption of the Minutes of Sept. 27, 2016 (enclosed)
- Questions for the Chancellor and Provost (draft enclosed)
- Invited Guests, Chancellor Milliken and Provost Rabinowitz, 10:00 a.m.
- Old Business
- Fall workshop on budget and spring conference on governance (Prof. Kaplowitz’s and Pecorino’s revised program of latter will be available)
- Fall 2017 Conference
- Communication and Process issues (update on small group of faculty Profs. Tai and Weiser are forming to consult with on UFS communication strategy)
- Charter revisions follow-up (update on Prof. Burke’s effort to convene small group of professional school faculty about their role in UFS)
- Experiential Learning update (Alyssa Vine email enclosed)
- Update on membership of Academic Affairs Committee
- Update on any foreseen demands RE: religious holidays at CUNY
- Update on UFS representative for Chancellor’s task force to expand online education
- List from Office showing senators and their committees
- New Business
- Chair Thompson’s letter to the State Inspector General on “cleaning up CUNY” (letter enclosed)
- Anti-bullying (request to address plenary on this topic)
- Inquiry RE: Letter to Chapter Chairs (email enclosed)
- Irregularities in governance recently and how to approach strategically (e.g., CAPPR’s attempt to pass an item without a meeting & OAA’s lack of consultation on Master Plan)
- Approve Plenary agenda (draft enclosed) – Do any of this month’s Board items warrant being included?
- Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.
- IT (Prof. Pecorino)
- Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as proposed.
- Adoption of the Minutes of Sept. 27, 2016 – Adopted as proposed.
- Questions for the Chancellor and Provost – Current CUNY issues were prioritized and then questions were chosen accordingly to ask the guests about when they arrived.
- Invited Guests, Chancellor Milliken and Provost Rabinowitz – Discussion included how OAA’s Faculty Advisory Board, run by OAA’s new Office of Faculty Affairs, might be expanded beyond programming to serve also as a forum for the concerns of CUNY faculty members. All agreed that the natural place to look for such concerns would be problem areas revealed by the COACHE survey.
- There was discussion about how shared governance, communication, and transparency are working at CUNY, both in regard to relations between the UFS and the central administration, and to presidents’ relations with governance bodies on their campuses.
- There was brief discussion about the October 9 letter from the Chair of the BoT to the NYS Inspector General asking her to investigate “waste, fraud, and abuse…and…any unethical or illegal activities” taking place at CUNY. There was nothing new to add to what has been made public thus far.
- There was discussion of the prospects of CUNY’s annual Budget Request being approved in Albany. There is a concern that without a significant increase in public funding, three will be a need for increased tuition, and our ability to raise tuition is also in question. The current budget request asks NYC to increase their funding to the senior colleges; NYC’s funding of the senior colleges has remained unchanged for several decades.
- In the face of CUNY’s plan to expand online education, plans for faculty involvement in related governance issues were discussed. Currently an ad hoc committee of college presidents are considering the use of outside vendors for marketing, instructional design, enrollment management, etc. in order to achieve some consistency across the system. The committee will make recommendations to the Chancellor by year end.
- CUNY will use both the results of the recent COACHE survey and the goals stated in the forthcoming Strategic Plan in connection with the Performance Management Program, the framework which the Chancellor uses annually to evaluate college presidents. Strategic Plan goals for campuses will include higher graduation rates, more diversity, skill at managing the budget, better fund raising, smart enrollment management, etc. The Executive Committee will make a recommendation to the Chancellor re PMP items, and will make a recommendation to the Provost regarding a COACHE item for the Faculty Advisory Board to take under consideration.
- The School of Professional Studies is still expected to spin off as an independent college; only one formal approval is outstanding. The Murphy Institute will not become independent but will become affiliated with one of the colleges.
- In the effort to increase opportunities to CUNY students for experiential learning, the focus currently is on developing internships.
- Old Business
- Fall workshop on budget and spring conference on governance – Progress on both. A “hold the date” will be sent widely for the April 28 conference.
- Fall 2017 Conference – Tentatively approved was a conference that examines a handful of “disruptors” of higher education today that will undoubtedly change higher education significantly over the next 20 years. Examples include the defunding of public colleges, reliance on contingent faculty, increased online learning, etc. Professors Burke and Barker will provide a broad outline for a proposed conference, two meetings hence.
- Communication and Process issues (update on small group of faculty Profs. Tai and Weiser are forming to consult with on UFS communication strategy) – Progress.
- Charter revisions follow-up (update on Prof. Burke’s effort to convene small group of professional school faculty about their role in UFS) – Progress.
- Experiential Learning update – see above.
- Update on membership of Academic Affairs Committee – The roster is almost complete.
- Update on any foreseen demands RE: religious holidays at CUNY – The Chair is getting information on this issue from Human Resources and Legal. One member noted that closing colleges on religious holidays is illegal under State law.
- Update on UFS representative for Chancellor’s task force to expand online education – see above.
- List from Office showing senators and their committees – Noted.
- New Business
- Chair Thompson’s letter to the State Inspector General on “cleaning up CUNY” – see above.
- Anti-bullying – A non-senator had requested to address plenary on this topic. That person will be invited to place a flyer at the members’ item table at plenary to see how much interest the topic might generate.
- Inquiry – There had been an inquiry from a faculty member, which the Committee determined after review to be an HR, rather than a governance, issue.
- Ongoing discussions regarding governance recently and how to approach strategically (e.g., CAPPR’s attempt to pass an item without a meeting & OAA’s lack of consultation on Master Plan) – addressed above.
- Approve Plenary agenda – The draft was approved.
- Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc. – There were none.
- IT – No report.
- Trustees had received an anonymous letter questioning certain personnel practices on a campus. The information was shared with the campus FGL. All agreed there should be no reply.
- Staff would check whether searches were being planned for the VC’s of Student Affairs and Research; the UFS typically gets a representative.
- Members, if they had not already done so, were asked to hand in five sentence biographies to the office.
- All agreed an effort should be made to include photos in the UFS directory.
- Meetings of the Campus Climate Committee were proceeding.
There being for further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.