Executive Committee, 888th Meeting
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002

AGENDA

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of January 24th, 2016
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring conference on governance – update
    2. Further discussion of UFS web page—brief presentation by Matthew J. Cotter and Stasia Pasela—discussion about the website focused on how best to transition from the current two-pronged platform format to having all information under one provider, Weebly.
    3. Expressive Policy Update
    4. Fall Conference update – Kathleen and Martin
  1. New Business
    1. Approve Plenary agenda
    2. Discipline Councils: meeting of chairs on March 10th at 1 p.m, Room 0819
    3. 12/6 Calendar Discussion
  2. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.
    2. Chair

MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Katherine Conway, at 9:30 a.m.  Also present were Professors Karen Kaplowitz, Terrence Martell, Kathleen Barker, Michael Barnhart, Emily Tai, Jay Weiser, Philip Pecorino, and Martin Burke.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda—The agenda was adopted as proposed.
  2. Adoption of the Minutes of January 24th, 2016—The minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. Old Business
    1. Spring conference on governance – update—Professor Weiser suggested that a save the date box be posted on the UFS website and that registration take place via Surveymonkey. The conference schedule will be uploaded to the website soon. We need to confirm that an email went out to all UFS members as there seems to be some confusion; if not, the invite should go as soon as possible.
    2. Further discussion of UFS web page—brief presentation by Matthew J. Cotter and Stasia Pasela—discussion about the website focused on how best to transition from the current two-pronged platform format to having all information under one provider, Weebly. Discussion of functionality and content ensued, as well as consideration of using a CUNY platform. It was agreed that Weebly would be pursued; that a premium version would be paid for in order to get access to tech support and that the web site would be a priority before exploring other social media.
    3. Expressive Policy Update—Chair Conway summarized the discussion that occurred at the FGL meeting last week. In sum, few campuses seem to have the policy on their radar. Most opposition is coming from the doctoral students council.
    4. Fall Conference update – Professors Barker and Burke discussed their list of potential keynote speakers and/or panelists with the EC.   The body agreed that the list of speakers was acceptable and Profs. Barker and Burke will invite their first choice speaker and determine a date and then invite secondary speakers.
  1. New Business
    1. Approve Plenary agenda—The draft was preliminarily approved, and discussion as to whom should be invited ensued. It was decided that Trustee and Board Chair William Thompson would be the first choice.
    2. Discipline Councils: meeting of chairs on March 10th at 1 p.m, Room 0819. The group brainstormed questions/topics to cover with the discipline council chairs. Chair Conway requested that additional suggestions be sent to her in the coming week.
    3. 12/6 Calendar Discussion—Members discussed the merits and challenges of having all CUNY community colleges move from a 15-week semester to a 12-6 model. It was agreed that this model would better align these institutions with the goals and expectations of the recently proposed Excelsior Scholarship. Professor Pecorino and others voiced their concerns of how best to achieve these goals in light of the population most community colleges serve. Prof. Pecorino is working on a blog post on the topic.
  2. Reports
    1. Liaisons to Standing Committees/Reps to Board Committees, etc.—No time for this item.
    2. Chair—updated the members on the NY State Inspector General’s ongoing investigations. Members hoped that more information would be forthcoming. The Chair summarized the discussions which occurred at the Budget Advisory Committee.

Respectfully Submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter