Executive Committee, 903rd Meeting
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
10:00 a.m., 205 E. 42nd Street
Room 1002

AGENDA

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of Minutes from June 20, 2018
  3. Old Business:
    1. Review and Discussion of Stefan Baumrin Letter
    2. Status of the Status of the Faculty Resolution
    3. Updates on the RF President and Chancellor Searches
    4. Update on University Student Senate and Student Activity Fees – Hugo Fernandez
    5. Update on University Student Senate Conference – Hugo Fernandez & Kimora
    6. Update on the Summer Meeting of the Enrollment Management Council – Jason Young
    7. UFS Charter Revisions – Kerin Coughlin
  4. New Business:
    1. Proposed Items for October 2, 2018 Plenary Agenda
    2. UFS Blog
    3. SUNY/CUNY UFS Annual Meeting
  5. Reports:
    1. Chair

MINUTES

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Martin J. Burke, at 10:00 A.M. Also present were Kathleen Barker, Hugo Fernandez, Kerin Coughlin, Jason Young, Kimora, John Verzani, Katherine Conway, and Philip Pecorino.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Adoption of Minutes from June 20, 2018 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Old Business:
    1. Review and Discussion of Stefan Baumrin Letter – after some discussion it was agreed that the Executive Committee would prepare and send a letter commemorating Prof. Baumrin’s indispensable value to shared governance at CUNY.
    2. Status of the Status of the Faculty Resolution – Chair Burke updated the committee on the status of the resolution at CUNY central offices and Prof. Coughlin followed with an update on her recent meetings with the Office of the General Counsel and the University Associate Dean for Academic affairs. She noted that discussions have been productive and are ongoing. Prof. Pecorino expressed his concern over the proposed Board of Trustee Bylaws revisions, to which Prof. Coughlin noted that no changes are on the horizon. Discussion then revolved around changes to CUNY policy in light of the administrative vacuum at the University.
    3. Updates on the RF President and Chancellor Searches – Chair Burke updated the committee on the recent changes to the leadership at the Research Foundation. Prof. Conway apprised the committee on the status of the Chancellor search, which is ongoing. The committee discussed the uncertainties surrounding the searches.
    4. Update on University Student Senate and Student Activity Fees – Hugo Fernandez – Prof. Fernandez updated the committee on the efforts between the USS, the UFS, and members of the Board of Trustees regarding proposed changes to student fees and CUNY’s relationship with NYPIRG, and that the discussion is ongoing. Prof. Coughlin noted that the matter is still making its way through the New York Court system as well.
    5. Update on University Student Senate Conference – Hugo Fernandez & Kimora – Profs. Kimora and Fernandez noted that they communicated to the students the UFS’ support of their efforts and shared some of the conference proceedings with the committee.
    6. Update on the Summer Meeting of the Enrollment Management Council – Jason Young – Prof. Young took the committee through several data sets to discuss current enrollment patterns and efforts to render the University student body more diverse. Discussion over the relationship between the Council and financial aid followed. Prof. Barker led a brief discussion on the challenges associated with enrollment policies at various campuses. Prof. Young encouraged the committee to contact their campus enrollment staff for more information regarding the data under discussion.
    7. UFS Charter Revisions – Kerin Coughlin – Prof. Coughlin discussed the necessity for revisions and outlined a tentative schedule for the committee to propose and discuss changes.
  4. New Business:
    1. Proposed Items for October 2, 2018 Plenary Agenda – the committee discussed and approved the agenda.
    2. UFS Blog – Executive Director Cotter notified the committee that Ms. Stasia Pasela has assumed the editorship of the UFS blog moving forward and encouraged members to solicit contributions from their respective campuses.
    3. SUNY/CUNY UFS Annual Meeting
  5. Reports:
    1. Chair – Chair Burke discussed his meeting with Dean Lucinda Zoe, who has agreed to avail herself of the Senate at a future Plenary. He then noted that the COACHE survey is slated for distribution sometime in the spring and that Dean Annemarie Nichols-Grinenko has asked for UFS support. Discussion revolved around how best to collaborate with her offices moving forward. Chair Burke then updated the committee on his various requests to the Interim Chancellor’s office, and that responses are apparently forthcoming.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter