Executive Committee, 897th Meeting

Tuesday, November 28th 2017

9:30 a.m., 205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002

Agenda

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of Minutes from November 7th, 2017
  3. Invited Guests:
    1. Angie Datta Kamath, University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Discussion of CUNY Strategic Plan Task Forces – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    2. John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and Cass Conrad, University Dean, K-16 Initiatives. Discussion of Precollege Programming in the Implementation of the CUNY Strategic Plan – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  4. Old Business:
    1. Brief Update on Discipline Councils – Kay Conway
  5. New Business:
    1. Discussion of Proposed Topics for Fall 2018 UFS Conference
    2. Concerns Over Committee on Academic Technology – Philip Pecorino
    3. Required Reports on CUNY Policy Regarding Faculty Conduct in Non-Classroom Settings – Philip Pecorino
  6. Reports:
    1.  Chair
      1. FAAB Update
    2. Enrollment Management – Kathleen Barker
    3. Academic Affairs – Martin J. Burke
      1. Required Pathways Assessment

Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Katherine Conway at 9:30 a.m. Also present were Professors Michael Barnhart, Martin Burke, Hugo Fernandez, Karen Kaplowitz, James McElwaine, Philip Pecorino, and Emily Tai.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Adoption of Minutes from November 7th, 2017 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Invited Guests:
    1. Angie Datta Kamath, University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, and John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Discussion of CUNY Strategic Plan Task Forces – Having been introduced by Dean Mogulescu, Dean Kamath discussed the workforce development and career readiness component of the CUNY Strategic Framework and its prospects for ensuing greater student graduation rates and more remunerative employment for them. She discussed the various ways CUNY will engage with employers to have them gain better access to students in the hopes of streamlining a career readiness culture throughout CUNY. The goal, she maintained, was to re-brand the institution to potential employers to foster greater collaboration between them and CUNY students regarding career pathways. She took questions and suggestions regarding best practices throughout and agreed to the inclusion of her Power Point presentation in a future blog about CUNY’s workforce development initiative.
    2. John Mogulescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and Cass Conrad, University Dean, K-16 Initiatives. Discussion of Precollege Programming in the Implementation of the CUNY Strategic Plan – Dean Conrad discussed the College Readiness pillar of the CUNY Strategic Plan, especially its access and graduation provisions. She detailed the various precollege programs available to the myriad Department of Education schools (K -16), especially the character and content of the College Now and Early College initiatives, which enroll the most students of all of them. She outlined their enrollment and success rates and how they might contribute to the goals of the Strategic Plan. She also discussed the central concerns over developmental education (especially math) and how the precollege programming will help DOE students meet proficiency standards for CUNY. After taking questions she agreed to share data regarding student performance and faculty composition with the committee. Executive Director Cotter noted for the committee that a great deal of data on College Now and other precollege experiences is available on CUNY’s main website.
  4. Old Business:
    1. Brief Update on Discipline Councils – Prof. Conway gave a brief overview of some of the central concerns (such as online courses, teacher certification, articulation between campus, criteria for scholarship, and predatory journal and conferences) raised by the Discipline Council chairs at the recent meeting – the notes for which are available on the Discipline Councils web page on this site.
  5. New Business:
    1. Discussion of Proposed Topics for Fall 2018 UFS Conference – after some discussion it was decided that the topic would be “dark money” in higher education, and that Professors Kaplowitz and Tai would serve as co-organizers of the event. It was agreed that the committee would provide them with a list of preferred guests with all deliberate speed.
    2. Concerns Over Committee on Academic Technology – Prof. Pecorino relayed some concerns over attendance at CAT and staffing of the committee moving forward. It was suggested that a monthly blog post relative to matters of concern to CAT.
    3. Required Reports on CUNY Policy Regarding Faculty Conduct in Non-Classroom Settings – Philip Pecorino – Executive Director Cotter is to assume responsibility for researching the past two years to discern if any reports have been generated by the Board of Trustees.
  6. Reports:
    1. Chair
      1. FAAB Update – Chair Conway briefly discussed the current policy regarding the transfer of Advanced Placement courses. She also discussed a few presentations delivered at the meeting.
      2. The committee discussed preferred topics for discussion with the Chancellor at the upcoming Plenary Session and the immanent Chancellor’s search and the preferred composition of its committee.
      3. The committee agreed to support a University Student Senate Resolution regarding next year’s budget and will draft it sown resolution to that end. It was agreed that Kimora, Chair of the UFS Student Affairs Committee, would raise matter and the SAC resolution at the next Plenary Session.
      4. She updated the committee on the Research Foundation and the processes associated with the development of its customer satisfaction survey.
  7. Enrollment Management – Kathleen Barker – Prof. Barker was not in attendance.
  8. Academic Affairs – Martin J. Burke
    1. Required Pathways Assessment – Prof. Burke noted that the Academic Affairs Committee is meeting with University Dean David Crook on data available from OAA on some aspects of the Pathways initiative and agreed to prepare a blog post on the outcome of the conversation. Some discussion followed regarding the creation of new programs out of the Office of Academic Affairs.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter