Executive Committee, 895th Meeting
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
9:30 a.m., 205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of Minutes from October 3rd, 2017
  3. Old Business:
    1. Fall Conference Update – Professors Kathleen Barker and Martin J. Burke
  4. New Business:
    1. Recent Activities of the CSFA – Professor Michael Barnhart
    2. CUNY Budget and Sabbaticals – Professor Katherine Conway
    3. Update on Adobe Contract – Professor Philip Pecorino
    4. CUNY Final Grade Policy
  5. Reports:
    1. Chair


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

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – As Proposed
  2. Adoption of Minutes from October 3rd, 2017 – Adopted As Amended
  3. Old Business:
    1. Fall Conference Update – Profs. Barker and Burke – Executive Director Matthew Cotter updated the committee with Prof. Barker, indicating that 130 registrations had been received.
  4. New Business:
    1. Recent Activities of the CFSA – Professor Barnhart noted significant changes in the composition of the committee itself, especially with regard to Board of Trustees members. He then discussed several core policies of interest and some changes to them that are on the horizon: mid-tenure review; Guttman Community College’s governance plan; staff diversity reports; and the naming of buildings and Chairpersonships. Discussion of the challenges inherent in CUNY’s fundraising culture – how colleges raise funds as opposed those raised by Central Office—ensued.
    2. CUNY Budget and Sabbaticals – Professor Conway made the group aware of changes in the way sabbaticals are funded by Central to the colleges (which is being pursued by the Budget Advisory Committee) and the concern particularly in light of the large numbers of newly hired faculty who will be reaching tenure in the near future.
    3. Update on Adobe Contract – Professor Pecorino discussed the character, content, and the communication challenges inherent in the recent contract agreement between CUNY and Adobe. He also conveyed his concerns over the lack of transparency in the process, and how it affects ascertaining what faculty needs are. He indicated that the matter will be discussed by the IT Steering Committee in greater detail. Discussion over the relative merits of the contract ensued.CUNY Final Grade Policy – Professor Barker raised a concern over the communication process when making grading policies, and Professor Pecorino voiced a concern over the lack of transparency when making such policies. Professor Conway noted that the matter was brought up at the most recent FGL and it was decided, after some discussion, that no further UFS action would be taken on the matter.
  5. Reports:
    1. Chair – Chair Conway discussed her recent communication with Executive Vice Chancellor Rabinowitz regarding Distinguished Lecturers. She also discussed future Plenary Session and FGL invitees, and recent developments between CUNY and the Research Foundation. She prompted a discussion over whether or not the UFS would conduct a spring workshop, and the committee agreed unanimously to do so. She updated the committee on the deliberations of the most recent Board of Trustee (BoT) hearing and recommended to committee members that pre-meetings with BoT subcommittees were advisable before the formal Board meetings convened. The Committee then discussed the PowerPoint presentation courtesy of EVC Rabinowitz and the recent Student Experience Survey. Discussion then turned to recent promotion practices at Medgar Evers College and presidential searches at Kingsborough Community and City Colleges. The committee then discussed the Strategic Framework Leadership Teams and the role the UFS might play in facilitating faculty participation in their success.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at noon.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter