Executive Committee, 894th Meeting
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of Minutes from September 12th, 2017
  3. Old Business:
    1. Fall Conference Updates
  4. New Business:
    1. Review of Plenary Session and Follow-Up
    2. Invitees for October Plenary
    3. Proposed Topics for Future Plenaries (attached)Committees:
    4. Review of UFS Standing Committee Meetings
    5. Review of Board of Trustee Standing Committee Meetings
  5. Reports:
    1. Chair


The meeting was called to order by the Vice- Chair, Kathleen Barker at 9:30 a.m. Also present were Professors Katherine Conway, 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 September 12th – Adopted As Proposed
  3. Old Business:
    1. Fall Conference Updates – Executive Director Cotter updated the committee on attendance and the status of matters at the Graduate Center. At the time of the meeting 116 people had registered, many of them via the new UFS website conference page.
  4. New Business
    1. Review of Plenary Session and Follow-Up – Chair Conway discussed best practices in terms of Plenary format and speakers moving forward, as there was a consensus that more detailed-oriented presentations by invited guests would benefit the audience and provide greater opportunities to inquire into proposed policies. In particular, it was agreed that more data on the Strategic Plan (SP) from the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) was necessary, and that the Executive Committee would invite members of the OAA to appear at plenaries, FGLs, and its own meetings. In light of Dean Arlene Torres’ recent appearance at Plenary, it was discussed and agreed that greater communicative transparency in terms of faculty searches (especially with regard to available resources) was necessary for the UFS to be fully supportive of diversity initiatives.
    2. Invitees for October Plenary – Discussion of Dean Torres’ presentation at Plenary led to a discussion involving mentoring faculty to stave off those tendencies that engender difficulty and controversy in inter-college relationships. It was agreed that Professor Julia Jordan be invited to the December FGL to discuss the mentorship program at NYCT. It was agreed that EVC Matt Sapienza be invited for October’s Plenary to discuss the New Economic Model component of the Strategic Plan.
    3. Proposed Topics for Future Plenaries – Discussion of the role the Executive Committee envisions for itself, viz., its communication and relations with the Central Offices. Professor Pecorino suggested the UFS discuss the governance structure of the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
  5. Committees:
    1. Review of UFS Standing Committee Meetings – each committee member briefly discussed what transpired at their inaugural meetings, with the exception of Professors Pecorino and Barker, who were unable to attend their respective meetings, and Professor Tai, whose committee had not yet convened.
    2. Review of Board of Trustee Standing Committee Meetings – Chair Conway noted that there were a lot of new members to the CUNY Board of Trustee Committee on Fiscal Affairs, and pointed out the State and the City anticipate budget deficits for the next three years. Profs. Fernandez and Tai discussed the general concerns of the Student Affairs Committee. Professor Pecorino discussed that Facilities, Planning and Management have an initiative in place for work done at CUNY to be performed by minority and women business owners. Professor Burke explained that competing online M.A. programs necessitated sustained engagement with the OAA. Chair Conway noted that the Discipline Councils would be a useful arena for discussions such as this, and asked the Executive Director to get RSVPs for the November meeting. He pointed out that he sent two emails thus far and received only three responses.
  6.  Reports:
    1. Chair – Chair Conway outlined her campus visits for the semester and communicated that her attendance at Lehman College’s presidential induction, the John Jay President’s reception, the ribbon cutting at Hostos CC and the commencement of CUNY’s Service and Culture Corps were very positive experiences. She reported that CCNY’s presidential search is still ongoing. She pointed out that she recently attended Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York event honoring among others President Jennifer Raab, and that the Campus Climate Committee discussions are ongoing. Finally, she pointed out that Executive Director Cotter will be migrating the CUNY Academy content from its current server to the new UFS website.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Matthew J. Cotter