Executive Committee, 893rd Meeting
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
9:30 a.m.
205 E. 42nd Street, Room 1002


  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of Minutes from June 16th, 2017
  3. Invited Guest: Chancellor James Milliken, 10:00 a.m.
  4. Old Business:
    1. Fall Conference Updates – Professors Burke and Barker
    2. Update on Plenary Sites for Fall and Spring (below)
  5. New Business:
    1. Approval of September 26th Plenary Agenda
    2. Update on the new UFS Website – Matthew J. Cotter and Stasia Pasela
    3. Proposed Plenary Speakers/Topics for Year
    4. Updates on CCNY and KBCC Presidential searches
    5. Committees: This Year’s Mandates
  6. Reports:Chair


The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Katherine Conway, at 9:00 a.m. Also present were Professors Michael Barnhart, Martin J. Burke, Hugo Fernandez, Emily Tai, James McElwaine, and Philip Pecorino. Professor Kaplowitz participated via conference call.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – As Proposed, adding EVC Vita Rabinowitz to the list of invited speakers
  2. Adoption of Minutes from June 16th, 2017 – As Proposed.
    1. Prior to the arrival of Chancellor Milliken, Chair Conway suggested that the Executive Committee (EC) determine what organizational or procedural matters were most appropriate for the time with him. Each EC member prepared a question in advance.
    2. Executive Vice Chancellor Rabinowitz (EVC) arrived earlier than the Chancellor, and indicated to the EC how crucial faculty support for the implementation of CUNY’s Strategic Plan was. She noted three matters in particular: changing and improving access to CUNY (with an eye towards adult learners); the reform of the existing remediation culture at CUNY; and increasing graduation rates—all of which entail sustained faculty input. Chair Conway asked what role the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) played in these goals and was told that, while important ASAP was not the only program under consideration. The conversation was then abruptly ended, as the chancellor arrived.
  3. Invited Guest: Chancellor James Milliken, 10:00 a.m. – Chancellor Milliken updated the EC on CUNY’s application and enrollment figures, which were higher than last year. And independent of some reallocations at the four-year institutions, he noted that CUNY’s approved budget for 2017-2018 was acceptable. He then spoke about CUNY’s determined opposition to President Trump’s proposed repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and that CUNY has joined 15 states in a lawsuit against the President. Finally, he seconded EVC Rabinowitz in hoping that the UFS would work with the Chancellor’s offices in implementing the Strategic Plan. He then took questions.
    1. Once the Chancellor left EVC Rabinowitz remained to field questions from the EC. She spoke briefly about how the combined effects of the Strategic Plan and faculty consultation in its implementation could best create the conditions for student success. She emphasized how teacher education, social work, tutoring, and working more closely with the NYC Department of Education would better prepare students for college. She then needed to leave for another meeting, and it was agree by the EC that she would need to be invited to the next EC meeting in October.
  4. Old Business:
    1. Fall Conference Updates – Professors Burke and Barker – Professor Burke noted that Executive Director (ED) Cotter had distributed a Save the Date flyer twice over the summer, and that registration for the conference was available on the new UFS website. All other matters related to planning and organizing were either in place or in motion.
    2. Update on Plenary Sites for Fall and Spring (distributed) – Executive Director Cotter circulated the dates and locations for the UFS Plenary Session for 2017-2018.New Business:
    3. Approval of September 26th Plenary Agenda – the draft was approved with minor changes. With regard to the welcoming of new senators, ED Cotter explained that he was preparing a two-page introductory communiqué for all incoming UFS Senators, and that he would circulate a drafted version of it to the EC for review and feedback. Discussion then revolved around how best to acquaint new senators to the UFS in general, and it was decided that a midyear lunch was ideal for such an orientation.
    4. Update on the new UFS Website – Matthew J. Cotter and Stasia Pasela – ED Cotter spoke briefly about the new website and would elaborate on it at length at the next Plenary Session.
    5. Proposed Plenary Speakers/topics for Year – Executive Director Cotter circulated a list of proposed topics for the year, and the EC discussed how to manage the presentations of both EVC Rabinowitz (Strategic Plan) and Dean Arlene Torres’ (Diversity at CUNY). Executive Director Cotter was instructed to follow up with them accordingly. The remaining items on the list were not discussed.Updates on CCNY and KBCC Presidential searches – at the beginning of the meeting Chair Conway explained that these searches were coming to a close with all deliberate speed.
  5. Committees:
    1. This Year’s Mandates – the EC exchanged ideas about the distributed mandates, and collectively edited them. ED Cotter was instructed to revise and distribute them first to the EC and then to committee chairs as soon as possible.
  6. Reports:
    1. Chair – There was no business to report.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter

Council of Faculty Governance Leaders
205 E. 42nd Street, near Third Avenue
Room 1835
Friday, October 13th, 2017
10:00 a.m.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Guest –Chancellor James B. Milliken, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  3. Report of the Chair 10:30-10:45
    1. Brief Presentation on Location of Campus Budget Information
      1. Introduction of Committee Chairs
      2. Leadership Teams for the Strategic Initiative
  4. Old Business (10:45-10:50)
    1. Update on Fall 2017 Conference – Kathleen Barker and Martin J. Burke
  5. New Business – (related documents attached)
    1. CUNY Board of Trustees Action on Advanced Placement Minimum Scores and Evaluation Process – Philip Pecorino (10:50-11:00)
    2. CUNY Policy Regarding Final Grade Submissions – Kathleen Barker (11-11:30)
  6. Reports of Note from the Campuses (11:30 – 12:15)
  7. Open Forum (to be continued through Lunch – 12:15-1:00)
    1. Program Approval Process/Developing Programs with External Partnerships
    2. Governance Practices and Campus Support for Governance
    3. Procedures for Administrators in Faculty Lines
    4. Targeting Adult Learners