Executive Committee, 898th Meeting

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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

AGENDA

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
  2. Adoption of Minutes from November 28th, 2017
  3. Invited Guests:
    1. Chancellor James B. Milliken (10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.) and Executive Vice Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.).
  4. Old Business:
    1. Brief Update on Chancellor Search
    2. Discussion of Plenary and FGL Draft Agendas
  5. New Business:
    1. Discussion of Fall 2018 UFS Conference – Karen Kaplowitz and Emily Tai
    2. Update on Opportunity for Student Success Program – Kathleen Barker
    3. Discussion of Leadership Integrity at Queensborough Community College
  6. Reports:
    1. Chair
    2. Academic Affairs Committee – Martin Burke

 

MINUTES

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

  1. Adoption of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Adoption of Minutes from November 28th, 2017 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Invited Guests:
    1. Chancellor James B. Milliken and Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) Vita Rabinowitz. Chancellor Milliken spoke briefly about the CUNY budget, noting that despite NY’s rather tenuous economic climate, CUNY’s budget was more robust when compared to SUNY’s. He agreed that increasing the number full-time faculty was important but noted funding as the biggest constraint. The EVC noted that Dean Mogulescu, SPS’ Dean, remains committed to working with the UFS Executive Committee for greater equity in terms of the new governance plan, which is still in draft form. There was general agreement that the proposed SPS governance plan ought to conform to the criteria of every other CUNY campus, which is difficult in light of the SPS’ reliance on contingent faculty. Discussion ensued as to how SPS might increase its numbers of full-time faculty. There was discussion about the ability of existing full-time faculty elsewhere at CUNY to teach at SPS as part of their workload and the Chancellor agreed that this was a matter of economics, which should be workable. EVC Rabinowitz distributed data, collected by her office on predatory publishing, indicating that, while no doubt a legitimate cause of concern, the number of faculty actually publishing in these journals was negligible throughout CUNY – though the conversation over their deleteriousness will be ongoing. The role of librarians and department chairs is critical. The latter receive little to no training, and the request was made again that chair training, on this and other issues, be created. EVC Rabinowitz commented on a lack of resources, and it was suggested that no resources are needed to share best practices. EVC Rabinowitz then briefly updated the committee on the processes involved in the development and subsequent approval of new programs, especially new M.A. programs. The new protocol, initiated at the behest of the UFS Academic Affairs committee, requires the posting of new programs on an intraweb site for provosts; there was discussion about the need for additional individuals (deans or their equivalents) to review the postings. The EVC agreed. The continuing concerns are the need for faculty oversight; the ongoing role of consortial faculty and the impact of online degree programs (such as SPS). Campus’ admissions standards/data were discussed in light of data received on the Opportunity for Student Success (OSS) program. It was agreed that the policy would be discussed at greater length with the EVC at a future Executive Committee meeting.
  4. Old Business:
    1. Brief Update on Chancellor Search – There was discussion about the changes to the language in the CUNY Bylaws as they relate to the upcoming search. No announcement yet of the members of the search committee.
    2. Discussion of Plenary and FGL Draft Agendas – the materials were distributed and amended as they were discussed.
    3. New Business:
      1. Discussion of Fall 2018 UFS Conference – The agreed upon topic is: Who influences educational policy? After discussion, the organizers, Profs. Kaplowitz and Tai, will identify six speakers – three each for two panels. The first panel will focus on the private influence on public education – in the form of think tanks and private foundations, who do research and report on trends in higher ed as well as outcomes.  The second panel will focus on how the influence of the first group translates into funding – and will feature representatives from the state and city, and perhaps again private philanthropy (maybe a large donor to public higher ed?).
      2. Update on Opportunity for Student Success Program – tabled for a future meeting.
      3. Discussion of Leadership Integrity at Queensborough Community College – it was agreed that the matter was best addressed at the campus rather than via the UFS Executive Committee.
  5. Reports:
    1. Chair – The question of part-time faculty and voting privileges at UFS Plenary Sessions and whether or not UFS bylaws ought to be revised to include greater representation among part-time faculty. The discussion fluctuated between a desire for more representation, and an unwillingness to accede that contingent faculty will continue to be the norm. There was also the issue of asking contingent faculty to do service for which they would not be paid; and a suggestion that the union be tasked with getting contingent faculty “service” hour dollars. Prof. McElwaine wanted to make the distinction between tenure track and non-tenure track as opposed to full-time and contingent, and he agreed to provide the committee with further data on this point.
    2. Academic Affairs Committee – Prof. Burke updated the committee on the AAC’s recent and future conversations with Dr. David Crook regarding the evaluation of the Pathways initiative. He noted that Dr. Crook will be presenting at a UFS Plenary as well as the AAC in the spring.

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter