Executive Committee, 904th Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
10:00 a.m., 205 East 42nd Street
Room 1002

AGENDA

  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of September 4, 2018
  3. Old Business
    1. School of Professional Studies Governance Report Update – Philip Pecorino and Kathleen Barker
    2. Board of Trustees Bylaws Revisions and Chancellor’s Report Amendments – Kerin Coughlin
    3. Proposed Agenda for November 6, 2018 Plenary Session
  4. New Business
    1. Updates by Liaisons to the Standing Committees
      1. Libraries and Information Technology – Kimora
      2. Status of the Faculty – James McElwaine
      3. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez
      4. Academic Freedom – Philip Pecorino
    2. Updates by Board of Trustees Committee Representatives
      1. Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR) – Martin Burke
      2. Fiscal Affairs, Investment Subcommittee, & Audit Committee – John Verzani
      3. Faculty, Staff, Administration – Kerin Coughlin
      4. Student Affairs- Hugo Fernandez
      5. Construction Fund Subcommittee – Hugo Fernandez
      6. Facilities – James McElwaine
    3. Update on Policy/Procedure Revisions at John Jay College – Kimora – Professor Kimora discussed propose changes to existing policies regarding ethical behavior among faculty and Title IX initiatives. Chair Burke noted that CUNY policies regarding ethical behavior are forthcoming from the Central Office, and he suggested Professor Kimora follow up with the Interim Chancellor’s Office as to their progress.
    4. Proposed Voting Rights for Doctoral Students Council – the committee discussed this prospect, and agreed that DSC members who were also counted among CUNY’s teaching faculty were alone eligible. It was agreed to follow up with the DSC Chair to discern just how many faculty there were.
  5. Reports
    1. Chair – Martin J. Burke

MINUTES

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Approval of the Minutes of September 4, 2018 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Old Business
    1. School of Professional Studies Governance Report Update – Philip Pecorino and Kathleen Barker – Professors Barker and Pecorino distributed documents related to the proposed changes to the SPS governing body and discussed the responses they have received to date from current SPS leadership regarding those proposed changes. Professor Pecorino noted the general concerns over the SPS leadership’s reluctance to amend the current governance structure, and discussion revolved around the challenges that lie ahead. Professor Barker then distributed data reflecting full- and part-time faculty.
    2. Board of Trustees Bylaws Revisions and Chancellor’s Report Amendments – Kerin Coughlin – Professor Coughlin outlined the proposed revisions for each document and of her meetings with senior administrators involved in the process. She then outlined the changes on the horizon regarding the Chancellor’s Report, and noted how they would most likely reflect the proposed Bylaws revisions. She indicated that the process is ongoing, and then solicited feedback from the committee on the Chancellor’s Report. Professors Conway and Pecorino expressed a concern regarding the process by which these proposed changes were publicized or communicated, and Chair Burke suggested that Professor Coughlin be contacted directly with any future questions.
  4. Proposed Agenda for November 6, 2018 Plenary Session – after some revisions suggested by Professor Young the drafted Agenda was approved.
  5. New Business
    1. Updates by Liaisons to the Standing Committees
      1. Libraries and Information Technology – Kimora distributed a brief description of her attendance at the most recent meeting.
      2. Status of the Faculty – James McElwaine – on behalf of Professor McElwaine, Prof. Coughlin updated the Executive Committee on the recently approved Resolution on presidential promotions – the language of which was recently revised and will be brought to the floor of the next Plenary Session.
      3. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez – Professor Fernandez discussed a proposed resolution sponsored by the committee regarding student activity fees that may or may not be brought up at the next Plenary.
      4. Academic Freedom – Philip Pecorino – Professor Pecorino outlined the structure of the committee and its subcommittee on campus academic freedom. He distributed a list of the committee’s charges for the academic year, which he elaborated on for the Executive Committee.
    2. Updates by Board of Trustees Committee Representatives
      1. Committee on Academic Program, Policy, and Research (CAPPR) – Martin Burke – Chair Burke apprised the committee on the recently voted on Master’s program in Biography at the Graduate Center
      2. Fiscal Affairs, Investment Subcommittee, & Audit Committee – John Verzani – Professor Verzani updated the committee on changes to the application fee for graduate students and the number of scholarships that were recently approves. He then noted the status of CUNY’s investment portfolio and strategies.
      3. Faculty, Staff, Administration – Kerin Coughlin – Professor Coughlin mentioned a few appointments that were approved, and noted that her update was essentially the same as her previously stated updated on Bylaws and the Chancellor’s report.
      4. Student Affairs – Hugo Fernandez – Professor Fernandez updated the committee on recent infrastructure improvements and building acquisitions, as well as proposed new construction taking place at Queensborough CC.
      5. Construction Fund Subcommittee – Hugo Fernandez
      6. Facilities – James McElwaine – Prof. McElwaine discussed some of the recent buildings acquired by CUNY.
    3. Update on Policy/Procedure Revisions at John Jay College – Kimora – Professor Kimora discussed propose changes to existing policies regarding ethical behavior among faculty and Title IX initiatives. Chair Burke noted that CUNY policies regarding ethical behavior are forthcoming from the Central Office, and he suggested Professor Kimora follow up with the Interim Chancellor’s Office as to their progress.
    4. Proposed Voting Rights for Doctoral Students Council – the committee discussed this prospect, and agreed that DSC members who were also counted among CUNY’s teaching faculty were alone eligible. It was agreed to follow up with the DSC Chair to discern just how many faculty there were.
  6. Reports
    1. Chair – Chair Burke noted that prioritization remained a topic of interest to the Executive Committee and the Senate as a whole. He then yielded some time to Professor Conway to update the committee on the CUNY Chancellor search.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter