The 374th Plenary Session

of The University Faculty Senate

of The City University Of New York

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

The Skylight Room (9100)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 5, 2013 (see below)
  3. Invited Guest, Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning,Construction and Management, on CUNY 2020
  4. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board Committees
    2. Chair
  5. Old Business
  6. New Business
    1. Resolution Objecting to the Extension of Pathways Common Core Course Review Committees (see below)
    2. Nominations for members at-large of the UFS Executive Committee (see info sheet below)

Committee meetings:

  • Community College Caucus, 4:00-4:55 p.m., Room 8301
  • Libraries, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 8304
  • Student Affairs, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 8400

Social at 6:00 p.m. – Refreshments served


Baruch: Present –Ellis, Hill, Martell, Weiser, Wymbs, and Alternate Harel. Absent – Bazzoni, Edwards, Pence, and Wine. BMCC: Present – Conway, d’Erizans, Friedman, Wiseman, Yablokova, and Alternates Freas and Vozick. Absent: Salam, Samuel, Soto, and Bronx CC: Present – Lawton. Absent – Bernard, Ismail, Prabhu, Skinner, and Zevin. Brooklyn: Present – Florence, Fox, Okome, and Perez. Absent – Buckholz, Cohen, Hainline, Jacobson, Massood, Wills, and Winslow. CCNY: Present – Brass, Crain, Dalglish, Lascar, and Alternate Stober. Absent –Khanbilvardi, Laurich, Raj, Sank, and Watkins. CSI: Present – Cooper, Dimitric, Lavender, Levine, and Verzani. Absent: Petratos and Sanchez. CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Cicero.   Graduate School: Present – Baumrin and Burke. Absent – Aguirre-Molina, Albrecht, Dauben, and Maxfield. Hostos CC: Present –Trachman, and Alternates August and Hubner. Absent – Pimentel, and Shad. Vacancies – 1 (p/t). Hunter: Present – Baumann, Donabedian, and Hughes. Absent –Becker, Blundell, Daniels, Kuhn-Osius, Plichta, Spark and Young. John Jay: Present – Crossman, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora, Munns, and Tovar. Absent – Kubic. Kingsborough CC: Present – Barnhart, Ruoff, and Stubin. Absent – Alessandrini, Arliss, and Hume. Vacancies – 1. LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht. Absent – Berke, Blagojevic, Kurzyna, McCormick, and Mettler. Lehman: Present – Alexanderson, Boston, DelaCruz, Doyran, Philipp, and Silverman. Absent –Sembenu. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker. Absent – Ezuma, Greene and Laude. NYCCT: Present – Bennani, Cermele, and Gelman. Absent: Hounion, and Richardson. Vacancies – 2. Queens: Present – Grover and Savage. Absent – Brody, Cool, Gonzalez, and Zevin. Vacancies – 5. Queensborough CC: Present – Meltzer, Pecorino, Tai, and Alternate Avens. Absent – Borrachero and Volchok. Vacancies – 1. York: Present –Corkery and Klein. Absent – Barley, Hughes, Lewis, and Rosenthal.   Present for item III was VC Weinshall.

Governance Leaders present: Baumrin (GC), Burke (GC), Kaplowitz (John Jay), Martell (Baruch), Saint-Louis (NCC), Tai (QCC), Tyner (NCC), and Verzani (CSI) attended. Administrative Assistant Pasela, Secretary Blanchard, and Executive Director Phipps were also present. Guests included Maya Sharma, Dina Dahbany-Miraglia, and Stefanie Jones.

The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:30 p.m. in the Skylight Room at the Graduate Center. Sixty-six of 139 voting members were present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – The agenda was moved, seconded, and adopted as proposed.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 5, 2013 – The minutes were moved, seconded, and adopted as proposed.
  3. Invited Guest
    1. Iris Weinshall, Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management, on CUNY 2020 – VC Weinshall displayed slides while describing a first-time New York State initiative for the coming year that is offering capital funds of $55 million via competitive grants to CUNY colleges with the best ideas for increasing cooperation between campuses, communities, and industries to promote economic development.  Although these are capital funds, they are not solely for real estate or facilities but for any use that enables such cooperation.  The proposals will be judged on how transformational and innovative they are, how well they would bring CUNY’s research and academic excellence to bear on community needs and job creation, and how well they address CUNY’s Master Plan goals.  She stressed that it is the first program of its kind at CUNY, and that therefore many details have not yet been worked out about its implementation.  However, there is a great wish to encourage as many proposals as possible, many from each college and jointly between colleges, so the program can reach its full potential.  The program will be administered out of the Department of Public/Private Partnerships in her office.  It is expected that the $55 million will be broken down into about seven grants in the range of $5 million to $10 million each.  Application forms will be available in May, with preliminary submissions in June and July.  At that point, her office will try to match complementary proposals from different campuses or individuals.  Final submissions will be due in September with awards announced later in the fall.  The judges will include representatives of the Governor, the ESDC, the OAA, and faculty/administrators from CUNY campuses.
  4. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board Committees –Prof. Kaplowitz reported that on the previous day CAPPR (Committee on Academic Programs, Planning, and Review) had approved several honorary degrees from the campuses (a new step put in two years ago after the full Board controversially voted No on an honorary degree nomination from John Jay College of Tony Kushner) and approved other routine academic matters.
      1. Prof. Barker reported that FSA (Committee on Faculty, Staff, and Administration) had approved room namings, various appointments (all qualified), and an amendment to the CCNY governance plan (which added two faculty members to an important but previously dean-only committee).
      2. It also approved a pilot of a pre-retirement leave program although another version may be negotiated with the PSC.  Finally, it had approved for use at CCNY the non-academic title of Professor of Military Science, which must be on the books in order for the Army to fund ROTC courses there.
      3. Chair Martell, the faculty representative on Fiscal Affairs, noted that CUNY’s budget is quite stable especially from a national perspective, and that additional hiring of faculty would take place in the coming year.  He reminded everyone of the need to consult over the summer with their presidents on their college’s Compact investment plan; preparations for this should be made now.  He also noted that Hunter College had gotten approval at this meeting to add an academic excellence fee to a certificate program, thus setting a precedent that other colleges might like to consider.  Finally, campuses should be aware that some members of the Board of Trustees are interested in managing the investments of college foundations centrally.  Campuses would be well advised to start considering whether or not this arrangement would be in their interests.
    2. Chair – Thanks and best wishes were extended to senators whose terms are expiring.  He noted that efforts continue to smooth out the consultation process on educational technology issues.  He described the latest initiative, a pilot called, which showed the need for tighter consultation with faculty in this area.
  5. Old Business – There was none.
  6. New Business
    1. Resolution Objecting to the Extension of Pathways Common Core Course Review Committees – The motion was moved by the Chair, and seconded.  In discussion there was some dispute about what OAA was on record as saying about these committees and their future.  The resolution was then passed by voice vote with one opposed (Prof. Barnhart).  The Chair encouraged campus senates to pass similar resolutions.
  7. Nominations for members at-large of the UFS Executive Committee  – The following were duly nominated:  Kathleen Barker (Medgar Evers), Michael Barnhart (Kingsborough), Stefan Baumrin (Graduate School), Peter Brass (CCNY), Kay Conway (BMCC), Mojúbàolú Okome (Brooklyn), Manfred Philipp (Lehman), Enid Stubin (Kingsborough), Emily Tai (Queens-borough), Jay Weiser (Baruch), and Jason Young (Hunter).  Nominations may also be made next month or at any time in the meanwhile by phoning the UFS Office.  The election will take place in May.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps

Executive Director