The 373rd Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 9204 – 6, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
March 5, 2013
- Approval of the Agenda
- Approval of the Minutes of February 5, 2013
- Invited Guest
- Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, 6:30 p.m. (Please read remarks the Chancellor recently presented at a conference of 300 CUNY presidents and provosts and trustees and executive staff on “The Future of Higher Education,” and bring your questions for him.)
- Representatives to Board Committees (written)
- Update on FGL Enrollment Management/Admissions Survey
- Old Business
- Update on recent Brooklyn College academic freedom crisis
- New Business
- Issues surrounding new software being piloted at CUNY – inyourclass.com
- Community College Caucus, Room 8301
- 5:00-6:00 p.m.
- Academic Freedom Committee, Room 8301
- Library and Information Technology Committee, Room 8304
- Student Affairs Committee, Room 8400
Social at 6:00 p.m.—Refreshments served.
Baruch: Present – Bazzoni, Ellis, Hill, Martell, Weiser, Wymbs, and Alternate Harel. Absent – Edwards, Pence, and Wine. BMCC: Present – Conway, Friedman, Salam, Soto, Wiseman, and Alternates Freas and Vozick. Absent: d’Erizans, Samuel, and Yablokova. Bronx CC: Present – none. Absent – Bernard, Ismail, Lawton, Prabhu, Skinner, and Zevin. Brooklyn: Present – Florence, Fox, Hainline, Okome, and Perez. Absent – Buckholz, Cohen, Jacobson, Massood, Wills, and Winslow. CCNY: Present – Brass and Alternate Stober. Absent – Crain, Dalglish, Khanbilvardi, Lascar, Laurich, Raj, Sank, and Watkins. CSI: Present – Cooper, Dimitric, Levine, Petratos, and Verzani. Absent: Klibaner and Talarico. CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Bratspies. Graduate School: Present – Albrecht, Baumrin, and Burke. Absent – Aguirre-Molina, Dauben, and Maxfield. Hostos CC: Present – Pimentel,Trachman, and Alternate August. Absent – Ovtcharenko, and Shad. Vacancies – 1 (p/t). Hunter: Present – Hughes and Kuhn-Osius. Absent – Baumann, Becker, Blundell, Daniels, Donabedian, Plichta, Spark and Young. John Jay: Present –Dunham, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora, Kubic, and Munns. Absent – Crossman and Tovar. Kingsborough CC: Present – Barnhart, Hume, Ruoff and Stubin. Absent – Alessandrini and Arliss. Vacancies – 1. LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Kurzyna, McCormick and Mettler. Absent – Blagojevic. Lehman: Present – Alexanderson, Boston, Doyran, Philipp, and Alternate Carey. Absent –DelaCruz, Sembenu and Silverman. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker. Absent – Ezuma, Greene and Laude. NYCCT: Present – Bennani, Cermele, Gelman and Hounion. Absent: Richardson. Vacancies – 2. Queens: Present – Cool, Gonzalez, Grover, and Savage. Absent – Brody and Zevin. Vacancies – 5. Queensborough CC: Present – Meltzer, Pecorino, Tai, and Alternate Avens. Absent – Borrachero and Volchok. Vacancies – 1. York: Present – Barley, Klein, and Rosenthal. Absent – Corkery, Hughes and Lewis. Present for item IIIA were Chancellor Goldstein and EVC Logue.
Governance Leaders present: Baumrin (GC), Burke (GC), Hume (KCC), Kaplowitz (John Jay), Martell (Baruch), Tai (QCC), Tyner (NCC), and Verzani (CSI) attended. Administrative Assistant Pasela, Secretary Blanchard, and Executive Director Phipps were also present. Guests included Stefanie Jones.
The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:30 p.m. in Rooms 9204- 5 at the Graduate Center. Seventy of 139 voting members were present.
- Approval of the Agenda – The agenda was moved, seconded, and adopted as proposed.
- Approval of the Minutes of February 5, 2013 – The minutes were moved, seconded, and adopted as proposed.
- Invited Guest
- Chancellor Matthew Goldstein – Presidents would soon be asked to begin vigorously developing more Master’s programs, especially in high demand areas like the sciences and applied math. The move is partly aimed at taking up the slack in Master’s degrees in education – CUNY has plenty of them but the soft job market for teachers has reduced demand. Besides, CUNY has been too passive in general making the most of this area. In response to a question, the Chancellor said he would be willing to back the new degrees with funding, and that he would see that they are properly marketed. The Chancellor also noted he has been exploring cyber security, an area where jobs are growing, with the Department of Labor in hopes that CUNY might expand offerings in this area.
- The Chancellor also mentioned that two prominent searches were under way – for president of Medgar Evers College and dean of the School of Public Health. Appointments are expected in June.
- The CUNY2020 program will allow campuses to compete for $55 million from the state. It is hoped that community and senior colleges will team up and propose projects with a strong economic development component.
- In response to a question about the consultations with faculty he makes before suspending the usual rule and appointing an interim president to permanent, he explained that in the recent case of this at Queensborough he had met privately with a group of department chairs and other faculty and received almost unanimous endorsement of the move.
- Chair Martell alluded to the Chancellor’s recent speech in which he lists many pressures facing higher education that he thinks will require colleges to react and adapt more quickly than ever before. The Chancellor acknowledged the importance of the speech and emphasized that groups inside the University that have been at odds in recent years will all need to unite together to deal with these pressing external challenges.
- Representatives to Board Committees (written) – The reports were received.
- Update on FGL Enrollment Management/Admissions Survey – Professor Barker reported that the survey of faculty governance heads had been completed. It explores the actual and desired levels of faculty involvement in admissions and enrollment decisions at the various campuses. Chair Martell added that the survey arose out of a subcommittee of the Executive Committee that hopes to bring clarity to the proper role of faculty in these areas and perhaps to focus more attention on it.
- Chair – Work continues on academic technology issues, alongside an effort to win greater faculty representation on two important University committees, Committee on Academic Technology (CAT) and Information Technology (IT) Steering.
- The investigation continues into how the consortial teaching model at the Graduate School is faring. It has long been an important feature at CUNY for retaining and recruiting faculty at the campuses. At a recent meeting, the Chancellor stated his support for continuation of the model.
- The Kroll Report, an outside analysis of the clash between students and security personnel at a Board hearing in November of 2011, had been discussed in executive session by the Board of Trustees, and separately EVC Dobrin has agreed to discuss the Report with the Executive Committee.
- Nominations for the five at-large seats on the Executive Committee will be open at the April meeting. The election takes place in May, when additional nominations may be made.
- To a question about the lack of UFS agenda items pertaining to adjuncts, Chair Martell replied that in his experience individual campuses might be the best venues for adjuncts to address their concerns.
- In commenting on the Chancellor’s speech, Chair Martell called for more discussion and reflection about its themes and challenges. The UFS will have to decide how to respond to it, he said.
- Old Business
- Update on recent Brooklyn College academic freedom crisis – Professor Okome reported that the controversial talk sponsored by the Political Science Department had gone off peacefully. The only dispute was whether a few students who had been removed from the event were being truly disruptive or not. Other talks with varied points of view on the Middle East were being planned around the campus. Some on campus would like clarification in the future about what ‘sponsorship’ or ‘endorsement’ of a talk by an academic department actually means.
- New Business
- Issues surrounding new software being piloted at CUNY (inyourclass.com) –Professor Kaplowitz spoke about a new social networking platform being piloted at several CUNY colleges called inyourclass.com, which the John Jay Faculty Senate had reviewed and immediately had concerns about. Developed by CUNY students and brought forward as a pilot by CUNY with no involvement of faculty governance anywhere, the program seems to raise rather serious privacy issues. The Executive Committee would meet shortly with Brian Cohen and attorneys from Legal Affairs to seek clarification. If a resolutions seems called for, one might be presented at the next plenary.
- When questioned about the appropriateness of the recent sale of art works by City College as approved by the Board of Trustees, Chair Martell pointed out that the UFS could only try to address issues at the campus level if notified well in advance by governance leaders. To make this possible, the UFS regularly sends Board committee agendas to the campuses asking to be alerted about any problems.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Resolution Objecting to the Extension of Pathways Common Core Course Review Committees
Whereas, the CUNY Bylaws give the University Faculty Senate and college senates jurisdiction over curriculum, and
Whereas, the central Pathways committees have wrongly usurped the role of these legitimate senates, and
Whereas, although these committees had expired, the Office of Academic Affairs is now extending the life of these committees until the end of June 2013, and
Therefore, Be It Resolved that the University Faculty Senate objects to OAA’s further extension of these extra-governance curriculum committees and calls for a permanent end to them.