The 375th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 9204 – 6, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
May 7, 2013
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of April 9, 2013
  3. Invited Guest, Chancellor Goldstein, 6:30 p.m.
  4. Election of at-large members of the UFS Executive Committee (balloting after candidates make 2-minute oral statements; written statements attached)
  5. Reports
    1. Chair of the University Faculty Senate of SUNY, Prof. Ken O’Brien
    2. Chair

Committee meetings:

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

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


Baruch: Present – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis, Hill, Martell, Pence,Weiser, Wine, Wymbs, and Alternate Harel. BMCC: Present – Conway, Freas, Friedman, Salam, Soto, Wiseman, Yablokova, and Alternates Koroch and Rice. Bronx CC: Present – Lawton. Absent – Bernard, Ismail, Prabhu, Skinner, and Zevin. Brooklyn: Present – Florence, Fox, Hainline, McEntee, Okome, and Perez. Absent – Braine, Buckholz, Cohen, Day, Jacobson, Massood, and Winslow. CCNY: Present – Brass, Crain, Dalglish, Lascar, Raj, and Alternates Bank and Stober. Absent –Khanbilvardi, Laurich, and Watkins. CSI: Present – Cooper, Lavender, Levine, Petratos, Sanchez, Verzani, and Alternates Cason and Wegge. Absent: McCall. CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Cicero.   Graduate School: Present – Albrecht, Baumrin, Burke, and Dauben. Absent – Aguirre-Molina and Maxfield. Hostos CC: Present – Pimentel, Trachman, and Alternate August. Absent – Shad. Vacancies – 1 (p/t). Hunter: Present – Baumann, Donabedian, Hughes, Kuhn-Osius, and Young. Absent – Becker, Blundell, Daniels, Plichta, and Spark. John Jay: Present – Crossman, Dunham, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora, Kubic, and Tovar. Absent – Munns. Kingsborough CC: Present – Barnhart, Hume, Ruoff, and Stubin. Absent – Alessandrini and Arliss. Vacancies – 1. LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Kurzyna, and Mettler. Absent – Blagojevic and McCormick. Lehman: Present – Alexanderson, Boston, DelaCruz, Doyran, Philipp, Silverman, and Alternate Carey. Absent –Sembenu. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker. Absent – Ezuma, Greene and Laude. NYCCT: Present – Bennani, Cermele, Gelman, and Hounion. Absent: Richardson. Vacancies – 2. Queens: Present – Gonzalez, Grover, Savage, and Zevin. Absent – Brody and Cool. Vacancies – 5. Queensborough CC: Present – Meltzer, Pecorino, and Tai. Absent – Volchok. Vacancies – 1. York: Present –Barley, Klein, Lewis, and Rosenthal. Absent – Corkery and Hughes.

Governance Leaders present included:  Baumrin (GC), Burke (GC), Hume (KCC), Kaplowitz (JJ), Kurzyna (LaG), Martell (Baruch), Raj (CCNY), Tai (QCC), Tyner (GCC), and Verzani (CSI).

The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:30 p.m. in Room 9204 – 6 at the Graduate Center. Ninety-two of 139 voting members were present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Item VA was struck since Prof. Ken O’Brien, SUNY UFS Chair, could not attend.  The agenda was then adopted as amended.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of April 9, 2013 – The minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. Invited Guest
    1. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein – In his last appearance before the body after 14 years in the top job, Chancellor Goldstein reflected on both the joy and turmoil he had experienced but concluded by saying that it had been the most rewarding stretch of time in his life. Numerous senators stepped to the microphone to express – despite deep disagreement of some issues – their admiration of his record, his availability, and friendship. Especially noted accomplishments were his net addition of 2,000 full-time faculty and the sound economic footing brought to CUNY as the result of his brainchild, the Compact. As Chancellor Emeritus, he said he planned to continue working on the $3 billion Invest in CUNY fundraising campaign, teach an occasional grad course in math, and write a book on the serious problems facing U.S. public higher education. He said he was delighted that GSUC President William Kelly had agreed to become Interim Chancellor.
    2. In response to particular questions, he mentioned: While having no regrets on any score about Pathways, he acknowledged that over time some appropriate modifications undoubtedly would be made after appropriate review of data.
    3. He acknowledged the value of his COMPACT initiative to CUNY’s financial health and agreed that CUNY should continue to work for full funding of it by the State (including 100% of mandatory costs and 20% of additional program costs, as originally requested in 2006). He added that TAP reform, which CUNY will soon join a SUNY task force in examining, would also help CUNY’s financial health.
    4. CUNY plans to put more resources into Master’s programs in the sciences since demand is heavier there than in doctoral science programs.
    5. He supports the continued growth of undergraduate journalism programs because they are certain to improve CUNY students’ writing ability.
    6. He acknowledged that all-encompassing data systems like CUNYFirst are bound to have glitches during implementation, but emphasized that CUNY was doing it economically and that ultimately it would be very useful.
    7. While proud of the 2,000 net full-time faculty added during his chancellorship, he acknowledged concern about the ability of colleges with high enrollment growth, especially the community colleges, to hire enough faculty though efforts would continue.
    8. He expressed support for schools of education across CUNY and their important function, saying they have too often unfairly become whipping boys for the woes of public schools.
    9. Finally, he spoke in favor of bodies like the UFS as important places in universities where data and argument can be brought to bear to address institutional problems in a constructive way.
    10. The Chancellor left to a round of applause.
  4. Election of at-large members of the UFS Executive Committee – Professor Alfred Levine presided over the election.  Each candidate gave a short oral presentation.  Winners’ vote totals are noted:
    1. xKathleen Barker (Psychology, Medgar Evers) – 60
    2. Michael Barnhart (History, Philosophy, & Political Science, Kingsborough)
    3. Stefan Baumrin (Philosophy, Graduate School) – withdrew 5/6/13
    4. Peter Brass (Computer Science, CCNY)
    5. xKay Conway (Business Management, BMCC) – 56
    6. Mojúbàolú Okome (Political Science, Brooklyn)
    7. xManfred Philipp (Biochemistry, Lehman) – 66
    8. Enid Stubin (English, Kingsborough)
    9. xEmily Tai (History, Queensborough) – 46
    10. xJay Weiser (Law, Baruch) – 51
    11. Jason Young (Psychology, Hunter)
  5. Reports
    1. Chair of the University Faculty Senate of SUNY, Prof. Ken O’Brien – See above.
    2. Chair – Chair Martell noted that CUNY and the PSC had just agreed on a new 3-year phased out path to retirement for faculty and HEOs.  Details would be forthcoming.
    3. He also noted that he would be an ex officio member of the search committee for a new Chancellor, which should be under way shortly.
    4. He urged full-time faculty members to participate in the PSC vote of no confidence in Pathways, which was being circulated by mail within a few days.  He commented that the UFS could have had no better partner in the campaign against Pathways than PSC President Barbara Bowen.
    5. In response to a question, Chair Martell explained that as Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Goldstein’s main task through 2019 seemed to be fund raising but that his functions would also surely evolve over time.
    6. Professor Pecorino announced that he would be making a presentation soon at the AAUP conference on issues related to academic freedom and Pathways.  Any input would be welcome.  Professor Friedman added that she now held national office in the AAUP and would likewise be glad to facilitate communications with the AAUP.
    7. Professor Conway announced that she was being succeeded as chair of the Community College Caucus by Professor Nancy Berke of LaGuardia.

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

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps