The 385th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room C201 – 3, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
February 10, 2015
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of December 9, 2014
  3. Invited Guest, Chancellor J.B. Milliken
  4. New Business
    1. Proposal to Amend the UFS Charter
  5. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board Committees (oral)
    2. Chair (For background, please see the analysis of the NYS Executive Budget prepared by the CUNY Budget Office)

Social starts at 6:00 p.m.

Committee meetings:

  • Community College Caucus will meet from 4:00-4:55 p.m., Room TBA
  • Standing committees will meet today:
    • Academic Freedom, Room 8402, 5 p.m.
    • Library and Information Technology, Room 8301, 4-6 p.m.
    • Status of the Faculty, Room 8400, 5 p.m.
    • Student Affairs, Room 8304, 5 p.m.


Baruch: Present – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis, Harel, Martell, Wein, and Wymbs. Absent – Pence and Weiser.  BMCC: Present – Conway, Freas, Gosslau, Salam,Yablokova, and Alternate Hoffman.   Absent – Brockington, Friedman, and Soto.  Bronx CC: Present – Kossak and Lawton.  Absent – Cahn, Edwards, Harris, and Mais-Jeter.   Brooklyn: Present – Cohen, Ebert, Florence, Fox, Haggerty, Hainline, Okome, Sowers, and Alternate Grayson. Absent – Braine, McEntree, and Perez.  CCNY: Present – Brass, Crain, and Alternate Stober. Absent – Dalglish, Jeruzalmi, Kalia, Khanbilvardi, Lascar, and Raj. Vacancies –  1 (p/t). CSI: Present – Feola and Petratos. Absent – Cason, Lavender, Sanchez, Simpson, and  Verzani.  CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Cicero. Graduate Center:  Present – Albrecht and Nolan.  Absent –Aguirre-Molina, Burke, Dauben, Giannikos, and Maxfield.  Hostos CC: Present – August, Trachman, and Worrell. Absent – Pimentel and Shad. Hunter: Present – Hickman, Kuhn-Osius, and Young.  Absent: Wirtz. Vacancies – 7.  John Jay: Present – Crossman, Dunham, Kaplowitz, Kapstein, Katz, Kimora, Kubic, Tovar,  and Alternate Domashevskiy.  Kingsborough CC:  Present – Barnhart, Nanin, Spear, Stubin, and Alternate Skirka. Absent – Alessandrini, Hume, Ruoff, and Majewicz. LaGuardia CC: Present – Berke and Fernandez.  Absent – Albrecht,  Kapetanakos, Keyes, and Mettler. Lehman: Present – Boston, Doyran, Duncker, and Philipp. Absent – Jervis and Redenti.   Medgar Evers: Present – Barker and Alternate Franz. Absent – Belcon, Brown and Greene. NYCCT: Present – Bennani,  Gelman, Hounion, Okumakpeyi, Van Loon, and Williams.  Absent: Cermele.  Queens: Present – Brody, Grover, Sanudo, Savage, and Zevin. Absent – Costigan, Gandhi, Gonzalez, and McElwaine.   Vacancies – 2.  Queensborough CC: Present – Counihan, Pecorino, Rome, and Tai.  Absent: Avens and Meltzer.  Vacancies – 1 (p/t).  York: Present – Klein.  Absent: Barley, Corkery, and  Lewis.  Vacancies – 1.

Governance Leaders present included: Kaplowitz (JJ), Pecorino (QCC), and Sanudo (Queens).  Executive Director Phipps, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.  Guests: William Kurzyna, Stephanie Vella, Patricia Sokolski, Sandi Cooper, and Dina Dahbany-Miraglia.

The meeting was called to order by UFS Chair Terrence Martell at 6:50 p.m. in the Room C201 – 3 at the Graduate Center. Seventy-five of 139 voting members were present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Added as item V.A under New Business was the Resolution on State-Mandated Experiential Learning. The agenda was then adopted as revised.
  2. Approval of the Minutes of December 9, 2014 – The minutes were adopted as proposed.
  3. Invited Guest:
    1. Chancellor J.B. Milliken –  The Chancellor had just returned from Albany where he had given testimony before the New York State Legislature about CUNY’s budget needs.  One notable problem is that the State is not offering funds to cover CUNY’s mandatory cost increases this year, which means that most of the additional revenue from the tuition increase will go to fund this gap, not to new or expanded programs.  The topic of the experiential learning requirement being proposed by Governor Cuomo arose at the hearing.  The Chancellor had made a special point of saying that the voice of faculty needs heard in such curricular decisions.  He noted that experiential learning could be positive for students although it was not clear how a program on that scale proposed could be accomplished.
    2. Aside from government relations, he also mentioned that he had requested that the Graduate Center take a new look at how to reorganize doctoral lab science education, with a report expected by the end of the semester.
    3. Finally, he announced that he is beginning a strategic planning process, which would be a framework for all of CUNY drawn from best practices at the campuses and from goals already set by the Board of Trustees.
    4. Several members made comments or asked questions of the Chancellor.
  4.  New Business
    1. Proposal to Amend the UFS Charter – Chair Martell read the proposed amendment (attached to these minutes), noting also that one or two additional conforming changes would be made to Article V where the titles are mentioned. The final vote would take place at the March 24 plenary.
  5. Reports
    1. Representatives to Board Committees – There were two brief reports.
    2. Chair – Chair Martell, the UFS representative to the Board Committee on Fiscal Affairs, gave an analysis of the State budget as it is shaping up.  He relied on these slides, showing in detail what the Chancellor had indicated:  that while the budget is $52 million higher than last year’s and therefore looks stable, it actually presents big challenges because such features as mandatory costs are not being covered.  The net gain is actually closer to $4 or $5 million, and that is not taking into account some uncertainty arising from the proposed withholding of 10% of State money going forward that will be tied to performance measures.  He warned that any searches for new faculty currently under way should be completed as soon as possible since the prospect for new lines is dim.
    3. Spring conference on Globalizing Education will be held on April 24.  A registration notice will be widely distributed within a few weeks.
    4. Chair Martell also gave a tribute to the father of Professor Jane Katz of John Jay College, Dr. Leon Katz, a CUNY alumnus and professor, who died in January at 94.
  6. New Business
    1. Resolution on State-Mandated Experiential Learning – The resolution (attached to these minutes) was moved and seconded.  Chair Martell explained that it had already been adopted by the Executive Committee, and that while he wanted Plenary endorsement he needed to refrain from making that public immediately because he was coordinating its release with the SUNY UFS.   Senators should nevertheless feel free to provide copies of the Governor’s proposed legislation at the bottom of the resolution to their local governing bodies so they can make their own statements.  The resolution was then adopted unanimously by voice vote.  It would be sent to appropriate Albany and CUNY officials once timing issues were settled with the SUNY UFS.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps

Resolution on State-Mandated Experiential Learning

Adopted: Unanimously by voice vote on February 10, 2015

Whereas, experiential or applied learning opportunities are aspects of a modern University education that are extremely valuable to students; and

Whereas, faculty have established requirements for experiential learning in individual courses, majors, or even for all students at their college or university; and

Whereas, these applied learning experiences may include clinical time, research, study abroad, internships, co-ops, and a host of others; and

Whereas, Governor Cuomo has proposed in his 2015-16 Budget Book that all SUNY and CUNY students must fulfill an experiential learning requirement in order to receive a degree; therefore

Be It Resolved that the University Faculty Senate of the City University of New York (UFS) believes that every student should be offered the opportunity to engage in applied learning experiences as part of their undergraduate education; and be it further

Resolved that the UFS affirms that it is the right and responsibility of the faculty to establish and oversee the curriculum, including the structure of individual courses, majors, and graduation requirements; and be it further

Resolved that the UFS insists that it be the decision of the faculty whether or not an applied learning experience be required of all students.

The enacting legislation would look like this:

  • 2.  Section 6206 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows:
  1. Notwithstanding any law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the city university of New York board of trustees shall pass a resolution by December thirty-first, two thousand fifteen, providing that students enrolled in an academic program of the city university of New York shall be required to participate in an approved experiential or applied learning activity as a degree requirement.   Such resolution shall define approved experiential or applied learning activities, methods of faculty oversight and assessment, responsibilities of business, corporate, non-profit or other entities hosting students, and a plan for full implementation of this requirement.