The 402nd Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 9206/7 The Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of October 24th, 2017
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Chancellor James B. Milliken – 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
  4. Reports
    1. Chair
    2. Committees
      1. Student Affairs – Committee Resolution in Support of USS Resolution 1718-P04 (below)
  5. New Business
    1. Open Forum

Committee meetings:

Library and Information Technology Committee – 4:45 p.m., Room 8301
Status of the Faculty Committee – 4:30 p.m., Room 8304
Student Affairs – 4:45 p.m., Room 8402
Community College Caucus – 3:30 – 4:30, Room 8301

Social starts at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


UFS Chair Conway called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in Room 9206/7 at the Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue. Sixty-five of the 144 voting members were present.

Baruch: Present – Harel, Kafka and Wine. Absent – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis, Martell, Weiser and Wymbs. BMCC: Present – Bratsis, Conway, Freas, Navarro, Tesfagiorgis and Tsiklauri. Absent – Brockington, Carson, Perdomo and Wiseman. Bronx CC: Present – Lawton. Absent – Kossak and Stewart-Titus.  Vacancies – 3. Brooklyn: Present – Belyayeva, Queneau, Wild and Wilson.  Absent – Bassell, Belyayeva, Chu, Cohen, Hainline, Okome and Sowers. CCNY: Present – Binz-Scharf, Brass, Crain, Jeruzalmi, Kornhauser and Li. Absent – Raj.  Vacancies – 3 and 1 (p/t). CSI: Present – Verzani.  Absent – Dimitric, Feola, Halley, Lavender,  Petratos and Sanchez. CUNY Law School: Present – Rosenberg.  Absent – Sokkar-Harker.  Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Dauben, Nolan and Vora.  Absent – Giannikos and McDougall. Guttman: Present – Buttet and Tyner. Hostos CC: Present – Ostrin, Trachman, Worrell and Alternate August.  Absent – Pimentel.  Hunter: Present – Walsh.  Absent – Kuhn-Osius, McCauley, Nicolai, Ramasubramanian and Young. Vacancies – 4 and 1 (p/t). John Jay: Present – Carbonell, Crossman, Kaplowitz, Kapstein, Katz and Kimora.  Absent – Tovar.  Vacancies – 1. Kingsborough CC: Present – Barnhart, Stubin and Wetzel.  Absent – Feeley, Majewicz, Nagel and Spear.  LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Seo and Alternate Stadler.  Absent – Feldman, Gaines, Keyes and Licari.  Lehman: Present – Alexander-Street, Duncker, Hyman and Alternate Wangerin.  Absent – Jitianu, McGovern, Rice and Tilley.  Medgar Evers: Present – Barker, Franz and Alternate Van Steirteghem.  Absent – Grazette and Lashley.  NYCCT: Present – Coughlin and Hounion.  Absent – Bennani, Gelman and Grujicic-Alatriste.  Vacancies – 3.  Queens: Present – McElwaine, Nelson, Sanudo and Alternate Harris.  Absent – Brody, Cedeira-Serantes, Costigan, Leites, Savage, Vesselinov and Zevin. Vacancies – 1. Queensborough CC: Present – Ford, Pecorino, Tai and Alternate Mann.  Absent – Clingan, Murley Rome and Rossi-Miller. York: Present – Keiler, Silva and Alternate Tung. Absent – Gerena, Grosskopf Louis and Rooney.

Governance Leaders present were: Burke (GC), Jeruzalmi (City), Nolan (GC), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens) and Verzani (CSI). Guests present include Chancellor J. B. Milliken, Vita Rabinowitz, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Doris Suarez, Chief of Staff for the Chancellor, Donavan Borington, USS Legislative Director, Sandi Cooper (Emerita, CSI) Pamela Stemberg (City), Nicholas Glastonbury (GC) and Lloyd Klein (LaGuardia CC). Executive Director Cotter, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.

Draft: Subject to Senate Approval

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Approval of the Minutes of October 24th, 2017 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Chancellor James B. Milliken – the Chancellor thanked the UFS and the faculty and outlined his admiration for CUNY intrinsic value and accomplishments in light of his decision to step down as Chancellor. He noted approvingly the administrative efficiency he has overseen as well. He acknowledged how CUNY remains an instrumental engine for upward mobility in the United States, and how its faculty are eminently indispensable to this. He then took questions.
  4. Reports
    1. Chair – Professor Conway opened by thanking the recent UFS conference organizers for their efforts. She then updated the Senate regarding the previous evening’s Board of Trustees meeting, including: CCNY’s presidential search, the recent appointment of a Vice Chancellor of Advancement, and the various administrative policies adopted.
      1. She described the Senate of an ongoing conversation with the leadership of the School of Professional Studies regarding its proposed governance structure.
      2. She apprised the Senate of the upcoming FGL meeting, the recent Budget Advisory Committee meeting, and the recent SUNY/CUNY UFS meeting.
      3. She explained that the process of selecting faculty volunteers for the Strategic Plan’s teams was ongoing.
      4. She noted that the Status of the Faculty will be instrumental in advising the BoT with regard to its plan to revisit the CUNY Bylaws. Prof. Barker commended Prof. Franz for undertaking this charge.
  5. Committees
    1. Student Affairs – Committee Resolution in Support of USS Resolution 1718-P04 – Professor Kimora read the proposed Student Affairs Committee resolution aloud and opened the floor to debate. After some typographical observations the resolution was adopted unanimously.
  6. New Business
    1. Open Forum – Senators from various campuses raised issues of importance to their campuses in particular and CUNY in general, and how the UFS may be of assistance in ameliorating them. The issues ranged from hiring practices at the campuses, the PSC-CUNY contract status, presidential search practices, campus culture and climate, online learning and assessment, and the distribution of teaching schedules.


Resolution in Support of The University Student Senate Resolution 1718-P04

To:                   Senators, University Faculty Senate, CUNY

From:               Kimora, Chair, Student Affairs Committee, University Faculty Senate (UFS)

Date:               November 29th, 2017

Title:               Endorsement Resolution: USS Resolution 1718-P04: Enhanced MOE Bill

WHEREAS, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, City University of New York, University Student Senate (CUNY, USS), the duly elected student government representing the interests of 500,000 CUNY students adopted the CUNY State Budget Allocation FY2018 Resolution, which called on the New York State (NYS) Legislature to adopt bill A00934 (Assembly)/S1596 (Senate), hereinafter Maintenance Of Effort (MOE); and

WHEREAS, the enhanced MOE bill would provide CUNY the necessary state funding each fiscal year to cover mandatory costs such as, but not limited to, collective bargaining, salary increments, fringe benefits and other non-personal service costs such as utility costs, building rentals and other inflationary expenses, which may prevent the necessity for tuition increases and budget gaps; and

WHEREAS, the enhanced MOE bill was amended in both houses, A00934A (Assembly)/S1596A (Senate) and on June 20, 2017, the NYS Assembly adopted bill A00934A with 143 of the 150 members voting in favor and the NYS Senate adopted bill S1596A with all 63 members voting in favor; and

WHEREAS, as of October 23, 2017, the CUNY Administration nor the Board of Trustees has released a statement or adopted a resolution expressing support of the enhanced MOE bill and New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has not signed the enhanced MOE bill into law; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that we, the duly elected representatives of the Student Affairs Committee of the UFS endorse USS Resolution 1718-P04, which calls on NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to sign the enhanced MOE bill into law; and be it further

RESOLVED, that we call on Chancellor James B. Milliken and the CUNY Board of Trustees to issue a statement requesting NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo sign the enhanced MOE bill into law to expand access and improve the quality of higher education for all New Yorkers; and be it finally

RESOLVED, that in the event the MOE bill is vetoed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, we call on the NYS Legislature to enact the enhanced MOE into law in accordance with Article IV, Section 7 of the New York State Constitution (Reconsideration after veto).