The 399th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 0818, 205 E. 42nd Street
May 16th, 2017
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 28th, 2017
  3. Invited Guests
    1. SVC Matthew Sapienza 6:30 p.m.
    2. James Murphy, University Dean for Enrollment Management 7:00 p.m.
  4. New Business
  5. Elections for Executive Committee At-Large Members (election fact sheet attached)
  6. Reports
  7. Chair

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

  • Community College Caucus, 3:30 pm, Rm 1102
  • Library and Information Technologies, 4:30 pm, Rm 1102
  • Student Affairs, 5:00 pm, Rm 1002
  • Status of the Faculty, 4:30 pm, Rm 096


Baruch: Present—Ellis, Harel, Kafka, Martell, and Weiser and Wine. Absent—Bazzoni, Edwards, Alternate Hessel, Pence, and Wymbs. BMCC: Present – Bratsis, Carson, Conway, Gosslau, Navarro, Tesfagiorgis, Tsiklauri, and Wiseman. Absent – Freas, Alternates Corkle, George,and Radell, Perdomo. Vacancies – 1. Bronx CC: Present—Kossak, Lawton, and Stewart-Titus. Absent—Alternate Bernard, Edwards, Harris, and Alternate Mukerjee. Vacancies – 1. Brooklyn: Present—Bassell, Cohen, Hainline, Queneau, Wild and Wilson. Absent—Alternates Gluzman and Haine, Adams, Chu, Ebert, Fox, Haggerty, Okome, and Sowers. CCNY: Present—Binz-Scharf, Jeruzalmi, Kornhauser, Li, and Stemberg. Absent— Brass, Crain, Dalglish, Kobbets-Miller, and Raj. CSI: Present—Feola, Halley, Lavender, Petratos, and Verzani. Absent—Sanchez. CUNY Law School: Present – Sokkar-Harker. Absent – Alternate Cicero, Kassem, and Alternate Khosla. Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Dauben, Nolan and Wunder. Absent– Giannikos, McDougall, and Alternate Vora. Guttman: Tyner. Absent-Saint-Louis Hostos CC: Present—Ostrin, Trachman, Alternate August, and Worrell. Absent—Alternate Bollinger, Alternate Paskoff, Pimentel. Hunter: Present –Young. Absent— Albrecht, McCauley, and Nicolai Kuhn-Osius, Hickman, Ramasubramanian, Walsh, and Wirtz. Vacancies – 3. John Jay: Present–Carbonell, Crossman, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora and Tovar. Absent—Alternate Benton, Domashevskiy, Dunham, and Kapstein.  Kingsborough CC: Present—Barnhart, Nagel, Spear Alternates Echols and Stubin. Absent— Feeley,Hume, Majewicz, and Alternate Krishnan. LaGuardia CC: Present–Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Gaines, Keyes, Licari, Alternates Stadler and Burdick, and Seo. Absent—Alternate Sokolski.  Lehman: Present—Duncker, McGovern, Tilley and Alternate Wangerin. Absent – Alexander-Street, Alternate Auslander, Doyran, Jervis, Jitianu. Medgar Evers: Present—Barker, Franz, Grazette, and Lashley. Absent—Alternate Van Steirteghem. NYCCT: Present— Coughlin, Grujicic-Alatriste, and Hounion. Absent—Bennani, Gelman. Vacancies – 2. Queens: Present—Sanudo, and Zevin. Absent— Brody, Costigan, Leites, McElwaine, Nelson, Alternates Harris, Leites, Alternate Mann, Savage, and Vesselinov. Vacancies – 1. Queensborough CC: Present – Clingan, Alternate Holden, Pecorino, Rossi-Miller, Tai, and Alternate Ward. Absent– Ford, Murley, and Alternate Mann.  York: Absent—Bowman, Cleary, Gerena, Grosskopf, Rooney, and Alternate Adeyemo.

Governance Leaders present included: Burke (GC), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens), Tyner (Guttman), and Wallach (Hunter). Administrative Assistant Pasela, Secretary Blanchard, and Executive Director Cotter were also present. Guests included Prof. Eaton (KCC), Ivison (CSI), Ober (GC) Simpson (CSI), and EVC Sapienza (CO) and UD Murphy (CO)

The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Katherine Conway, at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 28th, 2017 – Adopted as Proposed
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Executive Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance Matthew Sapienza. The EVC discussed the proposed City Executive Budget, indicating that all mandatory costs associated with community colleges and senior colleges that have Associate Degree programs are funded, especially for the expansion of programs such as ASAP, CUNY Start and Math Start. He explained how important it was that Albany was supporting community colleges as well via State Operating Support – an initiative that will keep community college tuition frozen for 2017-18. The senior colleges, however, will see budget reductions of approximately one percent to offset the shortfall associated with the recent collective bargaining agreement. He also described the process by which more resources for the senior colleges and for faculty workload reductions were requested of and were subsequently denied by the city. He then took questions.
    2. Mr. James Murphy, University Dean for Enrollment Management. Mr. Murphy provided the UFS with a Power Point presentation explaining in some detail the eligibility requirements of the Excelsior Scholarship. He outlined many of the program’s virtues, such as the prospects for most full-time CUNY undergraduates to receive a free education, and some of its challenges, such as how best to support students in their adherence to a 30-credit academic year.
  4. New Business
    1. Elections for Executive Committee At-Large Members – Chair Conway coordinated the election and each candidate spoke before votes were cast. [Election results were announced. All At-Large members were re-elected, with Prof. McElwaine being the lone new appointee.]
    2. Profs. Lavender introduced a Resolution on a proposed M.A. in History via the CUNY SPS. Discussion ensued over whether or not the UFS would support it or amend it to request a suspension of action until CUNY historians had had an opportunity to be consulted further.
  5. Reports
    1. Chair – While ballots were being counted Chair Conway delivered her report. She acknowledged and thanked members of the Executive Committee for their various committee work and efforts related to organizing the annual conferences. She then recognized the efforts of the CUNY Academy and the faculty awards distributed the past year. Chair Conway lamented the lack of movement regarding the proposed Expressive Policy and hoped that the Chancellor’s Office would support it. She then mentioned that she has requested the consolidating information of the CUNY budget be made public as soon as possible. The UFS was updated on the Chair’s campus visits and the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter

Resolution regarding the Master of Arts Degree in History Proposed at the School of Professional Studies

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) has proposed a new online Master’s degree in History that appears to have cleared the governing body at SPS and is thus headed to the Board of Trustees for final approval on June 26, 2017.

The History department chairs and faculty of the CUNY campuses with existing Master’s Programs have never been consulted in this process, and are deeply concerned that the approval of the program is not in the interest of CUNY faculty and students, and will undermine the overall quality of graduate instruction in History at CUNY as an institution.

Among the specific concerns:

  • That the proposal to create an online History MA at the SPS has come to the attention of the heads of CUNY’s MA-granting history departments very late in the approval process, not through consultation but incidentally, raising grave concerns about the failure to consult when such a program is highly likely to affect other CUNY programs directly and such consultation is a normal procedure within CUNY;
  • That the program is scheduled for public meeting on Monday, June 19, 2017, after the end of the CUNY academic year, and one week before the Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the program on June 26, 2017 –  a timeline that seems designed to limit opportunities for input from the affected CUNY campuses;
  • That the program subcontracts instruction of CUNY students to another institution, staffed by non-CUNY faculty, and the academic content of the program amounts to video instruction, provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, not by CUNY faculty, and that this undermines the principle of faculty control over curricular development and instruction at CUNY;
  • That the program lacks academic rigor and is highly unlikely to meet even the minimal threshold for serious study at the graduate level, and as it is designed to serve teachers, will do a terrible disservice both to the MA students it will enroll and to their K-12 students throughout New York State;
  • That the program will undermine existing graduate programs in History within CUNY that provide top flight instruction to rigorous standards to CUNY students.

Therefore, be it resolved that:

The UFS demands that CUNY, the Board of Trustees, and the School for Professional Studies suspend any progress or action on this proposal until proper consultations with all of CUNY’s History graduate programs and with the Academic Affairs Committee have taken place.​​

The Resolution was amended and voted upon, passing unanimously.