The 404th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University Of New York
Room 9204/5/6 The Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Approval of the Agenda
- Approval of the Minutes of February 6, 2018
- Invited Guests
- Sonja Prophete, University Director of Graduate Enrollment, Mark Ciolli, University Director of Recruitment, Graduate Enrollment Specialist – 6:35 p.m.
- New Business
- Update on Student Activity Fee Proposal and Fiscal Accountability Handbook – Emily Tai and Hugo Fernandez – 7:05 p.m. Q & A with VC Martinez.
- SUNY Update
- Gwen Kay, President of the Faculty Senate, and Nina Tamrowski, President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, SUNY – 7:25 p.m.
- Academic Affairs Committee – Revised Policy on Advanced Placement Examinations – Martin Burke – 7:40 p.m.
- Chair – 7:45 p.m.
Library and Information Technology Committee – 4:45 p.m., Room 8304
Status of the Faculty Committee – 4:30 p.m., Room 8400
Student Affairs – 4:45 p.m., Room 8301
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 9204/5/6 at the Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue. Seventy-two of the 144 voting members were present.
Baruch: Present – Harel, Martell and Wine. Absent – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis and Wymbs. Vacancies – 2. BMCC: Present – Bratsis, Carson, Conway, Navarro, Tesfagiorgis and Wiseman. Absent – Brockington, Freas, Perdomo and Tsiklauri. Bronx CC: Present – Lawton. Absent – Kossak and Stewart-Titus. Vacancies – 3. Brooklyn: Present – Cohen, Hainline, Okome, Queneau and Wild. Absent – Bassell, Belyayeva, Chu, Sowers and Wilson. CCNY: Present – Brass, Crain, Jeruzalmi Kornhauser and Li. Absent – Binz-Scharf and Raj. Vacancies – 3 and 1 (p/t). CSI: Present – Dimitric, Feola, Halley and Verzani. Absent – Lavender, Petratos and Sanchez. CUNY Law School: Absent – Rosenberg and Sokkar-Harker. Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Giannikos and Vora. Absent – Dauben, McDougall and Nolan. Guttman: Present – Buttet and Tyner. Hostos CC: Present – Trachman and Alternate August. Absent – Ostrin, Pimentel and Worrell. Hunter: Present – Nicolai and Young. Absent – Kuhn-Osius, McCauley, Ramasubramanian and Walsh. Vacancies – 4 and 1 (p/t). John Jay: Present – Carbonell, Crossman, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora and Tovar. Absent – Kapstein. Vacancies – 1. Kingsborough CC: Present – Barnhart, Feeley, Spear, Stubin, Wetzel and Alternate Perea. Absent – Majewicz and Nagel. LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Keyes, Licari and Seo. Absent – Feldman and Gaines. Lehman: Present – Duncker, McGovern, Tilley and Alternate Wangerin. Absent – Alexander-Street, Hyman, Jitianu and Rice. Medgar Evers: Present – Barker, Franz and Alternate Van Steirteghem. Absent – Grazette and Lashley. NYCCT: Present – Coughlin, Gelman and Hounion. Absent – Bennani and Grujicic-Alatriste. Vacancies – 3. Queens: Present – McElwaine, Nelson, Sanudo and Zevin. Absent – Brody, Cedeira-Serantes, Costigan, Leites, Savage and Vesselinov. Vacancies – 1. Queensborough CC: Present – Clingan, Ford, Pecorino and Tai. Absent – Rome, Rossi-Miller and Ward. York: Present – Silva and Alternates Adeyemo and Emtage. Absent – Gerena, Grosskopf, Keiler, Louis and Rooney.
Governance Leaders present were: Burke (GC), Jeruzalmi (City), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens) and Verzani (CSI). Guests present include Loretta Martinez, General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, Sonja Prophete, University Director of Graduate Enrollment, Mark Ciolli, University Director of Recruitment, Gwen Kay, President, SUNY Faculty Senate, Nina Tamrowski, President, SUNY Faculty Council of Community Colleges, Lloyd Klein, LaGuardia CC, Douglas Boettner, John Jay College, Pamela Stemberg, City College, Smitha Varghese, Queens College, and Francesca Royal, University Student Senate. Executive Director Cotter, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.
- Approval of the Agenda – Adopted as Proposed
- Approval of the Minutes of February 6, 2018 – Adopted as Proposed
- Invited Guests:
- Sonja Prophete, University Director of Graduate Enrollment, Mark Ciolli, University Director of Recruitment, Graduate Enrollment Specialist – 6:35 p.m. – Prior to their presentation EVC Matthew Sapienza briefly discussed the relationship between enrollment matters and budget and finance introduced Assistant Vice Chancellor Laura Burton. Mark Ciolli delivered a brief overview of the Recruitment Office and undergraduate admissions initiatives and activities. He noted the increase in CUNY’s applicant pool and updated the UFS on current enrollment patterns at the University. Sonja Prohete explained the nature and activities of the office of Graduate Enrollment, and described enrollment trends by discipline at CUNY and how the University is persevering in light of austerity in higher education. She outlined in brief how CUNY could be more competitive vis-à-vis other area institutions, and outlined some of the areas of improvement – such as the development of new programs – that would foster greater enrollment numbers. She and Mr. Ciolli then took questions.
- New Business
- Update on Student Activity Fee Proposal and Fiscal Accountability Handbook – Emily Tai and Hugo Fernandez – 7:05 p.m. Q & A with Vice Chancellor (VC) Loretta Martinez. Prof. Fernandez – Prof. Fernandez opened the floor to questions for VC Loretta Martinez, who took the dais and opened a dialogue on proposed revisions to student activities policies in light of recent events at Queens College and how they potentially affect the University as a whole. She also briefly discussed the proposed revision of the CUNY Board of Trustees Bylaws as a consequence. Discussion revolved around an existing court case at Queens that will impact the allocation and distribution of Student Activity Fees, and Prof. Fernandez noted that better communication with students about the fees assigned to them was necessary, and VC Martinez concurred. She then took questions.
- SUNY Update – Gwen Kay, President of the Faculty Senate, and Nina Tamrowski, President of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, SUNY – Prof. Kay briefly updated the Senate on several policy matters on the horizon throughout SUNY, especially the revision of general education and best practices with regard to adjunct faculty in light of the new Chancellor and Provost. Prof. Tamrowski updated the Senate on community college enrollment and fiscal concerns. She briefly discussed community college transfer patterns and its fiscal state. Then she briefly updated the Senate on the activities of various Council committees.
- Academic Affairs Committee – Revised Policy on Advanced Placement Examinations – Martin Burke – Prof. Burke discussed the evolution of the most recent language of the policy, and commended Profs. Pecorino and Kaplowitz for their roles in bring it to fruition. He then took questions.
- Chair – Prof. Conway briefly updated the Senate on the recent BoT meeting and other matters:
- Food service worker quality of life matters
- Adjunct salary adjustments were discussed
- SAF fees
- The Search Committee for a new CUNY Chancellor
- Topics and invited guests for the upcoming Discipline Councils meeting in April – Chair Conway noted she would follow up with Discipline Chairs regarding experiential learn and credit for prior learning.
- IT Steering Committee – she updated on the progress of universal sign-in for students and the new policy regarding cloud storage.
- She commended Prof. Tai on her recent invitation to deliver the keynote to graduation class Bedford Hills Teckonnick Correctional Facility
- She urged the Senate to fill out and return the distributed survey of fall UFS conference topics
- She attended Hostos Community College’s commencement and will attend the CCNY President’s investiture
- She spoke with the Computer Science Discipline Council and urged members to follow up with their colleagues in their formation
- She updated the Senate on the Research Foundation customer survey – its construction and recent distribution, and urged members to follow up with their campus PIs to complete it. She also noted the RF has a new website and that faculty ought to review and provide feedback on it.
- She noted the recent awards courtesy of the CUNY Academy and urged members to join the Academy
- She advised of ways in which faculty might avail themselves of the Admissions Office to stave off the otherwise dire projections regarding higher educational enrollment
- At the request of Prof. Crain, she announced the upcoming March for Our Lives against gun control
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Matthew J. Cotter