The 405th Plenary Session
of The University Faculty Senate
of The City University of New York
205 East 42nd Street, Room 819
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
6:30 p.m.


  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 13, 2018
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Update on Pathways Assessment – David Crook, University Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Martin J. Burke, Professor and At-Large Member of the UFS, Executive Committee – 6:30 p.m.
  4. New Business
    1. Report on the UFS Budget Workshop – John Verzani – 7:00 p.m.
    2. Nomination for Executive Committee members – 7:10 p.m.
  5. Reports
    1. Academic Affairs Committee – Martin Burke – 7:20 p.m.
    2. Status of the Faculty – Ben Franz – 7:25 p.m.
    3. Student Affairs – Kimora – 7:30 p.m.
    4. Enrollment Management – Kathleen Barker – 7:35 p.m.
    5. Chair – 7:40 p.m.

Committee meetings:

Library and Information Technology Committee – 4:45 p.m., Room 0963

Status of the Faculty Committee – 4:30 p.m., Room 1102

Student Affairs – 4:45 p.m., Room 1002

Community College Caucus – 3:30 – 4:30, Room 1002

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 819 at the CUNY Central Office, 205 East 42nd Street. Seventy-three of the 145 voting members were present.

Baruch: Present – Harel, Martell and Wymbs. Absent – Bazzoni, Edwards, Ellis and Wine. Vacancies – 2.  BMCC: Present – Bratsis, Conway, Freas, Navarro, Tesfagiorgis and Tsiklauri. Absent – Brockington, Carson, Perdomo and Wiseman.  Bronx CC: Present – Stewart-Titus. Absent – Kossak and Lawton.  Vacancies – 3.  Brooklyn: Present – Bassell, Cohen, Queneau and Wild.  Absent – Belyayeva, Chu, Hainline, Okome, Sowers and Wilson.  CCNY: Present – Binz-Scharf, Brass, Crain, Kornhauser and Li. Absent – Jeruzalmi and Raj.  Vacancies – 3 and 1 (p/t). CSI: Present – Dimitric, Feola, Petratos and Verzani.  Absent – Halley, Lavender, and Sanchez.  CUNY Law School:  Absent – Rosenberg and Sokkar-Harker.  Graduate Center: Present – Burke, Dauben, Nolan and Vora.  Absent – Giannikos and McDougall.  Guttman: Present – Buttet, Tyner and Alternate Seth.  Hostos CC: Present – Ostrin, Trachman and Alternate August.  Absent –Pimentel and Worrell.  Hunter: Present – Kuhn-Osius, McCauley and Nicolai.  Absent – Ramasubramanian, Walsh and Young. Vacancies – 5 and 1 (p/t).  John Jay: Present – Carbonell, Crossman, Kaplowitz, Katz, Kimora and Tovar.  Absent – Kapstein.  Vacancies – 1.  Kingsborough CC: Present – Barnhart, Feeley, Nagel, Spear, Stubin, and Wetzel.  Absent – Majewicz.  LaGuardia CC: Present – Albrecht, Berke, Fernandez, Keyes and Alternate Stadler.  Absent – Feldman, Gaines, Licari and Seo.  Lehman: Present – Duncker, Hyman, McGovern and Tilley.  Absent – Alexander-Street, Jitianu and Rice.  Medgar Evers: Present – Barker, Franz and Lashley.  Absent – Grazette.  NYCCT: Present – Coughlin, Gelman and Hounion.  Absent – Bennani and Grujicic-Alatriste.  Vacancies – 3.  Queens: Present – McElwaine, Sanudo and Alternate Harris.  Absent – Brody, Cedeira-Serantes, Costigan, Leites, Nelson, Savage, Vesselinov and Zevin. Vacancies – 1.  Queensborough CC: Present – Clingan, Ford, Pecorino Rome, Tai, Ward and Alternate Mann.  Absent – Rossi-Miller.  York: Present – Keiler and Silva. Absent – Gerena, Grosskopf, Louis and Rooney.

Newly elected senators also present were Fischer (Brooklyn), Grayson (Brooklyn), Greaves (Guttman CC), Matarese (BMCC), Parker (KBCC), Schiavone (KBCC) and Schnee (KBCC). Governance Leaders present were: Burke (GC), Buttet (Guttman CC), Nolan (GC), Pecorino (QCC), Sanudo (Queens), Seth (Guttman CC), Verzani (CSI) and Wallach (Hunter). Guests present include David Crook, Associate University Provost for Academic Affairs, Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Jennifer Sparrow (SPS), Dr. Louise Grotenhuis, and Pamela Stemberg, City College. Executive Director Cotter, Administrative Assistant Pasela, and Secretary Blanchard were also present.

  1. Approval of the Agenda – Adopted As Approved
  2. Approval of the Minutes of March 13, 2018 – Adopted as Approved
  3. Invited Guests
    1. Update on Pathways Assessment – David Crook, University Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Lucinda Zoe, University Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Martin J. Burke, Professor and At-Large Member of the UFS, Executive Committee – After reminding the body of the intended scope and goals of Pathways, Provost Crook and Dean Zoe discussed basic trends in the transfer of students both with and without an Associates Degree to CUNY senior colleges, and the suggested role the Pathways initiative has played in the process. Dean Zoe detailed the rates with which these credits were transferred within the major Gateway Courses and broke them down further within in several core disciplines. She noted how these transfer trends accord with the retention and community college graduation rates of the CUNY Strategic Plan. She then discussed how the assessment of the CUNY College Option and Writing-Intensive courses might be undertaken. They also noted that they expect to add CUNY-SUNY transfer articulation data to future reports. In summarizing, they both noted their intention is to work more closely with the Discipline Councils as they continue to assess Pathways, and reiterated that the data under discussion was correlative rather than causative regarding it. They agreed to continue sharing their ongoing research and welcomed suggestions from the body on what data points were most desirable. They then took questions.
  4. New Business
    1. Report on the UFS Budget Workshop – John Verzani – 7:00 p.m. – Professor Verzani reported on the workshop’s proceedings, especially the discussion of the overall CUNY FY 2018-19 budget and tax-levy vs. non-tax levy funds are allocated and expended. Chair Conway added that a request has been made to SVC Sapienza that college president’s be required to include a sign-off by faculty and student leaders when submitting the budget. Professor Wallach asked about oversight of non-tax levy funds, particularly foundations, to which Chair Conway and Prof. Martell directed him and the body to look into their respective All Funds Budgets, as well as accessing the 990s available online for all non-profits..
    2. Nomination for Executive Committee members – 7:10 p.m. – Nominations for Chair and Vice Chair were solicited and presented by members. Chair Conway advised the body that she would not be running for a second term and that both Profs. Tai and Barnhart would not be serving on the Executive Committee next year. Anne Kornhauser (CCNY) nominated Martin Burke (GC and Lehman) for Chair; Philipp Pecorino (Queensborough) nominated Kerin Coughlin (NYCCT), and Manuel Sanudo (Queens) nominated Kathleen Barker (Medgar Evers) for Vice Chair. Nominations for the Executive Committee were solicited and presented by members. Vera Albrecht (LaGuardia CC) nominated Hugo Fernandez (LaGuardia CC);  Emily Tai (Queensborough CC) nominated Philip Pecorino (Queensborough CC); Meg Feeley (Kingsborough CC) and Kathleen Barker (Medgar Evers) nominated James McElwaine (Queens College); James McElwaine (Queens) nominated Kimora (John Jay); Emily Tai (Queensborough CC) nominated Angela Crossman (John Jay); Maryann Feola (CSI) nominated John Verzani (CSI). Nominations in writing will remain open until the night of elections. Per the UFS Election Fact Sheet, which was distributed to the UFS listserv, those who wish to have a written election statement distributed to the full Senate membership must submit all requisite materials by May 4  All nominees will be notified by the UFS office to submit a statement, which may be presented when elections are held at the next Plenary Session on May 15th.
  5. Reports
    1. Academic Affairs Committee – Martin Burke – Prof. Burke discussed the Committee’s recent meeting with Ekaterina Sukhanova and Kenneth Norz that dealt with the CUNY initiatives from the OAA moving forward in light of the New York State Department of Education’s rescindment of joint degree programs. The process is ongoing and OAA will provide updates to the committee. He then took questions.
    2. Status of the Faculty – Ben Franz – After Chair Conway briefly updated the body on the AP policy revisions from the Office of academic Affairs, Prof. Franz updated the body on the status of its Resolution to change a Board of Trustee Bylaw on Faculty Promotions, which will be revised once more and, he hoped, brought to the floor in time for a vote at May Plenary.
    3. Student Affairs – Kimora – Prof. Kimora updated the body on the committee’s inquiries into the FIRE report. Additionally, she noted the recent changes made to the sexual misconduct policy, which was circulated to the body a week prior to the Plenary. Then she presented an item for discussion: a statement prepared by a SAC subcommittee related to the Student Activity Fee debated at the last Plenary. The floor was asked to read and endorse the statement, which they did, pending revisions and discussion from the Executive Committee. Once approved it will be forwarded to the BOT and the Office of General counsel. Executive Director Cotter will circulate the final version with a link to a recent UFS blog post by Professor Tai on the SAF. Prof. Tai encouraged senators to submit comments to the web site created for that purpose by CUNY’s Student Affairs office. Discussion followed.
    4. Enrollment Management – Kathleen Barker – Prof. Barker reported that the Verification of Enrollment deadline will remain at 21 days – there was some discussion at Enrollment Management about changing it back to eight days; the Exec committee recommended 21.
    5. Chair – Chair Conway communicated:
      • that, spurred by a discussion on the list serve initiated by Prof. August, that William Barry, University Director for Public Safety, will be invited to present at a fall FGL.
      • that Prof. Pecorino will co-chair with Brian Cohen, CIO, a committee to continue to revise CUNY’s cloud policy.  Additional faculty volunteers from CSI, JJ and BMCC also agreed to serve.
      • that the FGLs will meet this Friday and that the agenda includes a presentation on CUNY’s efforts to increase faculty diversity. Chair Conway relayed that CUNY has developed an Opportunity Fund, and is experimenting with Partner hires.
      • that she has received numerous inquiries regarding the teaching load reduction and that she met with SVC Sapienza, VC Silverblatt and spoke with Barbara Bowen of the PSC. Barbara Bowen agreed to send a follow-up email to all faculty clarifying some of the issues. Much of the concerns stem from messages on some campuses from the administration, that there is very little funding coming from the University to support the reduction.  NYS did not provide any funds; the NYC budget is still pending.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Matthew J. Cotter