118th Meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty
February 28, 2003
Members Present: R. Bell, L. Bethel, S. Bhuyan, R. Boikess,
R. Bumby, S. Carroll, J. Cassel, T. Chase, C. Chinn, M.Cotter, S. Gifford,
D. Gimenez, M. Gliserman, H. Hirsh, F. Hossain, M. Kalelkar, F. Kauffman,
A. Kirkman, J. Kokini, J. Krenos, U. Linke, S. Martin-Marquez, K. McKeever,
J. Miklojcik, H. Mokros, C. Nanry, J. Niessen, D. O’Connor, P. Panayotatos,
R. Reid, D. Schilling, K. Scott, M. Siewierski, C. Sims, B. Smith, T. Szatrowski,
J. Walkup, C. Weibel, J. Worobey
Members Excused: J. Burton, D. Minch, F. Popper, K. St.
Also in Attendance: Vice President for Academic Affairs,
||Call to Order
F. Kauffman called the meeting to order at 1: 40 PM in Brower Commons
ABC, College Avenue Campus.
||Approval of the Agenda and Acceptance of the Minutes of the January
31, 2003 Meeting
The agenda and the minutes of the January 31, 2003, meeting were approved.
||Report of the Chair - Frederick C. Kauffman
H.Hirsh responded to a question concerning the status of the University
Copyright Policy. He indicated that this was still in the offices of the
University lawyers undergoing review of the Q/A section of the policy to
be posted on the Library’s wesite. V.P Seneca indicated that he would inquire
concerning the delay in review of the policy.
Draft minutes of the previous NBFC minutes had been put up on the Council
website two days before the current meeting and there would be an attempt
to follow this practice in the future.
Students on the New Brunswick campus were planning a rally in Trenton on
March 6, 2003, to voice their concerns over the damaging effects that the
proposed budget cuts for fiscal 2004 would have on academic programs at
the University, and urge the Governor and state legislators to rescind
the proposed cuts. An item on the current meeting’s agenda is to consider
a letter drafted by the Executive Cabinet asking all New Brunswick/Piscataway
faculty to support the planned rally and personally contact key officials
in state government along lines suggested by President McCormick.
A committee chaired by Professor David Mechanic has been formed to conduct
a national search for an Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Budget. The first meeting of this committee was held on 2/24/03.
A Presidential Advisory Committee consisting of faculty, academic administrators
and students drawn from the New Brunswick/Piscataway, Newark and Camden
campuses has been formed to advise on issues related to recommendations
of restructuring made in the report of the Commission oon Health Science
Education and Training. The first meeting of this committee is scheduled
for March 7, 2003.
The system-wide Library Advisory Committee convened on March 7, 2003,
for its second meeting. M. Gaunt introduced Grace Agnew, who is a new associate
university librarian responsible for developing new digital infrastructure
for the second phase of the Library’s strategic plan. A major element of
the next phase will be the development of smoothly linked electronic indices
that can be readily searched by members of the university community. G.
Agnew also plans to collaborate with faculty in establishing teaching modules
to assist students in becoming competent with new information technology.
A current module developed between faculty in the business school and a
librarian presented, as a model was a six-week course directed at developing
a business plan. Developing such teaching modules in relation to other
disciplines was discussed in relation to meeting the new accreditation
requirement of demonstrating literacy in modern information technology
in undergraduate students.
||Report of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs - Joseph Seneca
Vice-President Seneca remarked that the entire academy across the country
faces fiscal challenges common to Rutgers. He thanked the Council for their
efforts in building the case for the University during these bleak times.
He indicated that members of the university community should be part of
the “clutter and cacophony” that surrounds discussion of budgetary issues
in Trenton. He indicated that Pres. McCormick is deeply involved in the
process of budget advocacy.
Mason Welch Gross Lecture by Dr.Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie
Corporation of New York, would be given on March 11, 2003, at 5PM. The
topic of Dr. Gegorian’s lecture is “Education in the Age of Specialized
Prof. Ahmad Safari, a professor in the Dept. of Ceramics and Materials
Engineering, has been appointed to Donald H. Jacobs Chair in applied physics.
Approved at the last B.O.G. meeting was: the Center for Advanced Energy
Systems, and a new Ph.D. graduate program in BioMaPs (Biology, Mathematics
and Physics), under the direction of Prof. R. Levy.
VP Seneca closed his remarks
by indicating that he plans to step down from his office on July 1, 2003.
He will continue, as co-chair of the NewBrunswick/Piscatawy University
Committee, to work with his counterpart in RWJ Medical School, Hal Paz,
on issues related to restructuring,
Questions and Answers
Question of whether VP Seneca
had an opportunity to speak with officers of other state research universities
comparing proposed budget cuts for R.U. with cuts they were expecting.
J.S. indicated that R.U. cuts were on the high end, e.g., Michigan was
expecting a cut of 1.5% and Illinois a cut of 2%. J.S indicated that resolving
NJ's budgetary crisis in the absence of discussion of increased state taxes
such as a progressive income tax would be very difficult.
A discussion of the key issue
of sustaining quality of education vs. quantity followed. R. Boikess asked
if is possible to consider ways of streamlining activities without compromising
quality, e.g., reducing the number of hours required for graduation? And
what, if any, savings could be achieved in doing this?
||Interim Report of the Teaching Committee - Martin Gliserman
M. Gliserman indicated that the Teaching Committee is planning to organize
an undergraduate teaching conference for the fall, 2003 semester, and asked
for suggestions concerning themes that might be emphasized at this year's
conference. Some topics addressed at previous conferences included
the curriculum, feedback on technology, small-room classes vs. large room.
Members of the Council agreed unanimously that it was a good idea to invite
President Mccormick to be the keynote speaker at this conference.
Theme suggestions by members present included:
Focus on what students expect to get from attending Rutgers
Instructional support for undergraduate education (e.g. V.P Undergraduate.
Responsibilities of P/T, F/T, TA in teaching
Should/can teaching loads be increased
Integrity – Cheating & plagiarism
The role of undergraduate education in a public research university
Role of teamwork: in education vs. individual responsibilities
Marge Edward’s article in Harper’s “Challenge of Teaching in a Consumer
Role of faculty in advising students
Enhancing University Industry Partnerships – Resources
||Report of the PFAC - Paul Panayotatos
PNP indicated that the next PFAC meeting was scheduled on 4/11/2003.
Some issues not dealing with restructuring and budget crises include:
M. Gliserman agreed to draft a statement, to be communicated by the PFAC,
expressing the Council’s appreciation of the value President R. McCormick
places in shared governance with the faculty in restructuring his new administration.
Initiate program(s) of study abroad, are there any plans?
University committees on undergraduate education
Ways to streamline educational offerings, can money is saved without compromising
Alternate funding for athletics
What does it mean to have a Rutgers degree in graduate and undergraduate
Governance, Re-evaluation of deans.
Legislative role of faculty at different colleges
Lack of faculty input on faculty support programs.
Progress on anti-harassment policy.
Two actions were proposed in connection with
developing arguments in support of state funding for the University. First,
send a mass mailing letter to all New Brunswick/Piscataway faculties encouraging
them to write individually to key state officials on behalf of rescinding
proposed fiscal ’04 budget cuts. Additionally, faculty will beasked to
be considerate of students who plan to rally the governor and state legislators
in Trenton on Thursday, March 6, 2003. It was agreed to send the following
The ability to maintain the quality and momentum
of academic programs on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses is seriously
threatened by cuts in the state budget proposed by the Governor. As members
of the New Brunswick Faculty Council, your elected body of faculty departmental
and faculty unit representatives, we urge you to consider undertaking the
following two actions in connection with the proposed cuts currently under
consideration by the State Legislature.
First, we urge you to
respond individually in writing to your state legislators, particularly
members of the two appropriation committees and the Governor, along lines
proposed in President McCormick's letter to the University community and
the suggested website, http://www.rutgers.edu/statebudgetcuts/. In that
regard, we suggest that you use your personal stationery and/or your home
In addition, we ask that
you encourage others to do the same. (For e-mail communications please
consult the linked contacts provided in the website above. For US mail
communication please see http://www.ece.rutgers.edu/~panayot/NJLegislatorsListTable4.html
or use the attached table for mail merge) Secondly, we encourage
you to be sensitive to and supportive of students on our campus who plan
to lobby state legislators to rescind University budget cuts on Thursday,
March 6, in Trenton. We feel that all efforts to alert state legislators
to the devastating effect of the proposed budget cuts are worthy of our
support and ask that you be considerate of students who may miss scheduled
classes on the day of their rally. Some of our colleagues have indicated
that they will offer their time to schedule make up classes for students
who attend the rally.
Thank you for considering
The New Brunswick Faculty
Secondly, it was agreed to endorse a resolution in support of the University
budget drafted by the Executive Committee to be made available to key officials
in government, the university administration and public. Upon minor modifications
of the draft, the following resolution was passed unanimously:
The Rutgers University Senate has passed a "Report and Resolution
in Opposition to Proposed and Continued Budget Cuts, and in Support of
Excellence in Higher Education in New Jersey." The New Brunswick Faculty
Council joins with our Senate colleagues and endorses their resolution.
We also offer the following.
New Jersey's public research university, Rutgers, the State University
of New Jersey, requires the support of New Jersey citizens in order to
maintain excellence in its educational and research programs and in its
service to the State. Yet, the proposed New Jersey budget would underfund
Rutgers and further undermine its traditional pattern of support. In 2000,
the State budget share dedicated for support of Rutgers was 1.4% (down
from approximately 2% of the state budget share over the period 1991-2000).
The proposed budget is a 21.8% smaller share of the budget then in 2000.
These cuts in funding would be instituted even as Rutgers returns over
$2 billion annually to the State’s economy. The proposed cuts in funding
will jeopardize not only Rutgers programs but also New Jersey’s future
economic health, which depends in large part on its higher education community.
Although funding proposed for Rutgers University is being decreased,
the college-age population in the state is increasing.Within the next five
years New Jersey will need to accommodate at least 22,000 additional qualified
students. Rutgers, as the largest public university, anticipates a 20%
increase in the number of qualified applicants. The combination of decreased
funding with the need to increase enrollment will curtail the ability of
many students to obtain a college education as tuition will need to increase
in order to partially counter the shortfall in state funding. In addition,
forcing students to assume more debt deters economic growth as graduates
spend their future paying off loans and postponing business investments
and purchasing homes.
The current budget proposal jeopardizes the ability of Rutgers to provide
adequate classroom space, to hire and retain excellent full-time faculty,
and to offer the programs required by a growing and vibrant study body.
New Jersey lacks a higher education capital facilities funding mechanism,
such as those in place in other areas of the country. For example, North
Carolina allows for the creation and maintenance of facilities through
bond referenda that are consistently supported by its citizens. The triple
pressures of increasing enrollment, an aging infrastructure at the University,
and decreasing state support for higher education places undue strains
on Rutgers’ operating budget, and will erode the ability of the state to
ensure its citizens an affordable education at an outstanding public research
university. Likewise, current fiscal policy limits Rutgers’ ability to
attract and retain the best students in the state who should comprise its
Therefore, Be It Resolved that New Jersey address capacity issues
by offering its citizens a higher education capital facilities bond referendum
for building and improving college and university buildings; and
Be It Further Resolved that New Jersey insure that financial
aid for students be available at levels appropriate to need and that such
aid be appropriately increased as tuition and fees increase; and
Be It Finally Resolved that New Jersey restore funding to Rutgers
at appropriate levels to provide students with access to an outstanding
public research university in which all our citizens can take pride.
||Old Business: None
||Adjournment: 3:30 PM