Minutes
120th Meeting of the New Brunswick Faculty Council
April 11, 2003


Members Present:   R. Bell, S. Bhuyan, R. Bumby, J. Burton,   J. Cassel, T. Chase, C. Chinn, M. Cotter, A. Farmer, S. Gifford, D. Gimenez, M. Gliserman, H. Hirsh, F. Kauffman, J. Krenos, U. Linke, J. Matthewson, J. Miklojcif, D. Minch, H. Mokros, C. Nanry, J. Niessen,   D. O’Connor, P. Panayotatos, R. Reid, H. Rockoff, D. Schilling, K. Scott, M. Siewierski, C. Sims, N. Sinha, B. Smith, T. Szatrowski, A. Walker-Andrews, J. Walkup, C. Weibel.
 
Members Excused: Jane Miller, J. Woroby
  
 
1. Call to Order
F. Kauffman called the meeting to order at 1: 35 PM in Brower Commons ABC, College Avenue Campus. 
 
2. Approval of the Agenda and Acceptance of the Minutes of the March 14, 2003 Meeting. 
The Agenda and Minutes of the March 14, 2003 meeting were approved.

3. Report of the Chair - Frederick C. Kauffman

Announcements:
  • F. Kauffman announced that faculty under consideration of promotion in rank had been officially notified and congratulated representative S. Bhuyan on his promotion with tenure at Cook College. He thanked faculty who had responded to the survey concerning practices of chair elections in various departments.  Most respondents indicated that Department faculty communicated results of elections to their deans, who, for the most part, appointed chairs in accord with the department elections.  Exceptions to this general pattern appeared to be rare.
  • He indicated that the University Senate Committee on University Structure and Governance, co-chaired by J. Blasi and K. Scott, had developed a resolution supporting the idea of a contract between the governor and institutions of higher education in New Jersey.   The resolution was developed to provide an alternative approach to attaining stable long-term support needed to achieve the goal of advancing Rutgers University into the top tier of public research universities.   Copies of the resolution were distributed to Council representatives for discussion under new business.
  • Three non-council members of FAS communicated a document to the Council suggesting the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Governance.  F.K indicated that ideas expressed in the document concerning preservation of faculty authority in specific scholastic and personnel issues, and steps to strengthen the Faculty’s role in shared governance were worthy of consideration by the Council.  He indicated that he would invite the three FAS faculty to the next   meeting of the Executive Cabinet, and possibly to the May 9th meeting of the Council to discuss their proposal in a committee of the whole.
  • Chairs of the University Copyright Policy Committee M. Gaunt and R. Wood had circulated a draft copy of the Policy to the Committee for review and are planning to post the Draft Policy and a list of F.A.Q.s on the Libraries Webpage within the next few weeks. The plan is to solicit comment from faculty, staff and students over the summer, and take steps toward finalizing the Policy in Fall 2003.   University Librarian M. Gaunt will meet with the Council at its May meeting to review the document, which has been revised considerably in accord with suggestions made be the NBFC Library Committee. 
 
4. Interim Report of the Academic Services Committee on Double Majors - Charles Sims
 
Professor Sims indicated that the practice of undergraduates obtaining double majors, and regulations to this practice were quite heterogeneous across University departments and programs.  There are no formal guidelines printed in the catalogue regarding double majors.  He indicated that students and faculty have difficulty obtaining information concerning this practice. Information is not readily available for students and faculty.   Students in some departments apparently can add majors as they choose.  The record is apparently 6 majors held by one student.  Diplomas list only the degree of a student’s primary major; a student’s transcript lists all majors.  It is clear that there are clear advantages for students to have double majors e.g., Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics, Statistics and Bioinformatics., whereas, other departments and schools discourage double majors, e.g., Mason Gross.   Overlap of courses occurs frequently and alternate courses to fulfill requirements of replicate majors are not well established.
 

After considerable discussion, the consensus of the Council was that while a standard policy concerning double majors could not be developed, the following steps should be considered:
1)  Develop statistics on the actual numbers of students with double majors on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses. 2) Establish guidelines dealing with overlapping courses in double majors.
3)  Introduce clearer descriptions in the New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalogue of opportunities and requirements for double majors in specific disciplines
4)  Seek to establish a consensus of appropriate arts and science courses for double majors.

5. Report of the Academic Regulations and Standards Committee on Academic Integrity - Rudy Bell

Prof. Bell stated that the radically expanding use of web-based resources in scholarship was a major argument for evaluating and updating the university code on academic integrity.  The Report of the committee and resolution can be found at:  http://nbfc.rutgers.edu/IntegrityRpt.htm .  The Committee viewed the internet plagiarism issue to be the most timely, fundamental and critical of the academic integrity issues that we face. Nonetheless, there appears to be no groundswell for a substantially revised policy. The voices we heard were divided, some calling for a less rigid policy and others for reduced discretion if discretion results in different outcomes for substantially similar offenses. More gathering of fact and opinion is in order.   Consequently, the Committee made the following resolutions:
 
1)  A copy of this report be forwarded to the University Senate for further consideration
2)  The incoming Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs appoint a university-wide committee including faculty, students, and administrators to review existing policy and to develop a “Best Practices” manual for all instructors, with appropriate sub-sections made widely available to students as well.

6. Report of  the   PFAC – Paul Panayotatos, Martha Cotter and   Arlene Walker-Andrews
Items not covered and scheduled for next meeting include:
  • Instructional computing
  • Harassment Policy
  • Undergraduate education
  • What it means to have a Rutgers degree
  • E-mail privacy
P.N.P indicated that he was greatly encouraged by the president’s willingness to discuss issues of critical importance to the faculty. President McCormick was open to the idea of developing standard procedures on the appointment of department chairs.   The issue is being considered by the appropriate committee of the University Senate.  Another issue briefly discussed for information was the revisiting by the senate committee of the procedure for the evaluation of deans by faculty.   Currently, results of the evaluations of deans submitted in surveys remain confidential.  President McCormick has previously indicated that he would be willing to entertain the idea of some feedback to the nominating faculty in the process of appointing chairs.

An area of particular importance was the president’ desire to enhance faculty input into development of budget priorities. He requiested two processes of fostering faculty input:
First, for the Provosts and the UVPAA to receive input from campus-level bodies (such as the NBFC) on areas and priorities to be protected from budget cuts.
Second, for the Provosts and the UVPAA to direct deans to discuss (but not necessarily to have approved) with all of their faculty the budgets they will submit to their Provosts or University Vice President for Academic Affairs. The latter will be a standing policy beyond the current crisis.
P.N.P indicated that the PFAC was given figures on the University Sports Budget and shared some of the numbers with the Council.

AW-A. indicated that the faculty has zero input into admissions and asked if R.M. thought it a good idea to bring up this issue up again with the University Senate Committee on Admissions. R.M responded in the affirmative.  

Other issues: 1) Dr. Vagelos' visit to Camden was cut back because of difficult weather and the Q&A portion to his presentation was cut to 8 minutes.   2) Although open transparency is advocated by R.M, there has been some delay in  conveying this idea to deans.

7. New Business
K. Scott presented a summary of the Senate’s Committee on University Structure and Governance resolution on developing a contract between institutions of higher education in N.J. and the Governor.   The object of this resolution is to develop stable and sustained state support for specific missions of the university.

8. Old Business
M. Cotter presented an updated report of the ongoing collective bargaining between the AAUP and the University.  
 
9. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 3:30PM.