Reviews regulations governing major and graduation requirements.
Charge 1 Examine potential changes in
role of New Brunswick Faculty Council in setting regulations and
standards for cross-campus issues in New Brunswick.
Timeline: Ongoing. A Resolution on the “Report of the Structure Working Group of the Task Force on Undergraduate Education” was approved April 15, 2005.
Charge 2 Information on Transcripts:
Consider whether additional information should be added to student
transcripts as suggested in a proposal
by Joseph A. Potenza and Gregory Herzog.
Considers issues related to academic services at the college and campus level, including advising and support services.
Charge 1 Review the report of the
external review of academic support services and report to the
Charge 2 Prepare a "best practices"
report on student advising at Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway
Charge 3 Cost of textbooks: Develop a set of
best practices for faculty and the university to reduce the cost
of textbooks for students.
Considers campus-wide issues related to recruitment, retention, publications, financial aid, and minority student interests.
Charge 1 Make recommendations on ways Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway can improve efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving high school students, such as winners of national contests and Governor's schools students.
Charge 2 Review influence of collegiate honors programs in New Brunswick on recruitment and retention of high achieving undergraduate students. Develop a set of recommendations to enhance utility of Honors Programs in recruiting and retaining high achieving students.
Charge 3 Examine the role of faculty in setting undergraduate admissions policy and standards.
Considers matters related to budget and planning
Charge 1 Gather information on major
elements of current university budget and report to the full Council.
Charge 2 Examine ten-year trends in
funding for academic departments, centers and programs, especially
trends in the non-salary budgets of academic departments. Suggest
funding priorities for the New Brunswick faculty to recommend to the
Charge 3 Monitor the progress of
all-funds budgeting policy.
Charge 4 Review the issues associated
with the Big East Conference, Rutgers membership therein, and related
athletic policies and affiliations. Examine the associated budget and
report a figure on the cost of athletics in general and football in
particular. Make recommendations to the full council. Examine
academic interactions among schools in major conferences and the
potential for similar interactions in the Big East Conference.
Considers academic policy regarding all aspects of instruction in New Brunswick beyond the undergraduate level
Charge 1 Structure of Graduate Education
in New Brunswick: The University is about to embark on a search for a
new Vice President for Research, and it would be timely to consider
this job description. Consider whether the Graduate School ought to
report to the Vice President for Research (i.e.whether it ought to be,
say, called the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education),
rather than the present reporting relation to the Executive Dean of
the FAS. Also consider any other areas, such as the Graduate
Admissions Office, that ought to be included within the job
description for this position.
Timeline: A Report on charge 1, prepared jointly with the Research Committee, was presented in December 2004.
Charge 2 Postdoctoral appointees are a
very valuable and growing part of our University, and the training
that they receive here is important for their later careers. Indeed,
our previous postdoctoral appointees are among our most distinguished
alumni. Consider whether the Graduate School ought to officially
enroll them, look after their requirements and needs, and grant
official certificates to them at the end of their studies at the
Timeline: A Report on charge 2, prepared jointly with the Research Committee, was presented in December 2004.
Charge 3 Monitor implementations
of recommendations made in the report on the training and support of
Consider library priorities, collection growth, and needs.
Charge 1 Continue to serve as liaison
with the University-Wide Copyright Committee. Consider revisions of
the draft university copyright policy in relation to recommendations
made by Library Committee. Report on the University-wide review of
the copyright policy by the Senate.
Timeline: Ongoing: An update was presented as part of a report on April 15, 2005.
Charge 2 Follow development of issues
related to scholarly communication in the digital era that ensure
continued wide dissemination and cost-effective access to scholarly
work. Review the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee's Final
Report and evaluate recommendations made in the report concerning
institutional leadership and intra-institutional cooperation for
enhancing scholarly communication.
Timeline: A preliminary report on all charges was made in March 2005, and a final report with a list of resolutions was approved on April 15, 2005. However, work in this area is ongoing.
Considers personnel policy and services
Charge 1 Evaluate the process by which
the International Office handles faculty visa and green card
matters. Make recommendations on ways that the faculty and
administration can work to streamline this process.
Charge 2 Issue final recommendations on
harassment policies and procedures with special reference to separate
files and how these link to legal requirements and best practices at
Charge 3 Monitor and report on
statistics related to faculty and TA/GAs.
Charge 4 Report on post-doctoral
appointees to include different categories of appointments, extent of
benefits provided, and determine if it is appropriate to make
recommendations on this category of individuals.
Charge 5 Review and respond to the
administration's proposals regarding Clinical and Professional
Practice Tracks for: the Graduate School of Applied and Professional
Psychology; Rutgers Business School in New Brunswick and Newark, and
the School of Business-Camden; and the Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Timeline: A Draft Resolution on charge 5 was circulated at "February 2005 meeting" (March 4, 2005). A resolution was approved in March 2005.
Considers allocation and maintenance of campus facilities and such issues as campus security, parking, procurement and contracting, and campus mail.
Charge 1 Serve as liaison with the
university Parking Committee and other appropriate University and New
Brunswick committees dealing with physical plant and services.
Charge 2 Assess the physical state of
University facilities on the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses and
plans for future development, including road planning, transportation
and parking, especially in relation to the proposed master
plan. Identify key planning issues that must be addressed in light of
the proposed restructuring of the New Brunswick and Piscataway
Charge 3 Examine ways to reduce
departmental costs for copying and telecommunications.
Considers research policy and services, such as research and sponsored programs, research contracts, animal care, and laboratory facilities.
Charge 1 Consider the impact of the
proposed restructuring of the research universities in New Brunswick
and Piscataway on research efforts in the University. In particular,
make recommendations on how administration support for research
activities can be most effectively organized to support a restructured
Charge 2 : Monitor the impact of
enlisting faculty from the social and other sciences to serve as
liaisons with the IRB to improve the oversight process for carrying
out research with human subjects without unnecessary encumbrances,
while remaining in compliance with federal regulations. Liaison with
Associate Vice President for Research and Advisory Committee from
Considers student life and extracurricular activities and services and such issues as financial services, housing, and dining services.
Charge 1 Evaluate the extent to which
faculty participate in athletic program oversight and
administration. Assess the contribution of intercollegiate athletics
to the educational mission of the University.
Charge 2 Consult with student leaders in
New Brunswick and Piscataway to identify issues that may be
effectively addressed by the Council.
Considers various policies and issues related to instruction, curriculum development, and evaluation of teaching effectiveness. Plans an annual conference for New Brunswick faculty on undergraduate education for the exchange of ideas on curriculum and pedagogy.
None (for now).