of the 144th New Brunswick Faculty Council Meeting
March 31, 2006
Members Present: R. Bell, J. Bliss, R. Boikess, S. Brill,
R. Bumby, M. Camasso, G. Camilli, J. Cantor, T. Chase, F. Cosandey, M.
Cotter, H. Davidson, E. Davis, H. Fisher, D. Fishman, M. Flahive Di
Nardo, P. Gillett, C. Glashausser, N. Glickman, M. Gliserman, M.
Gordon, S. Harrington, H. Hirsh, J. Kokini, R. Kubey, C. Kulikowski, P.
Leath, G. McGhee, J. Miller, S. Munch, D. O'Connor, K. Ozbay, O.
Palmon, R. Palombit, G. Rendsburg, J. Rubin, A. Saltz, R. Schuler M.
Schwartz, K. Scott, J. Shapiro, C. Simmel, C. Sims, K. Singh, A. St.
John, G. Taghon, E. Thuno, R. Wilson
Non-Members Present: S. Atmeh, M. Beals, R. Goodman, M.
Manganaro, R. Marya, L. Stewart, P. Furmanski, K. Swalagin (Secretary),
1. Call to Order and
Council Chairperson Paul Leath called the 144th meeting of the New
Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC) to order at 1:18 p.m. in the Busch
Dining Hall, Room A/B, Busch Campus, welcoming all present to the
meeting. The day’s agenda and the minutes of the March 3, 2006
NBFC meeting were approved. Leath said that April 21 would be the next
Council meeting, that May 12 would be the last Council meeting of this
academic year, and that next year’s officers and Executive Cabinet
members would be elected at that May meeting. He asked members to
send nominations for officers and committee chairs to him or to Council
Secretary Ken Swalagin. He also asked all committee chairs to
please bring reports or responses to their respective committee charges
as soon as possible. Leath noted that the day’s agenda would
include a briefing on the state budget and implementation of
recommendations for transforming undergraduate education in New
Brunswick, as well as information on a student-led initiative to
respond to anticipated cuts in state aid to Rutgers.
2. Briefing on
Student-Led Initiative in Response to Proposed State Budget Cuts
Sharo Atmeh, a Rutgers College student and University Senator, briefed
the Council on a student-led initiative and planned Trenton rally in
response to proposed cuts to Rutgers’ state funding. He asked for
the participation of all faculty, and for everyone’s help in
disseminating information about the efforts to minimize the effects of
proposed budget cuts on Rutgers. A rally in Trenton is planned
for Thursday, April 27. Additional information is available at
Report - President Richard L. McCormick, Executive Vice President
President McCormick delivered the first part of the Administrative
Report, which included comments on the following:
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Philip Furmanski
continued the Administrative Report with comments on:
- the very difficult budget situation inherited by Governor
Corzine, which includes a $4-5 billion deficit, and the governor’s
current exploration of options for addressing that deficit
- his desire for a respectful response to Governor Corzine from the
Rutgers community to proposed cuts to Rutgers’ state funding for next
year, which total approximately $114 million
- examples of the magnitude of the proposed Rutgers cuts, which
amount to approximately the total annual operating budget of the
- his convening of Rutgers’ Budget Advisory Committee, and plans to
manage and respond to budget reductions.
President McCormick concluded the Administrative Report with comments
on the implementation of recommendations for transforming undergraduate
education in New Brunswick, which recommendations emerged from the Task
Force on Undergraduate Education, and from the University community’s
(including the NBFC’s) consideration of, and input on, the Task Force
report. He distributed a handout which listed the Implementation
Steering Committee’s subcommittees, and noted formation of the
Committee on Non-Traditional Students. The NBFC also heard
comments on the implementation from Barry Qualls (Task Force chair),
Michael Beals (Director of Implementation, and Steering Committee
chair), and Lea Stewart (Committee on Non-Traditional Students chair).
- troubling programmatic and philosophical issues tied to the state
budget cuts, such as a proposed reduction in out-of-state student-aid
- specifics of the proposed cuts across all state higher-education
institutions (detailed on a handout which was distributed at the
- ongoing efforts to strategize, set up priority areas, and plan a
response as Rutgers awaits further information on the cuts from Trenton.
4. Discussion of
Teaching Conference - Martin Gliserman, Conference Organizer
Council Member Martin Gliserman, organizer of the Teaching Conference,
summarized his proposal to begin the upcoming Teaching Conference with
discussions on pedagogy and creating and performing a better
curriculum. Gliserman distributed a half-page handout outlining
his preliminary proposal for the conference. He asked for, and
received some thoughts and feedback from the Council.
Regulations and Standards, and Teaching Committee Resolutions on
Proposed University Academic Integrity Policy - Gregory Herzog,
Theodore Chase, a member of the NBFC’s Academic Regulations and
Standards, and Teaching Committee, presented his committee’s
Resolutions on the Proposed University Academic Integrity Policy.
Robert Boikess made a motion, which was subsequently seconded and
adopted as friendly, to add a recommendation calling for placement of
two NBFC representatives on the committee that will deliberate on the
final policy. Martha Cotter’s suggestion that a disclaimer be
added noting that the Council had not considered every possible or
potential problem with the policy was also accepted as friendly.
Haym Hirsh’s suggestion for addition of language to Resolution 2
indicating that laboratories wouldn’t be the only place where such
problems might occur, and including “offenses specific to various
disciplines” be added, was also accepted as friendly. The Council
then unanimously adopted the report
and its resolutions, as amended.
6. Old Business
There was no old business.
7. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 3:17 p.m.