University Senate                   

Proposed:  March 5, 2010


University Senate
Friday, March 5, 2010
105 Jerome Green Hall
1:15 pm


1. Adoption of the agenda

2. Adoption of the minutes of January 29, 2010

3. President’s report
            --Impact of the economic crisis on Columbia endowment, budget, and fundraising

4. Executive Committee chair’s report
            --Working group on fringe benefits
            --Senate 40th anniversary panel discussion
            --Follow-up on Campus Planning Task Force report on Manhattanville planning

5.  Committee reports
             --Education on a Senate process for deliberations on the academic calendar

            --Faculty Affairs on a plan to publish agendas for its meetings

            --Midyear report from the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, from member Anna Couturier (CC ’10)

6. New business
             --Reapportionment report and recommendations, with a resolution to amend the Statutes by increasing the number of nontenured Senate seats from 15 to 16 (Elections Commission, attached).  A valid vote on this resolution will require the participation of three-fifths of all incumbent senators.

            --Resolution to amend the Senate bylaws, Section 1, paragraphs (i) and (j). This also requires three-fifths of all incumbent senators.

            --Resolution to rename the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures as the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (Education)

           --Resolution to rename the Department of Spanish and Portuguese as the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (Education)