University Senate

Proposed: January 26, 1996

Adopted: Jan. 26, 1996


The meeting was called to order by the chairman, George Rupp, at 1:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Schapiro Engineering Building. There were 50 of 84 voting members present, and 1 observer from affiliated institutions.

1. Adoption of the Agenda (Exb. 1) - The agenda was adopted as proposed.

2. Adoption of the Minutes (Exb. 2) - The minutes of the November meeting were adopted as proposed.

3. Report of the President - President Rupp recalled a December 1 celebration of the completion of phase one of the Capital Campaign, which has raised $1.15 billion since 1990. Confident trustees, waiving the usual "silent phase" of such fund driv es, have decided to announce immediately an extension of the Campaign through the year 2,000 with the same goal. Three trustees announced personal gifts of $45 million collectively.

Accreditors of the School of Architecture recently rated it among the top 2 or 3 schools in the country, owing partly to recent technological infrastructure improvements.

Discussions aimed at finding opportunities for collaboration in health care continue with several area hospitals and medical schools.

At the request of President Rupp and with no objection, Colleen Crooker, Vice President for Personnel, brought news that progress was slow but continuing in labor negotiations with 1199 and TWU.

Also at the President's request and with no objection, Rosalind Miller, a retired professor of Social Work, spoke on behalf of the annual Columbia Community Service/United Way fund drive, saying that the decline in government aid was making private giving increasingly crucial to the well-being and stability of the surrounding community. The participation rate of Columbia employees, she said, has been perhaps the lowest of any comparable university. Pledge cards were available.

4. Report of the Executive Committee Chairman - Senator Karl Kroeber (Ten., GS) said that the widespread interest in the plan to expand enrollment in the College made it a suitable topic for general discussion at the January Senate meeting.

Requests had been received from an alumnus, a librarian, and an administrator for additional seats for their constituencies on Senate committees. They would be asked to offer a detailed rationale.

President Rupp announced his appointment of William Fifer (NT, nonsenator, P & S) and Richard Friesner (Ten., nonsenator, GSAS), to the Housing Policy Committee. Edward Mullen (Ten., nonsenator, SW), already a member, was appointed chair.

5. Committee Reports

A. Budget Review - Senator James Zetzel (Ten., CC), the chair, noted that his committee is beginning an examination of the budget implications of increasing enrollment in the college, a plan the administration will soon be formally proposing. The commit tee is also continuing to discuss the pros and cons of the full responsibility budgeting model for the University.

B. Faculty Affairs Committee - Senator Kenneth Goldstein (Ten., Journ.), the chair, noted that his committee was at work on several items: four current grievance cases; a plan to conduct a survey to see whether opinion here would favor extending fringe benefits to domestic partners of non-gay employees under similar conditions to those required now for gay partners; and a review of an administration proposal to revise University policy on intellectual property.

6. New Business

A. Resolution to Establish a Ph.D. Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Exb. 3) - Letty Moss-Salentijn (Ten., SDOS), chair of the Education Committee, had been prepared to submit this and the two resolutions below, all three of which she termed a mbitious and excellent. At the last minute, however, questions about the libraries' ability to fund additional serials needed for these programs caused the resolutions to be withdrawn.

B. Resolution to Approve a Statutory Certificate in Conservation Biology (Exb. 4) - See above.

C. Resolution to Approve a Statutory Certificate in Environmental Policy (Exb. 5) - See above.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

William Phipps