Due to recent problems with videoconferencing, it was recommended that when groups or committees are videoconferencing, both sides should be connected 15 minutes before the meeting, which should ensure that both sides have tested all the equipment and any problems worked out before the meeting begins; someone will need to be available to set up and test the equipment.
At the recent Dean's Council meeting, Joanna Regulska reported on international programs at the university and noted that she would be establishing an advisory planning group that would be comprised of members from each of the schools. She asked for recommendations from the deans for this group that would keep everyone informed of activities and opportunities in this area. She also noted that the university would be applying for UN NGO status that would allow U.S. students to engage in more international programs, fellowships, etc.
Gary Gigliotti reported on student satisfaction surveys and university rankings and noted that the university is looking at other ways to illustrate value than the typical rankings. He noted that we do well on the National Survey of Student Engagement but would like to show that higher student engagement is indicative of higher student learning. He is looking at how to use the NSSE results.
Executive VP Furmanski reported on a discussion at the New Brunswick Faculty Council meeting related to faculty workload. He noted that many other universities are now looking at this to demonstrate accountability, especially in bad budget times. He noted that the University of Maryland has done extensive work in this area. He said that some of the Rutgers units have been examining this themselves and he would put this on a future agenda for units to report their activities.
Gaunt also reported on the recent Rutgers University Libraries' Advisory Committee meeting that took place in October. VP Pazzani was invited to attend. The discussion focused on the Libraries' budget reduction planning and a discussion of a future scholarly communication symposium. The faculty from across the three campuses decried the state of the budget and its impact in the Libraries but supported the Libraries' plan on how to deal with the cut. A balanced allocation to salaries and collections – with the salaries taking a higher cut – was reasonable. They noted that recruitment of faculty and graduate students would be affected, and that research would be jeopardized, and they understood that staffing is necessary to advance the Libraries in new and important areas. The discussion segued into a discussion of the need for a university-wide dialog on information in the digital age – its cost, its value, its impact on scholarship, rewards and recognition. A symposium should include all disciplines, it should involve inside and outside speakers, and it should address the big issues and allow for follow-up discussions. Faculty noted how technology is affecting all the disciplines, and how rewards and recognition for promotions should be reassessed. They noted that at the highest level of the university there needs to be an understanding of these changes and that each discipline needs to address what constitutes important scholarship in the digital environment. They supported the need for a symposium and welcomed the opportunity to help design and support the planning.
SCILS is planning an online course with several modules that will address information competencies for the 21st century. SCILS is inviting participation in the design and delivery of the course to the Libraries, and we will designate a small core group to participate. It is unclear if the course will be made available both internally and externally, but it opens possibilities for how we might address information literacy competencies across the curriculum.
Gaunt had a conversation with a key faculty administrator in the sciences regarding data curation and the needs of the university. It was agreed that a meeting of faculty involved in this area with members of the libraries to discuss the future of data curation at the university should be held. Gaunt will collaborate with the administration on such a discussion.
Gaunt reported that Executive VP Furmanski had extended the date from November 7 to November 24 by which our plan for dealing with a budget reduction needed to be submitted. She noted that our plan could be revised for the permanent reduction based on changes over the spring semester; however, if there is a budget give-back this semester, we need a plan on how we would handle this now. We agreed that because of timing the only way we could meet a give-back this year would be from salary savings on the frozen lines. The rest of the budget is essentially committed or spent. We would balance the cuts between salaries and collections for the permanent reduction. Sewell noted that the CDC and liaisons had been able to identify $200K in cuts that would be duplicative subscriptions in digital or print form. Gaunt asked him to identify $100K more so that salaries would only be reduced by $634K. We hope that we can allocate that number to no more than 8-10 positions at most. Gaunt asked Cabinet to determine which positions now frozen would be on a unit's permanent reduction list and which positions in priority order should be recruited. We need that plan by November 17 so that it can be discussed at Cabinet again before final decisions are made for the plan to be submitted. Impact statements will be necessary to include in the plan. Please discuss this within your units as far as possible even though time is very short. We will discuss this again at the next Cabinet meeting, and continue to refine the plan through the year as new vacancies occur and as we determine better how to reorganize and share work to lessen the impact of any reduction. We know that the Libraries' reduction target is smaller than many units because we have few opportunities for revenue generation. Nonetheless, if anyone has ideas in that direction we should share them.
Discussion deferred for a future meeting because of time constraints.
Winston arranged for a presentation to Cabinet by dt ogilvie, Associate Professor, Management & Global Business, and Founding Director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, who discussed the Center with Cabinet. Established in spring 2008, the mission of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at Rutgers Business School is to build a world-class research-driven, teaching and practitioner-oriented urban entrepreneurship and economic development program that will transform the economy of the City of Newark, New Jersey, and other urban centers, create wealth in urban communities, and be a model for all urban universities.
One of the Center's economic initiatives is a partnership with the Profeta Urban Investment Foundation at Rutgers Business School, a private, not-for-profit equity investment fund established in 2008 through a $1M contribution from Paul V. Profeta, president and sole shareholder of national real estate investment, management, and leasing firm bearing his name. The fund has two related missions. Its first is to assist in the revitalization and renaissance of the City of Newark by providing seed money for the establishment of business enterprises owned and operated by members of Newark's minority communities, whose enterprises are (i) headquartered in Newark, (ii) do business in Newark and (iii) return real value to Newark and its citizens by making jobs available to Newark residents and by providing goods and services required by those residents.
The Fund's second mission is to assist Rutgers University at Newark in the education of its business students by offering those students the opportunity to be directly and intimately involved in the evaluation, selection, guidance, and monitoring of the enterprises financed by the Fund.
The Center's research areas are focused on:
dt discussed the cluster hires that are being considered for the Center. Several faculty have been identified and have come to campus to meet with business school faculty and others. There will be more discussions before final decisions are made.
Gaunt thanked dt and Winston for the informative presentation to Cabinet and looks forward to future collaborations between the Libraries and the Center.