President Bollinger convened the meeting at
1. President Bollinger began by
expressing his deep appreciation to Acting Vice President
He reminded the faculty that the 250th anniversary celebration begins next week. He noted that many people had devoted an enormous amount of time to its success and he was especially grateful for their efforts.
President Bollinger reported that he is in the
process of establishing a task force to consider the place of a major research
university in this modern era of globalization.
The task force will be asked to recommend ways in which
2. It was moved, seconded and
approved by majority vote that the minutes of the meeting on
3. Professor Carmela Franklin, chair the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, presented its report.
● She reported that Walter Frisch, the H. H. Gumm Von Tilzer Professor of Music, had been elected Vice Chair of ECFAS. He will ascend to the chair position in 2004-05.
● Professor Stuart Firestein will join Professors Franklin and Frisch as the third representative from ECFAS to the Faculty Budget Group. The Faculty Budget Group has already begun meeting and will be working with Vice President Katznelson as he plans for the 2005-09 budget submission.
● ECFAS is now meeting bi-weekly. One meeting each month will be devoted to interacting with Vice President Katznelson. These meetings will provide an opportunity for ECFAS to bring to the Arts and Sciences the interests and ideas of the faculty.
● As part
of launching the planning process for expanding science at
● ECFAS has developed a questionnaire which will soon be circulated to all the faculty. It will be distributed and returned electronically and faculty are encouraged to respond promptly as ECFAS is eager to receive its input.
4. Vice President Katznelson began his remarks by expressing how valuable he is finding regular interaction with the various constituent groups of the Arts and Sciences. His meetings with the deans and senior A&S personnel, ECFAS, the department chairs and the Faculty Budget Group have demonstrated to him how deeply dedicated the faculty are to the Arts and Sciences and how invested they are in its continued success.
He noted with sadness the
recent loss of several of
Vice President Katznelson turned then to the items which he expects will command his attention during the coming year. He remarked that, while he is an acting vice president, it is not an interim year. The Arts and Sciences can not afford to mark time or lose momentum. In citing the work that needs to be done, he expressed his belief that, by working together, the Arts and Sciences will continue to move forward.
President Katznelson reminded the faculty that the five-year budget submitted in
April projected deficits in Years Three, Four and Five. He observed that, even with those deficits,
it was a vastly stronger budget than the situation that
● Undergraduate Majors Initiative-Vice President Katznelson reported that, working with Dean Austin Quigley and Dean Peter Awn, an initiative has been launched to enhance undergraduate departmental majors. It will begin with a sampling of departments to develop and pilot processes that will then be rolled forward to engage every department in the Arts and Sciences.
● Citing President Bollinger’s institutional agenda, he expressed the shared desire of the Arts and Sciences to advance to a position at the forefront of globalization.
keeping with the central place that the humanities has historically enjoyed at
Columbia, the Academic Review Committee is undertaking a special study to
consider ways to link across units and maximize resources. A review of the
● Science Initiative-He reported that, as a member of the planning committee, he will have an opportunity to bring the needs and interests of the Arts and Sciences to the broader planning effort. He noted that space needs will be addressed through a range of actions including the new building on the northwest corner of the campus, renovation of existing science space and the creation of new space in the proposed Manhattanville site.
● Vice President Search Committee-Vice President Katznelson reported that the vice presidential search committee chaired by Professor David Freedberg had renewed its efforts to identify the new vice president.
● He noted that the Arts and Sciences is actively searching for a number of new faculty. The turnover and hiring of faculty is the way in which the Arts and Sciences is renewed and enhanced. This activity is the single most important endeavor of an administrative nature that faculty do.
5. Vice President Katznelson then moved on to discuss the annual faculty size and effort report. He urged the faculty, if they have not yet read it, to take the time to do so. He observed that it is the one document that assembles the full range of information on faculty activities across the Arts and Sciences. He called particular attention to the deep commitment to undergraduate teaching that is described on Page 2 of the narrative that accompanies the nine data tables.
6. It was moved, seconded and
approved by a unanimous vote that Professor Andrew Nathan be elected as the
secretary of the faculty beginning
7. President Bollinger began the discussion of campus expansion by reiterating the shared goal of making Columbia the most distinguished university possible, and affirming that it is the responsibility of the Provost and the President to move the institution toward this goal. Clearly, space is a major impediment to achieving the desired levels of academic achievement and perhaps even to sustaining current levels of eminence. The President indicated that he believes that the time has come to address this problem for the broader health of the institution and that it is no longer realistic to think of incremental approaches. Coupled with the broader institutional goal is the fact that the needs of science are paramount in today’s environment. President Bollinger noted that while there might be a range of possible options, proximity seems to be an important, if not overarching, guiding principle.
He turned then to a discussion of the option currently under consideration to expand into the area called Manhattanville. He began by observing that whatever is done, it will be a decades-long enterprise, but that this option will provide it 5-7 million square feet of buildable space. Its 17-20 acres would provide the opportunity to double the physical size of the Morningside Campus, although addressing existing needs will have priority over considering the larger question of institutional scale. President Bollinger reported that he had launched a campus master planning process that would involve a faculty advisory committee, the Senate, the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and a community advisory group. He noted that currently it is an area of light industry with very few residents.
He noted that planning was moving ahead rapidly. The city seems sympathetic to having an investment of this magnitude move forward, and meetings with the city and state are underway. He cautioned that the city would want to see progress in this endeavor in return for the magnitude of the investment that they would be asked to contribute.
He cited one small concern,
and that was the fact that planning for the space was ahead of academic
planning for the use of the space. A
process to consider programming for the new space has now been launched. As envisioned, Phase One, which will be
located closest to
Provost Alan Brinkley spoke further to the process that has been launched to facilitate the way in which the academic uses of the space will be considered. He noted that it is an opportunity for the faculty to think ambitiously and imaginatively about the future of the university. He reminded the faculty that populating it will take 30-50 years and that, while it is not possible to know what will be needed so far into the future, the institution has an obligation to begin planning at least for the next decade.
Provost Brinkley then moved
to discuss the science planning group that has been constituted. The members are: Provost Brinkley, Vice
President Gerald Fischbach, Vice President David Hirsh, Vice President
cautioned that it is important to be realistic about the timing of this
initiative. It will be five-to-eight
years before the first building is ready.
In the meantime, the university must begin taking steps now to address
its space needs. A first such effort
will be a science building on the northwest corner of
President Bollinger indicated that he is confident that the monies needed for Phase One of the campus expansion effort would be available. Associated with moving forward with the larger plan would be growth in the student body. One component of that will be an increase in international students--an action that would be necessary in any event if we are to achieve our desired distinction in a global era. Growth in the student body will require some associated growth in faculty size.
In response to a question
about securing the larger residential character of the area north of
President Bollinger reiterated that, under Provost Brinkley’s direction, the faculty will be deeply engaged in decisions about this process and there will be many opportunities over the coming period for them to participate in the planning process. It is anticipated that he and the provost will return regularly to discuss this at the meetings of the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences. In addition, as an early step in that direction, he will invite the architects to come to a faculty meeting.
At the conclusion of the discussion, there was a consensus among the faculty that the planned campus expansion was an important thing for the university to undertake.
President Bollinger, by consensus, adjourned the meeting at .
Roxie R. Smith