NUMBER 2

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting

October 25, 2001

As approved by the Faculty Senate on December 13, 2001

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:06 p.m. in room 113 White Hall, Chairperson Peters presiding.

All members were present except Senators Arakelian, Ariew, Blanpied, Burbank, Frohlich, Grilli, Hollinshead, Ibrahim, Karow, Kulenovic, Lee, Malik, Martin, Riebe, Specker, Westin, Wichelns and Wills; President Carothers; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Deans Farmer, Mazze and Richmond (Deans Kim, Letendre and the Dean of the Feinstein College of Continuing Education were represented by their designees); Ms. McMahon; Mr. Amidon

2. A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 20, 2001.

Chairperson Peters asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes. There were none.

The motion to approve the Minutes of Meeting #1 carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements

1) Chairperson Peters reported that President Carothers was unable to attend the meeting because he was in Providence at a meeting of the Personnel Review Committee in the Office of Higher Education. He explained that Provost Swan would give the President's report in President Carothers' absence.

2) Chairperson Peters welcomed a group of students from WRT 227 who were attending the meeting for the State of the Budget Address.

B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #2 through #5 appeared on pages 3-13 of the Agenda and asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Peters and Vice Chairperson Goldsmith responded to questions about the status of efforts to eliminate the "cap" and the Executive Committee's request that the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee consider questions about plagiarism software that had been raised in the College of Arts and Sciences.

C. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith moved that Professor Cheryl McCarthy, LSC, be appointed to replace Professor Saran Twombly, BIO, as a member of the Library Committee during spring 2002. The motion carried.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

Provost Swan reported briefly on Family Weekend, Governor Almond's Executive Order to curtail state spending and the expected mid-year recision.

Provost Swan then introduced Vice President Dennis Stark, who presented the State of the Budget address for '02 using a series of slides prepared by the Budget Office. These slides are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/busfin/facsen02.html.

Vice President Stark, with the assistance of Ms. Barrett, responded to questions throughout the presentation.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Hickox presented the Three Hundred and Ninety-Ninth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 41-46 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Hickox said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.

Senator Hickox said that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He noted that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch presented Curricular Report No. 2001-02-1 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 47-48 of the Agenda. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Vice Provost Trubatch said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.

C. Vice Provost Trubatch presented Curricular Report No. 2001-02-2 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 49-51 of the Agenda. She said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of the report.

Senator Leo moved to amend the report by removing item C, 3 on page 50 (deletion of ENG 690).

Following discussion, the amendment carried.

Senator Matoney moved to amend the report by removing ACC 643 from the list of courses under item B, 1. The amendment carried.

After discussion, the amended motion carried.

The Senate returned to item 5, A.

A. Senator Hickox announced that part B of Section III of the Three Hundred and Ninety-Ninth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

The Senate resumed its regular order of business.

D. Senator Bide moved approval of the following recommendation of the UCGE Committee, which appeared on the cover of the Agenda:

That students be permitted to apply the Fall 2001 Honors Colloquium, HPR 202 A Just and Sustainable Future, to either the Social Sciences (S) area or the Natural Sciences (N) area of the General Education program.

The motion carried.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters announced that there was no unfinished business before the Senate at that time.

7. NEW BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters asked if there was any new business.

Senator Leo asked Provost Swan to convey his request to President Carothers that the President reconsider the new homecoming policy.

Senator McIntyre asked the Executive Committee to consider comments raised by some students and members of the faculty after the teach-in on October 7, 2001 that the panel may not have presented a balance of different perspectives.

Chairperson Peters declared the meeting adjourned

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman

for MARJORIE MCMAHON,

Secretary