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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

Semptember 25, 2003

Number 1

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:08 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Beckman presiding.

All members were present except Senators Babson, Dewhurst, Ginis, Kogut, Loy, Morin, Preece, Rodgers, Rossby and Rowinski; Vice Presidents Barrett, Beagle and Dougan; Deans Farmer, Letendre, Mazze, Seemann and Taggart (Vice Provost McCray and Dean McKinney were represented by their designees).

2. Chairperson Beckman asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #9, May 8, 2003. There were none.

Chairperson Beckman ruled that in the absence of additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.


A. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Beckman welcomed the 2003-04 Senate. Using a series of slides, she outlined the Executive Committee's goals for the 2003-04 academic year. She also referred to her September 10th memorandum to the faculty and other members of the community in which she had also identified many of the goals.

  2. Chairperson Beckman announced that the Faculty Senate would continue the practice begun by former Chairperson Arakelian of holding receptions immediately after Faculty Senate Meetings. She said that a number of deans and Vice Provosts had agreed to sponsor these receptions, but noted that the reception following the first meeting will be sponsored through the Faculty Senate's URI Foundation operating account.

  3. Senator Roworth announced that simultaneous with the Faculty Senate's reception was a reception for William Klenk's sabbatical exhibition in the Main Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. She said the exhibit of collages, which was open through most of the summer, runs through September 28th. She noted that the gallery is right across the street from the University Club encouraged everyone to visit the gallery before or after the Faculty Senate's reception.

  4. Chairperson Beckman asked that speakers identify themselves before they proceed with their remarks to help members of the Senate learn each other's names.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of the 2002-03 Executive Committee Meeting #27 and 2003-04 Executive Committee Meetings #1 and #2 appeared on pages 4-11 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead announced that the Joint Strategic Planning Committee's minutes from their May - August 2003 meetings appeared on pages 12-25 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.

D. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that committee appointments for the 2003-04 academic year appeared 26-30 of the Agenda. She made the following corrections:

On page 27 add Professor Daniel Sheinin as the College of Business Administration's representative to the CAC and on page 30 add Senator Judy VanWyk, SOC, (05) to the University Judicial Board.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead then moved approval of the appointments as corrected. The motion carried.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead reported that their were still a number of committee vacancies and asked if members of the Senate would be interested in volunteering for them.

Senator Martin volunteered to serve on the Teaching Effectiveness Committee.

E. Professor Rose announced that the Annual Report of the University Ombud for 2002-03 appeared on pages 31-33 of the Agenda. He asked if there were any questions about his report. There were none.


A. President Carothers announced, as indicated on the Agenda, that he had approved all of the Senate Bills that had been forwarded to him at the end of the 2002-03 academic year. He also noted that he had supported all three of the resolutions adopted by the Senate at the May 8 Senate meeting.

B. President Carothers thanked everyone for a successful opening to the 2003-04 academic year. He noted that it had been especially difficult because of the simultaneous implementation of e-campus.

The President said that the University was now subject to more onerous reporting process in light of new accounting standards and requirements with regard to university officials signing an acknowledgement of responsibility for fair presentation in financial reports.

President Carothers then responded to questions about the budget, the FTE cap and challenges in working with the Department of Administration with regard to space allocation and cost sharing at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education.


A. Vice Provost Trubatch presented the Curricular Report No. 2003-04-1 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 34 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.

Following discussion, Senator Oviatt moved to amend the report by deleting item A, 2. After discussion, the motion carried.

Provost Swan requested and received permission to correct the report editorially by replacing "Department" with "Program" in items A, 1 and B, 1.

After discussion, the motion as amended carried.

B. Professor Johnson presented the Report of the Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee for 2002-03, which appeared on pages 35-43. He asked if there were any questions.

After discussion, "Professor Ronald Onorato (Department of Art)" was added editorially to the list of faculty members who had participated in the honors program during the 2002-03 academic year.

C. Professor Jackson presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2002-03-4, which appeared on pages 44-46 of the Agenda.

Professor Jackson said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Professor Jackson then brought the Faculty Senate up-to-date on the status of the revised General Education Program. He noted that a great deal of work remained in order to have the program in effect for the fall 2004 catalog.

Professor Jackson and Vice Provost Swift then responded to questions about the process.


Dean Richmond and Dean Salomone distributed paper copies of the slides for her presentation on retention and persistence. Dean Richmond presented the slides and elaborated on each of them. She then responded to questions from members of the Senate.


Chairperson Beckman asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.


Chairperson Beckman asked if there was any new business. Discussion ensued.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



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