1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:12 p.m. in room 113 White Hall, Chairperson Peters presiding.
All members were present except Senators Ariew, Armstrong, Boyle, Hebert, Hickox, Koza, Krausse, Kulenovic, Ma, Schwartz and Specker; Vice Presidents Beagle, McCray and Stark, Deans Crocker, Luzzi, Mazze, O'Donnell, Richmond, Taggart and Yoder (Dean Kim was represented by his designee) Mr. DeMaria.
Chairperson Peters welcomed the new Senate and introduced Dr. Janett Trubatch, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach, who joined the University officially at the beginning of the week. He also introduced a new Senator from the College of Arts and Sciences, Senator William Bajcz from the Military Science Department.
Chairperson Peters provided the Senate with an overview of issues that the Executive Committee believes to be of major concern to the Faculty Senate during 2000-01. He said that, in addition to the report of the President's Commission on General Education, which is expected to be forthcoming during the first week of October, there would be a number of other matters before the Faculty Senate that are of great interest to the faculty. He noted that committee appointments have not been completed. Chairperson Peters urged members of the Senate and other members of the faculty to participate in these endeavors that are concerned with issues related to the quality of academic life.
Chairperson Peters said that the major goal for the 2000-01 academic year is to reinvigorate the role of faculty governance at the University and demonstrate that the Senate and the administration are real partners rather than adversaries.
2. A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #10, May 11, 2000.
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 #10 carried.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. There were no announcements at that time because Chairperson Peters made his announcements at the very beginning of the meeting.
B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the Minutes of the 1999-00 Executive Committee Meeting #25 and 2000-01 Executive Committee Meetings #1 and #2 appeared on pages 3-8 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.
Vice Chairperson Goldsmith and Chairperson Peters responded to questions about the minutes
C. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith made the following additions and corrections to the list of committee appointments that appeared on pages 9-14 of the Agenda:
On page 9 add Michael Vocino, LIB, (02) to the Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee and Senators Paul Arakelian, ENG, (01) and Murn Nippo, FAVS, (02), to the Library Committee. Senator Nippo will be the chair.
On page 10, the Teaching Effectiveness and Facilities Committee, correct the spelling of George deLodzia and add the name of John Dunn, CBA, (02). Also correct the first name of the representative from the College of Human Science and Services on the Curricular Affairs Committee. He is James Agostinucci.
On page 11, add Gwenneth Rae, HDF, (02) to the CAC Subcommittee on Prior Learning Assessment and Nedra Reynolds, ENG, to the Subcommittee on Student Writing as the representative of the Writing Program.
Vice Chairperson Goldsmith moved approval of the Committee Appointments for 2000-01 corrected as of September 28, 2000. The motion carried.
D. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith announced that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee will continue to monitor progress on improving the general use classrooms. After a brief overview, she introduced Registrar Strobel and Ms. Palm
Mr. Strobel reported on the establishment of Instructional Space Advisory Group (ISAG) using a series of slides.
Ms. Palm brought the Senate up-to-date on the Classroom Management Team's efforts to improve general use classrooms during the summer and early fall.
Mr. Strobel and Ms. Palm responded to questions from the floor.
E. Senator Rose presented the Annual Report of the University Ombud for 1999-00, which appeared on pages 15-20 of the Agenda. Ms. Rohland, Assistant Director of Student Life for Student Disability Services gave a brief overview of the Disabilities Services mentor effort under a grant from the United States Department of Education that had been referred in the Ombud's Report.
After discussion, a motion was made to accept the Annual Report of the University Ombud for 1999-00. The motion carried.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
President Carothers said he agreed with Chairperson Peters about joint governance and he looked forward to working productively with the Faculty Senate.
President Carothers introduced Dr. Suman Singha from the University of Connecticut who will be on campus this year as an ACE Fellow. He announced that the University had hired a new Director of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Robert Gillis, in addition to Roxanne Grimes, the new Assistant Director. He also announced that Dr. Richard Horn had been hired as Director of the Transportation Center. The President also reported that William Robinson and John Howell are Governor Almond's most recent appointments to the Board of Governors.
The President brought the Faculty Senate up to date for plans to renovate the residence halls and Ballentine and Green Halls. He said that Jeanne Moore is organizing the University's efforts on behalf of Bond Issue #4 and encouraged faculty to join her in efforts to get the Bond Issue passed in November.
President Carothers reported on the status of efforts with regard to the FTE cap and explained that the language of the legislation was before the Speaker of the House for interpretation. He also noted that the issue of firearms for campus police would be under consideration by the legislature this year.
The President announced that the University's endowment is now about 64 million dollars and noted that members of the URI community had contributed $214,000 last year. He said that the URI Foundation has provided the University with 4 million dollars for the current year.
President Carothers said that Vice President Stark would present the State of the Budget Address on October 26. He commented on the effect technology is having on the University's budget and on the financial drain resulting from campus parking. With regard to parking, the President said that this is the year to give serious consideration to instituting a fee for parking. He also noted that auditors from the Board of Governors continue to review the University's fiscal records.
President Carothers responded to questions about the auditors and his memorandum on Resolution #99-00--6. He explained that more information was needed about the source for additional funding for the Library and Chairperson Peters noted that the 2000-01 Library Committee would be asked to pursue the issue.
President Carothers said that he needed more information about the Waste Management Committee before he would be able to answer a question regarding its status.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Dean Kulberg presented Curricular Report No. 2000-01-1 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 22-24 of the Agenda. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Dean Kulberg said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. She corrected page 23 editorially and moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Peters asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Peters asked if there was any new business. There was none.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman
for Robert Strobel,