1. Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:08 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels presiding.
All members were present except Senators Hu, Jouaneh, Lauzon-Clabo, Logan, Martin, Thiem and Wang; President Carothers; Vice Presidents Beagle and Weygand; Deans Farmer, Gandel, Joseph, Letendre, Mazze and Richmond (Vice Provosts McCray and Trubatch and Dean Seemann were represented by their designees). Mr. Sutherland, (Mr. Lopes was represented by his designee).
2. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #9, May 13, 2004. There were none.
Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels ruled that in the absence of additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
B. Vice Chairperson Rosen said that the minutes of the 2003-04 Executive Committee Meetings #30, #31, and #32 and 2004-05 Executive Committee Meetings #1 and #2 appeared on pages 4-20 of the Agenda. He asked if there were any questions.
Vice Chairperson Rosen responded to questions about the Executive Committee minutes.
C. Vice Chairperson Rosen announced that the Joint Strategic Planning Committee's minutes from their May 5, 2004 meeting appeared on pages 21-22 of the Agenda. He explained that the minutes from the June 22 meeting had been accidentally reproduced incorrectly in the Agenda. A corrected version was on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/JSPC_Min_6-22-04.html and had been distributed at the beginning of the meeting. He asked if there were any questions.
Vice Chairperson Rosen, Provost Swan and Senator Rice responded to questions about the minutes.
D. Recommendations of the Executive Committee.
E. Professor Emeritus Rose announced that the Annual Report of the University Ombud for 2003-04 appeared on pages 32-35 of the Agenda. He said that the report was informational and asked if there were any questions.
Professor Emeritus Rose responded to questions about his report.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
Provost Swan announced that President Carothers was in Greece and said that she would give the President's report in his absence.
A. Provost Swan said, as indicated on the Agenda, that the President had approved all of the Senate Bills that had been forwarded to him at the end of the 2003-04 academic year and that he had supported the resolution expressing appreciation to former Senate Chair Judy Beckman.
B. Provost Swan announced that URI was host of the first meeting of the Global U7 Consortium in Newport and on campus during the past few days and that Vice Provost Trubatch was serving as interim coordinator of joint research for the Global U7 Consortium. She said that presidents from seven universities around the world had formed the Global U7 Consortium in South Korea the previous spring.
Provost Swan reminded everyone about the importance of the upcoming November bond issue and urged members of the Senate to help support the four referendum items.
Provost Swan asked if there were any questions she might answer or bring to the President. There were none.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Dean Bibb presented the Curricular Report No. 2003-04-5a from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 36 of the Agenda. He explained that the item had been approved by the Graduate Council in February, but had been inadvertently omitted from a report at that time.
Dean Bibb then moved approval of Curricular Report No. 2003-04-5a. The motion carried.
B. Professor Johnson presented the Report of the Honors Program and Visiting Scholars Committee for 2003-04, which appeared on pages 37-46 of the Agenda. He noted the highlights of the report and expressed his appreciation to all of the deans, department chairs and faculty members who contributed to the success of the Honors Program.
Following discussion, Senator Leo thanked Professor Johnson for all of his efforts on behalf of the Honors Program.
C. Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels gave a brief review of Senate business conducted last year regarding the Providence Campus initiative. She introduced Professor Feldman, who presented the third interim report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions to the Providence Campus. Professor Feldman used a series of slides and responded to questions throughout his presentation.
When the time for discussion expired, a motion was made that the time be extended by fifteen minutes. The motion carried
When the extension of time expired, a motion was made to extend discussion for another ten minutes. The motion carried.
When the ten-minute time extension expired, Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels reminded the Senate that no vote would be taken at that meeting and that there would be a follow-up report from the committee in the near future. She encouraged Senators to contact Professor Feldman or other members of the ad hoc committee with their questions and suggestions. The Senate then moved to the next item of business.
(A copy of Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels' introductory remarks and Professor Feldman's presentation are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Providence_Campus_Overview.html.
6. SPECIAL REPORT
Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels gave a brief review of JSPC and Senate business conducted last year regarding Academic Program Assessment. She introduced Mr. Murphy, who gave a presentation on how he had modified his Factor Analysis Model to evaluate Academic Programs. Mr. Murphy used a series of slides and responded to questions about his presentation.
When the time for discussion expired, Senator Leo moved that the time be extended by five minutes. The motion carried.
When the extension of time expired, Senator Kowalski announced that the Senate was obligated to adjourn at 5:00 p.m. and only a short time remained in the meeting.
Senator Rice moved to extend discussion for another five minutes. The motion carried.
When the five minutes expired, Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels said that there was no longer time left in the meeting to continue the presentation. She encouraged Senators to forward their questions and concerns to the Executive Committee, and said that discussions on Academic Assessment would continue at future meetings.
(A copy of Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels' introductory remarks and Mr. Murphy's presentation on Academic Assessment are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AcAssess_Model_9-23-04.html
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.
8. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels asked if there was any new business. There was none.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman