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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

October 24, 2002

Number 2

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Arakelian presiding.

All members were present except Senators Ariew, Cohen, Dewhurst, Hedderich, Kester, Kirschenbaum, Morin, Newman, Rowinski, Sullivan and Wills; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Deans Farmer, Letendre, Mazze, Richmond and Taggart (Vice Provost McCray, Deans Brownell, McKinney, Seemann and Shukla were represented by their designees); Ms. DiBiasio and Mr. Murgo

Hearing no objection, Chairperson Arakelian said that the order of business would be changed at the request of President Carothers, who had a commitment in Providence at 4:00 p.m.


A. President Carothers announced that he had approved Senate Bill #2002-03--1 as printed on the Agenda.

B. President Carothers reported that Chafee Social Sciences Center had been rededicated the previous week. He thanked Dean Brownell and Professor Moakley for their efforts on behalf of the rededication. He also expressed appreciation to everyone responsible for and patient about the extensive repair work on the building.

President Carothers announced that Frank Newman Hall would be dedicated on October 28. He encouraged Senators to attend the program, which would begin at 3:00 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium with a presentation and panel discussion on "Why Undergraduate Education Needs a Champion for Change." He said that the program would be followed at 4:15 by the building's dedication and a reception at Frank Newman Hall, 14 Upper College Road, which is the new home of Undergraduate Admissions

President Carothers reported on final enrollment figures for the fall, which had increased overall and for undergraduate and matriculated graduate students, but had showed a sharp decline in the numbers of non-matriculated graduate students enrolled on a per course basis.

The President noted that the fall "Meet the University " program would be held the following weekend and that family weekend was scheduled for the first weekend in November. He said that interest in applying to the University remained high and encouraged faculty members to participate in both events.

President Carothers responded to questions about the problems associated with parking for the Fine Arts Center.

C. President Carothers then introduced Vice President Dennis Stark.

Vice President Stark presented the State of the Budget address for the 2002-03 academic year using a series of slides prepared by the Budget Office. These slides appeared on pages 14-25 of the Agenda and are available on the web at Vice President Stark expressed his appreciation to Ms. Barrett and her staff for their preparation of the budget materials.

Vice President Stark responded to questions during and immediately following the presentation. He said that the President had formed a task force to help think through the implications of various options for reducing expenses and increasing revenue in both the short and long term. He announced that his division had developed forms for soliciting ideas from the University community and encouraged members of the Senate to use them.

After Chairperson Arakelian thanked Vice President Stark, the Senate resumed its regular order of business.

2. Chairperson Arakelian asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 26, 2002. There were none.

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


A. Chairperson Arakelian welcomed Senator Michael Rice from the College of the Environment and Life Sciences who was Senator Nippo's temporary replacement.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #2 through #5 appeared on pages 3-12 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Arakelian, Vice Chairperson Hollinshead, Senator Beckman and Provost Swan responded to questions about the Executive Committee's meetings.

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead announced that the list of additional committee appointments had been updated since the publication of the Agenda. On behalf of the Executive Committee she moved approval of the following list of additional committee appointments for 2002-03, which replaced the list on page 13 of the Agenda:

Committees of the Faculty Senate


Add: *Candace Oviatt, OCG, (03)


Replace Edmund Boyle (05) with Russell Koza (05) [Joseph Matoney, Fall 2002]


Add: Edmund Boyle, CBA, (03)


Replace Joelle Rollo-Koster with *Mark Rowinski, PHT, (03)


Add: *Thomas Morin, LAN (04)


Add: Human Science and Services: Peter Blanpied, PEX, (05)


Matthew Bodah, LRS, representing the Graduate Council

Mimi Keefe, LIB, representing the CAC

Libby Miles, WRT, representing the Graduate Council

Andrea Rusnock, HIS, representing the CAC

Representative of the Council for Research to be appointed


Replace Christopher Baxter, OCE, with Peter Swaszek, ELE


Replace David Heskett, PHY, with William Euler, CHM, representing the Council for Research

University Committees


Add: *Stephen Grubman-Black, WMS, (04)


Add: *Norbert Mundorf, COM (04)

Add: *Jay Singer, CMD, (03)


Add: *David Fastovsky, GEO, (04)

Add: *Timothy Tyrell, ENRE, (04)

The motion carried.



A. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Sixth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 26-33 of the Agenda. He said that Section I of the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Kaufman made the following correction to Section II:

At the bottom of page 28 add item b under the College of Pharmacy, Department of Biomedical Sciences:

  • b. DELETE: BMS 225 Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Senator Kaufman said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval as corrected.

After discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Kaufman announced 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.

Following discussion, Senator Leo requested and received permission to amend editorially the description of MTH 490X by removing the word "very" before "challenging."

Senator Kaufman corrected Section III, B by replacing "234" with "324" as a prerequisite for NUR 453 (273)

After discussion as to whether the prerequisite change was correct, Ms. Grubman said that before the report was forwarded to the President as a Senate Bill she would verify the prerequisite with the College of Nursing.

Senator Kaufman said that part B of Section III required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of part B.

After discussion, the motion to approve part B carried.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-2 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 34 of the Agenda.

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

C. Professor Jackson presented the University College and General Education Committee Report#2002-03-1, which appeared on, pages 35-38 of the Agenda.

Professor Jackson said that part A of Section I on the Foreign Language/Cross-cultural Competence core area (FC) was informational.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Jackson moved approval of part B.

When the 15 minutes allowed for discussion expired, Senator Leo moved to extend debate for five minutes. The motion carried.

After discussion, Senator Leo moved to amend the motion by deleting "(all sections of that "D" course must include the examining human differences skill)."

Following discussion, the amendment failed.

Senator Loy moved to amend the motion by deleting the following sentence:

This does not preclude the Senate from later adopting procedures to include courses outside the General Education Program for "D" designation as part of the two-course requirement.

Following discussion, the amendment carried, 20-13.

The main motion as amended carried.

The approved motion reads as follows:

That the General Education Program requirements include a "Diversity" overlay. This overlay would not increase the number of credits required in the general education program.

This would require that two of the courses taken as part of a student's general education program be selected from courses designated by a "D." Courses approved for the "D" designation would meet the requirements for the examining human differences skill area (all sections of that "D" course must include the examining human differences skill).

Professor Jackson presented Section II on the Social Sciences core area (S) and explained that part A was informational.

After discussion, Professor Jackson moved approval of part B, the UCGE Committee's recommendation to add PSY 113, SOC 212, SOC 230 and SOC 242 to the Social Sciences core area (S) of the revised General Education Program:

Following discussion, Senator Feldman moved to amend the motion by deleting PSY 113 from the list.

After discussion, Senator Leo moved to terminate debate. The motion to terminate debate carried.

The amendment failed.

The Senate resumed discussion on the main motion.

After discussion, the motion carried.

Professor Jackson presented Section III on the Letters core area (L) and explained that part A was informational.

Professor Jackson moved approval of part B, recommendations 1) and 2).

The motion was divided.

Discussion ensued on recommendation 1) to modify the definition of the Letters core area (L).

Following discussion, Senator Leo moved to amend the definition by adding the word "differing" before "social, historical, and philosophical contexts..."

After discussion, the amendment failed.

The motion carried. Following is the approved recommendation:

  1. Modify the definition of the Letters core area to read as follows:

    Letters - courses that examine human values, thought and culture in social, historical, and philosophical contexts through the use of primary sources and critical expositions.

The motion to approve recommendation 2), the addition of APG 327 to the Letters core area (L) of the revised General Education Program carried.


Chairperson Arakelian announced that the By-Laws changes had been introduced at the September 26 meeting. Action had been postponed until October 24 because amendments to the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate may not be voted upon at the meeting at which they are first moved. He said that the recommendations were on the floor at that time and would be voted upon separately.

The motion to amend section 4.22 of the By-Laws by replacing the "Registrar" with the "Director of Enrollment Services or designee and the University Ombud" as ex officio members of the committee carried.

The motion to amend section 4.50 of the By-Laws by replacing the "Director of the University Libraries" with the "Vice Provost for Information Services and the Dean of University Libraries" as an ex officio member of the committee carried.

The motion to amend section 4.60 of the By-Laws by adding the "Director of Information and Instructional Technology Services" as an ex officio member of the committee carried.

Chairperson Arakelian said that the time for the meeting had expired and invited the members of the Senate to gather after the meeting at the University Club for a reception sponsored by Vice Provost Trubatch.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



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