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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

December 21, 2002

Number 4

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 Dewhurst, Hedderich, Hickox, Hu, Kester, Kulenovic, Lehrer, Loy, Malik, Newman, Rice, Sullivan, Veyera and Wills; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Stark; Deans Farmer, Letendre and Mazze (Vice Provost McCray, Deans Brownell, Seemann and Shukla were represented by their designees); Ms. DiBiasio and Mr. Murgo.

2. Chairperson Arakelian asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 21, 2002. There were none.

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

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Chairperson Arakelian congratulated President Carothers on his three-year reappointment by the Board of Governors that morning.

Chairperson Arakelian then made the following announcements:

  1. There will be a reception at the University Club after today's Faculty Senate meeting sponsored by Dean Winifred Brownell from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Brownell sends her regrets because she is unable to host the reception due to a death in her family. I know that the Senate will join the Executive Committee and me in extending our condolences to Dean Brownell on her recent loss.

  2. Last spring the Faculty Senate directed the Executive Committee to form an ad hoc committee to look at a priority registration policy for the University and not just student athletes. We are now in the process of forming the committee. Senators who would be interested in serving on the committee should contact Ms. Grubman.

  3. I have distributed mid-year evaluation forms to all Senators and ex officio members of the Senate, please fill them out and return them to me at the reception.

  4. The second of the three discussion topics has run its course on FacSen-L. Eight people participated in the discussion of role and financing of the University Library, two of whom are senators. We have initiated discussion on the third topic, which concerns the issue of shared governance.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #9, #10 and #11 appeared on pages 3-10 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead, President Carothers and Provost Swan responded to questions about the minutes of the Executive Committee's meetings.

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead moved approval of the following recommendation of the Executive Committee:

  1. That the Faculty Senate approve the URI World Wide Web Policy as it appears on the URI website with the understanding that the following amendment procedure will apply:

    Modifications to this web policy shall be submitted to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. If the Faculty Senate Executive Committee determines that the matter does not fall under Faculty Senate jurisdiction the Vice Provost for Information Services shall be informed of this determination, and the changes shall become effective upon approval by the President. If the Faculty Senate Executive Committee determines that the changes do require Faculty Senate approval, the matter shall be presented to the Faculty Senate for action.

The Policy that will appear in the University Manual is on pages 11-12 of the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead moved approval of the following recommendation of the Executive Committee:

  1. That the Faculty Senate approve the revised Policy on the Protection of Human Subjects, which appears on pages 13-14 of the Agenda, and delegate the authority to make changes that are discretionary in nature to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Vice Provost Trubatch requested and received permission to change editorially the originator of the policy to "Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Research and Service."

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead announced that she would present a third recommendation for the Executive Committee after President Carothers' report.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced that he had approved Senate Bills #02-03--6, #02-03--7, and #02-03--8, which had been forwarded to him after the November 21 meeting of the Faculty Senate.

President Carothers said that he had disapproved Senate Bill #02-03--9 "Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #02-03--2: Proposed Academic Calendar for 2006-07. " The President explained that he had taken that action in order to give the current planning process sufficient time to consider different calendar options for the future. He said that the University is, in general, seeking ways to better utilize the existing campus facilities and human resources, for example, the possibility of moving to a trimester system or, alternatively, to a summer session sufficient long to allow students to carry a full semester's load during the summer. The President said that he did not want to approve a calendar at this point in the discussions.

B. President Carothers announced that the Inauguration of Governor-elect Carcieri, which is being coordinated by Ms. Deborah Smith from the Board of Governors, would be held on January 7, 2003. He said that the 39 Cities and Towns Celebration of the Inauguration would be held at Rhode Island College later that day and noted that URI's Professor Joseph Parillo would provide music for the event.

The President said that there would be a significant change in the membership of the Board of Governors for Higher Education in January. He explained that the terms of six Board members, including Governor Smith, will expire; Ms. Dowling will no longer serve as the Board's chair, and Senator Izzo will be replaced as the representative of the RI Senate's Finance Committee. He noted that Ms. Smith was no longer eligible to serve on the Board by statute and asked for suggestions of persons who might replace her and others on the Board.

President Carothers reported that the University has received an unqualified audit report. He said that credit for this achievement should go to Vice President Dennis Stark, Controller Marjorie Harten and Mr. Fred Dolor. The President also noted that it would probably take the University community some time to adjust to the changes in the recently implemented accounting system, which is now an accrual system consistent with GASB 34 and 35.

President Carothers said that while URI's total student headcount went down, the number of full time undergraduate students has continued to increase and as a result, revenue was up slightly. He said that applications as of December 1 were up over more than 40% from last year at this time.

President Carothers stated that it was important for the University to determine what size it should be. He said that the University is currently analyzing the cost-benefit ratios to reduce the burden of overhead costs on a per student basis.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead moved approval of the following recommendation of the Executive Committee:

  1. That the Faculty Senate, in accordance with section 10.3 of the By-Laws, refer the University Calendar for 2006-07 back to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.

The motion carried.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 15-18 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 said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. 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 and courses for the Pharm.D.

He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none

Senator Kaufman said that part B required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-4 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 19 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. Professor Kahn, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions Policy, gave a brief oral report on the activities of the committee since it was established in spring 2002. He announced that his committee intended to bring recommendations to the Senate by the end of the current academic year.

Professor Kahn and Dean Taggart responded to questions from the floor about admissions at the University.

7. NEW BUSINESS

A. Chairperson Arakelian announced that the floor was open for a discussion of the role and cost of athletics at the University.

A short discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Ramstad reported that the Athletics Advisory Board had asked a small group of faculty comprised of himself, Senator Tyrell and Professors Higgins and Mead to look at the direct and indirect costs of athletics at URI. He said that the group expected to conclude its work in the spring and he hoped to report to the Senate on behalf of the Athletics Advisory Board in April or May.

B. Chairperson Arakelian announced that the floor was open for a discussion of the role and financing of the University Library.

A very short discussion ensued.

C. Chairperson Arakelian said that, with the Senate's agreement, he would postpone the discussion of the concept of shared governance at the University until members of the community have had the opportunity to comment on the topic on FacSen-L

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:44 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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