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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

December 14, 2000

Number 4

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:12 p.m. with the ringing of the Novgorod Bell in room 113 White Hall, Chairperson Peters presiding.

All members were present except Senators Armstrong, Bajcz, Hebert, Karow, Koza, Krausse, Lee, Leo, McCarthy, McIntyre, McNab, Paton, Rodgers, Specker, Vangermeersch, Veyera, Wang and Zhang; Vice Presidents Beagle, McCray and Stark; Deans Gandel, Luzzi, Mazze, Taggart, Wright and Yoder (Deans Crocker and Kim and Registrar Strobel were represented by their designees) Mr. DeMaria.

2. A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 16, 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 #3 carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements

  1. Chairperson Peters noted that there was a very full agenda that afternoon. He said that if the Senate was not close to considering the General Education proposal by 4:00 p.m., Vice Chairperson Goldsmith would move to change the order of business in order to move directly to Unfinished Business.

  2. Chairperson Peters introduced Bob Cormier, President of the Student Senate, who explained that he was unable to stay for the meeting because of final exams but he wanted to comment on two matters before the Senate. Mr. Cormier spoke briefly about his positions on the issue of arming the campus police and on the General Education proposal.

B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #10 through #12 appeared on pages 3-9 of the Agenda. She then responded to questions about items contained in the Executive Committee's Minutes.

Vice Chairperson Goldsmith moved approval of the following resolution recommended by the Executive Committee:

The University of Rhode Island Campus Police have with skill and dedication worked effectively to make the URI campus a reasonably safe environment.

Because of its educational purpose and residential character, the URI community requires special strategies and tactics to provide for its safety and security.

The relationship between our unarmed campus police and the campus community has been grounded in non-violent and negotiated resolution of problems.

In order to ensure that the character of the University community and the effective workings of the campus police be sustained:

Be it Resolved:

The Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island opposes arming campus police.

The Faculty Senate endorses a thorough investigation of alternative means of enhancing the safety and security of the University community including the campus police.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Mitra moved to amend the resolution by deleting the last paragraph. The motion failed for lack of a second.

Discussion resumed

After discussion, Senator Arakelian moved to postpone voting on the resolution until the January 25, 2001 Faculty Senate Meeting.

Discussion ensued on the motion to postpone definitely.

Following discussion, the motion to postpone failed 18-13.

Discussion of the resolution resumed.

After discussion, the motion to approve the resolution carried.

C. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that as part of their commitment to monitor progress on improving the general use classrooms, the Executive Committee had invited Ms. Palm, from the Office of Instructional Services, to update the Faculty Senate on the efforts of the Classroom Management Team.

Ms. Palm introduced the other members of the Classroom Management Team, Ms. McMahon from Enrollment Services and Mr. Hill from Facilities and Operations, and reported on the team's achievements, implementation problems, and plans for the future.

She responded to questions from the Senate throughout her report.

At the conclusion of Ms. Palm's report, Senator Wood moved that the Faculty Senate adopt the following resolution:

RESOLVED: The Faculty Senate endorses the allocation of funds with all due speed to the Classroom Management Team for the purpose of making necessary improvements to the general use classrooms.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers said that he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the last Faculty Senate meeting and had endorsed both resolutions. He noted that the approved legislation appeared on the cover of the Agenda for this meeting.

B. President Carothers reported on the status of the University's FY'01 budget in anticipation of the mid-year review. He also explained the various ways enrollment is counted and provided reasons for differences in the reporting of enrollment figures. He said that while the University's enrollment had increased this year, the University had fallen short of its projections. This decrease in projected revenue, along with increased fuel prices and the University's share of the cost of operating the Feinstein College of Continuing Education, had all effected the University's budget.

President Carothers then responded to questions from members of the Senate about asset protection and the Fiscal "02 budget.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Hickox presented the Three Hundred and Ninetieth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 10-13 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Hickox said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He made several additions and corrections to Section II and moved approval of the revised Section II.

The motion to approve Section II as revised carried.

Senator Hickox said 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. There were none.

Senator Hickox announced that part B of Section III required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Vice Provost Trubatch introduced the three reports from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate.

B. A motion was made to approve Curricular Report No. 2000-01-3A from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for Development and Approval of Post Baccalaureate Certificate Programs, which appeared on pages 14-27 of the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

When the fifteen minutes allowed for discussion expired, the Senate moved directly to a vote on the motion.

The motion carried.

C. A motion was made to approve Curricular Report No. 2000-01-3B from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for a Center for Midwifery which appeared on pages 28-36 of the Agenda.

The motion carried.

D. A motion was made to approve Curricular Report No. 2000-01-4 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 37-38 of the Agenda.

The motion carried.

E. Professor Luebke introduced the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2000-01-1 which appeared on pages 39-40 of the Agenda.

Professor Luebke moved that the Faculty Senate amend section 8.33.13 to read as follows (change is in boldface):

8.33.13 Students not attending courses in w hich they enrolled have the obligation to drop those courses before the drop deadline. Names of students who are absent from the first and second class meetings of a course and who do not notify the course instructor of their intention to attend future class meetings may be submitted by the course instructor and/or the department chairperson to the Registrar for deletion from the class roster. If the instructor does not exercise this option, the student remains enrolled in the course unless s/he drops it through regular procedures.

The motion carried.

Professor Luebke moved that the Faculty Senate amend section 8.22.22 to read as follows (change is in boldface):

8.22.22 Students who have completed degree requirements for a major and have graduated shall be readmitted to the University to pursue a second major subject to current catalog requirements.

The motion carried.

Professor Luebke moved that the Faculty Senate amend section 8.51.20 to read as follows (change is in boldface):

8.51.20 Scheduling Final Examinations. The final examination in any course shall be scheduled by the Scheduling Officer only. The time allowed for completion of a final examination shall be no less than two hours nor more than three hours, as decided by the individual faculty member. In short courses and summer session courses (see 8.32.12) the final exam shall be administered during the last regularly scheduled class session unless otherwise approved by the scheduling office. The amount of time allocated to the final exam shall be no less than one hour.

The motion carried.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters reminded the Faculty Senate that when the November 16 meeting adjourned the University College and General Education Committee Report #2000-01-1: Recommendations of the President's Commission on General Education was under consideration. The Senate was considering an amended version of the "Framework." He said that the revised "Framework" appeared on pages 41-42 of the Agenda and that the entire report appeared on pages 20-28 of the Agenda for Meeting #3, November 16, 2000.

Chairperson Peters said that he would begin by asking the Senate whether they accepted each of the University College and General Education Committee's proposed changes as editorial and noted that if a change was not accepted as editorial, it would require a motion to amend.

Chairperson Peters asked the Faculty Senate if they would accept the UCGE Committee's recommendation that "skill development areas" replace "areas of emphasis."

There was objection to accepting this recommendation as an editorial change.

Chairperson Peters asked the Faculty Senate if they would accept the UCGE Committee's recommendation that "effectively" replace "logically" after "writing" and "speaking" in the framework and on page 26 of the Agenda for Meeting #3.

There was objection to accepting this recommendation as an editorial change.

Chairperson Peters asked the Faculty Senate if they would accept the UCGE Committee's recommendation that the definition for Write Effectively be amended to read as follows:

Write Effectively - Course requires written assignments designed to allow students to practice and improve writing skills with instructor and/or group feedback.

There was objection to accepting this recommendation as an editorial change.

Chairperson Peters asked the Faculty Senate if they would accept the UCGE Committee's recommendation that "orientation" replace "preference" after sexual in the definition of Examine Human Differences.

This change was accepted as editorial.

Chairperson Peters reminded the Senate that the amended version of the "Framework" was now on the floor for consideration.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Wittwer moved that areas of emphasis be replaced by "opportunities for activities."

After discussion, Senator Witwer's motion was revised editorially to amend the revised paragraph beginning with "In addition" to read as follows:

In addition, because particular skills are essential to a thoughtful engagement with the world, each course in General Education must incorporate opportunities to practice three (3) or more of the following:

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Discussion resumed.

After discussion, Senator Devin moved to substitute the following for the main motion:

That the Faculty Senate adopt the general principles of the General Education proposal.

Discussion ensued on the motion to substitute.

The motion to substitute failed.

Following discussion, the Senate resumed discussion of the "Framework" section of the General Education proposal.

After discussion, Senator Honhart moved that that "effectively" replace "logically" after "writing" and "speaking" in the framework and on page 26 of the Agenda for Meeting #3.

Discussion of the amendment ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Wood moved to amend the amendment by replacing "writing effectively" and "speaking effectively" with "communicating effectively."

Discussion ensued on the amendment to the amendment.

After discussion, the amendment to the amendment failed 15-10.

The time for the meeting expired and Chairperson Peters declared the meeting adjourned.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman
for Robert Strobel,
Secretary