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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

January 30, 2003

Number 5

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:07 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Arakelian presiding.

All members were present except Senators Ariew, Felner, Havener, Hedderich, Hickox, Kester, C. Lee, Paton, Rowinski, Singer, Sullivan and Wills; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Stark; Deans Farmer, Joseph, Letendre, Mazze, McKinney, Shukla and Taggart (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); 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 #4, December 12, 2002. There were none.

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


A. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Arakelian welcomed two new Senators who were taking their seats at that meeting: Senator Jim Teliha from the University Libraries replacing Senator Deborah Mongeau, and Senator Musa Jouaneh from the College of Engineering replacing Senator David Taggart.

    Chairperson Arakelian said that Senator Chong Lee, from the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, was resuming his Senate seat that afternoon as well.

  2. Chairperson Arakelian reported that the Administrator Evaluation Committee for President Carothers had requested that he announce that all continuing faculty members will receive evaluation questionnaires within the next few days. He said that the committee asks that faculty take the time to complete the evaluations and return them to the Faculty Senate Office by February 17. He said that if faculty members had any questions, they could contact Professor John Preece, Chair of the Administrator Evaluation Committee, at 4-4734.

  3. Chairperson Arakelian reported briefly on the results of the mid-year evaluation questionnaire that he had asked Senators and ex officio members of the Senate to complete on December 12.

  4. Chairperson Arakelian said that the Senate would continue the practice of gathering at the University Club after Faculty Senate meetings and encouraged everyone to attend. He announced that Dean Seemann of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences would sponsor that afternoon's reception and expressed his appreciation to Dean Seemann.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #12, #13 and #14 appeared on pages 3-8 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

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

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead reported that the Executive Committee was establishing an ad hoc committee on priority registration in response to the Senate's direction last spring. She then presented the charge and membership and indicated that if any Senators were interested in joining the ad hoc committee, their names would be added to the list.

Following is the charge to and membership of the Ad Hoc Committee on Priority Registration:

To consider whether the University of Rhode Island should have an official policy on priority registration and to recommend to the Faculty Senate the parameters of such a policy.

If the Committee recommends to the Senate that some priority should be established it shall also identify the group(s) of students who may be given such preference in registration.

Members: Senator Chet Hickox, Professor Rosa Maria Pegueros, Senator Yngve Ramstad, and Professor Christian Wittwer.

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead corrected proposed paragraphs 8.90. 22 and 8.90.30, of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL which were on page 10 of the Agenda by inserting "external" before funding in the last line of each paragraph. She said that the change would make the paragraphs consistent with 8.90.21 and with the intent of the Executive Committee.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead then moved approval of the changes in sections 8.90.21, 8.90.22, and 8.90.30 as corrected.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Loy requested and received permission to change editorially section 8.90.30 by placing at the beginning of the paragraph "Once granted continuing status, centers" and inserting the word "further" before "continuation" in the third line of the paragraph.

After discussion, the proposed changes to sections 8.90.21, 8.90.22 and 8.90.30 were approved as follows (changes are in bold):

8.90.21 Temporary Authorization for Centers. Centers, including institutes, bureaus, and partnerships, may be authorized to operate for an initial three-year period by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University who shall make the decision in consultation with the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach, the Council for Research, the Dean(s) of the faculty associated with the proposed center, and the Chairs of the faculty members associated with the proposed center, who will have brought the proposal to the department as a whole for their recommendations. The Council for Research will review proposals for temporary partnerships and make recommendations to the Provost based on the potential for intellectual contributions, utilization of undergraduate and graduate students, interdepartmental or intercollege involvement, and external funding. Each new temporary partnership will receive support from the university only during its initial three years.

8.90.22 Continuing Authorization for Centers. Continuing authorization to operate centers, institutes, bureaus, or partnerships, including authorization to operate after an initial three-year period described in 8.90.21, shall be subject to review by units and departments involved in the center as well as review by the colleges of the involved departments during their third year. Following college review, proposals shall be forwarded with departmental and college recommendations to the Council For Research for consideration. The Council shall recommend to the Faculty Senate action on center proposals based on program quality, research, outreach, or educational activities, involvement of undergraduate and graduate students, interdepartmental or intercollege connections, and potential for continued external funding, as appropriate for the mission and goals of the center.

8.90.30 Review. Once granted continuing status, centers, including institutes, bureaus, and partnerships, shall be reviewed every seven years by the Council for Research who shall submit recommendations, including recommendations for further continuation or dissolution, to the Faculty Senate based on overall program quality, research, outreach, or educational contributions, financial support of student involvement, interdepartmental or intercollege involvement, and continued external funding, as appropriate for the mission and goals of the center.


A. President Carothers announced that, as indicated on the Agenda, he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him by the Senate in November and December with the exception of Senate Bill #02-03--9, which had been discussed previously

B. President Carothers said that he was pleased to report that the beginning of the spring semester got off to a smooth start despite the extreme cold. He noted that the weather had effected some buildings, and he had been assured that the physical plant problems were being resolved. He asked that people let him know if problems continue and he would try to see that they are resolved.

President Carothers announced that the President's Office and the Provost's Office were moving to Green Hall over the next few days. He explained that there wouldn't be any telephone or e-mail connections before Tuesday, February 4 and asked that everyone be patient during the transition. He said that Enrollment Services departments would also move to Green this month. The President said that the building had been beautifully restored and he was sure everyone would be pleased by its appearance.

President Carothers reported on the Metropolitan College concept that had been discussed by the Board of Governors on January 27. He said that the idea was not to create a new unit but to bring the existing institutions together in a collaborative effort in South Providence. He said the hope was to provide an opportunity for higher education at the lowest possible cost to people who have been for the most part excluded from it. He noted that any building would have to be given to the Board of Governors debt free and that parking would have to be integrated as well. He also indicated that the concept was only in a skeletal state and required a great deal of thought and planning.

President Carothers announced that Ms. Mallon was leaving the University to manage the logistics of the project for Commissioner Warner. He noted that the position of Director of Strategic Planing and Institutional Research would not be filled and said that his intent was to reorganize SPIR.

President Carothers responded to questions about the Metropolitan College proposal.

President Carothers announced that he was in the process of drafting a three-year Strategic Plan for the University. Copies of a draft were distributed to members of the Senate and the President reported that Ms. Grubman had also posted the plan on FacSen-L that afternoon. President Carothers asked for feedback and suggestions. He said that he hoped to have a completed strategic plan when the Board of Governors meets in Kingston on April 20.


A. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Ninth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 11-13 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.

Following 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 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. 2002-03-5 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 14 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. In Senator Kester's absence, the oral Interim Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Education and Research was postponed.


Chairperson Arakelian asked if there was any unfinished business.

Senator Rosen requested that the Faculty Senate receive the final report of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Campus Security.

Senator Leo asked when the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee would return to the Senate with revised recommendations on posthumous degrees.

Chairperson Arakelian indicated that the Executive Committee would follow-up on these matters.


Chairperson Arakelian announced that the floor was open for a discussion of the concept of shared governance at the University and what might be done to enable it to work more effectively.

Senator Malik moved to postpone the discussion until the next meeting. The motion carried.

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman



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