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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

January 25, 2001

Number 5

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:07 p.m. with the ringing of the Novgorod Bell in room 113 White Hall, Chairperson Peters presiding.

All members were present except Senators Boyle, Felner, Grilli, Hebert, Karow, Kaufman, Malik, Mundorf, Paton and Specker; Provost Swan; Vice Presidents Beagle, McCray and Stark; Deans Gandel, Kim, Luzzi, Mazze, Taggart, Wright and Yoder (the Dean of the College of Continuing Education and the Registrar were represented by their designees); Mr. DeMaria.

2. A motion was made to approve the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 14, 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 #4 carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Chairperson Peters said that there were three new Senators and one new ex officio member of the Senate for the spring 2001 semester:

  • From the College of Arts and Sciences, Senator Rosa Maria Pegueros is replacing Michael Honhart and Senator Linda Shamoon is replacing Louis Kirschenbaum.
  • From the College of Business Administration, Senator Mark Lehrer is replacing Russell Koza.
  • Tom Dougan, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, is also joining the Senate as an ex officio member.

B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #13 and #14 appeared on pages 3-7 of the Agenda and asked if there were any questions.

Chairperson Peters, Vice Chairperson Goldsmith, and Vice Provost Lord responded to questions about items contained in the Executive Committee's Minutes.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers said that, as noted on the Agenda, he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the last Faculty Senate meeting and had supported both resolutions.

B. President Carothers expressed his appreciation to everyone for their response to the closing of the Chafee Building and other moves between semesters. He said that it was a tribute to the University Community that the opening of the spring semester went as smoothly as it did. President Carothers explained that there wouldn't be enough time to answer questions about Chafee and Ballentine and referred everyone to the University's website.

President Carothers reported on the status of the cap on positions and the freeze on hiring and responded to questions from members of the Senate.

The President said that there has been a decline in transfer student enrollments. He reported that the preliminary recommendations of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Enrollment Growth had encouraged an effort to increase retention of existing students and attract additional transfer students rather than enroll more freshmen. President Carothers noted that the shortage of housing on campus affected the number of returning and transfer students. He announced that the Board of Governors was being asked to consider proposals for privately developed and run residence halls and apartments on campus.

President Carothers then responded to questions about his report.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Hickox presented the Three Hundred and Ninety-First Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 8-10 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 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 II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

Senator Hickox said that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee on section 8.22.20 of the University Manual. He then moved that section 8.22.20 be amended to read as follows:

8.22.20 Any student who has met the requirements for two different bachelors degrees will be granted both degrees and will be issued two diplomas.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

B. Vice Provost Trubatch presented Curricular Report No. 2000-01-5 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 11 of the Agenda.

She said that part I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Vice Provost Trubatch announced that part II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

C. Professor Luebke introduced Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2000-01-2, which appeared on page 12 of the Agenda and moved approval of the following change to the University Calendar for spring 2001:

Add Saturday, 5 May, to the Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2001 semester.

Professor Luebke explained that this change requires an exception to section 8.70.23 of the University Manual, which states that "Saturdays and Sundays may not be used as final examination days."

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, Senator Hickox moved, on behalf of the Executive Committee, to substitute the following calendar change for the one on the floor:

Add Thursday, 3 May, to the Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2001 semester.

Senator Hickox explained that this change requires an exception to section 8.70.22 of the University Manual, which states that "A minimum of two week-day reading days will be scheduled after the last day of classes."

Discussion ensued on the motion to substitute.

Senator Rosen asked if the Senate could amend a calendar change on the floor without referring it to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee for review. Chairperson Peters explained that the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee had reviewed the proposed change prior to the meeting and had found it acceptable. He ruled that a vote by the Senate was in order.

Following discussion, the motion to substitute carried 23-13.

The substitute motion was approved.

The approved Final Examination period for spring 2001 is May 3-4, 7-11.

D. Senator Schwartz introduced the Council for Research Report #2000-01-1: Funding for Proposal Development Award and Faculty Development Award, which appeared on page 13 of the Agenda.

Senator Schwartz moved approval of the following resolution recommended by the Council for Research:

RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate urges the President of the University to provide the Council for Research $200,000 per year in funds that can be used to support faculty initiatives in proposal development and faculty professional development for the purpose of encouraging individual and partnership-related research and scholarly purposes.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters reminded the Faculty Senate that when the December 14 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. A motion to replace "logically" with "effectively" after writing and speaking was on the floor.

The motion carried.

After discussion, Senator Feldman moved to refer the proposal back to the University College and General Education Committee with instructions.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion to refer to committee failed.

Senator Wittwer moved to add an eighth skill, "engaging in artistic expression and creative activity."

After discussion, Senator Wood requested and received permission to replace editorially "engaging in artistic expression and creative activity" with "engaging in artistic activity."

After discussion, the motion to add an eighth skill, "engaging in artistic activity," carried

Discussion resumed.

After discussion, Senator Leo moved to add "critically after "using quantitative data" and "using qualitative data."

Following discussion, the motion failed.

Discussion resumed.

Following discussion, Senator Ariew moved to amend the paragraph before the list of eight skills by adding "critical" before "skills."

After discussion, Senator Devin requested and received permission to revise editorially the paragraph under discussion to read as follows:

In addition, because using particular skills critically is 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:

Following discussion, the amendment as revised editorially failed.

Senator Feldman moved to amend the definition of "Social Sciences."

Following discussion, the motion failed.

In response to a request from Professor Morello, Senator Vangermeersch moved to amend "Cross-cultural Communication" by inserting "Foreign Language/." The revised core area to read "Foreign Language/ Cross-cultural Communication."

The motion carried.

Discussion resumed.

After discussion, Senator Leo moved to merge the core areas "Fine Arts & Literature" and "Letters" into one area titled "Fine and Performing Arts and Humanities." The motion failed for lack of a second.

Senator Leo moved to adjourn. The motion failed.

Senator Schwartz moved to amend the definition for Write Effectively to read as follows:

Write Effectively: Course requires written assignments designed to allow students to practice and improve writing skills with regular feedback from the instructor such as by submitting drafts and revisions, by writing a series of comparable papers, or by writing long assignments in shorter units.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the amendment carried 15-13.

There being no further discussion, the Senate voted immediately.

The main motion carried. *

7. NEW BUSINESS

Chairperson Peters asked if there was any new business. There was none.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:56 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman
for Robert Strobel,
Secretary


*The complete University College and General Education Committee Report #2000-01-1: Recommendations of the President's Commission on General Education as approved by the Faculty Senate on January 25, 2001 is available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_00-01-1.html.