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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

February 20, 2003

Number 6

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:08 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Arakelian presiding.

All members were present except Senators Dewhurst, Dholakia, Felner, Finizio, Havener, Hollinshead, Kester, Lehrer, Loy, Mitra, Paton, Ramstad, Rowinski, Sullivan and Wills; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provost Rhodes; Deans Farmer, Mazze, McKinney, Shukla and Taggart (Vice Provost McCray and Dean Seemann 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 #5, January 30, 2003. There were none.*

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

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*Subsequent to the meeting, the spelling of Senator Teliha's name was corrected under item 3, A, 1.

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3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Arakelian reported that as part of the Senate and Administration's ongoing effort to improve shared governance at the University, the Faculty Senate Office will move from the basement of Eleanor Roosevelt Hall to the third floor of Green Hall later this spring.

  2. Chairperson Arakelian invited members of the Senate to attend a reception at the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting. He announced that the reception would be sponsored jointly by Dean Richmond and Vice Provost Gandel and thanked them both for their generous support.

  3. Chairperson Arakelian announced that Senator Beckman would present the report of the Executive Committee.

B. Senator Beckman said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #15 and #16 appeared on pages 3-6 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

Senator Beckman, Chairperson Arakelian and President Carothers responded to questions about the Executive Committee's meetings.

C. Senator Beckman turned over the floor to Senator Rodgers, who presented the recommendations of the URI Task Force on Purchasing Policy some of which appeared on pages 7-8 of the Agenda. Senator Rodgers responded to questions from the Senate.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, Senator Rodgers moved that the Faculty Senate endorse the recommendation of the report of the URI Task Force on Purchasing Policy as it appeared on the Agenda.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, a motion was made to amend the motion by replacing the current $2,500 Federal Acquisition Regulations guideline with $5,000.

After discussion, the amendment carried.

Following discussion, the motion as amended carried.

The approved resolution: reads as follows:

Immediately increase the Limited Value Purchase Order limit applying to ledger 3 and 5 grant and contract funds at URI to $5,000

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers said that he didn't have anything to report at that time with regard to Senate legislation.

B. President Carothers shared with the Senate his plans with regard to strategic planning for the University. He explained that, with the concurrence of the Faculty Senate, he intended to create a University-wide senior planning group, made up of the University's Provost and Vice Presidents and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, as well as the President of the Student Senate and two representatives of the University's non-faculty employees.

He explained that he was combining the remaining staff of SPIR with the staff of PDLOT to establish an Office of Planning Services, which in conjunction with selected administrators, faculty and staff called into service on an ad hoc basis, would serve as the staff of the University-wide senior planning group.

President Carothers responded to questions from members of the Senate about his proposal.

When the fifteen-minute time for discussion expired, a motion was made to extend discussion for an additional five minutes. The motion carried.

President Carothers continued to respond to questions from members of the Senate.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Tenth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on page 9 of the Agenda. He said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of recommendation from the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and College Writing Program:

CHANGE: The administrative location of the College Writing Program from a program within the Department of English to a program within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Discussion ensued.

When the fifteen-minute limit on discussion expired, the Senate moved to an immediate vote. The motion carried.

Senator Kaufman moved approval of recommendations II and III:

II. College of the Environment and Life Sciences

  • Department of Plant Sciences
    DISCONTINUE OFFICIALLY: The B.S. degree in Plant Science.

III. College of Human Science and Services

  • DISCONTINUE OFFICIALLY: The B.S. degree in Home Economics.

The motion carried.

B. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Eleventh Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 10-15 of the Agenda. He said that the title of Section I has been inadvertently omitted from the beginning of the report. He explained that Section I included everything on page 10 and the top of page 11 as matters of information. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Kaufman said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He moved approval of part A from the College of Arts and Sciences, College Writing program, noting that recommendations a and b would be effective for the fall 2004.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Kaufman moved approval of part B from the College of Business Administration. The motion carried. Senator Kaufman moved approval of part C from the College of Human Science and Services. 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 corrected part B item 3, a, 4) to read "PHC 494 Advanced Experiential Tracking Experience." He said that part B required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

C. Vice Provost Trubatch presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-6 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 16-17 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.

D. Professor Jackson presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2002-03-2 which appeared on pages 18-20 of the Agenda.

Professor Jackson said that Section I concerned the current General Education Program. He said that item A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Jackson said that item B required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried

Professor Jackson announced that Section II concerned the Revised General Education Program. He said that item A was on the English Communication core area and that A, 1 was informational. He asked if there were any questions.

After responding to questions about item A, 1, Professor Jackson said that item A, 2 required confirmation. He moved that the Faculty Senate approve LIB 120 Introduction to Information Literacy (speaking effectively, use of information technology, writing effectively) for the (EC) area of the revised General Education Program (2001).

The motion carried.

Professor Jackson announced that item B on the Foreign Language and Cross-cultural Communication core area was informational and asked if there were any questions.

Following discussion, Professor Jackson said that item C on the Social Sciences core area required confirmation. He moved approval of the following courses for the (S) area of the revised General Education Program (2001), including the assignment of the Diversity designation:

APG 203 Cultural Anthropology (examining human differences, use of qualitative data, writing effectively) [D]

BGS 390 Social Science Seminar (examining human differences and 2 of the following: reading complex texts, use of information technology, writing effectively) [D]

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Professor Jackson announced that items D and E on the Letters, Fine Arts and Literature, Natural Sciences, and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning core areas were informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

7. NEW BUSINESS

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.

A brief discussion ensued.

After discussion, Chairperson Arakelian stated that the Executive Committee would bring a recommendation to the Senate on March 20 about the President's proposal for a joint committee.

Chairperson Arakelian asked if there was any additional new business.

Senator Teliha, representing the University Libraries, urged that there should be more effective snow removal from paths and lots in the future.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, a motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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