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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

April 10, 2003

Number 8

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 Ariew, Beckman, Fastovsky, Felner, Hedderich, R. Lee, Lehrer, Paton and Teliha; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provost McCray, and Trubatch; Deans Farmer, Gandel, Letendre, Mazze, Shukla and Taggart (Vice Provost Trubatch and Deans Joseph and 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 #7, March 20, 2003. 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. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Arakelian announced that it was the last Faculty Senate meeting for the following Senators:

    ARTS AND SCIENCES
    Paul Arakelian
    Andrew Ariew
    Norman Finizio
    Charles Kaufman
    Mustafa Kulenovic
    Suren Malik
    Norbert Mundorf
    Yngve Ramstad

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    Chet Hickox
    Mark Lehrer

    ENGINEERING
    Shashanka Mitra
    George Veyera

    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
    Brian Heikes

    HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES
    Robert Felner
    Barbara Newman
    Jay Singer

    NURSING
    Mary Sullivan

    THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES
    David Fastovsky
    Chong Lee
    Peter Paton

    He thanked them for their service and explained that the May 8 meeting would be the organizational meeting for the 2003-04 Senate.

  2. Chairperson Arakelian announced that the Faculty Senate Office had been informed that the following faculty members had been elected to the Faculty Senate and would take their seats on May 8:

    ARTS AND SCIENCES
    James Baglama
    CPT Gregory Glasow
    David Howard
    Naomi Mandel
    Celest Martin
    Joelle Rollo-Koster

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    Sim Narasimhan
    Tong Yu

    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
    Isaac Ginis
    Thomas Rossby

    NURSING
    Ginette Ferszt

    PHARMACY
    John Babson (re-elected)
    Steven Kogut

    THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES
    Allan Cain
    Kathleen Melanson
    Yeqiao Wang

    UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
    Karen Ramsay

  3. Chairperson Arakelian invited members of the Senate to a reception sponsored by Dean McKinney and Dean Shukla at the University Club after the meeting and thanked them both for their generosity. He said that this would be the last sponsored reception unless the members of the Senate are willing to sponsor the next one.

    Chairperson Arakelian explained that Provost Swan had generously established an operating account for the Faculty Senate through a personal contribution to the URI Foundation; since Provost Swan was the only contributor to date there weren't enough funds for a reception.

    Chairperson Arakelian said that if members of the Senate would like to contribute to URI Foundation Account #3575, the Senate might be able to afford a reception for outgoing, continuing, and incoming Senators after the May 8 meeting. He said that if there wasn't enough money for a reception, the Senate would have a reception when the account is large enough to support one.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #19, #20, and #21 appeared on pages 3-9 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

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

C. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead presented the recommendations of the Executive Committee.

  1. She moved that the Faculty Senate adopt the Senate Calendar for the 2003-04 academic year:

    September 25, 2003*
    October 30, 2003
    November 20, 2003
    December 11, 2003*
    January 29, 2004
    February 26, 2004
    March 25, 2004
    April 15, 2004*

    Special Meetings may be called upon due notice.
    *Will immediately follow General Faculty - Graduate Faculty Meeting

    Following discussion, the motion carried.

  2. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead moved approval of the membership of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2003-04 Senate:

    Norbert Mundorf, College of Arts and Sciences

    Mary Sullivan, College of Nursing

    George Veyera, College of Engineering, Chair

    The motion carried.

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced, as indicated on the Agenda, that he had approved Senate Bill #02-03--21, pending action by the Board of Governors on those portions that require such approval and had supported Resolution #02-03--2 "Memorial Resolution for Dana R. Kester."

B. President Carothers informed the Senate that three Senators had been promoted this spring. He then congratulated Senators Andre Ariew, Senator Brian Heikes and Senator Musa Jouaneh. President Carothers then announced that the URI Excellence Award Winners for 2003 had been named and congratulated Senator Jouaneh a second time for receiving the Teaching Excellence Award. President Carothers said that Professor Joseph Rossi had received the Scholarly Achievement Award, Ms. Mary Featherstone was the recipient of the Administrative Excellence Award, and Ms. Mary Pinch had received the award for Staff Excellence.

President Carothers also announced that Professor James Prochaska had received the Medal of Honor by the American Cancer Society and noted that it is the Society's highest award.

In addition, the President said that congratulations were due to URI student Greg Hughes who had received a Truman Scholarship. He said that he expected there would be additional awards and commended the Honors Program faculty for their efforts on behalf of students.

President Carothers reported on the changes in membership of the Board of Governors, including the appointment of former Vice Provost Thomas Rockett, and reminded the Senate that the Board of Governors would hold their April 21 meeting at URI. The President said that that members of the Board would be given a brief tour of campus at 3:00 p.m., including the newly renovated Green Hall, and would convene at 5:00 p.m. in the Galanti Lounge.

The President said that he would take the opportunity at the April 21 meeting to present his strategic plan. He noted that the plan was consistent with the Board's objectives. He also stated that the strategic plan was a living document that would continue to change as the situation requires.

President Carothers responded to questions about the plan, including balancing program contribution analysis data with qualitative information and his proposal to increase the number of tenure-track faculty by 20 over the next three years. Discussion also included concerns about the implementation of PeopleSoft.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Thirteenth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 11-17 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and 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.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Kaufman moved approval of part B from the College of Engineering. The motion carried.

Senator Kaufman moved approval of part C from the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. The motion carried.

Senator Kaufman moved approval of part D from the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. 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. 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. Senator Wenisch presented the Report of the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee #02-03-1, which appeared on pages 18-20 of the Agenda.

Senator Wenisch explained that Part A, items 1 and 2 of the report were informational.

A brief discussion ensued.

Senator Wenisch announced that item 3 in Part A referred to a recommendation to replace the Joint Educational Policy Committee with the President's proposed new senior planning committee. He explained that the CBUM Committee had met on April 9 and had agreed to recommend to the Senate the establishment of a new Joint Strategic Planning Committee to replace the JEPC. He said that he had been asked by the Chairperson of the Senate to bring it forward as part of Report #02-03-1 rather than wait to include it in the committee's next report.

Senator Wenisch then moved approval of the CBUM Committee's recommendation for a new Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC) to replace the Joint Educational Policy Committee (JEPC) and assume all of its functions and responsibilities.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Kaufman moved to amend the proposal by replacing "co-curricular" with "extra-curricular."

After discussion, Senator Kaufman accepted "student affairs programming" as an editorial substitution for "extra-curricular."

Following discussion, the Senate accepted "academic programming and student affairs" as an editorial change to the amendment.

The amendment carried.

After discussion, Senator Wenisch requested and received permission to replace "fiscal" with "financial."

Following discussion, the motion as amended carried.

The approved recommendation of the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee as amended reads as follows:

The following committee would replace the Joint Educational Policy Committee (JEPC) and assume all of its functions and responsibilities. All references to the JEPC throughout the University Manual will be replaced by the JSPC.

Add the following new sections to the University Manual:

5.70.10 The Joint Strategic Planning Committee shall advise the President and the Faculty Senate on broad policies and principles affecting the general direction of the University of Rhode Island in conjunction with its vision, mission, and values as a learning community. The Committee shall assist in the implementation and progress of the President's' strategic plan; including, but not limited to, modifications, additions, and deletions to the strategic planning document as time or circumstance warrant. The Committee shall monitor the development of a university strategic planning process, which shall integrate aspects of financial, human resources, academic programming, student affairs, fund raising, and capital projects. The planning process at the University and the priorities established through it shall guide decisions on institutional funding. The Committee shall be provided, upon request, with necessary data and information by university departments and officials. The Committee shall be assisted by the Office of Planning Services and Professional Development (see section 3. 45.10).

5.70.11 The Joint Strategic Planning Committee shall be comprised of the President, who shall serve as Chair, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice Presidents for Business and Finance, Student Affairs, and University Advancement, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, two administrative staff members appointed by the President, the President of the Student Senate and the President of the Graduate Student Association.

5.70.12 The Joint Strategic Planning Committee shall meet on a regular basis and submit recommendations falling under the purview of the Faculty Senate to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for transmission to the proper channels. Other recommendations shall be directed to the President. The President shall delegate the implementation of recommendations to appropriate officials. The President and the Chair of the Faculty Senate shall report on the progress of the Committee to the Faculty Senate at least once each year and to the university community as appropriate.

Senator Wenisch then shared with the Senate recommendations of the CBUM Committee with regard to changes in administrative sections of the University Manual that did not require Faculty Senate approval.

Discussion ensued

After discussion, Senator Wenisch announced that Part B of the report required approval.

Senator Wenisch moved that the Faculty Senate approve the following change in the name, charge to and membership of the Social Regulations Committee:

5.65.10 The Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee shall review all student non-academic regulations at the request of the President, the Vice President for Student Affairs or any other appropriate authority or body; review regularly all student non-academic regulations and policies for publication in the student handbook; recommend modifications as deemed appropriate by means of action through the Student Senate, Faculty Senate, or administration; and serve as an advisory board when called upon by the President or the Vice President for Student Affairs.

5.65.11 This committee shall also periodically review policies related to student discipline, the procedures and operation of the judicial system, and the composition of judicial boards. The committee shall consider proposals for changes in the judicial system recommended by the Office of Student Life or other members of the University Community, and shall recommend appropriate modifications to the Faculty Senate. The committee is precluded from involvement in any aspect of individual judicial cases or in the daily operation of the Office of Student Life.

5.65.12 The membership shall comprise the Dean of Students as chairperson, two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, two members from the Division of Student Affairs and four undergraduate students appointed by the Student Senate and one graduate student appointed by the Graduate Student Association. For the review of policies related to student discipline and the judicial system, two additional faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate shall augment the membership.

5.65.13 The committee shall report to the Vice President for Student Affairs on issues related to social regulations and to both the Vice President and the Faculty Senate on policies related to student discipline.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Wenisch then moved that the Faculty Senate approve the elimination of the following sections of the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate:

4.35 The Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee. This committee shall periodically review policies related to student discipline, the procedures and operation of the judicial system and the composition of judicial boards. The committee will consider proposals for changes in the judicial system recommended by the Office of Student Life or other members of the University Community and shall recommend modifications as they deem appropriate to the Faculty Senate. The committee is precluded from involvement in any aspect of individual judicial cases or in the daily operation of the Office of Student Life.

4.36 This committee shall also review recommendations for changes in the student handbook regarding discipline brought to them by the Office of Student Life or the Social Regulations Committee. If, in the committee's judgment, the proposed change is substantive or requires a change in the UNIVERSITY MANUAL, they shall forward their recommendations to the Faculty Senate for action. If, on the other hand, the proposed change is deemed to be minor or editorial in nature, the committee may approve or disapprove the change and inform the Office of Student Life of their decision.

4.37 The Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee will convene when the Faculty Senate receives a request to review policies related to student discipline and the judicial system. The Committee will be composed of four faculty, one of whom will serve as Chair, two undergraduates, one graduate student and the Director of Student Life (ex officio).

Senator Wenisch explained that the motion required approval by a 2/3 majority of Senators voting and could not be voted upon at the meeting it is first moved. He said that the recommendation would appear as an item of unfinished business on the Agenda for May 8.

C. Professor Boulmetis presented an oral report on behalf of the Faculty Senate's representatives to the Athletics Advisory Board.

A brief discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Ramstad presented an oral report on the activities of the Athletics Advisory Board's subcommittee on the cost and value of intercollegiate athletics. He explained that the report was not yet complete and that the subcommittee planned to finish its work by early or mid summer. He informed the Senate that it was the Athletics Advisory Board's intention to make the report available to the entire university community.

Discussion ensued.

6. NEW BUSINESS

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

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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