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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

April 12, 2001

Number 8

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 Arakelian, Boyle, Felner, Grilli, Hebert, Hedderich, Karow, Kaufman, Kislalioglu, Lee, McIntyre, Pegueros, Specker, Wang, Wittwer, Wood, Young and Zhang; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Deans Kim, Luzzi, and Yoder; (Vice Provost Trubatch, the Dean of the Feinstein 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 #7, March 22, 2001.

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 #7 carried.

3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Announcements:

  1. Chairperson Peters noted that there were a number of guests attending the meeting. He granted permission to speak to everyone and asked that guests who intended to speak sign the other side of the attendance sheet.

  2. Chairperson Peters introduced Josh Roth, the new chair of the Student Senate's Academic Affairs Committee, who, along with Student Senate Vice President LaChance, distributed materials on the Student Senate Academic Affairs Committee. Mr. Roth indicated that he would be pleased to talk to Senators after the meeting if they had any questions about the materials. He said that he looked forward to attending Faculty Senate meetings.

B. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #21 and #22 appeared on pages 3-7 of the Agenda and asked if there were any questions. In response to comments about the minutes, Chairperson Peters and Vice Chairperson Goldsmith reminded the Senate that questions for the President and Provost would be addressed under New Business.

C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee:

  1. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith move approval of the change in section 7.3of the Faculty Senate By-Laws which appeared on page 8of the Agenda. She explained that changes to the By-Laws may not be voted on at the meeting they are first moved.

    Vice Chairperson Goldsmith said that Faculty Senate could either vote immediately on the proposed schedule of Faculty Senate meetings or postpone the vote until action is taken on the By-Laws change. Hearing no objection, Vice Chairperson Goldsmith moved approval of the proposed schedule for 2001-02, which also appeared on page 8. The motion carried.

    Following is the schedule of Faculty Senate Meetings for the 2001-02 academic year:

    September 27, 2001*
    October 25, 2001
    November 15, 2001
    December 13, 2001*
    January 24, 2002
    February 28, 2002
    March 28, 2002
    April 18, 2002*
    May 9, 2002 (organizational)

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

  2. Vice Chairperson Goldsmith moved approval of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2001-02 Senate:
       Senator Wendy Holmes, ART
       Senator William Rosen, CHM
       Senator Betty Young, EDC


    The motion carried.

D. Chairperson Peters introduced Ms. Palm from the Classroom management Team. Ms. Palm brought the Senate up-to-date on the activities of her committee since their last report. She encouraged members of the Faculty Senate read the material that she had distributed as Senators arrived for the meeting. Ms. Palm responded to questions about her report.

4. Chairperson Peters announced that President Carothers would give the President's Report before new business.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Senator Hickox presented the Three Hundred and Ninety-Sixth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 9-13of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational. He corrected item A editorially and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Senator Hickox said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He explained that two changes were necessary before he could move approval.

Senator Hickox reported that the Curricular Affairs Committee was withdrawing temporarily until the next Senate meeting Section II, item D on page 10. This was being done at the request of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and with the agreement of the Dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. He then made an editorial correction to item 2,b, 3) on page 11.

Senator Hickox moved approval of Section II as amended.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Senator Hickox said that Section III was a joint report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council. He said that part A contained recommendations on 400-level courses that required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He moved approval of part A. The motion carried.

Senator Hickox announced that part B was a joint recommendation on the Accelerated Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Community Planning option and moved approval. The motion carried.

B. Dean Kulberg presented Curricular Report No. 2000-01-8 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 14-15of the Agenda.

She announced that item A, 2, a on page 14 was being withdrawn temporarily until the next Senate meeting at the request of Dean Brownell and with the agreement of Dean Wright.

Dean Kulberg moved approval of the Graduate Council Report as amended. The motion carried.

The Senate returned to item 4.

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 as listed on the Agenda. He noted that Bills #00-01--22and #00-1--23require approval by the Board of Governors for Higher Education.

B. President Carothers announced that Lauren Anderson, Associate Director of Athletics, had been named APAW's Woman of the Year for 2001. He reported that decisions had been made on faculty promotions and explained that tenure decisions require approval of the Board of Governors.

The President also announced that the Anti-Hate Candlelight Vigil would be held in Edwards Auditorium that evening because of the inclement weather. He thanked the leaders of the Student Senate and other members of the campus community for their efforts to combat hateful acts on campus.

The Senate moved directly to item 7.

7. NEW BUSINESS

President Carothers responded to questions about dormitory space and student housing, the status of the Chafee and Ballentine buildings and other related environmental concerns, the "cap" on positions, the University's budget, admissions and retention. He was assisted by Mr. Yensan, Mr. Wyman, Vice President Stark, Ms. Barrett, Dean Taggart and Ms. Mallon. The President also answered questions about his three-year strategic plan and the proposed center on the Island of Rhodes.

Provost Swan responded to questions about the Providence campus and the Feinstein College of Continuing Education. She also answered questions about the impact of the University's tight budget on academic affairs.

Chairperson Peters thanked the President and the Provost, as well as the deans and other members of the administration, for their participation in the open conversation. He then declared the meeting adjourned.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman
for Robert Strobel,
Secretary