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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

May 8, 2003

Number 9

1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Arakelian presiding.

All members were present except Senators Babson, Dewhurst, Dholakia, Ginis, Martin, Morin, Riebe, Rollo-Koster and Thiem; Vice Presidents Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provost McCray; Deans Farmer, Letendre, Mazze and Shukla (Vice Provost Trubatch was represented by her designee).

2. Chairperson Arakelian asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #8, April 10, 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 the following Senators were taking their seats at that meeting and welcomed them to the Faculty Senate:

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

    BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    Sim Narasimhan
    Tong Yu

    ENGINEERING
    Faye Boudreaux-Bartels
    Leon Thiem

    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

  2. Chairperson Arakelian then introduced Kevin Lopes, President of the Student Senate, and Michael Sutherland, President of the Graduate Student Association, who joined the Senate that afternoon as ex officio members.

  3. Chairperson Arakelian announced that Senator Grubman-Black would introduce a resolution in honor of Professor Agnes Doody, who is retiring this spring after 50 years of teaching, 45 of them at URI.

    Senator Grubman-Black moved that the Faculty Senate adopt the following resolution:

    WHEREAS Agnes G. Doody, Professor of Communication Studies and a member of the University of Rhode Island faculty for 45 years, is formally retiring at the completion of the academic year, 2002-2003,

    WHEREAS Professor Agnes G. Doody has taught for a total of 50 years in higher education and has consistently been recognized for her impact on students. She is the recipient of the URI Teaching Excellence Award (1980), the URI-EMBA Teaching Excellence Award (1990), the Teachers of Teaching Recognition from the National Communication Association (1994), and the Edward R. Tufts Award for Distinguished Service in Teaching from the New England School of Banking, Williams College (2000). Agnes Doody has earned the prestigious certificates in advanced study from Harvard University School of Law (Negotiation and Mediation) and from the Institute of Intercultural Communication.

    WHEREAS Professor Doody took URI by storm in 1958 as Speech Instructor and Debate Team Director and moved on to found and chair the Department of Speech in 1967. Under her guidance, mentoring, inspiration and skills in the powers of persuasion and evidence, the University of Rhode Island offers over 100 courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Communication Studies, one of the largest programs at URI.

    WHEREAS Professor Doody has served her profession and her University with distinction. She served on numerous committees and was a member of the URI Faculty Senate, distinguishing herself as Chair extraordinaire.

    BE IT RESOLVED: The University of Rhode Island acknowledges Professor Agnes G. Doody's significant contributions to the University community and expresses sincere appreciation and respect for a valued, beloved, generous and courageous colleague.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: This resolution be approved by the University of Rhode Island Faculty Senate and presented to Professor Agnes G. Doody as an expression of our best wishes on her retirement.

    The motion carried.

  4. Chairperson Arakelian thanked the President and Provost for their support of shared governance and the college deans for sponsoring the post-Senate receptions during the academic year. He noted his special appreciation to Dean Shukla for the opportunity to hold Faculty Senate meetings in Cherry Auditorium. He also expressed his appreciation to the Executive Committee and Vice Chairperson Hollinshead and Senator Beckman in particular, for their support and advice and thanked Ms. Grubman and Ms. DeFosse of the Faculty Senate Office for their assistance. Chairperson Arakelian also thanked the chairs of Faculty Senate committees for their hard work and Senator Rosen for reading Executive Committee Minutes and providing the Senate with his interpretations of Board of Governors meetings.

  5. Chairperson Arakelian invited members of the Senate to a reception sponsored by Dean Mazze of the College of Business Administration at the University Club after the meeting and expressed the Senate's appreciation for his generosity.

B. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead moved approval of the following resolution on behalf of the members of the Executive Committee:

WHEREAS: Paul Arakelian has chaired the Faculty Senate with diligence and a firm hand from 2002-2003,

AND

WHEREAS: He engineered our move to the heights of the Cherry Auditorium,

AND

WHEREAS: He instituted and orchestrated sponsored receptions and other events to promote shared governance through shared calories,

AND

WHEREAS: He has established new standards of attire for future occupants of the office,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED: That the Faculty Senate of the University of Rhode Island conveys our thanks and appreciation to Paul Arakelian for his hard work, attention to detail and exemplary leadership as Chair for the 2002-2003 academic year.

The motion carried unanimously.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead then presented Chairperson Arakelian with a casual hat, flip-flops and a sweatshirt to be worn by him as part of his new grunge look.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead said that the minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #22, #23, and #24 appeared on pages 5-12 of the Agenda. She asked if there were any questions.

Vice Chairperson Hollinshead, Provost Swan, and Ms. McMahon from the Office of Enrollment Services responded to questions about the Executive Committee's meetings.

C. Professor Mundorf presented the report of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2003&endash;04 Faculty Senate which appeared on page 13 of the Agenda

He placed in nomination the name of Senator Judy Beckman, College of Business Administration, for Chairperson of the Faculty Senate.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Professor Mundorf announced that Senator Judy Beckman had been elected Chairperson by acclamation.

Professor Mundorf placed the name of Senator Mary Hollinshead, College of Arts and Sciences, in nomination for Vice Chairperson of the Faculty Senate.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Professor Mundorf announced that Senator Mary Hollinshead had been elected Vice Chairperson by acclamation.

Professor Mundorf placed in nomination the name of Senator Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, College of Engineering, for the two-year term on the 2003-04 Executive Committee.

He asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Professor Mundorf announced that Senator Faye Boudreaux-Bartels had been elected to the two-year term on the 2003-04 Executive Committee.

Professor Mundorf placed in nomination the names of the following Senators for the three one-year terms on the Executive Committee:

Stephen Grubman-Black, College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Rice, College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Deborah Riebe, College of Human Science and Services
Robert Rodgers, College of Pharmacy
William Rosen, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Mundorf asked if there were any nominations from the floor. There were none.

Nominations were closed. The Senate proceeded to vote.

Professor Mundorf and Assistant Provost Katz served as tellers.

During balloting, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

D. Vice Chairperson Hollinshead moved that the Faculty Senate join the Student Senate in supporting the passage of H.R. 685.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Leo moved to amend the Student Senate resolution that appeared on page 15 of the Agenda with the substitution of "Faculty Senate" for "Student Senate" and the provision that it be forwarded to James Langevin and Patrick Kennedy, Rhode Island's Congressional representatives.

The motion to amend carried.

The main motion carried unanimously.

The approved resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, a provision in the Higher Education Act of 1998 mandates that students or prospective students convicted of any drug-related offence be denied eligibility for federal financial aid for a period ranging from One Year to a Lifetime, and

Whereas, this provision of the Higher Education Act 1998 has a discriminatory impact on a number of demographics including people of color and students of low to moderate economic means, and

Whereas, it has been shown that education is an important factor in rehabilitating persons convicted of a crime and allowing such people to become productive, well-rounded citizens, therefore be it

Resolved, that the URI Faculty Senate supports H.R. 685, which will repeal the applicable portions of the Higher Education Act of 1998, and be it further

Resolved, that the URI Faculty Senate urges Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Rep. James Langevin, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, to express public support of H. R. 685.

This resolution will be forwarded to R.I. Congressional Representatives Patrick Kennedy and James Langevin

C. Chairperson Arakelian announced that Senators Rosen, Grubman-Black and Rice had been elected to the Executive Committee.

The members of the 2003-04 Faculty Senate Executive Committee are:

Judy Beckman, Chairperson
Mary Hollinshead, Vice Chairperson
Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, (first year of a 2 yr. term)
Stephen Grubman-Black
Michael Rice
William Rosen

4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

A. President Carothers announced, as indicated on the Agenda, that he had approved Senate Bills #02-03--22 and #02-03--23.

He reported that the membership of the JSPC had been completed with his appointment of two staff members, Ms.. Soledade Surrette, Associate Director of Finance and Administration at the Feinstein College of Continuing Education and Mr. Earl DeGraphenreid, Associate Director of Enrollment Services and announced that the committee had met for the first time on May 1.

B. President Carothers reminded the Senate that Commencement Weekend will be held May 17 and 18. He announced that the Graduate Ceremonies would be held for the first time in the Ryan Center and noted that Commencement would move to the Ryan Center in case of rain on Sunday.

President Carothers thanked Chairperson Arakelian for his leadership of the Senate during 2002-03 and congratulated Senator Beckman on her election as chair for the upcoming academic year.

President Carothers responded to questions about Governor Carcieri's upcoming visit to campus and press conference on upgrading the biotechnology facilities, which was scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 12 outside the Biological Sciences Center.

President Carothers and Dean Taggart also responded to questions about the status of enrollment for the fall.

5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

A. Professor Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Fourteenth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee: The Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, which appeared on pages 18-21 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Kaufman said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He moved that the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America be approved on a continuing basis at the Class C level -- if internal support beyond the Feinstein Endowment and research grants is required, the center is to be funded only if additional funds are made available to the University.

The motion carried.

B. Professor Kaufman presented the Four Hundred Fifteenth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on pages 22-27 of the Agenda. He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Kaufman said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He corrected item A, 1, b editorially to read as it appears on the web version of the report and then moved approval of part A from the College of Arts and Sciences. The motion carried.

Professor Kaufman moved approval of part B from the College of Business Administration. The motion carried.

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

Professor 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.

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

C. Dean Bibb presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on page 28 of the Agenda.

He said that the report contained one item that required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.

D. Dean Bibb presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-8A from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for an Au.D. Degree, which appeared on pages 29-35 of the Agenda.

He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.

After discussion, Dean Bibb said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He moved approval of the proposal for the Au.D. Degree at the Class B level.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Leo moved to amend the motion by substituting "Class C" for "Class B." The motion failed for lack of a second.

Discussion continued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

E. Dean Bibb presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-8 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 36-38 of the Agenda.

He said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.

After discussion, Dean Bibb said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He moved approval of Section II, A from the College of Pharmacy. The motion carried.

Dean Bibb moved approval of Section II, B from the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. The motion carried.

Dean Bibb moved approval of Section II, C, 1 from the College of Human Science and Services, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. The motion carried.

Dean Bibb moved approval of Section II, C, 2 from the College of Human Science and Services, Department of Communicative Disorders.

Discussion ensued.

After discussion, the motion carried.

Dean Bibb moved approval of Section II, D from the College Nursing. The motion carried.

Dean Bibb moved approval of Section II, E from the Graduate School of Oceanography. The motion carried.

F. Dean Bibb presented the Curricular Report No. 2002-03-9 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on pages 39-43 of the Agenda.

He said that the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried,

G. Professor Jackson presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2002-03-3 which appeared on pages 44-47 of the Agenda.

Professor Jackson said that Section I concerned the current General Education Program and required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. He moved approval.

Following discussion, the motion carried

Professor Jackson announced that Section II concerned the Revised General Education Program. He said that item A was on the Fine Arts and Literature core area and that A, 1 was informational. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Jackson said that item A, 2 required confirmation. He moved that the Faculty Senate approve ARH 120 Introduction to Art (examining human differences, reading complex texts, use of artistic expression use of qualitative data) Diversity for the (A) 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 required confirmation and moved approval of the following courses for the (FC) area of the revised General Education Program (2001), including the assignment of the Diversity designation:

CPL 300 (examining human differences, speaking effectively, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 171 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively, using information technology) Diversity

HIS 180 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, using qualitative data) Diversity

All introductory courses in modern foreign languages [100 and 200-level] (examining human differences, reading complex texts, speaking effectively, writing effectively, using information technology) Diversity

Following discussion, the motion carried.

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 202 (writing effectively, using qualitative data; using informational technology)

CPL 200 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, using qualitative data, using information technology) Diversity

MAF 100 (reading complex texts, speaking effectively, writing effectively)

PSY 254 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

SOC 100 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, using qualitative data, using quantitative data) Diversity

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Professor Jackson announced that item D on the Letters core area required confirmation. He moved approval of the following courses for the (L) area of the revised General Education Program (2001), including the assignment of the Diversity designation:

BGS 392 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 112 (reading complex texts, speaking effectively, writing effectively, using qualitative data)

HIS 114 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 116 (reading complex texts, writing effectively, using qualitative data)

HIS 117 (reading complex texts, speaking effectively, writing effectively, using qualitative data)

HIS 141 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 142 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively, using qualitative data) Diversity

HIS 145 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 171 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively, using information technology) Diversity

HIS 180 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, using qualitative data) Diversity

HIS 304 (reading complex texts, speaking effectively, using qualitative data)

HIS 305 (reading complex texts, speaking effectively, writing effectively)

HIS 310 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 311 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively, using qualitative data) Diversity

HIS 327 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively) Diversity

HIS 340 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively, using qualitative data) Diversity

HIS 346 (examining human differences, reading complex texts, writing effectively, using qualitative data) Diversity

PSY 310 (reading complex texts, writing effectively, using information technology)

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Professor Jackson announced that item E on Natural Sciences and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning core areas were informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

Professor Jackson added the following item F on the English Communications core area and announced that it required confirmation. He moved approval of the following course for the (EC) area of the revised General Education Program (2001), including the assignment of the Diversity designation:

COM 100 Communication Fundamentals (examining human differences, speaking effectively, using qualitative data) Diversity

Following discussion, the motion carried.

H. Professor Finizio presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2002-03-3, which appeared on pages 48-51 of the Agenda.

Professor Finizio moved approval of recommendation I on Graduate Ceremonies:

That the Faculty Senate amend the University Calendars for 2003-4, 2004-5 and 2005-6 by adding the date of Graduate Ceremonies on the Saturday before Commencement each spring.

The motion carried.

Professor Finizio moved approval of recommendation II on Posthumous Degrees.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Leo moved to amend proposed section 8.22.50 by replacing "seventy-five percent" with "fifty percent." The motion carried.

After discussion, President Carothers moved to amend the last sentence of 8.22.50 to read:

On the request of the chair of the department and dean of the college, the Board of Governors may confer a posthumous degree.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

After discussion, Dean Brownell moved to replace "vote of the faculty of that college." with "recommendation of the department chair and college dean." The motion carried

The main motion as amended carried.

The approved new sections of the University Manual read as follows:

8.22.50 Posthumous Degrees. Any University of Rhode Island student who dies while registered for courses and who has completed at least fifty percent of the credits necessary for the degree which he or she is seeking is eligible to be awarded a posthumous degree. On the recommendation of the chair of the department and the dean of the college in which the student was enrolled, the Board of Governors may confer a posthumous degree.

8.22.51 Posthumous degrees shall be presented to the family of the deceased student by the President of the University at a time and place of the President's choosing. However, that time and place may not be at the time and place of any college graduation ceremonies except by recommendation of the department chair and college dean.

Professor Finizio moved approval of recommendation III, the University Calendar for 2006-2007. The motion carried. (A copy of the approved calendar is attached to the Minutes of this meeting.)

Professor Finizio moved approval of recommendation IV on a six-year calendar by amending section 8.70.10 by replacing "four-year with six-year.

After discussion, the motion carried.

Professor Finizio moved approval of recommendation V, summer session calendars for 2004 and 2005.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

I. Professor Kahn presented the Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Admissions Policy, which appeared on pages52-54 of the Agenda. He said that the first part of the report was informational and asked if there were any questions.

After discussion, Professor Kahn moved approval of recommendation A on Special Admissions.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Senator Havener moved to amend the proposed new manual section 8.12.34 by revising the last sentence to read as follows:

The Dean of Admissions will maintain formal (written) policies and procedures detailing the protocol for special admissions.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

After discussion, the motion as amended carried.

The approved new section 8.12.24 of the University Manual reads as follows:

8.12.34 Special Admissions Students who do not qualify for admission following a competitive review of required academic credentials may be considered for "special admissions". These applicants will include, but not be limited to, student-athletes, Talent Development students, and students with special talents who will enrich the University community. The Dean of Admissions will maintain formal (written) policies and procedures detailing the protocol for special admissions.

Professor Kahn moved approval of recommendation B, revisions to the Admissions Advisory Committee.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, Student Senate President Lopes requested and received permission to add "Executive Committee" editorially after "Student Senate in proposed section 5.77.11.

After discussion, the motion carried.

The approved new sections 5.77.10-12 of the University Manual read as follows:

5.77.10 The Admissions Advisory Committee shall review and evaluate standards and policies concerning recruitment and admissions and study all matters related to recruitment and admissions, except the establishment of annual admissions targets which is the responsibility of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The committee may make recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and provide the Faculty Senate with a copy of their recommendations. The Dean of Admissions shall provide the committee with appropriate information to enable the committee to carry out its charge.

5.77.11 The committee shall be comprised of 11 voting members: six faculty members representing at least five colleges appointed by the Faculty Senate, the Dean of University College and Special Academic Programs, the Associate Dean of the Feinstein College of Continuing Education, a representative of the Talent Development Program, a Rhode Island High School Guidance counselor appointed by the Provost, and an undergraduate student appointed by the Student Senate. Appointments shall be for two-year staggered terms. The Dean of Admissions shall serve as an ex officio non-voting member. The chairperson shall be appointed by the Faculty Senate in consultation with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

5.77.12 This committee shall meet at least once each semester and shall report annually to the Faculty Senate on the status of admissions for that academic year, including recommending any changes in admissions policy.

6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Chairperson Arakelian announced that action on a recommendation to eliminate sections 4.35-4.37 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws that appeared in the Report of the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee #02-03-1 was on the floor at that time. He explained that action had been postponed from the April 10 Faculty Senate meeting because amendments to the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate may not be voted upon at the meeting they are first moved. He said that the motion to eliminate sections 4.35-4.37 was now on the floor for consideration.

Discussion ensued.

Following discussion, the motion carried.

Chairperson Arakelian thanked the Senate for their expeditious consideration of the entire Agenda within the mandatory time limit. He reminded the Senate that a reception at the University Club sponsored by Dean Mazze would immediately follow the meeting.

A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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