1. The meeting was called to order at 2: 00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes from Executive Committee Meeting #2, August 18 & 19 2008 were approved as amended.
a. The Executive Committee discussed a September 3, 2008 memorandum from Vice Provost Libutti regarding the "add period" and asking that the Senate re-examine the Manual language. It was agreed that, although the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee had considered the issue within the last two academic years, the request, which did not provide a specific solution, should be forwarded to the committee this year.
b. Chairperson Martin reported that the FSEC had been invited to a lunch meeting with the academic deans. It was agreed to schedule the meeting, but not during the lunch hour when members of the FSEC, including the chair, were unavailable. It was agreed to ask for an agenda for the meeting once it has been scheduled.
c. Ms. Grubman reported that an Executive Committee meeting with Vice President Dougan was scheduled for October 7.
d. The Executive Committee discussed a letter to Chairperson Martin from Board of Governors Chair Caprio regarding the Presidential Search. It was noted that Chair Caprio had responded to Chairperson Martin's request for several faculty appointees to the Search Committee by saying that the committee was already large. He asked for two faculty appointees from the Faculty Senate.
e. Ms. Grubman announced that the Faculty Senate Office had received two copies of Can Faculty Governance Survive? Lindley J. Stiles, CU Boulder Publications, 2007. One had been forwarded by President Carothers and the other by Professor Peters.
Chairperson Martin explained that she was reading one of the pamphlets. The second pamphlet began circulating among members of the Executive Committee who agreed to pass it on to the next person after review.
f. Chairperson Martin announced that the Board of Governors Meeting originally scheduled for September 22 at CCRI had been rescheduled for September 29 at RIC.
4. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of continuing concern:
a. The Presidential Search: following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed that Chair Celest Martin and former Chair Jim Miller should be the Faculty Senate's representatives to the search committee.
b. The Blue Ribbon Study Commission on the future of URI: Ms. Grubman announced that Provost DeHayes had asked to meet with the FSEC on September 11 at 3:30 to discuss the charge to the Blue Ribbon Commission in light of a recent report in the Providence Journal about the Rhode Island Economic Summit held recently at Bryant College.
Chairperson Martin reported that while looking for the summit article in the Providence Journal, she had found two interesting articles about companies in RI that were promoting products to improve the environment. She noted that the principal in one of the companies was a URI graduate. This led to discussion about choosing the external members of the Commission.
c. Committee appointments: Ms Grubman said that she was pleased to report that there were very few vacancies on committees to which the Faculty Senate makes appointments. She identified those committees that remained incomplete and asked members of the FSEC for their suggestions.
d. October 16 Faculty Forum: The Executive Committee agreed to form a small working committee comprised of Chairperson Martin, Vice Chairperson Costello, Senator Ordonez, Dr. Bob Shea from the IDP and Ms. Grubman to work out the details of the forum with Provost DeHayes. MS. Grubman said that she would try to set up a meeting of the working group with the Provost for later that week or early the following week.
e. Welcome Letter: The Executive Committee discussed possible issues to be included in Chairperson Martin's welcome letter to the Faculty announcing the FSEC's plans for the 2008-09 academic year. Chairperson Martin agreed to draft a letter based on the discussion and to send it to the Executive Committee by e-mail for review and advice.
f. JSPC: The Executive Committee discussed their intention to bring faculty issues to the JSPC at every meeting during the 2008-09 academic year. It was noted that the next meeting of the JSPC was scheduled for Thursday, September 11. Discussion ensued with regard to academic quality issues that are of major concern to faculty members.
5. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their meeting with President Carothers on September 16.
a. The appointment of the Blue Ribbon Commission;
b. Possibilities for privatization of the University;
c. Better use the JSPC for collaborative policy development and planning.
6. The Executive Committee reviewed a preliminary Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 25, 2008, which Ms. Grubman had prepared. She noted that the deadline for reports was the following day. Ms. Grubman said that the only item on the Agenda that would require a vote was the list of committee appointments for 2008-09; otherwise the Agenda would contain only informational reports from the 2007-08 academic year.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman