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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #4

July 12, 2010

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. on Monday, July 12, in the Provost's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow. Presiding. All members were present. Ms. Grubman joined the meeting at 2:00.

2. The minutes of meeting #38 of the 2009-10 Executive Committee and of meeting #3 of the 2010-11 Executive Committee were approved as amended.

3. Announcements/Correspondence.

a. Chairperson Swallow announced that he had spoken with Professor Hicks about the direction of efforts by the University College and General Education Committee.

b. Chairperson Swallow, Vice-Chairperson Eaton, and Senator Barbour mentioned that they had been invited to take part in a meeting, to be convened by the Provost, regarding URI's potential involvement with a periodic survey by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA. The survey would measure such things as faculty perceptions regarding teaching, research, work-life balance, satisfaction with career and compensation, stress, and other variables."

c. Senator Barbour reported on her discussion with Ms. Morrissey about the Metrics Task Force, which the Provost plans to establish.

d. Senator Barbour reported on her plans, as chairperson of the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee, to create to several subcommittees.

e. Vice-Chairperson Eaton reported that Provost DeHayes had responded positively to her suggestion that the Joint Committee on Academic Planning meet at least once during the summer.

f. There was some discussion about the Provost's intention to convene a Task Force to Study the Future of the Library. A recurring theme in the discussion was the role that the Faculty Senate Library Committee should play in the study.

4. The Executive Committee decided to postpone discussion of committee appointments for the 2010-11 academic year pending Ms. Grubman's arrival.

5. The Executive Committee considered developing an Agenda for the 2010-11 Faculty in light of matters remaining from the 2009-10 academic year:

a. There was a discussion about ways in which the Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee could be more proactive. This led to a discussion of the level of support provided to the Senate and to its leaders.

b. Four credit courses and curricula/General Education: The two topics were discussed together, since there is so much concern about the potential impact of four-credit general education courses. After a long review of recent work on both topics, the Executive Committee agreed to continue the discussion at its July 22 meeting. In preparation for that meeting, all members of the Executive Committee will review the report of the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Four-Credit Courses and Curricula and the reports about the meetings of the Inter-Committee Group on Four Credit Issues. In addition, Senator Larsen agreed to contact Professor Hicks, chair of the University College and General Education Committee, to clarify what type of direction from the Executive Committee might facilitate the work of her committee.

c. There was a discussion of the review of the Confucius Institute for the benefit of the new members of the Executive Committee.

When Ms. Grubman arrived the FSEC resumed their regular order of business and considered committee appointments for 2010-11.

4. The Executive Committee reviewed committee vacancies along with the list of faculty volunteers and began the process of appointing members to standing Faculty Senate Committees.

Following discussion, Ms. Grubman agreed to consult several faculty members to see if they were still interested or available to serve on committees and it was agreed to continue committee appointments on July 22 pending responses to Ms. Grubman's inquiries.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Michael Honhart
and Sheila Black Grubman