1. The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #3, September 12, 2006 and #4, September 19, 2006 were approved as amended.
a. The Executive Committee discussed the September 14 Letter from Provost Swan on management audit of Admissions and Enrollment Services, which they had received previously. Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that Dr. Don Hossler would attend their next meeting as part of the management audit.
b. Chairperson Rice reported on the September 20, 2006 meeting of the Branding Steering Committee, which had been chaired by Ms. Linda Acciardo. He said Professors Ruby Dholakia and Daniel Sheinin provided their marketing expertise to the committee.
c. Ms. Grubman reported that the Council of Deans Agenda were now being sent to the Faculty Senate Office electronically and the Executive Committee would begin to get them by e-mail on a regular basis. She noted that everyone should have received the Agenda for the September 27, 2006 meeting.
4. The Executive Committee met with President Carothers from 10:30-11:30. The President was accompanied by Ms. Ann Morrissey, as well as Dr. Vincent Wilczynski, the ACE Fellow for the 2006-07 academic year. The following matters were considered:
a. The University's Strategic Plan: In response to a question from the Executive Committee, President Carothers explained that the Board of Governors had asked the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), an outside consulting based in Colorado to comment on the three institutions' strategic plans. He said that the University was proceeding as though the Strategic Plan had had been endorsed by the Board. Ms. Morrissey provided the Executive Committee with an update on the status of the strategic plan and where different divisions were with regard to developing and implementing strategies to meet the various goals.
b. JSPC Discussion Topics: The Executive Committee and the President discussed concerns with regard to business practices at URI, as well as those identified as part of the NEASC Self-Study about both the integrity of data gathered and reported by the University and what URI might do to improve the flow of data within the institution.
c. Blue Ribbon Committee on Futuring: The President and the Executive Committee discussed the status of plans to appoint a Blue Ribbon Committee on Futuring, especially the appointment of a chair. The Executive Committee suggested that given the President's difficulties enlisting someone outside the institution to spearhead a study and the University's involvement in the NEASC Self-Study, which was consuming a great deal of the time and energy of members of the faculty and administration, it might be best to postpone appointing a commission at this time.
5. The Executive Committee discussed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 28, 2006 in preparation for the Thursday's meeting.
6. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Search for Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Studies and Outreach and Dean of the Graduate School: Ms. Grubman reported that while the Faculty Senate and AAUP Executive Committees had been invited to meet with Dean Seemann on October 6 at 9:30, none of the FSEC was available to attend the meeting. Ms. Grubman was asked to contact the AAUP to find out whether there were enough members of the AAUP Executive Committee to make the meeting worthwhile without FSEC representation and to send the Executive Committee's regrets that no one would be able to join them at the meeting.
b. Administrative Bottlenecks: Senator Kowalski reported that although great efforts had been made by Vice President Weygand and his staff with regard to processes, travel reimbursement, purchasing and hiring remained the most significant areas where bottlenecks occur. It was agreed to continue to work toward further improvements, especially with regard to moving paper from one department to the next.
c. JSPC: The Executive committee discussed the request for specific Agenda items for the October 12, 2006 meeting of the JSPC. It was agreed that Senator Kowalski would draft an item with regard to administrative bottlenecks and a move to electronic processes.
d. Administrator Evaluation: Senator Miller reported that the Ad Hoc Committee had a very productive initial meeting and was on its way toward developing an abbreviated procedure to be implemented in concert with the Provost's next review of a college dean.
e. Providence Campus Undergraduate Initiative Committee (PCUIC): Ms. Grubman reported that the committee had its initial meeting on September 22 and reviewed the disappointing enrollment figures for fall 2006. She said that the committee was reconsidering the requirement that students must select one of the three available majors to enroll on the Providence Campus, but would not recommend any modifications for Fall 2007.
It was agreed to postpone the remaining agenda items until the next FSEC meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman