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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minute

Meeting #6

September 20, 2005

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:04 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #5, September 13, 2005 were approved as amended.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. The Executive Committee discussed an e-mail message from President Carothers to members of the JSPC on new data from the State System Heads organization (SHEEO) with regard to state funding in each state. It was agreed that this item should be discussed at the next meeting of the JSPC and asked Chairperson Rice to contact Ms. Morrissey.

b. Ms. Grubman announced that Professor Rosen had reported on the previous evening's meeting of the Board of Governors and had indicated that he would no longer report regularly on the Board's activities.

Ms. Grubman said that she would try to follow-up on Professor Rosen's suggestion that if no one was willing to take on his reporter's role, Board Minutes should be made available. Ms. Grubman said that she would look into obtaining Board of Governors Minutes. She noted that she hadn't been successful in the past because Minutes could not be downloaded automatically from the Agenda on the Board of Governors' website, as was the case for the Agenda and Reports.

4. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 22, 2005. Chairperson Rice's announcements, including a brief review of the Faculty Senate's powers and his presentation of the Executive Committee's goals were discussed.

5. The Executive Committee discussed a draft Agenda for the Special Faculty Senate Meeting on September 29, 2005. After discussion, Ms. Grubman said she would revise the draft and forward it to members of the Executive Committee and Senator Boudreaux-Bartels for review and suggestions.

6. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:

a. Ombud - Parent Services Issue: Ms. Grubman shared with the Executive Committee two articles about the more active role parents are taking in regard to their children's education. The first article, forwarded by the Provost, was from the August 20, 2005 edition of The Boston Globe. This article outlined what some colleges were doing to discourage too much parental involvement in the daily life of students. The second, forwarded by Ombud Rose, was from The Providence Journal. Ms Grubman said that the Providence Journal article suggested that schools provide training for staff on how to work with parents. Ms. Grubman said that Ombud Rose suggested that the University explore "professional development" workshops run by the staff of PSPD as an alternative to creating a Parent Services unit within the institution.

b. Follow-up on efforts to remedy administrative bottlenecks: Senator Kowalski reported that he had not received any additional information with regard to finding a solution to the general problem or his specific issue. It was agreed that the Executive Committee should continue to pursue efforts to eliminate bottlenecks and improve communication to the community.

c. Academic Investment and Improvement Model (AIIM): Chairperson Rice and Vice Chairperson Martin reported that the subcommittee had met with Professor Stevenson to discuss some of the concerns that had been identified by members of the Psychology department about the model's lack of precision. It was agreed that the model was not intended to be a precise tool. The AIIM was an instrument that would give faculty members and others an opportunity to provide subjective as well as factual information about programs.

d. JSPC: Ms, Grubman announced that she had forwarded draft Minutes from the September 8 JSPC meeting for their review. She asked members of the FSEC to get back to her with any comments or suggestions.

Ms. Grubman confirmed that JSPC Meetings had been scheduled as follows for the fall semester:

Thursday, October 6 - 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 1 - 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 15 - 1:30-3:00 p.m.

e. Providence Campus Undergraduate Initiative Committee: Vice Chairperson Martin reported that the committee had met twice. She said that they were in general optimistic about the Admissions' Office plans for integrating the Providence Campus programs into one application form as well as other efforts to reach students through the website and a new brochure. She said that she and Ms. Grubman were in the process of setting up a regular schedule of meetings but were having difficulty finding a common time.

f. University-wide Land Grant, Sea Grant and Urban Grant Initiative Committee: Chairperson Rice reported that he planned to discuss the proposed committee with the Provost at their lunch meeting on September 21. The Executive Committee asked him to inform Provost Swan that they continue to support the project.

g. Student Learning Outcomes - General Education: Ms. Grubman announced that Professors Peters and Stevenson were scheduled to meet with the Executive Committee on October 11 to discuss their general education student learning outcomes project and ways to ensure that the Faculty Senate is involved.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman