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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #6

October 3, 2006

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2006, in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Kowalski.

2. The Executive Committee discussed an e-mail message that they had received from Senator Grubman-Black after the September 28 Faculty Senate meeting. Senator Grubman-Black reported on an incident when a student added a course at the end of the third week of classes and asked that the Faculty Senate revisit the question as to the appropriate length of the add period for courses. Chairperson Rice noted that Vice Provost Pasquerella and Assistant Provost Katz verbally expressed concern about the excessive length of the add period.

After discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to refer the following matters related to the add period to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee:

a. Reconsider the appropriate length of the add period;

b. Draft language that gives the instructor the final say as to whether a student may be admitted to a course after the end of the add period.

3. The Executive Committee discussed Faculty Senate Meeting #1, which had been held on the previous Thursday. It was agreed that Senator Barbour's request that Senators write to the FSEC if they want matters to be considered by the Senate would help the Executive Committee to clarify the concerns being raised. They discussed appropriate responses to matters that were raised as part of new business. It was agreed that, with the Senate's consent, the issue might be forwarded to an appropriate committee as suggested by Chairperson Rice. It was also agreed that another appropriate response would be to ask if the Senate would like the matter to be considered on a subsequent Agenda, and if that was the case, to ask for background information that could be included in the agenda to inform the discussion.

4. The Executive Committee met with Vice Provost Bozylinsky from 10:35 until 11:30. The discussion included the Executive Committee's concerns about administrative bottlenecks, especially those related to the flow of information electronically. Vice Provost Bozylinsky reported on his efforts to get a handle on problems related to information technology at URI and to find ways to solve them. Specific instances of bottlenecks were raised and possible resolutions were discussed.

5. The Executive Committee met with Dr. Don Hossler, from 11:30 to 12:10. Dr. Hossler who is a faculty member at Indiana University, Bloomington was hired by the University to look at possible ways to assist enrollment services and admissions in efforts to coordinate information and provide each other with support.

6. The Executive Committee considered the following continuing issues:

a. Search for Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Studies and Outreach and Dean of the Graduate School: It was noted that members of the AAUP Executive Committee planned to meet with Dean Seemann on Friday morning but that it was impossible for members of the FSEC to attend the meeting.

Chairperson Rice reminded members of the Executive Committee to return their comments and observations about the three candidates to the Search Committee.

b. JSPC: The Executive Committee identified the following topics for the JSPC and asked Ms. Grubman to forward them to Ms. Morrissey:

1) Discussion of the nature and efficiency of information flow at URI;

2) Discussion of whether the University should make SATs optional as part of the admission process.

The Executive committee also agreed to consider at a later date the possibility of raising summer session as a discussion topic for the JSPC.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman