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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #6

August 20, 2009

1. The meeting was called to order at noon on Thursday, August 20, 2009 in room 201 Lippitt Hall. Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #4, July 22, 2009, were reconsidered and approved in final form and the Minutes of Meeting #5 were approved as corrected.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Chairperson Swallow announced that he had received e-mail from Senator Hicks regarding plans for the UCGE Committee during the 2009-10 academic year.

b. The Executive Committee thanked Senator Izenstark for attending the August 17 meeting of the Board of Governors for Higher Education and reporting back to them. In her report, Senator Izenstark had noted that, although the meeting had been brief, three items of concern to the Faculty Senate had been acted upon. The Board approved the five accelerated B.S.- M.S. Degrees in Engineering and the consolidation of the Bachelor of Music degrees and had accepted the merger of the Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics into a single Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering. The Faculty Senate had approved all three matters in May.

c. Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that they were scheduled to meet with President Dooley on Monday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the President's Conference Room. The Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to send a note to the President indicating that they were looking forward to the meeting and learning about his plans as the 2009-10 academic year begins. They also agreed that they would like him to know that they planned to bring him up to date on issues they have been thinking about this summer.

After discussion, the FSEC decided to meet at 1:00 p.m. on August 24 before their meeting with President Dooley.

d. Ms Grubman reported that she had scheduled a meeting with Provost DeHayes tentatively for September 1. Members of the Executive Committee said that they would not be able to attend a meeting on that date and asked Ms. Grubman to schedule Dr. DeHayes for their September 11 meeting.

e. Chairperson Swallow reported that he had met with Vice Provost Beauvais earlier in the week and they had discussed the Academic Program Review Committee and the appointment of members. The FSEC discussed the charge to and membership of the committee (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/CHAPTER_508.html#5.86.10) and agreed that the APRC had a role in providing data to inform the strategic planning and budgeting processes.

4. The Executive Committee devoted the remainder of the meeting to continuing their review of the Provost's Draft Academic Plan. They identified areas that they felt needed clarification and made suggestions for revisions. They also identified additions and attempted to place some elements in a more comprehensive context. They completed their consideration of the Plan at 6:30 p.m. and agreed to discuss prioritizing the strategies within the goals as requested by Provost DeHayes when they meet on August 24 at 1:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman