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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting


Meeting #7

September 27, 2005

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Martin.

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #6, September 20, 2005 were approved.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Ms. Grubman distributed copies of a September 22, 2005 letter from the President and the Provost to all departments about the Academic Investment and Improvement Model (AIIM). She said that a PDF version of the letter was now available on the Faculty Senate website at

b. A copy of the Council of Deans Agenda for Wednesday, September 28, 2005 was circulated for information.

c. Chairperson Rice reported on his September 21 meeting with the Provost:

1) He said that the Provost had requested that the revised Mission Statement be included on the Agenda for the October Faculty Senate Meeting and that it be brought to the Senate's attention at the September meeting. He expressed his appreciation to Senator Barbour for introducing the Mission Statement on September 22.

2) Chairperson Rice announced that the Provost had informed him that the University would have a full accreditation visit by NEASC in the fall of 2007. He said that the Provost had informed him that assessment was included in every area to be reviewed.

3) He said that Provost Swan had informed him that the Board of Governors had asked for a list of all programs that have been suspended for at least five years. She indicated that the University would bring the list forward shortly. Chairperson Rice said that most of the programs had been suspended for at least a decade. It was agreed to request that the Faculty Senate receive formal notice of the programs and the Board's subsequent actions.

4) Chairperson Rice reported that Provost Swan would join President Carothers and the Executive Committee at their October 4 meeting for a discussion of the proposal for a Committee to consider a University-wide Land Grant, Sea Grant, Urban Grant initiative.

d. Ms Grubman announced that she would be able to inform the campus on FacSen-Bus about Minutes from Board of Governors Meetings. She noted however, they wouldn't be available until several days after the meeting at which the Board approves them. She said that as a result there would be a significant delay between the Board's meeting and the posting of minutes on the web. She said that the minutes would not only lack the flavor of Professor Rosen's reports, but would lose their immediacy as well.

4. The Executive Committee discussed the September 22 Faculty Senate meeting and the subsequent response in the media to the students' concerns.

5. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for the Special Faculty Senate Meeting on September 29, 2005. Chairperson Rice explained that the presentation by Senator Boudreaux-Bartels to the Faculty Senate would follow the same format as the two meetings with Deans and department heads that were held in the University Club over the past two weeks.

6. The Executive Committee discussed matters of continuing concern, noting that the University wide Land Grant, Sea Grant Initiative Committee and the Academic Investment and Improvement Model (AIIM) had both been addressed earlier. Also discussed were continuing efforts to address administrative bottlenecks by proposing assessment of administrative functions and Offices and plans for the upcoming meeting of the JSPC.

7. The Executive Committee agreed to the following list of topics for their October 4 meeting with President Carothers:

a. The establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee to consider a University-wide administration for Land, Sea, and Urban Grants.

b. Ideas for bringing the University's research and service mission to the attention of the State of Rhode Island.

c. Assessment of administrative offices and functions.

d. Update on enrollment for the fall semester as it compares to the shortfall predicted in the spring and the goals of the University's Strategic Plan.

e. Update on the University's efforts to leverage scholarships to increase enrollment.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman



Sheila Black Grubman

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