1. The meeting was called to order at 2: 00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present except Senators Meagher and Rathemacher.
2. The Minutes from Executive Committee Meetings #3, September 9, 2008, #4, September 16, 2008 and #5, September 23, 2008 were approved.
a. The Executive Committee agreed to forward two more suggested dates for their meeting with the Deans.
b. Ms. Grubman announced that the next meeting of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Governors was scheduled for Wednesday, October 15. Senator Meagher said that she would try to go to the meeting but might not be able to attend.
c. Ms. Grubman distributed copies of the summary of the Flanders Commission Report. It was agreed that members of the committee would try to look over the full report for a possible discussion at their next meeting.
4. The Executive Committee was brought up-to date on the following matters of continuing concern:
a. The Presidential Search: Chairperson Martin and Senators Ordonez and Swallow reported that they had attended the first open forum on the preliminary position description. It was noted that the Commissioner had solicited comments and suggestions, which he asked be e-mailed to him.
b. The Blue Ribbon Study Commission: Chairperson Martin reported on the October 1 meeting which she had attended with Professor Rice and Provost DeHayes. She said that it was agreed at the meeting that the FSEC would present names of possible members to the President at their next meeting. Chairperson Martin said that the Provost and she had agreed that the charge to the Commission should be modified in light of the Academic Affairs' vision statement, the report of the Flanders Commission and the report of the economic summit that had been held at Bryant.
c. October 16 Faculty Forum on Learning and Discovery for the New Global Century: Chairperson Martin said that the flyer announcing the event would be sent to the university community on FacSen-Bus before the end of the week.
d. JSPC Meeting of October 9, 2008: The Executive Committee reviewed the draft of their report on faculty concerns. It was agreed that after some revisions, the report would be forwarded to Ms. Morrissey for inclusion in the JSPC Agenda.
5. The Executive Committee met with Vice President Dougan from 3:15 to 3:55 p.m.
Vice President Dougan provided the Executive Committee with background information on the Talent Development program and said that he would send the more detailed information and data on SPTD that the FSEC had requested as soon as he was able to assemble them.
6. The Executive Committee discussed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 23, 2008. Ms. Grubman said that she expected four committee reports: the 463rd Report of the CAC, Graduate Council Curricular Reports 2008-2009-1 and 2008-09-2 and the #2008-09-1 Report of the UCGE Committee.
7. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their October 14 meeting with President Carothers:
a. Follow-up on the discussion of maintaining academic quality at URI that the Executive Committee initiated at the October 9, 2008 meeting of the JSPC;
b. Research support for the social sciences and the humanities given the lack of attention to these areas in the Flanders Commission Report;
c. Revision to the charge to the Blue Ribbon Commission and appointment of members and a chair or co-chair now that the Flanders Commission has reported.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman