1. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2009 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall. Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #6, August 20, 2009 were approved.
a. Chairperson Swallow announced that the FSEC had been invited to meet with Provost DeHayes and Interim Vice Provost Libutti the following afternoon to discuss the University's plans for dealing with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus. He explained that he would not be able to attend. Vice Chairperson Ordoñez and Senators Honhart and Izenstark agreed to represent the FSEC at that meeting.
b. Ms. Grubman reported that the earliest date that the FSEC could meet with Provost DeHayes was on September 11 during their regular meeting time. She said that Ms. Williams was tentatively reserving the date for the meeting but that Ms. Williams was not sure whether the Provost would be on campus that afternoon.
4. The Executive Committee continued their discussion of the Provost's Draft Academic Plan. They made some editorial suggestions and agreed to a priority reordering of the goals. They discussed some of the strategies within the goals and set priorities for those as well.
Chairperson Swallow reported that the Provost had asked the Council of Deans and the Equity Council to make suggestions as well. He indicated that it would de very useful know what the other groups' suggestions had been.
5. President Dooley met with the FSEC from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
The Executive Committee welcomed President Dooley. Members of the Executive Committee introduced themselves and asked how the President was settling in at URI. The President said that he was becoming more familiar with constituents within and outside the community. He noted that the President's House, which was built decades ago, hadn't been repaired in a while so he and his wife were dealing with minor difficulties as repairs progressed. President Dooley said that he was hopeful everything would be completed on schedule.
President Dooley said that he wanted to get a picture of the scope of discussions between the FSEC and himself, especially determining what would be the best use of meeting time. He said that he would be willing to meet with the FSEC on a weekly basis. It was suggested that meeting with the whole committee once a month, with the possibility of meeting with Chairperson Swallow and Vice Chairperson Ordo&ntile;ez on a more frequent basis might be the way to proceed.
The President indicated that he wanted to proceed as soon as possible to set up a budget process that links with the planning process. He said that he had asked the Provost and the Vice Presidents to draft outlines of how they might improve the budget process. He said that he hadn't read everything but agreed that once it was compiled he would share it with the FSEC.
President Dooley suggested that a Budget Committee that included faculty, as well as administrators involved in implementing the budget, might be the way to move ahead. Members of the Executive Committee noted that some of the strategic planning issues he mentioned were part of the charge to the JSPC. They suggested the new committee might be subsumed into the JSPC or become a subcommittee of the JSPC (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/CHAPTER_508.html - 5.70.10)
President Dooley said that he hoped the new process would be in effect for the 2012 budget. He explained that deadlines for the University, the Board of Governors, Department of Administration and Governor meant that the 2011 Budget had to be submitted in September. Therefore, out of necessity, the FY'11 budget has to proceed under current constraints. The Executive Committee and the President agreed that a budget committee should be formed and appointed during the fall semester and begin as early in the spring as possible.
In response to the Executive Committee's question as to whether the President intended to hold a Convocation, President Dooley said that it was more likely that small group convocations with departments and units would be held in the fall and that an Inauguration, sponsored through the URI Foundation, would be scheduled for April.
With regard to the University's planning for the future, President Dooley said that the University should begin to think about how the curriculum should be structured so students are best positioned to go to graduate/professional school or assume positions in their fields after graduation. He said that the faculty should engage in a dialogue about building a curriculum that provides students more opportunities to engage in active learning and synthesizing what they learn.
The President suggested that the faculty consider ways to structure the curriculum to promote better interactions between faculty and students. He said that the University should work towards fostering the best kind of learning environment.
President Dooley said that resources, such as grants, gifts, and potential student tuition, go to institutions that are quick to respond to change. He noted that philanthropists are interested in funding projects that catch their enthusiasm. He said that institutions that are nimble enough to act in response to new opportunities are the ones that will succeed.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman