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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minute

Meeting #9

October 11, 2005

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #7, September 27, 2005 were approved.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. The Executive Committee discussed a request from Provost Swan for appointees to an on-line learning committee that had been forwarded to them by e-mail. October 26. It was agreed that this matter should be discussed more fully with the Provost in light of the Senate's responsibility for teaching and curriculum.

Ms Grubman noted that the topic of technology in teaching had been identified by the AAUP as their reason for asking to meet with the FSEC on

b. Vice Chairperson Martin reported on the October 7, 2005 meeting of the Board of Governors Academic and Student Affairs Committee, which she had attended along with Chairperson Rice. She said that Provost Swan had reported on the AIIM and noted that Rhode Island College reported that they had adopted the Murphy Model for use in assessing academic programs with some changes specific to RIC and to the state of Rhode Island.

Vice Chairperson Martin noted that Professor David Byrd presented the School of Education's RITER Grant. This grant concerns itself with four major initiatives, among which is a new two-year certification program, which would replace the current Emergency Certification. This certification program will be especially helpful to high-demand areas: Secondary math, science, and special education.

Chairperson Rice said that the Board of Governors Academic and Student Affairs Committee had also asked the institutions to provide them with lists of academic programs that had been suspended for at least five years. He noted that the University had provided the Board with a list of these programs and agreed that he would ask the Provost for a copy of the list.

c. Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that Dr. Phillip Cohen, a candidate for Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, was scheduled to be interviewed by the FSEC and AAUPEC at 11:00 a.m. on October 12 in the 3rd floor conference room in Green Hall.

d. The Agenda for the October 12 meeting of the Council of Deans was circulated for information.

4. The Executive Committee reviewed a draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 20, 2005 and approved it in final form.

5. The Executive Committee met from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. with Professors Peters and Stevenson, who reported on the work of their ad hoc committee, which had developed learning outcomes for General Education and had drafted a proposed timetable for moving forward. It was agreed that General Education is the responsibility of the Faculty Senate and that assessment should fall within the purview of either a standing committee of the Senate or a subcommittee of one or more standing committees.

6. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their October 18 meeting with Provost Swan:

a. The On-Line Learning Committee

b. Assessment: SLIAAC, General Education, the Office of Assessment, administrative functions and offices, etc.

c. Status of Searches: Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Research, Vice Provost for Information Services, Dean of University Libraries, etc.

d. The Administrator Evaluation Process

7. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of continuing concern:

a. University-wide Land Grant, Sea Grant and Urban Grant initiative: The Executive Committee discussed their meeting with the President and the Provost on October 4 and agreed that they had made satisfactory progress in their effort to initiate a conversation about a university-wide effort to coordinate Land Grant, Sea Grant and Urban Grant administration and would no longer pursue the idea of a stand-alone committee in favor of a wider discussion of research and outreach at the university.

b. JSPC The Executive Committee discussed the October 6 meeting of the JSPC. The FSEC agreed that it had been an important step for the JSPC to vote on the initiatives for the next strategic plan.

c. The Academic Investment and Improvement Model (AIIM): Chairperson Rice announced that the process was moving forward. He noted that the portions that were revised after the meetings with academic deans and department chairs and the Special Faculty Senate Meeting were ready to go on the web. He said that Ms. Morrissey had contacted the Deans about the departments the order in which departments will be asked to participate. He said that he believed that departments had been divided so that every three weeks seven departments would complete the survey. He also reported that he had met with the CELS Academic Department Chairpersons on October 7 to answer their questions about the AIIM surveys and process.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman