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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #9

October 24, 2006

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes from Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meetings #7, October 10, 2006 and #8, October 17, 2006 were approved.

3. Announcements/Correspondence

a. It was noted that the Agenda for the October 25 Meeting of the Council of Deans had been forwarded by e-mail. It was noted that the Provost had included Administrator Evaluation under her announcements on the Agenda.

b. Ms. Grubman reported that funds for travel had been transferred to the Faculty Senate budget and that she in turn would transfer the funds to each member of the Executive Committee's department.

4. The Executive Committee met with Provost Swan from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The following matters were considered:

a. Proposal to Adopt a "Test Optional" Policy for Admission to URI: The Executive Committee and the Provost discussed the potential benefits, problems, and costs associated with a change to an SAT optional policy. The Executive Committee shared with the Provost their draft recommendation to the Senate that the Admissions Advisory Committee become involved in the review of the "Test Optional" Policy proposal.

b. Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Studies and Outreach and Dean of the Graduate School: Provost Swan said that after meeting with the Search Committee, she and President Carothers had selected one of the candidates for the position. She reported that she was in the process of negotiations. The Provost agreed with the FSEC that incentives other than salary would have to make the difference in the candidate's decision to come to URI.

c. Review of academic support programs and non-degree granting academic programs: The Executive Committee and Provost Swan discussed the memorandum on the review of URI 101, which had been forwarded to the UCGE Subcommittee. It was noted that the memorandum had outlined specific areas to look at as well as groups that might be consulted in the review.

They also discussed other academic areas, such as the temporary Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, which should also be subject to the kind of cost-benefit review that URI 101 was undergoing.

d. Admission to the Providence Campus: Provost Swan said that she was very concerned about the disappointing enrollment figures for fall 2006. She said that she had asked Vice Provost Pasquerella to follow-up on this matter with the Providence Campus Undergraduate Initiative Committee, chaired by Professor Martin.

Before she left the meeting, Provost Swan expressed her appreciation to Senator Kowalski and the members of the FSEC who had agreed to participate in the Accreditation Self-Study.

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

a. JSPC: After discussion, the Executive Committee asked Chairperson Rice to suggest the following topics for the JSPC Meeting on November 2:

1) Progress on the implementation of the Strategic Plan;

2) Implications of the Spellings Commission Report for URI;

3) Update on Dr. Hossler's management audit of Admissions and Enrollment Services.

b. URI 101: Copies of Chairperson Rice's memo to UCGE Committee Chairperson Honhart were distributed for information.

c. SATs: The Executive Committee agreed that their recommendation that the Admissions Advisory Committee work with Vice Provost Pasquerella's Committee on the proposal to have a "test optional" policy for admissions should be added to the Faculty Senate Agenda as an item of New Business. Ms. Grubman agreed to inform Vice Provost Pasquerella of their intention before posting the motion to the Senators' e-mail list.

d. October 10 meeting with Professor Feldman: The Executive Committee agreed to review the University Manual sections on program abolition (8.87.10-1) to consider whether they might propose any changes that would eliminate some of the process concerns raised by Senator Feldman.

e. Accreditation Update: Senator Kowalski brought the Executive Committee up to date on the self-study process. It was suggested that it might be useful for subcommittees to select those issues that they were considering, which were of concern to the faculty that might be addressed at the November and subsequent Faculty Senate Meetings.

6. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 26, 2006 in preparation for the upcoming meeting.

7. The Executive Committee discussed the general question as to what constitutes a University Policy, and whether or not Faculty Senate approval is required. Ms. Grubman distributed copies of the Policy on Policies as well as the list of policies from Appendix G of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL. Following discussion, it was agreed that the issue of establishing and promulgating policies might be considered by the JSPC at a subsequent meeting.

8. The Executive Committee agreed to invite Vice Provost Pasquerella to their October 31 meeting to discuss the following matters:

a. Providence Campus Initiative;

b. Proposal to make SATs optional;

c. Revising the SETs. The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman