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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #9

September 11, 2009

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2009 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

2 The Minutes from FSEC Meetings #7, August 24, 2009 and #8, August 26, 2009 were approved pending President Dooley's review of the Minutes from August 24.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Chairperson Swallow and Vice Chairperson Ordoñez reported on their September 9, 2009 meeting with President Dooley on the proposed budget council. The Council, presided over by the Provost with representation from various constituencies, would develop a process for merging the strategic plan with the budget.

b. Chairperson Swallow announced that Provost DeHayes wanted to schedule monthly lunch meetings with himself, Vice Chairperson Ordoñez and their counterpart officers of the AAUP, President Wendy Roworth and Vice President Louie Kirschenbaum.

c. Chairperson Swallow, Vice Chairperson Ordoñez, Senator Honhart and Ms. Grubman reported on their September 10 meeting with representatives of the UCGE Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education (SAGE) Discussion of meeting with members of the UCGE Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education. The shared with the Executive Committee materials on the subcommittee's progress with regard to assessment and a possible flowchart for an ongoing assessment, review, and modification process for the University's General Education program.

It was noted that Professors Stevenson and Hicks, along with Dr. Hubbard from the BGS Program, were willing to make a presentation to the Senate about the work of SAGE and the subcommittee's future plans.

d. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence with AAUP President Roworth about the process for suspension and abolition of programs.

e. The Executive Committee discussed a request from Provost DeHayes for two Faculty Senate appointees to the Search Committee for a Dean of CELS. Ms. Grubman said that the AAUP and the Faculty Senate had been asked to coordinate their faculty appointments. She announced that AAUP selected Nathaniel Mitkowski, PLS and Gabrielle Kass-Simon, BIO as their appointees. Discussion ensued as to whom the FSEC might appoint.

f. Ms. Grubman reported that she had spoken to Dr. Annunziato, Executive Director of the URI AAUP that morning. She said that he had asked her to inform the FSEC that the URI AAUP will sponsor a Forum on 'Shared Governance in Difficult Timeson October 20. Ms. Grubman said that both President Dooley and Dr. Gary Rhodes, General Secretary of the National AAUP, would speak at the Forum.

Ms. Grubman also informed the FSEC that the URI AAUP had invited them to join the AAUP at a breakfast with Gary Rhodes at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21 at the UClub.

4. The Executive Committee discussed an agenda for the 2009-10 Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee. Chairperson Swallow said that he should have the welcome letter draft by the next meeting.

5. Provost DeHayes met with the FSEC from 2:15- 4:00 p.m. Provost De Hayes thanked the Executive Committee for their suggestions for revising the draft Academic Plan. It was noted that many of the Executive Committee's ideas had been implemented in the draft along with suggestions from the Deans and the Equity Council. Provost DeHayes said he would edit it further based on the FSEC's suggestions that afternoon and that the draft would be posted shortly. (The draft can be downloaded from http://www.uri.edu/provost/)

Discussion ensued as to the most appropriate way to present the Draft Academic Plan to the Faculty Senate. It was agreed that members of the FSEC would assist the Provost with his presentation.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman