OF RHODE ISLAND
Kingston, Rhode Island
Senate Executive Committee Meeting #11 – November 8, 2006
1. The meeting was called to order at 10:04 a.m. on Wednesday, November
8, 2006, in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson
2. The Minutes of Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #10,
October 31, 2006 were approved.
It was noted that the Agenda for the November 8, 2006 Meeting of the
Council of Deans had been forwarded by e-mail.
b. The Executive Committee
reviewed the list of possible members of Dean Letendre’s Administrator
Evaluation Committee (AEC), which had been forwarded to them by Senator
Rosen. The Executive Committee selected the following faculty
members from the list of volunteers: Professor Norma Owens, PHP,
Senator Keykavous Parang, and Professor Nasser Zawia, BPS.
Ms. Grubman said that Dean
Letendre and Provost Swan would each have the opportunity to appoint a
faculty member to Dean Letendre’s AEC.
c. Chairperson Rice announced
that President Carothers had agreed to resume the practice of
delivering a State of the University Address at the first General
Faculty Meeting preceding the first Faculty Senate Meeting in the fall
Ms. Grubman suggested that the
FSEC consider whether the General Faculty Meeting should begin a
half-hour to an hour earlier than the 3:00 p.m. time currently
scheduled for the brief meetings of the General Faculty.
The Executive Committee reviewed
the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 16, 2006 in
preparation for the meeting.
Ms. Grubman reported that there
was an error in the UCGE Committee Report #06-07-1 on page 20 of the
Agenda. She said that she would send an e-mail message to all Senators
and subscribers to FacSen-Bus explaining the error and correcting the
d. The Executive Committee
discussed a memorandum that they had received from Professor Stephen
Wood, Senator Kat Quina, Senator Kathleen Torrens and Professors Lynn
Derbyshire, Kevin McClure and Vince Petronio objecting to the CAC’s
decision to review online courses beginning with those scheduled for
summer 2007. The memorandum suggested that the CAC did not have
the authority to review approved courses and that the method of
presentation was the responsibility of individual instructors.
Following discussion, the
Executive Committee agreed that the review of changes in instructional
method was within the purview of the CAC and that the process should
continue. They decided to ask the Constitution, By-Laws and
University Manual Committee to consider the issue and report their
interpretation of both the Manual section and 4.75 of the Faculty
Senate By-Laws to the FSEC.
4. The Executive Committee met with Vice President Weygand from
10:30-11:30 p.m. Ms. Barrett, Director, Budget & Financial
Planning, and Ms. Costa; the Assistant to the Vice President
accompanied Vice President Weygand. The following matters were
Bond Issue: The Executive
Committee congratulated Vice President Weygand for his work on the
successful campaign for question #4 on the November 7 ballot. President
Weygand expressed his appreciation for Ms. Hopkins, Dean Letendre, the
AAUP, and outside groups, as well as all of the faculty and students
who worked in support of the Bond Issue
b. Budget Presentation: The Executive
Committee, Vice President Weygand and Ms. Barrett discussed the
information that had been provided by the Budget Office for Vice
President Weygand’s presentation of the FY 07 Budget at the October 26
Faculty Senate Meeting.
c. Providence Campus: In response to
questions raised by the FSEC, Committee Vice President Weygand and Ms.
Barrett provided general information about the costs associated with
operating the Providence Campus. Among the areas identified were
whether the Providence Campus receives adequate financial support from
the RI Department of Administration, limitations on the use of the
Shepard Building because of other uses assigned to the building, the
necessity for programs at the Providence Campus to be self-supporting,
d. Partnering with Vice Provost Bozylinsky:
The Executive Committee suggested that there is a natural affinity
between Information Technology and the Department of Administration.
They urged that Vice President Weygand take full advantage of Vice
Provost Bozylinsky’s efforts to re-engineer business practices to
ensure that processes become more efficient. Vice President
Weygand said that he expected that the upgrade from PeopleSoft 8.4 to
8.9 would go a long way towards improving the time required for various
departments to process “paperwork” in areas such as budgeting and
e. University Policy #80-1: The
Executive Committee and Vice President Weygand discussed the need to
revise the Policy on Establishing Policy (Appendix G of the UNIVERSITY
MANUAL) as a result of the changes at the University since the policy
was originally proposed by the Vice President for Business and
Finance. Among the changes identified were the increase in size
and complexity of the University; the use of the world-wide web;
policies that are mandated by the state or federal law (e.g.
purchasing, travel, accounting procedures, catering, privacy, etc.);
the lack of a centralized location to access all administrative
policies; the need for greater clarity as to what constitutes a
university policy; and the reluctance over recent years for the
administration to bring new policies to the Faculty Senate Executive
Committee for their review.
It was agreed that Ms. Costa and
Ms. Grubman would work on possible revisions to Appendix G and the
Policy on Establishing Policy. Ms. Grubman said that she would
also consult with the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual
Committee (CBUM) about appropriate changes.
5. The Executive Committee reviewed the final draft Agenda for Faculty
Senate Meeting #3, November 16, 2006 and approved it in final form.
6. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of
JSPC: The Executive
Committee briefly discussed the JSPC meeting which had been held on
November 2 and agreed that they should continue to introduce issues of
concern to the faculty at subsequent meetings.
b. Admissions Advisory Committee:
The Executive Committee agreed that while their motion to postpone the
report of the Admissions Advisory Committee would delay any
implementation for another year, it would provide the time necessary
for more careful deliberation.
c. Faculty Governance: The
Executive Committee reviewed sections 8.87.10-11 on the abolition of
programs and considered possible modifications to the sections that
would account for program suspensions.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.
Sheila Black Grubman