OF RHODE ISLAND
Kingston, Rhode Island
Senate Executive Committee Meeting #12 – November 14, 2006
1. The meeting was called to
order at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, in the third floor
conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members
were present except Senator Barbour.
2. The Executive Committee met
with Professor Karen Ramsay from 10:00-10:40 a.m.
The Executive Committee
expressed their appreciation to Professor Ramsay for her willingness to
continue as chair of the Admissions Advisory Committee if the Senate
approves the extension of the deadline for the report and for serving
as the faculty member on Vice Provost Pasquerella’s Committee looking
at the impact of a SATs Optional Policy on the Office of Admissions.
Discussion concerned the
Admissions Advisory Committee’s responsibilities in compared to Vice
Provost Pasquerella’s Committee’s charge from the President. They
considered issues such as the December reporting date for Vice Provost
Pasquerella’s committee, the need for University data to inform the
Admissions Advisory Committee’s deliberations. The Executive Committee
reaffirmed that Admissions Policy is the responsibility of the Faculty
Senate as outlined in state law and the Faculty Senate Constitution.
3. 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
4. The Executive Committee
considered the following matters of continuing concern:
JSPC: It was noted that
the next meeting of the JSPC is scheduled for November 30 at 1:00
p.m. The Executive Committee agreed that the Hossler Report and
its effect on the strategic plan and the university should be the main
item of discussion. Chairperson Rice verified with the Executive
Committee that everyone had received a copy of the Hossler report from
b. Faculty Governance: The
Executive Committee agreed to recommend that the Senate approve an
additional section of the University Manual under the abolition of
programs (8.87.12) that would specifically include program suspension.
Vice Chairperson Luebke noted
that the Board of Governors’ policies stated that programs could not be
suspended indefinitely, which supported the Executive Committee’s
position that suspension of a program should be considered an implicit
recommendation to abolish that program
c. Online courses: Copies of
Chairperson Rice’s memorandum to Professor Stephen Wood et al
explaining the Executive Committee’s decision to refer the issue of
online course review to the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual
Committee (CBUM) were distributed.
Ms. Grubman reported that the
matter would be on the Agenda for the CBUM’s December 1 meeting.
d. Revising the SETs: The
Executive Committee reviewed the draft memo charging the Teaching
Effectiveness Committee to recommend possible revisions to the
SET. It was agreed to forward the revised draft memo to
Vice Provost Pasquerella and Dr. Annunziato for their review.
Establishing University Policies:
Ms Grubman reported that the issue of revising Appendix G was forwarded
to the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee for their
5. The Executive Committee
agreed to the following topics for their meeting with President
Carothers on Tuesday, November 21:
Senator Kinnie reported that the
Library administration had been supportive of their being the official
repository for university policies.
a. The Hossler Report on Enrollment Management;
b. The SAT Optional proposal;
c. Initiatives to implement Goal #4 of the
d. Upcoming issues for the JSPC.
6. The Executive Committee
agreed to meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings during the spring
semester. Ms. Grubman explained that approval of the final Agenda
for each of the spring semester Faculty Senate meetings would have to
be done by e-mail because Thursday morning would be too late to send an
Agenda to Printing Services for the following week. It was noted
that much of the Agenda could be approved at the preceding Thursday’s
Executive Committee meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at
Sheila Black Grubman