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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minute

Meeting #13

November 8, 2005

1. The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.

2. The Executive Committee met with Cristin Langworthy, a Student Senator and former member of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Ms. Langworthy presented the students' position with regard to the Report of the Student Rights and Responsibilities' recommendations and procedure. She also provided the Executive Committee with a copy of a subsequent Student Senate Bill on the formation of a new committee. During discussion, Ms. Langworthy responded to questions and comments from members of the FSEC.

3. Dean of Admissions James Lynch joined the FSEC meeting at 1:40 p.m. Dean Lynch reported on the issues that he saw facing the Admissions Office, including changes in demographics, technological resources, and college selection patterns. He described his August retreat with his staff to begin a strategy for the admissions office, on his progress in obtaining internal data, and the need for a marketing plan. He is interested in working more with faculty members.

The Executive Committee suggested that Dean Lynch work closely with the Admissions Advisory Committee and encouraged him to continue to pursue administrative support for an institutional commitment with regard to a concerted marketing effort.

4. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #11, October 25, 2005 and #12, November 1, 2005 were approved.

5. The Executive Committee reviewed a draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 17, 2005, and approved it in final form.

6. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Ms. Grubman distributed copies of the Summary Report of Program Review Group at the six New England Land Grant Universities, which had been forwarded to the FSEC by Provost Swan.

b. The Agenda for the November 9 Meeting of the Council of Deans was circulated for information.

c. The Executive Committee considered a request from Professor Ramstad, Chair of the Athletics Advisory Board, that they appoint an ad hoc committee to reconsider priority registration. It was agreed that since the request was for the development of a university policy for all students, they would appoint a subcommittee to reconsider the issue.

d. Ms. Grubman shared three graphs that had been provided by the Budget office in response to questions from the Executive Committee and the Senate after the State of the budget address. She said that she would announce through FacSen-Bus that the additional materials are available at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FY06_Tuition&Fees_and_Lib.pdf

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

a. Senate Action #05-06--3: Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed that they would prepare a response to the Senate's request based on the information they had gathered in speaking to Dean Cohen and Ms. Langworthy, as well as all of the materials, which had been provided to them. They decided to discuss the details of their response at their November 15 meeting.

b. Administrator Evaluation for Dean Nassersharif: Ms. Grubman reported that memorandums had been mailed to all faculty members of the College of Engineering inviting them to volunteer for the committee to oversee Dean Nassersharif's evaluation. She said that Professor Rosen had requested that faculty members who were interested in serving on the committee contact him by December 2.

c. Administrative bottlenecks: It was agreed that Vice President Weygand should report to the Senate on November 17 on the efforts in his area to streamline processes with regard to purchasing and travel within the constraints of state regulations.

d. Academic Investment & Improvement Model (AIIM): Chairperson Rice reported briefly on the status of the AIIM process. The Executive Committee agreed that an update on the AIIM at the next Faculty Senate meeting would be appropriate. He said that Senator Boudreaux-Bartels and Ms. Morrissey were prepared to report on to the Senate on the AIIM and to answer any questions from Senators from of departments that have participated or are currently participating the AIIM Survey.

e. Health Services vs. Professor Wenisch: Chairperson Rice reported that the Provost had informed him that Health Services already gives notes to students as requested by the Executive Committee as their compromise position. He said that he has asked for a written statement from the Director of Health Services that students are receiving notes stating that Health Services had seen them.

f. Survey of Faculty Concerns: Ms. Grubman reported that Professor Barbara Costello had agreed to meet with them on November 22 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the program she has that would make it possible to conduct a web-based survey of the faculty.

g. Assessment of General Education: Following discussion, Ms. Grubman agreed to draft for the FSEC's consideration an additional charge to the UCGE Committee regarding assessment of student learning outcomes for General Education.

8. Chairperson Rice reported that he had received correspondence between the Provost and Dean Richmond and from Dean Richmond to URI 101 instructors that community service for URI 101 is not an excused absence and students should not be asked to perform community service during their class time.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman