Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting
October 23, 2009
- The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2009 in the Provost's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.
- The Minutes from FSEC Meeting #12, October 9, 2009 were approved.
- The Executive Committee discussed Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 22, 2009, which had been held the previous afternoon and considered possible strategies for enhancing discussion at future meetings.
They considered the possibility of conducting forums for Senators on some of the issues that would come before the Faculty Senate during the academic year.
- The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
- Meeting times: It was agreed that although Friday afternoons were difficult for meetings, especially in those instances that a Faculty Senate Agenda must be posted, the Executive Committee would continue with their schedule for the fall semester. Hopefully, it would be possible to find a more convenient time in the spring.
- Academic Plan: The Executive Committee discussed a possible course for implementing the task forces for the Academic Plan. It was agreed that each member of the FSEC would take responsibility for setting up a meeting with Vice Provost Beauvais and Ms. Morrissey to begin to draft charges to the task forces and consider possible members for them. This approach was discussed previously by Chairperson Swallow and Vice Chairperson Ordonez with the Provost's office. The responsibility for coordination was agreed upon as follows:
1) Global Education: Senators Honhart and DiCioccio
2) Graduate Education: Vice Chairperson Ordoñez and Senator Eaton
3) Research and Innovation: Chairperson Swallow and Senator Izenstark
4) Retention: Senator Eaton
5) General Education: Senators DiCioccio and Honhart
Senator Eaton reported that the retention task force had begun meeting that morning and shared an outline of the issues under consideration. Ms. Grubman said that she and Professor Rathemacher and Dean Bonn were scheduled to meet the following week with vice Provost Libutti to discuss coordination of the task force's efforts with the work of the Admissions Advisory Committee.
Senator DiCioccio reported that she had met with Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais to discuss what might be accomplished for general education in fall 2010, as well as the formation of a task force on the broader issues related to invigorating the general education program. She explained that her group would focus initially on proposals that might be implemented for freshmen entering in 2010.
- The Executive Committee recognized that the Senate had been supportive of the Strategic Budget and Planning Council.
- The FSEC considered the following matters they had set aside for discussion with the Provost and agreed to the following:
1) Ombud's Report: It was agreed that Chairperson Swallow should follow-up with Provost DeHayes about enforcement of the University's policies on final examinations. They suggested that he urge the Provost to work with Deans and department chairs to find ways to foster compliance with the regulations.
2) Online student evaluation of teaching (IDEA): It was agreed that this issue was being negotiated between the Administration and the AAUP and needed no further discussion.
3) Evaluation of Academic Administrators: The Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to write to Provost DeHayes about the FSEC's suggestion that any evaluation of administrators, below the level of dean, who are not part of the official Administrator Evaluation process, follow the general evaluation guidelines established for administrator evaluation.
- Committees: It was noted that the membership of the APRC was almost complete pending an appointment by President Dooley. Ms. Grubman reported that Senator Martin was in the process of scheduling the first meeting as soon as possible.
The Executive Committee agreed that following up on NEASC included restarting LOOC as soon as possible. They discussed the appointment of a faculty member to chair the committee.
- Brainstorming outreach to state: Chairperson Swallow reported on conversations with President Dooley about what the Faculty Senate might do to help educate the legislature about the positive contributions that the University makes to the citizens of the State of Rhode Island. A number of possibilities were discussed and it was agreed that they might be accomplished in coordination with the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of the President.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman