Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #14 – October 20, 2010


1.   The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 in the Presidentís Conference Room in Green Hall. All members were present.


2.   The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #2 in preparation for the next dayís meeting.


3.   After discussion, the Executive Committee agreed that there should be a clear process for reviewing centers such as the Confucius Institute, which are not primarily research centers. It was suggested that the CBUM be asked to review the Manual to determine what, if any, changes should be made to ensure a smooth review process in the future. It was noted that the Provostís Office had been involved in the Confucius Institute Review, and as suggested by President Dooley last year, the Provost should be part of the review of any new center before it is brought to the Faculty Senate.


4.   The Executive Committee discussed the requirement by the Office of Higher Education that learning outcomes be included in the material on new programs submitted by the University to the Board of Governors. It was agreed that while learning outcomes have not necessarily been reviewed through the internal review process, they should be part of the review in the future. One possible suggestion would be to recommend to proposers that they consult the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee and the Office of Student Learning, Outcomes Assessment and Accreditation (SLOAA) early in the process before a proposal is forwarded to the CAC or Graduate Council. This review could take place early in the proposal process or be part of the stage when the CAC or Graduate Council asks the Council of Deans and the Budget Office to review and comment on program proposals.


5.   When President Dooley arrived, the following matters were considered:


a.     President Dooley and the FSEC agreed that Vice Chairperson Eaton would replace Chairperson Swallow on the Strategic Budget and Planning Council by virtue of her becoming Chair of the Faculty Senate.  The President and the FSEC further agreed that the faculty members who had been appointed the previous year could be reappointed in order to allow the same people to complete the budget cycle rather than finding replacements for those whose terms were set to expire this year.


b.    The Executive Committee reported to President Dooley that it was unclear whether all parties had interpreted the interim agreement on Intellectual Property Policy consistently.  President Dooley said that it was necessary to find out if anyone was affected by the interim policy and resolve any outstanding issues. He said that it was most important that a permanent policy understood by everyone concerned be approved.  He urged that an agreement where there was no question about its interpretation be reached as soon as possible.


Chairperson Swallow said that he believed that any Intellectual Property Policy approved by the University should be competitive with policies at other institutions.  He agreed to ask the Council of Research to compare policies at other institutions before bringing a recommendation to the Faculty Senate.


c.    In response to a question from the FSEC, President Dooley reported on the status of the GLBTQQ studentsí request.  He said the administration was moving forward with regard to more vigorous training of staff, especially in Residential Life, hire an interim Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity, and find a home for the organization on campus.  He explained that there were significant obstacles to finding a location for the GLBTQQ students as soon as they had wanted, but that the university was committed to moving forward and had identified several possibilities for substantially improving the facilities for the GLBT Center. These would be assessed in the coming weeks as quickly as possible and would involve the students and staff of the Center.


d.    With regard to the Strategic Plan for the Board of Governors, President Dooley explained that he did not have permission to share the written draft with anyone. Since there wasnít enough time to discuss the draft, the President said he would be willing to highlight the key points at their next meeting.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m.


                                             Respectfully submitted,


                                             Sheila Black Grubman