1. The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #13, November 8, 2005 and #14, November 15, 2005 were approved.
a. Chairperson Rice reported on the November 18 Meeting of the Board of Governors' Academic and Student Affairs Committee. He said that the revisions of regulations governing institutions of Higher Education approved at the meeting related to NEASC standards and were for the non-public colleges and universities in Rhode Island. He said that new regulations for proprietary schools and a new Associate's degree at CCRI had also been approved.
Chairperson Rice noted that Mr. Amaral and Mr. Boden had reported on enrollments at URI. He noted that the full enrollment reports had been distributed at the meeting. Ms. Grubman agreed to provide the FSEC with copies of the enrollment materials pertaining to URI.
b. A copy of a memorandum from Provost Swan to Commissioner Warner forwarding the new URI Mission Statement was circulated for information.
c. The Executive Committee discussed concerns about URI 101 that had been forwarded by Senator Roworth. In response to the Executive Committee's questions, Ms. Grubman said that the most recent evaluation of URI 101 by the UCGE Committee had been presented to the Faculty Senate during the 1999-2000 academic year. Ms. Grubman said that she would provide them with copies of the report.
d. The Executive Committee discussed a recent e-mail from Senator Kowalski in which he raised concerns about the appropriate use of mid-semester grades.
e. The Executive Committee reviewed e-mail correspondence concerning the possibility of developing one website for parents which had been forwarded to them by Ombud Rose.
4. The Executive Committee discussed the previous meeting of the Faculty Senate, which had been held on November 17 and agreed that none of the matters discussed at that meeting required any follow-up.
5. Ms. Grubman provided the Executive Committee with a preliminary draft of the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 8, 2005. She said that she wasn't sure of all of the items because the deadline for receipt of the materials was the following afternoon. She noted that the meeting would immediately follow a meeting of the general faculty.
6. Ms. Grubman reported that the President's Office had called her just before their meeting to cancel the November 29 Meeting with President Carothers.
7. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Survey of Faculty Concerns: The Executive Committee met with Professor Barbara Costello from 2:00-2:45 p.m. They discussed the possibility of using Professor Costello's survey program to conduct the survey of faculty concerns. This survey had been mandated by the previous year's Senate and was to be conducted each spring beginning in the spring 2006.
Professor Costello agreed to help the Executive Committee with this undertaking. The FSEC expressed their appreciation of her willingness to assist them in this project.
b. Senate Action #05-06--3: A draft report to the Faculty Senate on the results of their consideration of Student Senate Bill SS-05-06-23 was reviewed and approved in final form. It was agreed to include the report in the agenda for the December 8 meeting of the Faculty Senate.
c. Administrative bottlenecks: Senator Kowalski and Ms. Grubman reported on a meeting they had attended with representatives of the President's Commission on the Status of Women Staff Subcommittee. They said the Commission was specifically working on ways to improve bottlenecks related to PeopleSoft and had agreed to keep the Executive Committee informed of the results of their efforts.
d. Health Services Issue: The Executive Committee reviewed a memorandum from Vice President Dougan stating that Health Services does and will continue to provide students with an appointment card that would also indicate that they had been seen at Health Services at a specific date and time. The Executive Committee agreed that this was essentially the compromise that they had sought and asked Chairperson Rice to write to Vice President Dougan confirming their acceptance of the decision.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman