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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #15

december 5, 2006

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2006, in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Miller.

1. The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Barbour.

2. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Chairperson Rice and Ms. Grubman reported that they had attended a meeting on December 1 on issues related to classroom oversight that had been called by Ms. Morrissey. They said that representatives from the areas concerned with various aspects of classroom support and planning discussed ways to coordinate efforts and agreed that a joint Senate Administration Committee to replace the ad hoc Instructional Space Advisory Group should be established.

Chairperson Rice and Ms. Grubman reminded the FSEC that this was Ms. Morrissey's response to the Faculty Senate's discussion about classrooms, which had resulted from the report on the faculty survey.

b. It was noted that the Council of Deans Agenda for December 6, 2006 had been forwarded to the Executive Committee by e-mail. There were no comments about the Agenda.

3. The Executive Committee reviewed the final draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 14, 2006 and approved it in final form. It was suggested Chairperson Rice report on Ms. Morrissey's efforts with regard to following up on classroom committee concerns as part of his announcements

4. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of continuing concern:

a. Online courses: Vice Chairperson Luebke reported that the CAC continued to review proposals submitted to them for courses to be taught online in the Summer 2007. She said that Ms. Grubman had sent reminders to everyone who had taught an online course last summer inviting them to submit proposals. Vice Chairperson Luebke said that an e-mail message would be sent to all academic department chairs reminding them of the deadline for Summer 2007 and encouraging submission of proposals for Fall 2007 offering.

Ms. Grubman reported that the CBUM Committee had discussed the Executive Committee's request for their opinion with regard to the CAC's authority over online courses and was in the process of drafting a reply that supported the FSEC's position.

b. Administrator Evaluation of Dean Letendre: Ms. Grubman reported that the membership of the Administrator Evaluation Committee (AEC) for Dean Letendre was completed. She said that Senator John Babson and Professor Robert Dufresne were Dean Letendre's and Provost Swan's appointees, respectively. The Executive Committee's appointees, Professor Norma Owens, Senator K. Parang and Professor Nasser Zawia comprised the rest of the five-member committee, which held their initial meeting with Senator Rosen and herself on December 4.

Ms. Grubman announced that the deadline for submitting evaluation letters for Dean Letendre had been extended until December 8, 2006.

c. Accreditation Update: Senator Kowalski said that preliminary drafts from three of the accreditation standards subcommittees (Academic Programs, Library and Other Information Resources, and Public Disclosure) had arrived by the December 1 deadline. He said that he expected the remaining drafts would come in within the next few weeks and indicated that the first iteration of the draft report should be completed by the end of February.

d. JSPC: It was noted that the next meeting of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee was scheduled for December 21. The Executive Committee agreed that they would propose that the topic of Summer Session be included as an Agenda item. This was raised originally at the October 3 meeting of the FSEC. Ms. Grubman said that she would provide the Executive Committee with correspondence from 2003 and 2004 with regard to the transfer of the responsibility for administering summer session.

e. Administrative Bottlenecks: Senator Kowalski reported that he had discussed the issue of re-engineering business practices with Vice Provost Bozylinsky, who was continuing to encourage the administration to pursue the matter.

The Executive Committee agreed that they should continue to reiterate through the JSPC and administration their belief that URI needs baseline data for various business operations. An example would be to find out the length of time it takes from the time a department asks for authorization to hire through the actual appointment. As part of the discussion, concerns were raised about the difficulty departments encounter when a secretarial or technical position becomes vacant.

6. The Executive Committee agreed to hold their last meeting of the fall semester on December 12 and to resume their regular schedule of meetings on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. Ms. Grubman said that she would keep the FSEC apprised of any issues that arise by e-mail during the interim.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman