1. The meeting was called to order at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Vice Chairperson Martin.
a. As requested previously, Ms. Grubman distributed copies of URI Enrollment data materials that had been disseminated at the November 18 meeting of the Board of Governors Academic and Student Affairs Committee.
b. The Executive Committee reviewed a November 21, 2005 memorandum from Provost Swan to the members of the Ad Hoc Committee on On-Line Instruction. Three of the faculty appointees that the FSEC had recommended: Senators Ramsay and Kinnie from the Teaching Effectiveness Committee and Senator Luebke from the Curricular Affairs Committee had been appointed to the committee as well as Professors Jarrett and Ballinger from the AAUP. Interim Vice Provost Swift and Interim Vice Provost Wessells had been appointed co-chairs of the committee.
c. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence between Professor Arakelian and Chairperson Rice on web-based instruction. Chairperson Rice said that he would inform Professor Arakelian about the On-Line Instruction Committee's charge and membership.
d. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence between Professor Rodgers and Vice President Weygand regarding LVPOs. The correspondence had been initiated by Ms. Grubman when she requested clarification from Vice President Weygand regarding a brief report on LVPOs that had been forwarded to the Senate by Professor Rodgers. It was agreed that Professor Rodgers' report should not be included in the Agenda for the December 8 Faculty Senate meeting pending clarification.
e. The Executive Committee reviewed e-mail correspondence between President Carothers and Chairperson Rice with regard to the President's suggestion for the establishment of a Blue Ribbon Committee to look into the future for colleges and universities and make recommendations to the JSPC about prospects for URI in the coming years. It was agreed to pursue the matter further at their next meeting with President Carothers.
f. Following a brief discussion of the proposed Agenda for the December 1 meeting of the JSPC and noting President Carothers and two Vice Presidents could not attend, the Executive Committee agreed to suggest that the meeting be postponed until December 15.
3. The Executive Committee reviewed a draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 8, 2005 and approved it in final form.
4. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. University policy for early course registration for all students: The Executive Committee agreed that they should pursue the establishment of an ad hoc committee at their next meeting. Chairperson Rice agreed to discuss the issue further with Professor Ramstad and Senator Luebke and Ms. Grubman said that they would draft a preliminary charge and membership for consideration by the FSEC.
b. Administrative bottlenecks: The Executive Committee began to develop a list of issues relative to administrative bottlenecks and agreed to discuss the list further at their next meeting.
c. Academic Investment & Improvement Model (AIIM): Chairperson Rice reported on the status of the project. He said that all of the surveys had been distributed and that the process would continue until December 17, 2005, after which access to the surveys would be closed. He answered questions about the distribution of results and the availability of an overview of the results for the entire university. He said that Ms. Morrissey had asked that he meet with President Carothers sometime after all of the data were collected to answer any questions the President might have upon reviewing the results.
d. Faculty Survey: Senator Ramsay shared with the Executive Committee a sample format for questions and possible process for administering a faculty survey that had been forwarded to her by Professor Costello.
e. URI 101: As requested by the Executive Committee at the previous meeting, Ms. Grubman provided the Executive Committee with copies of the UCGE Committee Report #99-00-3, which was a report on an evaluation of URI 101. This report summarized information gathered during the 1995-96, 1997-98, and 1998-99 academic year as well as for fall 1999.
The Executive Committee agreed that in the context of the University's focus on student learning outcomes and given the absence of any reports since the 1999-2000 academic year, the UCGE Committee should be asked to conduct a review of URI 101 based on the stated goals for the course. Ms. Grubman agreed to draft a possible charge to the UCGE.
f. Administrator Evaluation: Ms Grubman shared with the Executive Committee a possible schedule of administrator evaluations, which could be scheduled during the next two academic years. The Executive Committee agreed that there might be a better approach to the evaluation process that would be less cumbersome and more closely tied to the Provost's own evaluation schedule.
It was agreed to explore this matter with the Provost, along with the possibility of a generic administrator evaluation questionnaire that could be administered more easily. Ms. Grubman said that there was a generic instrument that she provided to each of the Administrator Evaluation Committees as a template for individual evaluations. The Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to provide them with copies of the generic evaluation instrument.
5. Ms. Grubman distributed blank calendars for the spring semester 2006 and asked the Executive Committee to indicate the days and times they would be available for meetings. She also noted that the first Faculty Senate meeting in the spring semester was scheduled for January 26. She suggested that the Executive Committee meet during the week of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday to plan for the January 26 Senate meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman