1. The meeting was called to order at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.
2. The Executive Committee considered the draft minutes from the previous three meetings. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #13, November 21, 2006, were approved as amended pending review of relevant portions by the President. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #14, November 28, 2006, were approved pending review of relevant portions by the Provost. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #15, December 5, 2006 were approved as corrected.
a. It was noted that the Agenda for the December 15 meeting of the BoG Academic and Student Affairs Committee had been forwarded by e-mail. Chairperson Rice said that he planned to attend the meeting.
b. Copies of the Board of Governors Meeting Schedule for 2007, which included the dates for meetings of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee as well as those of the full Board were distributed for information.
c. Chairperson Rice reported that he had received a copy of a December 5, 2006 memorandum from Professor Brett Lucht, Chair of the Council for Research, to Provost Swan on the Council for Research Grant Program. In the memorandum, Professor Lucht reported on the faculty research grants submitted and funded last year through the Council for Research's internal funding programs and requested $125,000.00 for the current academic year.
4. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 14, 2006 in preparation for the meeting on the following afternoon.
5. Ms. Grubman reported that the Faculty Senate had an operating account through the URI Foundation and suggested that members of the FSEC might want to make contributions by the end of the year. She said that the account #3575 had been established initially by Provost Swan using personal funds during the 2002-03 academic year and was used by the FSEC in 2004 to support a Faculty Senate meeting reception that didn't have an administration sponsor.
6. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of continuing concern:
a. JSPC: Chairperson Rice and Ms. Grubman reported on their correspondence with Ms. Morrissey requesting that Summer Session be included as a discussion topic for the JSPC at the December 21 meeting.
b. Administrator Evaluation of Dean Letendre: Ms. Grubman reported that the evaluation of Dean Letendre was proceeding smoothly. She said that Senator Rosen and the Faculty Senate Office were maintaining the confidentiality of the faculty who had submitted letters by the December 8 date and no one would see them other than the members of Dean Letendre's AEC. Ms. Grubman said that the evaluation of Dean Farmer would be conducted in the spring semester.
c. Accreditation Update: Senator Kowalski reported that he had attended the NEASC Annual Assessment Forum Meeting in Boston the previous week (December 6-8). With regard to URI's Self-Study, he noted that the chairs of the various committees on the NEASC standards planned to meet later in the week. He said that he would ask one or two of the chairs to report to the Faculty Senate at the December 14 meeting.
d. Classrooms Committee: Chairperson Rice and Ms. Grubman reported on the various subgroups working on classroom issues and said that the establishment of a joint oversight committee was the appropriate next step to ensure that the faculty is informed and involved in making decisions about classrooms. Chairperson Rice announced that the University had received a substantial grant to upgrade technology in the classrooms that support teacher education. It was agreed to request reports at the January Faculty Senate Meeting from Ms. Morrissey on classroom coordination efforts and from Mr. Porter and the faculty members who are involved in the $5.75 million NOMAD grant.
7. Senator Kowalski brought the Executive Committee up to date on two issues that affect faculty. First, he reported that in an effort to get better use of classrooms beginning in the fall 2007 semester, Enrollment Services has eliminated some time slots that overlap with the standard times and make it difficult to schedule an adequate number of rooms for classes during the official class periods.
Senator Kowalski also informed the Executive Committee about discussions about questions of whether graduate students are treated equitably with regard to teaching assignments in different academic areas in the university.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Sheila Black Grubman