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MINUTES

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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #16 - January 27, 2009

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1.İİ The meeting was called to order at 3: 05 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 in the Presidentís Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present.

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2. İ Minutes for Executive Committee Meetings #13, December 2, 2008, and #14, December 9, 2008, were approved. It was agreed to postpone consideration of the Minutes of Meeting #15, December 16, 2008 until the next meeting.

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3. İ Announcements/Correspondence:

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İİİİİ a.İİ Ms. Grubman announced that the Executive Committee would meet in the Presidentís Conference Room during the spring semester.

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Ms. Grubman reported that Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais were scheduled to meet with the FSEC from 3-4 on February 3. Updated spring schedule enclosed

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İİİİİ b.İİ Chairperson Martin said that the FSEC had received a sample proposal from the Provost for a Classroom Code of Conduct. The Executive Committee reviewed the sample proposal and agreed to forward it to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee and request they consider developing a Classroom Code of Conduct for URI.

İİİİİ c.İİ Ms. Grubman noted that she had forwarded to the FSEC a memorandum from the Provost announcing the Search Committee for the Dean of Pharmacy. She said that she hadnít received any information about the Search Committee for a Dean of Pharmacy.

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4.İİ Senator Swallow said that he wanted to introduce the freshman year experience as an item of concern for the Executive committee. He reported that in a conversation with Vice Provost Katz, he learned that URIís freshmen arriving with the best profiles were being advised into introductory courses that were less challenging than what would meet their needs.

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İİİİİ The Executive Committee discussed the matter and agreed that it would be useful to learn more about the advising process during freshman orientation.

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5.İİ The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following matters of continuing concern:

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İİİİİ a.İİ The Presidential Search: Chairperson Martin reported that the Search Committee had met earlier in the day. She provided the FSEC with an update on the committeeís progress without breaching the confidentiality of the process.

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b.İ JSPC: members of the FSEC who had been able to attend the January 22 meeting of the JSPC reported on the meeting. It was noted that the President and the Provost were cautiously optimistic that the University could finish the year without any drastic cuts as long as no funds beyond the Governorís proposal were removed from the FY09 Budget.

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İİİİ It was further noted that Provost De Hayes had responded to the Executive Committeeís questions about efforts to coordinate URIís limited resources, such as technology and staff, by referring them to the Deans. He said that the Deans had been asked to work with their faculties on those issues as well as possible curricular changes.

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İİİİİ c.İİ Blue Ribbon Study Commission on the Future of URI: Chairperson Martin reported that most of the faculty members suggested by the FSEC had been asked to serve on the Commission, but that no one outside URI had been invited to participate.

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İİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİ In response to questions from members of the FSEC, Chairperson Martin said that the President and the Provost did not want to involve external constituents in an information gathering stage.

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İİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİ d.İİ Academic Planning Summit on January 30, 2009: The Executive Committee reviewed the most recent copy of the schedule and agreed that they should try to attend a variety of sessions.

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İİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİ e.İİ Alternative funding: Ms. Grubman distributed copies of a recent article in the January 22 edition of the Warwick Beacon titled ìGovernor Favors URI Autonomy.î

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İİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİ 6.İİİ Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their February 3 meeting with Provost DeHayes:

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İİİİİ a.İİ What is the best way for us to get information on the progress made by the academic deans in pooling resources to coordinate technology and support services.

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İİİİİ b.İİ The Graduate School

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İİİİİ c.İİ Graduate Students:

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İİİİİİİİİİİ 1)İİ Tuition for Graduate Research Assistants

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İİİİİİİİİİİ 2)İ How is number of Teaching Assistants determined? What criteria are used to determine their allocation?

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İİİİİ d.İİ Follow-up on the January 30 Academic Planning Summit.

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7.İİİİİ Chairperson Martin asked the FSEC to think about what would be the appropriate format of the next Faculty Forum.

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The meeting was adjourned at 5:03 p.m.

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İİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİ Respectfully submitted,

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İİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİİ Sheila Black Grubman