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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes

#17

November 13, 2009

  1. The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2009 in the Provost's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present except Senator DiCioccio.

  2. The minutes from FSEC Meeting #13, October 16 & 19, 2009, were approved as amended. The minutes from FSEC Meeting #16, November 6, 2009 were approved as amended, pending review by the Provost

  3. Announcements/Correspondence:

    1. Report on Board of Governors Meeting: Senator Izenstark reported on the Board of Governors Meeting of November 9, 2009. At the meeting, it was announced that the Office of Higher Education had also experienced budget cuts, and that URI, RIC, and CCRI all have record enrollments for the fall semester.

    2. Correspondence on low completion programs: It was determined that the Executive Committee's role is not to stop review of low completion programs. If the faculty and/or chairs of low completion programs wish to pursue renewal of the program, they should create a written report for follow up through their department, college curriculum committee, CAC or Graduate Council and the Provost's office. The due date for progress reports has been extended. It was acknowledged that the Board has the right to ask questions, as does the Provost. The President does have the authority to suspend programs. Information on the suspension of programs is available in the University Manual section 8.87.12 at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/8.85-8.88Programs.html.

  4. Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 19, 2009: The draft agenda was reviewed. The Executive Committee decided to include presentations and discussion of some of the classes and curricular changes presented in the committee reports. Some of the classes listed for approval represent courses proposed as a result of the Provost's initiatives last year. The CAC report also includes some curricular innovation in response to the request to move toward 120 credit programs.

  5. Follow-up on matters of concern:

    1. Stop the Hate Protest, November 18, 2009: The committee crafted a short statement of support for the student-organized protest taking place the following week.

    2. Administrator Evaluation: Peter Larsen will be the chair of Dean Maslyn's evaluation committee.

    3. Academic Plan and Task Forces:

      1) Interdisciplinary Task Force: Chairperson Swallow and Senator Honhart will work together to craft a charge for a task force.

      2) Update on other task force initiatives: The Executive Committee reviewed the draft charges that have been developed for the Global Education task force and the Research, Scholarship, and Innovation task force. The Research, Scholarship, and Innovation task force membership was revised to ensure inclusion of representatives from all colleges, including fields that may not have externally funded research. The committee reviewed the charge for the Global Education task force, and discussed membership recommendations.

      3) Ann Morrissey's suggestions: It was recognized that there may be a number of barriers within certain curricula that make it difficult for students to graduate within four years, such as requirements that result in students needing to take over 120 credits to graduate. Departments need to a) audit the pathway that students are likely to follow to complete their programs and b) identify and address unnecessary impediments, if any, to student success.

    4. Strategic Budget and Planning Council: The Executive Committee is waiting for an update on the status of the council. The committee discussed possible recommendations for appointees.

    5. Progress toward NEASC review: LOOC has a meeting scheduled. APRC has also met.

  6. Unfinished Business: There was no unfinished business.

  7. New Business: Senator Eaton reported on the Arts & Sciences curriculum committee's work to establish guidelines for departments submitting their curriculum revisions as they transition toward a 4-credit format. At the core is what the fourth credit would entail. Senator Honhart remarked that the CAC would want that information, whether or not the college required it. It was agreed that guidelines would be helpful for those proposing changes in order to expedite requests for approval; the FSEC felt such guidelines might come from CAC or the Grad Council.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:25 pm and reconvened at 3:40 pm.

The Executive Committee met with President Dooley and Provost DeHayes. President Dooley provided an update on the Strategic Budget and Planning Council. The President noted that establishing the council as a Presidential Committee would speed the start of the committee and help meet the requirements of the Board of Governors. Provost DeHayes noted that the JSPC could coordinate Academic Planning and work on accreditation. Chairperson Swallow asked about the transparency of the SBPC. President Dooley confirmed that the meetings would be open and would serve to display to the public what the University's priories are and how the priorities would be supported. It was discussed that members of the Council will need to work from a dedication to the broader institution as a whole.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Amanda Izenstark