1. The meeting was called to order at 3: 02 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present.
2. Minutes from Executive Committee Meetings #15, December 16, 2009 and #16, January 27, 2009 3, 2009 were approved.
a. The Executive Committee briefly discussed the Newsletter from the Part-time faculty Union that had been forwarded to them by Professor Donnelly. It was agreed that since the Faculty Senate had adopted a resolution in support equity and fairness for the Part-time Union there was nothing further to be done at that time.
b. The Executive Committee reviewed a memorandum from Professor Luebke, Chair of the Athletics Advisory Board recommending a University Manual change. It was agreed to include the recommendation in the February 19 Faculty Senate Agenda.
c. The FSEC discussed correspondence between Ms. Grubman and Vice President Dougan about Talent Development and agreed that chairperson Martin should explain to Vice President Dougan on their behalf, that they had requested the data in the context of outcomes assessment.
d. Chairperson Martin reported on the February 9, 2007 Board of Governors meeting. She said that the Commissioner spoke about the impact of the stimulus package on Rhode Island Higher Education. Other items on the Agenda were more technical and not of specific interest to the Faculty Senate. The full Agenda is available on the web at http://www.ribghe.org/boardagenda.htm
e. Chairperson Martin announced that the spring semester Faculty Forums had been scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 and Thursday, April 16 from 3-5 at the University Club. Chairperson Martin said that she had spoken to Dr. Bette Erickson from the IDP about moderating the March 3 Forum on teaching for the 21st Century. She said that Dr. Erickson had suggested that the discussion topics should be linked to the University's student learning outcomes (see http://www.uri.edu/assessment/uri/outcomes/university/outcomes.html) The Executive Committee agree that connecting the URI student learning outcomes to some of the ideas raised at the Academic Planning Summit would probably be a useful next step for the Forum on Teaching and Learning.
f. Chairperson Martin encouraged members of the FSEC to read the briefs from the New England Public Policy Center that had been forwarded by Senator Rice. She said that the briefs were from the following website: http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/neppc/
4. The Executive Committee was brought up-to-date on the following matters of continuing concern:
a. The Presidential Search: Ms Grubman reported that the open meeting with representatives from the search firm Isaacson, Miller was scheduled for February 12 from 2:30-3:00. She said that she would send out reminders to encourage faculty members to attend.
b. JSPC: The Executive Committee agreed to continue to pursue matters of faculty concern and to follow-up on some of the matters they had raised at previous meetings. In preparing for discussion at the March 12 meeting, the FSEC agreed to review the Provost's memo of January 29 to the Deans on the FY '09 Mid-Year Budget Process. In the memo the Provost had asked the Deans to prioritize essential replacements and strategic reinvestments
c. Blue Ribbon Study Commission: Chairperson Martin said she knew that the invitations to faculty members had been sent by the President's Office but that she hadn't heard anything further. Ms. Grubman said that she would ask Ms. Morrissey about the status of the Commission before the next FSEC meeting.
d. The Freshman Year Experience: Ms. Grubman said that she would ask Dean Richmond for a schedule of activities and events for Freshmen Orientation so the FSEC can understand what incoming students learn about URI during that period.
e. Academic Planning Summit: Ms. Grubman reported that she had spoken briefly to Vice Provost Beauvais about the summit earlier in the day. Vice Provost Beauvais said that each of the discussion leaders had been asked to summarize the results of the discussions and organize them into two areas: 1) issues that seemed to have some consensus and 2) suggestions that might be addressed by Task Forces. She said that Vice Provost Beauvais indicated that the deadline for submitting the summaries was Friday, February 13.
5. The Executive Committee reviewed the draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #5, February 19, 2009 and approved it in final form.
Chairperson Martin said that at the request of Vice President Dougan she would remind the Senate about the establishment last year of a committee to address the needs of student veterans and invite interested faculty members to participate.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman