1. The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Luebke.
2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #18, December 13, 2005 were approved
a. The Executive Committee's schedule of meetings for spring 2006 was distributed. Chairperson Rice said that he would not be on campus on February 1 and asked Vice Chairperson Martin to preside at that meeting.
b. The Executive Committee noted that additional correspondence between Chairperson Rice from Professor Emeritus Lott on DADT had been e-mailed in December. Chairperson Rice noted that he was pleased that the Faculty Senate's Resolution was being used as a model for adoption by other universities.
c. Chairperson Rice reported on the January 13, 2006 meeting of the BOG Academic and Student Affairs Committee. He said that URI's Mission Statement and Regulations Governing Public Institutions of Higher Education in RI, which incorporated the most recent NEASC guidelines was approved as well. He noted that representatives of RIC and URI had reported on the results of the National Study of Student Engagement for each institution and that a similar report on two-year institutions had been presented for CCRI.
Chairperson Rice said that the Academic and Student Affairs Committee had approved the College of Pharmacy's proposal to merge eight graduate programs into two, which had been approved by the Faculty Senate in the spring of 2004. Ms. Grubman said that a number of the University's long-standing curricular actions had been brought to the Board over the last two years primarily due to the efforts of Interim Vice Provost Swift.
d. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence between Dean Brownell and Dean Cohen concerning electronic cheating (e.g. use of picture phones & text messaging) . It was agreed that the Executive Committee would also ask the Student Senate to address this matter as well as faculty.
e. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence from President Carothers about the establishment by the RI Legislature of the new position of Senior Policy Advisor - Education.
4. A draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #5, January 26, 2006 was approved in final form. It was agreed that Chairperson Rice would express appreciation to Senators who had served through the December meeting as well as welcoming back Senator Rollo-Koster and introducing Senators who will be serving as replacements this spring.
5. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Ad Hoc Committee on Early Course Registration Policy: The Executive Committee agreed that if it were at all possible, the membership of the Ad Hoc Committee should be confirmed at the January 25 meeting.
b. Administrative bottlenecks: It was agreed that while some progress has been made in resolving specific administrative problems as they are brought to the attention of the administration, the Executive Committee should continue to urge that the University undertake a concerted effort to improve administrative systems.
It was agreed to ask Ms. Morrissey for an update on efforts through her office to work with administrative units to streamline processes and make them less cumbersome and more transparent. In addition, the Executive Committee decided to propose that assessment of administrative support might be part of the University's self-study.
c. Academic Investment & Improvement Model (AIIM): Chairperson Rice reported that he and the other members of the task force (Vice Chairperson Martin, Senator Boudreaux-Bartels, Assistant Provost Katz and Ms. Morrissey had met with the Provost the previous week to review the results of the Survey and were scheduled to meet with the President shortly.
In response to a question, Chairperson Rice indicated that department chairs would be able to see the results of the AIIM in the very near future.
d. Faculty Survey Questionnaire: Senator Ramsay said that she had tried to contact Professor Costello during the intersession and hoped to be in touch shortly.
e. URI 101: Ms. Grubman reported that the request for a review of URI 101 had been sent to the Chair of the UCGE Committee and was on the Agenda for the committee's February 2 meeting.
f. Administrator Evaluation: The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence with Professor Rosen about their decision not to proceed with the Administrator Evaluation for Dean Nassersharif.
The Executive Committee resumed their discussion about the possibility of forming a small ad hoc committee to propose a way to simplify the procedures and possibly change the process so that it coincides with and complements the Provost's evaluation of each administrator. They agreed to explore the issue of a new administrator evaluation process further at their next meeting with Provost Swan.
g. President's Futuring/Strategic Planning Project: Copies of the March 1993 Report of the Joint Academic Steering Committee were distributed for information. Chairperson Rice encouraged the Executive Committee to review the recommendations of the committee at that time.
It was agreed to include Futuring and Strategic Planning on the Agenda for their next meeting with the President.
6. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their January 25, 2006 meeting with President Carothers:
a. Strategic Planning
2) Blue Ribbon Commission on Futuring
b. Assessment of administrative support services as part of URI's Self-Study
The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman