1. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2007, in the President's conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Miller
2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #17, January 18, 2007 were approved as submitted and the Minutes of Meeting #18, January 25, 2007 were approved as amended.
a. It was noted that the Agenda for the January 31 meeting of the Council of Deans had been forwarded by e-mail.
b. Chairperson Rice reported that he had attended a meeting of the Master Planning Review Team on January 26. He provided the FSEC with an update on matters discussed at the meeting, including the plans for the new Pharmacy Building, the relocation of Hillel, an on-campus child care center, the research park, potential sites for a new dorm, and the wind turbine project.
c. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence regarding efforts to establish through the state a Research Foundation and changes in purchasing for research.
Ms. Grubman said that she would provide the FSEC with copies of Senate Bill #03-04--38 "Report of the Council for Research on the Establishment of a Research Corporation" so they could compare the proposal for the Research Corporation with that of the Research Foundation.
d. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence from Professor Rollo-Koster and a memorandum from Professor Joel Cohen urging reconsideration of the add/drop deadline. Ms. Grubman agreed to forward the correspondence to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee. She noted that the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee's Report #06-07-1, included information about discussion but the committee had made no recommendation.
When Professor Spaulding arrived, the Executive Committee moved to the next item of business.
4. The Executive Committee met with Professor Spaulding from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Professor Spaulding reported on his experience with implementing the appeals process outlined in section 8.26.13 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL and suggested changes that might improve the process.
The Executive Committee agreed to discuss Professor Spaulding's suggestions at their February 15 meeting because neither Senator Barbour nor Senator Kowalski would attend the February 8 meeting.
When Professor Spaulding left the meeting, the Executive Committee resumed their regular order of business with item 3, e.
e. Chairperson Rice reported that Representatives Naughton, Shanley, Lewiss, Scott and San Bento had introduced legislation on research. This legislation (H5230) was similar to the one that had been introduced during the previous legislative session, but without the wording that had concerned the administration. He said that President Carothers and Provost Swan were supportive of the proposed bill.
f. Chairperson Rice noted that Governor Carcieri had announced that URI had been given a role in improving Central Falls High School as part of his address on January 30. He said that it had been reported in The Providence Journal.
g. Senator Kowalski noted that the Study on Student Evaluation of Teaching, which he had sent to the Executive Committee, had been forwarded to him by Dr. Annunziato. He suggested that this might be an indication of the AAUP's interest with regard to contract negotiations and the SETs.
5. Update on continuing issues
a. Classroom Committee proposal: Ms. Grubman asked the Executive Committee to review the draft report of the FSEC recommending the establishment of the Joint Classroom Steering Committee by the next meeting.
b. Bill #06-07--10: Chairperson Rice announced that he had just received President Carothers' letter disapproving Senate Bill #06-07--10. Following discussion, the Executive Committee discussed their report to the Senate in response to President Carothers' veto.
c. Online courses: Vice Chairperson Luebke reported on the status of courses approved for online instruction by the CAC and noted that there was a limited number of courses taught in the summer of 2006 that hadn't been approved or weren't in the process of being reviewed by the CAC. She noted that the CAC planned to meet jointly with the Teaching Effectiveness Committee to discuss "best practices" with regard to online teaching.
Vice Chairperson Luebke noted that the Online Committee was unable to find a meeting time during January and had only met once during the fall semester.
d. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman announced that the Administrator Evaluation of Dean Farmer was scheduled to begin officially on February 1 with an e-mail and campus mailing of materials to the faculty at the Graduate School of Oceanography.
e. Accreditation Update: Senator Kowalski reported that comments had been made on the various subcommittee reports and the subcommittee chairs would be asked to respond to them. He asked Chairperson Rice to coordinate the efforts of the Organization and Governance Subcommittee. Senator Kowalski mentioned a March 15 deadline for providing an initial draft to the campus community.
Senator Kowalski also reported on some of the themes that seemed to be coming out of the subcommittees' reports.
f. Search Committee for the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management: The Executive Committee discussed the appointment of two faculty members to the Search Committee. The appointments were the first in accordance with the new legislation on search committees (UNIVERSITY MANUAL section 2.14.10) that had been approved by the Faculty Senate during the previous academic year.
g. URI 101 Survey of students: Ms. Grubman reported that the UCGE Subcommittee on URI 101 was exploring ways to survey students about URI 101. A number of suggestions were made by members of the Executive Committee, which Ms. Grubman said she would share with the UCGE Subcommittee.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Sheila Black Grubman