1. The meeting was called to order at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2008 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Vice Chairperson Martin presiding. All members were present except Chairperson Miller.
2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #17, January 28, 2008 and #18, February 4, 2008 were approved with minor corrections.
3. Vice Chairperson Martin reported that she had attended a recent meeting of the Branding Initiative Steering Committee as Chairperson Miller's representative. She reported on the discussions at the meeting on the proposed new URI logo and colors.
After discussion, the Executive Committee asked Senator Beauvais to ask Professor Dholakia, Co-Chair of the committee, about the process they had followed for developing URI's "new brand."
4. The Executive Committee reviewed the draft Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #6, February 21, 2008 and approved it in final form.
5. Update on ongoing issues
a. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman reported on a recent meeting with Provost Swan, Vice Provost McCray, Dean Richmond and Senator Rosen on the Administrator Evaluation Process. She said that the purpose of the meeting was to initiate the two administrator evaluations scheduled for the spring semester. At the meeting Provost Swan had explained to Dean Richmond and Vice Provost McCray her perspective on the administrator evaluation process and Senator Rosen outlined the full procedure that would be followed. Ms. Grubman noted that the members of the constituent groups for each of the administrators were established as well.
b. URI Commission on Research and Innovation: Members of the Executive Committee who had attended the February 7 meeting with Christine Heenan from the Clarendon Group brought Senator Costello and Ms. Grubman up to date on their discussion about factors that contribute to excellence in research Ms. Grubman was asked to provide members of the FSEC with copies of materials from the Clarendon Group, which had been the basis for the discussion on February 7.
c. JSPC: Ms Grubman announced that the April meeting of the JSPC had been rescheduled for April 10. The Executive Committee agreed that it would be appropriate to discuss the research mission of the University at that meeting.
d. Activities of Committees: In response to a question from the FSEC, Ms. Grubman said that she would ask Senator Honhart about the status of report of the UCGE Subcommittee on URI 101.
Ms. Grubman said that the CAC Subcommittee on Lab Fees had agreed to eliminate the term lab fees and was working on a policy with regard to course fees.
Senator Kovarsky said that issues related to the definition of "access" for URI had been the major topic at he initial meeting of the JSPC Subcommittee on Access to Excellence. He said that members of the committee had been asked to reflect on what was meant by access at a research university and planned to meet again to discuss the issue further.
Senator Kovarsky reported that there had been some discussion about barriers to student access to STEM discipline (e.g. performance in gateway, entry-level courses such as mathematics) and some discussion of successful programs in Engineering that could serve as models.
The Executive Committee suggested that perhaps a review of the Talent Development Program as a model for providing access to the University might be undertaken in an effort to learn what aspects of the program were successful and which might be improved.
6. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their February 18 meeting with President Carothers:
a. The URI Commission on Research and Innovation chaired by Judge Flanders and staffed by the Clarendon Group.
b. The Final Report of the NEASC Accreditation Team.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.
Sheila Black Grubman