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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #20

February 8, 2007

1. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2007, in the Provost's conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senators Barbour and Kowalski

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #19, February 1, 2007 were approved as amended.

3. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Ms. Grubman reported that the next meeting of the Board of Governors Academic and Student Affairs Committee was scheduled for Friday, February 16 at 8:30 a.m. and distributed copies of the Agenda. Senator Miller agreed to attend the meeting.

b. Ms. Grubman said that it appears to be the consensus of the FSEC is that the establishment of a Research Foundation can be interpreted as consistent with the legislation on the establishment of a Research Corporation (Bill #03-04--38 e-mailed separately).

c. Chairperson Rice announced that Professors Celia MacDonnell and Karen Ramsay had agreed to serve on the Search Committee for the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.

d. The Executive Committee discussed the proposed revision to Policy #92-1 University Policy on Misconduct in Scholarship and Research consistent with federal requirements, which Ms. Grubman had received from the Research Office.

Ms. Grubman reported that, with the help of Senator Wenisch, she had learned that the 1998-99 Executive Committee had resolved questions related to revisions to Policy #92-1 at Meeting #13 as follows:

The Executive Committee discussed changes to the University Policy on Misconduct in Scholarship and Research which had been forwarded by the Vice Provost for Research for their review.

Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed that the proposed revisions to the University's Policy on Misconduct in Scholarship and Research drafted by the Research Office to comply with mandates from the federal government did not appear to be substantive. Consistent with precedent, they agreed to forward the revised policy to the Council for Research for review. If the Council for Research recommends that the changes be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for action, they would do so, with the understanding that that until such time, the revised policy should be promulgated by the University.

The Executive Committee agreed to proceed in the same manner with regard to the newest revisions.

4. The Executive Committee discussed a draft preview Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #5, February 22, 2007 and agreed that, although the Agenda was large, all reports that had been submitted by the deadline should be included.

5. Update on continuing issues

a. Classroom Committee proposal: It was agreed that the draft Report of the FSEC #06-07-4 should be included in the Agenda for February 22.

b. Veto of Bill #06-07--10: Ms. Grubman was asked to share the draft Report of the FSEC #06-07-3 with the President and the Provost and to include it in the February 22, 2007 Agenda.

c. Online courses: Vice Chairperson Luebke reported that the CAC was continuing to receive proposals for online courses and indicated that there were a very few of them that were taught in 2006 and had not been submitted until 2007.

Vice Chairperson Luebke expressed concern that the Academic Affairs Online Committee chaired by Vice Provost Pasquerella and Vice Provost Bozylinsky met only once in the fall and had not been able to set up a meeting thus far this semester. She said that she was concerned that the committee, had never really been able to get off the ground since it was established,

d. Administrator Evaluation: Senator Miller and Ms. Grubman reported that after consultation with Senator Rosen, the Administrator Evaluation Coordinator; Provost Swan, and Dean Farmer, Marine Scientists were added to the constituency group for the Dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography.

It was agreed that the Ad Hoc Committee on Administrator Evaluation should consider proposing a clarification to the UNIVERSITY MANUAL with regard to constituency groups for various college deans.

e. Appeals process legislation: It was agreed that Professor Spaulding's suggestions for modifying the section 8.26.13 would be discussed on February 15.

The Executive Committee also agreed that they would put the item on the list of topics for their meeting with the Provost.

f. Review of URI 101: Ms. Grubman reported that the UCGE Subcommittee on URI 101 was looking at various ways they could survey students and on their behalf she was asked to find out if the Executive Committee would be willing to wait until the fall if the questions on URI 101 were added to the SETs. The Executive Committee agreed that a delay in the report would be acceptable under the circumstances.

6. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their February 15, 2007 meeting with Provost Swan:

a. Following up on the new grade appeal process (8.26.13 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL)

b. The Academic Affairs Online Learning Committee

c. The Search for a Vice Provost for Enrollment Management

d. The Ad Hoc Committee on sections 8.97.10 and 8.87.11 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL

The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman



Sheila Black Grubman

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