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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #23

January 25, 2010

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2010 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

2. The Executive Committee agreed to postpone consideration of the Minutes from FSEC Meeting #22, January 19, 2010 until their next meeting.

3. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Chairperson Swallow announced that the Board of Governors Meeting would be meeting at 5:00 p.m. that evening, January 25, 2010 at Rhode Island College Student Ballroom. The FSEC reviewed the Agenda and agreed that since very few items were pertinent to URI, it was not a problem that no one on the FSEC would be able to attend.

b. Ms Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that the Faculty Forum on Engaging Students in Learning was scheduled for Friday, January 29, 2010 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Union with dessert reception. The Executive Committee asked Chairperson Swallow to make an announcement about the Forum at the January 28 Faculty Senate Meeting.

c. Ms. Grubman reported that she had printed a copy of "No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom" (Chapter 1), which she had received from the National AAUP. She said if anyone was interested, they could borrow it.

d. The FSEC discussed President Dooley's announcement of the membership of the Strategic Budget and Planning Council. They noted that in addition to the appointment of four of their nominees (Professors Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, Cheryl Foster, Stephen D'Hondt, and Stephen Swallow), Professor Patricia Morokoff, representing the Equity Council also had been appointed to the SBPC and was a fifth faculty member.

4. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #5, January 28, 2010 in preparation for the meeting later that week.

5. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following:

a. Low Enrollment Programs: The Executive Committee reviewed the process for reviewing low enrollment programs that they had discussed with Provost DeHayes. It was noted that faculty and deans were still considering options and that no recommendation to suspend an academic program had as yet come forward.

b. JSPC: Following discussion, it was agreed to consider with Provost DeHayes options for replacing the JSPC with another committee more focused on academic planning. They decided that before they would draft a new charge and membership, they would find out how the Provost would see such a committee functioning, whether the membership should be exclusively within academic affairs or include student affairs and research representation, and to whom the committee should report.

6. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their February 1 meeting with Provost DeHayes:

a. An update on low enrollment programs.

b. The possibility of replacing the JSPC with a new Academic Planning Committee

c. Discussion of the role of research and scholarship in the academic division.

d. Issues related to 4-credit courses.

7. Provost DeHayes dropped in the FSEC meeting at 1:00 p.m. He outlined the possibility of spearheading a University-Wide fundraising effort to help Haiti. He explained that he had initiated the concept during intersession and had been able to write to Chairperson Swallow and briefly discuss it with President Dooley, Vice President Dougan and Mr. Bedard, President of the Student Senate. He asked the FSEC for their ideas and suggestions for a fundraising campaign that would include faculty, staff and students.

Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to propose a resolution to the Senate about the university-wide fundraising campaign at the January 28 meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman