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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #24

March 8, 2007

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

2. The Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #23, March 1, 2007 were approved as amended.

3. Announcements/Correspondence

a. The Executive Committee reviewed the letter on H5230, which had been drafted by Chairperson Rice and approved it with minor corrections. The FSEC directed Chairperson Rice to forward individualized versions of the letter to RI Representative Steven M. Costantino, RI Senator Paiva-Weed, and Governor Carcieri after the President endorses Faculty Senate Resolution #06-07--2 "Support for the Passage of H5230."

b. The Executive Committee reviewed the data on SATs for Engineering majors, as well as the College of Engineering's resolution supporting the use of SATs. Senator Barbour noted that the materials had been forwarded to Associate Dean Lausier and Professor Owens, Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department for consideration. Senator Miller reported that the materials had been sent to the Admissions Advisory Committee as well.

Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to suggest to the Admissions Advisory Committee that they find out whether such data might be available for the arts, social sciences and/or humanities departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and similar studies be conducted.

Discussion ensued on the difficulty of obtaining accurate and correct data. It was agreed that the University would continue to have difficulty with self-assessment until there is confidence in the data's accuracy and they were more easily obtained. The Executive Committee agreed that issue of assessment and efforts to improve the accuracy and integrity of university data should be discussed by the JSPC.

c. The Executive Committee discussed an e-mail message from CBUM Chair Fritz Wenisch regarding Policy #07-1 Catering Policy, which stated that he believed that the policy was not official since the approval process had not followed the route outlined in Policy #80-1 Establishing Administrative Policy.

Chairperson Rice reported that he had contacted Vice President Weygand's Office about the policies and expected to meet with the Vice President on the matter within the next week.

4. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following matters of continuing concern:

a. Online Courses: Vice Chairperson Luebke noted that a meeting of all of the members of the online committee was scheduled for that afternoon. She said that she hoped the committee would now be able to move ahead.

b. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman announced that the Administrator Evaluation of Dean Letendre appeared to be concluded. She said that although the evaluation started later than anticipated it had been completed in less than six moths, which was a significant improvement over evaluations conducted under the existing procedure.

Ms. Grubman reported that Provost Swan had appointed her designee on the Administrator Evaluation Committee for Dean Farmer. Ms. Grubman said that she hadn't been informed whether Dean Farmer had appointed his designee.

c. Academic Program Review Committee (APRC): Ms. Grubman reported that the administrative members of the committee had been appointed as follows: Vice Provost Lynn Pasquerella was the President's designee and Assistant Provost Cliff Katz and Dean Winnie Brownell were the Provost's designees. Senator Miller said that Professor Stephan Grilli, OCE, had agreed to serve as one of the four faculty appointees.

Discussion ensued with regard to the remaining three faculty members. There appeared to be some consensus that, if it was possible, one of the three faculty members who served on the original AIIM Committee should be appointed to the committee.

When Professor Boulmetis arrived, the Executive Committee moved to the next item of Business.

5. The Executive Committee met with Professor John Boulmetis, Chair of the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee from 10:40 to 11:05 a.m. The Executive Committee provided Professor Boulmetis with the background on the appeals process as outlined in 8.26.13 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL. They also brought him up to date on the discussions related to the implementation, as well as suggestions for clarifying the paragraph. Professor Boulmetis agreed to bring the matter to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee at their next meeting.

After Professor Boulmetis left the meeting, the Executive Committee returned to item 4, c.

4. c. The Executive Committee continued their discussion of faculty appointees to the APRC. Following discussion, they agreed to seek nominations from several sources for faculty appointees to the committee.

d. Accreditation Update: Senator Kowalski reported on progress toward releasing drafts of portions of the self-study to the URI Community. Ms. Grubman noted that time could be allowed at the March 29 Faculty Senate Meeting for faculty and others to discuss the drafts.

e. JSPC: It was noted that the next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. Chairperson Rice asked if there were any items they wanted on the Agenda in addition to the proposed revision to the charge to the JSPC that had been forwarded earlier.

After discussion, the Executive Committee identified the following Agenda topics and asked Ms. Grubman to forward them to Ms. Morrissey:

1) The proposed amendment to the charge to the JSPC
2) Use of AIIM data for decision-making
3) Access to and Integrity of Data
4) The Academic Program Review Committee (following-up on all three items above.)

f. NSSE Data for URI: Chairperson Rice said that he would contact the Provost that afternoon about the results of National Survey of Student Engagement for 2006 as they relate to URI and whether her office has been following up on them.

6. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their March 15 meeting with President Carothers:

a. Update on the Budget situation: What are the prospects for the University in the FY'07 and FY'08 in light of the Governor's Budget proposal and the mood of the RI legislature?

b. Financial Aid and Admissions Efforts: Has the University begun to refine financial aid offers to potential students to increase student enrollment?

c. Usefulness of the AIIM: What has been helpful? What should the new Academic Program Review Committee consider when revising the instrument?

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman