1. The meeting was called to order at 12:38 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present except Senator Luebke.
2. Consideration of the Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #25, March 1, 2006 was postponed until the next meeting.
a. Vice Chairperson Martin reported on the March 6 Meeting of the Board of Governors. She noted that the item of special interest to URI was the approval of the Ph.D. in Computer Science. She also said that it was explained at the meeting that the Office of Higher Education and the three institutions had been asked to reduce their budgets in a greater proportion than other agencies.
Vice Chairperson Martin said that a significant portion of the meeting had been devoted to a report from Peter McWalters, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education on "School Improvement in Rhode Island: The Data, The Outlook and the Policy Implications."
b. Ms. Grubman announced that afternoon was the deadline for materials to be submitted for the March 23 Faculty Senate Agenda. She provided the Executive Committee with an overview of what she expected to be included on the Agenda for Meeting #7 and agreed to forward by e-mail to the FSEC all reports that they had not already seen.
It was agreed that Ms. Grubman would contact those members of the Executive Committee who would be available during spring break to review the Agenda before it goes to Printing Services.
4. The Executive Committee considered the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Revised Draft on Academic Program Review: The Executive Committee agreed that the latest draft report, which had been modified by the Provost and the CBUM Committee since their last meeting was now in final form. They agreed that the report should be included in the Agenda for the March 23 Faculty Senate Meeting.
b. Faculty Survey: The Executive Committee discussed the most recent iteration of the survey drafted by Chairperson Rice and Vice Chairperson Martin and suggested several modifications. Vice Chairperson Martin agreed to revise the draft based on the FSEC's suggestions.
c. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman reported that she had met with Professor Rosen the Administrator Evaluation Coordinator and had spoken briefly to Assistant Provost Katz. She then distributed a draft report for their consideration. Following discussion, Ms. Grubman agreed to revise the draft and to contact potential members for the ad hoc committee.
5. The Executive Committee met with Assistant Provost Katz from 1-1:30 p.m. They discussed the preliminary report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Graduate Education and Research. It was agreed that for the final report, the committee should better define its questions and incorporate data that had been and data provided by the Provost's Office. Chairperson Rice agreed to speak with Committee Chairperson Professor Rodgers about the suggestions of the FSEC.
6. Provost Swan joined the meeting at 1:30. The following matters were discussed:
a. Provost Swan reported on the proposed reduction in the current year's budget. She noted that there was no funding for asset protection although the University had committed to contracts for the renovations. She said that more than 100 positions were frozen at CCRI and RIC and the President was holding positions at URI as well. She said that faculty hires were continuing because they didn't affect the FY'06 budget.
b. In response to a question from the FSEC, the Provost said that she saw the greatest strength in the AIIM was in providing information to help departments improve themselves. She said that she did not yet see clearly if the information would help with financial decisions. Provost Swan noted that many improvements to departments could be effected locally within departments or within colleges.
Senator Kowalski said that the AIIM was appropriately used as a vehicle for programs to assess themselves and work toward continuous improvement, which was part of the standards for the NEASC self-study. Chairperson Rice noted that the AIIM process is much less time consuming for individual faculty members and Department Chairs than the former Program Quality Review process.
c. Provost Swan provided the Executive Committee with a copy of the January 2006 issue of "Marine Technology Reporter" with a cover story about Dr. Robert Ballard's efforts to develop a doctoral program in Archaeological Oceanography. The article is available at: http://www.uri.edu/facsen/1-06_MTR_article.pdf
d. Provost Swan said that she would not be able to meet with the FSEC at 1:00 p.m. on May 3. It was agreed to wait to decide whether the time should be changed or the meeting cancelled.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.