Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting 26 – January 28, 2011
Prior to the meeting, the Executive Committee met with Vice Provost Libutti to consider his request to modify the "add period" for the spring semester.
1. The meeting was called to order at 11:10 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2011 in the President’s Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes from Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting #24 were approved as corrected.
a. Ms. Grubman reported that the Faculty Senate could support the Survey Monkey fee for one year as long as there was adequate documentation of the expenditure. It was agreed that the Teaching Effectiveness Committee Survey on the IDEA would be conducted by under the auspices of the Faculty Senate.
b. Ms. Grubman announced that the joint meeting of the FSEC and the AAUP Executive Committee was scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on March 10.
c. The Executive Committee discussed the request from Vice Provost Libutti that the “add period” for the current semester be modified by extending the 7-day open enrollment period to 9 days because of the cancellation of classes on January 27. This extension would not apply to the total number of days to add courses, which would remain 14.
After discussion, it was agreed to accept this one-time change in the “add period” with the understanding that it would not set a precedent for changing the “add period” or a precedent for changing the University Calendar without approval by the Faculty Senate upon recommendation of the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.
d. Chairperson Eaton and Senators Barbour and Honhart reported that they had been able to spend time with Dr. Peterson, President Dooley’s consultant, the previous evening talking about global education. In addition, Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senator Krieger noted that they had been able to meet with Dr. Peterson during the snow day.
4. The Executive Committee agreed not to reschedule the January 27 Faculty Senate Meeting, which was cancelled because no classes had been held that day. They decided that the business on the January 27 Agenda could be included on the Agenda for the February 24 Faculty Senate Meeting.
The Executive Committee considered whether to ask the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee to propose that an additional instructional day be added to the calendar to compensate for the Thursday when classes had been cancelled. It was agreed to wait until at least a second day of classes is canceled before proposing a change in the calendar.
5. The Executive Committee met with Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais from 1:40 to 12:50 p.m. The following matters were considered:
a. Budget Issues: Provost DeHayes reported on the FY’11 budget and explained that at mid-year there was a shortfall for several reasons. The three most significant reasons were first, that $1,000,000 had been cut from the Budget in August before the beginning of the academic year; second was that URI didn’t enroll as many out of state freshmen as expected; and third, there were unanticipated infrastructure expenses.
He mentioned that URI has been at a disadvantage in attracting out of state students, because of our high tuition and housing expenses and our limited financial aid budget.
b. The Academic Summit - Engaging Students in Learning with Technology: Provost DeHayes said that he was very pleased with the number of faculty members who attended the summit on January 18 as well as the two previous summits. He provided the FSEC with feedback from faculty members who had participated. He said that from his perspective, the three summits had provided the opportunity for faculty members from all over the University to meet and discuss matters of interest that transcend specific disciplines.
It was agreed that the next step would be to review the current process and develop a flow chart for steps to be taken from the point where an idea is generated through the internal approval procedure before a new program is forwarded via the Office of Higher Education to the Board of Governors. Vice Provost Beauvais, Senator Barbour and Ms. Grubman volunteered to develop a draft flow chart for the internal program approval process.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman