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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #27

April 5, 2007

1. The meeting was called to order at 9:54 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2007, in the President's conference room in Green Hall after the majority of members of the FSEC spent 40 minutes collating ballots and stuffing envelopes for the Faculty Referendum. Chairperson Rice presided. All members were present except Senator Kowalski.

2. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Chairperson Rice noted that the Agenda for the April 9 Meeting of the Board of Governors had been e-mailed to members of the Executive Committee. He said that he planned to attend the meeting, which would be held on the Kingston campus.

b. A letter from Athletics Advisory Board Chair Luebke to President Carothers regarding section 8.51.31 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL was circulated for information.

c. The Executive Committee discussed e-mail correspondence between President Carothers and Senate Chair Rice regarding Commissioner Warner's proposal that URI's admissions requirements should include three-years of laboratory sciences. Questions were raised with regard to the potential effect on admissions should this additional requirement be placed on prospective students. It was agreed to refer this matter to the Admissions Advisory Committee.

3. Ms. Grubman reviewed with the FSEC those items that she expected would be on the April 19 Faculty Senate Agenda. She said that she would forward each of the reports to the FSEC but would not be able to provide them with a full preview Agenda prior to sending it to printing services.

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

a. Online Courses: The Executive Committee reviewed a proposed revision to section 8.81.80 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL that had been drafted by Vice Chairperson Luebke. Following discussion, it was agreed to recommend that the CAC approve the proposed change.

b. Policy #80-1: The Executive Committee reviewed the most recent version of the revised draft Policy on Policies proposed by the CBUM Committee. It was agreed that the CBUM Committee had not substantially altered the Executive Committee's draft.

c. Ad Hoc Committee on 8.87.10-11: Chairperson Rice reported on the initial meeting of the ad hoc committee and asked the Executive Committee for advice on the proposed draft 8.87.12. Discussion ensued and a number of suggestions were made for revising the draft.

Ms. Grubman noted that the ad hoc committee had been .established to revise sections 8.87.10-11 and asked whether those sections had been considered. Chairperson Rice said that he would raise the issue with the members of the ad hoc committee when he forwarded a draft 8.87.12 which he would revise based on that morning's discussion.

d. APRC: The FSEC discussed possible faculty appointees to the committee in addition to Professor Grilli and Chairperson Rice.

e. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman announced that the ad hoc Administrator Evaluation Committee had scheduled a meeting for April 24 to discuss the first two Dean Evaluations and to consider how they should proceed.

f. JSPC: Chairperson Rice said that he had spoken to Ms. Morrissey about the Agenda for the April 9 meeting of the JSPC and that the issue of data integrity would be the only item of business at the meeting.

g. Accreditation: Senator Barbour reported that the first group of drafts on the standards had been forwarded to the Publications Office for formatting for the web. She said that she believed that some of the sections were close to being posted for comments.

h. Referendum: The Executive Committee reviewed a draft report on section 8.2 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws. They agreed to recommend to the Faculty Senate that section 8.2 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws be amended to eliminate the complex and time consuming secret ballot process currently outlined in the section.

5. The Executive Committee agreed that they wanted to discuss the overall University Budget implications given recent events at the Statehouse with President Carothers at their April 12 meeting. In addition, the FSEC agreed to discuss the possible activation of the Blue Ribbon Futuring Commission that was approved at the end of the 2005-06 academic year, as well as a related discussion of how to promote to Rhode Islanders the notion of the State Research University as a public good.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman