1. The meeting was called to order at 11:05 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2010 in the Provost's Conference Room, Green Hall, Vice Chairperson Ordoñez presiding. All members were present except Chairperson Swallow.
2. The Executive Committee reviewed the draft Agenda for the February 25 Faculty Senate Meeting and approved it in final form.
3. The FSEC discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Exploring 4-credit curricula: The Executive Committee reviewed the draft proposal for establishing an ad hoc committee on 4-credit courses and curricula. They agreed that the feedback they had received from other faculty members, notably Senators Kirschenbaum and Roworth, had been very useful in developing the ad hoc committee's charge.
b. Executive Committee and Officers: The Executive Committee discussed concerns raised previously by the Provost and others that it was important to ensure continuity from year to year on the FSEC. Ms. Grubman reported that the terms of members of the Executive Committee had been changed in 2004-05 to improve carry-over from one FSEC to the next, but that there were always circumstances, such as election of second-year members to officer positions, that prevented two-year terms from being the norm. The Executive Committee agreed that there was no compelling reason to change the terms of officers at that time.
The FSEC also discussed concerns raised by the Provost about the election process itself, repeated votes and ballot counting in the hall during the last Faculty Senate meeting of the year. It was agreed that Senator Izenstark would explore the possibility of using clicker technology to count votes. Senator Izenstark said that if it is possible to do the elections that way, she would help Mr. Pari set up the technology.
c. Academic Plan and academic policy: Vice Chairperson Ordoñez reported that Provost DeHayes and Ms. Morrissey had attended the College of Human Science and Services Faculty meeting. She said that Ms. Morrissey had reported on the status of the various Academic Plan Task Forces. Vice Chairperson Ordoñez said that a clear distinction was made between the Task Forces, ongoing committees related to the Academic Plan, and small groups such as the subcommittee of the Deans' Council who developed the guide for considering 4-credit courses.
The Executive Committee was brought up-to-date on the various Task Forces
Update on the Task Forces:
1) Advancing General Education: Senator DiCioccio reported that the Task Force had selected the grand challenges teaching fellows and had begun a series of workshops to help the faculty members who would be teaching the courses. She also reported that coordination with the instructors of the other courses in the clusters (ECw) and (EC) and URI 101 sections had been started.
2) Interdisciplinary Solutions: Vice Chairperson Ordoñez reported that Dean McKinney had agreed to chair the task force on interdisciplinary issues.
3) Research, Scholarship, and Innovation: Ms. Grubman announced that Professor Rice, who co chaired the task force with Associate Vice President Moran, had agreed to report on the task force at the Faculty Senate meeting. She said that Professor Rice had asked that his report be moved to the beginning of the meeting because he had a commitment in Providence Thursday afternoon.
4) Graduate Education: Questions were raised about the status of the graduate education task force, and Ms. Grubman said that she would follow up with Ms. Morrissey.
5) Online Instruction and Distance Learning: Senator Izenstark reported that she had been invited to participate in the task force and had agreed to do so.
d. Joint Committee on Academic Planning: The members of the FSEC discussed their draft proposal for establishing a Joint Committee on Academic Planning (JCAP). Vice Chairperson Ordoñez said that she had agreed to forward the draft to the Provost's Office and asked Ms. Grubman to send copies of the most recent draft to Provost DeHayes, Vice Provost Beauvais and Ms. Morrissey to be used as a basis for discussion with the Provost.
e. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman reported that the Provost, Vice Provost Katz and Professor Rosen had met with Dean Joseph and said she expected the Administrator Evaluation for Dean Joseph to begin by the end of the week.
Ms. Grubman said that she and Professor Rosen along with Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Katz were scheduled to meet with Vice Provost Bozylinsky about his Administrator Evaluation later that week. The FSEC asked Ms. Grubman to talk to Vice Provost Bozylinsky about the possibility of providing a brief explanation of his responsibilities since all members of the continuing faculty were considered his constituency group.
Ms. Grubman said that as soon as the two evaluations were underway, she and Professor Rosen would meet with President Dooley and Vice President Alfonso about initiating the AEC for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Ms. Grubman noted that all continuing members of the faculty were considered Vice President Alfonso's constituency group.
f. General Education: Ms. Grubman reported that the University College and General Education Committee had decided to begin the process of reforming general education immediately: and planned a 1/2 day retreat in mid-March to decide on their next direction. She explained that the UCGE Committee had been discussing the need for reform since the beginning of the academic year and the discussion of the possible move to a 4-credit curriculum had been the impetus for their efforts. She noted that from the very beginning of the academic year, the UCGE Committee had begun to look at general education programs at other institutions.
Senator DiCioccio reminded the FSEC that the Advancing General Education Task Force was working closely with the UCGE Committee and the UCGE Committee Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education. She said that there was considerable overlap among the members of the two committees and the FSEC along with other faculty members suggested by the Provost.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:38 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman