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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting


Meeting #29

April 5, 2006

1. The meeting was called to order at 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.

2. The Minutes of Meeting #27, March 22, 2006 were approved pending President Carothers review of the accuracy of sections that pertained to his meeting with the FSEC before publishing them.

3. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Chairperson Rice shared with the Executive Committee e-mail correspondence regarding the search for the Dean of the College of Business Administration. The concerns dealt with the qualifications for the position which did not include a terminal degree and forwarding of vitae to the consultants rather than Human Resources at URI. Chairperson Rice said that he had spoken to the Provost about this matters and she had indicated that while she had reservations, she was convinced by the consultants to proceed with the search as outlined.

The Executive Committee expressed puzzlement about the decision to appoint a dean without a terminal degree when deans are charged with making academic decisions for their college, such as those on faculty promotion and tenure.

b. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence from Senator Boudreaux-Bartels, which expressed serious concern about materials distributed to college deans at a Council of Deans meeting which had been labeled "AIIM Model Data." The data appeared to be based on PCA information and was not those provided by the Provost's office to all faculty as information for the AIIM Survey that had been agreed-upon by Senators Boudreaux-Bartels, Martin and Rice.

Following discussion, it was agreed to post the following statement on FacSen-Bus and to forward it to all Senators and members of the Council of Deans.

Dear Members of the University Community:

It appears that some confusion has arisen over which financial data was used by the University for AIIM. The intent of this message is to provide clarification. Representatives from the Provost's office worked together with three representatives of the Faculty Senate (Faye Boudreaux-Bartels, Michael Rice, and Celest Martin) to develop a number of financial indicators. These indicators included the following: student credit hours taught by faculty in a department, number of majors in a department, research dollars generated and overhead dollars returned by department as well as the trend in some of these financial indicators over the past 3 years.

On the AIIM, these were the data provided to you by the university (although you had to type in the input yourselves). These data sheets can be accessed from the AIIM homepage: ( They can also be accessed by a link on the Faculty Senate homepage. To access the data, click on the link to the AIIM Value & Success Surveys and use the case sensitive username "faculty" and the case sensitive password "faculty2005."

Please feel free to direct questions to FSEC@ETAL.URI.EDU.

4. The Executive Committee met with Professor Costello from 1-1:30 and discussed the faculty survey they drafted previously. Following discussion, the Executive Committee agreed to all of Professor Costello's suggestions and asked her to revise the survey based upon them. The Executive Committee expressed their appreciation to Professor Costello for all of the time and effort she had devoted to the project.

5. Ms. Grubman provided the FSEC with a preview of the items that would be included on the Agenda for the April 20 Faculty Senate Meeting and distributed copies of reports that had been received before the deadline. She said that she would forward the remainder of reports and the Agenda cover by e-mail.

Following discussion, the Executive Committee approved a draft calendar for 2006-07 Faculty Senate Meetings and discussed the appointment of a Nominating Committee for the Officers of the 2006-07 Faculty Senate. In addition, the Executive Committee agreed to present reports on the Administrator Evaluation proposal, Manual language on searches as part of their recommendations. They also agreed to propose that the Faculty Senate endorse the joint recommendation of the President and Executive Committee for a Blue Ribbon Committee on Positioning the University of Rhode Island for the Future.

6. The Executive Committee discussed their message to the campus community drafted by Senator Kowalski alerting everyone of the budget problems facing the University and asking for advice to be forwarded to the JSPC. Following discussion, they agreed to send the following to FacSen-Bus, senators and members of the JSPC:

At the March 23rd Faculty Senate meeting, President Carothers reported on serious budget problems that the University is facing for the budget year beginning July 1. (FY 07)

He noted that some of the major factors affecting RI budgets are: the size of the state appropriation; the total number of tuition paying students and the proportion who are from out-of-state; and the tuition rates. By his account, all of these are predicted to have a negative impact on the FY07 budget.

In short, here's why. First, because the state is facing revenue shortfalls but increasing expenses--particularly in the social services areas, the Governor has proposed a decrease in the state appropriation to the University. Moreover, total enrollments are likely to be smaller than originally expected, with fewer out-of-state students (who pay larger tuitions than in-staters). Finally, the Board of Governors will cap tuition increases at a level that will make it impossible to make up for the smaller appropriation and smaller enrollments.

According to President Carothers, the best case leaves the University about 5 million dollars short and the worst case could result in a more than 10 million dollar gap. Even the smaller amount will require significant spending curtailments, which will affect programs. He reported that the University administration is meeting in emergency sessions to try to come up with plans to manage the very serious situation.

Significantly, President Carothers also went so far as to solicit ideas from the faculty, saying that he would consider any thoughtful proposal on how to help solve these problems.

Hence, this message. If you or your colleagues have suggestions, they can be sent directly to the President ( or they can be sent to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee ( where they will be collated and forwarded to the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC).

University of Rhode Island
Faculty Senate Executive Committee 2005-06:

Michael Rice, Chair,
Celest Martin, Vice Chair,
Marilyn Barbour,
James Kowalski,
Barbara Luebke,
Karen Ramsay,

The meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman




Michael W. Honhart, Professor of History 2014 Recipient of the Sheila Black Grubman Faculty Outstanding Service Award



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