1. The meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2008 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Miller presiding. All members were present except Senators Beauvais and Ordonez.
2. It was agreed to postpone consideration of the Minutes from Executive Committee Meetings #27, April 14, 2008 and #28, April 21, 2008 until everyone on the Executive committee had adequate time to review them.
a. Ms. Grubman reported that she had received an e-mail message from Vice President Dougan in response to the posting of the FSEC Minutes from Meeting #26, April 7, 2008, in which she stated that sophomores "are limited to the least desirable campus housing and often no campus housing is available to them." She said that Vice President Dougan had written "let me assure everyone that no sophomore has been denied on campus housing in my 23 years here as long as they followed the room registration process and paid their housing deposit on time."
Ms Grubman said that she had apologized to Vice President Dougan and promised that she would correct the misinformation by including his statement in the Minutes of this meeting.
b. Ms. Grubman reported that she had followed-up on the April 24 Faculty Senate meeting by sending e-mail messages to members of the current senate and newly elected Senators inviting them to nominate themselves or others for vacant positions on the 2008-09 Executive Committee.
c. Chairperson Miller and Senator Costello reported on the Student Senate meeting, which was held the previous week. They said that they had been invited to participate in the Student Senate's discussion of proposed legislation on arming the Campus Police.
4. The Executive Committee discussed Faculty Senate Meeting #8, which had been held on April 24, 2008. The Executive Committee agreed that the meeting had run smoothly considering the size of the Agenda.
Ms. Grubman said that CAC Chairperson Luebke planned to redraft Section IV of the 461st Report of the CAC based on the Senate's discussion. She said that the redrafted proposal would be shared with members of the 2007-08 Curricular Affairs Committee, first for comments and suggestions, and then for a vote with the intention of bringing the recommendations back to the Senate in the 462nd Report of the CAC.
5. The Executive Committee was brought up-to-date on the following matters of continuing interest:
a. Administrator Evaluation: Ms Grubman reported that the Administrator Evaluation Committee for Dean Richmond would hold their organizational meeting that afternoon. Ms. Grubman said that no letters had been sent regarding Dean Richmond's evaluation, and the committee would have to develop a survey similar to the ones that had been used before the streamlined evaluation process was initiated.
b. Blue Ribbon Study Commission: The Executive Committee discussed the most recent iteration of the draft charge to the committee. They agreed to invite Professor Rice to join them when they meet with Provost DeHayes on May 5 to ensure that the Provost would have an opportunity to influence the commission's charge before it was brought to the faculty Senate for endorsement.
c. Committees: Ms. Grubman reported that the Nominating Committee would hold its first meeting on Friday, May 2. She said that she had provided the members of the Nominating Committee with a list of Faculty Senators, an outline of vacant positions and a copy of Section 5 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws, which governs Senate elections.
It was noted that the first report of the Academic Program Review Committee (APRC) had been forwarded to members of the FSEC and would be included on the May 15 Faculty Senate Agenda.
d. Research Issues: It was agreed to raise the issues of graduate research assistant tuition and grant-writing support for the social sciences and the humanities when they meet with Provost DeHayes on May 5.
Ms. Grubman reported that neither institutional research nor the Research Office maintained information about unfunded research. Following discussion it was agreed that the Executive Committee would initiate a discussion of collecting data on unfunded research with the Provost.
e. 4-credit courses: Senator Costello reported that she had followed-up on the Executive Committee's discussion of 4-credit courses and had been informed by former Vice Provost Swift that a lot of information was available in the Provost's Office. Senator Costello said that she had received relatively little background information from the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs when she pursued the matter.
Vice Chairperson Martin said that she had participated in an effort by faculty to look at changing some 3-credit to 4-credit courses and had written a report on possibilities within the College Writing Program. She said that the effort was part of a grant for interested members of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty during the summer of 2005. Vice Chairperson Martin said that she would share her report with Senator Costello, but wasn't sure that any of the other faculty members who participated had written about their summer projects.
The Executive Committee talked about whether there was evidence to support moving to 4-credit courses and whether the gains would be commensurate with the effort to make a change of that magnitude.
7. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their May 5 meeting with Provost DeHayes:
a. Charge to the Blue Ribbon Study Commission (with Professor Rice)
b. Overview of the Academic Affairs budget for FY'09, including college organizational charts
c. Sophomore retention
d. Follow-up with Vice President Alfonso:
1) Graduate research assistants' tuition
2) Support in the Research Office for Social Sciences and Humanities
e. Accounting for research productivity that occurs without extramural funding.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:08 a.m.
Sheila Black Gubman