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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #29

March 8, 2010

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, March 8, 2010 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.

2. Ms. Grubman reported that there were no Minutes available from the March 1, 2010 meeting of the Executive Committee.

3. Ms. Grubman announced that the FSEC was scheduled to meet with Vice President Alfonso and Mr. Saccoccio on March 10. She also reported that the Executive Committee was scheduled to meet on March 22, the Monday of spring break, with Provost DeHayes. She explained that the meeting would be held in the Provost's Conference Room at their regular meeting time.

4. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:

a Patents and royalties: Chairperson Swallow reported that he had received an acknowledgement from Professor Wood, Chairperson of the Council for Research, that the Council would discuss his letter at their next meeting.

b. Ad Hoc Committee on 4-Credit Courses and Curricula: The Executive Committee discussed the membership of the ad hoc committee. They noted that the committee had 8 members at that point and that a ninth member might be added from a college not already represented.

Senator Eaton reported that she set up a listserv for the committee so they can correspond between meetings. She said that she had been able to schedule the first meeting for the following week and had already sent "homework" to the group, asking the members to look at what their colleagues were doing at other institutions.

c. Academic Plan and academic policy: The Executive Committee discussed the status of the task forces and related groups

1) Advancing General Education: Senator DiCioccio reported that Professor O'Brien had resigned from the task force because she had too many other commitments

2) Research, Scholarship, and Innovation: Ms. Grubman reported that Professor Rice had sent the minutes from the task force's initial meeting (February 4) after they were approved and asked her to provide them to Senators as agreed at the February 25 Faculty Senate meeting.

3) Global Education: It was reported that Professor Alain-Philippe Durand had agreed to chair the task force, but the names of other members were yet forthcoming.

4) Enrollment Management-RETENTION: Senator Eaton reported briefly on the committee's activities. She said that the group had spent some time thinking about what data they would like to have before going forward and that Vice Provost Libutti was working with other units to compile information that was not readily available from any one source.

Ms. Grubman said that Vice Provost Libutti had agreed to report to thee Faculty Senate on March 18.

The Executive Committee noted that Chairpersons had been selected for other Task Forces: Dean McKinney is chair of the Interdisciplinary Solutions Task Force, Dean Zawia is chairing the Graduate Education Task Force, Professor Durand is chair of the Global Education Task Force, and Professor Torrens will chair the Distance Learning Task Force.

Chairperson Swallow announced that materials for the Task Forces were posted on the Provost's Planning website at http://www.uri.edu/provost/planning.html

d. Strategic Budget and Planning Council: Chairperson Swallow reported briefly about that morning's meeting. He said that Vice Provost Libutti had made a presentation on enrollment, which would be informative for the Faculty Senate as well. Chairperson Swallow said that there had also been a discussion of what principles should be the basis of budget decisions.

e. Proposal for Joint Committee on Academic Planning: The FSEC reviewed Provost DeHayes suggestions for modifying the draft charge and membership. They agreed that they shouldn't rush to make the March 18 Faculty Senate Agenda because there were still some details that should be resolved before making a recommendation to the Senate. They noted that Chairperson Swallow and Vice Chairperson Ordonez were scheduled to meet with the Provost later that week and would have the opportunity to discuss the committee further.

f. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman reported that an initial meeting with President Dooley and Vice President Alfonso on the Vice President's Administrator Evaluation is scheduled for April 1.

5. The Executive Committee agreed to ask the President for some insights about the upcoming Inauguration and to follow-up on issues they had discussed previously such as a) patent policy and distribution of royalties, b) Senate Bill #09-10--16, c) the development of a Joint Committee on Academic Planning, and d) the President's thoughts about the four-credit issue.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman