1. The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2007, in the President's conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.
a. The Executive Committee discussed President Carothers' request for the appointment of two faculty members to the Search Committee for the Provost. It was agreed that the appointments should coordinate with the AAUP to ensure as broad a faculty representation as possible.
b. The Executive Committee considered an April 24 memorandum from Vice Chairperson Luebke on behalf of the CAC requesting that the matter of inappropriate assignment of lab fees for non-laboratory courses be brought to the Faculty Senate. Discussion ensued as to the appropriate response to the CAC's request and whether the issue should be brought to the Faculty Senate at the last meeting of the academic year.
Following discussion, it was agreed to write to the Provost informing her of the CAC's continuing concern about the assignment of lab fees to non-laboratory courses and requesting that her office investigate the Board of Governors' fee policy. It was further agreed that once the policy is clarified, to propose that the Provost draft a University policy that sets up a transparent process for assigning lab or possibly other fees. In addition, it was agreed to suggest that the Executive Committee or the Curricular Affairs Committee assist the Provost in this effort.
(This discussion was interrupted by other items of business and is reported in its entirety above)
When Vice Provost Alfonso arrived, the Executive Committee moved to item 4 on their Agenda.
4. The Executive Committee met with Vice Provost Alfonso and Dr. James Petell, a consultant on intellectual property from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. The status of the Research Foundation, Research Park and promotion of intellectual property were discussed. In addition, Vice Provost Alfonso reported on his plans to reorganize certain functions under the Office of Research. Vice Provost Alfonso agreed to forward his draft proposal for reorganizing research functions to the Executive Committee.
After Vice Provost Alfonso and Dr. Petell left the meeting, the Executive Committee moved to the next item of business.
2. c. It was noted that members of the Executive Committee had received the Agenda for the May 1 meeting of the Board of Governors' Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Chairperson Rice announced that he would not be able to attend the meeting and that Senator Miller had agreed to represent the Executive Committee in his stead.
d. A memorandum from Professor Emeritus Albert Lott requesting an update on Faculty Senate Resolution on "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" was circulated for information. The Executive Committee agreed that the matter had been referred to President Carothers, who had contacted the Rhode Island federal legislators as requested and that there wasn't any new information to report.
e. Ms. Grubman reported that she had received a spreadsheet on Bills to Watch in the RI Legislature from Ms. Hopkins and had posted it as a PDF file on the Faculty Senate's Home Page.
Chairperson Rice noted that the Faculty Senate's resolution #06-07--2, "Support for the Passage of H5230" and his letter transmitting the resolution had been received by all of the appropriate individuals. f. Chairperson Rice shared with the FSEC a letter from the ACLU to President Carothers in support of his position on free speech, as well as a letter from the ACLU to the Student Senate outlining their official position with regard to the issue of free speech.
3. The Executive Committee discussed Faculty Senate Meeting #7, which had been held on April 19, 2007, and agreed that there was no further need for following up on the resolution in support of free speech other than placing it on the May 10 Agenda as a matter of unfinished business.
5. The Executive Committee discussed potential Agenda items for Faculty Senate Meeting #8, May 10, 2007.
In addition to the written reports, Chairperson Rice agreed to give an oral report on the activities of the JSPC for 2007-08 as required in section 5.70.12 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.
Vice Chairperson Luebke moved that instead of recommending that the Senate approve resolutions thanking various members of the Executive Committee, they adopt a resolution thanking the Senate.
Following discussion, the resolution was approved (see below) and it was agreed that the Vice Chairperson would present it to the Senate as part of the Executive Committee's report on May 10.
6. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following matters: a. Online Courses: Ms Grubman reported that she had been able to contact the persons responsible for putting online courses on the web and had asked them to remove any courses that hadn't been approved by the CAC. She said that she had explained that in the future only courses approved by the CAC for online instruction should be posted.
b. Policy #80-1: Ms. Grubman said that the draft revised "Policy on Establishing Administrative Policy" remained a work in progress. She said that she had been asked to revise the draft based on the recent meeting that she and Senator Wenisch had with Ms. Costa, Assistant to Vice President Weygand. Ms. Grubman reported that other priorities had interfered with her plans to redraft the policy. She said that she hoped the proposed revised policy #80-1 would be brought to the Faculty Senate in the fall.
c. APRC Membership: The Executive Committee discussed Professor Stevenson's suggestion that a faculty member expert in psychometrics be appointed to the Academic Program Review Committee (APRC). The FSEC agreed to follow up on Professor Stevenson's advice.
Senator Quina and Dr. Simonini, Interim Associate Dean of the Feinstein College of Continuing Education arrived at 11:15 a.m. and the Executive Committee moved to item 7 on the Agenda.
7. Dean Simonini and Senator Quina met with the Executive Committee from 11:15 to 11:40 as representatives of the Providence Campus Undergraduate Initiative Committee (PCUIC). They explained that Professor Martin, who chairs the PCUIC was in class at that time and they had agreed to report to the Executive Committee on the next step in the committee's initiative. They distributed copies of a draft report of the PCUIC, which recommended a pilot for expanding admissions to undecided students. Dean Simonini and Senator Quina explained the reasons for the proposed pilot and responded to questions from the FSEC.
It was agreed to include the report on the Agenda for the May 10 Faculty Senate meeting.
When Senator Quina and Dean Simonini left, the Executive Committee resumed its regular order of business at item 6. d
6. d. Administrator Evaluation: Senator Miller and Ms. Grubman reported on the April 24 meeting of the ad hoc Committee on Administrator Evaluation. They said that the pilot process had proceeded smoothly and successfully. As a result, Senator Rosen would give a progress report to the Senate on May 10, with the intention of bringing a formal proposal to the Senate at its first meeting in the fall.
e. Referendum: Ms Grubman announced that President Carothers had appointed Senator Barbour, Vice Chairperson Luebke and Professor Leland Jackson to serve as tellers. The deadline for receipt of the ballots was April 25 and the three tellers planned to meet on April 27.
f. JSPC: Ms. Grubman announced that the next meeting of the JSPC was scheduled for May 3 at 2:00 p.m.
g. Committee Appointments: The Executive Committee agreed to work on committee appointments that should be made before the end of the academic year if possible and to recommend approval to the Senate on May 10.
h. NEASC Accreditation Self-Study: Senator Kowalski announced that most of the drafts of the NEASC standards reports had been posted on the web. He said that the Self-Study Steering Committee would notify all Senators, including the newly elected and those whose terms were expiring as well as ex officio members of the Senate, that the drafts are available on the web and should be shared with colleagues and that comments, questions and suggestions are encouraged.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:22 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman
Resolution of Thanks
From 2006-2007 Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Chair Michael Rice, Vice-Chair Barbara Luebke
Marilyn Barbour, James Kinnie, James Kowalski, James Miller
WHEREAS we have over the last year met weekly for a total of more than 100 hours; and
WHEREAS we have together considered and debated issues big and small on behalf of the University of Rhode Island faculty; and
WHEREAS we have met regularly with University administrators to share our concerns and opinions, and to offer advice (solicited and not); and
WHEREAS we have strived earnestly to staff our all-important Committees of the Senate and other University Committees with the best and most dedicated members of the faculty community; and
WHEREAS we have together drafted, crafted, edited and presented recommendations, committee reports and legislation for consideration by the Senate; and
WHEREAS in the course of our work we have laughed perhaps more than any other Faculty Senate Executive Committee; be it
RESOLVED that the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate Executive Committee reaffirms its belief in the importance of shared governance and the Faculty Senate's role in the life of the University; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate Executive Committee urges all members of the faculty to be actively involved in the work of the Senate and its committees; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate Executive Committee urges the new Senate to remain attentive to the needs of the faculty and vigilant in protecting its rights; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate Executive Committee urges the new Executive Committee to continue the work begun this year while charting its own course; and be it
FINALLY RESOLVED that the 2006-2007 Faculty Senate Executive Committee offers its profound gratitude to the Senate for the privilege of leading it during the past academic year.