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Scenes from Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #31

May 12, 2008

1. The meeting was called to order at 9: 10 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2008 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Miller presiding. All members were present except Senator Costello.

2. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Chairperson Miller announced that he had received some positive responses to the memorandum on the Faculty Forum that he and Provost DeHayes had sent to the faculty on May 9.

b. The Executive Committee discussed E-mail correspondence from Senator Ruemmele regarding the Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #28. It was agreed that the issues she raised about the importance for the University as the state's land-grant institution, as well as her support for an assessment of the Special Program for Talent Development would be shared with the 2008-09 FSEC.

c. Ms. Grubman reported that she and Senator Rosen had a meeting with Provost DeHayes and Former Provost Swan about the Administrator Evaluation process. She said that they discussed the history of the administrator evaluation process as well as its current form as modified by the Senate in the fall.

3. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #9, May 15, 2008 in preparation for the meeting later that week. Ms. Grubman explained that the imminent retirement of Ms. DeFosse and the cuts to the Faculty Senate budget for 2008-09 had led her to decide to discontinue printing the Senate Agenda and Minutes as well as the UNIVERSITY MANUAL updates.

Chairperson Miller said that he would announce this at the Senate Meeting.

4. The Executive Committee discussed issues that they hoped to pass on to the 2008-09 FSEC. It was agreed that they would suggest that the Executive Committee consider the following matters:

a. The Presidential Search;

b. The establishment of the Blue Ribbon Study Commission on the future of URI;

c. Assessment of administrative operations such as the Graduate School and the

Special Program for Talent Development;

d. Research support issues including tuition for graduate research assistants, the need for greater support for the social sciences and the humanities, and the necessity of accounting for research productivity that occurs without extramural funding;

e. Taking a fresh look at what practices might affect graduation rates such as the University's policies on incompletes and deadlines for dropping and adding courses;

f. Assessment of the functioning of the Joint Strategic Planning Committee.

5. Ms. Grubman shared with the Executive Committee a list of goals that they had set out for themselves at the beginning of the year and discussion ensued as to whether progress had been made on them. It was noted that they had not initially taken the NEASC Accreditation process, the Search for a new Provost, the branding initiative, the need to respond to various communications received regarding issues related to resource allocation and leadership, or the devastating budget cuts into consideration when they set their goals.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman