1. The meeting was called to order at 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 in the third floor conference room in Green Hall, Chairperson Rice presiding. All members were present.
2. The Minutes of Meeting #31, April 12, 2006 were approved pending review by the Provost of the accuracy of the section relating to her meeting with the FSEC.
a. Chairperson Rice reported that he had been invited to serve on a committee to select an architectural and planning firm for renovations to the Kingston Campus and more, He said that the committee's first step had been to review a number of proposals from architectural and planning firms. He said that there had been a range of proposals from national firms to firms in Rhode Island and that the scope and cost of the plans varied greatly as well.
b. A memorandum from President Carothers to Dean McKinney suspending admissions to the Au.D. was circulated for information. It was noted that the Senate had acknowledged in 1995 that suspension of admission to programs was an administrative decision but complete abolition of the program must follow UNIVERSITY MANUAL procedures.
4. The Executive Committee discussed Faculty Senate Meeting #8, which had been held on the previous Thursday.
a. The Executive Committee reviewed a revised draft on section 2.14.10 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL, which had been suggested by the CBUM Committee in light of the discussion at the April 20 meeting. It was agreed to bring the revised section to the Faculty Senate for the May 11 meeting.
b. Copies of Senator La Luna's resolution in support of H-7092 were distributed. Ms. Grubman agreed to include a reference to the web version of H-7092 before the resolution was reproduced as Unfinished Business on the cover of the May 11 Agenda. (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/h7092.pdf)
5. The Executive Committee agreed to the following discussion topics for their meeting with Provost Swan on May 3:
a. Searches for administrative and faculty positions;
b. On-line instruction and Summer Session.
6. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters that would be included on the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #9, May 11, 2006:
a. The CBUM Report #2004-05-3 which was an informational report on inclusion into the University Manual of two centers that had been approved by the Board of Governors the previous spring.
b. The Report of the Library Committee for Spring 2006. Ms. Grubman agreed to add the names of the committee's members at the end of the report.
c. Ms. Grubman reminded the Executive Committee that the Provost had invited the Faculty Senate to a reception in honor of Professor Scott Molloy's receiving the RI Professor of the Year award by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
d. The Executive Committee discussed UNIVERSITY MANUAL section 5.70.12 on the Joint Strategic Planning Committee, which stated "The President and the Chair of the Faculty Senate shall report on the progress of the Committee to the Faculty Senate at least once each year and to the university community as appropriate."
Chairperson Rice agreed to discuss with President Carothers an end of the year report on the activities of the JSPC.
7. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:
a. Faculty Survey: Ms. Grubman reported that she was in the process of obtaining e-mail addresses for faculty members in each of the colleges and hoped to have all of the addresses shortly. She said that as soon as a complete list was available she would contact the faculty about the availability of the Faculty Survey on the web.
b. Academic Program Review (AIIM): The Executive Committee agreed that whether the AIIM Survey had been useful wasn't as important to the faculty as the establishment of a joint committee on academic program evaluation.
c. NEASC Accreditation Update: Senator Kowalski announced that a luncheon meeting, which would be the initial meeting for the Accreditation Self-Study had been scheduled for May 9. He said that all of the chairs of the committees had been invited to the luncheon at which Dr. Patrice O'Brien a consultant for NEASC would join the Provost in answering any questions about NEASC and the Accreditation Self-Study process.
d. Searches: The Executive Committee discussed an article from the April 26 issue of Inside Higher Ed on Business School Deans. Chairperson Rice said that he had spoken to the Provost who had seen the article, which reported that the top business schools in the United States clearly favor hiring Deans with Ph.D. degrees and extensive publishing records with teaching experience in business management and business administration. He reported that the Provost said that she had forwarded the article to the consultants for the Dean of Business Administration position.
e. Committees: It was noted that the Executive Committee had received materials from Professor Rodgers on the data collected for the Ad Hoc Graduate Education and Research Committee (GERC) and agreed that it would take some time to review the materials to compare them with the January presentation to the Faculty Senate. It was decided that this matter should be forwarded to the new FSEC after they are elected at the May 11 Faculty Senate Meeting.
Vice Chairperson Martin reported on the activities of the Providence Campus Undergraduate Initiative Committee (PCUIC). She said that the results of the admission process for the fall were disappointing and that the majority of members of the PCUIC thought that the limitation to three majors might have kept students from applying. She said that the committee suggested that the Providence Campus initiative be opened to undecided students, which was a matter for the Faculty Senate.
The Executive Committee said that they could not support a change in the program. They said that a primary reason for approving the undergraduate initiative had been the assurance that the three programs could be offered at the same quality as at the Kingston Campus. Concerns were raised about the availability of general education courses for students who are undecided, the lack of hard data on whether there is cohort of qualified students for the Providence Initiative. It was also suggested that strengthening programs for students transferring from CCRI would be a more appropriate alternative than deciding to admit undecided students to the Providence Campus.
8. Chairperson Rice distributed invitations to attend the URI Union Coalition's invitation to see Lieutenant Governor Fogarty at the University Club on May 4 from 12-1:00 p.m. He said that he was distributing them on behalf of Dr. Frank Annunziato because the AAUP was sponsoring lunch on that occasion.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman