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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #31

March 22, 2010

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2010 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present except Senator DiCioccio, who arrived at noon.

2. Announcements/Correspondence:

a. Senator DiCioccio was meeting from 11-12 with the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee to discuss the possibility of recommending a modification to the spring 2010 calendar and would report to the FSEC at noon.

Ms. Grubman announced that, with the help of Ms. Palm from Information Technology Services, a SAKAI site for Faculty Senate discussion and vote on any proposed calendar modification had been set up during the weekend, and would be available if the FSEC agrees to move forward with a Faculty Senate vote.

3. The FSEC discussed the following matters of continuing concern:

a. Research Policy - Allocation of Royalties: Chairperson Swallow reported that he and Ms. Grubman had met with CBUM Chairperson Fritz Wenisch during spring break and had reviewed the Faculty Senate legislation (#97-98--25) establishing the current policy for distribution of royalties from patents and other intellectual property. He noted that while the flow chart for distribution of royalties on Appendix H had less detail than the flow chart in the legislation, the flow chart and UNIVERSITY MANUAL language were consistent with the approved royalties' distribution policy.

It was agreed that after consultation with Professor Wenisch, Chairperson Swallow would write to Vice President Alfonso and Mr. Saccoccio explaining that the legislation makes clear that the distribution of royalties is a matter of legislated policy and that the current practice is clearly in violation of established policy. It was agreed that Chairperson Swallow should request a response by April 16.

b. Academic Plan and academic policy: The Executive Committee was brought up-to-date on the various Task Forces and related committees:

1) Research, Scholarship, and Innovation: Chairperson Swallow reported that the Task Force had scheduled another open forum for the previous Thursday during the flood, but he hadn't been able to attend and did not know whether it had taken place.

2) Strategic Budget and Planning Council: Chairperson Swallow said that the SBPC had met that morning, and that he was encouraged by the discussions. He reported that while the Council hadn't had the opportunity to discuss the details of the budget, they were learning about how the University must respond to the uncertainty of funding. He said that the Council was looking at issues related to enrollment, high tuition, and the corresponding increase of the cost of financial aid.

3) Diversity and Equity Committee - Division of Academic Affairs: The Executive Committee discussed the concept of a Vice President for Diversity, which had been under consideration for several years and was mentioned in a recent newspaper article about President Dooley. Concerns were expressed about whether creating a new division would be the most effective way to promote diversity as opposed to the concept or practice being integrated throughout all aspects of the university.

c. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman confirmed that the FSEC's appointees to the Administrator Evaluation Committee for Vice Provost Bozylinsky (Peter Adamy, EDC, Victor Fay-Wolfe, CSC, and Bahram Nassersharif, MCE had been notified and that Professor Rosen was waiting for appointments by Vice Provost Bozylinsky and Provost De Hayes.

Ms. Grubman announced that Dean Joseph's AEC was complete with the appointment of Professor Denise Coppa by Provost DeHayes and Professor Mary Sullivan by Dean Joseph.

Ms. Grubman reported that Professor Rosen met with President Dooley and Vice President Alfonso on April 1 and planned to send out a request for volunteers for Vice President Alfonso's AEC in mid April.

4. Provost DeHayes met with the Executive Committee from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. The following matters were considered:

a. Joint Academic Planning Committee (JCAP): Provost DeHayes and the Executive Committee discussed the latest draft of the charge to and membership of the JCAP and agreed to it in final form.

It was decided that the FSEC would recommend to the Faculty Senate on April 29 that the new JCAP replace the JSPC and the revised sections 5.70.10-12 replace the existing sections of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

The Executive Committee asked Ms. Grubman to inform the Faulty Senate of the proposed change well in advance of the meeting.

b. Confucius Institute: The Executive Committee and Provost DeHayes agreed to establish a joint committee to review the Confucius Institute in accordance with section 8.85.17of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL. This committee would be asked to consider whether to recommend that the Faculty Senate approve continuing status for the Institute. They agreed that the Confucius Institute Review Committee would include three members of the FSEC (Chairperson Swallow, Vice Chairperson Ordoñez and Senator Honhart), Vice Provost Beauvais, Dean Brownell and two faculty members involved in Asian studies and Chinese language.

Chairperson Swallow reported that Professor Ma had agreed to provide answers to the questions posed by the Executive Committee within the next week.

Among the issues to be considered would be administrative oversight of the Confucius Institute, its role within the university's global initiatives, its relationship to Hanban (Office of Chinese Language Council International), to Zhejiang University, and to other Confucius Institutes in Rhode Island, as well as funding concerns.

c. Spring 2010 Academic Calendar: Senator DiCioccio reported that the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee had met that morning to discuss Provost DeHayes and the FSEC's proposal for a modified spring 2010 calendar. She said that the committee had mixed reactions to the proposed changes, especially the reduction in reading days and the Saturday exams, but had agreed to bring it forward to the Faculty Senate for a vote. She said that the Student representative to the committee, Student Senate President-elect David Coates, had asked that the students' concerns about a possible change be made very clear in the report.

Provost DeHayes emphasized the academic quality issues arising from the cancellation of 4 class days during the semester. He said it was important that the University acknowledge the importance of classes.

The FSEC agreed that this matter should be brought to the Faculty Senate for a vote as soon as possible. Since the inauguration was scheduled for April 8, that the earliest the Senate could meet would be April 15, which would be too late to make a change. Senator DiCioccio agreed to draft the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee's report that afternoon and to ask for comments from her committee that evening.

Ms. Grubman agreed to inform Faculty Senators about the SAKAI site and that they would be asked to vote on a modified calendar by Friday, April 9. She said that she would notify the entire faculty of the possibility that the Faculty Senate might vote to change the last days of classes, reading days, and final examination period.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman