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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes   #31

March 22, 2010

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:10 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present; Ms. Grubman was unable to attend the meeting.

The Executive Committee is grateful to Vice Provost Katz for taking minutes during the Faculty Senate Meeting on April 29, 2010.

2. The minutes of meeting #36 from April 26, 2010 were approved.

3. The Committee discussed a comment received regarding the vote at the April 29th Faculty Senate meeting on the policy proposed by the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee (LOOC), which included a friendly amendment to the first policy on where the list of outcomes will be posted.

4. The Committee discussed concerns raised at the Faculty Senate meeting about the courses that the Graduate Council had recommended for deletion. It was agreed that the Graduate Council and Curricular Affairs Committee should verify that courses that have been submitted for deletion are not currently being taught or are not slated to be taught in upcoming semesters before proceeding with the deletion process.

5. The Committee is examining earlier versions of the University Manual to determine whether Appendix H is descriptive or illustrative of patent policy as it affects the faculty. Chairperson Swallow shared a message he had sent to President Dooley on the issue.

In the President's response, he indicated that he took the information under advisement, and showed his concern. The Committee discussed the potential need for the Senate to employ a lawyer. The issue has also been referred to the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee (CBUM) for consideration.

6. The Committee considered appointments for the Administrative Process Streamlining task force.

7. Senators Honhart and Eaton reported that the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on 4-Credit Courses and Curricula would be later in the day, and a report would be presented. There was discussion of how the discussion and consideration of 4-Credit Courses would continue after May 13th. Possibilities include charging a joint University College General Education (UCGE) and General Education Task Force committee or the Joint Committee on Academic Planning (JCAP) with continuing the work. The Executive Committee emphatically agreed that there should continue to be substantial faculty involvement in the matter. The Committee agreed it would be wise to wait until the Ad Hoc Committee on 4-Credit Courses and the General Education committee have returned reports.

8. Provost DeHayes and Vice Provost Beauvais met with the committee from noon to 1:00 p.m. The following matters were discussed:

a. Search for Vice Provost for Enrollment Services: Provost DeHayes announced that approval has been granted to start an internal search for Vice Provost for Enrollment Services, and a search committee will be formed. Manual sections 2.14.10 and 2.14.20 provide clarification that will help determine the composition of the search committee for the position.

b. Low-enrollment programs: the Provost announced that his office has endorsed two proposals that have come forward from colleges in response to the triggered reviews, including introducing some flexibility in the BS in Physics. Classical Studies has been proposed for retention on a provisional status, but with plans that would include a structured minor, as well as an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental Classics major, which might include philosophy, art history, among others. Otherwise, each department has been informed in writing about the triggered program review. The Provost emphasized that the reviews offer opportunities to reinvigorate programs. There was a question of how majors in programs that are slated for consolidation or elimination would be accommodated. It was determined that these may be treated as a suspension, but the matter will be referred to the CAC and the Graduate Council for further consideration.

c. The 4-Credit Curriculum Chairs Forum: The Provost provided an update about the Forum held on Friday, April 30th. He noted that UCGE was waiting to see what path colleges were pursuing before making a decision, while many colleges were waiting to see what UCGE would recommend. Senator Eaton noted that it would be helpful to have reports from the Ad Hoc Committee on 4-Credit Courses and Curricula and UCGE before proceeding. Reports should be presented at the Faculty Senate meeting on May 13th. Vice Provost Beauvais noted that at the Provost's forum, it became apparent that keeping the faculty informed of any progress was essential. The Provost reiterated that the change only makes sense if it is good for student learning and is workload neutral for faculty. If a department is doing a wholesale change to their curriculum, there should be faculty involvement, including the college curriculum committee.

d. Projected fall 2010 enrollment: Provost DeHayes noted that we're a little ahead on the in-state side, but a little behind on the out-of-state side. The top end of the waiting list is now being consulted, but more information will be available at the end of the week, once last-minute online deposits and deposits received by mail have been processed.

e. The ProvostÕs recent meeting with Hanban in Washington DC: He reported that during his meeting with Hanban he related the successes that we have had with URI's Confucius Institute, including the increase in the number of students taking Chinese language courses (approximately 250-300 students, where previously there had been none), and the programs that URI has made available to the outside community. He also noted that URI received an award for the Chinese Language Flagship Program that was spearheaded by the International Engineering Program. He reported that an assistant in the Confucius Institute will continue to be funded by the University.

f. The Administrative Process Streamlining Task Force: The Executive Committee shared recommendations for the membership.

9. After the Provost left, the Committee discussed appointees to Vice President Alfonso's review committee.

10. The Committee then discussed planning for the Faculty Senate meeting for May 13th.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Amanda Izenstark