The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2010 in the President's Conference Room, Green Hall, Chairperson Swallow presiding. All members were present.
Provost DeHayes joined the meeting briefly to confirm that members of the Executive Committee had received copies of "A Hope in the Unseen" by Ron Suskind, which was the reading for the freshman class. He also distributed copies of the bookmarks designed to accompany the books and noted that URI Cornerstones were printed on the back to serve as a reminder to students of the University's values.
2. The Minutes from FSEC Meeting #4, July 12, 2010, were approved.
a. Ms. Grubman announced that Faculty Senate Bill #10-11--1, which had been approved by President Dooley on June, had been posted on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/senate_bill_10-11--1.pdf. She said that the cover statement signed by President Dooley and Faculty Senate Chairperson Swallow clarifying administrative costs was included in the posting.
b. It was noted that Dr. John Kirby had been appointed Dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences and was expected to arrive in mid-August.
c. Ms. Grubman reported that Ms. Morrissey had asked for names of additional faculty who might be asked to serve on the process streamlining task force. Discussion ensued, after which Ms. Grubman was asked to forward the names of several faculty members who might be willing to serve on the task force.
4. The Executive Committee continued their discussion of possible faculty appointees to committees.
5. The Executive Committee agreed that they should take some action with regard to the issue of four-credit courses and curricula that had been under discussion during the two previous academic years. They agreed that all of the documents related to the issue should be posted on the web for review by the faculty (see http://www.uri.edu/facsen/4-Credit_Courses_4-Credit_Curricula.htm).
The FSEC also discussed the possibility of sponsoring a forum for department chairs and faculty in general on the issue and whether they should make a recommendation to the Faculty Senate about the matter.
Chairperson Swallow said that he would draft a position paper on the 4-credit course issue, including a possible charge to the UCGE Committee for discussion at their next meeting.
It was agreed to schedule an Executive Committee meeting for the following week to discuss the matter further.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman