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Minutes for Faculty Senate Meetings

September 29, 2005

Number 1a

1. The special informational meeting of the Faculty Senate began at 3:05 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2005 in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Rice presiding.

A quorum was present. The following members were absent: Senators Adams, Dicioccio, Dunn, Ginis, Hara, Jackson, Kogut, Koske, Kowalski, La Luna, Melanson, Miller, Narasimhan, Parang, Rossby, Roworth, Shim, Suzawa, Wang, Wenisch and Wortman; President Carothers; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Weygand; Vice Provosts McCray; and Pasquerella; Deans Farmer, Joseph, Letendre, Lynch, Mazze, Nassersharif, Richmond, Seemann, and Wessells (Dean McKinney was represented by his designee). Mr. Freeman, Mr. Mills.

2. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Chairperson Rice welcomed everyone to the information and expressed his appreciation for the number of faculty members who were in attendance along with Senators.

B. Provost Swan provided background from the perspective of the Provost's office regarding the joint effort to replace the Program Contribution Analysis (PCA) and the Program Quality Review (PQR) process with a new instrument for gathering quantitative and qualitative information about academic programs based on the Murphy Model. She expressed her appreciation to former Chairperson Boudreaux-Bartels for her efforts to bring the Academic Investment and Improvement Model (AIIM) forward. She also thanked the other members of the ad hoc committee that worked on the with Senator Boudreaux-Bartels: Chairperson Rice, Vice Chairperson Martin, Assistant Provost Katz and Ms. Morrissey, along with Ms. Hillary Jones, a graduate student.

Senator Boudreaux-Bartels reported on the AIIM and its development from the original Murphy Model through several iterations, including two rounds of beta testing and subsequent refinements. She said that the AIIM would continue to be refined before it is administered this fall and in subsequent iterations. Background for Senator Boudreaux-Bartels report is available on the Faculty Senate website at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AIIM_Home.html

Ms. Morrissey provided the Senate with an opportunity to see a demonstration of the AIIM by using a login in at http://www.thomasjmurphy.com/.

Senator Boudreaux-Bartels, Provost Swan and Ms. Morrissey responded to questions throughout the presentation.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sheila Black Grubman

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