1. Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:11 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.
All members were present except Senators Adams, Baudet, Blanthorne, Collie, Irvine, Kook, Hutt, Lasky, Lee, Nassersharif, Roush, Schwegler, Watts, Wilson and Wishner; President Dooley, Vice Presidents Beagle and Weygand; Deans Bonn, Higgins, Jordan and Richmond (Vice Provost McCray and Deans Brownell; Fey-Yensan and Wright were represented by their designees).
2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #8, May 14, 2009. There were none.
A motion was made to approve the Minutes as distributed. The motion carried.
3. Reports of Officers and Executive Committee
A. Chairperson Swallow introduced himself and welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the 2009-10 academic year.
B. Vice Chairperson Ordoñez said that the Minutes 2008-2009 Executive Committee Meetings #21 through #28 and the Minutes of the 2009-10 Executive Committee Meetings #1 through #8 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_08-09.html and http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_09-10.html. She asked if there were any questions.
Discussion ensued during which Chairperson Swallow, Vice Chairperson Ordoñez and Provost DeHayes responded to questions raised with regard to the Executive Committee minutes.
C. Before presenting the recommendations of the Executive Committee, Vice Chairperson Ordoñez announced that a textiles exhibit, "Elephants, Paisleys, and Plaids: Indian Influence on Western Textile Design," which coordinated with the Fall Honors Colloquium would open on September 28 in Quinn Hall.
D. Professor Emeritus Vincent Rose presented the Annual Report of the University Ombud for 2008-09, which appeared on the web.
Discussion ensued during which Ombud Rose responded to questions from the Senate.
4. Report of the President
In President Dooley's absence, Provost DeHayes gave the President's report.
Provost DeHayes welcomed everyone back for the academic year. He explained that President Dooley had an important commitment out of town and had asked him to send the President's regrets to the Faculty Senate for missing the first meeting of the year.
A. Provost DeHayes reported that President Carothers had approved the bills that had been forwarded to him at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. These bills were on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Bills08-09.html. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.
B. Provost DeHayes thanked Chairperson Swallow for reminding the Senate about the h1n1 virus. He said that the URI Health Services has already reported about 30 cases but these were not documented to be h1n1 cases.
The Provost said that he wanted to remind the Senate again about the Fall Honors Colloquium: "Demystifying India." He noted that Jhumpa Lahiri, whose book, Interpreter of Maladies had been sent to all freshmen, would speak as part of the colloquium later in the semester. He said that the summer reading initiative, which provided a book to all freshmen to read over the summer and to discuss in class and through an online blog, seemed to be quite successful. He explained the hope is that the summer reading will be engaging to students and faculty and will also send a clear message about learning and dialogue about important academic matters to our entering students.
Dr. DeHayes said that the Freshman Class was slightly smaller this fall and had a higher academic profile. He emphasized that the University must consider access and affordability in concert with academic quality.
Provost DeHayes reported briefly on the University's declining resources from the State, noting that the continuing cuts meant that the state now provided URI with about 10% of its budget. He said that the University must continue to make the best use of the State's contribution, but we must also focus on the careful allocation and management of the remaining 90% from other sources.
Provost DeHayes then responded to questions from members of the Senate.
5. Reports of Standing and Special Committees
A. Professor King, Chairperson of the Council for Research presented the Report of the Council for Research for 2008-09 which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Annual_Report_08-09_CFR.pdf He provided a brief overview of the Council's activities and answered questions.
Professor King then moved approval of the following motion:
That the Faculty Senate approve the elimination and removal from the UNIVERSITY MANUAL of the following centers, which are no longer functioning at the University of Rhode Island:
Following discussion, the motion carried.
Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2009-10-1, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_09-10-1.pdf. She moved approval of the recommendations.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
6. Special Form
The Faculty Senate began a discussion of the draft academic plan, which was available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/provost/
Chairperson Swallow said that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee had spent considerable time over the summer asking questions and making suggestions about the earlier drafts and agreed that much of their input had an effect on the current draft. He and Provost DeHayes reminded everyone that there was still an opportunity to forward comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provost DeHayes shared a brief outline of the goals of the academic plan and responded to questions from the floor.
When the time for the meeting expired, the meeting was adjourned. Chairperson Swallow reminded everyone that they could continue the discussion at the reception at the University Club.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Sheila Black Grubman