Regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.
All members were present except Senators Adams, Baudet, Blissmer; Dholakia, DiCioccio, Izenstark, Kook, Hutt, LaPlante, Lasky, Lee, Mahler, Nassersharif, Ohley, Roworth, Schwegler, Watts, Wilson Wishner and Wittwer; President Dooley, Vice Presidents Alfonso and Beagle; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and McCray; Deans Bonn, Farmer, Jordan, McKinney and Richmond (Dean Zawia was represented by his designee).
2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #2, October 26, 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 thanked Dean Nancy Fey-Yensan from CELS for sponsoring the reception that afternoon. He encouraged everyone to come to the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.
Chairperson Swallow said that he was pleased to announce that Professor Marilyn Barbourhad agreed to chair the LOOC, which unfortunately left her position on the APRC vacant. He noted that there was also a vacancy from Arts and Sciences on LOOC.
Dean Brownell said that she had a nomination for LOOC from Arts and Sciences and Chairperson Swallow said he would entertain a motion to that effect under New Business.
B. Vice Chairperson Ordonez said that the Minutes the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #12 through #15 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_09-10.html. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
In President Dooley's absence, Provost DeHayes gave the President's report.
Provost DeHayes 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 meeting.
A. Provost DeHayes reported that President Dooley had approved the bills that had been forwarded to him after the October 26 meeting and were listed on the Agenda.
B. Provost DeHayes reported that the student-initiated response to the hate incidents was a wonderful community moment for our university and a show of support and re-enforcement of institutional values for our students. More than 1000 students, faculty members, and staff stood on the quad in silence for 15 minutes at noon on Wednesday, November 18 to show their collective condemnation of acts of hate at the University.
The Provost reported on the recent meeting of the Association of Land Grant and Public Universities (ALPU), which he and President Dooley had attended. He said that by the end of the meeting the topic of discussion had transitioned from the global economic crisis and its implication for higher education to President Obama's goal of bringing the USA back to #1 in the world for quality of college degree attainment. He said that this is a daunting task, even though the date has been set at 2020. He explained that it would take an extraordinary commitment and effort on the part of prospective students and higher education institutions to move United States from near the bottom of the top 20 list of countries with college graduates to the top of the list. He said that not only does the US have to get more people into college, but also they must be retained through graduation. Dr. DeHayes said that it doesn't mean a lowering of standards and quality; rather it means that Higher Education has to find ways engage students and encourage them to pursue and complete higher education.
Provost DeHayes then responded to questions from members of the Senate.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Seventy-Third Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/473_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was Informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none
Professor Mundorf said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval.
He then introduced Professor Michael Rice and Senator Susan Roush who reported briefly on the courses they had developed in response to the Provost's initiative in the spring 2009. AFS (or AVS 132) "Animal Agriculture, Food Policy and " was on both the CAC Report and the UCGE Committee Report and LET 151 topic: "Social, Ethical and Political Issues in Disability" was on the UCGE Committee Report.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
Professor Mundorf announced that Section III was a joint report of the CAC and Graduate Council on 400-level courses. He said that part A was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Professor Mundorf moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.
B. Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2009-10-3, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_09-10-3.pdf. She explained that Section I was informational and contained listings of Honors Program topics which were approved under a long-standing arrangement between the Honors Program and the University College and General Education Committee. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Senator Hicks moved approval of Section II, which required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. The motion carried
C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 1-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_1-2009-10.pdf. He explained that there was a typographical error in the Section, which would be corrected on the web version of the report. Dean Killingbeck then asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Dean Killingbeck said that the second section of the report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval.
Discussion ensued during which an editorial correction was made from the floor Dean Killingbeck said that the typographical error would be corrected on the web version of the report.
After discussion, the motion carried.
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any new business.
Dean Brownell moved that Professor Libby Miles, WRT, be added as a member of LOOC. The motion carried
A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman