1. Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:08 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Martin presiding.
All members were present except Senators S. Adams, Baudet, Baxter, Betensky, Boudreaux-Bartels, Danis, Dholakia, Fastovsky, Gordon, Hazera, Irvine, King, Kook, Kovarsky, Y. Lee, Rothstein, Sodhi, Swallow, Thiem, Watts, Wilson and Wishner; Vice Presidents Beagle and Weygand; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky and McCray; Deans Bonn, Farmer, Maslyn and Wright; Mr. Ahrens and Mr. Freeman.
2. Chairperson Martin asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #3, November 20, 2008.
Senator Nassersharif said that he was present and should not have been listed as absent.
Chairperson Martin ruled that in the absence of any further additions or corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
B. Vice Chairperson Costello said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #10, #11 and #12 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web. She asked if there were any questions.
Discussion ensued during which Chairperson Martin and Vice Chairperson Costello responded to questions from Senators.
C. Vice Chairperson Costello moved approval of the following recommendation of the Executive Committee:
That the Faculty Senate Meeting originally scheduled for March 19, 2009 be rescheduled for March 26, 2009.
The motion carried.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
A. President Carothers began by wishing everyone a happy holiday season, as well as a relaxing and productive intersession. He said that he had approved all of the legislation that had been forwarded to him after the last Faculty Senate meeting. He noted that Faculty Senate Bill #08-09--5 Curricular Report No. 2007-08-7A from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for a Doctor of Nursing Practice would require approval by the Board of Governors.
B. President Carothers announced that the January 2009 issue of SmartMoney magazine ranked the University of Rhode Island 15th in a nationwide study of public and private college graduates. The magazine assessed schools on their ability to deliver the best return on investment.
President Carothers said that he was pleased to report that the University did not expect a large decrease in students for the spring 2009 semester and noted that due to the efforts of the Office of Admissions and the College Deans, URI expected more than twice as many incoming transfer students in January. He also remarked that applications to URI were about 10% higher than they had been last year at that time.
With regard to the budget however, he said that the State of Rhode Island did not appear to have an official plan to balance the expected revenue shortfall at mid-year. The President said that the University would be able to balance its FY 09 budget if there were no additional cuts but that was unlikely to happen.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Sixty-Fifth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/465_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. 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. Dean Bibb presented the Curricular Report No. 2008-2009-4 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_08-09-4.pdf. He explained that the first section of the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
6. SPECIAL FORUM
Provost DeHayes presented a series of slides he had prepared on "The Current State of URI: Sharing Information and Seeking Solutions." He responded to questions about the data he provided throughout his report and to additional questions after he completed the presentation. Provost DeHayes' PowerPoint presentation is available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/provost/files/provost_pp_nov2008.html
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Vice Chairperson Costello moved that the Faculty Senate resume informal consideration various models of alternative funding for the University. The motion failed for lack of a second.
Chairperson Martin asked if anyone would be interested in forming an ad hoc committee to review alternative funding models and providing a report to the Senate. She said that if anyone was interested, they could contact herself or Ms. Grubman.
Chairperson Martin asked if there was any further unfinished business. There was none.
A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:36 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman