The 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 Baudet, Baxter, Blanthorne, Collie, Danis, Dholakia, Hedderich, Lardaro, Lasky, Martin, Nassersharif, Schwegler, Thiem, and Watts; Vice Presidents Alfonso, Beagle and Dougan; Vice Provosts Bozylinsky, Libutti, McCray; Deans Bonn, Farmer, Joseph and McKinney; Mr. Szczepanski. 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 #4, December 10, 2009. There were none.
Chairperson Swallow ruled that in the absence of any additions or further corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. Chairperson Swallow made the following announcements:
1) The Office of the Provost is sponsoring a Faculty Forum on Forum on Engaging Students in Learning, tomorrow afternoon, January 29, 2010 from 1 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. If you arrive at 12:30 there will be a dessert reception. The Plenary Session with Dr. Charles Blaich, Director of the National Wabash National Study of Liberal Education, begins at 1:00. This will be followed by two breakout sessions with several choices of workshops at each. The first from 2:00-3:00 pm and the second from 3:15-4:15. Invitations went to all full-time faculty who are teaching this spring and reservations were necessary. You can still try to register if you haven't already done so. There may be some room for some workshops, but space is limited.
2) In light of the suicide incidents at Cal Tech, he reported that he had consulted with Vice President Dougan about assistance at URI for students under extreme stress. He was assured that Counseling Services is equipped to deal with serious emotional problems and welcomes referrals from faculty members who are concerned about student or faculty behavior. He encouraged faculty to be alert to possible warning signs and to recognize the expertise available for sensitive handling of referrals.
3) On behalf of the Executive Committee, he thanked Vice President Tom Dougan and the Division of Student Affairs, who are sponsoring today's reception. He explained that Vice President Dougan would not be able to join everyone, but there will be representatives from the division to serve as hosts. Encouraged everyone to join Student Affairs' representatives at the University Club after the Faculty Senate meeting.
4) Chairperson Swallow said that the President, Provost, Student Senate, and he hoped the Faculty Senate, along with other groups on campus, would sponsor a "URI Helps Haiti" Fundraiser.
He then introduced Provost DeHayes and Student Senate President Bedard who provided background for the concept and outlined some of the activities planned for the month of February. (See http://www.uri.edu/helpinghaiti/ for details.)
B. Vice Chairperson Ordonez said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #18 through #21 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.
Provost DeHayes, Chairperson Swallow and Vice Chairperson Ordonez responded to questions about the minutes.
C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee
1) Vice Chairperson Ordonez moved approval of additional committee appointments for the spring semester. The motion carried.
Vice Chairperson Ordonez said that there was still a vacancy on the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee for the spring semester. She invited interested Senators to contact Ms. Grubman about volunteering for the committee.
2) Vice Chairperson Ordonez moved that the Faculty Senate adopt the following resolution:
RESOLVED: In consideration of the earthquake in Haiti and URI's commitment as a campus with a conscience, the URI Faculty Senate pledges to collaborate with the Student Senate and other campus groups to raise funds and encourage faculty, staff, and students to support this effort to assist in Haiti's recovery.
After discussion, the resolution carried.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
A. President Dooley noted that all legislation submitted after the December Faculty Senate meeting had been approved and listed on the Agenda.
B. President Dooley reported that he had appointed all of the members of the Strategic Budget and Planning Council. He said that he was pleased with the willingness of faculty to participate in the Council and he was grateful to everyone for their positive responses to his invitations.
President Dooley said that a major objective is for the University to link more closely the budget and priorities. He said that Provost DeHayes would convene the group in February for their initial meeting. He also reported that a website was being developed for the Council, which will be available to the university university community. He hoped that everyone would have an opportunity to participate in the process to some degree.
President Dooley asked if there were any questions. There were none.
C. Vice President Weygand presented the State of the Budget address for the 2009-10 academic year using a series of slides prepared by the Budget Office and Academic Affairs. These slides are available on the web at (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FY10_Fac_Sen_Presentation.ppt or http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FY10_Fac_Sen_Presentation.pptx)
Vice President Weygand responded to questions during and after his presentation.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Seventy-Fifth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/475_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was Informational and asked if there were any questions.
Following discussion, Professor Mundorf stated that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval as corrected. 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.
Professor Mundorf announced that Section IV was a joint report of the CAC and UCGE Committee on the "Grand Challenges" pilot project. 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.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
B. Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2009-10-5, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_09-10-5.pdf. She said that Section I informational. There were no questions.
Senator Hicks corrected typographical errors in Section II. She then said that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.
Senator Hicks said that Section III the entire report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried
C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 3-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at. http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_3-2009-10.pdf. Dean Killingbeck said that the first section was informational and 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. The motion carried.
Dean Killingbeck announced said that the third section was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
D. Professor Wood presented the Report of the Council for Research on Continuing Centers, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/CFR_Centers_Jan10.pdf
Professor Wood moved approval of the recommendation to continue the authorization for the Centers listed on the report.
After discussion the motion carried.
Professor Wood moved approval of the recommendation to amend section 8.90.30 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL by replacing seven years with four years as follows:
8.90.30 Review. Once granted continuing status, centers, including institutes, bureaus, and partnerships, shall be reviewed every seven four years by the Council for Research who shall submit recommendations, including recommendations for further continuation or dissolution, to the Faculty Senate based on overall program quality, research, outreach, or educational contributions, financial support of student involvement, interdepartmental or intercollege involvement, and continued external funding, as appropriate for the mission and goals of the center.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
6. REPORTS OF ACADEMIC PLAN TASK FORCES
Chairperson Swallow announced that the Executive Committee has agreed to keep the Academic Task Forces as an item of Business for the rest of the academic year. He noted that at the previous meeting Senator DiCioccio reported on the General Education Task Force and the Executive Committee plans to have reports from other Task Forces at subsequent meetings. He said that a few Task Forces have been formed, but the majority of them are still "works in progress".
Chairperson Swallow said the FSEC hopes that Senators will keep themselves apprised of the activities of the Academic Plan Task Forces and encourages everyone to participate in any forums or discussions they may initiate. He explained that Task Force materials are not yet available on the web, but they will be on the Provost's home page. He promised to inform everyone when the site is up and running.
He shared with the Senate the list of Task Forces:
Advancing General Education
Research, Scholarship, and Innovation
Administrative Streamlining to Improve Institutional Effectiveness
Strategic Budget and Planning Council*
Diversity and Equity - Division of Academic Affairs Task Force*
Enrollment Management Committee -RETENTION*
Chairperson Swallow then responded to questions about the Task Forces.
7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Swallow explained that at the last Faculty Senate Meeting in the fall, after consulting with the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee (CBUM), he had removed the abolition of the Masters of Community Planning degree from the Graduate Council Report 2-2009-10 as an informational item because a vote of the Faculty Senate is required. He said that in accordance with Section 8.87.10 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL, Dean Fey-Yensan from the College of the Environment and Life Sciences would present the recommendation.
Dean Fey-Yensan then moved that the Faculty Senate approve the abolition of the Masters degree in Community Planning (MCP) and forward the recommendation to the President of the University. (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Program_Closure_MCP_MCP-JD.pdf.)
During discussion, Senator Kirschenbaum requested and received permission to change the effective date on the program closure document from "summer 2007" to "effective immediately."
Following discussion, the motion failed, 11 to 13 with 8 abstentions.
Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any further unfinished business. There was none.
8. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any new business. There was none.
A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman
*New working groups related to the Academic Plan.