NUMBER 5

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting – February 24, 2011

 

1.   The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:12 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

 

All members were present except Senators Baxter, Blanthorne, Dorado, Fastovsky, Hamel, Hannel, Husband, Irvine, Jenkins, Kincaid, King, Lardaro, Lloyd, Morin, Ohley, Roush and Wittwer; President Dooley, Vice President Beagle (Vice President Alfonso was represented by his designee); Vice Provosts Bozylinsky, Katz and Libutti (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Kirby, Joseph, Higgins, Richmond and Wright.

 

2.   Chairperson Eaton asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meetings #4, December 16, 2011. There were none.

 

Chairperson Eaton ruled that in the absence of any comments or corrections, the Minutes were approved.

 

3.   REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

      A.   Announcements

 

1)     Chairperson Eaton welcomed everyone to the first Faculty Senate meeting of 2011 and her first meeting as chair. She announced that it was also           the first Senate Meeting for Senator Barbara Pagh from the College of Arts and Sciences, who is replacing Senator Pamela Warner who is on leave for the semester.

 

                        2)   Chairperson Eaton reminded the Faculty Senate that there was a very full Agenda because the January Meeting had been cancelled due to the weather. She encouraged everyone to keep the 5:00 p.m. adjournment rule in mind as the Senate moved through the many items of business scheduled for the meeting.

 

            3)   Chairperson Eaton noted that membership in the Faculty Senate requires active involvement, including reading reports in advance and sharing information with the colleagues they represent. She said that joint governance calls for full participation by faculty members.

           

            4)   Chairperson Eaton expressed the Faculty SenateÕs appreciation to Vice President Robert Weygand, who was not only reporting on URIÕs Budget, he would host the reception that afternoon. She invited everyone to join Vice President Weygand at the University Club after the meeting.

 

B.   Vice Chairperson Larsen said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #14 through #25 had been posted on the web and were accessible at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Commtgs_10-11.htm#FSEC. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

 

C.   Vice Chairperson Larson had two recommendations from the Executive Committee:

 

                  1)   Vice Chairperson Larsen moved that the Faculty Senate approve proposed changes in the Centers Review Process as outlined in the Report of the Executive Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FSEC_Centers.htm

                              Following discussion, the motion carried.

             

2)     Vice Chairperson Larsen moved that the Faculty Senate appoint Senator Gale Eaton, LSC as chair of the Library Committee and Professor Amanda Izenstark as a member of the Library Committee. The motion carried.

     

4.   REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

 

      In President DooleyÕs absence, Provost DeHayes presented the PresidentÕs report.

 

A.   Provost DeHayes announced that all of the approved legislation appeared on the cover of the Agenda.

 

B.   Provost DeHayes said that he wanted to briefly report on a few matters on behalf of President Dooley.  He noted that the Board of Governors is in a state of flux with only one member remaining from the previous Board.  He said the Board hasnÕt met because Governor ChafeeÕs appointees had not been ratified by the legislature.  He noted that while he didnÕt know many of the new members they appeared from their profiles to be a very professional Board and he looked forward to working with the new Board members and fully expects that the Board will be asking thoughtful and sophisticated questions about higher education, which he believes the University will be in a good position to answer.

 

The Provost referred to President DooleyÕs letter to the community about several unpleasant incidents against members of underrepresented groups, which had occurred on campus. He said that President Dooley had appointed Kathryn Friedman as Interim Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity -- a position that is commonly referred to as Chief Diversity Officer.  He said that he hoped she would be able to advise the university on how best to proceed. He also reported that a Bias Response Team had been formed in the fall to respond quickly when such incidents occur.  He noted that despite the unpleasantness it was better to continue to discuss these matters openly rather than pretend they donÕt exist. 

 

Provost DeHayes said that he was pleased to report that over the past three years there had been significant progress with regard to URIÕs graduation rates and said that our 6-year graduation rate had improved from 58% to 63% over that time, which compares well with the average of 4 year publics of ~ 55% and 4 year privates of ~65%.

 

He asked if there were any questions.  There were none.

     

5.   STATE OF THE BUDGET REPORT

 

Vice President Weygand presented the State of the Budget address for the 2010-11 academic year using a series of slides prepared by the Budget Office. These slides are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Budget_Report_2-24-11.ppt

 

During his presentation, Vice President Weygand responded to questions about the slides and the information presented.

 

Chairperson Eaton apologized to Ombud Rose for inadvertently skipping over his report. She returned to item 3, D:

 

3.   D.   Ombud Rose presented the Annual Report of the Ombud for 2009-10 which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Annual_Report_Ombud_09-10.pdf He asked if there were any questions about the report. There were none.

 

6    REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

                 

      A.   Dean Zawia presented the Curricular Report No. 2010-11-3 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_ 3_10-11.pdf.  He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.  There were none.

 

Dean Zawia moved approval of Section II.  The motion carried.

     

      Dean Zawia requested and received permission to change the order of business and bring forward item 6, D. 

 

                  D.   Dean Zawia presented the Curricular Report No 2010-11-4 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_4_10-11.pdf. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

 

                        He moved approval of portions requiring confirmation. The motion carried.

 

      B.   Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Third Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/484_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.  There were none.

 

Professor Mundorf moved approval of Section II.  The motion carried.

 

Professor Mundorf said that Section III A was informational. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.

 

He moved approval of part B of Section III.  The motion carried.

 

Professor Mundorf requested and received permission to change the order of business to consider all of the Curricular Affairs Committee Reports at that time. The Senate moved to item 6, E.

 

      E.   Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Fifth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee: Proposal for a B.A. in Chinese, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/485_CAC_BACHN_files.htm. He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.  There were none.

 

Professor Mundorf moved that the Faculty Senate approve the proposed B. A. Degree in Chinese as a program for which no new funding is required. The motion carried

 

      F.   Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Sixth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/486_CAC.pdf. He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.  There were none.

 

Professor Mundorf moved approval of Section II.  The motion carried.

 

Professor Mundorf said that Section III required confirmation and moved approval. The motion carried.

 

      The Senate returned to item 6, C on the Agenda.

 

C.   Senator Hicks presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #10-11-3, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_10-11-3.pdf. She said that the entire report was informational about Honors Program topics for courses already approved for General Education credit and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

 

The Senate resumed its regular order of business with item 5, G

 

      G.   Professor DiCioccio presented Report #2010-11-1 from the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee: The Drop Period, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AS&C_2010-11-1.pdf. She then moved approval of the recommendation to amend section 8.34.10 to read as follows:

 

A course may be dropped by official procedures determined by the Office of Enrollment Services (e-campus) on or before the end of the third week of classes (Drop Period) with no mark on a student's transcript. Courses may be dropped through e-campus between the fourth and sixth week of classes (Withdrawal Period) and will be recognized on a studentÕs transcript with a ÒW." After the end of the sixth week (Late Withdrawal Period), a student may drop a course only in exceptional circumstances and only with authorization of the dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. Such drops will also be recognized on a studentÕs transcript with a ÒW." If the student has not dropped a course by the end of the drop period the instructor must submit a grade. Fees will not be adjusted downward for courses dropped after the end of the "add" period (see 8.43.20 for adjustment of fees).

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, the motion failed, 17 to 16.

 

      H.   Professor DiCioccio presented Report #2010-11-1 from the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee: Spring 2011, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AS&C_2010-11-2.pdf. She then moved approval of the recommendation to modify the spring 2011 Calendar as follows:

 

         ¥ Extend the last day of classes from Monday, May 2nd to Wednesday, May 4th

         ¥ Make Tuesday, May 3rd a Thursday meeting schedule

         ¥ Make Wednesday, May 4th a Wednesday meeting schedule

         ¥ Maintain Thursday, May 5th as a reading day (reduced by one)

         ¥ Begin exams on Friday, May 6th

            ¥ Maintain the remaining exam period as originally scheduled (May 9th-13th)

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, the motion carried.

 

7.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Chairperson Eaton asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.

 

8. NEW BUSINESS

 

Chairperson Eaton asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                            Sheila Black Grubman