1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:05 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Vice Chairperson Costello presiding.
All members were present except Senators Adams, Baudet, Baxter, Forrester, Forrester, Hazera, Jenkins, Kook, Loy, Martin, O'Brien, Rothstein, Roworth, Ruemmele, Sodhi, Watts, Wilson and Wittwer; Vice President Beagle Vice Provost Katz (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Higgins, Joseph, Maslyn, Richmond and Wright (Deans Brownell and Seemann; were represented by their designees); Mr. Ahrens and Mr. Freeman. 2. Vice Chairperson Costello announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #5, February 19, 2009 were distributed by e-mail and are accessible on the web. She said that the Minutes had been corrected by removing Senator Betensky from the list of absent senators because she did attend the meeting. She asked if there were any additions or further corrections to or comments about the Minutes as corrected. There were none.
Vice Chairperson Costello ruled that in the absence of any additions or further corrections, the Minutes were approved as distributed.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Vice Chairperson Costello announced that she was chairing the meeting because Chairperson Celest Martin is attending a full-day meeting of the Presidential Search Committee.
B. Senator Ordonez said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #17, #18 and #19 had been distributed by e-mail and noted that they were accessible on the web. She asked if there were any questions. There were none.
C. Recommendations of the Executive Committee:
D. Vice Chairperson Costello explained that Chairperson Martin was not at the Faculty Senate meeting that afternoon because she was with the Search Committee, interviewing the second round of candidates. After today, eight candidates will have been interviewed, and by the end of today, the Search Committee is expecting to narrow down to the final three, who will then be brought to campus for the interview process here. Final candidates will also visit the Providence Campus for interviews.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
President Carothers said that he had no further comments at that time.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Sixty-Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/468_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.
B. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Sixty-Ninth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee: Proposal for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.S.P.S.), which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/469_CAC_BSPS.pdf.
He moved that the Faculty Senate approve the proposed B. S. Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Class B Level. *
Following discussion, the motion carried.
*8.85.30 Classification of Programs for which funding is required. When new programs are approved by the Faculty Senate, approval may be classified as follows: approval Class A will mean that the program is deemed to be of such merit as to justify the recommendation of the immediate allocation of funds for its implementation; approval Class B would recommend that proposed new programs compete for resources on an equal basis with all other University activities; approval Class C would recommend funding of the proposed new program should additional funds be made available to the University.
C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2008-2009-7 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_08-09-7.pdf. He explained that the first section of the report was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
He said that the second section of the report required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried
D. In the absence of Senator Hicks, who had left for another commitment, Vice Provost Beauvais presented the University College and General Education Committee Report 08-09-3 which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/UCGE_08-09-3.pdf. She explained that Section I was informational and that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate. She moved approval of Section II. The motion carried.
E. Senator DiCioccio presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #2008-09-2, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AS&C_08-09-2.pdf. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Senator DiCioccio said that Section 2 required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval of the first recommendation. The motion carried.
Senator DiCioccio moved approval of the second recommendation. The motion carried.
Senator DiCioccio moved approval of the committee's third recommendation. The motion carried.
F. Professor Kinnie presented the Annual Report of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee for 2008-09, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/TEC_Report_08-09.pdf. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Professor Kinnie then moved approval of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee's recommendation that that the University adopt and implement fully the plan (Comprehensive Plan: Advising for Student Academic Success from Admissions to Graduation) and support the ongoing efforts of University College toward that end. The motion carried.
G. Professor Luebke presented the Annual Report of the Athletics Advisory Board to the Faculty Senate for 2008-09 and responded to questions about her report. She said that the text of her report would be available on the web the next day. (See http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AAB_3-26-09.pdf)
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Vice Chairperson Costello asked if there was any unfinished business. There was none.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Vice Chairperson Costello asked if there was any new business. There was none.
A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman