NUMBER 6

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting – March 31, 2011

 

1.   The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

 

All members were present except Senators Barber, Baxter, Betensky, Fastovsky, Hamel, Husband, Kincaid, LaPlante, Lardaro, Larsen, Mitkowski, Morin, Wills and Wittwer; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Weygand; Vice Provost Bozylinsky (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Joseph, Higgins, Richmond and Zawia (Dean Kirby was represented by his designee); Mr. Coates.

 

2.   Chairperson Eaton said the Minutes had been corrected on the web and asked if asked if there were any additions, further corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meetings #5, February 24, 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.   Chairperson Eaton said that she had one announcement, which was to thank Vice President Robert Weygand, who was hosting the reception that afternoon. She apologized for the mix-up with the University Club after the February meeting and asked everyone to join the Executive Committee at the University Club after the meeting.

 

B.   In Vice Chairperson LarsenŐs absence, Senator Krieger said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #26 through #32 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.

 

4.   REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

 

      A.   All of the approved legislation appeared on the cover of the Agenda.

 

B.   President Dooley said that the question of a Research Park was one of the first issues he confronted when he arrived at URI.  He said that he thought the preliminary study of whether to build a Research Park was well done but partially out of date given the dramatic changes in the economic climate for RI and the nation. Discussion about potential locations had been premature.  

 

The President stated that he believes a reassessment is appropriate at this time and the University has retained consultants who will study the feasibility of a Research Park and whether there would be enough interest and commitment to move forward. President Dooley explained that no discussion of location or any other details would take place unless or until it is agreed that a Research Park would be viable. He noted that there might be a number of potential locations to be considered.

He said that a press release would be forthcoming and he wanted the Faculty Senate to be aware in advance. He said if there were any questions, people should contact him or Vice President Alfonso.

 

In response to a question from the floor President Dooley said that the potential academic impact of a possible site would be one of the factors to be considered.

           

5.   REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

                 

      A.   Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2010-11-5 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_5_2010-11.pdf.  He noted that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions.  There were none.

 

Dean Killingbeck moved approval of matters that require confirmation. 

 

Following discussion, the motion carried.

     

      B.   Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Seventh Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/487_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. 

 

Discussion ensued.

 

Following discussion, Section II, B was separated from the motion.

 

After discussion, Section II A, C, and D was approved.

 

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.

 

C.   Professor Wenisch presented the Report of the Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee, which was on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/CBUM_10-11-1.pdf

 

      He explained the informational items in the report and asked if there were any questions.

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, Senator Wenisch moved approval of the following change to section 4.25 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws:

 

4.25 The Constitution, By-Laws and University Manual Committee. This committee shall review the operation of University governance and propose changes in the Constitution and By-Laws of the Faculty Senate and in the UNIVERSITY MANUAL; review proposals for changes in University governance from whatever source and make recommendations concerning them to the Faculty Senate and to the Joint Educational Policy Committee other appropriate bodies and individuals; construe the meaning of the Constitution, the By-Laws and the UNIVERSITY MANUAL upon the request of the Senate Chairperson or Executive Committee, any senator or member of the University faculty, or the President; assure that all duly approved changes are incorporated into the Constitution and By-Laws and into the UNIVERSITY MANUAL, and that no unauthorized changes are made in these instruments; and assure that the language of all duly approved changes is consistent with the style, format and arrangement of the Constitution and By-Laws and of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

 

      Professor Wenisch explained that since the change was an amendment to the Faculty Senate By-Laws it could not be voted upon at that meeting and required a 2/3-majority vote for approval.

 

      Chairperson Eaton said that the amendment would be a matter of unfinished business at the April meeting.

 

            D.   Senator Hicks presented the informational report of the University College and General Education Committee and responded to questions throughout her presentation. The slides for the UCGE Committee Report are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/URI_GENED_Revision_Update.pdf

           

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business

 

E.   Professor Rathemacher presented the Annual Report of the Admissions Advisory Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Admissions_Advisory_Report_2010-11.pdf

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

 

            F.   Senator Barbour presented the Report of the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee (LOOC) 2010-11, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/LOOC_Annual_Report_Senate_3_31_2011_final.pdf

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, the Senate moved to the next item of business.

 

6.   SPECIAL FORUM

 

Vice Provost Libutti and Professor Morokoff provided the Faculty Senate with an update on retention for the current academic year. Vice Provost Libutti used a series of charts and graphs to show trends over recent years and Professor Morokoff suggested actions that departments might take to improve their retention rates, using the Department of Psychology as an example. The slides are available on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/F_S_Retention_Presentation 2011.pdf

 

Discussion ensued.

 

When the time for the meeting expired, Chairperson Eaton declared the meeting adjourned.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                            Sheila Black Grubman