NUMBER 7

MINUTES

Faculty Senate Meeting – April 21, 2011

 

1.   Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty, the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:16 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Eaton presiding.

 

All members were present except Senators Baxter, Collie, Dorado, Fastovsky, Hamel, Kincaid, LaPlante, Lardaro, Morin, Wills and Wittwer; President Dooley; Vice Presidents Beagle, Dougan and Weygand; Vice Provosts Beauvais, Katz and Libutti; (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Farmer, Joseph, Higgins, Kirby, Maslyn, Richmond and Wright (Dean Kirby was represented by his designee); Mr. Coates.

 

2.   Chairperson Eaton said the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #6, March 28, 2011 were not yet available. She said that the Minutes should be available before the next Faculty Senate Meeting.

 

3.   REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

A.     1)   Chairperson Eaton announced that it was the last meeting of the 2010-11 Faculty Senate. She said that he organizational meeting for 2011-12 will be held on May 12.

 

Chairperson Eaton said thanked the following Senators whose terms expire at the end of this month:

 

                                               ARTS AND SCIENCES

Will Krieger

Suren Malik 


Libby Miles 


Gerry Tyler

Christian Wittwer

Li Wu


        


BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Cindy Blanthorne

 

ENGINEERING

Chris Baxter

Leon Thiem

 

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY


Yang Shen 


 


HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES


Sandy Hicks

Susan Roush

 

THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES

Steven Irvine 


Bethany Jenkins

 

2)   Chairperson Eaton reported that the Deans of the various colleges had informed the Faculty Senate Office that the following Senators have been elected and will take their seats on May 12. She explained that it wasn’t an inclusive list because some elections have not been completed:

 

                           ARTS AND SCIENCES

Bridget Buxton
David Howard
Mark Conley

Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz

Patricia Morokoff

 

ENGINEERING


James Sau-Lon Hu

Natasha Thomas

 

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY


Bradley Moran

 

HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES


David Byrd

Beth Marcoux

 

THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES


James Opaluch

Michael Rice

 

            3)   Chairperson Eaton thanked Provost DeHayes, who had agreed to host the reception that afternoon. She invited members of the Faculty Senate to the University Club after the meeting.

 

B.   Vice Chairperson Larsen said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meeting #34 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 Larsen announced that he had three recommendations on behalf of the Executive Committee.

 

1)     Vice Chairperson Larsen moved that the Faculty Senate adopt the proposed schedule of meetings for the 2011-2012 academic year:

                             

 3:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays in the Cherry Auditorium of the Chester H. Kirk Building:

 

September 22, 2011                         January 26, 2012

October 20, 2011                               February 23, 2012

November 17, 2011                          March 22, 2012

December 15, 2011                          April 19, 2012

                  May 10, 2012 (organizational)

 

                                      The motion carried.

 

2)   Vice Chairperson Larsen moved that the Faculty Senate approve the membership of the Nominating Committee for Officers of the 2011-12 Faculty Senate:

 

                    Bethany Jenkins, Cell and Molecular Biology

William Krieger, Philosophy, Chair

                         Susan Roush, Physical Therapy

 

      The motion carried.

 

      Chairperson Eaton urged members of the Senate who wanted to be considered for an office or wanted to nominate someone for an office, to contact Senator Krieger

 

3)   Vice Chairperson Larsen moved that the Faculty Senate amend sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate with regard to election of officers (see (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FSEC_Officer_Elections.htm)

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      Following discussion, Chairperson Eaton explained that B-Laws changes cannot be voted upon at the meeting they are first moved. She said that the motion will be a matter of unfinished business at the May 12 Meeting.

 

4.   REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

 

Provost DeHayes explained that President Dooley was unable to attend the Faculty Senate meeting that afternoon because he was ill.

 

In President Dooley’s absence the Provost reported for the President. He announced that a full slate of Honorary Degree recipients had been named. Mayor Cory Booker of Newark New Jersey would be the main speaker. Other recipients are Dr. Margaret Leinen, former Vice Provost for Marine Affairs, distinguished alumnus, Victor Baxt ‘38, and Alan Hassenfeld of Hasbro Industries and generous contributor to Rhode Island charities.

 

Provost DeHayes said that the final report from the NEASC review had been very positive and had acknowledged the University’s progress in addressing major issues from the 2007 Report. He thanked everyone responsible for the report and noted that an interim visit was scheduled for fall 2012.

 

Provost DeHayes said that the University had initiated a serious discussion of advising and that an ad hoc committee on advising, chaired by Dean Richmond and Senator Honhart, had begun meeting in the spring and intended to continue its work over the summer.

 

Provost DeHayes reported that the Board of Governors for Higher Education, with all but one member new to the Board, had held its first meeting on May 2. He said that the Board had approved the tuition increase and the establishment of the B. S. degree in Health Studies, along with other matters of interest to URI.

 

5.   REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

                 

A.     Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 2010-11-6 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_6_2010-11.pdf.  He then moved approval of matters that require confirmation.  The motion carried.

 

Dean Killingbeck noted that although the Graduate Council does consider 400-level courses they are always included in a Curricular Affairs Committee Report.

     

B.   Dean Killingbeck and Senator Ciccomascolo reported on efforts with regard to the assessment of graduate learning outcomes. They responded to questions throughout their presentation.

 

                Chairperson Eaton thanked them for bringing the report to the Faculty Senate.

 

      C.   Professor Mundorf introduced the Four Hundred Eighty-Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/488_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, 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.

 

D.   Professor DiCioccio presented Report#10-11-3 of the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.

 

      She moved approval of the proposed section 8.34.10 of the UNIVERSTY MANUAL recommended by the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.

 

8.34.10: A course may be dropped by official procedures determined by the Office of Enrollment Services (e-campus) on or before the end of the sixth week of classes (Drop Period) with no mark on a student's transcript. Courses may be dropped through e-campus between the seventh and ninth week of classes (Withdrawal Period) and will be recognized on a student’s transcript with a “W." After the end of the ninth 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 student’s transcript with a “W." 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.

 

      During discussion, an editorial change to the second from the last sentence by replacing “drop period” with “withdrawal period” was proposed and accepted

 

      Following discussion, Senator G. Eaton moved to amend the proposal by replacing “sixth week of classes” with “third week of classes” and “seventh to ninth week with “fourth through sixth week” and “ninth week” with “sixth week.”

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

      When the time for discussion of the amendment expired, Senator Jenkins moved to extend debate for five minutes.

 

      Discussion continued.

 

      When the five additional minutes expired, the Senate moved directly to a vote on the amendment. The amendment carried.

 

      Discussion continued.

 

      After discussion, the main motion as amended was approved. Following is the approved 8.34.10:

 

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 the end of the sixth week of classes (Withdrawal Period) and will be recognized on a student’s transcript with a “W." 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 student’s transcript with a “W." If the student has not dropped a course by the end of the withdrawal 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).

 

      Professor DiCioccio moved approval of the proposed section 8.51.16 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL recommended by the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee:

 

8.51.16: All final examinations, with the exception of take-home examinations, shall be administered during the final examination period and in accordance with the final examination schedule prepared and distributed by the Office of Enrollment Services. A faculty member cannot change the date, time or place of a scheduled final examination without the approval of the Office of Enrollment Services. In courses where no final examination is to be administered, a faculty member cannot administer any other examination during the last five days that classes are in session; instead, he or she must administer that examination according to the final examination schedule. In courses where a faculty member wishes not to administer an end of the semester examination, or instead wishes to administer a take-home final examination, then that faculty member must seek a waiver from the original schedule through his/her department chairperson or immediate academic supervisor so that the Office of Enrollment Services is made aware of the room vacancy.

 

      Discussion ensued.

     

      Following discussion, the motion carried

 

      Professor DiCioccio moved approval of the proposed section 8.31.10 recommended by the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee (additions are in boldface):

8.31.10: The basis of a credit shall normally be three hours work; for example, one credit for each lecture or recitation and two hours of preparation, or one credit for each two-hour laboratory and one hour of preparation, or one credit for each three-hour laboratory with no outside preparation, the student workload for an online class shall be equivalent to the in-class and out-of-class work in its face-to-face equivalent. Individual evaluation of courses offering practice in a professional major shall be made by the respective deans to determine non-lecture hour credits and will include at least an equivalent amount of work as required in the definitions cited above.

                  The motion carried.

 

            E.   Professor Kinnie presented the Report of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee, which appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/TECreport2011-1.pdf

           

      Discussion ensued.

 

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

 

F.   Professor Luebke presented the Annual Report of the Athletics Advisory Board, which appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AAB_Report_Senate_4-21-11.pdf

 

      She explained that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.

 

      Professor Luebke moved approval of Section II, the following amendments to the charge to and membership of the Athletics Advisory Board (deletions are indicated with strikethrough marks and additions are in boldface):

     

5.14.10 The Athletics Advisory Board shall serve as a policy review board for all athletic programs for men and women, including intercollegiate, club, intramural, and recreational sports and the management of facilities and equipment. The Board shall make its recommendations to the President. In performing its functions, the Athletics Advisory Board shall advise and review, on a continuing basis, all fiscal, educational and social policy affecting all athletic programs, make recommendations regarding level of competition, and the nature of intercollegiate schedules. For the role of the Athletics Advisory Board on issues regarding championships and special tournaments during the final examination period see section 8.51.31 The Board shall also approve University athletic awards.

 

5.14.11 The Board shall be comprised of nine voting members: four faculty members, one undergraduate student, one graduate student, two alumni; the President shall appoint one additional faculty member to serve as the ninth member and chairperson. The faculty membership shall be appointed in consultation with the Faculty Senate; the student membership shall be appointed in consultation with the Student Senate and the Graduate Student Association; the Alumni representatives shall be appointed in consultation with the Alumni Association. For each appointment made to the Board, each constituency shall nominate two persons. The President shall make appointments from among these nominations. Terms of appointment for faculty and representatives of the Alumni Association shall be for three years, renewable once at the end of the first term. Terms of appointment for students shall be for one year, renewable at the end of the first term. The Director of Athletics, the Associate Director/Senior Woman Administrator, the Assistant Director of Recreational Services, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee shall be ex officio non-voting members of the Board.

 

      The motion carried.

     

G.   Ms. Morrissey presented the Report of the Joint Classroom Steering Committee, which appears on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/JCSC_annual_report_2011.pdf 

 

      Discussion ensued.

 

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

 

6.   UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

Chairperson Eaton reminded the Senate that the following amendment to section 4.25 of the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate was first moved at the March 28 meeting.

 

She said that since they had already been moved and seconded they were now on the floor for approval (additions are in boldface and deletions have strike through marks):

 

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.

 

      The motion carried.

 

      Chairperson Eaton asked if there were any additional items of unfinished business. There were none.

 

6.   NEW BUSINESS

 

      Chairperson Eaton asked if there were any items of new business.

 

      A question was asked about the administrative support provided to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in light of recent staff changes.

 

      Vice President Alfonso said that the matter had been resolved and that the IRB would continue to have necessary administrative support.

 

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

 

                                                            Respectfully submitted,

                                                           

                                                            Sheila Black Grubman