Immediately following a meeting of the General Faculty-Graduate Faculty the regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:15 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Swallow presiding.
All members were present except Senators Adams, Baxter, Dholakia, Eaton, Lardaro, Lasky, Maier-Speredelozzi, Martin, Quilliam, Shen, Thiem and Wittwer; Vice Presidents Beagle, Weygand; Vice Provosts Beauvais, McCray; Deans Bonn, Farmer, Joseph, Higgins, Maslyn and Richmond (Deans Fey-Yensan and McKinney were represented by their designees).
2. Chairperson Swallow asked if there were any additions or corrections to or questions about the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #7, March18, 2010. There were none.
A motion was made to approve the Minutes as distributed. The motion carried.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. Chairperson Swallow made the following announcements:
1) Chairperson Swallow announced that there would be no reception after today's meeting.
2) Chairperson Swallow passed on best wishes to Ms. Grubman and Professor Emeritus Grubman-Black regarding his surgery
3) Chairperson Swallow announced that it was the last regular Meeting of the 2009-10 Faculty Senate. He asked the Senate to join him in thanking the following Senators whose terms expire at the end of April:
ARTS AND SCIENCES
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY
HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES
THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES
4) Chairperson Swallow announced that the Faculty Senate has been informed by the Deans of the various colleges that the following Senators have been elected and will take their seats at the May 13 meeting. This isn't a complete list because some colleges have not completed their elections.
ARTS AND SCIENCES
HUMAN SCIENCE AND SERVICES Lori Ciccomascolo: Kinesiology
B. Vice Chairperson Ordonez said that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #29, #30, #31, #32 and #33 had been distributed by email and noted that they were accessible on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FSEC_29m_09-10.html
She asked if there were any questions. There were none.
C. Recommendation of the Executive Committee.
1) Vice Chairperson Ordonez moved approval of the Schedule of Faculty Senate Meetings for the 2010-11 academic year:
3:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays in the Cherry Auditorium of the Chester H. Kirk Building:
Special Meetings may be called upon due notice.
The motion carried.
2) Vice Chairperson Ordonez moved approval of the membership of the Nominating Committee for the Officers of the 2010-11 Faculty Senate:
The motion carried.
3) Vice Chairperson Ordonez moved that the Faculty Senate amend sections 5.70.10-12 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL by replacing the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC) with the Joint Committee on Academic Planning (JCAP). (http://www.uri.edu/facsen/FSEC_JCAP.pdf)
Following discussion, a motion was made and seconded to amend the main motion to replace 'academic advisor' with 'academic representative' from CCE.
The motion carried.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
A. President Dooley said he had approved all of the legislation forwarded to him after the March Faculty Senate Meeting.
President Dooley reported that he would be going to Rutgers for the APLU (formerly NASULGC) regional meeting. He indicated that it would be a national conversation on research funding, specifically on how to think about a new way to fund universities. Some options would be direct federal funding to a specific dollar level for a limited number of universities or fund each land grant university per state. For example, China has put hundreds of millions of dollars into new universities and other nations are providing direct funding to t their universities as well. Conversely, America has been disinvesting in all universities for over 20 years.
President Dooley said that If anyone has some suggestions, they contact Vice President Alfonso or himself.
5. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Professor Mundorf presented the Four Hundred Seventy-Eighth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/478_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 and moved approval of part B of Section III. The motion carried.
B. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 6-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_6-2009-10.pdf. Dean Killingbeck made a motion for 6 courses and to merge CELS M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. A question was asked of he visibility of disciplines go down in merged degrees.
Dean Killingbeck responded that degrees will have specialities and specialties will be advertised to maintain visibility.
Following the discussion, the motion carried.
C. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 6A-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate: Proposal for a Five-Year Combined BS Physics/MS Medical Physics Degree Program, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_6A-2009-10.pdf. Dean Killingbeck noted that this is an innovative program and will be a 5-year program.
Following the discussion, the motion carried.
D. Dean Killingbeck presented the Curricular Report No. 7-2009-10 from the Graduate Council to the Faculty Senate, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/GC_CURRICULAR_REPORT_7-2009-10.pdf. There was no discussion. The motion carried.
A motion was made that the graduate courses listed as not being offered in two or more years would be deleted from the University's course offerings.
A motion to amend the main motion was made to remove ARH 575 from the deleted list. The motion carried.
A motion to amend the main motion was made to remove MFA 515 that is currently being taught. The motion carried.
Discussion raised the concern that active courses were on the list.
Dean Zawia noted that this issue had already been communicated with the community twice. Discussion noted that department chairs must respond promptly in reviewing such lists.
A motion was made to table the main motion as amended. Senator Kirschenbaum suggested that the Faculty Senate defeat the motion to table, in favor of amending the main motion to approve the amended list subject to the Graduate School soliciting department chairs one more time and removing any listed courses based on request for retention received by May 12, 2010.
The motion to table failed.
Senator Kirschenbaum moved to amend the main motion such that the Senate would approve the courses listed for deletion from University offerings, conditional on the Graduate School soliciting requests for retention and removing any courses for request was received by May 12, 2010.
After discussion, the motion to amend was approved.
The motion was approved amended.
D. Senator DiCioccio presented the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee Report #09-10-2, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/AS&C_09-10-2.pdf and http://www.uri.edu/facsen/2010-11 thru 2015-16.pdf. Senator DiCioccio presented the summer calendar to the Senate. She asked if there were any questions. There were none. The motion carried.
Senator DiCioccio presented the academic calendar from 2010 through 2015-15 to the Senate. She asked if there were any questions regarding the academic calendar.It was noted that in the 2010-2011 the evening of September 8 is Rosh Hashana and that faculty need to work with students so they are able to observe their holiday over the first several days of the Fall semester.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
F. Professor Rathemacher presented the Annual Report of the Admissions Advisory Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/Admissions_Advisory_09-10.pdf. It was moved and seconded to approve the recommendation in the report.
Professor Rathemacher stated that the advisory committee discussed ways to improve yield at the university. It was noted to include the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management on the committee and remove the guidance counselor. It would not substantially change the insight to high school guidance concerns, and the committee could solicit outside input or gain insights via Admissions contacts with high schools.
Following discussion, the motion was approved.
G. Professor Barbour presented the Annual Report of the Learning Outcomes Oversight Committee, which appeared on the web at http://www.uri.edu/facsen/LOOC_Annual_Report_09-10.pdf.
Senator Honhart offered a friendly amendment to change Policy 1a to replace 'as well as' to 'via a link to' so that departments publishing their learning outcomes on their web site will refer to a single common copy on the SLOAA website.
The friendly amendment was accepted by the LOOC chair and members present and there was no objection raised during discussion. The friendly amendment was incorporated into the main motion.
It was noted that the italics in the report were already in the University Manual. A concern was raised that these policies assign authority to Approve or disapprove outcomes assessment developed by programs. We need to have policies for NEASC and OHE. This would be an opportunity to set the stage with OHE.
After discussion, the motion was approved.
6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any unfinished business.Senator Gordon made a motion to reconsider the January 28 motion (which had failed) to eliminate the Masters of Community Planning.
It was seconded.
Senator Gordon noted that the abolishment of the Masters of Community Planning degree that was brought to the January 28 Faculty Senate meeting by the Dean was not agreed upon by the department. After discussion of the matter the department has now agreed to the abolishment of the degree. Dean Killingbeck indicated that the department is developing a proposal for the Environmental Planning Degree but very little information was provided.
Dean Zawia asked to be a part of the process to abolish programs in the graduate school before they go to the Faculty Senate.
After discussion suggesting that the motion to eliminate the MS be brought forward simultaneously with a motion to create a new degree, the motion was withdrawn.
7. NEW BUSINESS
Chairperson Swallow asked if there was any new business.
Discussion ensued about the SAKAI vote to modify the Spring 2010 calendar to allow make-up days due to the floods and snow days. It was noted that 47 out of 60 senators voted on the AS&C recommendation to remove one reading day and move the first day of finals to Saturday. It was the first time an electronic forum was used to make a decision. The proposed failed.
There was only one solution presented and more options should be presented in the future.
It was noted that students need access to electronic discussions and that it should be used only in emergencies.
A motion was made to adjourn. The motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Clifford H. Katz