1. The meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 in room 201 Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present except Senator Barbour. Senator Davis arrived at 4:30 after attending a meeting of the Council for Research.
2. The FSEC discussed draft Minutes from Meeting #15, November 30, 2011 and agreed to postpone action pending further revisions.
a. Chairperson Eaton reported that she, Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senator Rice would serve on the planning committee for the Academic Summit on January 20, 2012. She said that the committee would meet with the Provost the next day.
b. The Executive Committee discussed correspondence between Senator Kirschenbaum and Professor Wenisch regarding an official interpretation by the CBUM Committee about sections of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.
c. The Executive Committee confirmed that their next meeting was scheduled for Friday, January 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
d. Ms. Grubman reminded the FSEC that their first regular meeting of the spring 2012 semester was scheduled for Monday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. This will also be the first day of the semester.
4. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #4, December 15, 2011 in preparation for the following afternoon's meeting.
5. The FSEC discussed Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen's meeting with representatives of the Student Senate leadership with regard to reaching an agreement on the implementation of the drop period legislation (Senate Bill #10-11--23).
Following discussion, Vice Chairperson Larsen agreed to draft a proposal to modify the drop period legislation, as well as other potential modifications to the second grade option proposed by the students. He said that his draft would be brought back to the FSEC for consideration in January.
Ms. Grubman agreed to provide Vice Chairperson Larsen with the legislation originally proposed by the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee that had been rejected by the Faculty Senate prior to approving the current legislation.
The Executive Committee decided that once they agreed on a proposal, they would determine how to proceed, including whether to forward any recommendations to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.
6. Senator Davis reported on the activities of the Council for Research during the fall semester. She announced that the Council had agreed to raise the cap on proposal development and career enhancement grants to $15,000. In addition, the Council had encouraged Vice President Alfonso to find ways to increase funding for the internal research awards competitions.
She also noted that the Office of Sponsored Projects is in the process of restructuring in order to improve service to faculty members on their proposals before, during, and after external grants are approved.
In response to questions from the FSEC, Senator Davis said that no agreement had been reached with regard to modifying the Intellectual Property Policy. She explained that a proposal hadn't come to the Council because it was still under discussion.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman