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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #23

February 27, 2012

1. The official meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present.

2. Following discussion, the Minutes from FSEC Meeting #21, February 6, 2012 was approved as corrected. The Minutes of Meeting #22, February 13 and February 20, 2012 were approved pending review by Provost DeHayes of those sections that pertained to his meeting with the Executive Committee.

3. Chairperson Eaton reported that she had been contacted by Provost DeHayes regarding the drop period legislation as she was about to forward the FSEC's proposed revision to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee for consideration. She said that a meeting with President Dooley, Provost DeHayes, Vice Chairperson Larsen and herself was scheduled to discuss drop deadline issues later that week.

4. The Executive Committee discussed the February 23 Faculty Senate meeting and agreed that the Forum had been successful in engendering discussion about both advising and syllabus construction. It was noted that while Senators rarely responded to requests for questions, there was a genuine interest in discussing the Forum topics.

5. The Executive Committee discussed planning for future meetings:


a. The Executive Committee discussed possible topics for their March 7 meeting with President Dooley. It was noted that numerous administrative structure changes and the establishment of new committees were not included in the latest edition of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

Ms. Grubman explained that as editor, she ensured that Senate legislation was incorporated into the UNIVERSITY MANUAL. Her authority to amend administrative sections of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL was at the request of the President. She said that the UNIVERSITY MANUAL had not kept pace with administrative changes and was not accurate.

It was agreed that the UNIVERSITY MANUAL should more closely reflect the institution for both internal communication and accreditation requirements. They decided to suggest to President Dooley that administrative changes in the UNIVERSITY MANUAL be the discussion topic at their next meeting.

b. With regard to the March 22 Meeting of the Faculty Senate, Ms. Grubman reported that in addition to scheduled committee reports, Vice President Weygand was planning to report on the University budget. The Forum will be a discussion of the IDEA SRI organized by the Teaching Effectiveness Committee.

c. Chairperson Eaton reported that she was optimistic that a revised intellectual property policy, as developed through discussions by the Intellectual Property Committee and the College Deans, would be considered by the Council for Research in March and hopefully forwarded to the Faculty Senate for the April 19 Faculty Senate meeting.

6. The Executive Committee discussed the following matters of continuing concern:

a. Culture of Community: After discussion, it was decided that since a date for DISCOVERY@URI was already established for this spring, Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senator Davis would encourage wider representation in the presentations this year and request that the Senate participate in the planning for spring 2013.

Ms. Grubman reported that all of the college apportionment materials had been received from the various colleges and she would be able to determine Senate membership based on tenure-track faculty for the 2012-13 academic year. She said that she would follow up later that week with a request for lists of continuing faculty not on tenure-track.

b. Joint Faculty Senate-Provost Faculty Service Award: It was noted that the criteria developed during the 2011-12 academic year by the previous Executive Committee were still in very rough form. Ms. Grubman agreed to revise the draft and forward it to the members of the FSEC and the Provost's Office for advice and revision.

c. Ad Hoc Committee Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman reported that Senators Wyant and Marcoux had both expressed interest in serving on the ad hoc committee with Chairperson Eaton. It was agreed to try to enlist other faculty who had participated in previous evaluations but were not Senators, but to proceed this spring with a three-member committee, if necessary.

7. Professors Maier-Speredelozzi and Hicks joined the Executive Committee at noon to provide an update on the General Education revision process. It was noted that wording of the Learning Outcomes of the program had been edited in response to various meetings with students and faculty and that the UCGE Committee continued to meet with colleges, departments and other interested groups to discuss the program.

It was noted that the revised General Education Program was being developed with assessment as a basic element and requires a university-wide faculty commitment.

Members of the FSEC asked questions about the progress and it was suggested that the program be initiated over a four-year period beginning with freshman.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman