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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #21

February 6, 2012

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:05 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, it was agreed to postpone consideration of the Minutes from FSEC Meetings #19, January 23, 2012 and #20, January 30 and February 1, 2012 until the February 13th FSEC meeting.

3. The Executive Committee discussed planning for future meetings:


a. The Executive Committee reviewed a preliminary draft of the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #6, February 23, 2012 and considered what might be included on the Agenda.

b. The Executive Committee discussed possible topics for their February 15 meeting with Provost DeHayes. Although several topics were suggested, it was agreed to decide on the list by e-mail correspondence before the end of the week.

4. Matters of continuing concern:

a. Drop Period Legislation: Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen agreed to contact the Student Senate leadership to inform them of the Executive Committee's recommendation to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee.

b. Culture of Community: It was noted that there hadn't been any additional information forthcoming regarding DISCOVERY@URI. Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senator Davis agreed to continue to pursue possible expansion with Dean Zawia.

The FSEC decided not to pursue adding a special member of the Senate to represent CCE. They agreed that Dean Quina often represented Providence Campus concerns. They also noted that faculty teach there and hopefully would be sensitive to the issues regardless of whether or not there was a special Senator.

c. Ad Hoc Committee Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman agreed to provide the FSEC with a draft charge to the ad hoc committee at their next meeting.

d. Search for Director of Learning, Assessment & Online Education: Senator Barbour thanked members of the FSEC for taking the time to attend the three candidate interviews and for providing their impressions of each to the Search Committee. She said that the Search Committee had met but she wasn't in a position to report on their recommendations to Provost DeHayes.

e. URI Foundation Service Award: Senator Rice reported that he had been invited to attend the URI Foundation Awards Committee meeting that afternoon and would have something to report after the meeting.

f. Online and Interactive Catalog Issues: Chairperson Eaton reported that, at the request of the ad hoc committee on the Online and Interactive Catalog, she had agreed to raise the administrative issues related to the online catalog when she and Vice Chairperson Larsen meet with Provost DeHayes.

g. Intellectual Property Policy: Chairperson Eaton reported that the revised draft proposal developed in conjunction with the academic deans provided for a greater share for the inventor than had the earlier proposal. This change reflected the Deans' willingness to give up some of the funds earmarked for their colleges. She noted that the revised policy would have to be reviewed by the Intellectual Property Committee before it was sent to the Council for Research.

5. The FSEC discussed the activities of Faculty Senate Committees:

a. CBUM: Ms. Grubman said that the CBUM Committee was scheduled to meet at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17 in the President's Conference Room. She noted that Vice Provost Katz had agreed to join the committee for a discussion of the titles listed in Chapter 7 of the UNIVERSITY MANUAL.

b. UCGE: Senator Barbour, in her role as Chair of LOOC, asked Ms. Grubman and Vice Chairperson Larsen to ask the UCGE Committee how they planned to proceed with the assessment of learning outcomes of the revised General Education Program through the Subcommittee on Assessment of General Education (SAGE).

c. Teaching Effectiveness: The Executive Committee agreed that they should explore further with the URI AAUP and the Administration how the Faculty Senate's Teaching Effectiveness Committee might become more active with regard to the evaluation of teaching.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman