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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes #19

January 23, 2012

1. The meeting was called to order at 11:08 a.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012 in the President's Conference Room in Green Hall, Chairperson Eaton presiding. All members were present except Vice Chairperson Larsen and Senator Davis.

2. Approval of the Minutes from FSEC Meeting #18, January 13, 2012 was postponed pending further review.

3. Announcements/Correspondence

a. Chairperson Eaton reminded the FSEC that the Board of Governors was meeting that evening. She said that she planned to attend the meeting. She said that the agenda did not include the Retirement Incentive Plan. She noted the revised general education program from Rhode Island College had been included on the agenda and expressed interest in a recommendation from the Commissioner that representatives from the three institutions responsible for general education meet twice each year with the OHE staff to coordinate transfer of students from one school to another.

The FSEC agreed that they should pursue the question of who at URI is the person responsible for general education.

b. Chairperson Eaton and Senators Barbour and Rice reported on the Academic Summit on January 20. They said that the speaker had been a good choice and her remarks coordinated well with the theme of the summit. They commented on the afternoon's cluster hire discussions and also speculated as to how those discussions might be reflected in the RFPs for the Cluster Hires. Members of the FSEC expressed appreciation to Chairperson Eaton for the time and effort she gave to organizing the summit.

c. Chairperson Eaton reminded the FSEC that the House Commission to Study Public Higher Education Affordability and Accessibility in the State of Rhode Island was scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening, January 24, at the Alumni Center. She said that she had requested permission to speak and was in the process of preparing her remarks. Senators Honhart and Rice indicated that they planned to attend as well.

d. Senator Barbour reported on the status of the search for a Director of Learning, Assessment & Online Education. She said that all of the candidates were coming to campus between January 27 and February 3. Senator Barbour noted that the first candidate, Dr. Judy Lavell, was scheduled to be interviewed by the FSEC on Friday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Ballentine Hall and they would all receive copies of her CV in advance.

4. Planning:

a. The Executive Committee reviewed the Agenda for Faculty Senate Meeting #5, January 26, 2012 in preparation for the meeting later that week.

b. The Executive Committee reviewed a list of spring Faculty Senate meetings, which included expected committee reports, forums, and presentations. Chairperson Eaton asked members of the Executive Committee to review the list and consider whether other forums and presentations might be added.

c. The Executive Committee agreed to the following topics for their February 1 meeting with President Dooley:

1) President Dooley's impressions of the Governor's proposed budget;

2) The status of the Retirement Incentive Plan for URI;

3) Expansion of Discovery@URI to include a greater variety of academic disciplines;

4) An update on the industrial park feasibility study;

5) President Dooley's thoughts about possible new positions for potential faculty members.

5. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the following matters of continuing concern:

a. Drop Period Legislation: The Executive Committee agreed to dedicate time on January 30 to discussing and hopefully agreeing to a possible solution.

Members of the Executive Committee expressed their appreciation to Chairperson Eaton and Vice Chairperson Larsen for the time and effort they have devoted to have devoted to working with the Student Senate Leadership in an effort to be responsive to their concerns.

b. Administrator Evaluation: Ms. Grubman shared a list of faculty who had served on Administrator Evaluation Committees to use a potential list of members of an Ad Hoc Committee.

It was agreed that a specific charge to the ad hoc committee should be drafted before considering the membership of the committee.

c. Syllabi: Ms. Grubman announced that the syllabus website was now on the Faculty Senate website. Chairperson Eaton asked that the posting of the website be included in her announcements for the January 26 Faculty Senate Meeting. (See

6. The Executive Committee was brought up to date on the work of the following committees:

a. CBUM: Ms. Grubman reported that Professor Wenisch had received a brief reply from Vice Provost Katz in response to the CBUM committee's request for a more current list of faculty or "faculty-like" titles than those in Chapter 7 of the University Manual. She indicated that she would recommend to Professor Wenisch that the CBUM Committee invite Vice Provost Katz the CBUM Committee's next meeting to discuss the titles.

b. UCGE: Ms. Grubman reported that the Committee had scheduled their next meeting for February 1 and hoped to make progress on finalizing the learning objectives and planning for assessment as well as agreeing on a structure for the revised General Education Program.

c. JCAP: Senator Barbour reported that she had brought the issue of program review to JCAP at their last meeting. She said that there appeared to be some consensus for JCAP reviewing proposals early in the approval process to advise the faculty proposing the programs before they begin to develop proposals in more detail.

d. Academic Program Review Committee (APRC): Senator Barbour said that central data reports had been forwarded to all department chairs and academic deans. Accompanying the data was a brief reminder of what had been discussed at the Provost's December meeting with the chairs. She suggested that chairs who have questions about or need clarification of the data they received, contact Ms. Walsh in the Office of Institutional Research.

e. Strategic Budget and Planning Council (SBPC): Chairperson Eaton said that she didn't have anything new to report at that time but that the SBPC had a meeting scheduled for later that week.

7. With regard to the Provost's initiatives, Ms. Grubman reported that there are two post-baccalaureate certificate programs before the Graduate Council. The first is from the Department of Computer Science and Statistics for a Graduate Certificate in in Cyber Security. She said that the second proposal was from the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology for a Graduate Certificate in Medical Laboratory Quality Management Systems.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Sheila Black Grubman




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