1. The meeting was called to order on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 3:05 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room, Green Hall. All members were present. There were no minutes to approve.
a. Chairperson Eaton reported that Senator Barber was, regrettably, stepping down from the Executive Committee for health reasons. He planned to remain on the Faculty Senate. Chairperson Eaton stated that in accordance with 5.5 of the Faculty Senate By-Laws, the Executive Committee would serve as a nominating committee. It was agreed that Chairperson Eaton would solicit nominations through email and the vote would be included in the Agenda for October 20, 2011. Nominations will be accepted from the floor at that meeting as well.
b. Senator Rice reported on the September 26, 2011 Meeting of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education. The Board voted to adopt a policy to allow undocumented students to pay the in-state (RI resident) tuition rate to attend Rhode Island's public colleges. To be eligible under the new policy, students must have attended a high school in Rhode Island for at least three years, must be a high school graduate, and must pledge to seek legal resident status as soon as they are eligible to do so. The decision was unanimous among the 11 of 13 present board members, and came after hours of public debate. Senator Rice testified on behalf of the motion, as did former President Robert Carothers.
c. Professor Bill Rosen met with Provost DeHayes and Ms. Grubman regarding the process of Administrator’s Evaluation. The review of Deans Jordan and Wright will continue under the official process. Professor Rosen will encourage the use of surveys in addition to the letters. Chairperson Eaton will invite Professor Rosen to the next FSEC meeting (October 5, 2011) to discuss the limitations of the current process and possible changes.
d. Chairperson Eaton announced the upcoming General Education Rubric Construction Day, sponsored by the UCGE committee, to be held Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 3:00 to 8:00PM (including dinner) at the UClub. She noted that she will be participating as the chair of the Math Department and hoped that other faculty members will attend and encourage others to represent their departments at this event. Departments that participate will have an opportunity to be influential in the final version. A brief discussion followed about outcomes assessment, flexibility of the General Education program, and the need for General Education to have its own identity.
e. Chairperson Eaton reported that one of the FSEC’s nominees had declined the invitation to serve as the second Faculty Senate appointee on the search committee for the Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity. She subsequently forwarded the name of another faculty member to the search chair, Vice Provost Beauvais.
f. FSEC members were brought up to date on discussions about changes to a temporary center. Since the process for approving temporary centers did not require Faculty Senate approval, only the proposers, the Council for Research and the Provost were involved.
3. Review of the Faculty Senate Meeting #1, September 22, 2011: The Executive Committee discussed some of the suggestions made during the forum at the Senate meeting: expanding senate appointments to include non-tenure track faculty, sponsoring events in the Living Learning Communities, expanding Discovery URI to include faculty presentations, panel discussions/forum discussions on each of the areas in the Academic Plan, improving the student newspaper. In consideration of new policy on senate membership, Senator Rice noted that Chapters 4 and 7 of the Senate Manual needed updating. He said that he believed that the ranks of the faculty are very outdated. In addition, expanding the ranks of faculty eligible for Senate representation would require a change in the Constitution of the Faculty Senate and could impact the appropriation in each college. Assembling a task force, to work with CBUM, was suggested.
Regarding student involvement, Chairperson Eaton said she would prepare a statement and talk to the student representatives on the Faculty Senate.
4. Planning for October 20 Faculty Senate Meeting: Vice President Beagle has been asked to make his division presentation (he made this presentation to SBPC). He will also be asked to sponsor the reception that day. The Ombud’s Report will be presented. Ombud Rose will be asked to talk about the student issues particularly as they relate to course syllabi.
5. Committee updates:
a. Ad Hoc Advising: A report with recommendations should be forthcoming later in the fall semester. There has been discussion about hiring professional advisors to replace faculty advisors; also, online advising. The committee is likely to put forth more than one model.
b. Academic Program Review Committee: FSEC members should have received a survey. There is no acting chair; Vice Provost Beauvais and Senator Barbour are keeping the committee running. They agreed to ask a faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences to serve on and possibly chair the committee.
c. Strategic Budget and Planning Council: President Dooley had informed the SBPC that the following recommendations of the Council were included in the proposed FY’13 budget:
Financial Aid - $7.0M from Fund 100. It is noted that this is associated with a $10.2M revenue.
Institutional Review Board Position - $0.09M from Fund 110.
New lines for 12 new Tenure-Track Faculty Positions and 2 Lecturer positions - $1.0M from Fund 100 and $0.46M from Reallocation within the Division of Academic Affairs. The new positions will support "clusters" of 3 tenure track/clinical faculty hires in each of these 4 thematic areas resonating with the Academic Plan. A process is underway to define the specific need and investment areas within the broad thematic emphases.
Graduate Assistant Differential Program - $0.075M from Fund 100 and $0.075M from Fund 110.
Senior Auditor - $0.1M from Fund 100.
Chairperson Eaton will email the report to FSEC members.
6. Faculty Senate Office Position: the search for Ms. Grubman’s assistant/successor is ongoing. Chairperson Eaton is the chair of the committee. Other committee members are FSEC members Senator Honhart and Senator Larsen, and Ms. Grubman.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00PM.