1. The regular meeting of the Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:10 p.m. in the Cherry Auditorium, Chester Kirk Building, Chairperson Larsen presiding.
All members were present except Senators Anderson, Atash, Barbour, English, Ferszt, Hu, Hutchinson, King, Lloyd, Mitkowski, Morin, Opaluch, Palm, Paton, Pearson-Merkowitz, Sun, Schwartz, Shin, Sun, Taveira, Trubiano, and Ye; Vice Presidents Alfonso and Dougan; Vice Provost Libutti and CIO Bozylinsky, (Vice Provost McCray was represented by his designee); Deans Bonn, Sullivan and Wright, (Deans Corliss, Higgins, and Kirby were represented by their designees); Ms. Segal, Mr. Martin.
2. Chairperson Larsen announced that the Minutes of Faculty Senate Meeting #6, February 21, 2013, had been posted on the web. He asked if there were any questions, additions or corrections to the Minutes. There were none.
Chairperson Larsen ruled that in the absence of any comments or corrections, the Minutes were approved.
3. REPORTS OF OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1) Chairperson Larsen explained that the Faculty Senate had a very full agenda that afternoon and apologized in advance for his efforts to keep the agenda moving forward in as expeditious manner as possible.
2) Chairperson Larsen reminded everyone that nominations for the Faculty Outstanding Service Award for 2013 would be accepted until March 28, 2013. He urged everyone to take the time to nominate a colleague who they believe deserves the award.
3) Chairperson Larsen announced that the University Library was asking for feedback through the LibQual survey. He noted that he had sent out a message to that effect earlier that week. He encouraged everyone to complete the survey at http://www.uri.edu/library/new/libqual2013.html by April 22.
4) Chairperson Larsen said that there were two upcoming events of major interest to the faculty:
a) On Thursday, March 28, Dr. Charles Blaich, Director, Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, will share the results URI's participation in the 2008-2012 Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education. Faculty and staff are invited to join either of two open sessions in the Galanti Lounge in the URI Library.
b) On April 4th in Galanti Lounge in the Library, there will be a series of workshops on the use and interpretation of the IDEA Teaching Evaluation system.
5) Chairperson Larsen reported that the Faculty Senate Coordinator, Sheila Black Grubman, would retire this spring after 40 years of service to the University. He said that members of the Executive Committee have conducting a search for a new coordinator and he was pleased to announce that three candidates would be interviewed during the first two weeks in April. He said that Senators and members of Senate Committees would be invited to meet the candidates at that time, noting that they would hear more about this when the interviews were formally scheduled.
6) Chairperson Larsen introduced Senator Kathleen Davis, who reported on a new Council for Research effort to collect data on research that is not usually counted by the Office of Research and Economic Development.
7) Chairperson Larsen thanked Vice President Weygand for graciously agreeing to sponsor the reception at the University Club after the meeting that afternoon. He said that if it was at all possible, he encouraged Senators, ex officio members, and guests to attend. He said that the reception provides an opportunity for everyone to meet and to continue any discussions they might have begun during the formal meeting.
Senator Leo announced that the Humanities Festival was scheduled for March 27 and encouraged everyone to participate.
B. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that the Minutes of Executive Committee Meetings #25 through #28 were available on the web. He asked if there were any questions. There were none.
C. Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that he had three recommendations on behalf of the Executive Committee.
1) Vice Chairperson Byrd moved approval of the following motion:
That the Faculty Senate approve the recommendation of the Executive Committee on Advising, including the establishment of a new standing Faculty Senate Undergraduate Academic Advising Committee.
He explained that the change in the Faculty Senate By-Laws may not be voted upon at that time and that the report would be returned as an item of unfinished business on the April 18 Agenda.
Following discussion, Senator Rice moved that "one student representative appointed by the ASF CCE Student Government Board" be added to the membership in proposed section 4.31 of the By-Laws. The motion carried.
During discussion requests were made for clarification of which colleges would elect representatives to the committee and whether the Dean of University College and Special Academic Programs and the Associate Dean of the ASF College of Continuing Education could appoint designees.
After discussion, Chairperson Larson said that the report of the Executive Committee including the By-Laws changes as amended would be returned as unfinished business at the April 18 meeting.
2) Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that his next recommendation was in two parts and moved approval of the following:
a) That the Faculty Senate approve the Open Access Policy as recommended in the report of the Executive Committee.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
Vice Chairperson Byrd moved approval of the following recommendation:
b) That the Faculty Senate amend the charge to the Library Committee to reflect the Open Access Policy.
Vice Chairperson Byrd announced that the Senate could not vote on the By-Laws change at that meeting and it would be returned as an item of unfinished business at the next meeting.
Following discussion, Chairperson Larson said that the By-Laws changes would be returned as unfinished business at the April 18 meeting.
3) Vice Chairperson Byrd moved approval of the following resolution:
Resolved: that the Faculty Senate endorses the Memorandum of Agreement between the Town of South Kingstown and the University of Rhode Island and its Land Grant Programs on the Healthy Place by Design Project and urges President Dooley to sign the agreement on behalf of URI.
Following discussion, the motion carried.
4. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
President Dooley reported briefly on the University's potential budget for FY'14. He said that it was too early to be sure in light of the Governor's Budget and the request that tuition rates for in-state students be retained at the same level as they had for FY'13.
He explained that a great deal depended on the number of out-of-state students who are admitted and whether the legislature would make any changes to the Governor's Budget.
Vice President Weygand reported on the University's budget for FY'13 and compared it to previous budgets and funding. He used a series of Power Point slides and responded to questions throughout his presentation.
Chairperson Larsen expressed the Faculty Senate's appreciation for the report as well as previous budget reports that the Vice President had presented to the Faculty Senate.
6. REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. Dean Killingbeck presented the Graduate Council's Report No. 2012-13-5 to the Faculty Senate. He asked if there were any questions about the changes. There were none.
Dean Killingbeck moved approval of the section of the Graduate Council's Report that required confirmation. The motion carried.
B. Professor Brand presented the Five Hundred Fourth Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee. She said that Section I was informational and asked if there were any questions. There were none.
Professor Brand noted that Section II required confirmation by the Faculty Senate and moved approval. The motion carried.
C. Professor Maier-Speredelozzi presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2012-13-5: HIS 176. She then moved approval of adding HIS 176 into the Letters (L) area of the General Education Program. The motion carried.
D. Professor Maier-Speredelozzi and Professor Derbyshire presented the University College and General Education Committee Report #2012-13-6: Informational Report on a Proposed Structure for a new General Education Program.
When the time for discussion expired, a motion was made to extend debate for 5 additional minutes. The motion carried.
When the five-minute extension of time expired, the Senate moved to the next item of business.
E. Professor Rathemacher presented the Annual Report of the Library Committee for 2012-13.
F. In the absence of Professor MacDonnell, Chair of the Admissions Advisory Committee, Professor Rathemacher, a member of the committee, presented the Annual Report of the Admissions Advisory Committee.
Chairperson Larsen announced that the time for the meeting expired and declared the meeting adjourned.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Sheila Black Grubman