Title 16

Chapter 32
University of Rhode Island [See Title 16 Chapter 97 — The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]

R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-32-2.1

§ 16-32-2.1. Additional powers of the President of the University.

In addition to any powers granted to the president of the university of Rhode Island by law or regulation, and consistent with shared governance practices, in conformity with § 16-32-10, the president shall have the following additional powers and duties:

(a) To create and consolidate departments, divisions, programs, and courses of study within the university and the approved role and scope of the president’s authority adopted by the board of trustees. Any new or proposed eliminations of departments, divisions, programs, or courses of study that are outside the role and scope approved by the board shall require the review and approval of the board.

(b) To adopt a budget for the university and submit it to the board of trustees for approval.

(c) To be responsible for the general management of property of the university.

(d) To recommend to the board of trustees, tables of organization for the university.

(e) To submit to the board of trustees and to compile and analyze the following information for presentation to the board annually by May 1st the following:

(1) A detailed departmental breakdown of all faculty members employed at the university by rank (including all professors, associate professors, assistant professors, lecturers, and instructors) and tenure (tenured and non-tenured, and other) and by race (African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian) and gender.

(2) A detailed report on current student enrollments for each class at the university by race and gender, by academic department, and by outreach program (e.g. talent development), guaranteed admissions program, and the current levels of funding and staff support for each of these programs.

(3) [Deleted by P.L. 2019, ch. 88, art. 9, § 3.]

(4) A plan for recruitment of African American and Hispanic faculty into tenure track positions at the university with specific reference to and planned involvement with the New England higher education’s minority faculty recruitment and development plan.

(5) Copies of the report shall be furnished to the board of trustees.

(f) To assist the board of trustees in preparation and maintenance of a three-year (3) strategic funding plan for the university; to assist the board in the preparation and presentation annually to the state budget officer in accordance with § 35-3-4 of a total university budget.

(g) To monitor, publish, and report to the board of trustees the level of performance on all metrics of the universities set forth in § 16-32-2 and in accordance with this chapter. The president shall revise the metrics at a time when performance has reached a level pre-defined by the board. Future metrics may further goals identified by the board, the board of education, and the governor’s workforce board, and the purpose and mission of the university. The university shall publish its performance on all of its associated metrics prescribed in this chapter on its website.

History of Section.
P.L. 2014, ch. 145, art. 20, § 2; P.L. 2019, ch. 88, art. 9, § 3.