§ 16-59-8 Operating executive committee. (a) There is established an operating executive committee which shall be composed of the president of the University of Rhode Island, the president of Rhode Island College, the president of Community College of Rhode Island and the commissioner of higher education. The commissioner of higher education shall serve as the chairperson of the committee.
(b) The committee shall meet on a regular basis, provided, that they shall meet not less than twelve (12) times per year, and the purpose of the committee shall include but not be limited to developing coherent plans for the elimination of unnecessary duplication in public higher education and addressing the future needs of public higher education within the state in the most efficient and economical manner possible. All recommendations and information gathered at the meetings of the committee shall be forwarded to the board of governors by the commissioner of higher education in conjunction with the presidents for approval and disapproval.
(c) Prior to the presentation of any proposal to the board of
governors, the committee shall fully examine its impact on higher education,
including but not limited to its impact on educational budgetary requirements,
quality of higher education and elimination of unnecessary duplication. The
chairperson of the committee may invite additional participation by faculty and
other employees when he or she deems it necessary.
(P.L. 1981, ch. 32, § 3.)