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FACULTY SENATE MEETING
February 8, 2011

 

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the ninth meeting of the fifty-seventh session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Overton shared a website www.ncsu.edu/budget that contains additional information on the budget. 

Chair Overton announced that the Senate is developing a feedback form for the Faculty Senate website. 

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 8, January 25, 2011
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Comments –Provost Arden
Provost Arden gave a brief overview on the three major processes that are in progress (the strategic planning process, budget process, and the process that the Chancellor asked the Provost and Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business to deliver), which is to look at whether or not to do administrative restructuring and realignments within the university. 

5. Comments by Matt Peterson, Director of Federal Research Affairs
Mr. Peterson reported that there is a continuing resolution that ends on March 6 and there is currently action in the House to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the Federal Government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The House proposal has a 12 to 13 percent cut in discretionary spending and the assumption is that research will not escape a cut of this magnitude. 

The impact on students will be the Pell Grant, Short Fall, and the impact of the budget cuts on students’ financial aid.  

6. Update on Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Qualified Students with Disabilities
Vice Chancellor Goldgeier reported that the university received a complaint from a student last year who claimed that the university did not provide reasonable accommodations, and in negotiating with the Office of Civil Rights, the US Department of Education is authorized to enforce the ADA and Section 504; they came to a resolution on a particular practice that had been done for some time and they have made some adjustments to that.

Vice Chancellor Goldgeier presented a PowerPoint to update the Senate on the new practice. The presentation is available on the Faculty Senate website at:

http://ncsu.edu/faculty_senate/items-interest/documents/ADA.facsenate.Jan2011.pdf

7. Update on Proposed Ombudsman Position
Vice Provost Betsy Brown presented a PowerPoint to update the faculty on the proposed Ombud’s position.

Vice Provost Brown stated that the position would provide faculty a confidential and independent source and also a source of information for the campus on potential methods of resolutions including information on university policies and procedures. 

The position is currently on hold due to budget restrictions. The group will continue to meet periodically and receive feedback from campus on the need and nature of the position.

The PowerPoint is available on the Faculty Senate website at:

http://ncsu.edu/faculty_senate/items-interest/documents/FacSenOmbudPresentation2-8-11.pdf

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m.
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