September 1, 1998
Senators present: Chair Wahl, Chair-Elect Corbin, Secretary Daley, Provost Stiles, Senators Bernhard, Bottcher, Brown, Carter, De Buysscher, El-Masry, Fahmy, Fisher, Funderlic, Griffin, Hamouda, Kimler, Hooker, Jewell, Knowles, Lewis, Monahan, Nagel, Patty, Peel, Robinson, Serow, Siderelis, Wall, Wilkerson
Senators absent: Parliamentarian Link, Senators Brandeis, Gilbert, Markham, Middleton, Ollis, Schwab, Suh, Willits
Visitors: Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor; Sarah Frisch, Staff Writer, News Services; Robert Sowell, Acting Dean, The Graduate School; Brandi Crawford, Staff Writer, Technician; Bruce Mallette, Assistant Provost; Seth Whitaker, President Pro Tempore, Student Senate; Andrew Payne, Student Body, Vice President of Academic Policy; Sharon Byrd, Chair, Staff Senate; Rebecca Leonard, Assistant Provost; Frank Abrams, Senior Associate Provost; Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs; Jenny Chang, Student Body President; Alexis Mei, Student Senate President; Clare Kristofco, Assistant to the Chancellor
1. Call to Order
The first meeting of the Forty-Fifth Session of the NC State Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Chair George Wahl.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Wahl welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Wahl announced that the Executive Committee will meet Thursday, September 3, 1998.
The 1998 Instructional Technologies Exposition will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 1998.
Chair Wahl announced that the guidelines expressed in Chapter 5 of the Faculty Handbook was followed in selecting the Provost Search Committee. He noted that the committee is predominantly faculty.
There will be a Sexual Harassment Tele-Conference in the Engineering Graduate Research Center on Centennial Campus, Monday, September 28, 1998 from 2 - 4 p.m. The Senate has been requested to send representatives to the conference.
There will be a welcome reception Tuesday, September 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Talley Student Center Ballroom to welcome our new Chancellor.
3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 17, April 28, 1998
The minutes were approved without dissent.
4. Remarks from the Chancellor
Chancellor Fox thanked the Senate for inviting her to the meeting. It is her hope that she will be welcome to come and both convey information from the General Administration and to act as receiver to bring issues that the faculty have back to the Executive Officers of the university.
"In the speech at the General Faculty meeting I spoke about a vision for NC State and emphasized three major areas. The first being the need to build the campus community and by that I meant both to respond to the diversity initiative that has been such a driving force for achieving that kind of community on campus and fostering interdisciplinary activities. I can assure that diversity initiative is something that will remain high on the agenda. In fact, the Deans and Vice Chancellors will be considering that the next month of how to implement the diversity initiative effectively. I have been very pleased in the last couple of weeks to participate in the opening of a number of facilities which are consistent with the interdisciplinary kinds of research that are coming forward including Stereo Research Laboratory, Animal Waste Management Laboratory, and Sea Mask Facility at Morehead City. We are going to be opening the model middle school for science and mathematics on the Centennial Campus. I think all of those reflect the willingness of our faculty to respond to opportunity and build the connection not only on the campus, but across sectors operating with other institutions to affirm the kind of commitment we have in a scholarly sense to interdisciplinary activities as well as valuing the importance of diversity."
The same activity with respect to diversity is the basis of a proposal which you have in your packet today, which is titled Memorial Bell Tower Proposal. It's a way of providing acknowledgment of the kind of achievements that we would like to recognize as having been done through the campus community. You will notice on that proposal that three kinds of activities are being honored in a visible way. The first one, a national holiday that honors veterans, is in recognition that the Bell Tower was constructed as memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country. We want to be sure that the special acknowledgment continues to honor their memory. Therefore, on the national holidays that honors them, we will acknowledge that contribution. In addition, we will have academic events; those events celebrated by the campus community. Finally, we have proposed that the same kind of acknowledgment be extended to athletic events. The major sports such as ACC conference games, football, and men and women basketball, as well as ACC or National Championships and the Olympics or varsity sports. We believe this will achieve a pattern in which we can build campus pride in a way which helps to develop a community, and is consistent with the kinds of interactions among students, faculty, and staff."
Chancellor Fox would like the Faculty Senate to endorse the proposal as it is written.
Chair Wahl moved that the Senate endorse the proposal. The motion was seconded and passed without dissent.
"We are well on the way of getting a successful conclusion to the arena. We also have a new venture with the Centennial venture partners which will provide start-up money in collaboration with the office of the Vice Chancellor for research to bridge this gap between a basic research on one hand and an application on the other. Ten million dollars have been identified from private sector sources to allow for development of businesses in that way. I will ask for your help as we continue to develop means by which that partnership is brought forward. I also mentioned to you about the middle school - grades 6-8. I think this is a particularly important example of a partnership because those are the ages at which children may make determinations about directions in life and about the seriousness of their academic pursuits. We believe that we can really have an influence on the kind of education which is offered around the state by developing teachers who act themselves as master teachers to take this around the state and we will have a very good affect on the state, both in terms of performance in the public schools, but also in a selfish way that it will expand our pool of capable students from which we can recruit undergraduates."
Business Model for Operation of the University
"We are working very hard to emphasize the importance of coming up with a budget. We are beginning to get signs that not all of the Legislators are willing to compromise. There might be a continuation budget this year which I think will be damaging to NC State. We are going forward with the capital budget that looks as good as any we have had for twenty years. If that is lost by combining with next year's budget planning, it really will be to the detriment of the university. We also have a number of proposals going forward about the extension Centennial Campus concept to the Veterinary School about a Masters program in the College of Education for public school administrators. We are working our best to be sure that the Legislative agenda continues to fast forward and that we will be able to take some of those same issues and make sure they are incorporated into our budget plan."
5. Remarks from Richard Andrews, Faculty Chair, UNC Chapel Hill
Dr. Andrews stated that it has been a real pleasure over the past year to collaborate with the faculty from NC State on a number of issues that are very important to both of our faculty. Several times we have both written to President Broad together, met with her on matters such as the special concerns of Research Universities and the vital needs for support for graduate education. Over the summer we have also worked together to persuade members of the General Assembly of the need for full tuition remissions for research and teaching assistants. We have shared ideas on a number of issues that both our faculties need to deal with, such as post tenure review, enrollment growth, the impacts of the new university funding model, the extended academic calendar and other matters. Dr. Andrews believes it is vitally important to both faculties that we cooperate actively on common issues and priorities. Nationally we both aspire to be the best public universities in the areas of our faculty strengths. These areas are in virtually all cases, except athletics, complimentary rather than competitive. We each face increasingly intense competition from universities whose states have equal financial commitment or in some cases far greater to being the best. Within our own state, both our universities enjoy deep public loyalty, but we still face derogatory public stereotypes of faculty workloads in research and political pressure for tax cuts rather than additional investments in higher education and substantial pressures within the system to redistribute resources more equally to campuses that do not have the special cost and missions of leadership as research institutions. It is vital that we work together to articulate our needs and to achieve our missions as North Carolina's leading universities. Fortunately, I think we also have some very attractive opportunities to work more closely together. At Carolina this year we are working on a number of issues that would not surprise you, but we would in fact learn from each other on studies such as the Board of Governors tuition study, the enrollment growth policies that we both face, the implementation of post tenure review, funding formula, etc. We are also dealing with several national issues which affect us both directly and/or generally as faculty members of leading universities. One example is copyright intellectual property in which current and proposed policies could profoundly effect both our libraries and ourselves as teachers, researchers and authors who rely on free sharing of ideas and information.
The second national issue is on-line courses and degrees in which we see both opportunities in serious concerns. Many of our faculty like yours are actively exploring the creative possibilities of information technology for improving teaching and we welcome discussions with you on examples of good uses of this. We are equally concerned by the growing body of advocacy literature. Some that is even written by people who claim to be leaders in higher education which in effect redefine higher education itself as merely job training in certifiable skills in content areas. If anyone is going to reaffirm the meaning and value of face to face interactive research based education, it seems to me faculty like ours need to try to do that. Dr. Andrews proposed several areas of joint initiatives between NC State and Carolina's faculty on matters in which he believes they share strong common interest.
1. How can we work together to demonstrate to our Legislators and to the Board of Governors the values of what we do as research institutions?
2. How can we work together more effectively within the UNC System on common priorities, shared leadership, and on helping to strengthen the whole university through the knowledge and models we can share with the other campuses? Under President Broad's leadership, I believe that both our campuses face increasing pressure to function more as team players in the university system than in the past. President Broad has expressed strong support for our missions and for our pursuit of national excellence. Both she and we are operating in an area that consider in an era considerable challenges to budgets and etc.
3. How can we share our complimentary strengths more effectively in joint ventures? We have good examples of such ventures already, particularly in research facilities and libraries. I even know of one tri-university course that has been taught annually and jointly by the faculty of Carolina, State, and Duke for each of the last five or more years. We have barely begun to develop the opportunities for more joint academic programs that would attract outstanding students and faculty to both campuses. Perhaps even joint ventures in university business management that would increase efficiencies and save more resources for our academic priorities.
Dr. Andrews feels that State and Carolina share the aspiration to achieve national and international excellence. We share the distinction of the challenge of being Carolina's two Research I universities and we share the commitment to research in high quality education. I welcome the opportunity to share in creating an ongoing discussion and interaction between our faculties on common issues and concerns to share our best ideas and examples and to work more closely together as faculty in two great related institutions on the issues and opportunities we both face.
6. Remarks from Sharon Byrd, Chair of the Staff Senate
The Staff Senate has begun their fourth year serving approximately 3500 SPA employees. Their mission is to serve as an advisory body to the Chancellor to promote and facilitate staff participation in the University Community and to encourage a sense of community among all university employees. This year the Staff Senate plans to work toward four goals. They plan to improve the effectiveness of conducting Senate business, enhance communications between the Staff Senate and fellow constituents, take a more active role in university wide initiatives and programs, and enhance communications with on-campus and off-campus groups. They will be addressing issues such as competitive salaries and benefits, job classifications, training and other Human Resource issues, privatization, parking and transportation concerns, and environmental and safety concerns. The Staff Senate plans to continue to pursue forging a strong bond between each of the Senates and Student Government.
7. Remarks from Jenny Chang, President of the Student Body
Jenny introduced Andrew Payne as her Vice President of Academic Policy who will be her liaison to the Faculty Senate . He will be speaking on behalf of Student Government.
A joint student government committee will be formed to review the increases as opposed to doing them all at once. The committee will be doing research, and they will include all three branches; Executive, Judicial, and Legislative.
Jenny is forming a Student Advocates Program through student development. The program has a full time staff member who is there to answer a parent's hotline and a student's hotline.
They are working to help with a service learning plan to possibly combine classroom aspects with community service aspects.
Service Raleigh - It is their hope that it will be bigger and better this year and that more faculty and staff will be involved.
Jenny noted that she has a bi-weekly column in the Technician every other Wednesday to inform the student body of what is happening with Student Government.
Student Government will be working to improve advising and to promote the student success institute. They will also be working to improve overcrowding in class rooms.
8. Remarks from Alexis Mei, President of the Student Senate
Alexis is looking forward to an excellent year with the Student Senate. They currently have two thirds of a full Senate. After fall appointments next week they will have a total of sixty three Senators.
Alexis passed out the Student Senate's meeting schedule, and their plan of action. The Student Senate meets every other Wednesday evening in the Senate Chambers which is in room 201 of the Witherspoon Student Center.
Alexis stated that the Student Senate has a number of goals they would like to accomplish this year, some of which are highly realistic. Others may require the continuing effort of future student leaders. Their motto this year is "Dream First, and Then Be Practical". The Student Senate's Dream is to help the university live up to its saying, "Students First" and to really put students at the forefront of university initiatives.
9. Remarks from Les Robinson, Athletics Director
Mr. Robinson stated that from Friday to Monday he met with three graduates of NC State that represent what we would like for our student athletes to become, who are leaders in the community, state, city, etc. We want to win and be successful, but we want to do things the right way. Our GPA and graduation rate this year was higher than that of the student body. We want to represent a cross section of our society here on campus.
Mr. Robinson feels that NC State needs to have some Rhodes Scholars.
10. Remarks from Chad Young, President Graduate Student Association
Chad is currently a first year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. He stated that the Graduate Student Association is happy to work with the Faculty Senate on any issues concerning graduate studies. He is looking forward to working with the Senate this year.
11. Unfinished Business
A. Report of the 1997-98 Faculty Senate
Chair-Elect Wahl reported on the status of resolutions and reports from the 1997-98 year.
12. New Business
A. Committee Agendas
Harriette Griffin, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that her committee has identified four agenda items:
1) Students not meeting the GPA requirements to transfer into the programs they would like to transfer into,
2) Some of the faculty in Physical Education and Music who are housed in Student Affairs feel that they do not have clear channels to academic policies,
3) Reports that have been published recently on the honors programs, and
4) Diversity in the curriculum.
John Monahan, Chair of the Governance Committee reported that his committee will be reviewing the following issues and some are carry overs from last year:
1) Representation in the Faculty Senate,
2) Review of the Grievance/Hearings procedures, and
3) General Faculty Bylaws
4) Academic Calendar
Robert Serow, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that his committee has identified two agenda items:
1) Grievance and Hearing panel, and
Richard Bernhard, Co-Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported that the Emerging Issues Forum dealt with the matter of environmental sustainability as opposed to driving the environment into the dirt, and that is a topic at how can we at NC State be doing this and also how can we have an environmental audit about what we are doing now and concerning ourselves with the environmental literacy of our students and our graduate. He stated that those are the important timely issues that his committee is committed to look into.
B. Resolution on Benefits Study
Senator Serow handed out copies of the 1995-96 report on university benefits for the Senate to review. It provides background for the resolution. He stated that over the summer several members of the Personnel Policy Committee along with the incoming Chair of the University's Group Insurance and Benefits Committee worked on an approach that would improve the University's competitive situation with respect to benefits. The Personnel Policy Committee believes that the time has come for the University to take another look at benefits. Also, to report on what was done or not done with respect to the last report.
Senator Serow introduced the resolution for its first reading.
The resolution will be debated at its second reading.
C. Report from Chair Wahl
Chair Wahl reported that there is a prediction that there will be approximately 45,000 new students in the next millennium. The question is what to do with all of those students. The political reality is that we need to have a plan for this predictable increase in enrollment. There has been a very long and open exchange. There was a select committee chaired by Dan Solomon. They reported various scenarios at the last Deans and Vice Chancellors' meeting. We are presently at approximately 27,0000 students. The best statistics that can be generated substantiates that we are in fact over crowded. It is not a question of expanding. It is how to deal with yet more students with insufficient facilities. There were several scenarios presented. The two targets that seemed most likely to be politically viable were about 31,000 or 35,0000.
Chair Wahl stated that there will be an opportunity to hear the details of the proposed plan from Karen Helm, Director of University Planning and Analysis.
A. Faculty Retirement
Senator Richard Bernhard attended a conference entitled "Examining Life After the End of Mandatory Retirement". He reported that the things College Professors do are fun and people enjoy them and would rather continue to work.
We have two types of retirement plans. The State system is what is called the defined benefit plan where you continue to receive monthly retirement payments until death when essentially each year you continue to work. Senator Bernhard feels that to a considerable degree, you are losing one year of retirement pay except that the job probably prolongs your life. The other is like TIAA CREF where you continue to build funds and can work until you are one hundred and leave a huge estate to your heirs. A further problem is that a lot of people who are thinking of retiring are not even thinking of money. The concern that needs to be addressed is how do we make it attractive to people to retire by saying that you can still have your parking space, office, and computer and go to lunch with your colleague, and in fact teach and do research and do every thing you have done all along except get paid differently. Senator Bernhard noted that creative ways to do that have been done by departments. We need to do more thinking about how to do that.
14. Issues of Concern
Senator Hamouda stated an issue of concern on fees and tuition increases. Chair Wahl assigned the concern to the Resources and Environment Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.