January 11, 2000
Senators present: Chair Corbin, Secretary Carter, Provost Hall, Chair Emeritus Wahl; Senators Banks, Bottcher, Brown, Brownie, Elmaghraby, Fitzgerald, Funderlic, Gilbert, Hamouda, Havner, Kelley, Kimler, Knowles, Lytle, Malinowski, Markham, Misra, Peel, Robinson, Sawyers, Smoak, Toplikar, Werner, Wilkerson, Willits, Wilson
Senators absent: Senators El-Masry, Fisher, Grainger, Griffin, Suh
Senators excused: Senators Ash, Grimes, Hodge, Parliamentarian Link
Visitors: Harriette Griffin, Chair-Council on the Status of Women; John Riddle, Professor of History; Frank Abrams, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; John Borwick, Student Senate Pro Tempore; Billy D. Chism, University Graduate Student Association; Ashley B. Perry, Senior Staff Writer, Technician; Jason R. Ivester, Photographer, Technician; Daniel Bunce, Assistant Editor, Bulletin; Mary Anne Fox, Chancellor; Clare Kristofco, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Robert Sowell, Associate Vice Chancellor & Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School
1. Call to Order
The eighth meeting of the forty-sixth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Chair Fred Corbin.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Corbin welcomed Senators and Guests.
Dr. John Riddle, Professor of History announced the passing of Dr. Walter Seegers, Professor of History, and Past Faculty Senate Chair. There will be a memorial service for him on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. at Springmoor Retirement Community. Dr. Seegers served as the fifth Faculty Senate Chair at N C State University.
The Senators stood to observe a moment of silence in honor of Dr. Seegers.
After thanking Dr. Riddle for his commendation of Past Chair Seegers’ career, Secretary Carter read a thank you note from Dr. Deborah Stewart, Dean of the Graduate School, for flowers that she received from the Faculty Senate during her illness.
Chair Corbin announced that the Emerging Issues Forum will be held February 24-25, 2000. Anyone interested in attending should contact Vernice Stevenson in the Faculty Senate Office.
Chair Corbin recognized Senator Ernie Knowles who has accepted the position of Acting Associate Dean in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. He will be retiring from the Senate to accept an administrative position.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 7, November 23, 1999
The minutes were approved as amended.
4. Remarks from the Chancellor
Chancellor Fox spoke on athletics, tuition increase and honorary degrees.
"Those of you who read the newspapers may have seen that the administration determined that it was necessary to make a change in the leadership of NC State’s football program. Basically we all agreed that our student athletes are an important part of the university, and the athletic program indeed constitutes a glue which binds the alumni back to the university in a very special way. We think that the athletic program needs to reflect the same values and the same aspirations as do our other programs at the university. Therefore, in thinking about whether a change is necessary and in thinking about the criteria necessary to find a new leader, we have thought about it in terms of enunciating what those values are. They are what I call the seven Cs.
Core values in the person who is identified as a leader. Someone who reflects integrity and honesty in their personal demeanor both on the field and in his or her personal life.
Concern for the student athletes. Being sure that the academic values that are reflected in the university can be played out in the programs of that those student athletes have; providing academic and personal support mentoring for each of the student athletes so that they have a chance to succeed while they are here as students.
A commitment to the athletic program. Not only to his or her own sport, for example, the success of the football program, but making sure that the program integrates within the whole athletics activities and that together the athletic programs have a chance both for success and support for our students.
We think as well that a team should have consistent performance because that is a measure of how effective the leadership is in both assembling the team and assembling the assistant coaches, and bringing them to an event that we believe will allow the team to be quite competitive. It will lead the team to be a contender within its peer group, and in fact with all of those criteria in place, it will have the effect of inspiring confidence in those who follow the athletic program or participate in it.
On the basis of this entire array, it is not enough to have even superb qualifications or superb achievements in one or two or three of these if some of the others are missing. That was the reason we made a change. The reason that we have gone to Chuck Amato as the successor in the football program is because we believe that he has those criteria that can take us to a level that is appropriate for a response to each of these seven Cs.
We set up, immediately after the decision to make a change, a selection committee which was co-chaired by the Provost and the Athletic Director to reflect this intrinsic value that the athletic program is first of all for students. The Selection Committee included two members from the faculty, two senior members of the administration, the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, and the General Counsel to deal with those kinds of issues. It included, as well, two representatives from the Wolf pack Club, the student aid society, and a member of the Board of Trustees. These people worked extremely hard. They identified some candidates quite quickly. They scoured the country, looking at every level for a possible successor for the football program. The week after Christmas they identified three to five candidates. Then Provost Hall and Athletics Director Robinson did due diligence to allow for the best possible selection among those. The day following the National Championship Football game, we made our selection public and chose Chuck Amato who is the Assistant Head Coach of Florida State University. Amato is a graduate of North Carolina State University in Mathematics education. He holds a Masters degree in Mathematics, and in fact, he would be qualified to teach if he chose to do so. He has all the values that I mentioned. As well, he was a coach at NC State and was enthusiastic from the very minute he was contacted about coming here to coach. We believe he is going to bring the enthusiasm as well as the experience from a successful program. His salary is $185,000 per year for a five year contract. In accordance with the University of North Carolina system, that means that if his contract is terminated before the expiration of five years, then there is no guarantee that the five year commitment would be honored, the difference that he would receive would be the difference between a new salary for a job that he would take and that figure.
You were kind enough to let me visit with you at the last meeting concerning tuition, and if you will remember, at that time I recommended to you and ultimately to the Board of Trustees who approved that recommendation that we request a $300 across the board increase for tuition for instate and out of state, undergraduate and graduate programs. The rationale for this was that the university had really very compelling financial needs that made an increase in tuition almost mandatory. We are in a state in which low tuition, as low as practical, has always been a tenet that we have held and one that we would like to comply with. We are at a stage, where because of pressure on the State Budget and because of differential cost at Research Intensive Universities and at our sister schools in the system, where the discretionary portion of the budget at this university is so constrained, that it is very difficult to provide the kind of student services and success that our students deserve without a tuition increase. You remember that our colleagues at Chapel Hill chose to allocate or justify their tuition increase which was $300 each year for five years on the basis of a need for faculty salary increase in order to be competitive and to have market driven salaries that are equitable . We have of course, much the same problem with our faculty salaries. In fact the $300 increase that we discussed, we believe would be inadequate in any case to address the faculty salary issue, and we would be going very vigorously to the Legislature to request support for the faculty salary portion of the increase.
We also recognize that even with a modest increase such as the $300 increase that we were proposing, that this would impose hardship on some of our students. Therefore, through an analysis we determined that approximately one third of the cost of that additional income would be reallocated to financial aid to make sure that the financial situation of no student was made significantly worse than before.
This is a summary of where we were before the holidays. As I mentioned we had almost unanimous support from the Board of Trustees. The $300 across the board increase was approved with two negative votes. A similar increase for the degree of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, which was $750 each year for four years justified with student input from the College of Veterinary Medicine, was approved as well with one negative vote. That was then submitted to General Administration who must devise a plan for our presentation to the Board of Governors. It is the Board of Governors who prepare the budget to be submitted to the Legislature and would provide their advice on whatever recommendation would go forward.
Not only did NC State and Chapel Hill recommend an increase in tuition, but Charlotte, Wilmington and East Carolina did also. Of those five increases for tuition, three of them were turned down by the administrative structure at Chapel Hill. Wilmington, Charlotte, and East Carolina were denied the ability to go forward with the tuition increase. Chapel Hill and NC State were allowed to go forward with the tuition increase, but it was cut back from $300 to $200. The reason being that the system was at the same time going forward with a program for enhanced financial aid. The reason for cutting back further was not only for financial aid, but because the system believes that the bond package, that so many of us think is very important in terms of our capital needs, has only a small chance of going forward in its original conception at the level needed for the five year and subsequently for the ten year package. As a result, the General Administration is going to be requesting $100 tuition increase as essentially a challenge grant to be matched by the General Assembly to provide enough for capital to allow facilities to go forward in this two year period before the case can be made effectively for the larger bond package. As well, the General Administration is suggesting a cost of living adjustment of $32 for undergraduates and $88 for graduate students which would apply to institutions. The amount of the cost of living increase depends slightly on the total adjustment that is by class. Therefore our adjustment is the same as Chapel Hill but slightly larger than some of the other institutions.
The Faculty Senate meeting today will be one in which the new procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees were first described in some detail. The process for considering nominations for an Honorary Degree is the following:
I have asked the Deans for nominations each spring. The nominations can be made by anyone associated with the university but will be funneled through the Deans so the Deans feel a little more responsibility in identifying appropriate candidates.
The nominator should make nominations in writing providing the accomplishments of the nominee and a rationale for selecting that person to receive an Honorary Degree for NC State. The award should be based on the individual’s record of scholarship, creativity, leadership, humanitarian service, and or public service. When making a nomination we ask that you provide the names of two other NC State people who can affirm that it is a reasonable nomination. Note that the nominator need not prepare the entire resume in order for this to go forward. We are just talking about a paragraph.
After these nominations are made, the library helps to assemble an entire package for consideration which is then referred to the committee on Honorary Degrees which as you know includes faculty members representing this body as well as members of the Board of Trustees. The nomination paragraph and the letters of support will then be reviewed by that committee. The committee will agree to send a name forward for more due diligence through the library so the nominator would not have to do that.
At the next committee meeting the members would review the expanded background information and vote whether or not to approve the Honorary Degree. If awarded, the Chancellor will call the person and tell them and try to schedule the nearest convenient commencement at which the Honorary Degree will be awarded."
Chancellor Fox encouraged the faculty to participate more actively in the Honorary Degree award procedure. She feels that this is a way in which the university is bringing very distinguished individuals to the campus.
Chair Emeritus Wahl wanted to know if the five year plan at Chapel Hill changed.
Chancellor Fox responded that they have not dealt with anything beyond the first year. It is not approved beyond the first year.
A student wanted to know what the procedure was by which the tuition increase was changed.
Chancellor Fox responded that the tuition increase was approved by our Board of Trustees and then a formal summary of the recommendation was forwarded to General Administration. The General Administration, in preparing for the Board of Trustees, integrated the recommendations of each of the campuses and has made a proposal which will be considered on Thursday and Friday. There was a meeting with the Chancellors discussing the changes and some of the Chancellors were more enthusiastic than others about the changes that were being proposed.
5. Remarks from Harriette Griffin, Chair, Council on the Status of Women
Chair Griffin discussed several events the Council will be sponsoring over the next few months.
Speak Out for Solutions - has been sponsored six times. The Council has noticed that issues that are raised seem to fall into three categories, (climate, employment, safety) There will be a separate session relating to climate on Thursday, January 20, 2000 in the Multipurpose Room of the Witherspoon Student Center. The session on employment issues will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on January 20, 2000. They have had the Department of Public Safety prepare a handout of five pages called "A Proactive Approach to Women Safety on Campus" which will be available at both sessions of the Speak Out. Comment forms can be picked up at the location or downloaded from the Council’s web site.
Chair Griffin stated that the comment form was mailed to every female on campus with the exception of undergraduate female students. The form may be distributed to men or undergraduate women who may be interested in contacting the Council with an issue. The Speak Out is open to all men and women on campus. The Council is hoping to create an interactive discussion of how to solve problems on campus.
Sisterhood Dinner (formerly known as Susan B. Anthony Dinner)
Chair Griffin stated that this year the Council had a discussion and discovered that Susan B. Anthony, who worked hard for voting rights, had made a decision to concentrate on voting rights for white women. Although they appreciate the right to vote they would like their dinner in celebration of women’s accomplishments to be more inclusive so they have renamed the dinner the Sisterhood Dinner.
The featured speaker this year is Marcia Ann Gillespie, Editor in Chief of Ms. Magazine. She will be speaking to the theme "The True Nature of a Sister". Tickets will be $20 for faculty and staff and $15 for students. The Council would like the faculty to consider sponsoring one or more students to attend the dinner.
The Council is sponsoring a student contest. They are looking for student voices. They would like to ask interested students to submit essays, fiction, scholarship, and visual art on the topics of sisterhood and feminism. Submissions will be collected until Tuesday, February 4, 2000.
Women’s Professional Development Conference
This conference is held each year and open to all females on campus. It is an all day professional development conference scheduled to be held March 28, 2000. The keynote speaker this year will be Carol Pierce, with a company called Newdynamics, who will keynote the conference from her books, A Male/Female Continuum: Paths to Colleagueship and Stages of Awareness for Women and Men Moving Away from Role Stereotyping. Conference participates will receive copies of each book as well as having a choice of development workshops to attend.
6. O. Max Gardner Award
Senator Cecil Brownie, Chair of the O. Max Gardner Award Committee, reported that the committee had five nominees from which to choose. They have thus far selected one nominee and have sent that name to the Chancellor who has accepted their recommendation. They are currently in the process of putting the package together. Senator Brownie stated that the package at this point is in the Chancellor’s office because additional items might be helpful to the Chancellor in developing her cover letter.
Senator Brownie feels that NC State has a good chance of winning.
7. New Business
Communication/ Council on Athletics
Chair Emeritus George Wahl reported that the Email list that was developed last year is in the process of being revised. It will be operational by the end of January.
Over the holidays the Council on Athletics met and reviewed more than five hundred students’ dossiers, verifying that the eligibility of these student athletes was as presented. It was a very informative and time consuming activity. From his perspective the student athletes are in good shape.
Chair Emeritus Wahl reported that it is now in the works to connect the computers at both Weissinger Brown and Reynolds Coliseum. The computers in the Wolf Pack office building will not be connected in the immediate future because it is not on a list of facilities. There is also a question of not only maintaining student eligibility, but of also having the whole program certified. The certification schedule has been put on the same time schedule as the ones of the accreditation of the university. It is not due for several years now. There is an interim certification going on right now. The Athletics Council is doing that as a committee of the whole.
Chair Emeritus Wahl reported that women’s golf is probably going to be delayed another year.
Chair Emeritus Wahl encouraged the faculty to attend the Emerging Issues Forum on February 24-25, 2000.
Chair Emeritus Wahl made a motion that the Faculty Senate offer scholarships to the Women’s Professional Development Conference on March 28, 2000 for female members of the Faculty Senate.
The motion was seconded and passed without dissent.
A. Academic Policy Committee
Senator Alton Banks, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that the committee has been working with the University Academic Operations Council on the progress of the contract on the intent to major.
Doug Wellman attended the last meeting to talk with the committee on the diversity task force. The committee asked Doug Wellman and other members of the task force to come back to help with some specific issues that they might need to address.
Senator Will Kimler, co-chair of the Academic Policy Committee, reported that Anna Wilson contacted George Worsley in finding out about the cost of converting the identification of the students from their social security numbers to a university generated identification number which was a concern that came to the committee from the Student Senate. The committee looked into it more because they were told that the cost was prohibitive with People Soft. What that means is that the system will be ready in two years. The committee thinks that a notice should be sent out from the Senate or the Provost’s office reminding faculty of the possibility of misuse of social security numbers.
Senator Kimler would also like for the Personnel Policy Committee to look into the fact that faculty are still identified by their social security numbers.
B. Governance Committee
Senator Salah Elmaghraby, Chair of the Governance Committee, reported that the Governance committee has been very busy discussing issues. In particular, they are rewriting the grievance procedures with input from the committee and the University Counsel. They hope to finalize it in a couple of weeks.
The committee is also planning to write a clause about the mediation procedure. They hope to have that completed soon.
The governance committee plans to also study the representation formula.
C. Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Robert Bottcher, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that the committee plans to meet Tuesday, January 18, 2000 in the Faculty Senate Chambers.
The committee has been asked by the Chair to review the Department Heads’ responses to reappointment, promotion and tenure.
Senator Bottcher stated that Bruce Mallette would like for the committee to take a look at transportation policies because some of the wording needs to be corrected.
D. Resources and Environment Committee
Chair Corbin thanked Senator Brown for the work she did during the holiday break in calling committee members and others to be present for addressing the open source computing. He stated that Dr. Sarah Stein has coordinated the faculty round table to invite faculty participation.
Senator Brown, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee, reported that attendance at the meeting was great. Sam Averitt, Vice Chancellor, Information Technology, primarily addressed the strategic direction that information technology will be looking at in the future. She stated that there has been a great deal of concern on the part of the Faculty Senate about day to day support for desk top computing. Sam Averitt will be addressing the Faculty Senate at the next meeting and the faculty will have an opportunity to ask questions at that time.
Chair Emeritus Wahl stated that last semester there was concern over the computer issue on which Senator Brown reported. He wants to know if faculty are becoming more satisfied or if there is still concern.
Senator Elmaghraby responded that some of his colleagues are quite unhappy with what has been proposed. They feel that small department voices and concerns are completely ignored.
Senator Wilkerson stated that she has some concerns about what is being proposed. Her disappointment is that when the Provost agreed to create a committee for advising things, it did not become a user committee. He appointed Sam Averitt as the Chair of the committee and she feels that things are again being driven from the top and from the technology side rather than from the needs of the faculty and students.
9 Liaison Reports
Senator Banks reported from the Teaching Effectiveness Committee.
The committee is working on a pilot testing phase for university wide teaching evaluations. The subcommittee of the ETC Committee chaired by John Lapp has tried to draft a basic set to create a small set of items which would be common to all university teaching evaluation instructions. That test has been done and they are going to try to put together a final testing phase for later this semester. He will keep the Senate abreast on this as it occurs.
A subcommittee has been formed on the Scholarship of Teaching Committee. The chair plans to press on with the issue of scholarship of teaching here on campus.
The third issue pertains to peer review of teaching. A subcommittee has been formed to examine the review. That subcommittee has been chaired by Senator Ernie Knowles. They have been looking at procedures for all the departments across campus and have looked at some of the existing models. They have been trying to find key components of that. The committee is still in an information gathering phase. They are trying to put together an advisory memo to the Provost by the end of the semester.
Senator Funderlic stated that last summer the Provost said that there should be a campus wide dialog. He heard the Provost on several occasions ask for input from the faculty. He wanted to know if teaching and scholarship are part of that dialog.
Senator Banks responded that the committee is in its early stages. He is certain that the committee will be working toward gathering a lot of information from faculty on scholarship and teaching.
Senior Vice Provost Abrams stated that Chair Corbin is in the process of forming a committee and the Provost is hoping to encourage him to include in the charge of that committee the document that brought up discussion of what Senator Funderlic is talking about, including the scholarship of teaching. That terminology comes from the work of primarily Ernie Boyer who, about eight or nine years ago wrote a book called Scholarship Reconsidered and began to try to redefine what it is we do as faculty in terms of four areas of scholarship. This effort in the scholarship of teaching is looking at what it means, not just to do teaching in a scholarly way, but to contribute to the knowledge about teaching in general. He said Senator Funderlic is raising a question about the University criteria for promotion and tenure which is one of the things that he and Provost Hall hope this committee that is being formed will be addressing as well as examining the promotion and tenure process in light of the changes that were made this year and looking at possible changes in the future.
10. Issues of Concern
Secretary Carter voiced concern about the tuition increase, stating that it is a faculty issue as well as a student issue since many faculty are paying tuition for their children. He stated that it should be possible for the university to assure each cohort of entering students that tuition will not increase beyond a certain point per year or above a certain point for a four or five year degree program. The paradigm would be much the same way as for adjustable rate home mortgages.
Chair Corbin assigned the issue of concern to the Academic Policy and Resources and Environment Committees.
Senator Brownie stated that he noticed in Monday’s Technician that there are 40% tenured track professors in this institution. He wants to know what percentage of the professors are of the minority group.
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.