NOVEMBER 2, 2004
Present: Chair Daley, Secretary Weiner, Parliamentarian Corbin, Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger; Senators Bernhard, Blair, Blank, Branson, Brownie, Bruck, Clark, Estes, Fahmy, Fauntleroy, Fikry, Hanley-Bowdoin, Hooper, Johnson, Kasal, Kellner, Khosla, Matthews, McRae, Middleton, Miller, Moore, B. Smith, R. Smith, Stein, Warren, Wessels, Young
Excused: Chair-Elect Allen; Senators Batra, Krotee, Tetro, Robarge
Absent: Senators Baynes, Bitting, Martin
Visitors: Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost; PJ Teal, Secretary of the University; Tim Simmon, N&O; Lee Fowler, Athletic Director; Thomas Conway, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management; Larry Nielsen, Dean of Natural Resources; Philip Carter, Professor/Past Chair; Kasey Butler, Deputy-Student Senate
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis Daley called the sixth meeting of the fifty-first session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced that he has emailed the senators a copy of the proposed regulation on review of academic department heads and chairs. If the Senate does not act within two sessions the administration is allowed to proceed.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 19, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from the Provost/Chancellor-Designate
“I apologize for not being able to be here two weeks ago, but I had a special assignment that took me away. For those of you who were present in the Atrium at the College of Textiles on the afternoon of October 8, you will soon notice familiar words coming out of my mouth because the “stump speech” that I will now give is the exact speech that I gave that afternoon as I was welcomed back to the campus from the Board of Governor’s having elected me as the thirteenth Chancellor for NC State University.
I appropriately thanked Peaches Blank, Chair of the Board of Trustees, members of the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees, Bob Jordan and members of the Search Committee, Interim Chancellor Barnhardt, and then I welcomed colleagues and friends.
I am deeply honored to have been chosen the 13th chancellor of North Carolina State University.
As Chair Blank has already done, I too want to express a special thank you to Bob Barnhardt. First as Interim Provost, now as Interim Chancellor, he has not only maintained those things entrusted to his care, he has kept us moving forward.
When I came here 18 years ago, my goal was not to become chancellor one day. My goal was to be a part of an academic community that put its students and faculty first. To be part of an educational environment that didn’t rest on its laurels to maintain the status quo, but one that was energized by possibility and invigorated by a desire to achieve. I found what I was looking for, and much more, here at NC State.
Since Marye Anne Fox announced her departure, one of the most often asked questions has been, “Can we maintain our momentum?” I’m here to tell you that the answer is an unequivocal “yes.” Absolutely, “yes.” You will see and experience that for yourselves.
But, I am not here to talk about me—I am here to talk about us and NC State.
Our undergraduate and graduate students are bright, talented and working hard to make the future better. They—and their parents—have great expectations of NC State. And we have great expectations for them. They are growing academically and socially. Each day I hear about remarkable students. We have undergraduates who have already proven themselves to be outstanding scholars. We have talented students who enrich our campus with music and the arts. We have students who are committed to service, such as those who gave up their spring break to go to Honduras to work for Habitat for Humanity, building homes for those less fortunate. We have graduate students, whether they come from Duplin county or Dublin or Dubai, who work side-by-side with faculty in their laboratories helping make new scientific discoveries. One of my greatest pleasures has always been attending graduation. We can all recall the day a young person receives his or her diploma and the entire extended family is there to cheer them on because they are the first person in their family to go to college. Or the grandmother who always wanted to go to college, but put it off for her children and who has now graduated at age 60. NC State is all about its students.
Our faculty are committed to a broad range of scholarship – scholarship that is relevant to the needs of the 21st century. NC State faculty have provided the genius behind acidophilus milk, fire retardant clothes and so many other innovations that have made life better. Our faculty are world class, addressing challenges from the nanoscale to the environment, I see exciting things in our design studios and in our laboratories: biotechnology, genomics, bioinformatics, toxicology and biomedical engineering. We have centers that are making contributions, such as our work with the non-profit sector and public policy development. NC State faculty, and the staff and students who help them, will continue to make great contributions to our world.
But our faculty are committed to scholarship that goes beyond the research laboratory. There is the very important scholarship of teaching and learning. Our faculty are working to better understand how people learn and to apply that knowledge to the classroom experience. In fact, the goal of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is to find better ways to educate students and ensure their success. We also have put in place programs such as Learning In a Technology Rich Environment to ensure that we continue to lead in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Not to be forgotten is the work our faculty do in extension and engagement. I’ve had the privilege to be in our counties to see their work and hear from the people whose lives they have touched. I know how important these field faculty are to their communities. Thanks in large measure to our field faculty, North Carolina has a thriving Christmas tree business; we have developed technology to help manage what seemed like an unmanageable animal waste challenge. And, our 4-H programs help develop the finest young people you would ever want to meet, thanks to our program leaders and the thousands of volunteers who give of their time to make young lives better.
Again, this is not about me; this is about us. We are NC State.
Our staff, who enable so much of what we do, brings a level of dedication to our institutional mission that is outstanding. And their dedication is inspiring. About two years ago, Diana and I attended a retirement party for a staff person in Lincoln County who had served for 60 years! The testimonials of what she had done for her office and those around her were simply amazing.
Our capable campus leadership team of executive officers, deans, department heads and chairs have done so much behind the scenes to set a positive climate in which to work. Few know the efforts of the people who make sure that new buildings are brought online, that the campus is safe, that paychecks arrive on time. Or of those who administer grants and contracts to be sure the funds get to the right accounts. Or the breadth and depth of our resource capabilities that make it possible for us to move from 101 st to 20 th among public research libraries. The work of so many people makes NC State the outstanding university that it is.
Our alumni, friends and partners are loyal. They have been important in our past, they are vital to us now and they are imperative to our future success. Look around you on this campus and you’ll see so many things they have made possible. It’s not just the buildings; it’s not just the scholarships. It’s the opportunities they provide for our students to have internships and coop experiences. It’s volunteering to come to classes, mentor students, participate in clubs. It’s the hard work they did five years ago to pass the Higher Education Bond issue; it’s the work they do today being sure our legislators understand just how much this university contributes to North Carolina.
The citizens of North Carolina have so impressed me in the 18 years I’ve been here. That holds true whether I’ve been in Apex or Morehead City or Charlotte or Balsam Grove – or in any other part of the state. The citizens of this great State appreciate what the university brings to them. I’ve heard from so many who have told me that they owe their livelihood and their future to NC State. Sometimes it’s a son, daughter, niece or nephew who has received a first-class education at NC State. In other cases it’s the innovation that emanates from our research laboratories or our Centennial Campus resulting in economic development.
That’s why this is not about me. This is about us. We are NC State.
One of the things I hope you know about me is that I believe that relationships are very important. I bring many relationships with me – so do you. I’ll be listening to you for how we can make those relationships even stronger.
A relationship must be mutually beneficial and built by teamwork. Our athletic teams are a fundamental part of the life of this university. The camaraderie, school spirit and pride that they inspire contribute to our success. They deserve, and will receive, my support. Our student athletes embody one of the most important characteristics that make us NC State. We are competitive. Whether it’s on the field, in the pool, on the court, in the classroom or in the research lab, NC State is constantly striving to challenge itself, consistently putting itself on the cutting edge and always proving to others and to ourselves why we are the leaders of the pack.
This is also about commitment. We have all committed to keep NC State on an upward trajectory. My commitment to the success of the ‘Achieve: The Campaign for NC State – our university’s comprehensive capital campaign – remains steadfast. In typical NC State style, goals for this billion dollar, seven-year campaign are ambitious. But so are we. That’s why – in the fourth year of this campaign’s silent phase, we are already more than halfway to our goal. That’s truly amazing and impressive. We are committed.
Let me share with you what I believe we are committed to. You’ll hear me talk about these four themes repeatedly over the next weeks and years.
First - Scholarship to meet the needs of the 21st Century
Scholarship is a very broad concept; it includes teaching and learning, research, as well as extension and more. Scholarship also encompasses the applied work we do to serve the people of the state. To meet society’s needs in the 21st century we must excel at all three of the land grant functions: teaching, research and extension on behalf of our citizens….across all our disciplines.
If we are to meet the needs of the 21st century, we must be attuned to what is happening around us. We can’t just assume we know what those needs are; we must engage with the external community and understand their needs as well as what we can do to address them. This is true across a spectrum of issues: social, environmental, civic and cultural.
Part of NC State’s history is serving the needs of North Carolina and our citizens. We have always been focused on the people we serve. Today, we play a global role. We must think about what the university can contribute to the betterment of society. Our mission is not just internally focused. Whether it is supply chain economics, environmental sustainability, or furthering the study of animal health, our mission and scholarship is geared toward service to society.
This theme means we must be resilient. Our mission may remain constant and focused, but the environment in which we live is constantly changing. We must change ourselves to stay in tune with that changing context while not losing sight of our fundamental mission: education.
NC State is a great university. But it’s not just because of our state-of-the-art facilities or our research capabilities. Those things are essential, but that’s not why we are great. We are great because of our people and what we can accomplish together. The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
That’s why this is not about me. This is about us. We are NC State.
The second is a culture of innovation that permeates our portfolio of activities
Innovation must be in all that we do – in teaching and learning, research and extension – innovation is a core value, regardless of function or role. Our continued development of inter-disciplinarity has fueled innovation and, in turn, innovation has fueled inte-rdisciplinarity. If you want to see a prime example of innovation, simply look to Centennial Campus. When the Bio-manufacturing Training and Education Center is completed on Centennial Campus, we will be cooperating with the Community College System to help develop a center critical to the economic development of all North Carolina.
Our researchers constantly innovate as they pursue science’s challenges. Our faculty innovate as they strive to improve student learning. Our extension professionals take knowledge from the campus and share it widely across North Carolina. Our student services professionals develop new programs—innovate, if you will—to ensure that our students are successful.
Innovation drives economic development and long-term economic health. NC State must be the cornerstone of the type of innovation that will keep North Carolina, the United States, and the world strong.
That’s why this is not about me. This is about us. We are NC State.
The third theme is about a committed campus exemplified by inclusiveness and diversity
The university is first, and foremost, about people. We must be committed to our students, faculty, and staff. This means creating the kind of campus environment that people want to work in, where a culture of inclusiveness and diversity dominates. An empowering community.
We are committed to doing the right thing, and doing things right. We have used the word “achieve” to describe our goals and achievement requires commitment.
Being committed also implies being people centered rather than self-centered. We are not here to serve ourselves, but to serve those around us. This is as true for the chancellor as it is for a department head or faculty or staff member. It is true for individuals and it is true for institutions.
The fourth theme--organizational capability and effectiveness.
NC State has great potential. But to achieve that potential we must have the right underlying infrastructure so our faculty, staff and students can do what they need to do.
We will be known for effective operations in every sector of our enterprise. Whether it’s Registration and Records, Human Resources, Finance and Business, Admissions, the Provost’s Office or the Chancellor’s Office, we will optimize our infrastructure and business processes. We must do things right to do the right things.
These four themes are not just elements of a vision; they are commitments; they are what NC State is about. But I also believe that vision without execution is an illusion. I will give everything that I have to be sure that this vision is a reality. And I know that our students, faculty, and staff as well as our alumni, partners and friends will join us in pursuit of that excellence on behalf of NC State.
North Carolina State University is a very special place to me—and to my family. You know my background. I am committed to this institution. All four of our sons have attended NC State. Diana and I understand very clearly all that NC State has done for them, personally and professionally. We also understand how much we have been able to grow, thanks to NC State. The future of NC State is very important to me and to you.
We aren’t a university on the verge of achievement. We are already there. We have already achieved, and we will continue to achieve. This is not about me. This is about us. We are NC State.
I am assuming once again that the Chair of the Faculty has given me good advice and the “stump speech” was well received. I will live and breathe these words and cannot do it alone. I will need your help. I am counting on your help and I am going to ask you to repeat after me, “We are NC State.”
Now instead of being in the process of seeking and finding, identifying and tapping an Interim Provost, I will introduce to you Dr. Larry Neilsen our sitting dean in the College of Natural Resources who has agreed to become our Interim Provost, effective January 1st. We have already begun discussions for a smooth and orderly transition and I hope that is how you will see it through your eyes as that unfolds before your eyes.
The Nominating Committee of seventeen people for the permanent Provost will be chaired by Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Charles Leffler. A very special reason or two that I have asked Charlie to do that and he has agreed is, many of you were present in this room when Charlie affirmed that he is going to do everything that he can as Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business to support the Office of the Provost and the academic enterprise that is important to us all. I think this is a good way to demonstrate that he is sincere about that. He is extraordinarily organized. He will be a great facilitator of a fairly large committee and yes we will have an outside search firm, but you need a strong hand at the helm chairing that committee. Charlie will provide that and I believe they will be very successful in finding my successor, your permanent Provost.
The final two candidates for the deanship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are on campus this week. I will go from this meeting for an exit session with the fourth individual we have talked to about that position and then by Thursday we will have talked to a fifth and then will move that process forward as well.”
5. Remarks By Matt Peterson, Director of Federal Research Affairs
“I am in Holladay Hall, and I report directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and I think the primary reason for that is while not everything I do is research related, the majority of things that end up on my plate are research related. Whether it is paying attention to the NSF funding fixture in the President’s budget as it moves through Congress or whether it is paying attention to other research agencies and advocating for more research money for those agencies in general or whether it is dealing with specific research projects that NC State is working on or would like to see funded or areas where the federal government is not addressing research issues that need to be addressed. It could be dealing with food security and food safety which is one of the issues that only recently the Congress is starting to address or whether it is related to some of the other homeland security or defense related issues that are just now coming to the attention of policy makers in Washington. I focus on both research issues and other federal issues.
I have been here for eighteen months now. Prior to coming to NC State I worked in Washington for fourteen years. The last six I worked for the University of California Federal Relations Office in Washington DC and prior to that I spent approximately eight years working for NASA doing congressional relations for them.
As I see my job my true strategic goals are to help the university understand key policy issues that are being acted on in the Federal Legislature and in the Executive Branch and to help the legislative and executive branches in Washington understand what we care about, and by we I mean the entire university. My approach has been to try and do primarily five things.
- Develop strong relationships with our key federal elected officials and their staffs. We had Brad Miller here at the Vet School a few months ago to be a Vet student for half a day.
- I try to represent NC State through our memberships and associations that deal with federal policy issues. We had Congressman Price in Washington at a breakfast of champions that was hosted by the Science Coalition. It was to honor all of our current and former Champions of Science.
- I have been trying to communicate with our elected federal officials, federal agent officials and key staff about the policy issues of concern to NC State faculty, administrators and students. Two examples would be to try and increase Pell Grant support at the federal level. We can not continue to serve the students of North Carolina if federal student financial aid continues to decrease as our tuition increases.
- Help administrators, faculty, and students develop appropriate federal strategies to advance our missions at NC State. Examples of that include, having Secretary of Commerce, Don Evans on campus to get him to understand what North Carolina State was doing with our partners, whether they be at Centennial Campus or RPT or other places. We put together a whole day of talks with both faculty and outside partners at NC State to really give him an understanding of what NC State was leading in North Carolina and some of these economic development efforts.
- I try to communicate the policies that the federal government is considering back to our university officials, back to faculty, students, and staff where appropriate and to help those folks on campus. We all understand what Congress is trying to do, whether it is positive or whether it is potentially negative and give the campus a better understanding of what is happening in Washington. Why is Congress trying to change copyright/ patent legislation and the patent policies that the federal government has? What is happening with defense research?
I have been trying to communicate those kinds of things, that is, what is happening in Washington, back to the campus.”
Senator Bruck observed that when you look at the major federal funding agencies regardless of who they are that the old paradigm of single investigator grants are slowly even by the rate of attrition and inflation going down, and multiple consortium type grants seem to be rising. He asked, “How do these marriages take place?”
Peterson stated, “I do think some of the agencies are looking at multi-university consortia especially if you look at the Homeland Security university-based centers, even some of the NIH centers. NASA is also looking at multi-university consortia and giving large awards. Defense has done that in the past. I think there have been mixed results. If you talk to the managers in the Defense Department of some of these grants, some of them have worked and they are unhappy about others. I think the success of those has been a mixed bag. On one hand an agency gets a single point of contact with multiple universities as places they can tap into, and on the other hand sometimes the focus is lost or sometimes they don’t get access to the best experts who may not be a part of the consortia. It is for certain agencies somewhat of an easy way to make some universities do the work of creating coalitions and it is easier to manage than twenty individual investigators in order to dole out that same five to ten million dollars.”
Senator Bruck stated that he has been told that it doesn’t really matter how good our proposal is because we have the most, weakest congressional delegations in the country. “Is there any truth behind that? How political is this kind of thing that we are talking about?”
Peterson stated that he thinks for the most part it is not true. “When I think about large awards, I really think that they are looking for the best bang for their buck. They really are looking for the best proposals. When they are talking about bringing ear marked federal dollars back to the state, this state on a per-capita basis is 51 of 51, but I think that is historical. We have two freshmen senators now, one who is on the Vice Presidential ticket. In the past we have had Senators from North Carolina who have not really wanted to earmark dollars back to the state. They felt that was not the best way to use federal money. Our congressional delegation right now really has a lot of younger members in it, which makes it a little harder for them to play catch up.”
Senator McRae stated that the funding by NASA has been drastically reduced. “We have had a long standing of twenty years plus history of collaboration in working with NASA and working with research projects funded by NASA. We have tried to rebuild that collaboration but it appears that, the direction that NASA is going is more toward job shopping and industry support. I would like to invite you to meet with us so that we can get more insight as to how to rebuild.”
Peterson stated that he would be happy to do so. “You know before Administrator Golden left he had a strong initiative to try and double or triple the amount of university based research NASA was doing, and for a variety of reasons including his departure that just has not happened. I think the shuttle accident, the perceived gap in the NASA’s budget between what they need and what they are getting to do. All the things they need to do have reduced their ability to really go out and move more of their research. They are facing increasing problems related to getting into some of the areas they want to get into.”
Senator Clark asked Peterson to speak to where he sees future trends in research.
Peterson stated that he doesn’t know any more than Senator Clark does about that. “You are probably more plugged in to the areas of research that are likely to grow. I can tell you that overall, federal government and the large budget deficit is going to have a challenge increasing research dollars. It is more likely you are going to see shifting research priorities and there will be winners and losers as opposed to the NIH situation up until last year where the budget doubled in five years and every one of the NIH institutes grew with almost the same pace. I think the NIH, NSF, NASA, Agriculture Research, almost all of the research agencies with maybe the exception of Homeland Security. Homeland Security is a small R&D budget, you are talking about roughly a billion dollars and of that it is unclear but it looks like universities might be in the fifty to one hundred million dollar range in terms of the things they are looking for and the appropriate things universities are good at. I don’t see how with a four hundred billion dollar federal budget deficit that research is going to grow at a more than inflationary increase.”
Senator Kasal wanted to know how Peterson would strike a balance between the interest of NC State and speaking in a unified voice the respect of the federal agencies.
Peterson stated that he works for NC State. “We have a University of North Carolina System Office in Washington and I have a great relationship with the folks in that office but I represent NC State. Where we have common interest we try and speak with one voice both at the campus-based level and also with the system office, certainly on things like changing copyright policy or changing patent legislation. Almost all the time the university system is going to have the same view. When we are talking about impact to our campus versus another campus we are oftentimes competitors with our sister institution up Interstate 40. It is my job to fight for what we would like to see happen in the federal budget.”
6. Issues of Concern
Senator Young stated that he is concerned that to compete at the level that we set for ourselves in some sports is going to be very expensive and there are some tradeoffs that has to be made in the different things that NC State can be spending its money on. I am wondering if going forward might be the fur view of any Faculty Senate committee or domain.
Chair Daley referred the issue to the Athletics Council.
7. Old Business
Senator McRae, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that the Faculty Senate during the last term and a half has recommended two changes to the Academic Tenure Policy. The first change was that consultation in the case of special faculty ranks containing the word “professor” should be the same consultation as for a tenure track faculty member of equivalent rank. This would replace the prior statement that only three faculty members were required to be consulted in the case of special faculty appointments of reappointment/promotion. The other change which is incorporated in the document is the incorporation of the so called six realms which the personnel policy committee recommended to the senate as a replacement for the prior section 6.1 in the academic tenure policy as the primary criteria for reappointment promotion and tenure.
Some time ago the committee was asked to comment on a revision of the entire academic tenure policy. Most of the changes that were incorporated into this policy were essentially procedural or administrative changes. Senator McRae reviewed the changes that he and the committee considered substantial and reported the results of their deliberation.
After a lengthy discussion Chair Daley sent the document back to the Personnel Policy Committee.
Second Reading: Resolution to Provide In-State Tuition Waivers for NC State University Employees and Their Families
Senator Warren, Vice Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee stated that her committee discussed the degree to which any process of instituting the tuition waiver is going to be not an all or nothing proposal. She is looking at a number of universities that have 50% tuition remission programs for spouses and dependents all the way up to places like Duke that have one hundred percent. “There are a lot of different mechanisms out there. When this came to the committee the discussion that went around it was about the issue that Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger raised about the degree to which to be competitive, to be excellent, to be open to continually making this a better university and we felt that one of the arenas that needs some work is the area of benefits.”
Senator Warren presented the resolution for its second reading. The resolution was discussed and a motion was made and seconded to vote on the resolution. The motion was voted on and passed.
The motion to adopt the resolution passed with two abstentions.
Senator Bruck, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that Dean Sowell from the Graduate School notified him that he has appointed two task forces. One to deal with a specific statement on which countries will and will not be required to take TOEFL exams for admissions at the undergraduate and graduate level, and a specific statement of a policy regarding PhD examinations and the attendance by faculty members at said examinations. Both task forces will report to him by January 20 at which time he will report to the committee about what is happening with those task forces.
The committee is in discussion with Vice Provost Conway on the six-week drop/withdrawal policies of the university that will still go on. They have also had discussions on the freshmen “F” duals as to whether or not this policy should be kept as is.
Senator Bruck stated that there is a perception of what we are calling a bow-by-motor grade distribution pattern at our campus. We have a group of students who are just excellent and it seems that our good friends the B’s, C’s, and D’s are going away and the F’s are going up year by year. The question is, “Is this true? Is there a cultural problem with study habits, entitlement, etc.?” Senator Bruck noted that this has not only been observed at NC State. The committee plans to discuss this further and report back to the Senate.
Senator Bernhard, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported that they plan to meet with the people from Transportation at their next meeting.
Senator Bernhard reported that an issue of concern was raised last year when a youngster was being marked late by his professor. The professor and the student could not agree on the time. It was suggested that the University webpage show the correct time on the page. He received an email from Sam Averitt stating that they have created an official NC State time website giving Eastern Standard Time updated to the second. So now anyone can go to time.ncsu.edu to get the official time.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.