March 22, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis Daley called the thirteenth 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 the Personnel Policy Committee has placed a hold on REG 05.20.1 regarding outside letters, and REG 052027 and REG 052028 regarding statements of mutual expectations for the committee to review them.
Since there are no objections to REG .0520.08, and REG 022026 on self –assessment, he will inform the administration to proceed with implementation.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 12 February 22, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to adopt the minutes.
4. Remarks from Interim Provost Nielsen
Interim Provost Nielsen commented on the four items that have occupied his time in the past month.
They have reviewed 140 reappointment promotion and tenure applications. The majority of them looked good.
The State Budget
The Governor’s budget has a 1% reduction for the university. There is funding in the budget for the Friday Institute and the Biotechnology Teaching and Education Center operations on a continuing basis. There is also a 2% salary increase in the governor’s budget.
The Board of Governors passed the campus initiated tuition increase last week. The Board of Governors also passed a fee package that the students have approved which is $2550 for a series of small increases and a series of fees. There will be three other fees that don’t go through the Board of Governors because they are from self-liquidating accounts.
Interim Provost Nielsen reported that we met our enrollment targets for the incoming classes and transfer students but total enrollment is 700 less than anticipated.
Academic Performance Rate of Scholarship Supported Student Athletes (APR)
The APR data shows that we are not where we want to be right now. We have the lowest scores among the ACC Schools, which is a very big disappointment. The ACC is one of the best conferences in the United States relative to this so we are at the bottom of a very good field but would like to be at least in the upper half of this very good field.
5. Academic Integrity
Paul Cousins, Director of the Office of Student Conduct stated that there have been concerns about the integrity of our students behavior, and whether we are doing enough. He noted that it is never too late to take the opportunity to remind students of our collective expectations about integrity and personal conduct.
The Office of Student Conduct has a pretty comprehensive webpage that will give concrete and detailed tips and advice on how to work with students, such as, how to approach the conversation, how to use the paperwork that can be downloaded from the website to report it. Also they would like to centralize this reporting in the Office of Student Conduct to both help make a strong statement to the student and to help protect the enterprise that we are all engaged in here at the University.
6. Election of Secretary of the Faculty
Senators Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Robert Bruck were nominated to serve as Secretary of the Faculty.
Senator Bruck was elected to serve as Secretary of the Faculty for the next two years (2004-2006).
Senator Kellner reported that the Search Committee for the Undergraduate Deanship is under way. They are working very quickly and will soon be putting out a call for applications. This position was formerly the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Bruck reported that the committee has had a number of meetings. He appeared before the Administrative Board of the Graduate School several weeks ago. He reported that twenty-eight countries are now going to be exempt from the TOEFL examination. The TOEFL will be removed from being always in the purview of the graduate school and the department head and advisor will be given the options of interviewing said students.
Senator Bruck reported that the deliberations at the end of final PhD exams will be closed and are at the purview only of the committee and of course only committee members on the PhD will vote. This will be recommended to this body and others as being the official way that doctoral examinations are dealt with university-wide.
Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Bernhard, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported that the committee met last week to review what is happening on some respective issues specifically the Catalano matter.
Senator Bernhard stated that the matter of the Raleigh Woods has been referred to him. The students are quite active in promoting resolutions about what kind of committees there should be and what we should protect against. A resolution was presented at the Physical Environment Committee meeting and he was advised by Kevin McNaughton and Mike Harwood to go slowly on this.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:55 p.m.