May 3, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis Daley called the sixteenth 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 welcomed the new Senators and the Holladay Medal recipients and also thanked the retiring Senators for their services.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 15, April 19, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to adopt the minutes.
4. Special Presentation
Johnny Burleson from the Alumni Association presented Chair Daley with a CD of the chair he will receive in recognition of his service to the Faculty and the university.
5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen thanked Chair Daley, Secretary Weiner, and the Senators for the tremendous job they did during the past year.
Provost Nielsen stated that Chancellor Oblinger sends his regards, and wishes he were here today.
Provost Nielsen reported that the Senate released its budget. He stated that the budget that they had been working with had NC State estimated as having a cut of approximately $16M, but the budget that the Senate published has the university at a budget cut of $7.6M. He noted that they made tremendous progress from the time that the Senate started talking about this to the time the Senate actually put out its budget.
The Senate is funding enrollment growth, the Biotechnology Training and Education Center and the William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation. The Senate is also providing one hundred and fifty thousand dollars of one-time funds for the manufacturing extension partnership, and a seventy-five thousand dollar recurring increase for the North Carolina Space Grant Contortion. They also put an item in to provide approximately $6.0M for the computing.
6. Remarks by Thomas Conway, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Vice Provost Conway reported on admissions and graduation.
The number of students coming to the institution that are being recommended for admission by the colleges is at least the same or maybe even larger than it was one year ago.
Grade Point Averages are continuing to rise and there has also been an increase in SAT scores.
NC State is at a thirty-year high when it comes to graduation rates. There is an increase in graduation in the majority of the colleges.
Vice Provost Conway reported that we are getting students that have better pre-college preparation than we were getting before. He feels that the rising cost of attending college is causing students and their parents to focus on getting in and getting out as opposed to getting in and using college as a career.
Vice Provost Conway stated that they are still in the process of implementing progress toward degree. He noted that they have a lot of work to do in that area but he believes they have made significant progress.
7. Remarks on International Strategic Plan
George Wilson, Vice Provost for the Office of International Affairs stated that NC State needs an International Center.
Vice Provost Wilson stated that their priorities are to double the percentage of graduates with international experience, and internationalization of curriculum.
Vice Provost Wilson stated that they are putting pieces in place for the capital campaign. The Provost met with the International Operations Council a few weeks ago and noted that he endorses making a difference at the university level through International Programs.
Vice Provost Wilson stated that the Office of International Programs has partnerships with the other fifteen UNC campuses. NC State has unique strengths, which will inform internationalization decisions. While the college international programs are important, the encouragement is to think about university level programming so that we can get to that next level of accomplishment and recognition.
8. Issues of Concern
Senator Bruck is concerned that students are receiving financial aid and are not being fully funded to attend summer school.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator McRae stated that the Personnel Policy Committee is dealing with a harassment regulation.
The Committee was asked to examine the policies and regulations concerning harassment as to their provisions concerning faculty. They did not find any problems with the basic harassment policy, however they believe that the harassment Regulation 04.25.02 needs considerable revision in content, and by inference, how it must then be applied in cases concerning faculty members.
The Committee reviewed regulations 05.20.11 on scholarly external evaluations for RPT review, regulation 05.20.18 on qualifications for rank, and regulation 05.20.27 on statements of mutual expectation and has suggested some revisions.
The motion passed to support revisions and non-revisions on the regulations.
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Bruck moved that the discussion on doctoral examinations be tabled until the fall.
The motion was seconded.
10. Passing of the Gavel
Chair Daley passed the gavel to Chair-Elect Allen for her to adjourn the last meeting of the fifty-first session.
Chair-Elect Allen adjourned the meeting at 5:10 p.m.