FEBRUARY 21, 2006
Regular Meeting No. 12 of the 52nd Session
Present: Chair Allen, Secretary Bruck, Past Chair Daley, Parliamentarian Corbin; Senators Blair, Branoff, Brownie, Clark, Culbreth, Dawes, Fahmy, Fikry, Gustke, Hanley-Bowdoin, Hudson, Kellner, Khosla, Kinsella, Krotee, Lindbo, Moore, Overton, Schultheis, B. Smith, R. Smith, Tetro, Williams, Wessels, Yencho
Excused: Senator Banks-Lee, Blank, Martin, Robarge
Absent: Senators Baynes, Fauntleroy, Hooper, Johnson, Scotford, Young
Visitors: P.J. Teal, Secretary of the University; Melissa Watkins, Chair of the Staff Senate; Sandee Zechman, Chair Resource & Environment Committee, Staff Senate; Donn Ward, Professor/Head of Food Science/Faculty Athletics Representative; Lee Fowler, Athletics Director; James Oblinger, Chancellor
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the twelfth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements from the Chair
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be held on February 23, 2006 at 3 p.m. in Stewart Theatre.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, February 7, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Dr. James Oblinger, Chancellor
Chancellor Oblinger shared some things that have taken place with Mr. Bowles since he was name President. He also gave brief remarks on the capital campaign and several other items.
As you know Mr. Bowles was named our President in 2005 and during the General Faculty meeting on Thursday I will be spending a little time showing you a picture taken in the Chancellor’s Residence in November with all but two of our trustees. Mr. Bowles made it a point as President-Elect to visit all sixteen UNC campuses to get to know the Chancellors. He met with faculty, students, staff and administrators as well.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that Mr. Bowles is a very quick study and he is looking forward to working with him.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that they took Mr. Bowles on a trip out in the eastern part of the state where they made four stops.
We started at the marine depot base in Cherry Point. That is also the site where we have a very significant involvement of our College of Engineering with a variety of projects there relating to mechanical and aerospace engineering as well as civil and environmental engineering. Of the roughly 6,000 employees only 40 are military in this particular center that reconditions helicopters. So of the roughly 400 engineers who are employed in that particular location two thirds of them are NC State graduates. It was a fascinating tour because there really haven’t been any new helicopters manufactured for the last thirty or forty years in American other than the cobra attack helicopter. All of the fleet helicopters are reconditioned routinely at Cherry Point so that was a fascinating tour for us. They also work on the harrier aircraft there and the osprey the newest addition to the fleet will be worked on at Cherry Point. It is a very important facility. It is a significant force in the economy of eastern North Carolina and as I have said many times I would like our new President to be very familiar with our involvement across the entire state of North Carolina.
We went to Morehead City and some of you would recognize that Morehead is the home of the Center for Marine Science and Technology. We have tenured track faculty posted there from four different colleges. Graduate students do their work around the calendar there as well as in the summer additional faculty that travel to CMAST and use it as a base of operations over the summer for research as well as some food science product development and food safety work there. President Bowles skipped his lunch so he could talk with graduate students in the laboratories. From there we went to Kinston where he learned about some of the work that our faculty, staff, and students are doing relative to value added agriculture of premium agricultural commodities being developed and produced there. A variety of environmental projects are also underway at Kinston.
We closed by going to Duplin County’s new agricultural center where he met with the state-wide extension advisory committee of some fifty people from across the entire state from the coast to the mountain and learned a variety of things about the way we are involved at the local level and a mix in there of also a discussion of the industrial extension service so for him I think it was a very great exposure. I was pleased to have that amount of time with him. Several deans went with us; Johnny Wynne from CALS, Nino Masnari from Engineering, Dan Solomon from Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Warwick Arden from the Veterinary School, John Gilligan, and Andy Willis. It was a very meaningful tour for him. We have invited him and he has accepted a similar exposure in the western part of the state. We will do that in April. I think every opportunity that we have to demonstrate that NC State is in fact a research extensive institution that provides relevant and real world solutions to problems for North Carolinians and for science in that regard, the more we do that the better.
This Thursday Chancellor Oblinger and President Bowles will travel to Kannapolis to break ground for the new “biopolis.” North Carolina State University and Dole Foods will form a cutting-edge research institute to lead the state’s efforts in enhancing the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables to improve human health; increasing agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply; and providing scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to North Carolina’s economic growth. The Dole-NC State Institute for Advanced Fruit and Vegetable Science is part of the “biopolis” being constructed at the site of the former Pillowtex facility in Kannapolis.
Strategic Directions for the Planning Period 2006-2011
Chancellor Oblinger distributed copies of UNC General Administration’s strategic directions for the planning period 2006-2011. He stated that NC State’s strategic plan fits very nicely within these strategic directions.
The Chancellors were given ten days to take the think documents and provide the President with our version of the ones that represented our institution. We submitted ten and at the last Board of Governor’s meeting the President distributed the spread sheet of who prioritized what and eight of the items listed are in the top ten of all the Chancellors and two are in the second set of ten priorities from the Chancellors.
I think you are well aware that the President has staked out the importance of teacher preparation and the teacher shortage. He has described it in the press as a crisis and the system needs to be doing something about it.
Many talked about teacher preparation. We did too but we have reshaped that bullet to include retention because our colleagues in education are well aware of the fact that we can do the finest job of training teachers in whatever discipline you name but if they don’t stay in the profession for three to four years then you have an endless vicious cycle of training and retraining. We thought it was very important with the variety of efforts that are represented by the colleges around the table everything from Science House to the Kenan Fellows Program to all the in school programs that we do for students and teachers that the retention factor needed to be mentioned as well. So those are our top ten and I would say that the strategic plan that we have developed thus far and will move forward with captures all of those top ten priorities in one form or another but in a little more specificity and that is where the compact planning process of strategic planning will flush it out as it relates to individual colleges and departments.
NC State University’s Official Peers
Chancellor Oblinger stated that the new peers were officially accepted at the last Board of Governors meeting. We added selectively to our approved peers based on a variety of things—everything from number of faculty, number of students, SAT scores of incoming, retention graduation rates, to research dollars generated. We also accepted three competitive peers because in our experience over the last decade these three institutions certain of our colleges have lost a significant number of faculty or we have fought to retain a significant number of faculty who have been attracted to those institutions hence the competitive peer dimension.
I’m very proud of two numbers that I’m going to give you; where we ended up in our state employee’s combined campaign. We set a target goal for $475,000 from the NC State campus and we closed that campaign with slightly more than $505,000 so that is one of the reasons that the Chancellor is very proud of your participation in that campaign.
After the Board of Trustees met on Thursday and Friday with us we had a capital campaign meeting, the Achieve Capital Campaign, which is one billion dollars, which just went public in September of this past year and we are now at $900M. We will continue to work feverishly toward the goal of one billion and when we attain it we will go right on by and just see how well we can do. Less than fifty institutions in the world have done billion dollar campaigns. We are one of them, one of the few land grants that have ever done anything like this, a lot of reasons to be proud of that.
The Princeton Review recently named NC State as one of the top twenty-five most connected campuses and the criteria that they used included the breath of the computer science curriculum, the sophistication of campus technology in general, wireless access availability on the campus, support for hand held computing. NC State did very well. If you think back to the accreditation process about two years ago the special topic was Learning in a Technology Rich Environment. I think this provides really good substance to what we are all about at NC State as it relates to using information technology in the learning process as well as research.
The accounting programs in the College of Management were ranked twenty-third and twenty-fourth respectively on the 2005 Public Accounting Report’s 24th Annual Professor Survey. I think to have a program that is about fourteen years old crash into the top twenty-five speaks very highly of that faculty and of the programmatic emphasis there.
Last Wednesday it was announced that Mead WestVaco would be locating a packaging innovation center on Centennial Campus. Mead WestVaco is a packaging and paper product firm that has had long-standing ties with the College of Natural Resources but is also connected to our non-woven center in Textiles. Speaking of relationships with Engineering and the College of Design, a lot of interdisciplinary work, 200 new jobs coming here with the published annual salary average of $94,000. These are highly skilled people that will fit right in to the Centennial Campus model. They will move in the temporary space, the former ABB building on Centennial across from the Monteith Research Center. I think having a Fortune 500 company like this along with the headquarters of Red Hat and all of the other partnering that takes place there thanks to the programs of our faculty continues to provide testimony that Centennial Campus is serving a very useful two way street role as it relates to academic interaction with business industry government and other academic entities.
Chancellor Oblinger announced that the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) that has been housed for years in General Administration would be moving to NC State. It gives us a portion of our extension and engagement and economic development portfolio that we have not had before. It fits a very unique niche in that portfolio and I’m very proud that the President asked if we would provide nesting for that particular statewide entity with five regional offices. The interface with Industrial Extension and Cooperative Extension is exceptional. We will make it even more successful than it has been. I think it is a tribute to NC State that we were asked to house them.
Finally, Saturday morning I will join Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, the Hillsborough Street Partnership and members of the community for a forum to discuss six proposed plans for the future of Hillsborough Street. We have 40,000 potential customers of Hillsborough Street. The city has recently obtained through a bond issue some $3.0M that they have targeted for Hillsborough Street improvements so Mayor Meeker and I are conducting a public hearing Saturday, from about 8:30 until 12 noon at the church cater corner from the post office to hear from citizens, students, and from business people. It is our front door in many respects and we have talked a lot about Hillsborough Street on this campus for years. We are now investing in a study along with the city. We have put up dollars, time, and people to look at what might be possible. I hope you will see that as a positive effort both for the university and the community that we are a part of.
Senator Yencho: Could you touch bases a little more on the Dole initiative and what you think might come of it and where it is going in the long run?
Chancellor Oblinger: As it relates to NC State there are two dimensions of the dole initiative. The one that has received the most press is the Biopolis and Kannapolis as the media refers to it. It grew out of a conversation Molly Broad had with David Murdock who is the owner of dole foods. He is very interested in health and he is very interested in worldwide fruit and vegetable production. When David Murdock approached President Broad he was aware of the quality of the two research extensive institutions in the system but he didn’t know much about them. They don’t do work with universities. Historically they have not, not even in pineapples at the University of Hawaii. The President indicated that well with his stated interest that perhaps the well being side of things he ought to really be talking to people in the School of Medicine at Carolina and he ought to be talking to NC State as it relates to agricultural and life sciences as it relates to fruits and vegetable science because it wasn’t just production he was interested in. The world has access to fruits and vegetables that you and I wouldn’t recognize but are major staples in people’s diets. Dole is in those markets and they are going to stay in those markets and the more they know about the genetics and the breeding of those particular crops the more successfully they perceive they will be in terms of an end product so that is how we got into this and our interest through agriculture and life sciences is one of predominantly genetics, genomics and those types of things.
He was also looking for a source of lettuce, pre-bagged lettuce that you have all seen and berries, raspberries, blackberries, and particularly blueberries. North Carolina produces a lot of both those commodities. He has announced plans to build two processing plants, one in western North Carolina, already under construction and out of the ground and he has looked at three properties in eastern North Carolina for the berry processing plant but the uniqueness of NC State is that there is probably Cooperative Extension, the network of individuals across the state who work with producers and can get quality parameters as well as breed types into the currency of the production and produce high quality premium fruits and vegetables as well as his table lettuce line. Currently that is only done in California and a lot of his markets are in the eastern part of the United States so it is very much business driven in both cases. Those are the two predominant features of the dole deal as it is talked about and it has been talked about with President Bowles as recently as yesterday morning. We are flying to Kannapolis to participate in the ground breaking for this multimillion dollars instrument abased facility that he is building down there.
The only other variable I’m reminded of is something like right in front of the podium. Doles food has negotiated with the Horticulture department a $1.4M grant to extend the shelf life of roses in particular. Doles food is the largest vendor of cut flowers in the world.
5. Issues of Concern
Past Chair Daley stated that the Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences has a very special concern regarding International Programs. A large number of faculty are involved in International Programs and they would like to know what is really happening with the program. He requested that the Interim come to the Senate and outline what we are planning to do in this area other than technology transfer programs.
Chair Allen said that could be arranged.
6. Old Business
REG05.50 Regulation for Review of Undergraduate and Graduate Deans and Vice Provosts
Senator Aaron Clark, Chair of the Governance Committee stated that REG05.50 is a new regulation to look at reviewing both the undergraduate and graduate deans, and the Vice Provosts. The committee reviewed this document because they want input as faculty as to who should be on the different committees that would be a part of the review of all seven vice provosts as well as for the Senior Vice Provost and the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. “It was our task to give our input as to what would be the faculty’s role on consulting or giving reviews to the different professionals.
I submit to the Faculty Senate for approval of this regulation. Once the regulation leaves here it will go back to the Provost and to the General Counsel who has been working with Senior Vice Provost Katie Perry. We have discussed this document thoroughly and she really likes what she sees here. She was tremendous in helping us get through this. I appreciate her input as an administrator and a faculty member.”
A motion was made and seconded to accept the regulation. The motion passed unanimously.
Senator Brownie received the results back from the paint peelings that he retrieved from walls around the campus. The peelings contained .07% lead. He checked with the environmental people and was informed that was not a priority.
Chair Allen assigned the concern to the Resources and Environment Committee.
Graduate Advisory Board
Senator Moore reported that at the last meeting of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School a statement was passed that stated teaching doctoral students about ethics is important and should be occurring and that it is up to each department to figure out how to do that. The graduate school is not going to impose a regulation on the departments to do that. The Graduate Board added a regulation that you are supposed to report what you are doing in the teaching of ethics to graduate students. There was an email sent out of the graduate dean’s office to all department heads and graduate administrators telling them that.
Donn Ward, Faculty Athletics Representative reported that the Council on Athletics has been active over the last year as has been activities with the ACC and the NCAA. He stated that he wanted to mention a few things about eligibility certification. “Due to the NCAA rule changes we now must certify the continuing academic continuing eligibility of student athletes twice a year. We do this during May after all the grades come in from the spring to certify their eligibility for continuing to participate in the next semester. Some of us get together and do that again prior to the fall for those who go through summer school. Because of recent NCAA legislation we also meet in January to certify the continuing eligibility of student athletes to participate in spring activities. The NCAA has mandated that student athletes must past a minimum of six hours in the previous semester to be able to continue on in the spring and they must maintain whatever GPA cut point they are at. This has necessitated the group to get together to do a little more in depth certification during the month of January.
NC State processes are quite unlike any that I am aware of. There are multiple checks and multiple offices involved. We work closely with the compliance office, the department of athletics and we also work very closely with the academic support program for student athletes. The council’s academic committee is very much a part of this process. They are the ones doing the certification in terms of looking at making sure that each student athlete meets the requirements that they must meet before they can be certified.
Uniquely, during January’s certification, Provost Nielsen came over and sat down with us and reviewed several student athletes’ folders in order to get a feel for the process. The Chancellor committed to be there but as it often happens with Chancellors he got detained and when he actually did arrive we were so efficient that we had completed every thing. This represents that we have commitment now from the very top of this university’s administrative channels to be involved to know not just from an academic perspective while this is what they do but this is how they do it because they are willing to sit down with us and go through these processes so that they will thoroughly understand it. I feel very good about the willingness of administrators to do this. I am unaware of any other administrators at any of the other institutions that have express willingness or have ever actually done this.
Despite the amount of attention NC State gives the eligibility certification process I will not say that mistakes can’t happen but I am willing to tell you that when or if this occurs that it is just that, a mistake. It is not a consertive effort to make an ineligible athlete eligible. Despite our best efforts we continually see holes here and there where something could happen. We presume that after all is said and done that we have done the best job we can do. Unfortunately athletics is such a nature in our colleges and universities now that when mistakes do happen they make headlines and that is something that we want to make as headlines but not those kinds. Last May we reviewed 494 student athletes and after that review 21 were deemed to be ineligible. Last January we looked at 523 student athletes and nine were ineligible at that point and time.
The NCAA has recently adopted a mechanism that is unique to the NCAA which they call graduation success rate. The NCAA feels it is a better measure of marking and tracking the academic success of student athletes than the federal graduation rate. If you understand and remember in the federal graduation rate your denominator is set basically after the census date starting in the fall and that number basically stays static. It never changes. There can be changes due to death, military service or church mission or something of that nature but for the most part it stays static. Any new students enrolling in January is not added to that. The Board of Directors of the NCAA which is comprised of Chancellors and Presidents felt that was a fairly imprecise measure of tracking the graduation success for student athletes or the academics for student athletes so they charged the NCAA to come up with a better method. They came up with what is called the graduation success rate. If a student athlete leaves an institution in good academic standing and goes on to another institution and ultimately graduates that is a liability to this institution because under the federal method that person is still counted in the denominator and whatever institution that individual goes to again the person may ultimately end up graduating but that school could never count it. With the graduation success rate if a student leaves this institution in good academic standing he or she can be deducted from our denominator. We are no longer liable for that individual. A student athlete transferring into this institution with grant and aid we now are responsible, that is added to our denominator. Moreover any student athletes that enroll in January if they are receiving grant and aid they are tracked so the NCAA wanted us to show how many more student athletes are actually tracked and accounted for with the graduation success rate as opposed to the federal method.
I know in my interactions with the Chancellor, Provost, and Athletics Director that change is in the wind with regard to what and how we deal with the academic success of our student athletes. The Provost’ academic roundtable group is working on strategies to deal with this issue of improving academic performance of our student athletes. I know he is committed to that. I know that the Chancellor is because he had the same thing when he was the Provost so he is quite aware of what is going on. I know that the Athletics Director is not happy with this. In fact, he would like to see the academic success of the student athletes rise up to meet the academic success of our student body as a whole. I can tell you as a faculty member that I hope that is a moving target because I don’t necessarily like where we stand with regard to the academic success of our student body as a whole when you look at where we rank with our peers, when you look at where we rank with the ACC we can do better. It has been an issue that has been a perennial issue. We have talked about this forever as a faculty, “How do we improve our graduation rates?” I hope that is a dialog that we continually talk about and actually do something about. The Athletics Director is committed to getting the athletic numbers up so that they are on par with the student body as a whole and I am convinced that he is quite sincere in that and with the efforts on part of the administration I believe that we are going to see some improvements. It is going to be like turning a battle ship. It is not going to be evident over night. It takes a while. Some of these things are built into the system. It is going to take a while but I am as excited about it as I have ever been and I have been on the Council on Athletics for approximately eleven years and have been the faculty representative for the past five. I believe we have an administration in place. We have the Athletics Director in place and I think we have a group of coaches that are starting to see what these numbers mean and that we needed to be competitive not only on the court and in the field but we also need to be competitive in the class room.
Secretary Bruck: You have a basketball team and five juniors go to the NBA. How is that counted in this equation?
Ward: In terms of the APR they would come out because they have gone professional. The Athletics Director talked with all of our football players this year and told them that they had a choice. If they continued here at NC State they would have to be students and he would make sure that they were students or if they were sincere about the NFL then he would expect them to withdraw from the university this semester and focus their attention on that. He had eleven students to withdraw and try to do their profession. Hopefully they will either make it or come back. They are all in good standing to get back in school.
Immediate Past Chair Daley: Since coaches respond to incentives are there any incentives in their contracts to encourage academic graduation rates?
Ward: I am not privy to the contracts specifically. I do know that there are some incentives for some coaches. One of the strategies that have been outlined in the Provost’s group is those academic incentives and the more visible sense.
Lee Fowler, Athletics Director: We have three football coaches that have it in there because in the last negotiated contracts the two coordinators and head coach and their bonuses were for certain levels of graduation rates. As we looked at the problems of the overall graduation rate, football because of their numbers, if their numbers are bad then it pretty much drags the whole group down. We also have bonus structure for all of our coaches and we are presently in the round table talking about making those bonuses not only to get into the NCAA tournament but to get there and to also set a certain standard for graduation rates so if you get there and you haven’t done your academic part then you don’t get the bonuses so we are going to combine academics and athletics with their bonus structure for doing well in the field.
Senator Tetro: When you said that you are required to do the eligibility check twice a year and you did it in January for 523 athletes, is that required just for a spring participatory sport?
Ward: We did all of them. Most of them will also practice in the spring too so they have to be eligible to even practice.
Senator Tetro: The guidelines for that to end the fall would be not less than 6 hours passed. So if they enter the fall with a 2.4 GPA they can’t enter the spring with a 2.3.
Ward: No they cannot be dropped below a threshold of whatever their cut off is. Right now at the end of a student athlete’s freshmen year in order to be considered eligible they have to have a 1.8 GPA. At the end of their sophomore year they have to have a 1.9 and then they have to have a 2.0 at the end of their junior year and they have to maintain it. In addition to that at the end of their sophomore year they have to have forty percent of their degree requirements passed. It used to be 25% and then at the end of your junior year you only have to have 50% and now you have to have 40 at the end of sophomore, 60, 80, and presumes that fifth year. There have been some significant changes in the NCAA. All of it is presidential driven that the Board of Directors, Chancellors, and Presidents are insisting that something be done to improve the academic performances of student athletes.
A student athlete has to be considered eligible by whatever standard the university has so it is an institutional standard. Some institutions have a lower standard than we do and I presume some have a higher standard. Whatever the case may be if the institution standard is higher than the NCAA then it is the institution’s standard that carries the day.
Past Chair Daley: If a professional athlete wakes up one day and decides he wants to go back to college but can’t afford to pay, do we have ways of making sure that there is financial aid to bring them back in to get their degree?
Ward: I think that athletics work on an individual case-by-case basis with those who want to come back.
Lee Fowler: Legally we only have six years to give them five years of aid. If they go past that six-year period the only way we can have them back is on an intern. We work with all of them. The NCAA says we can do it but you can’t just give it to them you have to have them doing something for education.
Comments from Dr. Fred Corbin, Parliamentarian
Accolades for the Faculty who have worked hard serving on the Council on Athletics
We have a good record at NC State. Two years ago President Molly Broad noted the vast difference in the Faculty Assembly at the universities and requested that a task force be appointed to study how we can improve faculty participation and the governance in the process. I had the privilege of serving as NC State’s representative on that task force. At the first meeting I requested that the group study the NC State program and use that as a model. I was proud to serve on that task force and see the accomplishments that we made at NC State.
Art Cooper took great pride in noting across his eleven-year term that we had no citations and the same thing has happened with Donn Ward that he has served here, served as a faculty member on the Council and now ably serving as our Faculty Athletics Representative.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.