APRIL 18, 2006
Regular Meeting No. 15 of the 52nd Session
Present: Chair Allen, Secretary Bruck, Past Chair Daley, Provost Nielsen, Parliamentarian Corbin; Senators Baynes, Blair, Branoff, Brownie, Clark, Dawes, Fahmy, Fauntleroy, Fikry, Gustke, Hanley-Bowdoin, Hooper, Hudson, Kellner, Khosla, Kinsella, Krotee, Martin, Moore, Overton, Robarge, Schultheis, Scotford, B. Smith, R. Smith, Tetro, Williams
Excused: Senator Banks-Lee, Blank, Lindbo, Yencho
Absent: Senators Culbreth, Johnson, Wessels, Young
Visitors: P. J. Teal, Secretary of the University; Chip Alexander, News and Observer; Nicole Lawrence, Administrative Officer, Provost’s Office; Barbara Carroll, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources; Benny Benton, Bulletin Editor; Paul Cousins, Student Conduct
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the fifteenth 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 Resources and Environment Committee would meet Tuesday to discuss the Rocky Branch Phase III.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 14, April 4, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
We have just gone through a set of Watauga Medals, Holladay Medals, and Honorary Doctoral Degrees. We are always in need of candidates and you as a body are very well positioned to recommend people and I would encourage you to do that.
The Board of Trustees would like to have ten nominations put forward. Because of the nature of the Honorary doctorates we would like to give an average of three at graduation which are six a year. I want to encourage you to submit your colleagues for the Holladay Medal, submit your friends of the university for the Watauga, and submit people that you think are extraordinary in one way or another for the Honorary Doctorate.
An issue has risen about what salary base faculty are on during the second half of the summer whether teaching or doing research. We are going to start including the second half of the summer on the next year’s salary. For the research side when faculty get their new salary they will be back paid for the second half of the summer they might have had a research contract.
For summer school we are going to take the salary from the previous year and increase it by the average of the last three years salary increases and give faculty a portion of that. For example, if the average has been 3% for the past three years they will get a 3% increase for teaching the second summer session over the first summer session.
We received only one response back from an RFP for daycare and we are currently working with that facility to try to understand the situation and to see how we can get that set up. Hopefully slots will be available in January.
The dean search is going well. We have finished the interviews for the Dean of Natural Resources and I now have that input in considering the outcome.
We are scheduling four interviews in the College of Engineering. They are scheduled for the last week in April and the first week in May.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences are in the process of doing the airport interviews. The dates have already tentatively been set for the first two weeks in May for the CHASS interviews.
Chair Allen reported that there are forty-six candidates for the Graduate dean position. The committee handed in its first ranking yesterday.
Last year one of the issues that came up in the Faculty Senate was the question of student integrity. On the basis of that Vice Chancellor Stafford and I set up a task force of academic integrity, which Paul Cousins is chairing. The charge to the group is to think about what and make recommendations for how we could establish and approve student integrity on the campus. I asked the group to think about academic integrity as the concept and the idea is to build a culture around academic integrity, focusing on integrity as a value and a skill that our students would learn and possess when they left here and hence they would be more valuable in the work place, more valuable in the community, more valuable to themselves having developed a strong concept of integrity while they were here rather than as students or cheating. We have to figure out a way to stop it. The idea is to talk about integrity and not talk about punishment for cheating. The task force has been working all year on this and we will continue to work through the summer and into the fall.
The literature and experience on developing an academic integrity culture says that you need to establish the culture for academic integrity, then you need to put policies in place that require, expect academic integrity and then you have to have a program in place that implements those policies in order to achieve what we want to achieve. That task force is continuing to work on all three of those ideas. I am more interested in the ethos than I am other parts of this. I think it is incumbent on us to create an environment that speaks to integrity.
The task force has been working through a variety of ideas and some of them are expected attendance at noncredit integrity seminars by our students. The committee is looking at things that are extra, classrooms. There may be ways to develop skills and knowledge and resources for our students that aren’t just in three- hour blocks of classes.
The faculty would get a strong service credit for serving on things like the Student Judicial Board, that we would do more focus branding on efforts to create a common language experience and expectation regarding integrity, that we would offer more comprehensive training and support for faculty in the area of student integrity in the classroom, that we might consider an XF grade to noting academic misconduct and the creation of an integrity intervention program that would result when a student went through it and then the removal of the X from the course when completed. Centralized resources that would be assessable from the web page of the university’s website, an implementation committee to see that these efforts are followed through, the creation of a standing committee to provide guidance and leadership on issues into the future. It is in that larger context that this group has been working. One of the things that I have talked about is that we need some campus symbols that we can begin to relate to the ideal of integrity and whatever they might be.
This whole area goes to another aspect that the Vice Provosts have been talking about because we are trying to put together what we are calling a student success project in the sense of building for our students a sense of belonging to North Carolina State University, that this is their home, their place, their legacy and how can we begin to do that with the students by getting them more involved in things as opposed to being a Chemical Engineering major out to get a high paying job which is important but it is not the only thing.
I wanted to give you an update on that because it is important and it has been going on and it is one of the things that you brought to us.
Comments from Paul Cousins
Like a lot of things that we do this will take some stewardship as these concepts and values get better integrated into the community. It is going to take some soul searching on the part of some of our faculty and staff about our own conduct, our own decision making, perhaps the institution as we look at ways that we do and do not act environmentally friendly. We need to be able to establish that kind of credibility in order to communicate those expectations and values to students.
There are some things that are going to be a little more controversial and there probably won’t be general agreement on the first pass and this is one of those bodies that we hope to work with very closely to try to reach some consensus on how we approach some of those things because part of the creation of this ethos is the whole notion of buying it, students taking more ownership of their experience. It is the same thing we would hope to achieve for all of us as we are working within this community of scholars, that there is buy in amongst us so that there is a common language and a common set of values and a common experience for our students from the very first time that they get admissions information all the way through the messages that are delivered either verbally or in written form on the commencement announcements. There is a theme that runs through all of that that talks about an expectation and the practice of demonstrating integrity every single day not just in the context of their academic work but as they transition out into a career that we have been successful in communicating the definition of integrity as they move out into that next phase of their life.
Senator Kellner wanted to know to what extent is this interest in ethics coming up from the students themselves. To what extent are they thinking about formulating what an ethics presence on the campus could be and how things of this sort can be measured? For example, if we think in terms of giving awards, how do we prevent the whole thing from sounding as if you are going to get little halos for certain individuals on campus. To what extent is there a possibility of student discussion on this?
Cousins responded, “To be honest most of that is coming out of this committee and the faculty and the administration that has teamed up to do this. We don’t have students out beating the bushes saying we are sick and tired of our peers taking advantage of us by cheating and demonstrating unethical behavior and we really want to address that.”
Senator Kellner stated, “That is a fingerpointing thing rather than a kind of symbol of what an ethical NC State graduate would be like.”
Cousins stated that he is aware of only a couple of things, some of the work that Gary Comstock is doing and that is to manifest with the recommendations from the GSA for the inquisition of one credit ethics course across the graduate curriculum. In the student judicial board, which, are undergraduates, there are a couple of students who are working diligently on our programming series that is called “state your integrity”. “So there is some programming interest but the truth is emphasis on our part leading by example I think will open the door to some of the students who are interested in that and we can provide some leadership and guidance.”
Senator Bruck stated that he sometimes question whether or not the culture is the same.
Cousins stated that the experiences that eighteen year olds have are very different from experiences that he had; access to the Internet, availability of paper, etc. “I really don’t think that this is a significant issue for most public schools. There are some situations for us when we just have to accept the responsibility of being the adult in the relationship and this is one of those. We are educators. We are engaged in the process of saying that we know by definition that when a student comes here they are going to be better off for their interaction with us. By the time they finish they are not going to just be smarter. We are making good citizens so that is part of the responsibility that we don’t have a choice in my opinion but to fight that fight and to recognize what it is that we are getting and say that we are going to bring you from there to where we want you to be through a series of interventions.”
Chair Allen thanked Provost Nielsen for attending and participating in the Faculty Senate and Executive Committee Meetings this year.
5. Issues of Concern
Senator Brownie is concerned about the Faculty Senate’s silence on concerns by the African American Student Advisory Council in their March 16, 2006 North Carolina State University Report Card.
Secretary Bruck stated that there was a very disturbing article in Time Magazine that basically stated what the report reflects, and that is that acceptance of African American students in American universities is as high as it has been in a long time but retention of them is precipitously going down on a national scale. He feels that it is worthy of discussion.
Senator Brownie stated that as far as he can see we as a society have not bought into the liberal diversity.
“First and foremost we have to be true to ourselves. Some blacks are here because they are looking out for themselves and the whites in my opinion accept them because they are self-serving enough to fit our need. The students are behaving just like we as parents treating our kids. They will accept what they see us doing and getting away with it. So all this statement about integrity we have not bought into it. We as faculty members are not endowed with good integrity.”
Senator: We can provide forums like the one where Angela Davis was brought in. It would certainly go some of the way toward creating a real commitment to equality.
Senator Brownie stated that he indicated to Chair Allen that maybe the Faculty Senate should convene a forum whereby members of this body should look at and discuss a video known as “The Color of Hate.” “If you discuss it properly with an open mind that could take us all a very long way.”
Senator Williams stated that he has attended a lot of the Emerging Issues Forums and noted that they are mostly about economic development. He thinks it might be a good idea if prominent politicians like the ex governor at an Emerging Issues Forum says that we are not going to talk about economic development we are going to talk about this because it is important as well. He noted that the theme changes but the message stays the same. “ I think that would be a great place to do it if we have that kind of leverage.”
Chair Allen stated that she would think about it and thinks it is a good idea.
Provost Nielsen stated, “We do tons of programs around this on a regular basis. This is going on constantly. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it and certainly not a week that goes by that we are not engaged in it in the question of diversity. I believe in my soul that NC State today is different than NC State was thirty years ago and I also believe it will be different ten years from now than it is today and better all the time. I think this is something that we have to hold our feet to the fire on but we can’t expect it all to be wonderful tomorrow. I believe we are people of good intention and a community of good intention.”
Senator Kellner wants to know whether NC State could compete for minority faculty as well as it could twenty or thirty years ago. “In particular, do we do as well on the market place for faculty as we did?”
6. New Business
Resolution of Commendation for Coach Herb Sendek
The resolution was presented for its first reading.
Several amendments were made to the resolution.
A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution as amended
The motion passed unanimously to adopt the resolution.
PPO – Preferred Provider Organization
Associate Vice Chancellor Barbara Carroll stated the materials are available on the State Health Plan website. The State Health Plan expects the vast majority of state employees to migrate to this plan because it has some cost price advantages. “It does have a different model for healthcare than the traditional plan.”
Chair-Elect Election Results
Chair Allen thanked Wayne Robarge and Jim Martin for running for the office of Chair-Elect.
Chair Allen announced that Senator Jim Martin would be Chair-Elect of the Faculty from 2006-2007 and will serve as Chair of the Faculty from 2007-2009.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.