September 6, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the second 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
Chair Allen welcomed senators and guests.
Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty meeting would be held on Monday, September 12 at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.
Comments from Secretary Bruck
Secretary Bruck stated that at the request of Chair Allen he helped to coordinate efforts of the faculty for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The university has responded in what he thinks is an outstanding manner. There was a meeting held last Thursday sponsored by the Greek and Student Leadership Councils. Approximately 100 people were in attendance to help coordinate efforts on campus.
Chair Allen stated that there would be collection boxes in the dean’s office of each of the colleges.
Senator Hanley-Bowdoin announced that the Veterinary College is working with LSU and Mississippi State for animal rescue and care, which is another way to contribute.
3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 1, August 23, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Thirty-seven students affected by Hurricane Katrina have been admitted to the university through Lifelong Education since that is the way the university is bringing students in to alleviate the issues of getting accepted into a major.
Provost Nielsen handed out a list of challenges and initiatives that were discussed at the Executive Officers’ Retreat. Some items discussed were:
Carolina Covenant: We must generate a situation where we can provide an education to the lowest prosperity of the students who want to come here and are suitable to getting into the university.
International Programming: It is very important for our students to be ready for the twenty-first century and for us to have more international programming and opportunities.
General Education Requirements: The task force that started last year will continue. Our GER has to get smaller. We have to figure out a way to condense it for the sake of progress to graduation and in terms of our budgetary situation.
Study Integrity: Last spring and over the summer we appointed a task force on student integrity. The idea was to develop an approach to student integrity that brings it in as part of the educational experience for our students.
The Faculty Budget Advisory Committee met last week to develop what we call budget principles that will help guide us in determining how to take budget cuts, how to use money that comes in an expansion mode, and how to be as efficient as possible with the funds that we have.
The NC State Millennium Seminars are scheduled twice a semester. The goal is to have a national impact and there are a lot of pieces involved.
The Provost Office is going to hire a Development Officer. The idea is to be able to go to a set of people who are not necessarily alumni or have not had a connection with the university but can appreciate the ideas that we are bringing forward in diversity, international programs, and scholarship programs across the university for example and get new sources of funding.
Last spring the group Great Horizons was contracted to do a definitive study of both what the demand and opportunities were for childcare. They came back this summer with a report that showed there was demand and there are a couple of ways to meet it.
Ombudsman: This is not going to be a simple thing to establish, partially because of the cost and partially because of understanding and figuring out how we can do it well, meaningfully at a scale that we can afford.
Enrollment is approximately 30,143 students, which are twenty-seven students below what we said we would take from a budgetary standpoint.
5. Remarks from Matt Ronning, AVC for Research Administration
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6. New Business
Chair Allen presented three regulations to the Senate that will be discussed and possibly voted on at the next Faculty Senate Meeting.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Robarge, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that the committee visited the issue of statement of mutual expectations, the changing in retirement definition and mandatory training.
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Martin, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee, reported that the committee would be reviewing course action forms at its next meeting. They are also in the process of reviewing issues with transferring intellectual property. Anyone with ideas should contact a member of the Academic Policy Committee.
Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 5:10 p.m.