1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the twelfth meeting of the fifty-third 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 attended the AAAS in San Francisco and noted that many of the symposiums were on global warming.
The Executive Committee met with the Chancellor over lunch and one of the items discussed was post tenure review. A committee of two department heads, two representatives from the Senate and two administrators will be formed to revisit post tenure review.
Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty meeting is Tuesday, March 13 at 3:15 p.m. in 2215 Williams Hall. The meeting will be a panel discussion on graduate education.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, February 13, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen commented on Governor Easley’s budget.
The governor has created a proposal for a fund of $100M to provide debt free education for two years for those students who come through his Learn and Earn Program.
The governor proposed a 2.5% increase for state employees and a 5%increase for schoolteachers, which include K-12 and community college teachers and he has included a one million dollars fund to help produce more teachers that have a science, technology, engineering and math orientation, which is intended to be split in half between NC State and Chapel Hill.
President Bowles included in his budget a large request for our college of engineering; $5.0M in recurring funds this year and an additional $15M in recurring funds for next year plus capital money to build buildings for engineering.
The governor’s budget also includes full requested funding for the Randall B. Terry Companion Animal Hospital. The college has raised $38M against a $76M total cost for this building.
Comments from Parliamentarian Corbin
Parliamentarian Corbin commended Provost Nielsen for his support of the faculty and his support of awards that recognize the faculty such as the Gertrude Cox Award.
5. Review of the Faculty Survey
Nancy Whelchel, Assistant Director of Planning and Analysis reported on the results of the faculty survey. The survey was extensive and the focus was on the RPT and Post Tenure Review process.
Welchel stated that the response rate was 69.7%, which was outstanding and the results are reflective of our campus. NC State is doing extremely well compared to our peers but there is always room for improvement.
6. Old Business
Revision of Article II of the General Faculty Bylaws
Senator Khosla presented the revisions to Article II of the General Faculty Bylaws and moved approval of the changes.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Chair Allen presented a document from the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business concerning background checks for employees. She assigned the document to the Personnel Policy Committee for it to review and report back to the Senate.
8. Electronic Student Evaluations
There was much discussion on the issue of implementing the electronic student evaluations without faculty input. A suggestion was made to test the evaluations another semester before implementing the process.
Provost Nielsen thinks by implementing the process now we would be better off in the future.
Three motions passed to extend the meeting by ten minutes during the discussions.
Secretary Bruck moved adjournment of the meeting. The motion was seconded and passed to adjourn the meeting at 5:30 p.m.