1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the fourteenth 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.
The post tenure review task force will conduct a set of hearings for faculty and department heads on May 2 in the Faculty Senate conference room. Faculty members are invited to attend between 2 and 3:30 p.m. and department heads 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 13, March 27, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Last summer Chancellor Oblinger endorsed the recommendation that NC State create the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) that would lead a unified information technology operation. The process will include a scoping team that will outline the position’s roles and responsibilities.
Provost Nielsen introduced Greg Jackson, CIO of the University of Chicago as Chair of the team and Jack McCredie, Emeritus CIO at the University of California Berkeley as Vice Chair.
The two of them gave brief comments and noted that their goal is to help the university decide what the role should be on this campus.
5. University Master Plan
Michael Harwood, University Architect presented a Power Point on the Physical Master Plan updates for 2007.
Ten task forces were formed to examine and organize information to review the 2000 Master Plan to make recommendations for the updates and to develop a revised publication. Harwood reviewed the focus topics and changes with the Senators.
Update Rocky Branch II
Senator Paul Williams gave an update on Rocky Branch II. The committee feels that the current compensation policy must be changed and feels that it is a serious impediment to long-range facilities planning at NC State.
The discussion is ongoing and Michael Harwood plans to keep the Senate updated.
6. Course Hosting Regulation
Tom Miller, Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology reported that there is a number of issues that would come into play with a website being hosted outside of NC State’s control. Among them are the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), which explains what the issues and obligations are under the law. The Accessibility checklist reviews the issues that have to do with accessibility and our obligations as a university, and advertising --the university is forbidden from paid advertising on any official NC State web page.
There will be a forum in the Assembly room tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. for the university community to review the regulation and give feedback for modification.
Dr. March Krotee and Dr. Leonard Annetta were elected to serve three-year terms on the Athletics Council.
Chair Nina Allen, Senator Janet Hudson, and Dr. Scott McRae were elected to serve two-year terms on the Faculty Assembly.
8. Issue of Concern
There was much discussion on an issue of concern from a prospective student who had seen some disturbing comments on a website (Facebook) that indicated a negative climate toward gays and lesbians at NC State.
Several motions passed to extend the meeting during the discussion.
There was no action taken since the issue had already been discussed in a prior meeting and a resolution had been adopted.
Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m.