March 25, 2008
1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the fourteenth meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.
Comments from the Chair
Chair Martin began the meeting with a brief reflection and follow-up from the General Faculty meeting.
Chair Martin requested the senators to do the same exercise that was done at the General Faculty meeting with the clicker questions so he could make a comparison between the senators and the group that attended the General Faculty meeting by prioritizing the top three choices on the page with one being the top priority; two being the second priority and three being the third.
Chair Martin stated that there is no right thing to do with the information, that these kinds of studies are always a challenge to see what do you do with this sort of massive quantity of information.
Chair Martin stated that as we develop a response to the UNC tomorrow report we need to remember that we are not the food chain, we are not the biggest fish in the food chain, that we are to be the suppliers of the source of nutrition so that the community has big fish to keep the state healthy. So as we develop our response to the UNC Tomorrow Report, whether it’s this information or any of the information, let’s remember that we are not the food chain, we are part of the food chain.
Chair Martin reminded the senators of the April 1 deadline to submit the nominations for Senators, hearings panel members, and grievance committee members.
The Interdisciplinarity in General Education Symposium sponsored by CUE (Council on Undergraduate Education) is going to be held April 2, 2008 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the University Club. They are requesting RSVPs tomorrow.
The annual meeting of the AAUP—plenary lecture will be at 7:00 pm, April 4 at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center. Jennifer Washburn, fellow of the New America Foundation will address “Higher Learning and Higher Profits: The Privatization of America’s Research Universities.”
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 13, March 11, 2008
The motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Consider Endorsement of the Music Major Feasibility Study
Chair Martin acknowledged the presence of Dr. Mark Scearce, Director of the Music Department. Dr. Scearce served as the chair of the task force that reviewed the music major feasibility study.
Chair Martin noted that NC State is the only campus in the UNC system that doesn’t offer a major in music. The study looked specifically at what could be unique to a major in music here at NC State and came up with several proposals.
They recommend potentially offering a BA degree with four emphases: Jazz Studies, Music Theory, World Music, and Music Entrepreneurship.
A motion was made and seconded to endorse the report of the task force. The motion passed unanimously to endorse the report.
5. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen reported that NC State is nowhere close to where it needs to be in order to make the textbook adoption system work. The number of courses in which we had books designated on time for this fall semester was 49%, which is fundamentally half of the courses that will be offered in the fall. Textbook adoption is a lot better in the spring.
The goal set by General Administration for 2008-2009 across two semesters is eighty-five percent and NC State’s average over two semesters was sixty-five percent. The goal set for 2009-2010 is ninety percent.
Provost Nielsen stated that he has come up with an initiative for 2008-2009 in which he will provide one hundred dollars toward faculty travel funds for the 2008-2009 academic year for every on-time adoption past the fifty percent rate within a college. A 100% adoption would be a commitment of $183,900 for the next academic year in additional travel funds available for faculty.
6. Revision of Faculty Senate Bylaws
Senator Gary Moore, Chair of the Governance Committee reviewed the proposed changes to the Faculty Senate bylaws.
The revisions will be discussed in the next session. Anyone with comments or ideas should forward them to Senator Moore or a member of the Governance Committee.
7. Issues of Concern
Secretary Kellner drafted a resolution relating to the evaluation of teaching in response to some comments that have been forwarded by a number of parties with respect to the whole idea of what to do about minimum response.
Secretary Kellner presented the resolution for its first reading.
The resolution will be discussed at the next Faculty Senate meeting.
Any comments or feedback on the resolution should be sent to a member of the Executive Committee.
Chair Martin stated that he received an email from David Drooz in the Office of Legal Affairs and they would like the Senate to reconsider its recommendation from asking that both place and date of birth be removed from the students’ directory information.
Chair Martin stated that he plans to work with David Drooz and Louis Hunt on the wording to make sure that you are only talking about disclosure and otherwise remove the place of birth.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
The motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m.