1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the eleventh meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and visitors.
Chair Martin announced that the second annual State of the University address would be March 10 at 11 a.m. in Stewart Theater.
The Spring General Faculty meeting will be March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.
Chair Martin gave a brief summary of last week’s Executive Committee meeting.
There was significant discussion about the pay cut/furlough issue. There was also some discussion on not only looking at cuts when reviewing the budget situation but to also look at some of the revenue side of things.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 10, January 27, 2009
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Barbra Carroll, AVC for Human Resources
Associate Vice Chancellor, Barbara Carroll gave an overview on personnel issues relating to the budget.
Carroll discussed where the state gets its money from: Income tax (55%); Sales tax (26%); Corporate tax (5%).
Where the State of North Carolina spends its money: Public Education (K-12) – 37%; Community Colleges 4%; Universities 13%; Health and Human Services
Associate Vice Chancellor Carroll gave an overview on the SPA RIF and EPA discontinuation procedures.
5. Tuition by the Credit Hour
Tom Miller, Vice Provost for Distance Education explained that he wrote a whitepaper in January 2004 out of concern that there were two models for charging tuition on our campus, one being for on campus which was a quarter FTE stair step and then the other being a per credit hour model that is charged for distance education. That dates back to 1998 when the whole model about which the university system is funded for instruction changed fundamentally. That fundamental change actually grew the system from an FTE based model for funding instruction on the campuses to a credit hour based model. That credit hour based model applies to on campus as well as distance education.
6. Budget Issues
Chair Martin handed out a set of spreadsheets that came to the University Budget Advisory Committee. He explained that a lot of the information came because of questions that the Senate asked for.
There was a brief discussion on the pros and cons of furloughs. Chair Martin plans to open up a MOODLE discussion option for people to add feedback and comments.
The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.