FACULTY SENATE MEETING
September 7, 2010
1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the second meeting of the fifty-seventh session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcement
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.
The General Faculty Meeting will be Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 3 p.m. in the Walnut Room of the Talley Student Center.
The Chancellor’s installation is scheduled on Tuesday morning, October 26th. There will be a Town Hall meeting that afternoon at 4 p.m. with some discussions on the Strategic Planning process.
Chair Overton announced that a standing committee on grievances has been established. The chair of that committee is Duane Akroyd from the College of Education.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 1, August 24, 2010
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Comments from Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson welcomed the faculty back.
Chancellor Woodson stated that throughout the summer he traveled across the state of North Carolina to interact with alumni and others who view the university as part of their future.
Chancellor Woodson visited the seven economic development regions and had alumni events throughout the state. He stated that he feels it is important to continue to get the message out about what this institution is and what it can be in the future.
Chancellor Woodson reported that they have launched a strategic planning process, and there are nine task forces that are going to be populated before the end of the week.
Chancellor Woodson reported that the environment for higher education is among the most challenging that we have ever experienced. NC State and UNC Chapel Hill were the only two campuses that raised the tuition for the full amount and still had a budget cut to deal with, yet we still remain the second most affordable university in our peer group. Only Florida has a lower tuition than NC State, and their General Assembly approved for them to increase tuition 15% every year until they reach the national median. Next year we will likely be the lowest cost university in our peer group.
Chancellor Woodson announced that he is starting a series of forums to try to enhance the communication across campus. The first will be next Monday, 9-13, at 3 p.m. in Thompson Theater. There will also be a Town Hall meeting focused on the Strategic Plan in association with the installation.
Chancellor Woodson stated that they are making progress on the Provost Search. He thinks it is critical that the Provost be a figure who is empowered by the faculty, engaged with the students, and has the benefit of a full interview process where everyone will have an opportunity to participate.
Chancellor Woodson thought it was critical to get the search going during the summer but really not have it reach a crescendo until the students and the faculty was back. He stated that they will hopefully be interviewing candidates in the early fall.
Chancellor Woodson stated that as a university we need to pay attention to where we are relative to our peers. US News and World Report came out with the National rankings of that National University for Undergraduate Programs and for the first time NC State has fallen out of the top one hundred. We were ranked 111th this year and we were 88th last year, so I think it is important for us to step back and look at this.
Chancellor Woodson stated that alumni giving fell dramatically this year to 11% of our alumni giving back to the university. We are now following national standards for the way we track alumni giving, so we are in a much better position to actually know what is happening and report it.
5. Remarks from Debbie Yow, Athletics Director
Director Yow stated that she is home and proud to be NC State’s Director of Athletics.
Yow stated that the focus may be primarily on academics and where we are and what we hope to achieve. The philosophical question is whether or not intercollegiate athletics warrant the type of national attention that many programs get. “I’m not here to debate that, I am here to suggest that it is true that that occurred.”
Academically we are 12 out of 12 in our rate in the Atlantic Coast Conference. We are at the bottom so there is nowhere to go except up and the question is how fast we can move up. There are three national academic methods used in athletics and all of them are reported widely across the nation, so they have the potential to either reinforce positively or have a positive impact on the reputation of the university or the negative, and that’s a federal graduation rate, the graduate success rate which is the same as the federal rate except you don’t have it counted against you; people who transfer out of the institution in good academic standing and something called the academic progress rate, which is suppose to be a real time view of the progress toward degree completion that our student athletes are making, so those are three I’m going to be concentrating on. We are ranked number 88 in the National Directors Cup and I would like to see us as a top 25 program.
5. Comments by Terri Lomax, VC Research & Graduate Studies
Vice Chancellor Lomax presented a Power Point to update the faculty on where the university stands on research.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.