FACULTY SENATE MEETING
September 21, 2010
1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the third 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.
Chair Overton announced that the next meeting will be the General Faculty meeting on Tuesday, October 5th. The Chair of the Faculty along with the Chair Elect and the Secretary discussed the agenda with the Chancellor and Provost. The idea came up to integrate the General Faculty meeting with the ongoing Strategic Planning process.
Chair Overton announced that the website has been rolled out for the Chancellor’s installation on October 26th, and there is information about a number of events. The location of the event is Reynolds Coliseum and it is hoped that about 200 faculty will attend. There is also a forum scheduled that afternoon that is tied to the strategic planning process.
Chair Overton announced that there will be a budget forum in Stewart Theatre on October 6th at 10:30 a.m.; there will be a Tuition Townhall, September 30th from 7-8:30p.m. in Talley Student Center Ballroom; There will be free ice cream on the brickyard between 12 and 12:45 p.m. on the day of the installation.
The Library and Provost Arden are hosting an event from 4:45–7 p.m. Wednesday, October 27th to celebrate faculty research and scholarship.
3. Report from the Faculty Assembly
Chair-elect Kellner reported from the Faculty Assembly
President Bowles thanked and said farewell to the Faculty Assembly. They heard reports from three Vice Presidents. The President for Academic Affairs spoke about the academic productivity review that is coming.
Chair-elect Kellner and Secretary Helmut attended a session on Healthcare System where they heard presentations from economists at Winston Salem talk about why things are in steady decline. “The emphasis there was the fact that our salaries have nothing to do or have little to do with our total cost to our employer.”
Past Chair of the Faculty Jim Martin gave a report from the budgeting task force and made some recommendations on tuition waivers.
4. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 2, September 7, 2010
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
5. Comments from Interim Provost Arden
Provost Arden updated the faculty on four processes--strategic planning – budget—tuition planning-enrollment planning.
Provost Arden stated that we are well on the way with strategic planning. More than 400 nominations for the task forces have been received and there will be 160 individuals serving on those nine task forces. “There is going to be a lot of work to be done over the next several months.”
Provost Arden reported that there are two major elements that they are working on and the first is in the current year. He explained that they are trying to make a strategic allocation in the current year for the reserve that is in place this year. He stated that it is a difficult balancing act because next year is probably going to bring some cuts so we don’t want to be in a position of allocating all the resources that we have.
Provost Arden stated that campus initiated tuition increase funds usually stay on campus and they are utilized in a number of ways.
Provost Arden invited the faculty to attend an all-campus town hall meeting to get input on tuition planning. The Chancellor will be there to give a brief overview
Provost Arden stated that they have not finalized the targets for the coming year but will be making recommendations to the Chancellor soon.
6. Comments from Nevin Kessler
Vice Chancellor Kessler presented a PowerPoint to update the faculty on NC State’s endowment. He discussed fund raising strategies and goals.
Vice Chancellor Kessler stated that the fundraising staff will increase next year because the next fundraiser will require more professional fundraisers. He also noted that the fundraising priorities will come out of the Strategic Planning Process.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.