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November 29, 2011

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 7th meeting of the 58th session of the North Carolina State University to order at 3 p.m.

2. Announcements and Remarks
Chair Kellner welcomed senators and guests. 

Chair Kellner reported on items that had taken place in the Senate during the fall semester. The semester began with a ROTC  presentation by Colonel Randy Wheeler.  The Provost spoke on the ongoing status of the faculty and its lack of growth in the face of growing enrollment.  General Counsel Goldgeier explained each of the 200 laws under which NC State functions; Vice Chancellor Kessler talked about the 125th celebration; Benny Suggs remarked on Alumni Affairs.

The General Faculty meeting focused on realignment and its implementation.

The Senate has passed three resolutions this semester. 

There has been one official grievance this semester that resulted from an unsuccessful mediation.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 6, November 15, 2011
Secretary Sawyers asked for approval of the minutes.  A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4. Remarks by Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson shared information from the Board of Trustees in considering the recommendation of tuition and fees to the Board of Governors.

Chancellor Woodson reported that the Board of Trustees has approved a recommendation to the Board of Governors for the normal campus initiated tuition increase and in addition to that a one time catch up to move us to the top of the bottom quartile of our peers to allow us to get back to the business of investing in some of the key areas of the university that are critical to our students.

5. Remarks from Barbara Mulkey, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Chair Mulkey updated the Senators on what the Board of Trustees has been doing since the summer.

Mulkey stated that it has been interesting to look at the progress of the Strategic Plan.  She believes that strategic planning will be critical to the university going forward . 

Mulkey stated that the Board recently attended a joint public forum that was hosted by the NC State Board and the UNC Board that brought together leaders from higher education, government and industry to address issues related to the globalization of the American South and how to remain competitive.

Mulkey stated that another fun thing was the opening of the Pointe, the Chancellor’s new residence.  Many of the people who made this possible are past and present Board members who care very much for NC State.

6. Old Business
Second Reading:  Resolution to Insert the Office of Parliamentarian in the Faculty Senate Bylaws
Chair Kellner read the resolution for the second reading and moved adoption of it.

The motion passed with one abstention.

7. Committee Reports
Academic Policy- Senator Moore reported that the committee spent time on the parental leave policy and a number of other items.  The minutes from the committee meetings are available on the Faculty Senate website at

Governance Committee – Senator Auerbach reported that the committee addressed the issue of the selection process for heads and chairs of departments.  The committee was charged with looking into the delegation to the Faculty Assembly.  There was also a discussion about the Parliamentarian which was resolved with the resolution that was passed today.

Personnel Policy – Senator Aspnes reported that the committee passed the code of student conduct.  There are four documents currently active, policies dealing with procedures for promotion and tenure.  He encouraged everyone to read the documents on the web and forward any comments to him.  They are available at

Resources and Environment – Senator Robinson reported that the TEARS report is on the committee’s to do list and they hope to make some progress over the break.

Past Chair Overton gave an update on the Academic Science Committee and Strategic Planning.

Senator Zonderman gave an update on the Task Force on Review of Academic Programs.

8. Issues of Concern
Secretary Sawyers gave an update on BORST.  He reported that Vice Chancellor Leffler has hired a new Executive Director. 

BORST has received 90% participation on the work activity that staff  was asked to complete for them to review what individuals do and how much time they spend on various activities.  He announced that BORST continues to have town hall meetings every Thursday afternoon. 

Senator Campbell reminded the faculty that the Dean of CALS has resigned and the six senators from CALS will meet to submit faculty nominations to serve on the search committee to the Provost.

9. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:40 p.m.

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