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February 7, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 10th meeting of the 58th session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

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

Chair Kellner gave a brief summary of several meetings he attended this week.

Chancellor’s Liaison Meeting – There was a discussion on the Quality Enhancement Project. 

Chair Kellner and Vernice Stevenson met with Nancy Whelchel  in University Planning and Analysis to discuss the elections process.  The nomination process for the Faculty Senate elections will close Thursday, February 23 and the results will be announced by 10 April.

The Executive Committee attended a lunch meeting at the Chancellor’s new residence on January 31 where they discussed budget matters. 

Chair Kellner announced that the 125th celebration will begin on Founders Day which will take place during spring break.  There will be a birthday party the following week. 

SACS - Chair Kellner attended a meeting with the Provost where they talked about the ongoing process of planning for affirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Budget Advisory Meeting - Kevin Howell, Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs, reported on the downtown politics.

Marc Okner, Director of Employee Relations- Chair Kellner met with Marc to discuss ComPsych, the new provider of services for the employee assistance program. The mediation process was also discussed.

Chair Kellner has received information from the Provost’s Office on a department name change.  The Senate will discuss this issue at the next meeting. 

Elections- The call for nominations for Chair Elect has been sent and there are currently three nominees; Helmut Hergeth, Textiles; Gary Moore, Agriculture and Life Sciences; David Zonderman, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Barbara Mulkey will give a talk in the library, February 15 from 4-5 p.m. Mulkey will also be signing her book “Building Bridges”.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 9, January 24, 2012
A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4.  Remarks from the Provost
Strategic Plan - Provost Arden and Past Chair Overton are working hard on trying to define metrics and timelines for the overarching goals associated with the strategic plan and helping to assign responsibilities on the action items. 

Strategic Realignment -  Past Chair Overton is working with the Academic Program Science Task Force to produce a final report which she hopes to have completed in a couple of weeks.

The Program Efficiency and Effectiveness Task Force under Dr. Duane Larick is making very good progress.  They will have a draft of that data by the end of the month.

DUAP Student Affairs merger is due for a 7/01/12 implementation, but things are in place to move ahead of schedule by sometime in April.

Provost Arden reported that the job announcements for Academic and Student Affairs have already gone out and he hopes to approve the other two job announcements by the end of the week.

Provost Arden reported that two Director searches are underway for the new Director of Student Health and the new Director of Student Counseling. 

The Provost Office is about two thirds of the way through reappointment promotion and tenure evaluations.  They have sent all of the cases that are questionable with respect to endorsement to the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Faculty Excellence - Provost Arden stated that Monday of this week they sent out letters to all of those who had proposed faculty excellence hires.  They are going to be able to fund in this round 12 of those proposals for a total of approximately 39 positions. 

Provost Arden reported that SACS reaffirmation is well underway.

Tuition - Provost Arden reported that they have submitted a $595 increase for in-state undergraduates which would be a 9.8% increase if you look at it as tuition and fees and 11.5% if you look at it as just tuition.

5. Remarks from Louis Hunt, University
Louis Hunt, Vice Provost and University Registrar gave remarks and presented a PowerPoint on NC State’s trends in undergraduate admissions.

6. Remarks from David DeFoor, Staff Senate Chair
Chair DeFoor stated that the Staff Senate is an advisory body to the Chancellor and the Provost.  They are the avenue of communication between the staff and the administration and increasingly the faculty and student body as well.  Issues that are being addressed by the Staff Senate include layoffs, BORST, and Senate Bill 575 (Higher Education and Flexibility Act).

The Staff Senate is also involved in the “Have a Heart Food Drive” where they are collecting food for the Food Bank.  They are also working with Habitat for Humanity in Wake County where they are working on a project called “Build a Block”.  If all goes well they will break ground in fall  of 2013. 

7. Issues of Concern
Senator Aspnes presented an issue of concern about grade inflation.

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

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