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April 17, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 14th meeting of the 58th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks from the Chair
Chair Kellner announced that today is the last meeting of the 58th session. The first meeting of the 59th session will be August 21. 

Chair Kellner recognized the newly elected senators that were present.  He recognized and thanked the retiring senators for their service. 

Chair Kellner gave an overview of events that had taken place during the 2011-12 academic year. 

Chair Kellner stated that the major faculty problem remains to be money, both absolute and psychologically.  

Chair Kellner explained the Faculty Senate committee structure to the new senators that were present. 

Special Recognition                                                                                                                                         Chair Kellner recognized former Senator Richard Bernhard as a  recipient of the 2012 ASEE National Engineering Economy Teaching Excellence Award.  The award consists of a $10,000 honorarium, an inscribed plaque, and a $1,000 stipend to assist the award recipient in travel costs.   

Chair Kellner recognized Immediate Past Chair Overton for her contributions over the last four years.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 13, April 3, 2012
The minutes were approved as submitted.  

4. Remarks about Graduate Education
Dr. Duane Larick, Dean of the Graduate School reported on changes that have been made to the Graduate Student Support Plan.  He stated that the plan was implemented in 1997 and since then, there has never been a sustainable mechanism for growing funding.

Health Insurance Cost for Graduate Students
Dean Larick stated that the question was, would the change make sponsored research more costly?  The simple answer to that is no.  Any student that doesn’t have insurance has to buy insurance, undergraduate or graduate.  The cost of that insurance, with the rule of the UNC System, for the first three years is $833 and the loss ratios have been horrible, so they have asked Blue Cross Blue Shield  to give them a bid for what it would cost to operate our own plan.   

5. University Standing Committees
Group Insurance and Benefits Committee                                                                                      
Senator Funkhouser reported that three major issues were considered by the University Group Insurance and Benefits Committee in 2011-2012.  The first one was would it be possible for Student Health Services to offer medical services to university faculty and staff, perhaps as a benefit of employment?  The committee decided to suspend further investigation into this matter at this time.

The committee endorsed moving the supplemental disability insurance plan from our own separate plan  (that is, for NC State University employees only) to a plan proposed for employees at all UNC institutions. The new plan was put into place in Fall 2011.  

The GIBC committee learned about, discussed, and considered recommendations regarding the new MetLife  life insurance plan which became effective on April 1, 2012. 

Registration Records and Calendar  - Senator Lubischer reported that the eight week sessions exist and that there are opportunities to teach a mini course. 

DELTA - Senator Jasper reported that there was a disparity between the cost of DE courses and on-campus classes.  Those have been realigned and for the fall semester there will be no difference in the cost for taking DE or regular classes for full time students. Those students that are not degree seeking will be charged at the DE rate.

Senator Jasper reported that DELTA is looking for an alternative to Illuminate.  There was a discussion on course flipping, so they are now looking at some strategies and resources for course flipping.

6. Resolution on Defibrillators                                                                                                               
Chair Kellner presented the resolution for a second reading and noted that a very minor revision was made.  The word “appropriate” was added to the resolve.  A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution.  The motion passed with 13 yes, 3 no, and 2 abstentions.

7. Executive Committee Nominating Process                                                                                          
Chair Kellner stated that a number of continuing senators will not be able to serve on the Executive Committee next year, therefore the incoming senators will vote for six of the eleven eligible senators.    He will then choose the last two members from those remaining.

8. Adjournment
The fifty eighth session of the NC State Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:44 p.m.

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