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October 2, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 4th meeting of the 59th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks from the Chair
Chair Kellner announced: 

Participation is up in the “Wolfpack Gives Back” campaign and he encouraged everyone to pledge. 

The General Faculty meeting will be held in lieu of the October 16 Faculty Senate meeting. 

The theme of the General Faculty meeting will be “Faculty Wellbeing.”

Faculty Assembly
Chair Kellner reported that Peter Hans, the new chair of the Board of Governors attended the meeting.  Chair Hans has spent nine years on the BOG and six years on the Board of Community Colleges. 

President Ross talked about North Carolina’s need for degree attainment.  He said whatever the precise number  is we need more and it became clear that a major argumentative strategy was going to be numbers; the need for more graduates in the state, would be an important argument for more resources. 

Chairman Peter Hans stressed the importance of a full education beyond work force needs and he noted that the plan would begin with the work of a small group, which would then move out to the work of a large group. 

At the end of the Faculty Assembly a resolution was taken calling for more faculty representation on the Strategic Plan Committee and that something like the Scholars Council, part of UNC Tomorrow should be created. 

Chair Kellner stated that one or two of the campuses have written a similar resolution, but he doesn’t think that NC State needs to write one.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 3, September 18, 2012
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Remarks from Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson commented on the annual publication of US News and World Report.  He stated that NC State continues to struggle in this annual ranking, but he is confident that with the things that are being put in place and the work that the Provost is doing we will make progress. 

Chancellor Woodson reported that NC State made the list of best values, the fifth best public value in America.   Last year we were third and this year we are fifth and the year before we were tenth, so the good news is that we remain one of the best values in America in public higher education.

Chancellor Woodson reported that NC State continues to get accolades for its work in writing across disciplines, but we are still at the  cusp of being a top 50 university by other measures.  We have gotten off to a great start this year in terms of grants and contracts.  Recently the National Science Foundation selected three new Engineering Research Centers and one of them was in Electrical and Computer Engineering lead by Dr. Veena Misra.  We are the only university in the country that currently has two active NSF engineering research centers. 

Chancellor Woodson announced that NC State has been selected for a new Center in broadening chemistry across most of our colleges with Eastman Chemical. 

Chancellor Woodsonson Announced:  Dr. Jay Baliga in Electrical and Computer Engineering will receive the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award for Science. 

President Obama has appointed Paul Turinsky to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

Lisa Eberhart, Dietitian in Dining and Catering Operations, will receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence.  She has done a terrific job of empowering students with information about their diet.  

Chancellor Woodson reported that NC State is undergoing SACS review. The goal is for everyone on this campus to know what the accreditation process is so that questions can be answered emphatically and knowledgably.

Chancellor Woodson reported on his trip to Asia.  He noted that there is a lot of very successful alumni in Asia.  We are about to launch a capital campaign and for us to be successful in raising the critical money that we need, we have to broaden the donor base. 

Chancellor Woodson announced that the Chancellor’s forum will be on Wednesday, October 17 in the Stewart Theater in Tally Student Center.

5. Comments from Provost Arden
College of Sciences
Provost Arden stated that the implementation of the College of Sciences continues to move forward.  The academic homes of those affected have been finalized and those lists have been sent to the faculty and staff of the departments involved.  They hope to have final funding allocations decisions done by the end of this month.  He noted that a lot of the pieces will need to be in place in time to recruit not only undergraduate students, but also graduate students in those programs.  He stated that if they are going to be effective in implementing this by July 1 of next year, most of the major decisions will have to be made by November.

Faculty Excellence Program
Provost Arden stated that they are in the middle of trying to hire 38 new Fellows to come to campus into twelve clusters.   Most of those searches are well under way. 

Faculty Scholars Program
The college level committees have done their jobs and forwarded nominations to university level committees.  The university committee is composed of one individual from each college and their job is to take those forty nominations and define the top twenty individuals.  They hope to make those announcements by the beginning of November. 

6. Remarks and Discussion Distance Education
Vice Provost Tom Miller addressed questions that he received from the Senate on Distance Education.   There was also a brief discussion on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

7. Old Business
Senator Aspnes, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee, gave an update on the status of the ombuds project.

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m.

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