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November 13, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 6th meeting of the 59th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks and Announcements
Chair Kellner commented on a resolution he received from Student Government calling for a Chancellor’s list to honor outstanding academic students.  The matter has been sent to the Academic Policy Committee.

Chair Kellner announced that he attended a very informative meeting regarding the state health plan.  He encouraged the faculty to review the information on their website.   

Chair Kellner stated that he attended a meeting of the Feasibility Committee to study where we might stand regarding the financial campaign that is coming.  

Chair Kellner reported that the Strategic Plan that the Board of Governors is currently working on is still a work in progress.  The two videos from their meetings are posted on the Faculty Senate website. 

Chair Kellner reported that the Quality Enhancement Project retreat took place Friday morning in which the QEP Steering Committee and four working groups met to discuss the status of their various works.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 30, 2012
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden gave an update on the College of Sciences. 

Provost Arden will be sending out the latest update memo this Friday or early next week.  Over the last several months the memos have covered the major decisions that are being made, meaning what academic departments are involved.  They have been working on the budgetary implications over the past weeks, so the bottom line of the memo that will be going out is that the major budgetary decisions in terms of the academic budget code have been made. 

5.  Remarks from Jan Boxill, Chair of the Faculty, UNC Chapel Hill
Chair Boxill stated that she took over as Chair of the Faculty at UNC-CH  last summer in the midst of all of the uproar with athletics.  She said it has not been easy but she thinks it is important for our campuses to come together on getting needs and goals set and also to know how to impact decisions.

Boxill also explained the structure of Chapel Hill’s Faculty Council and how it differs from NC State.

6. Remarks from Carrie Leger, Director of Academic Support Program for Student Athletes
Carrie Leger commented on the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes and shared some processes that are in place to support their efforts to do things in the right way.

Leger stated that the Academic Support Program has thirteen full time staff members and they support all 560 student athletes that are a part of  23 teams.  She highlighted the following areas:

Advising – For student athletes that enter the university in the First Year College, their academic coordinators serve as the primary academic adviser and once they matriculate into their designated degree program, they have a primary adviser within their academic home.  Dr. Sam Pardue chairs the Faculty Athletic Council and Dr. Roby Sawyers chairs the Faculty Academic Committee of the Council.  They are the group that review the transcripts at least three times a year.

Support Component -  The support component works to identify risk factors that student athletes bring.

Enrollment- An internal class roll limit of 25% student athletes has been established and once registration, advising and monthly enrollment periods begin a daily report is received from registration and records that tells us what percentage of athletes is in every section and every class. 

Leger also highlighted NC State’s continuing eligibility review process.  She stated that she has not found another school in the country that does the certification process in the same way as NC State with the amount of faculty involvement. 

7. New Business
Resolution on Ombud
Senator Aspnes presented the resolution for first reading and noted that it is a work in progress.

A motion passed to accept the first reading of the resolution.

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:35 p.m. 

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