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December 3, 2013

1. Call to Order
Chair Zonderman called the seventh meeting of the sixtieth session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks and Announcements
Chair Zonderman thanked everyone for attending the meeting.   

Chair Zonderman commented on the UNC System meeting on security initiatives where Chancellor Woodson and Chancellor Martin from NC A&T State University serve as co-chairs.  The discussions dealt with alcohol abuse, sexual violence, and a number of other issues.   Additional information can be found on the UNC General Administration website under Campus Security Initiative. 

Chair Zonderman noted that more initiatives will be moving to the campus from General Administration with one in particular being the new student success initiative. 

The Executive Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday at 3 p.m.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 6, November 19, 2013
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Student Admissions/Diversity/Financial Aid
Vice Provost Louis Hunt addressed several questions that were sent to him from the Faculty Senate.

Vice Provost Hunt commented on what is done from an enrollment perspective, also from admissions, financial aid, and the registrar’s perspective.

Vice Provost Hunt stated that they work from the university strategic plan and in that plan they review things in the context of constrained resources that are available.  With things like the performance based funding starting to happen, they have to balance how they do business.  The goal is for students to have a great chance at being successful, graduate in a timely manner, and with the least amount of student debt possible.

5. Old/New Business
Resolution on Public School Teachers and Advanced Degrees – Second Reading

Past-Chair Kellner presented the resolution for a second reading. 

After some discussion and wordsmithing, a motion passed with unanimous consent to adopt the revised resolution.

Recommended addition to Article VI of the Faculty Senate Bylaw as Section 8 Article VI:  “Consistent with Section 5 Article VI of the General Faculty Bylaws, faculty with at least 0.75 FTE serving at the departmental level may run for the Senate”

A motion passed with unanimous support to table a vote on the addition to the bylaws.  The item will be sent back to committee for further discussion.

Resolution of Appreciation to Carrie Leger
Chair Zonderman explained that the resolution was sent from the Athletics Council asking for an endorsement from the Faculty Senate.

After much discussion the motion passed to endorse the resolution with 15 for and 4 abstentions.

6. Issues of Concern
Senator Lucia would like the faculty to make a statement on the Hofmann Forest issue.

The issue will be discussed in the Executive Committee meeting to determine if it needs to be sent to a committee.

Chair Zonderman stated that he would report back to the Senate in the spring.

Senator Heitmann presented an issue of concern on how the library is regarded in terms of whether they are classified as an academic unit or not.

Chair Zonderman stated that Vice Provost Nutter is tentatively scheduled to attend a Senate meeting in the spring and based on her remarks, the Senate may want to pursue the issue further.

Update for Fall 2013 

Chair Zonderman reported that all issues of concern from the Fall semester have gone into committee and several have been resolved.  The committees decided not to pursue some of them further.

7. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden commended the Enrollment Management Team on the job they are doing and stated that Enrollment Management is critical to the overall management of the university.

Provost Arden stated that the issue about underrepresented minority admissions is an important issue that he and other members of the administration discuss on a regular basis. Prior to attending the meeting today, he had a discussion with some external groups and funding agencies about NC State’s participation in a state wide program to increase access of underrepresented minorities to higher education.  He added that the discussion on access and achievement of underrepresented minorities is being led out of the White House and is the theme First Lady Michele Obama is going to address during the President’s second term.

8. Adjourn
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:51 p.m.

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