February 22, 2005
Present: Chair Daley, Secretary Weiner, Chair-Elect Allen; Provost Nielsen; Senators Batra, Baynes, Bernhard, Blair, Branson, Brownie, Bruck, Fahmy, Fauntleroy, Hanley-Bowdoin, Hooper, Kasal, Khosla, Krotee, Martin, Matthews, McRae, Miller, Moore, B. Smith, R. Smith, Tetro, Warren, Young
Excused: Parliamentarian Corbin; Senators Clark, Fikry, Middleton, Robarge,
Absent: Senators Bitting, Blank, Estes, Johnson, Kellner, Stein, Wessels
Visitors: Jim Oblinger, Chancellor; PJ Teal, Secretary of the University; Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost; Thomas Conway, Vice Provost, EMAS; Kevin MacNaughton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities; Michael Harwood, University Architect; Susan Nutter, Director of Libraries; David Rainer, Associate Vice Chancellor of Environmental Health & Public Safety; Lee Fowler, Athletic Director; Benny Benton, Editor, Bulletin
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis Daley called the twelfth meeting of the fifty-first session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced that if there were no requests to place REG05.57.01 on Phased Retirement on hold he would clear it for the administration to implement.
Also, if there are no requests to put a hold on REG 05.20.1 removing from regulations to an administrative instruction the evaluation of scholarly activity, it will be released to the administration for implementation.
Chair Daley announced that an election would be held to elect a new Secretary of the Faculty at the March 22 meeting. Requirements are that the person be a member of the Faculty Senate.
The Senate will also elect two members to the Athletic Council and the Faculty Assembly.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11 February 8, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to adopt the minutes.
4. Memorial Statement for Dale Sayers
Chris Gould, Department Head of Physics read a memorial statement in honor of Professor Dale Sayers who passed away November 25, 2004.
Professor Michael Paesler also commented on the many ways Professor Sayers worked to better the lives of students and faculty here at NC State University.
Comments from Susan Nutter, Director of Libraries
“In recent years my staff and I have received the credit for the improvement in the library but there were few key faculty members when I first came in the early 1990’s who worked very hard, who understood that an excellent library was key to the university’s overall success and who were committed beyond to just their disciplines but also to the university as a whole. Dale was an early strategist and a key player in improving the library. He was on Provost Hart’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the State of the Library and identified a plan to improve the library and worked very hard to make sure that it was in place. He was an exceptional person and a very good researcher but he always had time for us. He was a mentor for me in helping me figure out how to go about things, how to make contacts and how to make the case for the library while he was making the case. He is one of the most wonderful people that I have ever known and I am very proud to call both the library and myself his friend. In my mind he was a perfect faculty member who embodied all you could ever be as faculty. Thank You.”
5. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger stated that Professor Sayers was a very special person and will be honored forever.
“I last appeared before some of you at the General Faculty Meeting and as in your life a lot in my life has been going on so I want to mention several things and then I would like to spend some time with you talking about what has been billed in the press as my road trip in Eastern North Carolina. I will bring some messages back to you. I hope that you will see them as very positive messages from the people of North Carolina about your work as faculty and our work as an institution.
I hope that you are aware that our students are continuing to receive dollars for the Tsunami Relief Project and I was pleased to make a presentation along with Tony Caravano and some others of thirty-nine thousand dollars to the American Red Cross at a recent basketball game half time ceremony. Again, I think you recognize how students, joined by our faculty and our staff and alumni contributed to that very worthwhile effort. It makes me very proud as Chancellor of NC State to be able to talk about student leadership in this regard in service to humanity.
I know that some of you participated in the Emerging Issues Forum. As you know that forum was on healthcare. Several of the Senators were in attendance and I thank our Provost for funding many individuals’ attendance at that very worthwhile forum. I think that with the notable individuals we had present we received a considerable amount of very positive coverage. Now it is up to the institute to the first time in my recollection to spin out of this forum on campus and go across the state and continue to generate ideas and discussion and facilitate policy in a very important area to all of us.
We also had the Board of Trustees on campus last Thursday and Friday and Chair Daley was present along with several others. At that time I had the opportunity to talk about the three additional Fulbright Award Winners that we have on our faculty. With pride I pointed that out, talked about the honors that have already been touched upon as it relates to the academy of engineering and to faculty being elected to that prestigious body. I just want to assure you that when I have an opportunity in front of our Board or citizens to talk about the great things that our faculty are doing, that our students are doing, and that our staff is contributing to and our alumni as well I try to not miss an opportunity.
I know that some of you were present at the dedication Saturday evening at the J. A. Eisenhower Tennis Center. I know that Senators Krotee and Smith were present. One thing that was very heartening to me was the number of previous NC State tennis team players that were present, the supporters present from the community and the tennis world and how they talked about student athletes and the difference that Coach Eisenhower had made in their lives, not just as a coach in tennis but as a coach in life as it related to prioritization and academics and the like. The coach himself was present and was basking in the adoration of people who really appreciated what he had done for them over the years.
I had the opportunity Friday evening to meet with approximately 450 people, 105 of whom were finalist in the Park Scholars Program. Some of the best students in your classes are Park Scholars. They in fact, propel us to new levels and 105 finalists were there being interviewed the following morning. More importantly their parents were there as well. We had an opportunity to talk to them about the unique opportunities that not just the Park Program provides to students in that program but what our faculty
provide to all of our students including the Park Scholars.
I know that some of you were in attendance at the Caldwell Fellows final session where they were going to pair down from some forty very talented first year students out of more than 3,500. The Caldwell is a program that selects students from a student population that has already been on campus. They truly appreciate what this university attempts to do for them and they particularly appreciate the opportunity they have to work with faculty, recognized experts in their field across the spectrums of disciplines we have on this campus.
The Road Trips
I will be going to Wilmington later this week but I am going to tell you a little bit about the trip Diana and I took along with a few other individuals to Fayetteville, Wilson, Pactolus, New Bern, Cherry Point, Havelock, and Morehead City. Think about going into these communities and talking with state, city, and county government representatives, talking with Chambers of Commerce who hosted us, other business and community leaders, parents of prospective and existing students, and parents of alumni and our own alumni and then ending up in Havelock on a recruitment trip with one hundred and fifty sophomores and juniors who are headed toward college. We took two students with us, a freshmen by the name of Jamie Rochelle, who is a Park Scholar. She is majoring in the College of Management in a Business Management Program. Tommy Sebastian is a senior in Aerospace Engineering who is a Caldwell Scholar. I would tell you that wherever we went as humbling as it may have been to me, when the students spoke, everybody listened. They were from that area. Every time we go out with students we take someone from that area because they can tell the NC State story, the student story, and the institutional story of what it has meant to them to be a student at NC State. I can tell you that they are very impressive. Tommy was named to the USA Today All American scholar team. He was in the third tier so that would make him in the top 10% of the student body. He is an undergraduate that we are all proud of. We took two Deans with us: Nino Masnari and Johnny Wynne. Engineering, Agriculture and Life Sciences are the perfect team if you think on the areas that we went to and the areas of opportunities that exist in Eastern North Carolina and where we are involved with our faculty and our students. These two deans would go along with us and talk about the impact of the programs that emanate from the campus or take place locally in the community through Cooperative Extension and Industrial Extension. Perhaps this will all factor into how you look at these road trips. I hope that you are supportive of what we are trying to do, to talk about the impact that NC State has, not just on the campus in Raleigh but the statewide impact that the People’s University has in North Carolina. For example, in Fayetteville we opened a new Industrial Extension Service Office in the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office. We have done that in several locations around the state. It has been very well received. It is a form of cooperation that is extraordinarily visible and is absolutely the way we ought to be doing things. In the Wilson Chamber of Commerce we talked about a variety of things at a roundtable discussion. We listened to what the communities needed to share with us. We heard about the future of tobacco in Wilson County. We heard about the interest in the elementary education program that I have mentioned to you and how important that is to them. We also heard about distance education and how we could help workers in the Bridge Stone Plant in Wilson update their backgrounds, so the campus was very much seen as result oriented even out away from the campus. That evening I had a very large alumni event and we talked about the Dorothy and Roy Parks Alumni Center and what that would mean to this campus.
The second day we were in Greenville and I had breakfast with Chancellor Steve Ballot. We talked about the existing cooperation that we have on a variety of fronts including the agri-medicine program and several other things that we are doing in Marine Sciences and other areas. At the same time we talked about how we could cooperate as they evolve a Department of Engineering. It is a very general program in engineering. They have that program and I think we gain nothing by ignoring the fact that they have that program so we talked about how we could help and I believe they will follow-up with us on that. We then went to New Bern and Cherry Point. New Bern was an alumni event hosted by one of our Trustees. We talked about the wonderful two plus two partnership we have with Craven Community College as it relates to Engineering and how proud they are that students can go to the community college and know that they will transfer provided they can meet the admission requirements and walk right in to a high quality engineering program. Joann Berkholder who many of you know has a research vessel that is docked in New Bern so we had the opportunity to show the alumni and friends of the institution that HMS Humphreys vessel and she talked about her work and that played very well because they are very concerned about their water resources and the impact that we have as it relates to research in that area.
Cherry Point was probably the longest visit, security clearance for a group of us to get onto that base and learn about the work that takes place as a result of our faculty’s involvement with that facility as it relates to vertical lift, as it relates to continuing education for their employees. There are more than 500 engineers that work on that particular base. More than half of them have their degrees from NC State University. We heard about economics of Eastern North Carolina, how the average salary is generally in the $30,000 range unless you work at Cherry Point where it is closer to $55,000 as an average. The economic impact of those Military Bases the impact that it has on our national security, the fact that we talked about curriculum and senior design courses for engineers and the types of things we could be doing in environmental substainability which they also have an interest in really was a great opportunity for us and I think it was very much appreciated.
When we got to Morehead City we talked about the Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST). We talked about the cooperative work of Physical and Mathematical Sciences with the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and we talked about the economic development impact that CMAST has had. I would think you would all see it come together since we cooperate in that facility with Carteret Community College and the Cooperative Extension Services has offices their too. I think you would have been very proud to be along with me on this trip and in many respects you were along with me on this trip.
Finally I had lunch with Representative Jeanne Preston. I try and meet with Legislators who happen to be back in their districts to talk about the impacts locally that NC State has through a variety of means and programs.
We finished up with our visit at Havelock relative to what it means to go to college. Ir introduced the students who were along and that is when it got very serious. It was an energizing trip for me. I felt very proud of our faculty, students and our staff and our alumni friends and partners.
Campus Initiated Tuition Increase
I also had the opportunity with the other fifteen Chancellors of the System to appear before the Board of Governors Finance Committee. Command performance of thirty minutes each talking about the ways in common that we would apply campus initiated tuition increases if they were granted as well as unique utilization of campus initiated tuition increases. I hope you remember that when our Board of Trustees struggled with if we should submit again or not they felt that our tuition task force of a year and a half ago had invested its best effort and had decided that three years of three hundred dollars was an appropriate mix of tuition instate and out of state to recommend. They reaffirmed that and that is what we submitted and that is what I defended. As you have read in the Bulletin, at least partially correct that there will be no tuition increases, that is campus initiated increases for in state undergraduates. That is the one vote that was taken, that is the one decision that was made. There were three that were deferred. What do you do with out of state undergraduate students and what do you do with instate and out of state graduate students and professional students? Those decisions remain to be made and the Board will make those decisions in March.
The third item would be the fee that was recommended. You have seen in the paper a variety of stories and discussions that various campuses have proposed. We have proposed a rather minimal increase in two areas, one in health service and one in student services which really relates to some repair and renovation work at Carmichael and the Student Center plus there are some retirement bonds that really apply to Thompson Theater and Transportation. Thank you for your attention.”
Tom Kendig, Director of Transportation discussed the proposals for changing the parking system.
Comments from Tom Kendig
“Every year we have to go through a system of approvals that ultimately end up with the Board of Trustees in April. We have some proposals for them this year. We have already spoken with the Physical and Environment Committee. We have come to this group and will go to the Student and Staff Senates along with some other standing committees on campus before these ultimately go to the Board of Trustees. Greg Kane, Assistant Director for Parking will explain these to you this afternoon.”
Comments from Greg Kane (Report Attached)
“Last fall we implemented a tremendous amount of change to our parking designation system in an effort to simplify the system and to put more effectiveness and efficiency into that system. With that in mind we do not have a tremendous amount of changes that we want to institute this fall. We do have a couple of important items that we wanted to at least discuss with you. As the Chancellor noted, we are asking for a fee increase this fall. We have not increased the parking fee in over three years. Our thinking is rather than to come in every few years and ask for a significant increase that we would rather take the approach of a small increase at a rate of 2% each year in an effort to provide funds to fund some issues and add some items that are in our five-year campus pass plan. This year and the following year we are not asking to do a 2% across the board but rather to use this as an opportunity to correct what we see as some inefficiencies in the rate structures and to make some corrections to things that we feel are not completely in line with other parking permit fees.”
Senator McRae suggested that another look be taken at the increase in the retired faculty permits. “We would all like to see the retired faculty maintain their contact with the university and I don’t think the amount of money is going to make that much difference in the bottom line.”
Senator Warren stated that the issue of visitor parking continues to be a problem. “I my self don’t mine paying the $2.00 but when I have a guest speaker come, parking usually becomes the most difficult part of the speaker finding his or her way on campus. Ultimately I end up having them park on the street and I gather up tickets off their windshields. I want to see some system where people can go online and fill out a form. What happens here is that we have exceptions. The issue of parking has been the most problematic for every guest speaker. I often teach evening classes and again the issue of them being able to park close becomes important. There has to be a way to have an online form. To me this does become an important issue of a certain kind of public relations and I don’t know what percentage we are talking about. I can’t imagine that every single visitor is a guest lecturer on this campus but this is an issue to me.”
Kane stated that it is not necessary to come to their office to get the parking permit because that can be done by telephone. They are working toward having an online system. They do have an online system for special events where there are groups of visitors and they issue the parking permits in that manner. A telephone call can take care of that and the permit will be mailed.
Senator Warren stated that she understands that there are efficiencies and feels that online is the way to go.
Kane asked that Senator Warren call him directly and he will ensure that a parking permit gets delivered to her.
Kane also noted that they would like to be able to park all visitors next to the building that they are visiting but those who have “B” permits who would then be pushed outside the North Campus would not be too pleased with that occurring. It is a matter of trying to balance a very limited resource.
Senator Bernhard asked the representatives from transportation to comment on what the money is used for.
Tom Kendig stated that Transportation has been preparing a campus plan for the last eighteen months. In that plan they have identified several things that they are proposing in the next five years to help meet the transportation and parking needs of the campus; to accomplish that they have outlined a budget that the numbers will fall into. They have prepared a five-year budget and have outlined a number of things that they are proposing to do over the next several years. The revenues are needed to accomplish those as well as the ongoing maintenance in the operation of the parking facilities. He noted that the light bills are in the range of five hundred thousand dollars a year and another five hundred thousand dollars a year to keep the parking lots clean. There are a lot of ongoing activities that go into that so they have put a plan together and would be glad to share that with the Senate.
Senator Rex Smith wanted to know if out of town vendors as well as consultants fall in the same $2/day visitor pass category.
The response was yes.
Senator Tetro stated that they have an annual Law Fair where the guests park at the McKimmon Center and are shuttled to campus. They have to pay for the shuttle bus to transport them to campus. She noted that they either have to absorb the cost or add it to the fee charged for them to come. “Does this group of people fall under the visitor parking that was mentioned?”
Kendig stated that the issue is the number of people that are coming. “Our cutoff is around forty to fifty in a group situation that we could actually put in the Coliseum Deck without running into the potential of filling the deck. The fee would be charged to all visitors regardless to where they park.”
Senator Martin stated that he agrees with Senator Warren and that there needs to be a simple straightforward mechanism by which faculty, administrator, etc., can fill out some form for visitors to park. There is not such a process in place at the moment.
Senator Martin also stated, “My primary comment has to do with this institute and an overall 2% increase. We would all dearly love to have the general assembly give us a 2% increase in pay. We would love to be able to write what our budgets would be and have that granted. That does not happen to us, I don’t quite see why it should happen to parking and I wonder if it would not be more reasonable for example, to tie an increase that you charge to the increase in salaries given to State employees. I think this is a ridiculous proposal.”
Senator Fahmy stated that those who have handicap stickers have to walk no less than 200 foot steps from the parking deck to the nearest entrance to the building.
Kane stated that regarding the accessible spaces; there are a couple of accessible spaces next to the building. They are in the area currently designated for the contractor and as the contractor moves out of that area they will open up some more spaces.
Chair-Elect Allen stated that she went to Partners III and realized that there was absolutely no handicapped parking except in the parking deck. It was raining and she had to walk a long distance to a door that turned out to be locked, and then had to walk back on crutches all the way around the building. She noted that there are absolutely no handicap spots. “This is a brand new building. What kind of planning is that? I was livid when I returned from that trip and very sore.”
Senator Batra stated that it seems to him there are other universities where departments get a number of permits that they can issue at the time a guest arrives. “Why is that not happening here?”
Kendig stated that Transportation actually has something similar to that in place. They have many partners with regular visitors that get visitor permits in bulk. They could mail them out or issue them however way they want to distribute them to their visitors. “We don’t do that for the partners that have a small number of visitors but we can set that arrangement up. We also have in our system where departments can purchase departmental permits that are used for that type of situation for the short-term visitor. We don’t allow them to be given to individual employees but they can be used for specific short-term needs.”
Senator Young stated that Dan Allen Deck has recently had a rash of burglaries targeted at specific types of vehicles. He wonders if there is anything in terms of design of parking deck, lights, cameras, anything that might fall within the Department of Transportation ‘s domain that might alleviate a security situation.
Kendig stated that security is very important to them and they have been working with campus police on this rash of break-ins. “What we have noticed in our viewings is that there was a number of those in Dan Allen but there was a number in several other locations across campus as well and there doesn’t seen to be a clear pattern. Dan Allen had the majority of break-ins, but other areas were being hit as well. We are working with campus police to try to stem that. We will do what we need to make corrections to help provide better security. Currently we have our parking enforcement people go through the Dan Allen Deck frequently during the day and night to provide a security presence. They do that quite often with their lights flashing just to have a presence in the deck. We will continue to work with campus police to try to find ways to that. A lot of it comes from people leaving things visible on their seats or in their cars that are very attractive for these thieves and if we could get the word out for people to not do that that would help us along.
Senator Young wanted to know if the 2% increase meant that there would be no other increase for five years.
Kendig stated that they have gone the last three years without any increases. They have identified a plan and would share that with the Senate in great detail at another meeting. The plan identifies a series of needs that will require a 2% per year increase over the next five years.
Senator Baynes wanted to know if there would be an increase in the number of permits issued. Senator Baynes also wanted to know if it is still on track to have the people mover come down the railroad tracks from the Vet School/Centennial Campus.
Kendig stated that there has been a little slow down. They were supposed to have begun work on that this year. There were some budgetary issues along with some other concerns that have been raised by the federal transit administration. Kendig doesn’t believe they will be in place by 2007 as the previous schedule suggested. Kendig stated that he thinks we all need to stay tuned within the next several months for some additional news that may be coming forward.
Kendig stated that with regard to getting to and from the Vet School the buses now go through there every ten minutes, which is as good a service as they get on North Campus.
7. Issues of Concern
Senator Bruck stated that, “ from January 2000 to December 2004 consumer price index in the southern region of the Unite States went from 168.8 to 190.2, which means that the cost of living in the southern United States is gone up by 13.74% over the past four years. The AAAS has announced just at their meeting, average salaries for research intensive and comprehensive universities combined in the United States at all tenure track levels: 2001-2002, 7.1%; 2002-2003, 6.7%; 2003-2004, 4.8% for a salary increase mean between 2001 and the end of 2004 of 18.6%. Today’s newspaper has an article quoting the budget advisor to the Governor of North Carolina who gave his State of the State address yesterday. He said the budget will contain increases for workers who already pay health plan premiums and individual premiums (you the employees) whose just one option continuing to be discussed to help cover the gap between revenues and expenses in the health plan. Our Chancellor has told us that there will be no on-campus tuition increase this year. We have a 1.34 billion dollar deficit and you will note that the word “State Employee” was not used in the text of the governor’s speech. He used the word “Community College Faculty”. Thank you.”
8. New Business
Senator McRae presented a couple of changes to the academic tenure policy, which was approved and endorsed at the November 30 meeting.
There were two significant changes that were approved by the Executive Officers and since these changes were significantly different from what the Faculty Senate endorsed the policy has been returned for comments from the Senate. The Personnel Policy Committee has reviewed the changes.
Paragraph 5.1.2: concerns the appointment to the rank of Assistant Professor and the timing thereof and the change reads in cases where the appointment occurs prior to or subsequent to the start of the normal academic or fiscal year the initial probationary term may be adjusted to coincide with the appropriate reappointment promotion and tenure cycle but shall not result in an initial term of less than three years and six months or greater than four years and six months.
Paragraph 6.5.3: In the case of promotion and conferral of tenure the Provost shall make a recommendation to the Chancellor for all positive decisions after consideration of the faculty member’s dossier vote and assessment DVM and recommendations of the department chair, head, and dean. The Provost may consult appropriate university level academic officers in making these decisions. In the case of negative decisions the Provost decision is final.
The Personnel Policy Committee recommends adoption of the changes.
The motion passed unanimously to approve the changes.
Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Bernhard stated that the Resources and Environment Committee would meet three weeks from today at 3 p.m.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator McRae stated that the Personnel Policy Committee is currently working on the Harassment Policy.
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Bruck stated that the Academy Policy Committee met last week and had an interesting discussion with the Dean of the Graduate School.
“The policy from the graduate school as of now is unless you are from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (Not Quebec), Ireland or New Zealand; you must take a TOEFL examination to get into NC State University. It was pointed out that the Central Intelligence Agency Fact Book 2005 lists several; Dominica, Belize, Trinidad, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Bahamas, and a small country called India as having their National Language being English. I have been invited to the Board Meeting on March 3 to make a presentation stating that in the opinion of the Academic Policy Committee at this time when one looks at UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand compared to the countries that were just read off, it almost sounds racist.
The policy regarding admission of faculty members to any PhD examination on campus so reads in the present bylaws: While the Chair has the option of allowing visitors to ask questions of the candidate, the chair also has the obligation to maintain the scholarly atmosphere to keep a student’s best interest foremost. However this examination is opened to the university community. The opinion of the committee is that they have never heard in their lives or experiences a deviation from that particular ruling under any circumstances. There is a discussion, which will continue as to whether or not the first statement “keep the student’s best interest foremost” can preclude the second statement “examination is opened to the university community”. This is not on the agenda on March 3 and I don’t know whether that will be resolved this year. “
Senator Bruck stated that the committee was given a task at the last Faculty Senate meeting regarding graduation rates. They plan to continue discussion graduation rates and understand that that is a subject that comes up from one meeting to the next. “I think the purpose of this is again in the spirit of transparency for we the Senate and certainly the faculty to understand what indeed are the policies of admission to the university. That will probably not be resolved this year although we believe that is a topic definitely worth pursuing.”
Senator Bruck hopes to be able to give a final report regarding TOEFL and a progress report regarding the admission of faculty to PhD exams. He noted that Dr. Sowell makes it quite clear that he will not act unilaterally on any of these subject matters and that he must have the concurrence of his graduate board to do so.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:15 p.m.