October 4, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the fourth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Allen announced that there would be an Executive Committee Meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Chair Allen announced that Erskine Bowles was selected as the new UNC Systems President.
3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 3, September 20, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen commented on ten items that he considers good news.
NC State’s six-year graduation rate for this past year exceeded 70% for the first time in recent history, which is 70.3% up from 66.7% for the previous six-year class.
Jeopardy filmed this past weekend at the RBC Center. There were four area students in the first round: one from Duke, one from NC Central, one from UNC Chapel Hill, and one from NC State. Peter Ellis from NC State was the only one to advance to the semi finals round. The shows will air the weeks of November 7 and November 14.
Of the patents issued in the RPT area last year, NC State issued 34 and Carolina issued twenty.
Mark Scearce who was the head of the music program was chosen by the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music to be the only composer commissioned for 2005.
The “YES” button is up and operating on the Provost’s website so anyone with an idea on how to improve the world that we live in can go to the “YES” button which will take you to a website to enter your suggestions. All suggestions will be reviewed.
Provost Nielsen stated that the decision has been for the campus to use one email and calendar system instead of the two that we currently use. Information Technology is putting together a comparative relationship between the two that are in use right now.
NC State was given a two hundred and fifty thousand dollars grant by the National Science Foundation to be the national lead for consortium, looking at research ethics for graduate students. “We would be leading an eight-university group to develop a course for doctoral students that exposes them to the importance of research ethics.”
The one billion dollars campaign for NC State was unveiled last Friday. Despite the fact that there are three years left on the campaign the university has reached $836M in countable gifts toward the billion dollars campaign.
The new design for the NC State class ring will be unveiled at 6 p.m. tonight. Students can purchase this ring only if they have achieved junior status. It is not for sale to the general public.
5. Issues of Concern
Senator Robarge stated that his department head is concerned about thefts in several departments in CALS where items were removed from locked offices inside locked closets.
Chair Allen assigned the issue of concern to the Resources and Environment Committee.
Senator Rex Smith stated that his colleagues are concerned about the scheduled times of Retirement and Financial Planning sessions since the days and times are limited between 12noon and 2 p.m., which interferes with teaching schedules.
Chair Allen assigned the issue of concern to the Personnel Policy Committee.
6. Old Business
Post Tenure Review of Faculty
Senator Robarge stated that the intention is to not wordsmith, but to allow focus on specific items the Personnel Policy Committee wants feedback on in terms of where we see making progress on this regulation regarding post tenure review.
Senator Robarge directed attention to question two on his handout.
Who is responsible for executing post-tenure review? Why isn’t the annual review sufficient?
That specific question was asked because of a number of comments he received from faculty across campus of why administrators cannot conduct the post tenure review since everyone goes through annual reviews with their department heads or similar administrative leaders. He submitted the question to Vice Chancellor Kurz and her response was to quote the regulation at the UNC System regarding this.
Senator Robarge discussed what was submitted to the Faculty Senate for consideration and has been approved by the Dean’s Council as of August 11, 2005. He reduced it into outline form and Senior Vice Provost Perry has had the opportunity to review the information and has made some corrections.
The members of the Personnel Policy Committee reviewed the document and found a number of items they didn’t agree with. Senator Robarge stated that the reason they are having trouble and this process is breaking down is because there are critical points that still need to be decided among the faculty. “Once we reach agreement on what I am about to present I feel that we could move quickly forward and finalize our version of a regulation to send back up the lines to Katie Perry.”
Senator Robarge moved that the Senate recess into a committee of the whole to address several points to try to reach some understanding and agreement.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously to adjourn into a committee of the whole.
Immediate Past Chair Daley reported that there is a major concern on the tuition task force in terms of giving Chapel Hill and NC State discretion over raises and tuition.
The Board of Governors is discussing mandating the professors and the bookstores to inform students of textbooks they are going to use two to three weeks prior to the start of classes.
Past Chair Daley reported that nothing was accomplished during the last session on the pay and health benefits.
Resources and Environment
Senator Blank reported that the Resources and Environment Committee met and considered the tuition waiver matching policy. Vice Chancellor Gilligan will attend the next Faculty Senate meeting to clarify what is happening with that policy and to address some questions as a result of the committee’s discussion.
Secretary Bruck reported that the Katrina Committee has raised more than seventy-seven thousand dollars, which puts NC State ahead of any other university in the state. Senator Bruck noted that we should continue to support that effort since the problem is not over.
Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.