October 18, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the fifth 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 an Open Discussion on the University Budget would be held on Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Room 124 Dabney Hall.
REG 01.20.01- Delegation of Authority
The faculty senate had no objections to this regulation and it was passed back to Vice Provost Perry.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 4, October 4, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes as amended.
4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen commented on tuition and fees.
Provost Nielsen stated that the university operates under the guidance of the Board of Governors relative to tuition and fees and as the aftermath of the denial of a tuition increase last year. A bill was put in to the Legislature about NC State and Carolina being able to do their own thing. The Board of Governors has been working on trying to get some guidance that perhaps gives us a little more freedom.
5. Remarks from John Gilligan, Vice Chancellor of Research & Graduate Studies
Vice Chancellor Gilligan reported that there was a 19% increase in federal research funding over the last year. It is a significant growth in at least four colleges that have generated a lot more federal research dollars.
The strategic plan for NC State is being developed. There is a draft being developed of the new strategic plan that discusses all aspects of what is being done at NC State including teaching, extension, and economic development and research.
NC State’s tuition support from the state has been capped. It has been capped for a number of years at about $11M. Even though the number of graduate students has increased and additional tuition remission has been received from the state over that time, but it is still not enough to cover all the needs of graduate students that are supported as RA’s and TA’s.
Vice Chancellor Gilligan stated that every dean, including the Provost have said growing the institution’s graduate programs is a top priority. He noted that they have some very ambitious goals for growing the graduate programs set out in their enrollment plan that they used for based budgeting for the university.
6. Old Business
Post Tenure Review of Faculty
Senator Robarge, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee moved approval of the regulation on post tenure review of faculty.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
7. New Business
Graduate Students Resolution on Ethics
Sarah Ewing, Vice President for External Affairs, Chad Jordan, former University Graduate Student Association President, and Karen Rosenfield, graduate student presented a recent resolution that was passed last February in support for the institution of a requirement for research ethics training for all doctoral students at NC State University.
They requested that the Faculty Senate endorse the resolution.
Secretary Bruck moved that the Faculty Senate endorse resolution number six of the University Graduate Student Association.
After discussion on the document Secretary Bruck modified the motion to support the concept of a graduate ethics program for doctoral students at North Carolina State University.
The motion was seconded and passed with two abstentions.
POL 05.20.01 - Academic Tenure Policy
Senior Vice Provost Perry stated that the Academic Tenure Policy was sent to the Faculty Senate as notification and noted that it is a done deal.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Robarge stated the Personnel Policy Committee postponed discussion on the sexual harassment regulations to discuss the regulation on post tenure review.
Rhonda Sutton and Joanne Woodard will attend the next committee meeting when they will be addressing sexual harassment.
Senator Clark reported that the Governance Committee is starting the process of reviewing REG05.50.2 - Review of College Deans. They are going to look at the faculty input in terms of how they will review the undergraduate dean as well as the graduate dean.
Senator Clark serves as Faculty Senate representative on the Group Insurance and Benefits Committee. He reported that NC State could now offer ROTH RA’s and noted that the 403B and 401K are coming.
Senator Brownie stated that the UNC recently voiced a no tolerance drug policy for the athletes. He consulted with the chair of the athletics council on what our policies are and was told that the issue will be discussed hopefully at the next meeting. He plans to report back to the Senate on the outcome of the discussion.
Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.