February 21, 2006
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the twelfth 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 from the Chair
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be held on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Stewart Theatre.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, February 7, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Dr. James Oblinger, Chancellor
Chancellor Oblinger shared some things that have taken place with Mr. Bowles since he was named President. He also gave brief remarks on the capital campaign and several other items.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that Mr. Bowles made it a point as the President-Elect to visit all sixteen UNC campuses to get to know the Chancellors. He met with faculty, students, staff, and administrators as well.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that they took Mr. Bowles out in eastern North Carolina where they made stops at the following locations.
Cherry Point: The College of Engineering is significantly involved with a variety of projects there relating to mechanical and aerospace engineering. Of the roughly 400 engineers who are employed in that particular location two thirds of them are NC State graduates. It is a significant force in the economy of eastern North Carolina.
Morehead City: Morehead is the home of the Center for Marine Science and Technology. Tenured track faculty are posted there from four different colleges. Graduate students do their work around the calendar there as well as in the summer additional faculty travel to CMAST and use it as a base of operations for research as well as some food science product development and food safety work there. President Bowles skipped his lunch so he could talk with graduate students in the laboratories.
Kinston: President Bowles learned about some of the work that our faculty, staff, and students are doing relative to value added agriculture of premium agricultural commodities being developed and produced there. A variety of environmental projects are also underway at Kinston.
Duplin County: The visit ended at Duplin County’s new agricultural center where President Bowles met with the state-wide extension advisory committee of some fifty people from across the entire state from the coast to the mountains and learned a variety of things about the way we are involved at the local level and a mix in there of also a discussion of the industrial extension service, so for him it was a great exposure. Several deans accompanied Chancellor Oblinger: Johnny Wynne from CALS, Nino Masnari from Engineering, Dan Solomon from Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Warwick Arden from the College of Veterinary Medicine, John Gilligan, and Andy Willis.
Chancellor Oblinger invited President Bowles and he has accepted similar exposure in the western part of the state, which they will be doing in April.
Thursday, Chancellor Oblinger and President Bowles will travel to Kannapolis to break ground for the new “biopolis.” North Carolina State University and Dole Foods will form a cutting-edge research institute to lead the state’s efforts in enhancing the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables to improve human health; increasing agricultural production to create a sustainable food supply; and providing scientific ideas and technologies that will contribute to North Carolina’s economic growth. The Dole-NC State Institute for Advanced Fruit and Vegetable Science is part of a “biopolis” being constructed at the site of the former Pillowtex facility in Kannapolis.
Strategic Directions for the Planning Period 2006-2011
Chancellor Oblinger distributed copies of UNC General Administration’s strategic directions for the planning period 2006-2011. NC State’s strategic plan fits very nicely within these strategic directions.
NC State University’s Official Peers
The new peers were officially accepted at the last Board of Governors meeting. Chancellor Oblinger stated, that we have added selectively to our approved peers based on a variety of things--everything from number of faculty, number of students, SAT scores of incoming, retention graduation rates, to research dollars generated. We also selected three competitive peers.
State Employee’s Combined Campaign
Chancellor Oblinger stated that he is very proud of the participation received in the combined campaign. A target goal for $475,000 was set from the NC State campus and the campaign was closed with slightly more than $505,000.
The Achieve Campaign
The Achieve Capital Campaign, which is one billion dollars and just went public in September of this past year is now at $900M. Chancellor Oblinger stated that we will continue to work toward the goal of one billion dollars.
The Princeton Review recently named NC State as one of the top twenty-five most connected campuses and the criteria that they used included the breath of the computer science curriculum, the sophistication of campus technology in general, wireless access availability on the campus, and support for hand held computing. NC State did very well.
The accounting programs in the College of Management were ranked twenty-third and twenty-fourth respectively on the 2005 Public Accounting Report’s 24th Annual Professor Survey.
Last Wednesday it was announced that Mead WestVaco would be locating a packaging innovation center on Centennial Campus. Mead WestVaco is a packaging and paper product firm that has had long-standing ties with the College of Natural Resources but is connected to our non-woven center in Textiles.
The Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) that has been housed for years in General Administration will be moving to NC State. It gives us a portion of our extension and engagement and economic development portfolio that we have not had before.
Saturday morning Chancellor Oblinger will join Raleigh’s Mayor Charles Meeker, the Hillsborough Partnership and members of the community for a forum to discuss six proposed plans for the future of Hillsborough Street.
5. Issues of Concern
Past Chair Daley stated that a large number of faculty in CHASS are involved in International Programs and they would like to know what is really happening with the program. He requested that the Interim come to the Senate and outline what the plans are in this area other than technology transfer programs.
Chair Allen said that could be arranged.
6. Old Business
REG05.50 Regulation for Review of Undergraduate and Graduate Deans and Vice Provosts
Senator Aaron Clark, Chair of the Governance Committee stated that they reviewed this document because they wanted input as faculty as to who should be on the different committees that would be a part of the review of all seven Vice Provosts as well as for the Senior Vice Provost and the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. He submitted the regulation to the Senate for approval.
A motion was made and seconded to accept the regulation. The motion passed unanimously.
Graduate Advisory Board
Senator Moore reported that at the last meeting of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School a statement was passed stating that teaching doctoral students about ethics is important and should be occurring and that it is up to each department to figure out how to do that.
Donn Ward, Faculty Athletics Representative reported that the Council on Athletics has been active over the last year as has been activities with the ACC and the NCAA. He also remarked on eligibility certification.
The NCAA has recently adopted a mechanism that is unique to the NCAA which they call graduation success rate. The NCAA feels it is a better measure of marking and tracking the academic success of student athletes than the federal graduation rate.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.