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Minutes of the Faculty Senate

Executive Summary

Regular Meeting No. 2 of the 53rd Session: Faculty Senate Chambers: September 12, 2006
1. Call to Order

Secretary Robert Bruck called the second meeting of the fifty-third 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 reported from the Tuition Advisory Committee that a cap of possibly 6.5% could be put on increasing tuition across the system.

Chair Allen reported that the Budget Advisory Committee has scheduled a budget forum on November 30 where Provost Nielsen and Vice Chancellor Leffler will disclose items pertaining to the budget.

Chair Allen reminded and encouraged the faculty to fill out the faculty survey.

3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 1, August 29, 2006

The motion passed unanimously to approved the minutes.

4. GER Task Force Report

John Ambrose, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs presented a draft proposal from the GER Task Force.

The task force has been in operation for the past two years and they have solicited input from the faculty.

Ambrose stated that then Provost Oblinger appointed the task force. The charge of that task force was recommitted under Provost Nielsen. They were asked to recommend a model for the General Education Task Force and have gathered information from faculty, students, and administrators.


The current system is flexible.

The course-based approach is well suited to NCSU and correlates easily to the Articulation Agreement


The system is too large.

Because of the size a number of the degrees subset the GER

Last year the GERTF developed a mission statement and rationale for general education that was presented to the campus community and was shared with the Academic Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate. The feedback was very favorable.

Ambrose sated that the most significant change is that we go from 50 hours down to 39 credits and noted that we have reduced humanities and social sciences as well as the mathematical sciences and that the cuts are fairly even.

The GERTF is proposing that they spend this academic year working with the committee to develop the first year introductory course. That course would then be taught in fall 2007 on a trial basis, and with another group of students in the spring. Based on that trial run they would formalize the course and are suggesting that in fall 2008 the entire general education plan be ruled out.

5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen

Provost Nielsen reported that data indicates that NC State’s enrollment is at 31,129 students, a significant amount over last year’s enrollment. The new freshmen incoming class totaled 4,559 students, which is an increase of several hundred students over last year.

Graduate student enrollments are down significantly from what was projected. Master student enrollments are level and doctoral students are down by approximately eighty.

The tuition and fees task force work every year to think about where we are going with tuition and fees for the coming year. There has been no guidance yet from the Board of Governors and the General Administration but Provost Nielsen strongly believes that we will receive guidance that will put a cap on tuition and fees for four years. The significant issue is if this cap comes it is going to be 6.5% of combined tuition and fees.

Strategic Planning

Provost Nielsen stated that the strategic plan consisted of some general statements, ten investment priorities, and a series of distinctive characteristics for the university. The intention was to inform each of those investment priorities and distinctive characteristics with the reports and other things that had been done in recent years and maybe have going on now that can be nested under these investment priorities that define in greater detail what it is that the university is saying that it should do relative to each of these items.

The faculty and the colleges have been talking with deans and department heads about where it is they think the college and the departments should be going. These ideas will fall out as the compact plan that will cover the years 2007-2010.

Provost Nielsen stated that they are going to vote this year to implement a compact plan, a three-year compact plan in which they will make mutual commitment for where they will be going over the next three years.

Provost Nielsen thinks the strategic plan is more than a focus on getting new money. He stated that it is things that we as an institution want to do that may cost no money at all or may be a reallocation of money.

Provost Nielsen’s expectation is that the administration will very soon make recommendations for what will get an assessment. They will make recommendations for what the campus initiated tuition increase will be for the next four years and that there will be an enrollment growth plan that will talk about where our enrollment is going so that for four years out they will be able to anticipate how much new money will be available in each.

The significant issue is if this cap comes it is going to be 6.5% of combined tuition and fees. We have to make some judgment about how any proposed increase would be apportioned between tuition and fees.

PACE (President’s Advisory Committee on Efficiency & Effectiveness)

Provost Nielsen stated that some adjustments are going to be made to the budgets. He believes funds need to be taken from the least valuable things we do and put into the highest valuable things.

Provost Nielsen plans to start looking at funds that are required for faculty positions to include not just the salary, but salary, graduate student stipend, operating dollars and start-up cost.

6.Issues of Concern

Chair Allen is concerned that the Faculty Senate does not have a logo. She assigned the issue of concern to Senator Scotford, from the College of Design.

7. Adjournment

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

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