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Executive Summary

Regular Meeting No. 4 of the 53rd Session: Faculty Senate Chambers October 10, 2006
1. Call to Order

Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the fourth meeting of the fifty-third session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

Chair Allen welcomed Senators and guests.

Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be held, Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.

Chair Allen announced that there would be a celebration on October 18, 2006 for the fiftieth anniversary of the admission of the first undergraduate African American students at NC State.

2. Comments from Sidney Lowe, Men’s Basketball Coach

This is a tremendous opportunity for me because this has been home for me since 1979 when I had my first experience with the pig picking. It has been home for me since my wife and I purchased a home here in 1985, and coming back home to NC State as well because I am back at my alma mater. We have excellent kids and they are going to represent us well on the court and academically. It’s good to be home because I look forward to the family staying together and doing some great things.

Thank you for inviting me.

3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 3, September 26, 2006

The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Putting NC State on Notice

Provost Nielsen announced that the National Association of Athletic Academic Advisers is now on campus. They came here because we are acknowledged as having a tremendous program of academic support for our student athletes.


The tuition task force met and largely concluded that they would be making a unanimous recommendation to their Chancellor to go forward with the $230 tuition increase for all students. This is a recommendation for the Chancellor to review and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The increase is a 6.5% increase over the current tuition, which is the limit that we believe the Board of Governors will impose in their meeting.

The money would be distributed as follows: 37% to financial aid; 9% to the graduate student support plan; 7% to next year’s class of the Pack Promise students.

Provost Nielsen stated that he also believes that the Board of Governors will pass a restriction that states any campus initiated tuition increases have to devote 25% of the increase to faculty salary increases, which leaves 22% for what we have called academic quality improvement and accessibility improvement.

NC State’s enrollment projections for next year are in to General Administration. If accepted, they will create a budget cut just as it did for the current year because enrollment projections have exceeded our enrollment for a few years and they need to be bought back in line.

Provost Nielsen introduced Dr. Terri Lomax as our new dean of the graduate school. Dr. Lomax joins us most recently from several years with NASA and from a permanent position at Oregon State University.

5.  Remarks by Toby Parcel, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean Parcel remarked on the current status of Humanities and Social Sciences and future plans for the college.

CHASS serves close to 4400 undergraduate majors. In addition, more than 750 graduate students are trained.

CHASS is working to build their graduate program and some colleagues are at work proposing a new PhD program in public history, which builds upon a nationally known masters degree in the same field.

Also under discussion is a new PhD program in Social Linguistics and an MA in Philosophy.

An undergraduate major in East Asian Studies is also at the planning stage. Building on an already strong faculty in Japanese, this major would offer both a Japanese track and a Chinese track, the latter enriched by their developing partnerships with China.

CHASS has sixteen recruitment committees at work to select both faculty and leadership to build the future of the college but at the same time they also need to invest more in supporting faculty scholarship to help improve their teaching and research productivity.

Finally the college can and already does play a major role in producing the scholarship of diversity and in providing scholarship relating to internationalization.

Dean Parcel stated that in the future she sees a college that has stronger interdisciplinary tides than maybe it has had in the past or right now.

6. Equity Acquisition Policy

Dr. David Winwood, Associate Vice Chancellor in Technology Development and Innovation, reported that the Equity Acquisition Policy has to be in line with the policy of the UNC System. As a research extensive institution NC State occasionally has an opportunity to accept equity for a licensing agreement from a company. The startup company may not have cash available so instead of providing us with a cash arrangement for exchange of access for intellectual property as may be the case an established cooperation, very often the start-up company would prefer to give us a small percentage of ownership in their company.

One reason that NC State engages in this activity is consistent with our mission in terms of economic development or do we want to commercialize our technology sometime through small business or start-up companies when it is appropriate to do so.

Dr. Winwood stated that every startup company that NC State has done in the last several years has provided some equity so it is almost always the case.

7. Graduate Student Support Plan Faculty Taskforce

Dr. Gary Payne, Chair of the Graduate Student Support Plan Faculty Taskforce stated that the Faculty Tuition Remission Committee was charged to develop a plan to cover the short fall in tuition remission funds for graduate students.

The recommendation from the committee on this issue reflects a common goal of developing a plan that is as equitable as possible across all Colleges in the University, and that encourages the development of student representation. The committee also recognizes the importance of TR funds in supporting non-resident students throughout their graduate careers as well as facilitating their recruitment to NCSU.

The taskforce provided some specific recommendations and long-term solutions to the problem.

Chair Elect Martin stated that it was suggested that he present a draft resolution as a follow-up to this discussion.

Chair Elect Martin presented a resolution on the Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) for a first reading.

A lengthy discussion was held on the resolution.

A motion was made and seconded to extend the meeting by 10 minutes.

The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution. The motion passed unanimously to adopt the resolution.

8. Adjournment

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

The motion passed unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 5:15p.m.

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