1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the tenth 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
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and guests.
Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be held Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in room 2215 Williams Hall at 3:15 p.m. The meeting will be a panel discussion on graduate education and the graduate student support plan.
The Emerging Issues Forum will be February 1-2.
Chair Allen reported that Brenda Killingsworth from ECU was elected as the new and continuing chair of the Faculty Assembly and Judith Wegner, past chair of Chapel Hill’s Faculty Council was elected as secretary.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 9, January16, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger reported that the billion dollar capital campaign was achieved eighteen months early. At the end of December 2006 the campaign stood at one billion fifty-three million, three hundred forty one thousand, four hundred fifty six dollars.
The Park Alumni Center, which is the new home of NC State Alumni was dedicated on December 8, 2006 and all gifted money that made the building possible, stands at approximately $21.5M.
Tom O’Brien has been hired as the new football coach. The Faculty Senate and the faculty in general will be very impressed with what he stands for as it relates to his involvement in the campus as well as his involvement in the community.
A Search Firm has been retained for the Vice Chancellor for University Advancement position. Vice Chancellor Leffler and Dean Johnny Wynne of Agriculture and Life Sciences are co-chairs of that nominating committee.
The five-year review for Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs has been initiated.
John Gilligan, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies will undergo his first five-year review this spring, and Mary Beth Kurz, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, will be up for her second five-year review in the fall. Chancellor Oblinger welcomes faculty participation.
The Kiplinger Magazine ranked NC State twelfth up from twenty-eighth among the best values in public higher education in America.
There have been positive editorial petitions in support of what is being proposed in Project “A” on Hillsborough Street.
Chancellor Oblinger introduced Kevin Howell as the Assistant to the Chancellor for External Affairs.
Chancellor Oblinger reported that there would be a real push on accountability (retention and graduation rates and other measures of performance) from the President and his people. They have brought people in from California to analyze school by school in the system, our performance criteria, how we have been performing, and what we could do to perform. The Provost will report to the Senate on a recurring basis of the efforts of that group.
PACE continues for the next eighteen months now. NC State is ahead of most of the other campuses in terms of where we are at looking at efficiency and effectiveness as it relates to money that could be saved on the campus, but retained on the campus and allocated to core functions of teaching, research or extension and outreach.
NC State is about to undertake another eighteen-month study titled “How the University of North Carolina can best serve North Carolina over the next twenty years”, and Norma Mills who was the chief person in Mark Basnight’s organization will chair it. This effort will be comprised of the Blue Ribbon Committee of Notable Business Government and Academic Leaders.
President Bowles rated himself in front of the Board of Governors. He verbally reflected on his first year. He particularly noted Kannapolis and the Marine Sciences, both programs that NC State plays a leadership role in. He also talked about the need to increase graduate student support dramatically and how that fits into the overall mix particularly at the research extensive campuses.
The last thing that he mentioned with great pride was last year’s increase in faculty compensation. The fact that he has required that if there is going to be a campus-based tuition increase that at least 25% of it will be committed to tenure track faculty salary improvement and his major item in the budget that deals with the eightieth percentile.
5. Electronic Student Course Evaluation
Karen Helm, Director of University Planning and Analysis (UPA) reported that they reviewed the old system for course evaluation as a whole and saw signs that indicated some serious problems. Centralizing the data collection system would improve the quality of the data and putting it online would make the data collection far more efficient.
A technical team was assembled to develop the system consisting of people from University Planning, the Registrar’s Office, and DELTA, and two members of the Evaluation of Teaching Committee advised them. They considered all of the online systems that were currently deployed by some departments in the university and ended up moving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences System up into a university platform and eventually they added people from CALS to the implementation team and ended up piloting a new process in December for the fall semester.
Helms stated that they piloted in December with seven departments. The class evaluation website was opened from December 2-12 and it included only on-campus courses. They have started to evaluate the December pilot by looking at the process data and by debriefing the pilot department. In the next few weeks they plan to ask participating students for suggestions and feedback on making it better.
The next step is to finish evaluating the fall pilot and to decide how far to scale up the process in the spring semester.
6. Support for the Proposed LGBT (LesbianGayBisexualTransexual) Center
Dr. Bill Swallow, Professor of Statistics reported that the proposal had been discussed in committee for some time and is supported by the full University Diversity Advisory Committee. The Student Senate passed a resolution of support with approximately two-thirds approval and the associate Deans for Academic Affairs also unanimously gave their support.
7. Resolution on Support for the Proposed LGBT Center
Senator Paul Williams, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee presented a draft resolution on Support for the Proposed LGBT (LesbianGayBisexualTransexual) Center.
A motion was made and seconded to suspend the rules to pass the resolution on its first reading. The motion was seconded and passed.
A motion was made and seconded to adopt the resolution. The motion passed unanimously to adopt the resolution.
8. Issues of Concern
Chair Allen requested that the Academic Policy Committee review the recommendation to establish a department of elementary education.
Chair Allen received questions about EPA professionals being part of the Staff Senate and about EPA’s serving on the Faculty Senate. Chair Allen assigned the issues to the Governance Committee.
9. Parking Proposals
Greg Cain, Assistant Director for Parking Services reported a peer study was done with other university parking and transportation systems that replicate NC State. He noted that there is a lot of flexibility in our system and the costs are fairly low when making these comparisons. The negative is that it works against having a good transportation demand management program with alternative transportation.
Starting this fall parking permits will be issued on a three-year basis, which will decrease cost.
Transportation is proposing an increase in parking fees this fall. The proposal for the vast majority of employees with a B, C, or Deck permit, translates to either seventy-five cents or one dollar per month. The student range will be from zero to twelve dollars, and reserved spaces will increase to $900 per year.
Academic Policy Committee
Proposed Practice for Handling MP3 Files
Senator Neal Blair, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee read information the committee received on the proposed practice for handling MP3 files and stated that the intention was to make sure everyone have equal access to these files. The committee thinks this is a fair solution however he feels that there should be a discussion to think about the future of how this issue should be dealt with.
Senator Blair moved that Senior Vice Provost Perry draft a memo for consideration by the Senate. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Robarge, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that the committee reviewed the proposal for mandatory training regarding unlawful discrimination and recommended some minor changes and still as a group supports the proposal. He noted that it would eventually go forward.
Senator Robarge recommended approval of changes made to Policy 0420.06 on personal relationships among faculty, staff, and students. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Regulation 05.20.24 – Post Tenure Review of Faculty
The Personnel Policy Committee received a recommendation to make large changes in the regulation. The committee is recommending that the Senate accept all of the changes proposed. They are viewing it as a continuing expansion and fully intend that in the future there will be additional revisions and fine-tuning.
After some discussion on the issue, Chair-Elect Martin moved to table it. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.