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1.  Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the thirteenth 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.

The annual meeting of the North Carolina AAUP at Chapel Hill will be March 30-31.  Cary Nelson, President of AAUP will speak on “The End of Education.”

The Research Ethics Education workshop will be April 12-14.  For more information contact Dr. Gary Comstock.

Chair Allen reported on the Faculty Assembly:  The UNC report on the implementation of recommendations from subcommittees on the re-cost of text books are requiring the university to either buy back or rent introductory course textbooks. 

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, February 27, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

4. Remarks by Provost Nielsen
President Bowles commissioned General Administration to do a study entitled “UNC Tomorrow”, which is an initiative to review the needs that the state has for the UNC system over the next twenty years. 

UNC online is another one of President Bowles’ initiatives to create a portal through which, distance education offerings can be more readily marketed to the world.  The UNC portal will handle inquiries from people and direct them to the university. 

Chief Information Officer (CIO)  – A plan has been implemented to put together a comprehensive CIO position at NC State.    An information technology scoping team of twelve people has been created to help the administration decide what the issues are in putting together a comprehensive CIO position.  

This summer there will be a university-wide summer reading book for incoming students titled “The Colors of the Mountain” by Da Chin, a Chinese author.

5. New Business
Background Checks
Senator Wayne Robarge, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported on a regulation   regarding background checks and the procedures that will be followed. 

The Personnel Policy Committee met with Barbara Carroll, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources; Kathy Lambert, Director of Employee Services – HR; and David Drooz, Senior Associate General Counsel – Office of Legal Affairs, to discuss issues and concerns regarding Regulation REG 05.55.8 “Background Checks for Employees”.  During that meeting they produced a report in a series of questions and comments.  Senator Robarge noted that some things had slipped through the cracks and that there were other recommendations that were included.

6. Election of Secretary of the Faculty
Senators Janet Hudson and Hans Kellner were nominated to serve as Secretary of the Faculty.

Senator Hans Kellner was elected to serve as Secretary of the Faculty for the next two years (2007-2009).

7. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4 p.m.



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