1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the third meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome & Announcements
The State of the University by the Chancellor will be Thursday, 3p.m. in the Talley Student Center; General Faculty Meeting, October 3, 2007, 3p.m. in the Erdahl-Cloyd Theater; October 8, 2007, Jointly Sponsored Budget Advisory Forum where Provost Nielsen and Vice Chancellor Leffler will be presenting a variety of aspects of the budget
Remarks from the Chair
Chair Martin commented on his first encounter with general education requirements while taking SHOP in college. He noted that had he not gone to college he wouldn’t have taken those Shop courses and he would not be able to design materials that he designs today.
Chair Martin stated that he is a strong advocate of general education and he hopes that in today’s discussion that there will be constructive conversation thinking about how we truly become scholars even taking SHOP classes to become a chemist.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 2, September 11, 2007
The motion passed to approve the minutes as amended.
4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen updated the Senate on three separate issues that he feels tell the story about why this institution is a great place where input matters.
Child Care Facility
The childcare facility continues to come up as a number one issue with faculty and the faculty survey. This week they contracted with an agency to do a feasibility study for the fundraising on the center. Barbara Carroll, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources is helping to lead this effort.
Pre College Programs
The incentive for this idea came from the community. This is an idea that has opened many possibilities for the university and for community members in terms of getting kids engaged in science and technology, engineering, math, humanities and social sciences, and the arts designs.
The Development of an Ecological Reserve on Campus
The third item was stimulated by a student who has been gone from the university for a couple of years. He talked with several administrators about preserving the woods on Centennial Campus. Lake Raleigh Woods is now a reality. The previous maps that had housing in that area of Centennial Campus have been revised. The next steps are to implement an oversight management and development plan, development in the general term for the property in terms of its use in educational facilities from an ecological preserved facility.
5. Report on On-line Evaluation of Teaching
Karen Helm, Director of University Planning and Analysis
Helm stated that they piloted the online course evaluation last December with five departments and they brought it to the entire university in the spring semester and continued to this summer. The reports are posted online. They are password-protected with access given only to the instructor and the instructor’s department head. The reports will be online indefinitely so that faculty can go back and trace their results over time.
6. General Education Program
Report from Academic Policy Committee – Janet Hudson
Janet Hudson, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee stated that the committee met with Drs. Ambrose, Ash, and Dupont on September 1, 2006 and recommended that students need to understand the inter-relationships between academic domains one way or another.
The Academic Policy committee encouraged the issue to go on to the Senate and it did on September 12, 2006. The most recent version was released June 29, 2007 and it came back to the Academic Policy Committee September 4, 2007.
The committee talked about implementation and their recommendations are to request a realistic initial assessment of the cost for GEP implementation, reassessing and responding as implementation progresses; Offer incentives (course releases, development grants, faculty lines, ongoing funds) for new courses and programs; Establish a stable, well-functioning structure and process for administration of interdisciplinary courses and programs; Increase resources to colleges that have increased demand for existing sections; Allow colleges to retain funds unencumbered by decreased demand
The committee members believe that they have done the best that they can and support the proposal moving forward but they have concerns about implementation.
Report on Proposed General Education Program – John Ambrose – Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs
There has been some confusion about the committee. There was concern that the committee was heavily composed of administrators. The committee was appointed by then Provost Oblinger who charged it. The idea was to give it balance to have faculty members, and also to have people that were responsible for GER in the colleges. We would like to think that faculty go on to become administrators and they carry forth those skills with them.
The GERTF recommends that the implementation date of the proposed GEP be the fall 2009 semester. Students who enroll at NC State as a degree-seeking student after summer session 1, 2009 would be covered by the new GEP. Students who enrolled at NC State prior to that time would continue under the current General Education Program.
The GERTF strongly recommends this plan, if it is accepted, not be viewed as a rigid structure for general education at NC State University. Instead we recommend that the GEP be reviewed on regular cycle and assessment data collected to be shared with the appropriate University committees and the campus community to continually improve our general education plan.
While this process was going on, we shared where we were with a number of working committees. It was shared with UCC. It was shared with the Council on Undergraduate Education. It was shared with the Associate Deans. This is in addition to the scheduled inviting meetings that we had. In addition, in July of this year the Council on Undergraduate Education actually put this plan to a vote, and of the voting members 22 voted in favor of it, two were opposed, there was one abstention and one person who didn’t vote. This is how we have reached the stage where we are today.
Remarks from Thomas Conway, Dean of Undergraduate Academic Programs
The task force reached the consensus of what came forward but it was not done without very significant debate. Dean Conway thinks the task force did reach a level where they were able to take a universal perspective.
Dean Conway stated that issues that have risen are issues that get handled as part of the process. The critical issues that have been raised that he is aware of are resources, quality of the courses that would be produced, and faculty involvement.
7. Bylaws Revision
Chair Martin stated that the Governance Committee proposed several revisions to the General Faculty Bylaws. The issue that has received the most attention is the issue of the voting roster. The two issues that have come up in particular have to do with the clause “except field faculty” and the absence of a clause for emeritus faculty.
There was much discussion on the issues.
Two motions passed to extend the meeting five minutes.
After much discussion on the issue a suggestion was made to table the document until the spring.
Chair Martin stated that tabling becomes difficult since a vote needs to take place next week. He stated that because it doesn’t impact anyone at this stage we can go through with this with the proviso that a further recommendation on Emeritus faculty will come before the full faculty in the spring meeting.
The Executive committee will review the document to try to come up with a neutral statement that basically puts off the decision until the future. Then it will be offered as a friendly amendment on the floor at the General Faculty meeting.
The motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5:25 p.m.