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February 12, 2008


1.  Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the eleventh meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.

3. Remarks from Chair Martin
Chair Martin stated that it seems a majority of the topics that are discussed in the Senate usually come back to or are often stopped by the question of where are we going to find resources to do whatever it is that we are talking about doing.  These conversations seem only to intensify as questions rise about the national economy, the state economy, or when we think about the resources coming from granting agencies that seem to be increasingly limited or at least increasingly competitive.  Then we also look around us with concern as we watch significant parts of our physical infrastructure age and again we come back to the question of where the resources are going to come from and, if we only had the resources, just think what we could do. 

Chair Martin commented on turning pennies into gold.

Chair Martin acknowledged and thanked Chancellor Oblinger for signing the American Colleges and University Presidents’s Climate Commitment.

The Sisterhood Dinner will be at the McKimmon Center on Wednesday, February 27 at 6 p.m.  Chair Martin is sponsoring a table for the Faculty Senate. 

There will be a meeting of the Faculty Senate’s strategic planning group on Thursday, February 21, at 1 p.m. in the Faculty Senate Conference room.

Dr. Jose Picart, Vice Provost for Diversity and African American Affairs, is going through his five-year review.  The process begins with a presentation by Dr. Picart at 1:30 p.m. in 126 Witherspoon.  There will also be a time for faculty response and input. 

4. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 10, January 29, 2008
The motion passed to approve the minutes. 

5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen announced that the Board of Governors approved the proposed tuition and fee increases for the coming year.

Provost Nielsen announced that Theresa Fowler who received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from NC State, published a novel recently called Souvenir, and the book is doing very well. 

Text books, Cost Of
Provost Nielsen stated that President Bowles continues to be on a mission to help our students get the best textbooks they can with the least amount of dollars.  Bowles has called on the Chancellor and Provost to make sure that NC State is doing everything it can to have textbooks reasonably priced, fairly used, and be adopted on time by the faculty.

6.  Remarks
University Advancement, Development and Fundraising, Nevin Kessler-Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor Kessler talked about the planning that is under way for the next phase of the university’s major gift fundraising initiative.  He reflected on what the current campaign has accomplished and presented data to give a sense of where the university was then and where it is now.  He stated that if you look back into late 1998 and compare that to where we were in 2007 you would see that this campaign more than doubled our annual gift revenue. He noted that one of the things a campaign is supposed to do is simply double your annual gift revenue and this campaign was successful in doing that. 

7. Election Information and Timelines
Chair Martin announced the dates and explained the procedures that will be used to perform the Faculty Senate elections this spring. 

8. Withdrawal, Suspension, Readmission REGS
Dean Conway stated that the description in the withdrawal policy that is in the PRR is not really what is happening relative to the way withdrawals are done, that the language that was left out talks about the fact that the decision was made by or in conjunction with the dean’s office of each college.  There are three types of withdrawals -- the medical withdrawal, the psychological withdrawal,  and the hardship.  All three of them require conversations and decisions at the college level.  Acknowledging that the student has had some issues that need to be attended to may be a Counseling Center issue and making a decision to alter the academic record is an academic decision.  The Counseling Center really wants to make sure that is articulated in the policy. 

A motion was made and seconded to approve the revisions to the policies. 

After much discussion on the issue, the motion passed to accept the revisions.

9. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.


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