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August 24, 2010

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the first meeting of the fifty-seventh session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcement
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Overton introduced the Executive Officers of the Faculty Senate. 

The chairs of the Faculty Senate Committees announced the dates and locations of their meetings.

Chair Overton announced that some adjustments have been made to the liaisons assigned to the University Standing Committees because certain standing committees are very specific about the liaisons. 

Chair Overton announced that Roby Sawyers has been appointed to serve on the University Budget Advisory Committee and Walter Robinson has been appointed to the Honorary Degrees Committee.  Representatives are still needed to serve on the University Research Council, the Advisory Board of the Graduate School, and a number of members or needed to serve on the Watauga Medal Committee. 

Chair Overton stated that based on issues that have come to her attention she has invited several speakers to the Faculty Senate.  She reviewed the list of speakers that has been invited to Faculty Senate meetings during the fall semester. 

3. Comments by Provost Arden
Provost Arden updated the Senate on the Strategic Planning process, the 2010/11 Budget, and the most recent university rankings.

Strategic Planning Process
Provost Arden is enthusiastic because he thinks the university needs a good strategic plan at this time. He stated that if they develop a precise plan that it would be a road map for how to move forward and hopefully it would move us significantly in the right direction.

The Chancellor has asked Provost Arden to lead the Strategic planning process and he has asked the Chair of the Faculty to be the co-chair.  Provost Arden stated that it is important to him and the Chancellor that this be an inclusive process and not simply something developed in Holladay Hall and then dropped down on everyone.    

A letter was handed out from Provost Arden and Vice Chancellor Leffler that was distributed to the Vice Chancellors and Deans.  They have asked all the units, the Vice Chancellors and the colleges to identify for academic units up to 9% of their base budget and for non academic units 6% of their base budget and that would be split one third recurring and two thirds non-recurring in terms of requests that they could submit. 

Provost Arden stated that once again just like budget cuts there is no intention that allocations will be across the board, they will be prioritized among units and the allocations probably will not end up being half or needed level.

Provost Arden briefly discussed the most recent university rankings and NC States placing in them.

4. Comments from Dean Braden
Dean Braden announced that the Chancellor’s installation will be on October 26th.  He also commented on the events occurring around the installation.

5. Issues of Concern
A faculty member presented an issue of concern regarding the process/procedure used for handling graduate student grievances.

6. Adjournment 
The meeting adjourned at 4:55 pm

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