FACULTY SENATE MEETING
January 24, 2012
1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 9th meeting of the 58th session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.
2. Announcements and Remarks
Chair Kellner welcomed senators and guests.
The Faculty Assembly met on Friday 20 January. NC State had three representatives to attend.
The meeting began with President Ross talking about finances.
President Ross reported on what he referred to as four legs for funding. They are internal money saved which requires the usual prioritizing. The second leg has to do with the private monies and business partnerships where he noted that the NC System lagged behind. The third leg is state money. The fourth he said is the hardest and that has to do with tuition. He asked the members of the assembly to come up with “fifth legs” as additional sources of funding for the university system.
President Ross was followed by Vice President for Academic Affairs Suzanne Ortega who talked about implementing a performance-based funding policy.
Chair Kellner reported that two representatives of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education attended and shared their proposals and ideas about higher education. Individuals from the North Carolina Policy Watch and the North Carolina Budget and Tax Center also made presentations.
Chair Kellner announced that because the Faculty Assembly needs to put together their own Executive Committee they are requesting that the various Faculty Senate’s elect representatives early.
Chair Kellner announced that a Chair Elect will be elected this spring and it is important to recruit for this important position in faculty governance.
A representative from the Senate is needed to serve on the Research Committee.
The General Faculty Meeting will be March 13th and will focus on a topic related to land grant universities. If you have any ideas about faculty who might want to participate, they would be welcome.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 8, January 10, 2012
A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.
4. Remarks from the Provost
Provost Arden reported that several important searches are taking place. The search for the Deans of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Natural Resources kicked off this week. He hopes to have the new leaders on campus by July 1, but certainly by August.
There are also two other searches just beginning for the Director of Student Health and Director of Student Counseling. Both of those programs will be housed in a particular division of the new academic and student affairs and that division is called Student Development Health and Wellness.
Searches are underway for the University Treasurer and Ken Sigmon’s replacement, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development. Kathy Hart, Associate Vice Chancellor under Vice Chancellor Leffler will be retiring soon.
The first of three Vice Provost reviews took place last week. The reviews for Susan Nutter, Director of Libraries Administration and Tom Miller, Director of DELTA are also coming up this spring.
Provost Arden reported that there are approximately 110 promotion and tenure dossiers working their way to his office and the first of them will be reviewed tomorrow.
Provost Arden reported that the submission was a 6.5% campus initiated tuition increase and then another amount that was called “catch up”, which was the amount to move us toward the upper level of the lower quartile of our peers. The Board will be looking at that and making their decision at their next meeting in February and then that will become a part of the budget submission for the Legislature to decide on in June or July.
Provost Arden reported that we are moving forward with our SACS reaffirmation process. He thanked the Senate for the discussions at the last meeting but also noted that nothing has been decided yet and that they will still be meeting in multiple groups.
Provost Arden gave a brief update on faculty excellence. There were more than 70 submissions. He stated that after going through multiple rounds of rankings and discussions, the committee submitted their recommendations and he concurred with the majority of them. An announcement will be made after the letters have gone out to the successful awardees.
Provost Arden reported that they will be funding 12 proposals that will represent about thirty faculty hires on campus.
Provost Arden reported that Dr. Larick is leading the task force on Academic Programs Effectiveness and Efficiency and they have developed a group of metrics in consultation with the colleges/ departments.
5. Remarks on Implementation Metrics
Past Chair Overton presented a PowerPoint about strategic plan metrics. The metrics are considered to be university wide metrics.
Overton reported that there are five goals of the Strategic plan that were adopted by the Board of Trustees in April of last spring. There were five implementation task forces that were put together to consider each of the five goals and to suggest actions that would help achieve those five goals. Those reports came out in August and the process then was to take those five reports and distill them into three overarching actions.
6. Remarks from Scott Inkley, Director of Business Operations
Scott Inkley, Executive Director of Business Operations stated that the BORST is working furiously and he hopes to make some recommendations very soon. The Business Operation Centers are going to be customer service oriented and customer satisfaction is going to be the highest measure of success.
Inkley stated that the transition to Business Operations Centers is about the realigning or redeploying of valuable university assets to where they are needed. The business support staff currently doing the work has the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are needed to staff BOCs. Shared services are going to improve the quality of services, but the transition is going to be difficult.
7. Remarks – Chandler Thompson- Student Body President
Student Body President Thompson stated that the Student Government is made up of three branches – the Executive branch, the Student Senate and the Judicial Branch. The Executive Branch, headed by the Study Body President comes up with commissions and members in the cabinet that they want to work on projects. The Student Body President serves on many committees. Other students from the Executive Branch and Student Senate volunteer and help on those committees as well.
Thompson handed out a document explaining the role of Student Government.
8. Issues of Concern
Senator Tu presented an issue of concern regarding the fact that one can miss 40% of a class and still continue to qualify for financial aid. This will be taken up in the next meeting with Louis Hunt who will be giving remarks.
The meeting adjourned at 4:48 p.m.