October 25, 2011
Senators Present: Dimitris Argyropoulos, Co-Chair, Jeannette Moore, Co-chair; Roy Borden, Keith Edmisten, Montserrat Fuentes, Al Headen, Scott Townsend, Bruce Hammerberg, David Zonderman.
1. Approval of the minutes from the Oct 11, 2011 meeting
Minutes were distributed to the committee electronically. Minutes were approved as written and without dissent via email prior to the October 11th meeting.
2. Old Business
a. Discussion of APC’s wording on Resolution on Parental leave for Graduate Students; Wording and mechanics of presentation to the Faculty senate meeting of November 1st 2011.
- We should not be spending too much time and effort in the actual ways of implementing of the resolution, but mainly on its substance.
- In addition to UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Duke also are known to have such policies in place
- Tier 1 research institution such as NCSU ought to have such a policy in place and this need to be pointed out as to the merits of it at least in the discussion of the senate on Nov. 1st 2011.
The following discussion items ensued in relation to the resolution:
The draft resolution presented by senator Moore was discussed and after some discussion its merits of simplicity and focus were pointed out. This resolution was met with the full approval of the committee. A motion was thus made for the APC to propose this resolution and was voted unanimously.
Senator Moore is to lead the discussion at the November 1st Faculty Senate meeting
The actual resolution to be submitted to the Faculty senate reads as follows:
Resolution for the Provision of Parental Leave for Graduate Students
North Carolina State University currently has no parental leave policy for graduate students, and
A graduate student must finish his/her degree within a specified period of time, and
Currently a parental leave of absence for a graduate student results in the student losing full-time enrollment status (which may result in loss of health insurance as well as international students losing their student visa status), and
Faculty and staff at North Carolina State University are granted a 6-week parental leave for the arrival of a new child into the family
Therefore be it Resoved
That North Carolina State University implements a Parental Leave Policy for graduate students similar to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill policy that would provide as a minimum
- A six week leave of absence without loss of full-time student status for one of the parents
- Extension for the time cutoff for graduation by one semester for the parent granted the leave.
Updates from APC members on University Committees
David Zonderman: CUE (Council on Undergraduate Education)- No update
Jeannette Moore: EOT (Evaluation of Teaching) – The committee met and has commenced a discussion of the utility of three questions that may be posed to students within five weeks into the semester in order to guide the instructor as to what it works and what does not work in the course so far.
Al Headen: University Standing Committee on Commencement - no updates
Montse Fuentes: CIP (Committee International Programs) – No updates
Keith Edmisten: Admissions & Council on Athletics - no updates
Hammerberg: Administrative Board of the Graduate School - no updates
Roy Borden: UCCC (University Courses and Curricula)- A new course prefix has been established, EMA, for “Entrepreneurship in Music and the Arts. and 4 new courses have been approved, EMA 365 Foundations in Arts Entrepreneurship, EMA 370 Practical Arts Entrepreneurship, EMA 375 Understanding the Arts Economies and EMA 430 Capstone Experience in Arts Entrepreneurship.
4. Other Business (if any)5. Adjourn 3:40 pm
Future APC Meetings (3:00 to 5:00 pm in 125 Polk Hall):
Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6, Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 13, Mar 27, Apr 10, Apr 24. - no updates.