Talley Student Center
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
2. Remarks from Chair Allen
Welcome all to the Fall General Faculty meeting. Let me begin by introducing our new Faculty Chair-elect, Jim Martin. Jim is a Professor of Chemistry and is already heavily involved in Faculty governance. I would also like to introduce Bob Bruck who is the secretary of the Faculty and Bob is a Professor in Plant Pathology. I would also like members of my Executive Committee to stand up and be acknowledged.
It is nice to see so many of you here and know that you are interested in faculty governance. If you have matters of concern or matters you want to bring before the Faculty Senate, contact the senator in your college, and I am sure they will bring it to us.
Agenda items for the general faculty meeting can be directed to me. The Chair-elect and secretary meet with the Chancellor and Provost to plan these meetings every semester and I can then bring up any items you would like to have considered and particularly I would recommend that you recommend speakers that you would like to hear at these meetings.
At the last meeting, the Chancellor turned to me and asked me something like:
“Why did you run for Faculty Chair and why are you interested in faculty governance?” It really took me back…..it just came to me naturally. I had always had an interest in how the institution or the state or the nation I work in is run and I still believe strongly that an institution runs best if all involved are consulted and have decision making power on a regular basis in matters of their concern and of their institution. If you ask most of our faculty senators they would say they serve because they feel an obligation to improve the institution as do our administrators. Faculty do much of the work here and they also have great ideas. Sometimes they have wild ideas, but they are still worth considering. So the task is to listen to each other and to sift and winnow and use the good ideas.
Aristotle had some good ideas. He said:
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
That education is our mission. So if the fate of empires depends on education we had better do a good job.
Let us turn to some more mundane matters of governance: We need to change a bylaw and this is done in a general faculty meeting. We would like to abolish the government committee as it was proposed in 1998 and have its duties taken over by the Executive Committee. According to Article VIII of the bylaws we need to seek a vote from the faculty on this matter. Therefore I turn to the former Chair of the faculty Fred Corbin and our Parliamentarian to direct the matter and give a brief history of things.
3. Remarks from Fred Corbin
Dr. Frederick Corbin, Past Chair of the Faculty and Chair of the Government Committee made a proposal to replace a few items about the University Government Committee with the Chair of the Faculty and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.
Chancellor Oblinger noted when he became Chancellor that we needed to have stability in the Executive Offices of the university and he has worked hard to do that. In addition Provost Nielsen attends the Senate meetings and the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Senate regularly and likewise has promoted stability in executive leadership. We have an excellent working relationship with our Executive Committee, with our Chair of the Faculty, Chair-Elect of the Faculty, and Past Chairs of the Faculty and we would like to ask you to simply edit the bylaws and replace a few things about the University Government Committee with the Chair of the Faculty and Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. In actual practice the Senate is already doing these things. Mrs. Vernice Stevenson, Administrative Assistant in the Faculty Senate office has coordinated much of the activity during the last decade and we thank her.
The first University Government Committee was organized around 1956 during the time when President Bill Friday started serving as President of the greater university system. That first University Government Committee would have worked closely with our Chancellor and President Friday to assure a Faculty Senate. This was done on a trial basis for about five years and then on December 1961 this was adopted by the General Faculty and has been taking place every since.
For many years the Chair of the Faculty Senate served one term, which didn’t give a lot of time for promoting university governance. I am delighted now that you the university have given us the opportunity to serve those two years. You will also note in the bylaws that the authority for General Faculty meetings is vested to the Chancellor and that continues to be. At our last election you also in addition to supporting a two-year term as the Chair of the Faculty, encouraged that the Chancellor should delegate some authority to the Chair of the Faculty and you have observed in recent years that taking place.
Dr. Corbin read the duties of the Government Committee as they are written in the bylaws and encouraged the faculty to read the information on the General Faculty Bylaws website.
4. Approval of the Minutes for the February 23, 2006 General Faculty Meeting
Dr. Robert Bruck, Secretary of the Faculty, asked for approval of the minutes.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes. The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes of the February 23, 2006 General Faculty Meeting.
5. Remarks from Dr. James Oblinger, Chancellor
Chancellor Oblinger introduced the Deans and Executive Officers of the university.
Chancellor Oblinger presented slides to recap last year’s budget segment and noted that it was a very good year.
A major accomplishment was to get enrollment increase money built into the recurring budget of the state. He attributed that major accomplishment directly to Erskine Bowles.
COFFER, which has come from a fund known as the escheat fund and is not a recurring fund, is available on an annual basis and it has so far been able to sustain the increases in need based financial aid. This year for the first time, there was recurring money (21M) assigned to need based financial aid.
Last year was the most significant year in the past twelve or fourteen years as it related to staff increases. This campus received $23M, 6% for faculty purely merit based and 5.5% for staff, which was an exceptional year.
Repairs and Renovation Funds: $18.5M
The Biomanufacturing and Training Education Center – NCSU received a request for a second year of a two-year request for the operational budget, which completes a $4.9M package of operational budget for that facility. That facility will be shared with the North Carolina Community College System.
The Center for Universal Design in the College of Design - $300,000 non-recurring. This is the second year in a row that the university has received the appropriation from the General Assembly to offset a very severe cut, actually zero in this particular endeavor at the federal level. “We are back in for recurring appropriation for this particular program as well as the American home project.”
Research Campus at Kanapolis - NC State’s share is about $2..9M of that five million dollars, 1.9M recurring.
Engineering Complex III: The Bricks and Mortar Dimension: NC State received $61M. “We can move that off of our capital appropriation list and move to our next two, according to campus priority.”
The remaining slides dealt with building…priorities for brick and mortar, which are listed in descending order in terms of how we have prioritized the budget. It is currently being talked about in General Administration.
STEM Education, Science Technology, Engineering and Math: This is something I have committed to this university to doing more of in the years ahead because who we are and what we do is not meant to be emphasized in any other dimension of this campus but rather capitalize on some strengths that we have. We are talking about mentoring teachers already in the profession.
We have two perfect examples, which are in this budget request for additional funding; the Kenan Fellows Program, who are teachers in the profession that are paired up with faculty on this campus and have connection with this campus as a result of that relationship. The Kenan Institute is already putting $300,000 a year in this program and we are going to expand it because it has been copied by a couple of other states and we think its time that the state invest in this enterprise.
The Science House
We are all familiar with the Science House and the work that they do with the science teachers in general and in particular, a wonderfully well-established program that we think needs to be nourished with more dollars. There is an element of cooperation with the North Carolina Community College System. I was with President Bowles and President Lancaster this morning at a breakfast launch of the Emerging Issues Forum for next February dealing with higher education in general and both Bowles and Lancaster talked about a new partnership day as it relates to a system working with the community college system in this continuum of higher education in North Carolina. So a $6.8M request there and so far that has held very firmly in every conversation I’ve ever had over there.
Unique Expertise at NC State
In the entire gamut of energy, everything from nucleus to bio-based energy something that this campus in particular is well qualified already have a critical mass in research areas across that spectrum. I think that is going to be very important to the state and to the state economy and to all citizens.
Entrepreneurialship & Regional Cluster Base Economic Development $4.5M
I would like for you to think about the strong and rich history and tradition that we have in economic development at NC State. We are the only entity in the system that has as part of our mission the role that we feel we should, we could and do play in economic development.
Think of Cooperative Extension in all 100 counties. Think of the Industrial Extension Service that is being wider spread across the state, in fact, co-housed with CES whenever a new facility is built. The small Business Development Technology Center that President Bowles offered us in his second month as President because he is aware of that economic development portfolio in the role that SPTC could play if it was paired up with the power house that CES and IES constitute.
The Center for American Home which is emanating predominantly out of the college of Natural Resources but not solely there and paired that up with university design because those are two very unique programs that deals with areas of expertise on this campus.
Two weeks ago when the Chancellors met about the preliminary take on the budget there was an item in the budget that said research competitiveness and it was listed at $1.5M and it said that it would be for the campuses that have aspirational desires in the areas of research to compete for and I respectfully of course said $1.5M. Later on in this list there is a nanotechnology item for Greensboro and A&T at $4.0M. I said this is a drop in the bucket and is not sufficient to support any one particular program at either Carolina or State and that is now more than $10.0M, which is still not enough.
We have not had a change in our tuition remission allocation from the General Assembly since 1999. If we are serious and we are serious that if the system and the legislature are serious about leveraging research which I do think they understand leads eventually to economic development across a spectrum of activities not just in science, technology, engineering and math but in humanities, design and every field that is represented on this campus. If you make those investments this is part of the package so we are pushing very hard on that. Although I would like to have the amount more at this point, there are a lot of aspirational campuses in our system that want to do more than they are currently doing so this is an opportunity for them.
Then Enhancement of Research Library Collection: I think everyone in this room and most of our students certainly understand why we would be asking for that. Although there is a formulae distribution of funding at the end of the legislative section that goes into acquisition it is not sufficient to keep the momentum that our libraries have and need to have as a research based entity.
Food Animal Security Sustainability and Biopreparedness Initiative $1.5M: Not a large amount of money but certainly money targeted for an area we have done well in and I hope you are all familiar with the pending program that the National Bio-agri defense facility. We are one of seventeen institutions competing for this. The impact of this facility if we are selected as the site is worth three billion dollars in the State of North Carolina. Mr. Bowles is very interested in this effort. It is a huge umbrella over Home Land Security and I think we are going to be very competitive.
CMAST (Center for Marine Science and Technology) is in here because of a unique capability that they have along the coast. We are the only campus to submit anything in the area of Marine Science and we mentioned in our proposal that we would be happy to cooperate with other people.
Capital: The Hunt Library at $114M, a very significant facility, it will be a library plus a public policy dimension plus a privately funded wing dealing with the history of education in North Carolina so it is more than a library but it will be a state of the art library on Centennial Campus and named for an alumnus that we don’t have anything named for and he along with Bill Friday are among the two most recognized alumni in this great institution.
The Randall B. Kerry Companion Animal Hospital: This is a facility that we already have. $72M; nowhere on the list of capital construction projects in the system do we have a project that has already roughly 50% of its funding already in the bank ready to go.
The Presidential Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness: Many of you in this room have participated with the PACE effort but you will recall that Mr. Bowles started with General Administration in terms of demonstrating that you could cut the budget and reallocate those dollars. We have an incredibly active group here at NC State. Charles Leffler deserves a lot of credit along with several others because we volunteered to be pilots of the initiation of PACE and along with North Carolina Central University have done that and Vice Chancellor Leffler deserves a lot of credit for the role that he has played in keeping us in the game.
Comments from Charles Leffler
PACE (President’s Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness) Perspective
The PACE process is broken into the following three parts:
1) The General Administration Review which they have already undertaken and their goal was to cut their General Administration Budget by 10% which is approximately $1.3M and they are in the process of doing that right now. They have formed three entities from General Administration to the various campuses.
2) The system review: Looking across the system at issues that are important to us in terms of what kinds of things would save money, would allow us to reallocate or do things more efficiently.
3) Campus Based Review of what potentials are on the campus that are influenced by the outside factors of legislation that would be looked at on at system level.
The President’s goal was to accomplish this in a six month time frame starting last March so the end of October was the target to rap up the PACE component of this. The campus review will be going on at the balance of this academic year.
There were seven groups established to look at issues across the system from HR to IT to Academic Administrative Support and each of them has been developing. We have also created an advisory group which we selected across the campus to react to how we should best address this in terms of the process all the way through the early gong of data gathering and that group has been working on organizing the kinds of areas that we can focus on here at NC State. There is a lot of activity going on at the campus level and we will be rolling that out for reaction from the campus in the next sixty days. That is generally where we are headed with the PACE effort at this point.
The PACE committee is looking at the system-wide issues and the general administration. They expect to have their report to the President by the end of this month and the President will then send a recommendation forward to the Board of Governors in November and decide which of those recommendations will be acted upon and which ones will be studied further. Once the President makes that recommendation we will over the course of the next six weeks be rolling out some strategies and some ideas for the campus to react to because it is going to be a very collective process and we want to engage as many people as possible in evaluating our potential on campus. Thank you.
6. Remarks by Dr. Larry Nielsen, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today as a part of the fall General Faculty Meeting. I especially want to thank our faculty’s leadership most notably Nina Allen for your efforts in effectiveness and helping direct NC State’s progress.
I would like to put you all on notice today and at the same time continue the process that we have been doing for the past two years under Chancellor Oblinger’s leadership, i.e., putting the world on notice. We have been putting the world on notice that NC State is a great university. We have been inviting the world to join us on our journey to become and to be one of the nations leading universities, for NC State truly is a university that deserves notice and is getting that notice more every day in many ways.
I would like to review for you a few of developments that I think are responsible for getting us noticed. We are growing and improving in many ways every day here as a university.
We are moving and improving in our traditional style of having great faculty and great programs within our colleges. Our colleges have always been our core strength and they always will be and we can be proud of our colleges and I’m especially proud that we have four great new deans that have joined us, deans that were in every situation our first choice. Those deans reinforce the academic leadership that is so apparent in the veteran deans that lead our colleges. Together with each of you our deans are moving our colleges to new levels through aspiration, achievement and yes notice in the world.
We are also making major strives as a university. The core of my message today is that the world needs to take notice and we need to take notice that NC State is becoming the university “that we all want, need, and deserve”. Under Chancellor Oblinger’s leadership we have completed a strategic plan that sets the stage for our university development over the coming years and now working with the able facilitation and very able facilitation of Karen Helm and University Planning and Analysis we are in flooding that strategic plan with the additional detail that you have all been waiting for and asking for and that will drive the compact planning that you are now under taking. This compact plan that we are talking about will drive our resource allocations and reallocations over the next three years so I ask that you take the compact planning activities that you are undertaking as seriously as I will be taking the conclusions that come from those.
We have already taken major steps toward becoming a stronger, more effective and more efficient university and one that is getting noticed.
It would be hard not to notice our university’s new front door, E Carroll Joyner Visitor’s Center on Western Boulevard now opened and operating with a staff of students and a volunteer force of retired faculty. Let me thank our retired faculty for joining us in staffing that facility. The Visitor Center is putting NC State on the map.
I would like to acknowledge the work of Amy Hayes, Director of the Visitor Center and more importantly the long term creative direction of Ron Kemp in Creative Services who has been the keeper of the vision for this for approximately two decades that the Center was an idea waiting to happen. So I ask you to stop by the Visitor Center and use the center for a staging point for campus visits that you are arranging and please rent the facility for your events.
We have created and implemented the “Pack Promise” a student success project directed at our financially needed students. Pack Promise eliminates the question for those students of, “Can I find the funds to attend NC State”. It does more than that because we know that students succeed in proportion to how quickly they see and understand the importance of their education, therefore Pack Promise provides special advisers for the students that qualify for the financial aid and through an innovative approach to using federal work study funding, placing students in research laboratory where they will immediately be part of their discipline.
The advantage of being a Research Extensive University is that our students can be in contact with world class researcher scholars from the beginning of their careers at NC State.
Pack Promise exists because of Chancellor Oblinger’s vision and because of the personal dedication of Julie Mallette, our Directory of Scholarship and Financial Aid who has worked her fingers to the bone in creating this program and taking it as a personal responsibility.
Our Millennium Seminars are now under way under the direction of North Carolina’s First Lady, Mary Easley. I know that many of you were in the audience to hear David Gurgen speak a few weeks ago regarding the need for leadership in our nation. Mr. Gurgen is a truly remarkable man who gave a truly remarkable presentation.
Our next Millennium speaker will be Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and I hope that you will be present for that discussion as well on Tuesday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m., in Stewart Theatre.
We now have a daycare program in operation for the university. Since August we have contracted with Bright Horizon to provide daycare slots for the children of our faculty and staff. This program is only the start of where we are going to go relative to day care and to be honest with you it is starting more slowly than we had anticipated. We reserved a series of slots in the daycare center and thought the demand that we have heard would immediately absorb them. They have not been so I would like for you to please take notice that those slots are available in what is the regions best facility. They are open and they are waiting for you and your colleagues so please let people know that this is available for you.
I hope you have been noticing over the last week some red signs around campus that were unreadable to most of us because they were in Chinese.
Today Chancellor Oblinger and I held a press conference at the new Joyner Visitor Center announcing what those signs were about and that is a major effort to expand our work with China. In a couple of weeks I will be in China with Bialian Li and Dwayne Larick to sign a series of six agreements with universities in China and those will put into action what we all know is important. Our graduate will succeed in today’s world in proportion to their global understanding and their willingness to participate in the global economy culture. We will have exchange and degree programs with these universities and will be starting actively next summer.
Under the exceptional leadership of our Interim Vice Provost of International Affairs, Bialian Li we are taking NC State to the next level and that deserves special notice and that is to the level of a truly global university.
Our new central office for pre-college programs: We offer more than fifty programs of various kinds to kids in elementary, middle, and high school. Under Jose’ Picart’s leadership we have created a mechanism to have an office where all of this will be in one place so that parents can find out about the things that are available for their students.
We have expanded and will be expanding our commitment to service learning. Our service learning is a great program that is perfectly suited for Raleigh and NC State. Those expansions include plans to create a center for excellence in service learning that will put us among the nations leaders.
We have a new initiative in advanced analytics which will offer next fall a globally unique professional masters degree in sophisticated data analysis and use for business, for government, for non profit institutions, for civil society in general and I want to thank all of you who have participated in the review process that moved this graduate degree from conception to virtually being approved in a matter of a couple of months when you know how long it usually takes us to do something like that.
I would also like to mention the recruitment to NC State of the National Association of Athletic Advisors. This is the professional group of people like Phil Moses and his folks in our academic support program. The National Association is now housed on our campus. They chose to come here because they have noticed that the world has notice that we have one of the finest academic support plans for student athletes in the nation and I ‘m very proud of that, the continuing development of our Prog Institute, which began in the college of design and is now extending to the entire university.
Last February I mentioned that we were going to have a new center for discipline research and stem teaching and learning. We have completed the agreements for that and it will begin on January 1st under the leadership of Bob Beichner from our Physics Department, another part of the STEM initiative that Chancellor Oblinger has put in front of us as a thing that we need to do to be a great university.
Our greatness as a university, our ability to be noticed and our deserving of that special notice all depends on our faculty and staff. We have great faculty and great staff. You are the ones who make it all happen. Thank you for what you do every day and believe me whether you realize it or not we do notice. Thank you for listening.
7. Remarks from Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology and Science
The Kenan Insitute has been at NC State since 1992 and it was created by a fund called the Kenan Fund for Technology Engineering and Science. It was established by Mr. Frank Hawkins Kenan who was a cousin of William R. Kenan after whom the institute is named and we are one of four Kenan Institutes in North Carolina. There is a Kenan Institute for Public Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill. There is also a Kenan Institute for the School of the Arts and a Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.
The Kenan Charitable Trust is the source of all the funds. They started a Kenan Fund for each institute and ours is called the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science. They begin with a $20M endowment and each year they provide to the university a gift and that gift is roughly four to five percent so this year we will receive $1.3M.
The Chancellor serves as the Chairman of our Board of Trustees. As Director I interact with the Chancellor to make sure that what we are funding is in concert with the wonderful things that are happening here and also in concert with the original goals of the Kenan fund.
The mission is to develop partnerships and basic research, education, commercialization and public outreach within divisions or organizations dedicated to the advancement of science, engineering, and technology as a force in improving the economic and social well-being of the nation and the world.
We are trying to find ways to enhance what we can do here at the university and for partnerships. We are looking at forming industry, university, government agencies and nonprofit partnerships to enhance what we are doing in various areas.
Normally what we are looking for is things that are really innovative, things that are multidisciplinary, and multi-institutional and it is this high impact that Frank Hawkins Kenan had in mind. We are trying to work through the faculty, with their partners to provide key funding for new initiatives.
In order to do our work we have chosen four focus areas that are very broad and they are broad because we want to enhance the ability of faculty to interact with other faculty in various disciplines. We are looking for examples for cases in which we can take faculty that is doing basic research to work with folks that are working in education whether it is K-12 or undergraduate education.
We are looking for programs in public policy that might involve folk in humanities that interact in the area of education.
Dr. Carbonell noted that $1.3M is a lot of money but you can’t run a research program of any kind like that on a long-term basis. What we have done in the past is provide the key funding for new initiatives.
We sometime form partnerships outside the university whether they be government agencies are other universities, etc., and we sometimes provide services along those lines. We respond to request from faculty, colleges, deans and we work very closely with the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Chancellor especially to look at the initiatives from the university. Sometimes, however we initiate programs on our own. We have found a couple instances where there are opportunities or needs that merit special attention and we have been the initiators of programs and there are four cases during my tenure.
We began the Kenan Fellows Program to try to find out how we could use our money more effectively to serve the folks in K-12. We started North Carolina Space Initiative to look at the aerospace industry and how we can serve it. We started the Institute for Emerging Issues as sort of a public policy arm and right now I am in the middle of initiating a new center in bioprocessing to try and bring industry in the biopharmaceutical world to work together more closely with university faculty. We strive to be as flexible and as responsive as possible and we are then able to try to respond to initiatives as they come to us throughout the year.
The startup funds are not very large. The average funds that we have provided are about $35,000 per year in periods ranging between one and three years. Now that average is really an average that goes as low as $1000 for a very small item up to 50,000 or more depending on the activity, for most start-ups between one and three years and we are looking for things that will have a future self sufficiency. We can’t be doing this with this amount of money forever.
We also seek leverage and the reason we seek the leverage is not simply to aid in the program but also we find that programs that have support from other groups besides us provide a better chance of success at the end of three to four years. These funds are usually provided as gifts to the colleges.
We have a very lean organization of only four and we like it that way so that work is really being done at the university, at the college level, and at the department level.
Chair Allen thanked everyone for attending and adjourned the meeting at 4:30 p.m.