March 23, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the twelfth meeting of the fiftieth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:12 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley announced that there would soon be a call for elections for the Faculty Senate.
Chair Daley noted that attendance is taken for each Senate meeting and that it is a requirement that Senators attend meetings. Those with a number of excused absences are notified. There is one senator, Dr. Gerald Lucovsky who has managed to not attend any of the meetings. Therefore, as Chair of the Faculty, Dr. Daley formerly dismissed him from the Senate. Chair Daley stated that this would allow the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences to elect a replacement in the cycle.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, February 24, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Fox
The SACS visit is taking place through Thursday. SACS has been working for many months with our team who has been extraordinary in terms of putting together all the data that is necessary to establish compliance with the regulations necessary for accreditation.
The Board of Governors met last Friday. They reduced the in-state tuition from the recommended $300 per year that emerged from the Board of Trustees consideration to $250 per year. The out-of state rate of $300 was accepted.
The College of Management asked for a $4,000 increase for the MAC Program as well as for the MBA. At the Board of Trustees level the MAC Program was slowed down so instead of having a $4,000 increase in the first year there will be a $2,000 increase in 2004-05 and another $2,000 increase in 2005-06. They recommended that the MBA have the full increase in 2004-05. The Board of Governors however, felt that was inappropriate and is going to phase in the $2,000 increase for both the MAC and MBA programs over two years.
The Board of Governors has approved a general program for engineering at ECU on the grounds that this would not compete with NC State’s Engineering Programs. It would be a more technology-focused program that would lack the specialization of the finest engineering programs in the nation. Therefore ECU will have a bachelor’s degree, which offers this general engineering option.
The Office of the President is thinking of instituting a program which would be called UNCDC which would allow students to pay tuition at their home campus and be located in Washington DC serving internships in a variety of agencies on the hill and so forth in several of the groups. The program may become a reality within the next year.
The Office of the President has initiated a task force that would look at cooperation with community colleges. Chancellor Fox thinks a major target of this cooperation is the need for additional teachers and nurses in the state and this task force will focus on such issues but will also think about articulation agreements and means by which transfer students in various disciplines can be assisted.
5. Issues of Concern
Senator Bruck and some of his colleagues are concerned about the procedures that are used in selecting undergraduate students at this university.
Thomas Conway, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Services and Thomas Griffin, Director of Admissions will be attending the last meeting and will be able to address this concern.
Senator Middleton is concerned about physically challenged students not being able to maneuver on campus.
Chair Daley assigned the issue of concern to the Resources and Environment Committee.
6. Old Business
Recommendation on Voting Faculty Involved in Special Faculty Hiring
A proposal has been made by the Personnel Policy Committee to change the voting requirements on special faculty ranks containing the word “professor”.
The committee examined the issue and recommends that all special faculty ranks be voted on by the full voting faculty in the department just as tenured track faculty reappointment promotion and tenure are voted on.
The recommendation was voted on and passed unanimously.
7. New Business
Resolution of Commendation for George Worsley
Chair Daley presented the resolution for its first reading and moved that it be adopted.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Recommendation on Reappointment Promotion and Tenure Revisions
Senator McRae stated that in the year 2000 the University Select Committee on Reappointment Promotion and Tenure examined many issues concerning reappointment, promotion and tenure on campus. They did an excellent job in considering all the things that could be done with this process that would make NC State a much stronger university and the faculty a much stronger faculty. One of the primary changes that this committee recommended to both the Faculty Senate and the Provost’s Office was a new classification system called the six realms of faculty responsibility.
The six realms now are a standalone regulation linked from the Provost’s RPT website. The Personnel Policy Committee believes that these realms will not be fully integrated into the RPT procedures until they are made the basic criteria for RPT. The committee recommends that the present criteria in the NCSU academic tenure policy be replaced with a statement of the six realms as the primary criteria for reappointment promotion and tenure.
Representation on the Budget Advisory Committee
Chair Daley stated that an election will be held at the next meeting to elect two faculty members to serve on the Budget Advisory Committee.
8. Executive Session
Chair Daley moved that the Senate adjourn into an executive session to discuss a personnel matter. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
The motion to move into a closed session would be to consider the qualifications, confidence, performance, and condition of appointment of a public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee according to our general statue, section 143-31811(a) (6).
The regular session of the Faculty Senate adjourned at 4:50 p.m.