November 2, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the sixth meeting of the fifty-first session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Daley stated that he emailed the Senators a copy of the proposed regulations on the review of academic department heads and chairs. If the Senate does not act within two sessions the administration is allowed to proceed.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 19, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.
4. Remarks from Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger
Provost/Chancellor-Designate Oblinger presented the speech that he gave on the afternoon he was welcomed back to campus after having been elected the thirteenth Chancellor for NC State University.
Provost Oblinger introduced Dr. Larry Neilsen, Dean of the College of Natural Resources as the Interim Provost effective January 1st.
The Nominating Committee for the position of Provost will be chaired by Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, Charles Leffler.
The final two candidates for the deanship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are on campus this week.
5. Remarks By Matt Peterson, Director of Federal Research Affairs
Matt Peterson stated that his strategic goals are to help the university understand key policy issues that are being acted on in the Federal Legislature and in the Executive Branch, and to help the legislative and executive branches in Washington understand what we, the university, cares about. His approach has been to do five things primarily.
- Develop strong relationships with our key federal elected officials and their staffs.
- Try to represent NC State through our memberships and associations that deal with federal policy issues.
- Try to communicate with our elected federal officials, federal agent officials and key staff about the policy issues of concern to NC State faculty, administrators, and students.
- Try to help administrators, faculty, and students develop appropriate federal strategies to advance our missions at NC State.
- Try to communicate the policies that the federal government is considering back to our university officials, back to faculty, students, and staff where appropriate.
6. Issues of Concern
Senator Young stated that he is concerned that to compete at the level that we set for ourselves in some sports is going to be very expensive and feels that there are some tradeoffs that have to be made in the different things that NC State can be spending its money on. “Does the Senate play a role in these decisions?” Chair Daley referred the issue to the Athletics Council.
7. Old Business
Senator McRae, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that the Faculty Senate during the last term recommended two changes to the Academic Tenure Policy. He reviewed the changes that the committee considered substantial and reported the results of their deliberation to the Senate.
After a lengthy discussion Chair Daley sent the document back to the Personnel Policy Committee.
Second Reading: Resolution to Provide In-State Tuition Waivers for NC State University Employees and Their Families
Senator Warren presented the resolution for its second reading. The resolution was discussed and a motion was made and seconded to vote on the resolution. The motion passed to vote on the resolution.
The motion passed to adopt the resolution with two abstentions.
Senator Bruck, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee reported that Dean Sowell from the Graduate School notified him that he had appointed two task forces to deal with a specific statement on which countries will and will not be required to take TOEFL exams, and a policy regarding the attendance by faculty members at PhD examinations. Senator Bruck expects to have a report from both task forces by January 20 and will report the outcome to the committee.
The Academic Policy Committee is in discussion with Vice Provost Conway on the six-week drop withdrawal policies of the university.
Senator Bruck stated that there is a perception of what is being called a bow-by-motor grade distribution pattern on campus. It seems that Bs, Cs, and Ds are going away and Fs are increasing year after year. This has also been observed at other institutions. The committee plans to discuss this issue further and will report back to the Senate.
Senator Bernhard, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported that his committee plans to meet with the people from Transportation at their next meeting.
Senator Bernhard reported that an issue of concern was raised last year when a youngster was being marked late by his professor. The professor and the student could not agree on the time. It was suggested that the University webpage show the correct time on the page. He received an email from Sam Averitt stating that they have created an official NC State time website giving Eastern Standard Time updated to the second. So now anyone can go to http://www.time.ncsu.edu to get the official time.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.