November 16, 2004
1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the seventh 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 since there were no requests for the department head review to be put on hold for further Senate consideration, and since he has not received any notice that the proposed new class times are a concern, he will notify the administration that no objections have been raised.
Chair Daley noted that he sent a notice out on the regulations requiring international students to maintain insurance coverage while at NC State.
The November 30 Faculty Senate Meeting will adjourn into a committee of the whole for 30 minutes to allow for a discussion on health benefits.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 6, November 2, 2004
The motion to approve the minutes passed unanimously.
4. Remarks from Interim Chancellor Barnhardt
Chancellor Barnhardt stated that good things are happening at the university:
The campaign has raised $57M since the first of July, which puts the university at approximately $650M toward the one billion dollar goal.
A number of accreditation teams and foundations have made onsite visits to see and test the level of commitment and support that the administration has for these individual programs. Chancellor Barnhardt stated that he thinks those visits are good because it is so easy to talk about the great things that are happening here.
On the downside there is a 0.75% one-time reversion, which amounts to approximately $2.7M going back to the state. The Chancellor plans to assign this to the individual Vice Chancellors so that everyone will take the same amount of reduction in the budgets. He’s not sure how the Provost will handle this.
5. Remarks from Donn Ward, Faculty Athletics Representative
The Faculty Athletics Representative remarked on highlights of the 2003-2004 academic year.
6. Issues of Concern
Chair Daley received the following issues of concern.
- The development of the clear cutting of the forest at Lake Raleigh on Centennial Campus. (Assigned to the Resources and Environment Committee)
- The management of labs. (Assigned to the Resources and Environment Committee)
- The proposed site of the Catalano Pavilion. (Assigned to the Resources and Environment Committee)
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Bruck reported that included in the 2005-projected budget from Chapel Hill was a proposal to provide a 25% tuition waiver for all faculty and staff members under certain guidelines within the entire UNC system. The committee is in the process of further investigating this. They have invited Karen Helm, the University Planner and Kathy Hart, University Treasurer to attend their meeting to answer a number of questions.
Senator Krotee reported that the committee met with Joanne Woodard and Rhonda Sutton from the Office of Equal Opportunity and David Drooz from Legal Affairs about unlawful harassment. One item that came out of the meeting is the potential need for a university ombudsman.
Senator McRae stated that the committee is in the process of submitting another version of the academic tenure policy for consideration at the next meeting.
Resources and Environment
Senator Bernhard reported that Tom Kendig, Director of Transportation and Ronnie Wright, Assistant Director of Finance attended the committee meeting and plans to report back to the Senate early next year with regards to plans for the ensuing year and for coming years.
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:17 p.m.