November 1, 2005
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the sixth meeting of the fifty-second session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Allen welcomed senators and guests.
Secretary Bruck announced that “Compassion in Action” should be commended for collecting more than $80,000 for the relief effort.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 5, October 18, 2005
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes as amended.
4. Remarks by Chair Allen
Chair Allen commented on the direction of the Senate, what it has done and where it is going.
Chair Allen stated that the Senate tends to be reactive rather than proactive. She challenged the senators to think of better ways to reach the faculty.
Chair Allen also commented on the faculty’s role in university governance.
5. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger showed a video on the capital campaign “Achieve” for NC State. The video was unveiled on September 23 and four hundred and fifty of the institutions’ donors were present.
Tuition and Fees
Chancellor Oblinger stated that there were sixteen members who deliberated on whether or not we would request a campus initiated tuition increase. The Board of Governors felt very strongly that in fact State and Carolina needed particular attention. The campuses are grouped with caps, which really relates to the most funding that you could ask for as it relates to a combined total of tuition and fees, which is also a first. The task force that was appointed in the Board of Governors decided very early after their initial deliberation that this was a very complex subject. They are paying particular attention to the plight of research extensive institutions. They will be discussing that in much greater depth for the next six to nine months.
The Triangle Business Survey that looked at the production of the top twenty-five organizations in North Carolina in terms of patent production in 2004 ranked NC State third behind IBM and Ericsson and ahead of Cisco in fourth place.
The William and Ida Friday Institute for Education will be dedicated. A ribbon will be cut Wednesday, November 9 at 4 p.m.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that the deans have been meeting more than a year discussing what is needed as it relates to a strategic plan. The deans, executive officers, and very few faculty participated in the first ever-combined meeting to look at the strategic plan. Another meeting is scheduled on November 9 with that same group and at that point this will be widely circulated for your feedback.
NC State will be hosting President-Elect Bowles on November 16 for a day. He will be visiting with students, he will visit with the Executive Officers, and he will visit one on one with the Chancellor. He will attend a reception at the residence with the Board of Trustees before he departs campus. President-Elect Bowles will also address the General Faculty meeting on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.
6. Issues of Concern
Senator Fikry is concerned about how past senators voted. He would like to know if they vote according to their conscience or according to their constituency.
7. Old Business
REG05.50.2 Review of College Deans
Senator Clark moved that the Faculty Senate approve the document as written.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Blank, Chair of the Resources and Environment Committee reported on an issue of concern that was raised about thefts that occurred in one of the departments. After communicating with Public Safety about the issue, the committee doesn’t feel it is necessary to invite Public Safety to discuss the matter further.
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator Hanley-Bowdoin, Vice Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that the committee met with members of the Departments of Equal Opportunity and Legal Affairs to review the document describing sexual harassment. A lot of suggestions were made. The two groups are going to work on the language and will send the committee a revised document.
Senator Hanley-Bowdoin reported that Dr. Gilligan has constituted a faculty committee to look at the tuition remission policy as part of the graduate students support plan. She feels that it is now up to the faculty to be a constructive part of the process.
Chair Allen adjourned the meeting at 4:12 p.m.