January 24, 2006
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the tenth 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.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 9, January 10, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Michael Harwood, University Architect
Michael Harwood gave an update on the University master plan.
Harwood stated that they have made minor updates to the plan. The Physical Environment Committee is also a very important part of reviewing the master plan and considering updates.
Harwood stated that they want to know how they can make the campus more attractive. “We understand that the students are making their choices not only on the academic credentials that you all bring to your various departments but what does it look like and how do they feel or do their parents feel that this is a safe and attractive place to come to school.”
Harwood stated that sustainability is something that has been very important to the campus and it has been uneven over the years. He thinks that continues to climb as an issue, as something that is very important to the campus or capital planning.
5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
NC State raised $505,000 for the combined campaign this year. Statewide the participation rate is 28% and it is 35% at NC State. Provost Nielsen noted that the university exceeded its goal of four hundred and seventy five thousand dollars.
Barbara Carroll, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources is preparing an RFP to send to daycares for the placement of students for the next few years. Provost Nielsen stated that they are still trying to figure out how to raise $5.0M to have our own day care center on campus.
Louis Hunt has been named the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Services.
On behalf of the Chancellor, David Jolly has been hired as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development for a limited period of time. David is a retired banker from Charlotte who has been very active as a volunteer on the NC State endowment.
Provost Nielsen stated that the university has a new set of peers. These are peers against which we are benchmarked for lots of things such as salaries, student quality, etc. The decision was made at the university system level to have no private peers.
Provost Nielsen reported that sixty-five comments were received about the strategic plan and they have incorporated as many of them as possible into the next draft.
Provost Nielsen reported on the status of the four dean searches. The goal is to have the new people in place by the summer.
6. Issues of Concern
Senator Bruck: Are we going to forgo the tradition of a baccalaureate liberal arts education required of all of our students regardless to whether it gets them the better job or not to make them better human beings?
Senator Martin, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee stated that the committee met with John Ambrose, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Progams to get an update on the general requirements. He was pleased with the discussion. Associate Dean Ambrose has agreed to come to the Senate to give an update on what is happening.
7. Recommended Parking Changes for 2006-07
Tom Kendig, Director of Transportation handed out a report on the recommended parking changes for 2006-07 and addressed concerns from the senators.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.
The motion passed unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 5:10 p.m.