April 4, 2006
1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Strömgren Allen called the fourteenth 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 from the Chair
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and Guests.
Chair Allen announced that April 12 a contingent from NC State would be going to President Bowles’ inauguration.
Comments from the Chair
Florida State won the Championship last night!
I am very sorry to hear that Coach Sendek is leaving NC State. As you know we thought he was a good coach and we have been very well served by Herb Sendek and we wish him well at Arizona State. I hope that Lee Fowler and our Chancellor will select a person as coach with the same level of integrity that we have had from Herb Sendek and the same care about charges and about their academics.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 13, March 21, 2006
The motion passed to approve the minutes as corrected.
4. Remarks by Chancellor Oblinger
Comments about Herb Sendek
Coach Sendek, his staff and his players represented NC State through the years with integrity and discipline both on and off the court with ten years and 191 victories, and five consecutive trips to the NCAA. There are only sixteen coaches in America that have made five consecutive trips to the NCAA. I think Arizona State’s gain is certainly our loss and we do wish him and his family nothing but the best.
The Administrative Council is made up of the Chancellors in the system and President Bowles. President Bowles has asked that the Chancellors and he set the agenda and provide the discussion and that is the way it has operated since early January. Chancellor Oblinger stated that he thinks this is a positive move.
Efficiency and Effectiveness Studies
President Bowles has asked an outside group of efficiency experts to look at the system in terms of how it operates. He has also asked the finance and business Interim Vice President Rob Nelson to convene the Finance and Business Officers for a similar on campus-by-campus study of efficiency and effectiveness using their terminologies.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that last year a subcommittee of the Board of Governors put together an arrangement where you would be allowed to grow your tuition by a certain percentage as long as you didn’t go out of the lower quintile of your peer group. “We have raised tuition using that mechanism effective in the fall and Mr. Bowles’ charge from the Board as the new President was to develop something that we could put in that would be predictable at the same time understandable and articulate the concept of tuition as low as practicable but at the same time an eye on quality and if the board felt that quality was slipping then the institutions would be permitted to perhaps raise their tuition and fee.”
Budget for the Short Session
NC State has several requests that will make it through the General Administration process where all the Chancellors have an opportunity to criticize each others budget requests. Chancellor Oblinger thinks NC State will do very well in that regard as it relates to operating dollars and capital projects.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that he went to New York with a group called the Science Coalition. It is a group of sixty-five universities that are research extensive and they are interested in seeing the research budgets coming from Washington increase. There were ten Chancellors and Presidents who met with thirty people from the media. They discussed a variety of topics in a rather informal setting. The group has been in existence since 1999. NC State has never been invited to participate until this year.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that NC State was ranked number two as best value in the News and Observer yesterday.
Chancellor Oblinger reported that more than 15,000 applications were received for the fall semester of 2006, which is 1500 more than we have ever received before. NC State is still leading as it relates to applications from North Carolinians.
Five members of the College of Engineering Faculty received the Early Career Development awards.
Two of our Park Scholars were named Goldwater Scholars last week.
Dr. Jim Zuiches has been named the new Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Economic Development. Dr. Zuiches has a lot of experience and most recently eight years at Washington State University as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics.
Chancellor Oblinger congratulated Secretary Bruck for serving in a very special capacity to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
5. Remarks from Susan Nutter, Vice Provost & Director of Libraries
Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Susan Nutter remarked on Library funding; where the money that the library receives in funding comes from and where that money is invested.
6. Issues of Concern
Regulation on Campus Security/ Personal Identification
Senator Robarge, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee stated that Assistant Vice Chancellor Carroll participated in the drafting of this document. The committee reviewed the document and has decided not to recommend any changes.
Senator Paul Williams and Dr. Ralph Kaplan were elected to serve on the Athletics Council.
Immediate Past Chair Dennis Daley and Dr. Kenneth Esbenshade, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs were elected as delegates and Dr. Kerry Havner and Dr. Sastry Pantula will serve as alternates.
Secretary Bruck moved adjournment of the meeting.
The motion was seconded and passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m.