1. Call to Order
Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the sixth meeting of the fifty-third 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.
Chair Allen reminded faculty members of the Budget Forum scheduled on November 30, 2006 with Provost Nielsen and Vice Chancellor Charles Leffler.
Report on the Faculty Assembly
President Bowles discussed his new budget, which is online at the UNCGA site. There is also a report on shared governance on the Faculty Assembly website.
President Bowles priorities for the coming year are need-based financial aid, faculty salaries, more endowed professorships, retention and graduation rates, and distance education.
President Bowles is planning to set up a Board of Governors/Faculty committee to look at the role of the university in the future. There will be ten faculty members chosen to serve on that committee and they would be given release time. Chair Allen is to propose three from NC State that he can select from. If you would like to be considered or would like to suggest someone contact Dr. Nina Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair Allen reported that a Committee on Academic Affairs voted for the universities to set up a conference on shared governance with an emphasis on historical minority institutions.
3. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 5, October 24, 2006
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen presented a Power Point presentation on his trip to China
Provost Nielsen, Bialian Li, Vice Provost for International Affairs, and Duane Larick from the Graduate School traveled to China to arrange exchanges between NC State and various universities in China.
China is going through tremendous growth as an economy, about 10% a year for the last twenty years and similar increases projected for the next twenty years. Today they spend approximately 2% of their growth domestic product on higher education so their higher education budgets are increasing by 10% a year.
The Vice President for International Programs at Zheyiang University is a graduate from NC State. The university is located about 100 miles south of Shangai.
Zheyiang University has five campuses around the town of Hon Jo, which is a small town of four million people. They have sold one of their downtown campuses where their medical school is located and have bought a new campus that they are building from scratch.
NC State’s Study Abroad Program will have several faculty teaching there next summer. We are hoping to have up to thirty students studying at Zheyiang.
There will be a summer research program here as part of the recruitment program into the graduate school where they are bringing a minimum of twelve students here to do research for four to eight weeks.
Provost Nielsen and his delegation negotiated a 3 +1 Program where Zheyiang undergraduate students will complete three years there and come to NC State for their last year to finish up their bachelor’s degree and then get a master of professional studies here over the course of one year.
They also negotiated the 1+1+3 Program where the best students at Zheyiang that have already been accepted for the PhD programs would come here for one year to get a Masters of Professional Studies that would be paid for by the students and their university. If during that process some of our faculty decide that they would like to keep the students on for a year if there is space, instead of the student receiving an MPS they would receive a Master of Science, but the faculty member would have to pay them like they would any other assistantship.
The delegation met with Chinese officials to plan for a Confucius Institute at NC State. In this agreement, their faculty would come to NC State to teach Chinese language and culture.
The Director of this institute will be here on Sunday, November 19th.
5. Security Report
The NC State Police Department is a full service police agency and the third largest in Wake County.
In March of 2003 the campus Police Department became internationally accredited and joined such police agencies as the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation, Cary, Garner, and Raleigh Police Departments in achieving this professional milestone.
The emergency response number has been changed from 5-3333 to 911 so if anyone needs to contact the police they can dial 911 from anywhere on campus.
The Campus Police Department is currently working with Bellsouth to be able to identify cell phone locations. Through a grant from Homeland Security they have installed a mesh television network at Carter Finley Stadium. Cameras are located throughout the stadium, RBC Center, and the parking lots.
The principle crime that occurs on campus is theft and the principle time for crimes to occur is Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m.
6. Remarks from Terri Lomax, Dean of the Graduate School
Dean Lomax addressed the issue that was discussed at the last Senate Meeting concerning the recruitment of international students. She noted that the international students enable much of our graduate programs because they provide a lot more revenue to the university than the non-international students so it is something that she continues to encourage.
Dean Lomax stated that part of the slots in the graduate student support plan have always been held back until the end and then distributed so colleges would only received a certain number of slots. She plans to distribute all of the slots at the beginning of the year this time so that people are encouraged to go out and recruit more graduate students.
President Bowles is asking to increase the amount of funding to the graduate student support plan for tuition remission to increase the recruitment and retention of graduate students. It would be more than $2.0M coming to NC State, which would fund approximately 188 more tuition remissions.
Dean Lomax stated that the Resolution on the Graduate Student Support Plan passed by the Faculty Senate was taken to heart and they are planning a comprehensive review of graduate education at NC State.
Dean Lomax distributed three handouts for the Senators to review: Calculation In Response to the Task Force Report; Graduate Student Support Plan; Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention. At the request of Provost Nielsen a forum on graduate education is going to be developed for the Spring Faculty Meeting. She hopes to have more data at that time.
7. Old Business
Secretary Bruck represents the Faculty Senate on the University Evaluation of Instruction Committee. Beginning next month the following departments will be part of a beta test of the new online course evaluation system: Statistics, Marine, Earth, Atmospheric Sciences; Computer Science, and the College of Management.
Senator Fauntleroy reported that the Personnel Policy Committee reviewed and discussed in detail REG 05.00.2 on Reasonable Accommodations in Employment, and REG 04.20.5 on Service Animals for Persons with Disabilities. The committee recommends acceptance of both regulations as deemed appropriate by Dr. Joanne Woodard, Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Dr. Cheryl Branker, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Disability Services for Students.
A motion was made and seconded to accept the regulations. The motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:58 p.m.