1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the fifth meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and guests.
Reflections on Provost Emeritus Nash Winstead
Drs. Murray Downs and Larry Clark reflected on the years that the two of them worked as Dr. Nash Winstead’s Assistant Vice Provosts.
Chair Martin announced that there will be a memorial service for Provost Emeritus Nash Winstead at the Raleigh Moravian Church and a visitation will immediately follow.
Chair Martin announced that a WIKI site has been created that contains information from the General Faculty meeting. The site is open for anyone who would like to add comments.
The Executive Committee was given a heads up on the initial possible revisions to the academic tenure policy and the policy for the special faculty ranks appointment. There will be some upcoming meetings to discuss how to proceed on that matter.
Chair Martin announced that there would be two Budget 101 meetings in the newly renovated Erdahl Cloyd Theater: Wednesday 2-3:30 p.m. and Thursday 10:30-12 noon.
Comments from the Chair
Chair Martin performed a demonstration on growth. He commented that growth is neither good nor bad --whether we are talking about growing as a university, changing volume in a class or talking about growing crops.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 4, October 7, 2008
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen reported that the budget discussion has been ongoing for the past couple of weeks. He thanked the Faculty and Staff Senates for hosting the upcoming budget forums.
Provost Nielsen stated that the thoughts and worries that everyone is having about how to accommodate the student body of potentially 40,000 students nine years from now have also been happening at all levels of NC State and all levels of the UNC System. He handed out an analysis that shows the system growing by 80,000 students over the next 10 years.
Evaluation of Teaching Committee, Cynthia Hemenway
Senator Hemenway, liaison to the Evaluation of Teaching Committee, reported that the first focus of the committee is how to improve response rates for online evaluations. At their second meeting, at the request of Katie Perry, they were to look at modifications to the way that we submit applications for teaching awards. There has not been a huge response so the committee has done some clear and simple modifications to the application process to make sure the applications are very clear and similar across the three types of awards. The applications will be effective for the 2009-2010 year.
6. Old Business
Trends and Trajectories for Campus Growth—Continuation of 10/07/08 Discussion
The senators addressed items that were not addressed appropriately from the presentations last week.
7. New Business
Documenting Specific Examples of the Impact of Budget Reduction on the Quality of Education
Steve Keto, Associate Vice Chancellor for Resource Management, reported that in the twenty-two years that he has worked here there have been nineteen years of budget cuts at NC State. It has sort of become a way of life here.
Vice Chancellor Keto presented a power point presentation on the 2008-2009 North Carolina State budget.
Where does the money come from that drives the $21.3 billion dollars state budget?
Individual Income Tax and Sales and Use Tax are the two pieces of the state revenue that end up in our budget one way or the other.
Where does the money go?
- 13% goes to the UNC System
- 37% goes to Public Education; 25% goes to Health and Human Services; both of which are somewhat protected in the governor ’s budget.
- 10% Justice and Public Safety – There will probably not be a lot of cutting in the prisons and judicial system and the law enforcement either.
How will we spend the money?
The largest slice is for instruction which, is logical because that is what we do for a living here. Organized Research is the next biggest slice and then you get into community services.
Vice Chancellor Keto stated that the majority of funding at the university is spent on salaries and benefits. Personnel costs are the driving part of the budget so when you start looking at where to cut, it has to be in this area.
Chair Martin adjourned the meeting at 5:05 p.m.