1. Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the seventh meeting of the fifty-fifth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.
2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and guests.
Chair Martin announced that the Executive Committee had dinner with each of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Study candidates and they have been pleased with the selection of candidates.
Chair Martin announced that Claude McKinney passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2008. McKinney served as Dean of the College of Design for many years and he also served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for fifteen years.
The Senate paused for a moment of silence to recognize the contributions of Mr. McKinney to NC State University.
Resolution Requesting Budget Cut Reports
A motion passed to accept the resolution as amended.
Free Expression Tunnel
Chair Martin commented on the Free Expression Tunnel incident.
Chair Martin stated that the Student Senate has been calling for some modifications to the harassment policy. The student leaders have put forth a statement (Response to Hate Speech: A United Message) and Chair Martin offered that the Senate as a body endorses the statement.
The Senate voted unanimously to endorse the student leaders’ united message.
Chair Martin announced that he is a member of a task force that has been set up by the Chancellor and he plans to report appropriate actions back to the Senate.
Chair Martin announced that the Executive Committee meeting would be on Thursday, at 4 p.m.
Chair Martin requested that the committee members and liaisons give a brief mid year report at the final meeting of the semester.
3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 6, November 4, 2008
A motion passed to approve the minutes.
4. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger
Chancellor Oblinger reported that the Legislature is still discussing 5% one time non-recurring reductions to our current fiscal year budget. As of last Friday it appears that it might go as high as a 7 or 8 percent one- time reduction.
Free Expression Tunnel
Chancellor Oblinger thanked the faculty for supporting the students’ response to hate speech.
Chancellor Oblinger stated that he was notified of the tunnel incident thirty minutes after campus police was notified, and within thirty minutes after that there was a very forceful statement in preparation and the tunnel was painted. The federal authorities thoroughly investigated the situation and determined that no crime had been committed and further had conversations with more students. The Chancellor has met with numerous groups and the discussions are ongoing.
Chancellor Oblinger reported that degree approvals are enjoying a new level of scrutiny in General Administration by the Board of Governors.
Intellectual Property—Chancellor Oblinger reported that NC State led the system with 658 patents in eighteen months.
Chancellor Oblinger reported that the Kellogg Foundation has given NC State and NC A&T universities $3.2M for the work that is being done at the Center for Environmental Farming System.
5. Faculty Activity Reporting
Lewis Carson gave a brief overview on faculty activity reporting.
Carson stated that the faculty activity reporting webpage includes a lot of details. He noted that this is going to be a centralized process. The process will enable our university to report on faculty activity as asked through the Delaware measure of outer class activity. NC State has been asked to send in data to Delaware next year that covers the current year for tenured and tenured track faculty. The data sent will not have any individual faculty information in it, it will be a collection of counts, one count for each measure and there are forty-two measures.
6. Program/Activity Evaluation Criteria for Strategic Management of Budget Crisis
The Senators discussed how budget cuts are used in impacting the mission of the university.
Chair Martin charged the subcommittees of the Senate to spend some time thinking about the issues.
Chair Martin adjourned the meeting at 5 p.m.