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September 6, 2011

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 2nd meeting of the 58th session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2.  Announcements and Remarks
Chair Kellner announced that Senator Kotek was in an accident and will not be returning for a while; The General Faculty meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4 at 3 p.m. in the Talley Student Center Ballroom;

There will be a 911 ceremony at the bell tower from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on September 11th.

3.  Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 1, August 23, 2011
Secretary Sawyers asked for approval of the minutes.  A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4.  Athletics and Academics
Comments from Debbie Yow,  Athletic Director
Athletics Director Debbie Yow reported on what’s happening academically in athletics.

The all ACC Honor Roll was announced Thursday and 213 NC State student-athletes were among the honorees. The six-year graduation rate for the 2003 cohort of student athletes  was at an all time high at 69 percent.  Yow noted  however that the 69% is going to change to 54% in the next report in late October.

Comments from Coach Gottfried
Coach Gottfried stated that he is very excited to be here.  The last two years he has worked with ESPN and prior to that he was at the University of Alabama for eleven years, three years at Murray State University and seven years at UCLA.   

Coach Gottfried stated that he wanted to focus his comments on our philosophy so you will know as you watch the team play that it’s your team and we want to win and we want to have fun winning. 

Coach stated that the academics for our team is very important and it will never be neglected.  They want people to come here to become a part of something special, but at the same time they want to graduate and get a degree. 

Comments from Sam Pardue, Chair of the Athletics Council
Dr. Sam Pardue, Chairman of the Faculty Athletics Council stated that the NCAA manual tells you what you can and cannot do in intercollegiate athletics.  He highlighted legislation which has an impact on the academic pursuit of student athletes, specifically football.

Pardue reported that over five years only 7% of our student athletes were suspended and 57% graduated.   Nearly 3 out of 10 student athletes who come to campus leave, which is far too many because it dramatically affects our graduation rate.  He stated that neither he nor the Provost is happy with our student graduation rate.

Pardue reported that the good news is that roughly 50% of all our sports in men and women were above the conference average in (APR) Academic Progress Rate . 

5.  Remarks from the Provost
Strategic Realignment
Provost Arden announced the four division leaders of the new division of student services and programs, which will come into effect July 1 of next year.  They are Jose Picart, Lisa Zapata, Tim Luckadoo, and Alex Miller.  He reported that the task forces that have been working on defining the new division have finished about 90 percent of the work.  The leader of that division will be a Senior Vice Provost for Student Programs and Dean of Undergraduate Programs.  They hope to have that person on board by May or June of next year.

Restructuring of the Provost Office Reports
Provost Arden announced that he has created two Senior Vice Provost positions within the reporting structure of the Provost Office.  He stated that there were about thirty-two programs and divisions reporting directly to the Provost, which was not a very good management structure.  Those two individuals will be Duane Larick , Senior Vice Provost of the Strategic Initiative and Dean of the Graduate School, and Tom Miller , Vice Provost of DELTA who will be taking on some additional responsibilities that has come over from Dr. Zuiches’ office. 

Provost Arden stated that there are still a number of task forces going on as part of the strategic realignment--The Distance Ed task force reported out at the end of  last semester.  He would like for both the Distance Ed and Summer School task forces to present to the Faculty Senate before they make a final decision.

There are two more task forces that are ongoing and should report out by the end of this semester, the Academic Review task force and the Academic Science Program Administrative Structural review that Margery Overton is leading.  

6. Issues of Concern
Chair Kellner reported that he had received an issue of concern from Senator Fuentes concerning graduate students. 

7.  Old Business
Report on Resolutions and Grievances
Immediate Past Chair Overton reported that during her two years as Chair of the Faculty the Senate considered three resolutions and seven grievances.    

Two requests for hearings were filed and one was settled outside of the hearing process and the second one was heard by the committee.   The report was submitted to the Chancellor and he agreed with the committee’s report.

8.  Introductions
Chair Kellner welcomed visitors and he introduced the new and continuing senators.

9.  Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

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