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October 18, 2011

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 4th meeting of the 58th session of the NC State Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2.  Announcements and Remarks
Chair Kellner stated that the General Faculty meeting seems to have been a success with adequate attendance and informative information. 

Chair Kellner announced that the Board of Visitors was on campus Friday and one of the things they discussed was ideas for the 125th celebration year.  Another point mentioned was the Honorary Degrees process and the need for good nominees.

Resolution Condemning the Vandalism of the GLBT Center
Chair Keller presented the resolution.  A motion passed to suspend the rules to adopt the resolution on the first reading.  The resolution was adopted with a unanimous vote.

3.  Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 3, September 20, 2011
Secretary Sawyers asked for approval of the minutes.  A motion passed to approve the minutes as corrected. 

4. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden commented on:

Strategic Plan Implementation - Provost Arden stated that they hope to have the plan completed by the end of the week and taken to the Board of Trustees.

Strategic Realignment - Provost Arden stated that a lot of task force reports have come out on which they are acting, while others are due very shortly. We are trying to implement the first recommendation from the DE task force that was to allow students who are registered full time on campus to take additional DE courses at no additional cost.

DUAP and Student Affairs -The merger of DUAP and Student Affairs task force is working very hard.  They are close to issuing a report  that will detail the proposed structure of that unit.  Provost Arden stated that the person to lead that unit will have a dual title of Senior Vice Provost for Student Support and Dean of Undergraduate Programs. 

Academic Program Review Committee - Provost Arden stated that the Academic Program Review Committee is closing in on a preliminary list of metrics by which we should be evaluating academic programs for effectiveness and efficiency and their intent is to test this out on a limited number of academic programs, one from each college and then get the feedback from that, reanalyze the data then get faculty input and modify those metrics.

Academic Science Program Task Force - Provost Arden reported that the Academic Science Program task force is making good progress.  He has asked for an interim report by the end of this month to assess the direction that the committee is going.

GLBT Center - Provost Arden stated that vandalism of the GLBT Center is an issue that is important just like the tunnel incident and the other incidents that we have had.  He thinks it is very important that we as a university community make it clear internally and externally that this is not who we are, this is not what we represent and that this is not something that we are going to tolerate. 

5.  Remarks from Eileen Goldgeier, Vice Chancellor & General Counsel
Vice Chancellor Goldgeier commented on who they are, what they do, and what they don’t do in the University Counsel’s Office.  She stated that there are about 200 laws that apply to a university.  We have a budget worth more than one billion dollars.  We are the largest land owner and we typically are the largest employer in the state.   The biggest challenge that we have is staying abreast of the law.  There are five attorneys in the Legal Office and all are specialized. 

Goldgeier stated that there are certain things that they don’t do.  They are not specialists in patent law.  They don’t do bond law and they don’t appear in court.  She stated that they are not allowed to represent the university in court, so whenever there is litigation the case is turned over to the Attorney General’s office.

6.  Remarks on ADVANCE
Assistant Vice Provost Gumpertz commented on the ADVANCE Project here at NC State.  ADVANCE is an NSF Program to promote careers and advancements of women and minorities in the sciences and engineering particularly university faculty.  Gumpertz reported on the diversity that NC State has in the faculty, the ADVANCE Program, and the progress that is being made or not made.

7. Discussion
Academic Policy Committee
Senator Montse Fuentes reported on an issue of concern referred to the Academic Policy Committee on the lack of maternity/paternity policy for graduate and undergraduate students.   The committee decided to concentrate on graduate students since undergraduates do not have a clock that limits the amount of time they have to complete the degree. 

At UNC Chapel Hill full-time graduate students who are on stipend earn six weeks of support from the Graduate School and Provost for parental leave; there seems to be agreement that such a policy is needed at NC State. However, departments at NCSU cannot offer support unless there is a university policy.

The APC voted unanimously to recommend that NCSU adopt UNC Chapel Hill's Graduate Student Parental Leave Policy to allow graduate students to have six weeks of leave, to extend the clock one semester, and to be able to remain on health insurance.  The details of funding would need to be worked out for graduate students who are on stipend.

8.  Issues of Concern
Senator Jasper submitted an issue of concern from his college’s [Textiles] perspective on the BORST initiative.  He stated that the faculty and administrative units in his college are either unaware of the reorganization of the Business Units and their affect on the Academic Colleges, or they are unanimously opposed to moving the Research Component of the Business units offsite.  He noted that unanimity is a rare occurrence in the academic community, and when it occurs, it is prudent to listen and engage with the faculty, not just via a website, but in a meaningful dialog.

9.  Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.

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