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January 10, 2012

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 8th meeting of the 58th session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3 p.m.

2. Announcements and Remarks
Chair Kellner welcomed senators and guests. 

Chair Kellner announced that the General Faculty meeting has been rescheduled to March 13th  in the Talley Student Center Ballroom at 3 p.m.

Chair Kellner reported that three Dean searches are currently in progress; two are academic (CALS and Natural Resources) and the regulations require that a number of faculty members be elected in elections overseen by Faculty Senators.   The third search is for the Dean of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. 

Chair Kellner announced that there will be three Vice Provost reviews in the next few weeks. A form will be sent after each of the meetings for faculty who are interested to submit their opinions and comments. 

Chair Kellner received a save the date message for March 1 when there will be a Celebrating Faculty Research and Scholarship Event here in the library at 4 p.m.  It will be sent to the entire faculty tomorrow.

Chair Kellner reported that the Chancellor talked about the tuition situation at the University Council and the Academic Leadership meetings.  Later this week, the Board of Governors will be voting on whether or not to approve the campus recommendation for catch up money as well as tuition increase for the university. 

Chair Kellner stated that he heard a great deal at the meetings about the Hunt Library.  Currently the university has the study space for 5% of the student body with UNC benchmark at 20% so we are way behind.  With the Hunt Library and DH Hill we will reach 13%, which will be much better.

Chair Kellner commented on remarks that were made at the Academic Leadership meeting about the faculty excellence fund. 

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 7, November 29, 2011
A motion passed to approve the minutes as submitted.

4. Distance Education Changes and Financing
Vice Provost Tom Miller reported that the DE Strategic Task Force met last spring.  He presented a PowerPoint on the outcome of the strategic planning process.  The membership of the task force consisted of one dean, five associate deans, two department heads, one Vice Provost and one DE Program Director.  They were given a charge to review tuition, the flow of DE generated resources to colleges and departments, and faculty compensation.

Karen Helm, Director of Planning and Analysis gave remarks on the accreditation process and solicited input from the faculty on the Quality Enhancement Plan.

6. Issues of Concern                         
Chair Kellner received an issue of concern that alleges that the draft program evaluation tool of the development of program effectiveness group favored large main stream programs.

Senator Zonderman responded that the mechanism used will be that in addition to all the quantitative data, we are going to follow up with a qualitative review.

CNR Faculty are concerned with “the modification to consulting and conflict of interest regulations and notification of intent being promulgated.”  Chair Kellner assigned the issue to the Personnel Policy Committee. 

Past Chair Jim Martin submitted an issue of concern about disability services and the method of notifying faculty about student accommodations. 

7. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:50 p.m.

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