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January 22, 2013

1. Call to Order
Chair Kellner called the 9th meeting of the 59th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Remarks and Announcements
Chair Kellner welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Kellner announced that the 125th Celebration Committee met last week and Packapolooza is going to become an annual event. 

Chair Kellner stated that the Faculty Assembly is addressing a situation involving the entire UNC System.  This past weekend work was done to produce documentation to send to President Ross for him to respond on behalf of the UNC Faculty to the draft strategic plan.

QEP Committee/ Budget Reallocation Committee
Chair Elect Zonderman reported that the QEP Committee is focusing specifically on the Strategic Plan and they had the second of its retreats Friday afternoon where approximately 50 people were in attendance. 

Chair Elect Zonderman reported that the Budget Reallocation Committee is at a turning point.   Last week a consultant came in to discuss different models that they could work with.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 8, January 8, 2013
The minutes were approved as submitted.

4. Remarks from  Chancellor Woodson
Chancellor Woodson gave an overview of what has been happening in the Legislature.

Chancellor Woodson reported that the strategic planning process in General Administration has been an interesting process where the writing of the plan has been held close to the desk of General Administration and the Board of Governors.

Chancellor Woodson thanked the Faculty Assembly who worked hard to author some comments about the draft plan and he urged the faculty to read the Faculty Assembly’s response and the plan itself.

Chancellor Woodson handed out a document entitled UNC System Education and Related (E&R) Spending per Degree 2007-08 to 2011.  He stated that the Board of Governors has used this document as a way to monitor progress toward being efficient. 

Chancellor Woodson reported that the US News and World Report have published their online graduate degree rankings and NC State was in the top 10 for the first time. 

Chancellor Woodson stated that a mini retreat of the University Council was held and they  continue to think about ways to budget in line with our strategic goals of the university.

5. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden announced that investments are being made in the department of University Planning and Analysis to hire a Senior Vice Provost for that unit.

Provost Arden reported on the main elements in the second memo that he sent out on the College of Sciences update.   He stated that we are on track for a July 1 implementation.

Provost Arden gave an update on space planning.  He reported that it is likely that no faculty will shift their offices or labs July 1st   because there are infrastructure items such as the biomedical research facility that has to be looked at.

6. Remarks from Wayne Blair and Laurie Mesibov, Ombuds, UNC Chapel Hill
Wayne Blair and Laurie Mesibov commented on the history of the ombuds program at UNC Chapel Hill.  They also discussed the principles by which it functions.

7.  Senate Discussion – BOG Draft Strategic Plan
The Senate discussed a list of topics from the draft Strategic Plan to give the Chancellor and Provost a sense of how the faculty feels about very sensitive academic points that were identified.  The topics included degree attainment goals, assessment, and E-Learning.

A motion passed to defer the remaining agenda to the next meeting.

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

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