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September 18, 2012

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

2. Remarks from the Chair
Chair Kellner commented on the “Pack gives back”  (State Employees Combined Campaign).    He encouraged everyone to look into what is happening in their colleges to make sure that we get the kind of participation that is possible. 

Chair Kellner reported that Chapel Hill General Faculty will be having an emergency meeting this afternoon with regards to Chancellor Thorpe’s resignation. 

Chair Kellner commented on the Board of Governors’ Strategic Planning Advisory Committee and shared a report that he received from Catherine Rigsby, Chair of the Faculty Assembly.  Chair Kellner stated that the committee has alarmed people just as any advisory committee would.  The way it differs from those in the past is that the Board of Governors has decided to do it on a fairly short time line.  They want something done by January which is prior to the new governor and the new legislature coming into office.  The one conclusion that Rigsby takes away from this is that this process will have less faculty input than did UNC Tomorrow five years ago. 

Chair Kellner announced that the General Faculty meeting will be October 16th and the Senate is open to suggestions. The meeting will be the day before the Chancellor’s Forum, which was announced last week.  The notice of that will be going out soon.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 2, September 4 2012
The minutes were approved as edited.

4. Remarks from Provost Arden
Provost Arden presented a Power Point on university rankings.  He stated that rankings shape people’s perception of the institution. 

The common data sources include IPEDS (integrated Post Secondary Education System), Common Data set, and some internal institutional data.

Provost Arden stated that he focuses on the two rankings that are most widely read and have very different objectives.  One is the US News and World Report and the other one is the Center for Measuring University Performance.

5.  Remarks and Discussion, Louis Hunt, Vice Provost/University Registrar
Vice Provost Hunt compared data from 2007 and 2012.  He reported that the 2007 class was the largest class in our history.  In 2007 we had approximately 16,400 apps and now we are at 20,300.  We were at 60% admits in 2007 and now we are down to 49 percent.  There are very few schools that are below 50% admission rate.  In 2007 we enrolled 4,791 freshmen students and this year we are down to 2,228 and that is by design.  The SAT in 2007 was 1171 and this year it is 1219, and it went up 28 points this year alone.  In 2007 we had 34.4% in the top 10% of the class and this year we have 51.2 percent. 

Vice Provost Hunt reported that high school GPAs continue to rise this year at 4.37.  Out of state and international students are something that we have been pushing.  In 2007 about 8.6% of the incoming class was out of state or international and this year we are at about 16 percent. 

Vice Provost Hunt’s remarks ended with comments and questions from the Senators.

6. Discussion Questions for Tom Miller, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Entrepreneurship
Senators submitted questions and concerns that they would like Vice Provost Miller to address when he gives remarks at the next meeting.

7. Issues of Concern
Senator Knopp is concerned about the membership of important university committees and the distribution of academic versus non academic members on them. 

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:52  p.m.

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