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April 5, 2011

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the 12th meeting of the 57th session to order at 3 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcement
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests

Chair Overton announced that the elections to the Faculty Assembly and Athletics Council will take place at the next meeting.  There will also be an election to nominate twelve individuals to run for next year’s Executive Committee.

Chair Overton announced that Senator Roby Sawyers has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Faculty for the next two years.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 11, March 22, 2011
The minutes were approved as corrected.

4. Report from the Faculty Assembly
Chair-elect Kellner reported that the Faculty Assembly met Friday, March 25th in Chapel Hill and the general theme of the meeting was distance education.  During the meeting they received a biographical disposition from Lyon Gray, Senior Adviser to President Ross.  They were also notified that the Vice President for Academic Affairs had been chosen. 

There was discussion about eliminating the EPA/SPA distinctions and questions were asked about protection of SPA.

5. Remarks –Provost Arden
Provost Arden gave a short overview of the Strategic Plan and Strategic Realignment.  He also took a number of questions from the floor.

The latest version of the mission statement has been sent to the Board of Trustees.  Provost Arden stated that they had a call-in session with the Board of Trustees last week and took their comments.   A lot of comments revolved around the mission statement.  Yesterday they sent the latest version to the Board of Trustees and it will eventually have to be approved by the Board of Governors. 

Provost Arden stated that they hope to have the Strategic Plan to the Board of Trustees for approval at the April meeting.

6. Sustainability Strategic Plan—Jack Colby & Bill Winner
Vice Chancellor Colby reported that sustainability has always been a part of NC State.  It is embedded in NC State’s mission and the things that have been done on campus has been an individualistic approach to things. There has been a history of successes here, 85% of students say NC State should be a leader in sustainability. 

Dr. Winner stated that they are going to advance the intellectual capacity of the university. We all have to become more culturally aware of how our actions consume resources.  This is about a culture of sustainability that reflects a new way of getting together and talking about how we are going to implement plans. 

Winner stated that we have to be extremely careful about how we evaluate our sustainability capacity.  He noted that there are a large number of ways to report, but we have to choose carefully where we report and what we report. 

The PowerPoint presentation is available on the Faculty Senate website at: http://ncsu.edu/faculty_senate/items-interest/documents/SSP_CampusInput_Presentation_FacultySen.pdf

7. Issues of Concern
Senator Auberbach brought an issue of concern about a proposal to allow any study abroad course to automatically satisfy the global knowledge requirement of the GEP

Chair Overton assigned the issue of concern to the Academic Policy Committee

8. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m.

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