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October 7, 2003

1. Call to Order
Chair Dennis M. Daley called the fourth meeting of the fiftieth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcements
Chair Daley welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Daley announced that he would be sending the Senators an email asking them to email him on the committee for which they are liaisons to or have been liaisons to regarding whether or not those committees do what they are charged to do.

Past Chair Carter announced that in today’s N&O there is an article about a new report from the North Carolina Progress Board that is housed on Centennial Campus. Past Chair Carter provided a copy of that report to the Senators for their review.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting 3, September 23, 2003
The minutes were approved unanimously.

4. Remarks from Provost Oblinger
Provost Oblinger remarked on the status of the Dean searches for the College of Management and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Provost Oblinger also commented on the tuition task force, compact planning, the capital campaign, diversity, and learning in a technology rich environment (LITRE).

5. Remarks from Herb Sendek, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Coach Sendek remarked on graduation rates and retention.

6. Issues of Concern
Chair Daley reported that the issue of concern regarding library journal editors is being looked into. He is talking with the person who submitted the concern to make sure that the Senate is clearer on what the person’s concern is.

Senator Warren proposed an issue of concern on budget affects within the university system. Chair Daley assigned the concern to the Governance Committee.

Chair Daley stated that in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Multidisciplinary Studies Department has been disbanded into the Dean’s office. The concern has been raised about the ability of Deans or others to disband departments.

Chair Daley assigned the concern to the Academic Policy Committee.

7. New Business
Grievance Statistics
Senator Nina Allen, Chair of the Governance Committee reported on the Grievance Statistics at NC State University.

Mary Beth Kurz, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel discussed revisions that have been made to the grievance and mediation procedures.

Senator Allen moved approval of the revisions to the grievance process. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Senator Allen moved approval of the mediation process revisions. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

Special Faculty Ranks
Senator Scott McRae, Chair of the Personnel Policy Committee reported that in the last semester the committee began looking at a draft of a regulation on special faculty ranks and appointments. They made some suggestions at that time which was accepted by the Provost’s Office. Since that time there has been a number of changes. The committee re-examined the regulation and would like to present it for approval.

Senate McRae reviewed the report and moved approval.

Associate Vice Provost Judy Peel noted some updates on the handout.

After further discussion on the report, Chair Daley sent the document back to the committee.

8. Adjournment
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 5:13 p.m.

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