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OCTOBER 5, 2004

Present:  Chair Daley, Secretary Weiner, Chair-Elect Allen; Provost Oblinger, Parliamentarian Corbin; Senators Batra, Baynes, Bernhard, Bitting, Blair, Blank, Branson, Brownie, Bruck, Clark, Fahmy, Fauntleroy, Fikry, Hanley-Bowdoin, Kasal, Kellner, Khosla, Krotee, Martin, Matthews, McRae, Middleton, Miller, Moore, Robarge, B. Smith, Stein, Warren, Young      

Excused: Senators Johnson, Tetro

Absent:  Senators Estes, Hooper, R. Smith, Wessels

Visitors:   Katie Perry, Senior Vice Provost; Robert Barnhardt, Interim Chancellor; Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Joanne Woodard, Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity; Philip Carter, Professor/Immediate Past Chair; Tim Simmons News & Observer; Thomas Conway, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & Services

1.  Call to Order
Chair Dennis Daley called the fourth meeting of the fifty-first 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 another delegate is needed to serve on the Faculty Assembly.

Chair Daley reported that the General Administration in the Office of the President is planning to do a health benefits survey of all faculty and staff in the system.  They want to establish a baseline on the satisfaction/dissatisfaction with our health care benefits.  They are looking at the high cost of dependent coverage, lack of choice in providers or other options and whether or not there is enough emphasis on preventative or disease management.

They are discussing a pilot project within the State Health Plan that would separate all the universities for the pilot project and would use the money that is currently paid for university employee healthcare to fund this.  “Contrary to our beliefs we are not healthier than other state workers.  It is a situation where we are not subsidizing other worker’s health benefits.  The subsidy throughout the system is paying for the retirees.  They would take the money that would normally go to the university system and use that to fund what is hoped to be a pilot project that could result in better benefits, and if successful, provide those for all state employees as well.” 

Chair Daley announced that a training session was held last Friday for grievance committee chairs.  The university is engaging in flu shots again this year.

3.   Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 3, September 21, 2004
The minutes were approved unanimously.

4.   Remarks from Interim Chancellor Robert Barnhardt
“It is a pleasure to be here today and it is also an honor and a privilege to serve as the Interim Chancellor of NC State University.  When I met with Molly Broad in May about this possible assignment I was very optimistic.  I was optimistic because from the years that I have spent at the university I have seen tremendous progress occur and I think there is a great deal of momentum and built up opportunities within the academy.  I feel that way because of the interactions that I have had in the support that has come to the Chancellor’s Office from everyone during this time.  I want to thank you all for your kindness and for being encouraging during this time.  I hope that I won’t offend anyone by pointing out one person in particular who has done more during this time than anyone else and that is PJ Teal.  She is totally committed to the university and at the same time to the Chancellor’s Office in making that office work very effectively. 

As the Interim Chancellor I have had the time during the past few months to visit many of the constituencies that are associated with the university and because of that I am more optimistic than ever.  I have spent time with the Mayor of Raleigh, City Commissioners, the Chamber of Commerce, the President from the ACC Universities; looking at what is happening in MCNC, in the Centennial Authority and then coming home and looking more closely here at what is happening with the colleges, centers, and institutes and the recognition and award ceremonies that I have had the pleasure to attend for many faculty members and for the Research Programs.  All of this can only lead to one conclusion on my part and that is that NC State is certainly a highly respected academic and economic force in this community and in this state.  We should all be proud of that achievement.  My optimism continues to grow and one of the reasons for that is that I think a tremendous decision was made a number of years ago about the Centennial Campus.  I would like to spend a few minutes talking about the concept of the Centennial Campus rather than the buildings and mortar.  It is a great facility.  It is interesting when you have people coming from around the world to learn about what the Centennial Campus is and you drive through and see the buildings.  You tell them all of the statistics about the size, 2700 people who we have working out there, two thousand students that are soon to be enrolled, and with the middle school and the infrastructure, the investments of some $350M, which is easy to quantify but I don’t think that those statistics are really the core of the Centennial Campus.  It is a mindset change that we have experienced as a university that has made us more progressive.  It has made us a more progressive research university in the tradition of land grant universities.  I think that has helped us establish ourselves as a leader in the field and I wish we had kept track somewhere of all those people and institutions who have come to learn from us, what this is all about. 

We should be proud of what has been established there.  There are some changes that I think have impacted the university.  Research has been redefined to be a constant.  It now measured in continuous rather than discreet incremental elements and we have said that research has a broader connotation and can be more encompassing of many ranges.  I think that it is a great step forward that reflecting the need of society many research topics have become more complex and they have required an integration of multidisciplinary activities and approaches of teams. The method of team research, of multidisciplinary research seems to pervade many activities here at the university.  It is not the only acceptable method by any means, but it is one that is growing more and more as we visit and see what is happening around campus.  It is certainly a model that has worked at this point and time and these research activities have certainly impacted our academic programs as well.  We have new and revised courses.  We have new and revised curriculums.  We have additional undergraduate and graduate degrees that have increased during the past few years and many of those have been a function of the activities that are going on from our research endeavors. 

As a dean I fought the university for a long time thinking that we were very, very inflexible and I still believe that we are not out of that mold completely, but we have made tremendous strives during the past few years.  Think of the Kenan Institute which is a private institute but it reports to the Chancellor.  That is an interesting model.  Think of the B-tech initiative and how that has come together and if you think of it, it has a lot of parents if you think of who has a stake in the B-tech initiative on campus. The Golden Leaf has because they funded a lot of it.  The university system has because we are totally involved in the research activities and we will build a new building on our campus.  NC Central is building a new building on their campus as well.  Certainly we are interacting with the biotechnology center and they have an interest in what is going on, and when you put all of this together, there are the people around the table who are involved in biotechnology activities as operating corporations and they have an interest.  To me it is a tremendous success that somehow we have been able to put all of this together and make it function under this umbrella of a university.  I don’t think this would have been the easiest thing to achieve in prior years.  I think of the establishment of the Bill and Ida Friday Institute for Education innovation to be located adjacent to the middle school.  We think about highly creative ideas that are evolving from this initiative and they have been evolving from this initiative probably even before they conceived a physical location.  This was an idea grown from the faculty of what could be, and of course having the new facilities is going to make it easier but it does not preclude academic initiatives growing and programs being successful. Think of the biomedical engineering program, a joint program with NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School.  Think of the value of an Engineering Program coupled with a Medical Program and then think of the sources of funding where you could go if you go collectively looking for research funds and support of graduate students in those two fields together.  It has not been easy to accomplish but it has been done.  There are the companies that have been spun off from the research results by our faculty and by our graduate students and they are an important economic driver to the state.  These examples are not exhaustive by any means.  They are not time specific.  They are dynamic.  They are continuing to grow.  They are continuing to evolve and to me it is a way of saying that our approach to achieving some of our missions have been influenced by this concept, this philosophy of the Centennial Campus. 

Six years ago Marye Anne Fox stood in the Textiles atrium and was introduced as our new Chancellor.  One of the things that she said was that NC State has great possibilities to become an outstanding university.  I think it is time to proclaim that we are an outstanding university.  We have become the outstanding university.  We can celebrate this.  We have got more work to do.  We can not stop because there are tremendous challenges that lie on our horizon but we have arrived and I give credit to every one in this room because it is the function of the individual academic units, the functions of our research units that brings all of this together and we have done it successfully and I for one am very proud of what we have achieved and I hope that you share this pride with me.  Thank you.”  

Senator Martin stated that he came to a Research One University with the intent of looking for ways to integrate teaching and research and whether we look at just infrastructure or even programmatic issues.  “We seem to have moved forward with this Centennial concept in how the research areas and the teaching areas are here on main campus.  Resources are distributed that way and much of the physical sciences research is going to be done on the main campus because that is where we teach because we have such a high teaching load.  Are we different from the research on Centennial Campus?  There seems to be the have and the have not campus.  How can we address that and bring back the vision of the Research One University being clearly integrated with both teaching and research?”

Chancellor Barnhardt stated that the academic side of the Centennial Campus will be improved as the College of Engineering begins to locate on that campus.  “The second thing related to that is we have to go through a building out arrangement where it will take time before all the university or whatever portions of the colleges are committed to that campus will actually be built out on that campus, but at the same time think of the space that will be vacated as individual schools move out. I see as individual colleges are built on that Centennial Campus that we will also be vacating space on this campus and that eventually parity will exist.  It is very difficult to think of trying to grow a lot of new buildings on this particular campus.”

Senator Martin stated that he is not just speaking of building buildings.  “I think some of the mentality has also been that we are excited about the vision of Centennial Campus and it may have come to some degree because of our excitement about the vision of what we can be as a great university as a whole campus.”

Chancellor Barnhardt stated that he thinks that we have made progress in that way, that if we look at the types of research activities that we are involved in it is not simply multidisciplinary teams and it is not a function of Centennial Campus versus North Campus.  The changes in academic programs are not a function of one campus versus another campus.  “I think having that space and having those opportunities changes our way of thinking about research, and thinking about academics.  What I had hoped to do was to try to convey the message that these things are evolving throughout the entire university.”

Senator Moore wanted to know about the status of the hotel.

Chancellor Barnhardt stated that, “there is no need for a hotel in this area although we are building a huge one downtown.  We are building a huge one in Cary.  We are building a huge one in North Raleigh.  Nevertheless there is no need for a hotel.  What has been decided is the easiest way to work with that package is to disconnect the golf course.  If the golf course comes first and when that happens we get a convention center or a hotel and I don’t know which one is going to come next.  Interesting enough at a meeting with Mayor Meeker a few weeks ago he was excited about the golf course because he sees that as an attraction to people going to the hotel and the convention center.”

Senator McRae commented that one of the questions that is most often asked about the occupants of Centennial Campus is what their connection with NC State is and he thinks one thing that will help a great deal in the perception of Centennial Campus is that more publicity be given of the connections of the organizations with the university.

Chancellor Barnhardt agreed and stated that his understanding is that they all have a connection somehow, but like many other things we may not publish that and we can do that relatively easy. 

Senator McRae stated, that would help a great deal and it certainly will make more apparent the actual connection between the university and Centennial Campus.

5.  Remarks from Tom Stafford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
“The Division of Student Affairs has as its mission to facilitate the total education and the total development of our students, so we look at the work that we do as being complimentary to what is done in the academic departments on campus.  We view our responsibilities to include personal, social, physical, cultural leadership as well as in some cases the intellectual development of our students.  The motto that we use in our division is “students first” and I hope that many of you have already heard that and know about it.  That means that for us our students and their welfare and their education and their development is the most important thing for us. 

We also emphasize diversity and the way that I like to look at this is to ask every person who works in the Division of Student Affairs to look for ways to help create an environment on this campus that welcomes and supports and provides every opportunity for success for every person who comes here and especially for every student who comes here regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any disability that they may have, and to speak up if any situation is observed where discrimination has taken place on any basis.  We carry out this mission through a variety of programs ranging from the traditional Student Affairs service areas like Housing, Dining, the Student Health Center, the Career Services Office, Student Government, Student Conduct Office, Judicial Programs, Greek Fraternities and Sororities, our Student Centers and we also have programs that are not always found in the Division of Student Affairs, but because of our history and our traditions here at NC State they are part of our Student Affairs Program.  Those include the Arts Programs, Physical Education, and ROTC Programs, that are examples of some of those programs that are typically in Student Affairs.  We are projecting a number of new facilities either recently completed or in progress or in planning stages that I want you to know about.  We opened a new dining hall over in Clark where the Student Health Services used to be located.  The residential facilities on campus have been greatly enhanced this fall and will be even more enhanced in a year as we add eventually a total of 1200 new beds in our Wolf Village Residential Complex.  This is an apartment style facility located east of ES King Village.  It is a wonderful new facility for our students.  We are projecting a major addition to Carmichael Gymnasium.  The debt service fee for that has already been approved and since the student fees are going to increase for that, the fees that we all pay to use that facility will also increase. We are also proposing a new debt service fee to do a major renovation of the Thompson Building, which houses our theatre programs on campus.  We would like to renovate that building and convert it into a first rate center on this campus for our Arts Programs.  As we work through all these programs and activities we would very much like to collaborate with faculty and with academic units on campus.  We have a number of programs that fall into that category that I am very pleased about.  We always look forward to that type of collaboration.  The Scholars Program is a residential program that works very closely with each of the academic colleges with one exception, to identify the top incoming students each year.  They live together.  They take scholar sections together for their classes and they attend a wide variety of programs and activities and seminars and field trips to enrich their total education experience here at NC State. 

Finally, I would like to make some brief comments about the tragic shootings that occurred in the tailgate area of our first football game.  I hope that you understand that this tragedy took place in an area that does not belong to NC State.  The tailgating area in which this occurred is a part of the fair grounds and they have jurisdiction there.  We have no authority and no jurisdiction in that area unless they ask us to join with them to do so.  After this tragedy occurred we got a lot of feedback.  Chancellor Barnhardt, Provost Oblinger, and Vice Chancellor Leffler and others worked very closely and very well together as a team to develop what we thought was the best response to this situation.  We were concerned about a lot more than just the fact that two people had been very tragically killed because as we went along we began to understand that there were other areas to be concerned about in that lot especially involving the use of alcohol.  We made some changes.  We restricted that lot.  The lot is now by parking permit only.  We have given additional parking permits to students in addition to the ones that they had previously received.  We have given additional parking permits to members of the Wolfpack Club.  Our campus police have worked closely with the fairground folks to coordinate a plan to have a significant presence of campus police in uniform in that lot during the time of the pre-game activities.  That lot has been restricted to include only the five hours prior to the game.  Prior to this time there were no restrictions whatsoever on that lot.  Anyone could go in there at any time and basically do anything that they wanted to do.  We decided that that environment needed to be changed.  We have also asked the ALE folks to step up their presence and they have done so and they check for underage alcohol consumption. We have had a couple of games to test these new restrictions out and they seem to be working well.  We plan to continue those.”

Senator Kellner stated that there seemed to be quite a number of uniformed officers in that area.  He wants to know who the officers were if they were not campus police and since the incident began with a traffic situation what exactly were their functions there.

Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that prior to the change the only people who provided any patrolling in that area would have been the police force for the fairgrounds, which consist of five people.  “There were other major events taking place that same day at the fairgrounds.  In fact, many people don’t know that another person was killed on the fairgrounds that morning.  Five people cannot provide the appropriate patrolling for that area during a football game.  What you may have seen when you went by there was probably much different from what you would have seen if you were inside the lot because on the street (Trinity Road) there are many highway patrolmen.  As you get close to the gates of the stadium you will see other people there to direct traffic and that was their primary function.  I can tell you that inside of that lot, in terms of police or law enforcement officials, there were very little or any present prior to the changes that we made.  The change that we made has resulted in members of our campus police in agreement with the fairground folks to allow them to come in.  They are at the entrances and they are patrolling inside the lot during the tailgate, five hours before the game.”

Senator Young wanted to know if there is any reason for faculty to be confident that the students are not likely to be violent in the classroom.  He stated that there are terrorist watches now and that schools may or may not be checking students from international countries and that universities may or may not be checking.  “Is there anything that the faculty should assume has or has not been done?”

Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that the university is making every possible and reasonable effort to ensure that every student that comes here is not going to be a person who will carry out any violent acts in the classroom or in a lab or anywhere else.  “Having said that there is no way that I can assure or guarantee you that we can absolutely prevent that in every single case.  We are involved with others from across the system in a task force that the President put into place to look at these issues and that group has taken under consideration whether we should require a background check from every student before we admit them.  They have already determined that to be impractical.  We have approximately 15,000 applications here plus another group of transfer applications and just to try to review a criminal background check on every student that comes in here is just unreasonable.  We try to ask everyone who is a part of our team here, faculty, people who live in the residence halls and work with students and others to always be alert to any indications that a student or anyone else is not a person that is exhibiting any kind of behavior that would cause us to be concern.  We have to ask the entire community to be alert and to look for this because we have to face the realities of the world that we live in today.  As you look around the world you will see that there are some really crazy people out there who are doing some horrible things.  We have to keep our guard up but we cannot lock down this campus in a way that prevents the kind of freedoms that we think are so important to our campus.  We are carrying out the very best effort that we can to ensure the safety of everyone.  I ask everyone to join with us to help look for any signs that may indicate that we have a problem.” 

Senator Moore wants to know what is included in the Carmichael gymnasium expansion. 

Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that more space is needed for the noon block of time.  “We are planning a significant addition that will be located where the outdoor basketball courts are now located.  It will be a new facility and it will not be directly connected to the present building, but will provide a lot more space for the kind of things that are needed.”

Senator Smith wanted to know if there are any plans for food service on Centennial Campus.

Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that this is a very important and a very complex question.  “It is complex because we have several different organizational units that potentially represent food service out there.  We have the Shuttle-Inn, which is University Dining.  We have plans for food service in the new Alumni Building, which is a separate operation.  We have plans for a lunch facility in one of the Ventures and the people at Centennial Campus have negotiated that contract with a private vendor, so you have different groups out there.  There will be three to four thousand engineering students on Centennial Campus after the second engineering building opens so we have to really rethink this issue especially in terms of food service for students.   There is also consideration about having an upscale dining facility for corporate partners and people who come in from the corporate world.   We have all these different needs and units and we have to get it coordinated.  I am pleased to announce that a taskforce is working together to try to develop the best plan that we can for future food service on Centennial.  We need to do a lot more.”

Chair-Elect Allen wanted to know if any thoughts have been given to music performances.  “What are we going to do to improve the Music Department on this campus?”

Vice Chancellor Stafford stated that the plan for the renovation of Thompson would benefit primarily Theater, the Craft Center and the Dance Program.  “We hope to build a new dance studio on the back side above the wood shop.  It will provide two theaters of different sizes in which the Music Department may be involved with the production of music.”

6.  Old Business
Second Reading:  Resolution on Academic Freedom
A document was handed out from the Academic Policy Committee outlining the issues of the resolution.

Senator Bruck moved that the rules be suspended to allow a third reading of the resolution.  It is his desire that the resolution be on the record prior to the October 16 presentation by  David Horowitz at the McKimmon Center.

The motion was seconded.

Senator Warren presented the resolution for its second reading. 

Senator Robarge questioned why the resolution is necessary since he has not heard an argument as to why it is necessary other than to respond to an event that has not taken place.  He stated, “The resolution is an excellent document regarding our rights and what we all are here for in terms of academic freedom but from the standpoint that this is apparently an issue about power, and by passing a resolution like this at this time you are in a sense acknowledging that there is a threat and therefore giving some legitimacy to that threat.   We will need some time to pass this resolution.  Why are we doing it now?  I have not heard an argument for that.”

Senator Warren stated that that she thinks there can be different interpretations as to how great the risk is here.  “We have a good understanding that the Pope Center for Higher Education intends to introduce this as a bill in the General Assembly.  Given that the General Assembly doesn’t meet until January it is one issue, on the other hand committees do continue to meet.  It is our understanding that it depends a little bit on how the election goes.  To my mind groups across the nation that specifically David Horowitz has had great success have risen only in the last year and a half.  The academic bill of rights has already gone through the Georgia Senate as a non-biding resolution.  It has been adopted by the administration of higher education in Colorado so the entire wording was adopted on the premise that it would be pulled from the legislature there.  Depending on whether you take the word of the students for academic freedom or the word of the AAUP it is in ten different state legislatures at this moment at different stages. It was introduced to the California Legislature and was in the Education Committee when the Faculty Senate for the California State System spoke out very clearly and firmly against it and persuaded the legislature there to stop it at that point.  I think that it really depends on who you asked.  I am one who feels that this is not the time for complacency.  I really do think that the groups represented here have had huge success and certainly in terms of the public relations campaign they have had enormous success in creating an atmosphere I think increasingly concerning even hostility about the very notion of academic practice.”

Senator Moore noted that he is a member of the Academic Policy Committee and stated that they did discuss whether they wanted to wait until after the presentation or before, and it boiled down to whether they wanted to be proactive or reactive concerning academic freedom.  Their choice was that they wanted to be proactive and not give the impression of a knee jerk reaction after the presentation. 

Senator Clark wanted to know what have been done about this at other institutions in the UNC System.

Senator Warren stated that back in March and April when some of these issues came up they passed an academic freedom resolution.  “In terms of their having reacted, I think that NC State has been a little bit ahead of the curve, partly because UNC has been under a bit of a cloud.  The Department of Education just cleared it in this issue of a student’s civil rights being violated but issued some reprimands.  I think that UNC is starting to work on this in various faculty council committees and it is my understanding via email but I certainly cannot affirm this that there is an intent on the part of the Faculty Assembly group to do something.  Obviously that is not going to happen before David Horowitz’s visit but it is my understanding that one of the members is working on that.”

Senator Bruck asked, “Is this something that we did feel threatened by as a committee?  The answer is yes.  This is not something to be taken lightly.  The comments made on that forty-five second broadcast on WRAL by these two organizations were outright challenges to the function and structure of the university systems.  The fact is, that this is something that my philosophy is that the best defense is a good offense.  There is not a   word in this document that has not been written before and is already codified in the documents that guide our institutions.  We are not changing the rules.  We are not adding something.  This is simply a restatement, nothing more, nothing less.  I do not want to be reacting to something that comes up.  I want to be proactive and stated that this body if it so chooses decides that we are going to reaffirm the very likes of the academic system that are already in effect.”

Senator Young wanted to know if there is any danger of vagueness in the resolution.

Senator Bruck stated that it was very intentionally made vague rather than pointing to anecdote or specific incidents.  There are no words that have not already been written.

Senator Blank stated that he has talked about this issue with his son who is a philosophy and math major at UNC and in the discussion with him about this situation he said, by large his reading of what he is seeing and his hearing of what has happened with this group in the past gave me the impression that he would call them insidious, devious and dangerous to ignore. “ I suggest that we keep it simple; we keep it in the form of this resolution that we go on record to reaffirm what is already in place.  I agree that there is nothing in here that has not been said before.  I believe we need to pass this resolution before David Horowitz shows up because I don’t want to be seen as reacting to something after the chaos has been created.” 

Senator McRae stated that there are more than just these two organizations that are trying to get these ideas into academic forums.  The University and the Provost’s Office had a plan to participate in a faculty survey sponsored by the Higher Education Research Institute which is an institute at UCLA’s School of Information and Education.  We have done this in the past but not recently and when the survey instrument showed up it turned out that there were a number of inappropriate questions on that survey that a public university should not ask of its faculty and should not collect.  In the course of the investigation it turned out that these questions were only surveyed because of a large grant to the Higher Education Research Institute, and they had requested that these questions be put on the survey and the institute then agreed to do so.  Now is there a result to the investigation because the Provost’s Office made a decision that we could not participate in this survey because of these inappropriate questions?  The point being that this type of intrusion onto the precepts of academic endeavor and information are coming from all sides.  I think that we need to be vigilant and to have a resolution like this, which puts us on record from the beginning that this is something that we would not allow.

Senator Miller stated that she is in favor of the resolution and suggested that one of the major reasons why it should pass is that it sends a signal to the administration of the university system and to the legislature that something is in the air, that they need to get defensive and need to think about protecting the university system and not simply to accept the kinds of statements that these organizations are going to be making. 

The motion was voted on and passed unanimously to suspend the rules to have a third reading of the resolution.

The motion to adopt the Resolution on Academic Freedom was voted on and passed unanimously.

7.  Reports
Personnel Policy Committee
Senator McRae reported that his committee did not get the revised version of the six realms to the RPT Committee in time therefore they did not get input on the changes that have been discussed.

The committee is investigating the possibility of increased childcare.  There have been a number of studies and the deans are very interested in this topic.  It is a strong faculty retention issue.  Senator McRae would like anyone who has had experience from prior institutions or knows of some other university where this has been done to contact him.

Governance Committee
Senator Krotee stated that the committee addressed several issues of concern with George Wilson, Vice Provost of International Affairs.  Vice Provost Wilson will submit his recommendations to the appropriate subcommittee as well as the Chair and hopes to come before the full Senate sometime in the spring.

Resources and Environment Committee
Senator Bernhard stated that next week the committee has scheduled a discussion on our outreach to the university’s outreach to K-12.  There is a potential to pass a resolution to which everyone can agree that we are already doing some remarkable things.  This can be a vehicle for extolling and complimenting what we are doing and also I think we can all agree that we could be doing a lot more. 

The committee has invited Sam Snyder from the College of Education, David Haas from Physics, Senator Bob Bruck, and Laura Bottomley from the College of Engineering to attend the meeting.

Liaison Reports
Senator Robarge reported that the Bookstore Committee is meeting on Friday.  They will file a report shortly after that meeting.

Senator Kellner reported that the Registration, Records and Calendar Committee approved and proposed a new course schedule proposal that will begin next year and is currently working on the possibility of changing the calendar dates trying to not begin so early in August and on the other hand put them more in line with the calendar situations of other universities in the area and with the public school system. 

Senator Brownie reported from the Council on Athletics that the university has blocked all waivers, dealing with a certain amount of both math and language requirements for enrolling.  This year there were three applicants (athletes) enrolled with waivers. 

Vice Provost Thomas Conway stated, “This year was the first year the new minimum course requirements from the Office of the President were in effect.  The foreign language went from highly recommended at NC State to a system requirement across the board.  There were three students admitted to the university that did not have two years of foreign language in that regard.  In 2006 the math requirement kicks in.  The committee that met to review the special considerations took into account the fact that this was the first year of the new foreign language requirement and recommended admission of the three students in this year's pool. However, the committee also sent forth the recommendation that we not consider students in the future who come forward without the two foreign language courses and the four math courses, after 2006.  We are continuing to gather information and will present that information as it becomes available.  Currently the recommendation is not to admit students after 2006 who do not have four math courses as will be the requirement from the Office of the President.”

8.  Adjournment
Chair Daley adjourned the meeting at 4:25 p.m.

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