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Executive Summary

Regular Meeting No. 3 of the 53rd Session: Faculty Senate Chambers September 26, 2006
1. Call to Order

Chair Nina Stromgren Allen called the third meeting of the fifty-third session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

Chair Allen welcomed Senators and guests.

Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be held, Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Talley Student Center.

2. Approval of the Minutes Meeting No. 2, September 12, 2006

The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

3. Remarks from Chancellor Oblinger

There are currently two committees meeting looking at Tuition and Fees. The Tuition Administrative Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Provost Nielsen and Student Body President Will Quick. Vice Chancellor Tom Stafford chairs the Fee Review Committee.

This year the Board of Governors will be reviewing the combined total increase of tuition and fees. NC State has had appropriate groups with students involved in both of those committees discussing what new fees might be proposed and they have already cleared through Finance and Business. They will not be able to approve them all because GA will impose a cap somewhere between five and ten percent growth in the tuition and fees amount. There will also be a four-year plan associated with it so that students and their parents and families would know that the tuition that is proposed would not grow any larger than what the Board of Governors decide for the next four years.

Media Coverage

Chancellor Oblinger read a portion of an article out of the Wall Street Journal about NC State and noted that he had received a lot of positive emails about the article.

There is a publicly supported independent economic think tank known as the Milken Institute that recently published a study that looks at how well institutions of higher education do at commercialization; the process of turning intellectual property into business startups and jobs. NC State is number twenty out of the 135 institutions that were ranked. UNC Chapel Hill was twenty-fifth; Duke University was thirty-eighth and Wake Forest was fifty-ninth.

Chancellor Oblinger read a portion of an interview that President Bowles had with the Greater Charlotte Magazine: Bowles believes that it is important in this process (research and collaboration and utilization of resources) to find ways to reward the commercialization of intellectual property. “That is not a bad thing, it is a good thing,” he asserts. If it generates new businesses it can create the SAS Institute of tomorrow. NC State University does a better job of working with private industry than other universities in our system. I would like to see other universities step up like NC State has stepped up.

CNN Money. Com… There was a piece on America’s smartest cities in which Raleigh was ranked number two in the country trailing Seattle and is tied with San Francisco. The index of smartest city is tied to the number of citizens in the urban area that have undergraduate baccalaureate degrees. Seattle’s percentage is 52.7% of the population. San Francisco and Raleigh’s percentage is 50.1 percent.

The Joyner Visitor Center on Western Boulevard was dedicated on September 21st. It is a spotlight, a lot of different aspects of NC State from student life to faculty life and research projects and the outreach activities of this campus across the country and around the world. The building was funded through private donations.

There will be a gala on November 17 when the Dorothy and Roy Park Building is officially dedicated.

There will be a seminar on Tuesday, October 17 at 2:30pm in Stewart Theater where US Senator from South Carolina, Lindsay Graham will be speaking.

Chancellor Oblinger stated that last Friday night was the eleventh annual lifetime giving society gala. There were approximately 500 people in attendance and as of August 31 we have raised $982.7M toward our billion-dollar campaign.

Chancellor Oblinger commented on the Wake County Public School bond and encouraged everyone to vote.

4. Remarks by Matt Ronning, Research Administration

Associate Vice Chancellor, Matt Ronning reported on conflicts of interest and commitment

He stated that NC State is a powerhouse when it comes to entrepreneurialship and noted that NC State has several hundred million dollars worth of grant contract funding; all of this is extremely well received and highly encouraged by administration.

Ronning highlighted some items from a handout he distributed.

Ronning stated that there are policies, rules, and regulations promulgated by two federal agencies; the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation and they are called the common rules so all federal agencies adopt them. If you read the North Carolina State statue without reading the federal rules you would see that it would be very difficult under the law of the state of North Carolina to consult to have a start up company that does business with the university and to have some of these other privileged relationships that are afforded to faculty of academic institutions.

5. Reports

Senator Moore reported that he attended a Distance Education Meeting in CALS where the Associate Dean was discussing some items happening at the university level. He noted that one item in particular was that the university-wide evaluation of teaching form is being converted to an electronic form on the Internet.

A number of faculty members believe that putting the form on the web would decrease the number of replies.

Chair Allen assigned the topic to the Academic Policy Committee for it to review.

6. Adjournment

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting at 4 p.m. The motion passed unanimously.

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