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

2.  Welcome and Announcements
Chair Allen welcomed Senators and guests.

Chair Allen announced that five-year reviews have been for three Vice Provosts.

Sam Averitt, Friday, January 19, 2007 in 216 Mann Hall
Joanne Woodard, Friday February 9, 2007 in 211 Gardner Hall
Tom Miller, Wednesday, February 14, 2007 in 29 Winston Hall

The reviews are scheduled from 1:30-3p.m.

Chair Allen will be giving a report from the Faculty Senate to the University Council.  Please send any input to nina_allen@ncsu.edu.

The Emerging Issues Forum will be February 1-2 and anyone wishing to receive one of the scholarships provided by the Provost’s Office should contact Vernice Stevenson by Friday, January 19, 2007.

Senator Blair announced that the GER Forum is scheduled on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 from 3-5 p.m. in Stewart Theatre.

Chair Allen announced that the General Faculty Meeting would be held Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 3:15 p.m. in Room 2215 Williams Hall.  The forum will be a panel discussion on graduate education and the graduate student support plan.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 8, December 5, 2007
The motion passed unanimously to approve the minutes.

4.  Remarks from Senior Vice Provost Katie Perry
Senior Vice Provost Perry reported that the RPT process is ongoing.  They have received 22 cases so far and are expecting another 50 or more with 31 looking to be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, 6 for tenure, and approximately 25 looking to be promoted to full professor.

A sight listing the professors of distinction will be put on the web.  The site will include eighty-five names and will be minus one since that person opted out.

5. Remarks about Distance Education and Learning Technology
In July 2000, Provost Kermit Hall appointed Dr. Tom Miller as Interim Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology.  Dr. Miller accepted the appointment and later applied for the full time position.

Vice Provost Miller stated that the distance education enterprise has grown significantly since July 2000.  The growth of distance education enrollment over the past five years has been 20.5% per year.  They have more than 250 faculty currently involved in teaching courses through distance education.  Last year more than 950 course sections were offered and 7500 students were served.

DELTA has made a conscious effort over the past few years to hold down the growth of the central entity, the flexible access program, and push the growth out to the individual colleges.  In the enrollment growth this semester flexible access growth is minus 2% from this time last year.   The college, managed programs as of today are up 35% from last year this time.  They have managed to successfully push the growth of programs from their central entity out to the programs in the colleges. 

Vice Provost Miller manages their information technology group, which supports the technology. 

Comments from Donna Petherbridge, Director of Instructional Service
Historically DELTA came together out of several groups.  It is a growing organization and a new organization comparing to many on campus.  They offer professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and graduate students and they coordinate some of their workshops with the information technology division.  DELTA also works closely with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to help faculty with their teaching efforts. 

Services that are offered include custom training, instructional services, instructional house calls, where they come to your office and have someone talk to you about teaching and learning relating to technology.  They also have a help desk.

Instructional Services also offer a summer institute program each year after graduation.  This year the program is scheduled May 15-19. 

Petherbridge pointed out that DELTA is not just about distance education, that learning technology and supporting faculty is very important to them as well.

6. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
At the conclusion of the Emerging Issues Forum there will be a session on Women in Higher Education, which is to kick-start a renewed conscious about women in higher education. 

Provost Nielsen introduced Betsy Brown as Special Assistant to the Provost.  She will be primarily working 75% on International Programs with Dr. Bailian Li, Interim Vice Provost for International Affairs, and 25% on faculty and other leadership initiatives.

The Japan Center is having some financial problems.  The Director has been moved to a part time position to do some of the programs that he can do alone. 

Provost Nielsen noted that they are not abandoning the Japan Center, that they have created new Asia initiatives as an umbrella.  Betsy Brown will be acting as Director of the Center. 

A luncheon is planned on March 14 for the Confucius Institute with representatives from China.

7.  Adjournment
A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 5 p.m.  

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