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November 20, 2007


1.  Call to Order
Chair James D. Martin called the seventh meeting of the fifty-fourth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome & Announcements
Chair Martin welcomed Senators and Guests.

The Executive Committee meeting has been postponed until Thursday, December 6, 2007.

3. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 6, November 6, 2007
The motion passed to approve the minutes. 

4.  Remarks from the Chair
Thoughts on Campus Safety
With respect to campus safety and our community, there are many things we do very well.  This is evidenced by the fact that our crime rate is extremely low…much lower than one would expect for most towns of 30-40,000 people.  But just as every time I inspect my lab I must critically look for potential safety and security risks, we must do the same as we look at our campus community. 

We clearly can and must do more to CREATE a strong community built on equity and justice.  This will create an environment/culture that minimizes the likelihood of safety/security incidents. 

We must also ensure there is protective gear (infrastructure) and appropriate structures (procedures) to address any incidents that do occur.

5. Remarks from Provost Nielsen
Provost Nielsen reported that a designer has been chosen and they are in the process of negotiations to proceed on steps to build the new library on Centennial Campus. 

Library Funding
Provost Nielsen stated that it has become a concern about how we fund libraries.  A strategy was adopted during Chancellor Fox’s time to get the library funding and then keep it at 3% of the general operating budget for the university.  About three years ago it was 3% for the first time and lasted for approximately one year and then started to fall again to 2.8%. 

Provost Nielsen asked the University Budget Advisory Committee to begin the process of looking carefully at the library budget in total by bringing all the pieces together to re-examine whether this 3% level is a good arbitrary level. 

Search for the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology (CIO)
The search for the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology continues to progress.  Provost Nielsen stated that they are aiming for on-campus, full multiple-day public interviews with the finalist for late January or the first week of February. 

Space Utilization
Space utilization has risen on the agenda of Erskine Bowles and the Board of Governors in terms of how well we are using the resources that we have here.  Provost Nielsen stated that we are going to face a lot of scrutiny in the coming years about how much space we need in order to accomplish the enrollment growth that we are anticipating. 

Summer School (Can we attempt to get appropriated support for summer school)
Provost Nielsen reported that summer school is currently self-funded on the basis of tuition, as opposed to the academic year state funding. The legislature has not seen fit to fund summer school the same way they fund everything else.  It’s hard to tell what may happen relative to summer school and summer school funding but it is clearly on the agenda for General Administration to better fund summer school better by getting legislative support.

6.  Campus Safety
David Rainer-Associate Vice Chancellor for Environmental Health and Public Safety
Vice Chancellor Rainer reported on what is happening with respect to public safety and how a lot of what we are currently doing is being driven by outside forces.  He feels this is a good thing because there has been a lot of interest in campus safety that has come from General Administration that he thinks has had a positive impact and is going to generate some money for the campus to implement some programs.

7. Reports
Governance Committee
Senator Moore stated that an “Issue of Concern” regarding the voting procedure used at the October 23, 2007 Faculty Senate Meeting has been examined by the Governance Committee. The “concern” was the procedure used to invoke the secret ballot vote on the Academic Policy Committee report about the General Education Program.

Since the outcome of the vote was definitive, the committee recommended the results stand without any further action.

The Governance Committee will be recommending some Bylaw changes in the near future to prevent a similar concern from occurring.

APC-on-line course hosting regulation
Senator Hudson, Chair of the Academic Policy Committee, reported that there are two changes that have been proposed in this regulation.  The first one is to add clarifying language that helps this regulation link to a similar regulation.  The other issue is to take out a point in one of the sections that suggests that faculty work out ADA accessibility issues within the drop add period.  There was a concern raised that it might be perceived by faculty that students should drop the course rather than faculty work out the accessibility issues.  The committee suggested that the phrase be dropped and that the clarifying language be added.

A motion was made and seconded to accept the revisions and to leave point five as recommended by the Academic Policy Committee.

After much discussion on the issue a motion passed to table the report. 

8. Issues of Concern
Senator Ambaras wanted to know if we could move to a system where the agenda and the announcements could be consolidated onto a single sheet (front and back) in order to save paper.

Chair Martin suggested that we could move to a policy where we would only print information that is not sent out electronically.  The issue will be discussed in a future meeting.

9. Adjournment
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

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