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April 20, 2010

1. Call to Order
Chair Overton called the fourteenth meeting of the fifty-sixth session of the North Carolina State University Faculty Senate to order at 3:00 p.m.

2. Welcome and Announcement
Chair Overton welcomed Senators and Guests.

Chair Overton announced that the Chair-Elect elections will begin Friday, April 30 and will be open for one week.

Chair Overton acknowledged the presence of the new Student Senate President and President Pro-Tempore, and she thanked them for attending the meeting. 

3. Comments by Provost Arden
Provost Arden recognized members of the Provost Office that were present and he also introduced a new addition to the Provost Office, Marielle Pocan, Assistant to the Provost for Communication. 

Provost Arden reported that the Governor released her budget today and that one thing to remember is that this is a starting point for the budget process. 

Provost Arden pointed out some key elements that he thinks are mixed and he stated that there are some very positive things and there are some concerning things. 

Enrollment growth request for the coming year
Provost Arden stated that last year going into this year the university was fully funded in enrollment growth. It turns out that after we do the census in the fall our actual enrollment would have justified a higher level of funding than the enrollment increase funding we received.

Provost Arden stated that he thinks that our planning is roughly within the budget as recommended but a lot could happen between now and the final budget.  We are going to be looking at this budget cut not only in terms of how to get from this year to next year, but also how to make sure that we have at least some cushion in reserve to be able to begin to put resources toward the strategic priority so that we move in the direction we want to go.

4. Comments from Ronni  Margolin, Clinical Psychologist, Counseling Center
Dr. Margolin talked briefly about and asked for feedback from the faculty on a project that is being jointly offered by Student Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety. 

This is an online program designed to introduce faculty and staff at a university level to the kinds of mental health issues that students are facing.  

5. Approval of the Minutes, Meeting No. 13 of the 56th Session
A motion passed to approve the minutes

6. Elections
Chair Overton commented on the election process for the Executive Committee. 

7. Annual Reports
Resources and Environment
Senator Anson reported that all of their issues were solved within the committee.  The committee has written a brief report that will be sent to everyone via email.

Academic Policy
Senator Headen reported that a major concern about progress toward degree not working well will be coming up next year, and the question is how to restructure it.

Personnel Policy
Senator Poling recognized members of the committee and those who worked with the committee.  He reported that the grievance policy was brought to a successful conclusion.  Chair Overton took a huge role in the process and the committee was able to vet the policy and bring it to the Senate for approval.

Governance Committee - Report on Practices for Selection of Department Heads and Chairs
Senator Genereux recognized members of the committee that were present. 

Senator Genereux reported that their report focuses on practices for the selection of department heads and chairs.  Also included in the report are some tendencies related to previous Faculty Senate work on this project. 

8. Adjournment 
A motion passed to adjourn the meeting at 4:40 p.m.

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