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Meeting of the General Facuty and Faculty Council

Friday, February 24th, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.

The Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

Chancellor James Moeser and Professor Judith Wegner, Chair of the Faculty, will preside.


3:00 Faculty Council Convenes

  • Comments from the Chancellor
  • Questions and Comments from the Faculty Council
  • Comments from Faculty Chair

3:25 Annual Reports to the Faculty Council.

  • Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions
    • Sr. Assoc. Dean Bobbi Owen for Dean Bernadette Gray-Little, Chair
  • Scholarships, Awards and Student Aid Committee
    • Professor Charles Daye, Chair
      • See Report in Powerpoint

4:10 Update on Enrollment Management Planning

  • Provost Robert Shelton

4:35 Resolution 2006-1 Amending the Faculty Code of University Government as it Relates to the Membership of the University Committee on Copyright (second reading)

4:40 Update on SACS Accreditation

  • Sr. Assoc. Dean Bobbi Owen and Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Assessment Lynn Williford

5:00 Adjourn

Joseph S. Ferrell

Secretary of the Faculty


The Faculty Council of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill convened at 3:00 p.m. in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

The following 49 members of the Council attended: Alperin, Ammerman, Bachenheimer, Barreau, Becker, Blocher, Cairns, Chapman, Couper, Degener, DeSaix, Dupuis, Eble, Foley, Givre, Granger, Huber, Jonas, Kamarei, Kramer, Leonard, Matthysse, McGrath, McIntosh, Miguel, Murphy, Murray, Peirce, Perrin, Peterson, Renner, Rogers, Rustioni, Salmon, Sawin, Selassie, Smith, Strom-Gottfried, Sulik, Sweeney, Tauchen, Taylor, Threadgill, Templeton, Tobin, Trotman, Weinberg, Wilson, Yankaskas. The following 33 members were granted excused absences: Arnold, Bennett, Booth, Connolly, Conover, Copenhaver, Dalton, Frampton, Gasaway, Gerber, Gilligan, Gulledge, Heenan, Holmgren, Howell, Kagarise, Klebanow, Lastra, Martin, Matson, Mesibov, Muller, Papanikolas, Rock, Sandelowski, Simpson, Sutherland, Tiwana, Vick, Wallace, Weir, Wissick, Wolford. The following six members were absent without excuse: Anton, Belger, Ewend, Keagy, Lin, Marshall.

Chancellor ’s Remarks

Chancellor Moeser spoke of the tragic death of Keith Shawn Smith, a sophomore from Greensboro, who died of a fall from a third story window in Stacy Residence Hall. Mr. Smith and another student, who is in critical condition, were running down a hallway and crashed through a window at the end of the hall. There was no indication of drug or alcohol impairment. The Council observed a moment of silence.

The chancellor reported on recent trips to New Hanover High School in Wilmington, where he spoke to students in the college preparatory program; to Elizabeth City, where he visited the joint UNC-Chapel Hill/Elizabeth City State University pharmacy program; and to Kannapolis, where he attended ground-breaking ceremonies for the core laboratory building at the Kannappolis Research Campus.

Chancellor Moeser announced that Dr. Jean Folkerts, professor of honors and of media and public affairs at George Washington University, has been selected to become the next dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Chair of the Faculty’s Remarks

Professor Wegner congratulated Provost Robert Shelton on his recent selection as the next president of the University of Arizona. The Council responded with a standing ovation, whereupon Provost Shelton spoke warmly of his five years at Carolina.

Prof. Wegner said that the Council Committee on Fixed-Term Faculty has begun to meet and will report to the Council in April.

Prof. Wegner reported that Prof. Bonnie Yankaskas is in line to become vice-chair of the UNC Faculty Assembly. Members of the Faculty Assembly delegation spoke briefly on the Assembly’s work in the current year.

Annual Reports to the Faculty Council

Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions. Sr. Assoc. Dean Bobbi Owen briefly reviewed the committee’s annual report. She highlighted changes in procedures for admission to the Honors Program that are designed to overcome losses in acceptances.

Prof. Mary Anne Salmon (Social Work) expressed concerned that the percentage of African-American enrollment appears to remain flat at about 11%. Ms. Barbara Polk, Sr. Assoc. Director of Undergraduate Admissions, said that the admissions office is also concerned about that. She reviewed efforts being made to increase minority enrollment.

Prof. Wegner observed that student athletes who are admitted as such seem to come from weaker high schools. Ms. Polk agreed with that observation.

Dean Owen reviewed the procedures for accepting students under the special exception for athletics. Ms. Polk said that there are currently 157 slots for athletic admissions allocated among all varsity sports. She said that the Office is initiating a new program under which there will be 140 athletic admissions slots, plus an additional 20 for students who are academically strong. She gave as an example, an out-of-state student who is not competitive in the overall out-of-state applicant pool but who would definitely be competitive in the in-state pool.

Prof. Wegner asked whether there is truth in the widely-held belief that it more difficult for Chapel Hill residents to get admitted to Carolina. Ms. Polk said there is no basis in fact for those rumors.

Prof. Bereket Selassie (African/Afro-American Studies) asked about the ratio of women to men in the student body. Dean Owen said that gender is not a factor in the admissions process; gender is ascertained only after the applicant has been admitted. Ms. Polk said that the higher proportion of women is due to the fact that fewer men choose to pursue higher education.

Prof. Diane Leonard (English & Comparative Literature) asked about the low percentage of enrollment of Native-Americans. Ms. Polk said that one of the obstacles to improving recruitment of Native-American students is that their families are often very resistant to sending children far away from home.

Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid. Prof. Charles Daye, chair of the committee, reviewed the committee’s annual report with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation.

Prof. Marc Alperin (Marine Science) asked for more information about aid for graduate students. Prof. Daye replied that it is difficult to gather full information on graduate student aid, partly because some departments are reluctant to provide all of the relevant data. Ms. Shirley Ort, Director of Student Aid, noted that the committee’s report includes only data on aid administered by the Student Aid Office. Often there are other sources for graduate students, such as funding from grants. Ms. Ort said that she does not have data on that source. She said that most of the funding for graduate students through the Student Aid Office is in the form of loans because nearly all federal funding for grants-in-aid is limited to undergraduate students.

Prof. Terence McIntosh (History) asked about students who work in order to make ends meet. Prof. Daye said that the committee has no information about that. Dr. Lynn Williford, Director of Institutional Research, said that survey data reveals that by their senior year, about 75% of all students have off-campus jobs. Prof. Joy Renner (Allied Health Sciences) added that the motivation is often to generate discretionary income, not to meet basic living expenses.

Prof. Andrew Perrin (Sociology) asked what effect allowing in-state tuition rates for full scholarship out-of-state students would be likely to have. Prof. Daye acknowledged that there could be some impact, but said that it is too early to tell how much.

Update on Enrollment Management Planning

Provost Shelton briefed the Council on current work in enrollment management planning with the aid of a PowerPoint presentation.

Resolution 2006-1 Amending the Faculty Code as it Relates to the Membership of the University Committee on Copyright

Resolution 2006-1 was adopted on second reading without discussion or debate.

Update on SACS Accreditation

Dean Owen spoke about the Quality Enhancement Plan that has been developed in connection with the SACS Accreditation that is currently ongoing. The plan is entitled “Making Critical Connections” and was developed by a team headed by Dean Owen and Professors Peter Coclanis (History), Sue Goodman (Mathematics) and Patricia Pukkila (Biology).


Its business having been completed, the Council adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Joseph S. Ferrell
Secretary of the Faculty

Appendix A

Resolution 2006-1. Amending the Faculty Code of University Government as it Relates to the Membership of the University Committee on Copyright.

The General Faculty Resolves:
Section 1. Section 4-25 of the Faculty Code of University Government is amended to read as follows:

        § 4-25. University Committee on Copyright.

(a) The University Committee on Copyright is appointed by the chancellor. It consists of (i) faculty members, (ii) one or more graduate students, serving one-year renewable terms, and (iii) members from campus units, such as the campus libraries and the Office of Technology Development, that are involved in intellectual property matters. The Director of the University of North Carolina Press, or the Director’s designee, is an ex officio member. Faculty members constitute a majority of the members of the committee.

(b) The committee represents to the chancellor and the University community the concerns of faculty and other users and creators of scholarly information. The committee’s functions include:

      1. monitoring trends in such areas as institutional or consortial copyright use policies, changes in copyright ownership models, and guidelines for fair use of information in all formats;
      2. identifying areas in which policy development is needed and recommending to the chancellor new or revised institutional policies and guidelines;
      3. cooperating with the administration to propose and monitor the application of University policies and guidelines regarding ownership and use of copyrighted or licensed scholarly works; and
      4. assisting in identifying educational needs of the faculty and others related to compliance with copyright policies and guidelines, and advising on appropriate ways to address those needs.

Section 2. This Resolution shall become effective upon adoption.

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