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Approved February 19, 2013
2012-2013:4

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE

MINUTES

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Atrium, Radiology Building


PRESENT:
President Simon, G. Aben, M. Aldrich, W. Anderson, M. Becker, S. Carter, E. Charles, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, R. Fisher, J. Foss, X. Gao, K. Greenwalt, E. Hackert, G. Hoppenstand, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, Y. Komori, M. Koot, J. Maurer, L. McCabe, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, M. Nair, M. Noel, J. Powell, K. Renn, L. Robinson, L. Robison, G. Roloff, C. Roseth, L. Selanders, D. Sheridan, B. Sternquist, G. Stone, S. Tekalur, C. Vermeesch, J. Walton, C. Waters, S. Watts, M. Worden, J. Wright, J. Youatt

ABSENT: K. Bartig, C. Bolin, S. Carey, M. Chavez, K. Cheruvelil, J. Francese, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, M. Kasavana, M. Khire, B. Kleinerman, L. Mak, R. Maleczka, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, D. Miller, D. Moriarty, F. Ravitch, C. Scales, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, R. Spreng, C. Traister, J. Turner, F. Villarruel

The meeting began at 3:20 p.m. with a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for November 13, 2012 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon reported on activities at the State level. She noted that funding last year was nonrecurring. Allocations made this year should be recurring and an addition this year should be around inflation of 1% to 2%. A Bill was signed at the end of the year to allow Community Colleges to offer Baccalaureate Degrees. There is greater uncertainty at the Federal level. Bernanke spoke at the University of Michigan and expressed concern for the need to have a long term plan for debt reduction but that it should not be precipitous. UCFA has begun discussion on the effect of the Affordable Care Act on the University’s health benefits plan. There are many unknowns at this time.

President Simon reported on the discussions thus far on Bolder by Design. Bolder by Design is a way to think differently about who we are as an institution and begin to articulate how to use our creative energies.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt thanked the faculty for their encouragement in her new acting position. Faculty were reminded that there are no classes on Monday, MLK Day, and encouraged faculty to participate in activities scheduled.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported that members of the At-Large Faculty on the Steering Committee would be meeting this semester with the College CACs to build stronger communication. Professor Powell noted that many of the issues raised in the Faculty Senate Planning Session in the Fall have been evident in the Bolder by Design discussions.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There were no new programs, 2 program changes and no deletions. There were 20 new courses approved, 35 course changes and no course deletions approved. There were no Moratoria requests. A motion was passed to accept the report.

Health Care Update:
Professor Powell thanked the faculty for their patience with the Verification process for health benefits. A report will be presented to the Senate when the process is completed. At this time approximately 132 individuals have been removed from health benefits with a 71% return. There is to be a stronger faculty input with HR discussions on the effect of the Affordable Care Act.

Request to Change the Policy for Enrollment in AL 201:
Acting Provost Youatt presented the request to change the Policy for Enrollment in AL 201.

Current Policy reads: A student who completes the Tier1 writing course with a grade of 0.0 must repeat the course. A student who completes the Tier 1 writing course with a grade of 1.0 or 1.5 must enroll in the 2 credit writing tutorial AL 201 concurrently with IAH 201.

Proposed Policy reads: A student who completes the Tier 1 writing course with a grade of 0.0 must repeat the course.

Professor Youatt recommended the proposed change in policy. A motion was passed approving the proposed policy.

Policy Statement on Promotion of Fixed-Term Faculty:
Professor Anderson, UCFA Chairperson, presented an overview of the Proposed Policy on Promotion of Fixed Term Faculty. A motion was passed to approve.

Request Advice from Academic Governance Re: A Proposed Name Change of the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies:
Acting Provost Youatt presented the recommendation to change the name of the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies to the Department of Community Sustainability. This was an information item.

Curriculum Overview Presentation:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented a Curriculum Overview for the faculty.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

signature

Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

 

Tapes of complete meetings of the Faculty Council are available for review in the office of the Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, 355-2337

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:20pm
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