March 19, 2013

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Approved 4-16-13




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Atrium, Radiology Building

President Simon, Acting Provost Dr. June Youatt, G. Aben, W. Anderson, M. Becker, S. Carter, E. Charles, K. Cheruvelil, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, X. Gao, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, E. Hackert, G. Hoppenstand, H. Hughes, Y. Komori, M. Koot, L. Mak, R. Maleczka, J. Maurer, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, M. Nair, M. Noel, J. Powell, F. Ravitch, K. Renn, L. Robinson, L. Robison, G. Roloff, C. Scales, L. Selanders, D. Sheridan, G. Stone, A. Susarla, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, M. Worden, J. Wright

ABSENT: M. Aldrich, K. Bartig, A. Berg, C. Bolin, S. Carey, M. Chavez, K. Clifton, C. Coursaris, R. Fisher, J. Foss, J. Francese, K. Greenwalt, M. Huebner, M. Kasavana, L. McCabe, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, D. Moriarty, C. Roseth, F. Salem, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, R. Spreng, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, J. Walton, C. Waters, S. Watts

The meeting began at 3:17 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 February 19, 2013 were amended. Secretary Wright asked that the last sentence under the Health Benefits be removed. The amended minutes were approved.

Professor Powell asked that voice be granted to Dave Byelich to speak. A motion was passed to give voice.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon reported that there has been some movement at the Federal level in terms of a compromise for FY 13, melding the sequestration cuts and aspects of a continuing resolution budget. Vice President Hsu sent an email asking for information regarding concerns/disruptions in working with agencies. It appears that some agencies, like NSF, have already planned for a significant reduction. Other agencies have informed PI’s that they will have 10% or so less to spend. President Simon noted that you see significant reductions across the country in Grants and Contracts.

The budget process has formally begun at the State level and the Governor has made a recommendation. The House released their recommendation today and it gives a sense where they are headed in terms of the budget issues. The Senate Higher Education Appropriations Committee is holding no hearings so recommendations are expected after Easter.

Dave Byelich presented an overview of the budget including the recommendations made so far. MSU is working on a two year budget process, so last June the BOT approved a budget for the 2013-14 year that we are now confronting. Several key provisions in that budget were in terms of the baseline forecasting, a zero increase in appropriations support and approximately a 4% tuition and fee adjustment. The current recommendations of the Governor and the House have both recommended a 2.1% increase in appropriation support to the Colleges and Universities.

The Governor also recommended $4 million dollars for the Agricultural Units and an addition of up front funding for the FRIB community cost share of $90 million dollars. For additional information see “Budget Overview” on the Governance web site.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt gave an update on the Issues Teams. There are four issues that have been identified as fundamental to moving ahead on Bolder by Design. The issues include: 1) Interdisciplinary Research, 2) Technology, 3) Healthy Campus, and 4) Closing the Graduation Gap. Professor Youatt asked for volunteers several weeks ago. The response was overwhelming and there were more than could be utilized at this point. The numbers in each team needed to be around twelve people and the teams have begun their work on the four challenges. The next step after the receiving the recommendations from the Teams will be to vet them with larger groups of volunteers.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell had no comments.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There was 1 new program, 29 program changes and no deletions approved. There were 38 new courses approved, 177 course changes and 21 course deletions approved. There were no information items to report.
A motion was passed to accept the report.

Proposed Procedures for the Search and Rating of a Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs:
Professor Powell presented the Proposed Procedures for the Search and Rating of a Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. President Simon indicated that it is anticipated that the committee will be established and begin the process over the summer working with the search firm. The screening of candidates will be early in the Fall Semester with the interview process late Fall and/or early Spring Semester, and an identified Provost for the beginning of the FY 2015. Professor Curry and Bill Beekman will staff the committee.
A motion was passed approving the process.

Proposed Procedures for Dean of International Studies and Programs:
Professor Powell presented the Proposed Procedures for Dean of International Studies and Programs. Professor Youatt noted that this position is a Taylor II position and a University level search. The procedures parallel those of the Provost with some exceptions. This procedure indicates that the Steering Committee is responsible for generating the pool of individuals for the search committee and a minimum of five faculty will be selected to serve on the Committee.
A motion passed approving the procedures.

Non-Tenured Tenure System Representatives to UCFA:
Professor Powell referred to a memorandum received regarding non-tenured tenure system faculty serving on UCFA. The question was raised as to why non-tenured faculty are required to serve on a committee that requires a significant time commitment and if non-tenured faculty are needed. A proposed motion was made to request UCAG to develop an amendment to the Bylaws to remove the requirement for non- tenured representation on UCFA. The motion was seconded. Secretary Wright reported that UCAG discussed the issue and unanimously agreed that non-tenured faculty should be represented on UCFA. During the Senate discussion it was noted that in the debates regarding Faculty Voice and subsequent Bylaw Amendment discussions both concluded that it was important to give the non-tenured faculty voice in UCFA. Professor Powell called for the vote on the proposed motion. The motion failed.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance


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Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
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