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November 12, 2013

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Approved 1-21-14




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

115 International Center

Acting Provost Youatt, D. Banks, K. Bartig, M. Becker, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, C. Coursaris, E. Crockett-Torabi, N. DeJoy, P. Dickson, W. Donohue, G. Dubes, J. Dudziak, A. Faulkner, R. Fisher, K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, M. Huebner, M. Koot, C. Loeb, R. Maleczka, P. Mantha, J. Maurer, L. McCabe, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, M. Noel, D. Pathak, L. Robinson, L. Robison, G. Roloff, F. Salem, C. Smith, M. Sticklen, G. Stone, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, T. Vogelsang, S. Watts, M. Worden, J. Wright

ABSENT: President Simon, C. Bolin, B. Chakrani, W. Davidson, J. Dunn, R. Edozie, M. Ferkany, X. Gao, E. Gardner, E. Hackert, H. Hughes, M. Jacobs, M. Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, P. Menchik, D. Mendez, J. Reifenberg, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, J. Walton, C. Waters

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

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended changing Item # 10 to action item. The agenda was approved as amended.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for October 15, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon is attending a meeting in Chicago.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported on the Annual meeting of APLU, Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, where discussions focused on how to continue to make the case on the value of a residential education and cost/ value accountability. There was also much conversation on evidence-based decision making around funding of programs and the balancing of declining resources with increasing demands. One of the APLU Initiatives is an Initiative called Student Achievement Measure (SAM), which is a voluntary system that will improve the reporting of the completion rate of students at our institution.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks: Professor Carter reported the At-Large members of the Steering Committee have started meeting with College CAC’s/ FAC’s. The meetings will continue through the Academic Year.

The At-Large members and the Secretary met with Professor Curry at the monthly lunch meeting and discussed items of mutual interest. One item included the topic of annual review in the departments and the implementation of the policy.

Next week in University Council, Dace Byelich, the Director of the Office of Planning and Budgets, will provide an update on the current budget and elements of next year’s budget. Professor Carter noted she welcomed suggestions for presentations at Faculty Senate and University Council meetings. Professor Carter reported that a new web site for the Secretary of Academic Governance is under development.

Professor Donohue, Chairperson of the AD Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy, gave a brief update. The Committee has met setting the agenda and is gathering information from other CIC Institutions. Additional meetings have been set and the Committee should have a report in January.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Dennis Banks, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There were six new programs, 13 program changes and no program deletions approved. There were 36 new courses approved, 106 course changes and 34 course deletions approved. There were two Moratoria as follows: Extension in Canadian Studies, Undergraduate Specialization, effective Spring 2011 through Spring 2014. A Moratorium in African American History and Culture, Undergraduate Specialization effective Spring 2014 through Fall 2014. A motion was passed to accept the report.

Presentation on Study Abroad:
Professor Brett Berquist, Office of Study Abroad Credit Program, gave a presentation on the Program and activities of the Office. A folder of materials from Study Abroad was distributed to members.

Proposed Motion to Amend the Bylaws to Establish a Health Care Council:
Professor Chavez, Chairperson of UCAG, Presented the following proposed motion:

The Steering Committee requests Faculty Senate to consider the following proposed motion to amend the University Bylaws for Academic Governance to establish a Faculty Health Care Council as follows:

Section 5 – Other University-level Committees
5.3 Faculty Health Care Council

5.3.1. There shall be a Faculty Health Care Council to function as the faculty voice to Human Resources and University Administration on matters related to health care and health care benefits. The Faculty Health Care Council will have voice in plan design and the capacity to comment on plan implementation.

5.3.2. Composition The voting members of the Faculty Health Care Council shall be nine faculty members. Ex officio members without vote shall include but not limited to Assistant Vice President and Director, Planning & Budgets.

5.3.3. Appointment of Members Faculty members of the Faculty Health Council shall be appointed by the Steering Committee. Faculty members appointed to the Faculty Health Care Council shall include those members who are actively involved in health care discussions. Faculty members of the Faculty Health Care Council shall represent a diversity of faculty appointments.

5.3.4. Terms of Appointment The terms of appointment of faculty representatives on the Faculty Health Care Council shall be three consecutive two year terms to ensure continuity and stability of membership.

5.3.5. Responsibilities of the Faculty Health Care Council The Faculty Health Care Council will serve as the faculty voice on issues related to the design, implementation and evaluation of health care plans. The Faculty Health Care Council will consult with the University Committee on Faculty Affairs on matters concerning the economic impact of health benefits. The Faculty Health Care Council shall advocate for faculty on matters related to health care and health care benefits. The Faculty Health Care Council shall report through the Steering Committee to the Faculty Senate.

Following discussion of the amendment, two proposed amendments was made: The Faculty Health Care Council will consult with would provide information and make recommendations to the University Committee on Faculty Affairs. on matters concerning the economic impact of health benefits.

Delete The Faculty Health Care Council shall report through the Steering Committee to the Faculty Senate.

A motion passed on the motions to amend the original motion. A motion passed on the proposed motion as amended.

NC Division 1 Governance Redesign:
Professor Carter discussed the NCAA call for Proposals for Division 1 Governance Redesign with a deadline of November 15, 2013. Professor Carter met with some faculty to develop a statement. Professor Carter presented the following response from MSU to the NCAA:

Michigan State University Faculty Senate Statement on NCAA Governance Redesign

The existence of intercollegiate athletics and the experience of the student athlete has been a noteworthy aspect of American colleges and universities. Students who compete, as well the general student body, alumni/ ae and supporters derive satisfaction from athletic events. During its history of more than one hundred years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has provided guidance to institutions, their athletic programs and participants by striving to maintain competition and fair play.

As the Faculty Senate of Michigan State University, a member institution, we are responding to a request by the NCAA to offer comments about a redesign of the association's governance structure. Our statement of principles is concise and clear. First, the education, health, personal development, and well-being of student- athletes must be the foremost consideration of the NCAA. Second, in the governance structure, there must be faculty involvement and voice at significant levels of governance, including representatives of academic governance at NCAA-member colleges and universities.
A motion was passed to approve.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


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, November 12, 2013 - 3:20pm
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