November 8, 2011

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Approved 1-24-12




Tuesday, November 8, 2011

115 International Center

Provost Wilcox, G. Aben, M. Becker, D. Campbell, E. Cushman, W. Davidson II, L. Dillon, J. Foss, C. Frilingos, M. Halloran, H. Hughes, R. Jones, L. Jezierski, M. Kaplowitz, Y. Komori, T. Levine, L. Mak, A. Meisel, H. Melakeberhan, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, D. Pathak, H. Perlstadt, V. Poltavets, S. Pratt, R. Putnam, F. Ravitch, J. Rechtien, D. Sheridan, G. Stone, C. Vermeesch, S. Watts, D. Wilson, J. Wright, E. Yakura

Absent: President Simon, W. Anderson, K. Ames, J. Boughman, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, K. Cheruvelil, C. Coursaris, J. Dunn, M. Fillmore, J. Goddeeris, M. Grieshop, L. Gut, S. Hassan, J. Hoehn, M. Holt, M. Kasavana, M. Lawrence, K. Lovell, R. Mabokela, P. Menchik, W. Miller, R. Ofoli, N.B. Olivier, J. Powell, C. Scales, K. Schoonover, L. Selanders, M. Shapiro, A.J. Singh, R. Taggart, S. Tekalur, L. Udpa

The meeting began at 3:15 p.m. with a quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for October 18, 2011 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon was in California meeting with donors.

Provost’s Remarks:
The Provost reported that he was at a site visit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Great Lakes Bio-energy Research Center, which is a joint MSU and University of Wisconsin endeavor. Faculty from both Universities were at the meeting. It was a well received site visit of a research enterprise of that size. Another five years of funding is expected.

The Provost reported that the Medical Schools are experimenting with electronic textbooks for the medical students. The University has also been invited to partner with the other schools in the CIC in a pilot program for electronic textbooks for undergraduate students. The University would take on the costs so a textbook fee would be charged, similar to a lab fee, for a course. Several CIC Universities, including MSU, will be exploring next Fall and Professor Stanford will be leading the discussions on campus.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported the URO Report was received from the Task Force and has been sent to the governance committees to review. It is anticipated that the Report will come to Senate sometime Spring Semester. The ADP Policy is underway with some questions being answered.

The Secretary for Academic Governance five year review process is being prepared and a survey should be going out soon.

Professor Powell attended the CIC Faculty Leadership Meeting at Purdue recently. The ongoing issue discussed centered on author’s responsibilities and rights. Many issues continue to be problematic around this topic. The CIC has produced a pamphlet on “Know Your Rights” which is available through Professor Powell or online

The next Faculty Forum will be held November 29, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Communication Arts Building. The At-Large members are meeting with the CAC groups of all the Colleges over the next months to foster communication lines between Academic Governance and the Colleges.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Halloran, Chairperson of UCC, presented the following UCC report:

  • There were 8 program actions, 3 new program changes, 4 program changes and 1 program deletion.
  • There were 68 actions taken related to courses, 42 new courses were approved, 22 course changes were approved and 4 course deletions were approved.
  • Information items reported included the following:
    • There is a moratorium in Educational Assessment for K-12 Practitioners, Graduate Certificate; effective Summer 2012 (one semester).
    • There is a discontinuation of Environmental Science, Disciplinary Teaching Minor.

A motion was passed to approve the UCC Report.

External Search for the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies:
Professor Powell announced Ian Gray will be retiring and introduced the procedures for Faculty and Student participation in the Selection of Specified University Administrators (the Taylor II Principles). Provost Wilcox noted that the Taylor II Principles call for a robust consultation process. The President initiates and concludes the process and the Steering Committee will be involved in helping with the procedures. A Memorandum was distributed to members describing the procedures to be followed. A motion was passed endorsing the procedures.

New Business:
Professor Perlstadt raised the issue of the recent change in the law regarding charities and tax deductions. Will contributions to the University be considered a charity? Professor Youatt responded that this change is in the Michigan tax credit and yes MSU is considered a charity.

There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 pm.


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 8, 2011 - 3:15pm
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