Faculty and University Council Meetings

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October 15, 2013

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Approved 11-12-13




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

115 International Center

Acting Provost Youatt, D. Banks, K. Bartig, Carey, S. Carter, M. Chavez, E. Crockett-Torabi, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, P. Dickson, W. Donohue, J. Dudziak, R. Edozie, A. Faulkner, M. Ferkany, R. Fisher, E. Gardner, K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, E. Hackert, M. Jacobs, M. Koot, C. Loeb, R. Maleczka, P. Mantha, J. Maurer, M. Callahan (for L. McCabe), D. Mendez, H. Mooney, M. Noel, D. Pathak, J. Reifenberg, L. Robinson, L. Robison, G. Roloff, F. Salem, C. Smith, G. Stone, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, C. Vermeesch, T. Vogelsang, C. Waters, S. Watts, M. Worden, J. Wright

ABSENT: President Simon, M. Becker, C. Bolin, B. Chakrani, E. Charles, C. Coursaris, G. Dubes, J. Dunn, X. Gao, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, M. Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, P. Menchik, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, M. Shapiro, P. Simon, A. Singh, M. Sticklen, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, J. Turner, F. Villarruel, J. Walton

The meeting began at 3:16 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 September 17, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon is in Ireland meeting with a number of Irish Universities and Institutions from Europe focusing on research in the area of autism. Acting Provost Youatt announced that the President is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Michigan this Fall.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported that the impact of the government shutdown on the University includes some delay in the receipt of some grant dollars but not anything too significant. There was one small grant that had to be halted for the time. If there are specific questions, you can call the Office for the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies or the Governmental Affairs Office.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter offered congratulations to the President for the coming awarding of an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of Michigan. Professor Carter reported that Acting Provost Youatt and the President met with some of the CAC Chairpersons and the Steering Committee to discuss the Bolder by Design initiatives, and responded to questions about the vision for the University.

The schedule of CAC meetings is complete so beginning this month the At-Large members of the Steering Committee will begin meeting with each College. The purposes are to affirm the links between the Colleges and Academic Governance, to share actions taken by the Steering Committee and Faculty Senate, and to listen to questions, interests and concerns at the Advisory level.

The Steering Committee created the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media, Pedagogy, Academic Rights and Responsibilities at the September meeting. Professor Donohue, Chairperson of UCFA, and Professor in the Department of Communication, will head the Committee. Members include Ron Fisher, Penny Gardner, Manuel Chavez and Liza Potts, in addition to a graduate teaching assistant. The charge to the Ad Hoc Committee is as follows:

The Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media, Pedagogy, Academic Rights and Responsibilities, is charged with gathering information, examining experiences at other universities, and presenting best practices as they relate to social media, teaching, and speech rights and responsibilities in the classroom. This committee will also make recommendations about how MSU might best utilize this information. The committee will present its results to the Steering Committee of the Faculty Senate in a brief report.

The Ad Hoc Committee likely will meet two or three times. It will present its results to the Steering Committee of the Academic Senate in a brief report at the beginning of Spring Semester 2014. The Steering Committee will then decide how best to respond to the committee's recommendations. Professor Carter asked members to direct comments on the subject to Professor Donohue.

Professor Carter reported that the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) will hold the annual meeting for the academic faculty leaders at Indiana University in Bloomington in October. The topics to be addressed at this meeting include the following:

  • International Strategies and International Students
  • The Precarious Future of Shared Governance
  • Issues in Graduate Education, Diversity, and Support for Underrepresented populations among the Faculty
  • Issues in Scholarly Publishing and Academic Presses

There will also be an open forum for matters from our various campuses. Professors Carter and Sticklen will be attending.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Dennis Banks, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There were no new programs, 16 program changes and no program deletions approved. There were 37 new courses approved, 219 course changes and 5 course deletions approved. There were four Moratorium as follows: Master of Science in Biological Science-Interdepartmental, Master of Science in Physical Science-Interdepartmental and Master of Arts for Teachers in General Science effective Fall 2013 through Fall 2014; a Graduate Specialization in Agribusiness effective Fall 2014 through Spring 2015.
A motion was passed to accept the report.

New Health Care Plan:
Renee Rivard, Director of MSU Benefits, provided information on a new health care option, which is a third health care option, for faculty and academic staff. The open enrollment began October 1 and ends October 31, 2013. The open enrollments have been consolidated into one, replacing a Spring open enrollment and a Fall open enrollment. Ms. Rivard referred members to the Human Resources web site for the open enrollment.

The new health care option is only available to faculty, academic staff and executive management. The new option is not available to support staff. The differences between the new Consumer Driven plan and the current Blue Care Network and the Community Blue plan were discussed. There is a 14% contribution with Community Blue and Blue Care Network plans. The Consumer Driven plan includes a 7% contribution, so the premium contributions are significantly lower than the other two plans. The Consumer Driven plan is a high deductible plan and one must meet a deductible before any services are payable. Currently, the deductible is $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a family. All of the plans must pay for preventative services at 100% without first having to meet the deductible. Another difference with the Consumer Driven plan is pharmacy coverage. The deductible must be met before pharmacy services are payable at 80%. There are four categories of Medications that you do not have to meet the deductible, and they are for generic chronic medications, i.e. asthma, diabetes, cholesterol medications, and hypertension. The new plan is administered by Blue Care Network so the provider list is the same.

For additional detailed information on the Consumer Driven plan, please refer to the Human Resource web site.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:50 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

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 3:16pm
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