October 16, 2012

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Approved 11-13-2012
2012-2013:2

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE

MINUTES

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Atrium, Radiology Building


PRESENT:
President Simon, Provost Wilcox, M. Aldrich, K. Bartig, M. Becker, S. Carey, E. Charles, K. Cheruvelil, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, R. Fischer, J. Foss, X. Gao, K. Greenwalt, E. Hackert, G. Hoppenstand, M. Huebner, H. Hughes, Y. Komori, M. Koot, L. Mak, R. Maleczka, J. Maurer, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, M. Nair, M. Noel, B. O'Brien, K. Renn, L. Robinson, L. Robison, C. Roseth, C. Scales, L. Selanders, D. Sheridan, B. Sternquist, C. Stokes, G. Stone, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, M. Worden, J. Walton, J. Wright

ABSENT: G. Aben, W. Anderson, C. Bolin, S. Carter, M. Chavez, J. Francese, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, M. Kasavana, M. Khire, L. McCabe, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, D. Moriarty, J. Powell, G. Roloff, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, R. Spreng, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, F. Villarruel, C. Waters, S. Watts

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 September 11, 2012 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon gave an update that goes along with the Faculty Senate planning process done in August. During Spring semester Professor John Beck, Professor Klomparens, and a set of individuals did focus groups with junior faculty, University Distinguished Professors and other sets of faculty. President Simon reported giving presentations that reflected where the University needs to go and how to refresh Boldness by Design in the right direction. The idea of Shaping the Future was a way of taking the Boldness by Design initiatives and making sure some were included in the planning process even though the budget was difficult. To provide transparency, issues and concerns raised by the Colleges through the planning process were added. There was also a category of things that the budget circumstances required the University to look at in a cross functional way. The University is now at a stage where the budget is relatively stable without much growth. The Institution is a 2.7 to 2.8 billion dollar organization, of which one billion reflects the work of the typical general fund budget, tuition and fees and State appropriation and the rest is grant and contract dollars, entrepreneurial dollars, endowment dollars, etc. There is a long term financial plan and strategy that has been presented over the years and this may be a useful conversation to have in Governance. The President indicated a process is underway and meetings have occurred with COGS, ASMSU, Residence Hall Association, and looking at what Faculty Senate identified in the planning session. The headlines out of all of the discussions would be the five areas that were part of the planning process under Boldness by Design and Shaping the Future remain the headings under which issues are identified, namely Enhancing the Student Experience, Enrich Community, Economic and Family Life, Increase Research Opportunities, Expand International Reach, and Strengthen Stewardship. There are ideas emerging about what should be prioritized within those categories. The planning process that the Provost runs in the Fall is another way to get input on the ideas.

The themes that consideration should be given include:

  • Interdisciplinary work

  • Teaching, Learning and Technologies

  • Research Theme

  • International Component

President Simon indicated all of the ideas will be put together for conversations and engagement of faculty.

Provost Remarks:
The Provost commented on the enrollment on campus at the Undergraduate level. There were 48,906 students enrolled Fall semester, which is about 1,000 more than expected. Provost Wilcox thanked everyone involved in making accommodations for the extra students. The intent is to reduce the number of students in the future. The University has had a great beginning to the Fall semester. The Provost made a special point to note the resources for student issues using the Counseling Center and for Faculty issues using the Employee Assistance Office.

Provost Wilcox noted that this semester has been one of celebrations noting the Wells Hall opening, the dedication of the Byron Cook Recital Hall, the dedication of the Bott Nursing Building and the dedication of the Art Museum. Currently Fairchild Auditorium is being refurbished and hopefully money will be coming from the State for a new Bioresearch building.

The Steering Committee Vice Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported that the Faculty Senate planning discussion items have been distributed and five categories emerged and each has multiple subheadings. A small group of faculty have been identified to bring back ideas to the Steering Committee and Faculty Senate.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report. There was one new program, the Lyman Briggs Food Science Coordinate Major, B.S. program. There were also 21 program changes and no program deletions. There were 63 new courses approved, 178 course changes and 32 course deletions approved. There was one moratorium in Diagnostic Molecular Science, BS . Provost Wilcox thanked the UCC members for their work. The Provost noted that the changes reflect the need to think more aggressively about curriculum.
A motion was passed to accept the report.

COIA Discussion and Selection of Representatives:
Professor Carter noted that Professor Powell requested information be shared regarding COIA, Coalition of Intercollegiate Athletics. COIA meets once a year and is made up of representatives of governance from 65 institutions. The University is a member of COIA and sends two faculty representatives. Professor Anderson spoke on the activities of COIA as a faculty representative who has attended meetings in the past. Some of the positions COIA has taken in the past include a governance approach and prioritizing academic values guiding the educational mission. Discussions have included topics such as the professionalization of College athletics, NCAA reforms and academic reforms. Professor Powell is requesting faculty interested in attending the meeting in January to contact him, more information will be available later.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

signature

Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Faculty Senate Annual Reports for 2011-2012:
Faculty Grievance Official
University Committee on Faculty Affairs
University Committee on Faculty Tenure
University Committee on Curriculum

 

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, October 16, 2012 - 3:20pm
Committee Type: 
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