September 11, 2012

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Approved 10-16-12




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Atrium, Radiology Building

President Simon, J. Youatt (for Provost Wilcox), G. Aben, K. Bartig, M. Becker, S. Carter, M. Chavez, K. Cheruvelil, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, N. Dejoy, L. Dillon, R. Fischer, J. Foss, X. Gao, K. Greenwalt, E.M. Hackert, G. Hoppenstand, M. Huebner, Y. Komori, M. Koot, L. Mak, R. Maleczka, J. Maurer, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, M. Noel, B. Obrien, J. Powell, L. Robinson, L, Robinson, C. Roseth, C. Scales, L. Selanders, B. Sternquist, G. Stone, C. Traister, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, J. Walton, S. Watts, M. Worden, J. Wright

Absent: Provost Wilcox, M. Aldrich, W. Anderson, C. Bolin, S. Carey, E. Charles, J. Dunn, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, H. Hughes, M. Kasavana, M. Khire, B. Kleinerman, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, K. Renn, G. Roloff, M. Shapiro, D. Sheridan, A.J. Singh, R. Spreng, S. Tekalur, F. Villarruel, C. Waters

The meeting began at 3:16 p.m. with a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended adding an information item on the Faculty Senate Planning Session. The agenda was approved as amended.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for April 17, 2012 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon welcomed members to the new academic year and thanked members that were able to attend the Faculty Senate Planning Session August 28, 2012.

The President gave a recap on the State Appropriations process. The Governor wants to push the account model as a basis for funding and wants the funding pool to be reused. The Governor wants tuition restraint as one set of the metrics and the House wants another set of metrics. The Senate wants account measures and adopted the measures of the BLM (Business Leaders of Michigan). None of the three agreed. The Higher Education Budget was undecided at the last hour. The formula changed and did not have as much weight on Graduate Education. Research Institutions were at the bottom. There is more emphasis on increasing graduation rates. There will be another reiteration of what should be the formula going forward. The composition of the committee will depend on the election. The University has been successful in moving through issues and so there is no penalty or deductions from the number identified. The University was able to get a 3% allocation for Extension/Experiment Station that began as 0% in the Governor’s request and was 0% in the House. In many ways the University’s attention was diverted in the conflicts regarding language and the implications. The President noted that one needs to recognize that there is some undercurrent related to the allocations. A percentage for MSU is a large number and a percentage for some of the other Institutions is $200,000 dollars. The tuition piece is yet to be fully determined. If everyone qualified under the number, you would get about $600,000 dollars. MSU is probably somewhere between $300,000 to $600,000 dollars on a billion dollar budget on the tuition side. In general the University came through this year much better than imagined.

The University will now focus on the renewal or reconsideration of Bolder by Design. President Simon noted that by using the elements out of the initial Boldness by Design, many focus groups have been done over the last eight months. The participants generally thought the values and approach was solid. We now have to rethink what goes under the five initiatives to decide what the campus should focus on and why discussions in governance are important. We also need to be clear on the University’s long term financial planning.

Senior Associate Provost Remarks:
Senior Associate Provost Youatt thanked members for attending the Senate Planning Session and the productive discussion. Professor Youatt noted that the Semester began smoothly and many pitched in to welcome this year’s class. This year’s freshman had stronger records and higher ACT scores and GPA’s. One of the themes this year is on retention and academic success.

The Provost’s Office sent out Memorandums regarding support of political candidates, religious observance and safety of minors during special programs offered by various Units on campus.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell also thanked members for their participation in the Senate Planning Session. The Steering Committee will be collating the information and identify some of the major ideas, which will be reported at the next meeting. A report was given at the last BOT meeting on the beginning activities for the incoming class of students. This year we will be looking at issues on Health Care and direction. The Steering Committee and the At-Large members are continuing focus on communication and sharing information with the faculty on campus. Professor Powell stressed the importance for members to share and discuss issues brought up in governance.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Hoppenstand, Chairperson of UCC, presented a brief UCC report. The UCC is working hard this year to make the language of new course programs and new course proposals consistent. The Committee is also undertaking a significant goal of looking at undergraduate course prerequisites, co requisites and restrictions. This has not been done since the University went from the quarter system to semesters.
Professor Hoppenstand reported that during the summer the UCC approved 8 new programs, 6 program changes and 1 deletion. There were 33 course approvals, 33 course changes and 5 course deletions.

Update on Health Care:
Professor Davidson, At-Large member, gave an update on the Health Care activities. He noted two key issues that came out of a report several years ago had to do with looking into alternative third party payer venders to the Blues. There is a RFP process underway at the present time that specifies several key ingredients that came out of the recommendations for cost containment and access and quality of outcome for our University community members. A second issue which is related is the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model. The goal of the Model is to provide primary care services of the highest quality and operated by MSU with an Advisory Committee made up of a diverse group of faculty and staff. See attached draft of the Model. In terms of a timeline, the RFP is out to venders and expected back in October with a selection expected in November and should be in place for open enrollment July 2013.

Faculty Senate Planning Session- Word Cloud Document:
Professor Powell introduced the Word Cloud document developed from the Faculty Senate Planning session discussion by Marianne Huebner from the Department of Statistics and Probability. The Word Cloud is a summary of the words used and in proportional sizes indicating the number of times the word was used. Professor Powell would like to use the document to help move the discussion items into a cohesive plan.

New Business:
There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:21 pm.

Respectfully submitted,


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, September 11, 2012 - 3:16pm
Committee Type: 
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