September 13, 2011

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Approved 10-18-2011




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Atrium, Radiology Building

President Simon, G. Aben, W. Anderson, K. Ames, M. Becker, S. Carey, S. Carter, M. Chavez, E. Cushman, L. Dillon, M. Fillmore, C. Frilinigos, M. Halloran, H. Hughes, R. Jones, M. Kaplowitz, Y. Komori, T. Levine, K. Lovell, L. Mak, H. Melakeberhan, W. Miller, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, D. Pathak, V. Poltavets, J. Powell, R. Putnam, J. Rechtien, L. Selanders, D. Sheridan, S. Watts, E. Yakura, G. Stone

Absent: Provost Wilcox, J. Boughman, E. Charles, K. Cheruvelil, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, J. Dunn, J. Foss, J. Goddeeris, M. Grieshop, L. Gut, S. Hassan, J. Hoehn, L. Jezierski, M. Kasavana, M. Lawrence, R. Mabokela, P. Menchik, N.B. Olivier, H. Perlstadt, S. Pratt, C. Scales, K. Schoonover, M. Shapiro, A.J. Singh, R. Taggart, S. Tekalur, L. Udpa, D. Wilson

The meeting began at 3:17 p.m. with a Bass quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended by adding an item regarding MSU and Red Cedar School. The agenda was approved as amended.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The Minutes for April 12, 2011 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon reported that the Fall Welcome went smoothly this year. The Fall enrollment numbers have received some attention. In order for the University to have financial stability requires enrollment stability so the size of the freshman class and the number of transfer students is carefully managed to reach enrollment stability. In order to maintain this stability the target in mid year was moved from 7,200 to 7,400. Many have looked at the value of MSU and the many attributes of the education at the University. The graduation rates become important which has moved from 4.7 years to 4.2 years and placement rates remain high. The University has always been good at blending the practical and the theoretical, the liberal arts and the professions, with concern about the relevancy and quality of education. President Simon commended the faculty in that the work of the faculty is showing in the decisions that people are making about coming to MSU. Next year’s planning will show some decrease in numbers in order to manage the total number of students.

Currently, there is uncertainty in Washington DC with respect to the trajectory of support. In order for MSU to be successful, the competition will be greater for a smaller amount of dollars. The State of Michigan, according to the Governor, is in the position to have a balanced budget for next year. There is much uncertainty as to what this means as it does not translate into a huge increase for higher education. There is some discussion at the State level about an outcome based formula for funding higher education.

President Simon reported the Athletic Reform will be going on throughout the year by the NCAA to try to reassert the collegiate model of athletics at a time when the entertainment value is increasing. The NCAA is trying to rethink what it means to have a collegiate model for athletics and that has great integrity that is representative of the values of the universities.

The President reported on the AAU and Nebraska. A decision to recommend that the University of Nebraska’s membership in the AAU be discontinued was made by the collective. There was question by some regarding the metrics that were used. When the funding profiles are reviewed, the NIH funding is dominant in the ranking of research dollars. Institutions that do not do well in NIH dollars will be at risk in many ratings and rankings. A decision was made at University of Nebraska Board of Reagents to remove the Medical school from the University to stand separately. In the end the question comes to whether everyone is at the top of their game. It is important to stay ahead of the innovation curve, no matter what the budget is, and to move the basic tenets of the institution forward in new and different ways.

Provost’s Remarks:
The Provost was out of State attending an AAUP meeting.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell welcomed members to the now Faculty Senate after the adoption of the amended Bylaws. Professor Powell reviewed some of the activities that occurred over the summer. The Task Force on the Integrity of Student Assessment Process met over the summer and now has some recommendations to send to several of the Standing Committees for review and commentary. The Task Force on the University Research Organization (URO) met and will be sending a report to The Steering Committee in November. The Anti-Discrimination Policy and the Sexual Harassment Policy were modified Spring semester. The Federal Government issued a set of new guidelines for Sexual Harassment at the end of Spring semester with a short turn around time for implementation. The Office of General Counsel and members of ECAC worked to make recommendations specifically on the investigation and the information gathering process. Due to the timing of the new guidelines and needed response, these recommendations were not brought before the faculty body. These additional guidelines are being evaluated and will be brought back to Governance.

Professor Powell announced that the At-Large Faculty of the Steering Committee will hold faculty forums this year with the goal of increasing communication with faculty. The At-Large faculty will also meet with all of the College Advisory Committees this year.

Professor Powell announced the retirement of Professor John Revitte, the Faculty Grievance Officer, in October. Professor Linda Jackson has been appointed as the new Faculty Grievance Officer. Jim Sumbler, from Communications, will retire at the end of the month. Jim has done all of the audio recordings for Governance for the last eighteen years.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Halloran, Chairperson of UCC, presented the report of the last UCC meeting the end of Spring.
There were five new programs adopted and will be effective Fall 2011:

  • Dual Degree Program: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Landscape
    Architecture/Master of Arts in Environmental Design
  • Graduate Certificate in Science Education
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering
  • Linked Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science-Prelaw/Master of Public Policy Degree
  • Linked Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy/Master of Public Policy Degree

There were 13 changes to existing programs and 4 deletions made. Course actions included adoption of 22 new courses, 7 changes to existing courses and 6 courses were deleted. The report was received as an information item.

Proposal for Establishment of New Academic Departments in CHM:
Professor Anderson, CHM faculty, spoke about the proposal and provided some background. Over the past five years CHM has been involved with increasing class size due to the demographics of health care providers, becoming older and retiring from practice. Most U.S. Medical schools are increasing class size. The CHM has partnered with the Grand Rapids community, Van Andel Research Institute and Spectrum Hospitals, to increase the class size from 106 to 200. The CHM Proposal is to establish new Academic Departments in Grand Rapids in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Translational Science and Molecular Medicine. Professor Anderson shared the process used for reviewing this Proposal. The Proposal was referred to UCFA by ECAC to review and respond. UCFA sent a series of questions raised to the Provost which were then sent to the CHM, Dean Rappley. Dean Rappley came to a UCFA meeting and discussed the Proposal, answering UCFA’s questions. Following additional discussion with Dean Rappley UCFA adopted the Proposal. A motion was passed by Council to endorse the CHM Proposal. The Proposal now goes to the Provost, President and then to the BOT.

New Business:
Red Cedar Elementary School:
Professor Frilingos noted that the E.L. School Board took action last week to close the Red Cedar school within the next four to five years. Professor expressed concern over the loss of this school. Professor Kaplowitz reported that the School Board did receive a letter from MSU indicating the commitment to international student housing. A MSU representative and Community Relations person, Jenny Haus, did testify before the School Board at a prior set of hearings indicating that MSU was committed to appropriate housing and expressed concern regarding the proposed closing.

There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:22 pm.

Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Faculty Senate Annual Reports for 2010-2011:
Faculty Grievance Official
University Committee on Faculty Affairs - have not received
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 13, 2011 - 3:17pm
Committee Type: 
Minutes Status :