Faculty and University Council Meetings

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September 17, 2013

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Approved 10-15-13




Tuesday, September 17, 2013

115 International Center

PRESENT:  Acting Provost Youatt, D. Banks, M. Becker, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, C. Coursaris, E. Crockett-Torabi, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, G. Dubes, J. Dudziak, A. Faulkner, M. Ferkany, R. Fischer, M. Huebner, M. Jacobs, M. Koot, C. Loeb, R. Maleczka, P. Mantha, J. Maurer, M. Callahan (for L. McCabe), D. Mendez, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, M. Noel, D. Pathak, J. Reifenberg, L. Robinson, L. Robison, G. Roloff, C. Smith, M. Sticklen, G. Stone, A. Susarla, C. Taggart, J. Turner, C. Vermeesch, J. Walton, M. Worden, J. Wright

ABSENT:  President Simon, K. Bartig, C. Bolin, P. Dickson, W. Donohue, J. Dunn, R. Edozie, X. Gao, E. Gardner, K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, E. Hackert, M. Kasavana, B. Kleinerman, P. Menchik, F. Salem, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, A. Skeen, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, F. Villarruel, T. Vogelsang, C. Waters, S. Watts

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

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended to add an item under New Business. The agenda was approved as amended.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes for April 16, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon is out of the office for a meeting.

Acting Provost Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt welcomed everyone back and noted it has been a fine opening of the school year. A preliminary count indicates there were 7,890 first year students welcomed to campus with about 1,500 transfer students.  There are 4,800 sections and 3,200 courses this Fall.  It is a strong incoming class with 69% of the undergraduate students coming from Michigan and about 19% of the incoming class are students of color.  There were 30,000 applications for admissions this year.

Professor Youatt announced that that she will be meeting with the College Advisory Committee Chairpersons about the goals for this year.  The meeting will be held on October 8, 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. in the Administration Board room.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter welcomed everyone.  Members were reminded to check in with Sherry Lott for the attendance record.  Faculty Senate will be meeting in this room for all meetings this year.

The Provost Search Forums will be held for all faculty to have voice and express the needs and desires of the next Provost.  The first forum will be held immediately following this meeting at 4:00 p.m. today.  The second Forum will take place on September 20, at 11:00 a.m., in B117 Wells Hall. 

Professor Carter noted some levels of Academic Governance that often do not have direct connection with  upper levels of governance are the College Advisory Committees, so a meeting has been planned for the Acting Provost to meet with the Chairpersons and discuss the Bolder by Design plans for the year and issues the Chairpersons may wish to discuss.

The At-Large members of the Steering Committee have met with all of the Colleges each year to increase communication and to hear what the Colleges are interested in for the year.  Members will again be scheduling times for their visits next month.

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) is a group of faculty Senate representatives nationwide and this Coalition has been invited by the NCAA to provide feedback on a proposed reorganization of the sport governing body.  There will be a meeting in late October at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis.  Comments will be due back to NCAA on the reorganization November 15.  More information will be given at the October Senate meeting.

Professor Carter reported that Professors Davidson, Powell, and Moriarty have continued meetings to advance an on-site health clinic.  Last week at the Steering Committee a motion was passed to create an advisory committee so there would be a more permanent structure and continuity. 

Professor Carter reported that the new Health Care Plan, the third option available to faculty and staff, is coming as of October 1 and Renee Rivard, HR Assistant Vice President, will present information at the October Faculty Senate meeting.

The Steering Committee passed a motion to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to look at the increased use of Social Media in the classroom, and the impact on the educational environment and pedagogy in particular.  The Committee will share their findings in January.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Dennis Banks, Chairperson of UCC, presented the UCC report.  There were 5 new programs, 9 program changes and one program deletion approved. There were 15 new courses approved, 53 course changes and 14 course deletions approved.  A moratorium in the Bachelor of Science in Economics was approved by the Provost, effective Fall 2013 through Fall 2014.
A motion was passed to accept the report.

Presentation on Suggestions and Resources for Active Violence Incidents:
Captain Penny Fischer, from Department of Police and Public Safety, presented information on Suggestions and Resources for Active Violence.  Please see the presentation on the Governance web site:  Suggestions and Resources for Active Violence Incidents.  

Captain Fisher also provided information to insert in course syllabi.  Please see the suggested insert on the Governance web site:  Handling Emergency Situations - Suggested Insert for Syllabus

New Business:
Professor Huebner announced that MSU is one of over 2,000 organizations participating this year in the International Year of Statistics, and the MSU event is the Statistics and Application Forum, which will be held October 1, 2013 in Wells Hall.  Registration is open.

There was no further business.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, 


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Faculty Senate Annual Reports for 2012-2013:
Faculty Grievance Official - Pending
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 17, 2013 - 3:16pm
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