Draft Minutes - January 12, 2012

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2011-12:5 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC GOVERNANCE (UCAG) 
DRAFT MINUTES

Thursday, January 12, 2012
3:00PM
W1 Conference Room, Owen Graduate Hall

Present: K. Clifton, J. Francese, H. Hughes, A. Lovgren, S. Lott, H. Melakeberhan, M. Treadwell, S. Watts, D. Weber, J. Wright, J. Youatt

Absent:  M. Chavez, M. Kaminski, R. VanKirk

The meeting was called to order at 3:15 pm

Two new items were added to the January 12 agenda (ASMSU amendment and Steering Committee request). The amended agenda was approved.

The Minutes from December 8 meeting were approved as amended.

Points of Business:

•Clarifications of the ASMSU amendments were made by a student representative.  This included clarification of what the ‘body’ was (University council) and definition of ‘appointed council’ (so described in University bylaws).  These amendments have been discussed with John Powell and Provost Wilcox.  These changes were approved by the committee unanimously.

•Last fall, UCAG received a request that the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources be ex officio to the Faculty Senate, University Council and Steering Committee.  The drive to do this was unclear, and UCAG asked for clarification at this time.  John Powell came to a UCAG committee meeting to explain that the reason for this request is that there may be times/issues brought up during any one of the three committee meetings (Senate, Council, Steering) that this individuals knowledge can contribute.  This committee recommended, at this time, that the Asst VP for HR be allowed to only contribute to Faculty Senate.  At the present meeting, UCAG rescinded this recommendation.  In particular, it was felt that the steering committee is meant to be kept at a small size, and adding another individual is not true to the intent of the committee.  With regards to the other two committees (council, senate), it was felt that this individual did not have such unique knowledge that they would not already be represented by individuals that attend Faculty Senate and University Council.  As such, their placement as ex officio on any one of these three committees was not supported.  This motion was not approved unanimously by UCAG.

•UCAG spent the remainder of this meeting assigning nominations to University committees.  This work was completed.

•Meeting was adjourned at 4:47 pm

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Stephanie Watts

Standing Committee Date: 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:15pm
Minutes Status: