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Approved 9-19-13
2012-13:7 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY                       

UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC GOVERNANCE (UCAG) 
MINUTES

Thursday, March 14, 2013
3:15-5:00 PM
W1 Conference Room, Owen Graduate Hall


Present:
  J. Wright, L. Stanford, M. Chavez, C. Corley, J. Francese, W. Kopachik, M. Reckase, P. True

Absent:  R. Devanand, C. Frilingos, Y. Gonzales, M. Treadwell, A. Woodson


Meeting called to order at 3:30 p.m.
 

  • Appoint Secretary – M. Reckase
  • Amend Agenda
    • Steering committee wanted advice about whether it was necessary to have non-tenured faculty on the UCFA.
    • Steering committee wanted advice about credit for membership on non-standard committees.  These committees are not in the bylaws and there is a need to document faculty representation and oversight.
  • The agenda as amended was approved.
  • The December 2012 minutes were approved.
  • The Draft February 2013 minutes were approved.
  • Election materials for the Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board:  The committee rank ordered the five candidates to assist in the development of the ballot.
  • Review of the resolution:  Academic Governance Participation on Long-standing University Committees and Administrative Units:

There was some discussion of the proposed resolution.  The issue to be resolved is that there is not much faculty representation on these committees.  These committees need members that have longer terms of appointment.  These committees also do not function on the academic calendar.  The UCAG was asked for an opinion related to the consistency of the resolution with the appropriate section of the bylaws.  The UCAG sees these committees as falling under Advisory-Consultative Committees and looked at places in the bylaws of section 5.1 that would need to be changed to give a longer term of office.

  • Non-tenured representation on UCFA.  UCFA takes substantial time and it may be a burden for non-tenured faculty.  There was a question of whether colleges could opt out of having a non-tenured faculty member on the UCFA because of the time burden.  There was a recommendation for the Faculty Senate to consider this issue.  There is now a rotation through the colleges for representation of non-tenured and fixed-term faculty.  There was extensive discussion of this issue.  There was also a recommendation to send this to UCFA to consider a change to the bylaws to say “two non-tenured faculty or if they are not available to allow tenured faculty in their place.”  A third recommendation was to send this back to the Steering Committee with a recommendation that this should not be supported.

Motion:  UCAG has deliberated the request examine the need to have a non-tenured representative from a college on UCFA and has decided that not having a representative would set a damaging precedent.  The motion is approved.

  • Motion to adjourn was approved at 4:39 p.m.
Standing Committee Date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 3:30pm
Minutes Status: