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Approved 9-10-13
2012-2013:8

THE STEERING COMMITTEE
MINUTES
April 2, 2013
Board Room, Administration Building


Present: President Simon, Acting Provost June Youatt, W. Anderson, E. Bank, S. Carter, W. Davidson, L. Dillon, S. Fletcher, J. Francese, G. Hoppenstand, E. Martinak, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, J. Powell, E. Gardner (for R. Spreng), J. Wright, Others: T. Curry, State News

Absent: D. Quiroga, L. McCabe, C. Teske

Professor Powell called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m. with a quorum being present.

The Agenda was approved as distributed.

The Minutes for March 12, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon noted that prior to the Easter recess, the Bio-Engineering Building was approved. The President is to present a budget and it appears that the number for FRIB will be accepted and considered to be a major accomplishment. The University is continuing to work through issues and hopefully there will be some new initiatives in the Federal budget. The BOT will be meeting next week on campus.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported that the Preferred Name Policy is now on the Web, which is a great completion thanks to ASMSU. The Annual Undergraduate Board Awardees will be honored next week at the BOT meeting. All twenty-three of the awardees have a perfect 4.0 grade point.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell congratulated Professors Moriarty and Davidson for their election to another two year term as At-Large Faculty for the Steering Committee. Professor Powell reminded Standing Committee Chairpersons to complete their elections for the Chairperson for next year. Professor Powell thanked the members for their work and support as Chairperson over the last three years. The Steering Committee will meet in July with out-going and new members. Members will be notified of details.

Recommendation for 2013-14 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase:
Professor Anderson, UCFA Chairperson, presented the Recommendation for 2013-14 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase. The University Committee on Faculty Affairs (UCFA) recommendation for the faculty merit and market pool increase in the 2013-14 academic year continues to be developed on the basis of the following principles:

  • Maintenance of the quality and integrity of our academic program;
  • Recognition of faculty productivity;
  • Maintaining and increasing faculty morale.

Professor Anderson also noted there is a concern about the long-term impact on faculty compensation with the ongoing erosion of university-funded health benefits.

Over the past decade, UCFA has used our relative position among Big Ten universities as a key indicator of the university's performance in upholding principles identified above. In 2012, UCFA recommended a 3 percent increase in the general merit pool. Last year the 2012 faculty merit salary increase was1.5%, with an additional 0. 5% in college market and a 1.0% in the Provost market increase.

UCFA recommends a 3.0 percent increase for the 2013-14 general merit pool. The narrow salary differences between MSU and the universities just above and below it suggest that such a modest increase will at least maintain our position at 11th out of 12, and perhaps allow us to move up slightly.

In addition, UCFA also recommends a market adjustment pool increase of approximately 1.25 percent. Market guidelines should be similar to previous years, focused on retaining and rewarding our excellent faculty. It is also understood that central university support will be made available to ensure that promotional increments are commensurate with previous years.
A motion was approved to place this item on the next Faculty Senate agenda.

ASMSU Mid-Semester Course Survey:
Emily Banks, Academic Assembly, presented a Bill, GA 49-63, passed by ASMSU identifying a need for a mid-semester Course Evaluation form as an effective means of communication for students to express their concerns to the faculty for the betterment of a specific course before the end of the semester. Emily explained this would be like a SIRS at mid semester. Stefan Fletcher indicated COGS support. There was some discussion; one suggestion was to include some self reflective questions for the students to answer. Were some questions regarding the logistics, such as who administers, summarizes the comments etc. There was commentary that this feedback could go to the faculty only and not be used in the end of the year faculty evaluation. Emily indicated there were many questions ASMSU had and asked for direction from the Committee. ASMSU will work on the drafting a proposal and bring back to Steering.

Follow-up on UCFA Resolution on Long Standing Committees:
In February UCFA recommended longitudinal representation in three long-standing committees and administrative units including the Faculty On-Campus Clinic Committee, Human Resources and Campus Master Planning Committee. It recommends that 1) the Steering Committee develop the mechanism for long-term faculty representation on long-standing committees and administrative units, 2) faculty representatives be appointed from academic standing committees by the Faculty Senate and approved by UCFA, 3) these faculty representatives have a voice and voting privileges where appropriate, and 4) faculty representatives report back periodically to the UCFA.

Professor Francese, UCAG Chairperson, reported that the committee discussed that the Bylaws 5.1 Advisory/Consultative Committees, appears to accommodate the three long standing committees discussed. The three long standing committees could be identified in an amendment and taken to University Council for discussion and hopefully approval. UCAG needs to reach consensus of the length of a term and will work on the wording of the amendment.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate April 16, 2013:
The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for April 16, 2013 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • Recommendation for 2013-14 Faculty Merit and Pool Increases
  • New Business

Draft Agenda for University Council April 23, 2013:
The agenda for the University Council Meeting scheduled for April 23, 2013 is as follows:

  • Institutional Accreditation
  • New Business

New Business:
Professor Powell informed members that the COIA Report to the Membership has been distributed. This Report will be placed on the Governance web site.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

signature

Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 3:15pm
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