April 8, 2014

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Approved as Corrected 10-7-14

Approved 9-9-2014




April 8, 2014

Board Room, Administration Building

President Simon, Provost Youatt, D. Banks, S. Carter, M. Chavez, J. Conwell, M. Crimp, W. Davidson, W. Donohue, , S. Fletcher, E. Gardner, J. Leacher, M. Goheen, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, J. Wright; Others:  T. Curry, S. Lott, State News

Absent:  E. Bank, L. McCabe

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

The Agenda was approved as amended.

The Minutes for March 11, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon commented on the appropriations from the State. She noted that Northwestern Football has asked permission to be unionized. NCAA is not involved with Northwestern. The NCAA is discussing how it should be organized.  Division One has 370 Institutions all tied together by basketball.  The executive Committee is discussing a proposed change that the Board would become an oversight Board.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Youatt spoke about the Retirement Luncheon for the 57 faculty and academic staff who were retiring from the University.  Provost Youatt reported on the Cooperative Institutions Alliance meeting in Washington.  MSU graduated 20% of the undergraduates in the country.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter withheld comments for the next Faculty Senate meeting.

Final Draft of the newly Drafted Law Students Rights and Responsibilities Document: Follow up UCGS:
Professor Gardner, Chairperson of UCGS, reported the committee approved the document.  Motion passed to take to University Council.

Final Draft Version of the Graduate Students Rights and Responsibilities Document – Follow up – Approved by UCGS and COGS- Follow up from UCGS:
Professor Gardner requested the revised document go to University Council.  A motion was passed to approve.

Grief Absence Policy: Follow up from UCFA, UCGS, UCSA:
UCFA questioned how this policy would work logistically.  UCFA supported but noted it was cumbersome. UCSA WAS CONCERNED THE POLICY WOULD NOT WORK THROUGH Associate Dean.  UCGS noted there was no definition of “family”.  A motion was passed to send back to UCUE.

Faculty Health Care Council - Status:
Professor Davidson, presented a summary of the evolution of the Faculty Health Care Council concluding with the amendment to the Bylaws in December 2013, adding as a consultative Committee.  Motion passed to present to Faculty Senate. 

FAC/CAC Update from the Steering Committee At-Large Members:
Professor Moriarty, At-Large member, provided an update on the list of issues identified by the various College FAC/CAC groups.  A motion was made to put on the Faculty Senate agenda for April and the motion was approved.

Request for Name Change of the Department of Zoology:  Follow up:
The request for a name change was referred to UCFA, UCUE, and UCGS for feedback in April.  All of the Committees approved.  This item does not need to go to FS or UC.

Approval of Changes to 21st Century Theses:
A motion was passed to send to University Council for action.

UCFA Recommendation for 2014-15 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase:
Professor Donohue, Chairperson of UCFA, presented the recommendation for 2014-15 Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase.  A motion was passed to go to Faculty Senate.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate April 15, 2014:

The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for April 15, 2014 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • Faculty Health Care Council
  • UCFA Recommendation on Merit
  • FAC/CAC meetings from Steering Committee
  • New Business

 Draft Agenda for University Council April 22, 2014:

The agenda for the University Council Meeting scheduled for April 22, 2014 is as follows:

  • Final Draft of the Newly Drafted Law Students Rights and Responsibilities Document –
  • Final Draft Version of the Graduate Student Rights and Responsibilities Document – REVISED
  • Approval of Changes to 21st Century Theses
  • Revisions to the AFR
  • Presentation on 20/20 Plan
  • New Business

New Business:

Update: Option to Declare Major at 28 Credits - Report by UCUE:
Cynthia Taggart stated that UCUE has considered the proposal to admit students to their majors at 28 credits and strongly supported that proposal. Committee members believed that it would helpful in reducing time toward degree and in providing students with better academic guidance and mentoring. They also believed that the University administration should be sensitive, as this policy is implemented, to the possible need for the reallocation of general advising support to advising support within the majors.
A Motion was passed to go to University Council.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 3:15pm
Committee Type: 
Minutes Status :