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Approved 1-14-14
2013-2014:4

THE STEERING COMMITTEE
MINUTES
December 3, 2013
Board Room, Administration Building


Present: Acting Provost June Youatt, E. Bank, D. Banks, S. Carter, M. Chavez, D. Clemons, W. Donohue, E. Gardner, M. Goheen, J. Leacher, L. McCabe, M. Noel, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, J. Wright; Others: T. Curry, S. Lott, State News

Absent: President Simon, W. Davidson, S. Fletcher, D. Moriarty

Professor Carter called the meeting to order at 3:16 p.m. with a quorum being present.

The Agenda was amended moving item President’s remarks to end of agenda and adding item re information on Fund Distributions of International Travel Funds. The amended agenda was approved.

The Minutes for November 5, 2013 were approved as distributed.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported the last BOT meeting for the semester will be next Friday and they will act on the amendment to the Bylaws to create a Consultative Committee on a Faculty Health Care Council. There were several updates on leadership issues. Dean Whitten of Communication Arts and Sciences is resigning to go to Georgia to serve as Provost. Dean Brown of Veterinary Medicine will step down from the position having served 8 years. The ISP Dean’s position is still in the consultation phase.

Professor Youatt congratulated Professor Cynthia Taggart, who will be receiving the Distinguished Outstanding Faculty Award in February.

Professor Curry reported the Provost Search is on schedule and will be conducting airport interviews soon. Candidates for the Provost position will be coming to campus the end of January.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter thanked the members for their hard work this semester. Professor Carter noted that this has been a productive semester from the perspective of Academic Governance. The Faculty Health Care Council was proposed and passed and the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy is concluding their work.

The following governance activities for Spring were identified:

  • The At-Large members will continue visits with College and Faculty Advisory Committees.
  • The Academic Governance Office will gather questions from faculty for the Provost candidates coming to campus.
  • Reports on the Mid-Semester Formative Feedback Proposal to the Steering Committee are due from UCFA, UCUE, UCGS and UCSA.
  • UCFA will report on the annual recommendations for Faculty Merit and Market Pool Increase.

Professor Carter reported that invitations will be extended to unit leaders from campus to join us for information and conversation.

Establishment of a New Department – Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering:
Professor Youatt presented the Proposal for a Request to Establish a New Academic Department: The Department of Biomedical Engineering. Professor Youatt asked for advice from relevant Standing Committees. A motion was passed to refer to UCFA and UCGS asking for feedback Spring Semester.

Change in Academic Policy:
Professor Youatt presented a document on the Option to Declare a Major at 28 credits. The revised policy would do the following:

  • Allow admission to limited enrollment programs to students when ready – admission when all prerequisite requirements were fulfilled
  • Allow admission to other majors (other than limited enrollment majors) by students who have earned a minimum of 28 credits
  • Retain the current admissions practices for the College of Music and the residential colleges
  • Not require declaration of a major by the student until 56 credits
  • Not require a unit which currently has a limit on enrollment to the major to admit before 56 credits

A motion was passed to refer to UCUE for feedback Spring Semester.

Presentation on Student Athletic Support Services (SASS)
James Pignataro, Director II SASS, presented an informative overview of the many functions and activities of the Student Athletic Support Services unit.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon indicated that she was cautiously optimistic that we will have real budgets but will have significant reductions for the next two years. The President encouraged faculty to actively submit grants and to be more aggressive, which is hard to do.

At the State level, the Governor feels the bankruptcy in Detroit is a solution to a 60 year old problem not the cause of the problems. In certain parts of Detroit you see a renaissance of Detroit with housing occupancy very high, 12,000 employees have been moved into the downtown area by companies making a commitment to Detroit. The challenge for Detroit is that it is more than mid and downtown. The President indicated the University will try to do something downtown that would provide a more urban experience for our students.

The Governor will take great pride in balanced budgets that have been acted upon. The question is whether or not there will be a reinvestment in higher education. The University will be having discussions with the Governor. MSU has absorbed already a significant shift in students higher cost programs and bear the costs of the infrastructure needs. The business leaders from Michigan are advocating a return of a billion dollars to higher education over a period of ten years. The Governor did support agriculture last year and MSU is hopeful the trend will continue.

At the National level, the President has a bigger push on performance outcomes tied to financial aid and a de-emphasis on graduate education and the financial aid program. The Federal budget is highly fluid.

Fund Distributions of International Travel Funds:
Secretary Wright presented a request for information on the Fund Distributions of International Travel Funds. A faculty member felt a policy needed to be developed and asked what governance committee should address request. Professor Youatt will take up the matter to get more information.

Update on the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy:
Professor Donohue, Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee, reported the Committee met three times and are developing recommendations. A report will be given in January.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate January 14, 2014:
The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for January 14, 2014 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • New Business

Draft Agenda for University Council January 21, 2014:
The agenda for the University Council Meeting scheduled for January 21, 2014 is as follows:

  • New Business

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 3:16pm
Committee Type: 
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