February 1, 2011

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Approved 3-1-11

February 1, 2011
Board Room, Administration Building

Present: President Simon, Provost Wilcox, G. Bice, S. Carter, S. Fletcher, J. Funk, H. Hughes, M. Kaplowitz, A. Machi, R. Maleczka, D. Moriarty, C. Parker, J. Powell, P. Rogers, C. Schotten, J. Wright; Others: S. Ballentine (State News), S. Lott

Absent: J. Epstein, A. Lovgren, M. Sticklen, J. Youatt

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

The agenda was amended adding items: UCFA re Basic Life Sciences Discussions and the Modified Duties Policy. The amended agenda was approved.

The minutes for January 11, 2011 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
The President reported that the Governor will announce his budget February 17, 2011. The Governor is moving aggressively with the changes to the Michigan Business Tax which will have a short term effect of increasing the deficit. There is also continued focus on public employee compensation. The University has put together comparative data and the President has used this as she has made rounds to the legislative leadership.

President Simon spoke about the event of the moment, the expected weather coming into the area. The University has a set of established procedures for all kinds of emergencies. In today’s world there are very sophisticated computer models that give the probabilities of actions occurring. A number of people have been monitoring the forecast for the next 24 to 48 hours. There are a range of choices for action, ranging from doing nothing to canceling classes etc. The University cannot close the University, just like you cannot close a City.

There are many complex discussions occurring at the unit level at this time to work things out for the campus community. Provost Wilcox announced the decision was just made to cancel classes at the University for the next day and that the announcement was being sent to the campus community. The Provost stressed that faculty have the responsibility to the students in terms of their learning.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox had no remarks at this time.

ECAC Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell announced that a Faculty Forum will be held on February 3 from 3 to 4:30 in the Communication Arts building and faculty have been notified via e-mail. The ADP work group will be meeting on February 9, 2010. There will be two meetings regarding health care this month, February 4 & 11. Professor Powell indicated he was to meet with Jennifer Battle regarding the Memorandum sent on Resource Conservation during Business Travel to see how Governance might be involved.

Request for Policy Changes to the Code of Teaching Responsibility & Integrity of Scholarships & Grades – from UCAP, UGC, UCSA & UCFA:
Professor Powell asked the respective Committees if they had any feedback. The UCAP will report in March and UGC will be discussing in Committee next week. UCFA is currently discussing in the Personnel Subcommittee. There was no representative from UCSA at the meeting. There will be a follow up at the next ECAC meeting.

Proposal to Revise the MSU Course Repeat Policy – Follow up from UCFA, UGC, UCSA, ASMSU & COGS:
Professor Powell asked the respective Committees to report on the status of their Policy. UCFA is in the process of discussing the Policy. UGC has the Policy as an item for discussion at this month’s meeting. UCSA will also be discussing this month. COGS has discussion slated for this month. No information available from ASMSU. All Committees are expected to provide feedback at the March ECAC meeting.

Health Care Update:
Professor Moriarty, UCFA Chairperson, reported on the health care planning. There is to be a meeting this week with the consultants to have discussion regarding the employer-based health facility. There will be discussion about options that can provide immediate savings and that will be quick to implement. The Health Care Committee is consistently looking at quality and access. Professor Moriarty reported that there have been savings with the Generic Prescribing Program and this needs to be communicated to the faculty, along with the ideas in the current planning.

Request by UCFA re: Basic Life Science Reorganization:
Professor Moriarty, Chairperson of UCFA, expressed interest from the UCFA as to whether it would be possible to have a working group that involved faculty members from UCFA that were faculty in the Colleges considered in the reorganization. Provost Wilcox noted at this point, feedback was coming from the referred Committees and that he was reviewing the commentary with the Deans. The Provost indicated he was not opposed to a broader conversation but would consider the idea.

Modified Duties for Tenure System and Health Programs Faculty with New Dependent Children:
Professor Moriarty, Chairperson of UCFA, requested that the “Modified Duties for Tenure System and Health Programs Faculty with New Dependent Children” document be placed on the Faculty Council Agenda as an information item. A motion was passed to place on the agenda.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Council for February 15, 2011:
The agenda for the Faculty Council meeting scheduled for February 15, 2011 is as follows:

  • Approval of agenda
  • Public Comments
  • Slate of Nominees for the Athletic Council
  • Modified Duties for Tenure and Health Programs Faculty with New Dependent Children
  • Federal Grant Compliance – J.R. Haywood
  • Other Business

Draft Agenda for Academic Council for February 22, 2011:
The agenda for the Academic Council meeting scheduled for February 22, 2011 is as follows:

  • Approval of agenda
  • Public Comments University Committee on Curriculum Report – Action
  • Slate of Nominees for The Steering Committee 2011-2013
  • Reconceptualizing Student Support Programs
  • Other Business

Other Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 3:15pm
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