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Approved 3-11-14
2013-2014:6

THE STEERING COMMITTEE
MINUTES
February 4, 2014
Board Room, Administration Building


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

Absent:  President Simon, M. Goheen, M. Sticklen, J. Wright

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

The Agenda was approved as distributed.

The Minutes for January 14, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon was called away on another matter.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt updated members on the current Deans Searches as follows:

  • Communications Arts and Sciences: In the early stages of the search.
  • Engineering:  In the early stages of the search.
  • Veterinary Medicine:  Dean Brown is stepping down and at present the search has not begun.

President Obama is to tentatively visit the MSU campus, waiting for confirmation. The focus of the visit will be on the Farm Bill/ Agriculture.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported on the following:

  • Provost Search Candidates:  The At-Large members met one hour with each of the Provost candidates and have one more candidate on February 5th.  After February 5th, all the candidate presentations will be on the Provost Search web site, and the responses to the questions posed by the At-Large members will be posted on the Governance web site.
  • Health Care Spending Account:  Renee Rivard from Human Resources will release the RFP the end of February or first part of March, to take effect June 1, 2014.
  • Faculty Health Care Council:   A slate of nine faculty will be brought to the Steering Committee in March for approval.
  • CAC/FAC meetings:  The At-Large members are continuing to meet with various colleges and will finish up spring semester.

Evolution of Retirement Program:
Mark Haas, VP of Finance and Treasurer, provided an overview regarding Retirement Plan Improvements at MSU.  This Overview will be presented to University Council on February 25, 2014.

Update in Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS):
Vennie Gore, VP for Auxiliary Enterprises, presented an update on Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) - Cultivating a New Spartan Experience for All.

International Center Parking:
The difficulty of parking on campus and buses being late to pick up was discussed. This issue will go to UCFA for further evaluation.

UCGS Update on Action Items:
Professor Gardner, UCGS Chairperson, reported the following:

  • Review of RIO:  Jim Pavarnik.  Report was unanimously approved by the Committee on January 13, 2014 and sent on to President Simon.
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering:  On January 13, 2014, UCGS discussed the recommendation to establish a new Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Acting Dean Leo Kempel and Associate Dean Manoooch Koochesfahani attended the meeting to present the request and answer questions.  Comments from the Committee were very positive.  Although UCGS was not required to vote, they elected to do so.  The vote was unanimously in favor of this new department.
  • Subcommittees:
    • Academic Research Policy:  21st Century Theses and Dissertations.  UCGS approved on January 13, 2014 recommendations for “21st Century Theses/Dissertations”. 
    • The Graduate Students Rights and Responsibilities (LSRR) revisions were voted on at the February 3, 2014 meeting and were approved by UCGS.  Continuing revisions of GSRR, this has moved onto COGS.  Making a recommendation to Provost Youatt for compensation increase for RAs and TEs.
  • Subcommittees continuing with discussions of
    • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS)
    • JOINT degrees (with another university-domestic or International) that have BOTH seals on the diploma and transcript.  MSU has not currently done this.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate February 18, 2014:
The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for February 18, 2014 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • Remarks on Initiatives from the Office for Administrative Services
  • New Business

Draft Agenda for University Council February 25, 2014:
The agenda for the University Council Meeting scheduled for February 25, 2014 is as follows:

  • Evolution of Retirement Program
  • New Business

New Business:

  • COGS:
    Emily Banks, COGS Chairperson reported on the organizations activities as follows:
    • Mid Semester Course evaluations sent to 3 other sub committees
    • Survey of current practices
  • All University Awards Convocation:
    The Awards Convocation will be held next Tuesday, February 11, at 3:30 p.m., Pasant Theatre, Wharton Center.   Cynthia Taggart is to receive an Award.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:31 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

signature

Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 3:15pm
Committee Type: 
Minutes Status :