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Approved 2-4-14
2013-2014:5

THE STEERING COMMITTEE
MINUTES
January 14, 2014
Board Room, Administration Building

 


Present:  President Simon, Acting Provost June Youatt, E. Bank, D. Banks, M. Chavez, J. Leacher, L. McCabe, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, J. Wright; Others:  T. Curry, R. Fischer, S. Lott, State News

Absent:  S. Carter, D. Clemons, W. Davidson, W. Donohue, S. Fletcher, E. Gardner, M. Goheen,

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

The Agenda was approved as distributed.

The Minutes for December 3, 2013 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon reported on the question of boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions.  The AAU had extensive discussions on this issue before the holidays and came to the conclusion that they needed to work as a set of institutions to promote academic freedom to the fullest extent possible, and that boycotting any institution was counterproductive.

The Federal Budget picture is becoming clearer and includes PELL for undergraduates but not much change in terms of support for graduate students.  There are increases for some agencies but still not at the level they were before sequestration.  The University is looking at the Omnibus Bill and the full $55 million dollars is included for FRIB.

The State budget has a significant surplus, about 2/3 of which is nonrecurring and it is unclear if Higher Education is a priority.  The good news piece is that some of the Senate indicates they need to undo some of the damage caused by the cuts as related to tuition.  There will be some efforts to allocate money and a formula may be used. 

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported that the University has been invited to be part of two different groups, the Public Flagship Network and the second is the Alliance.  The conversations are around trying to understand the unique value of an undergraduate education at a research university.  The Alliance is about graduating more students.  Professor Youatt anticipates that there will be significant funding proposals that will be made by both of these groups. 

The Steering Committee Member’s Remarks:
Professor Moriarty noted that the University delegation at the Rose Bowl engaging with the alumni and others about MSU was impressive.

Request for Name Change, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media:
Professor Youatt presented a proposal for the name change for the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media to the Department of Media and Information.  Professor Youatt asked for advice on the Proposal.
A motion was passed to send to Faculty Senate.

Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy:
Professor Ron Fisher, member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy, presented a report from the Committee, which was distributed with the agenda.  Professor Fisher concluded the Report with the following Committee Recommendations:

  • 1. Faculty may consider including language in their syllabi related to recording classroom activities/ materials and posting them on some web site.  It is the committee’s view that being up front and clear about faculty and student rights and responsibilities provides a better foundation for the instructional process.
  • 2. The section in Spartan Life (the MSU Student Handbook) entitled: “Academic Freedom for Students at Michigan State University,” should include language about recording, using, distributing, and posting class lectures and materials.  Even if faculty members include language related to these issues in their syllabi, it would be useful to make it clear in Spartan Life what freedoms students have related to this issue. 
  • 3. The Steering Committee should develop and implement a communication plan for the information in this report so faculty and students understand this social media issue and are clear about how it should be addressed in the classroom.  The committee believes that this issue is important and that it is in the interest of the university community that this information is widely disseminated and perhaps discussed in an open forum. 
  • 4. MSU-sponsored social media sites should be monitored to insure that MSU’s reputation and brand is managed as effectively as possible.  MSU should be responsive to its university-sponsored communities. 
  • 5. MSU’s social media policies should be reviewed by the University Committee on Faculty Affairs and the University Committee on Student Affairs periodically to insure that it remains current and effective.
  • 6. MSU should consider offering an inter-college course in Digital Literacy and Presentation course for all incoming students to insure that they are prepared to use and participate in their professional digital communities in an effective and responsible manner.   The topic might be included also in the orientation for new faculty.

Following discussion of the Report a motion was passed to place on the University Council agenda.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate January 21, 2014:
The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for January 14, 2014 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • Request for Endorsement  for Name Change, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media- Action Item
  • 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:

  • Report from Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy
  • New Business

New Business:
Emily Bank, COGS VP for Internal Affairs,  presented the topics and events on COGS agenda for Spring 2014 as follows:

  • Differential Tuition Discussion and Vote
  • COGS Executive Board Compensation Discussion and Potential Vote
  • COGS Executive Board Elections
  • Votes on Revisions to AFR, GSRR, LSRR
  • Continued Monitoring of Federal & State Budget
  • Open Access Discussion and Potential Resolution
  • COGS Logo Redesign
  • COGS Strategic Plan Placement on Web site
  • COGS Student Health Recommendations & Resolution
  • Spartan Village Redevelopment Discussions
  • Hosting of 6TH Annual Graduate Academic Conference
  • Revision of Event Funding Application
  • Discussion of Guidelines for Professional Development & Conference Grant Programs
  • Discussion and Potential Vote on COGS Full Council Membership Alterations
  • Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

signature

Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 3:15pm
Committee Type: 
Minutes Status :