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March 11, 2014

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Approved 4-8-14

March 11, 2014
Board Room, Administration Building

Present: President Simon, Acting Provost June Youatt, E. Bank, D. Banks, S. Carter, M. Chavez, J. Conwell, W. Donohue, S. Fletcher, E. Gardner, M. Goheen, J. Leacher, L. McCabe, D. Moriarty, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, J. Wright; Others: S. Lott, State News

Absent: W. Davidson, M. Noel,

Professor Carter called the meeting to order at 3:12 p.m. with a quorum being present.

The Agenda was amended moving item 16 to item 6. The amended agenda was approved.

The Minutes for February 4, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon commented on the appropriations from the State. The process for Higher Education is relatively straight forward. The point of debate is what level the tuition guarantee or cap will be. The University is preparing information to take to the State that shows that the cap makes a big difference depending on whether you are a high tuition school or not, and in MSU’s case it would not give us 6.1% but less than 4%.

President Simon acknowledged the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) visit on campus and noted that Governance has been very responsive to the number of guidance letters issued by OCR over the past few years in making changes to the University’s policies regarding handling cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment. MSU has tried to improve the process over this time. It is expected that OCR will continue to issue guidance which will be taken through Governance.

Presented Simon noted that the University is continuing to respond to ideas as it relates to the active shooter incident. The educational programs on safety by DPPS have been attended by 5,800 individuals but we need to educate more faculty and staff. The DPS has developed an App, Spartans Helping Spartans to share communication. More information will be coming soon.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt announced the ground breaking ceremony for FRIB will be taking place on March 17, 2014. Professor Youatt will be attending a session called by the White House and the Department of Education to discuss the work around student success and encouraging, particularly low income students, for timely graduation. Professor Youatt also reported that students are being recruited for another class for the Master Card Scholarship Program for Students from Africa. The first class funded by Master Card will be graduating in May.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported that the At-Large members have nearly completed the meetings with the CAC/FAC’s and have collated the various issues raised by the faculty. Professor Carter reviewed the issues raised noting the issues will be posted on the Governance web site and will be discussed further. President Simon commented on one of the issues, Women’s Salaries. The President reported that since the early 1990’s there has been an annual assessment of salary issues by gender which looks at all discrepancies.

Revisions to the AFR:
Jessica Leacher, USCA Chairperson, presented an overview of the proposed revisions to the AFR. See the Governance web site for Executive Summary of Proposed Changes for the AFR.

A motion was passed to refer to UCUE and if no problems place on the University Council agenda for April meeting.

Faculty Health Care Council Slate of Nominees:
Professor Carter announced the slate of names for the Faculty Health Care Council as follows:

  • Two year term: Bill Given, Deborah Moriarty, John Powell
  • Four year term: James Dulabohn, Teresa Wehrwein, Lynne Zelenski
  • Six year term: John Godeeris, William Davidson, Mary Noel

A motion was passed approving the slate as presented.

Grief Absence Policy:
Professor Taggart, UCUE Chairperson, presented a proposed Grief Absence Policy, which pertains to students who lose a close family member during an academic semester in which they are enrolled.

A motion was passed to refer the proposed policy to: UCFA, UCGS and UCSA for a response to the April Steering Committee meeting.

Establishment of New Department, Biomedical Engineering in College of Engineering:
Professor Donohue, Chairperson of UCFA, reported the reviewed proposal for a new Department was reviewed by the Committee and approved. The Steering Committee passed a motion to send to Faculty Senate for March.

Flexible Spending Account:
Professor Carter reported that Renee Rivard has requested the proposal go out to vendors and is to be submitted to the University by April 4, 2014. The decision will be reached July 1, 2014. The new contract will be in place January 1, 2015.

Health Care Clinic Update:
Professor John Powell provided an update on the Health Care Clinic. Professor Powell summarized the history of the clinic which began in 2007 through UCFA, Budget Subcommittee. In 2010 a document was developed outlining the concept of a clinic. A RFP was put out about one and a half years ago, and then enlisted a discussion with the MSU Health Team to look at how these programs would work in the context of the University. A review was done related to dollar risk and attributes. The Faculty Health Care Council will now review and come back to Steering in April.

Salary Compression, Faculty Women’s Salaries:
Professor Moriarty asked that these issues be referred to UCFA. A motion was passed to refer these issues to UCFA for review.

Fixed-Term Faculty: Contracts and Teaching Loads:
Professor Moriarty requested UCFA to look into this issue. A motion was passed referring the issue to UCFA.

Dual Appointments Policy:
Professor Donohue, Chairperson of UCFA, reported the UCFA reviewed the Policy and approved. A motion was made to approve the policy and refer to Faculty Senate in March.

Update on Social Media/Pedagogy Report:
Professor Carter suggested this Report be presented to the University Council. A motion was passed to present an update to University Council for March.

Request for a Name Change of the Department of Zoology:
Professor Youatt distributed a document regarding the request for a name change for the Department of Zoology and requested feedback. A motion was passed to refer to UCFA, UCUE and UCGS for feedback to Steering at the April meeting.

Report on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) Meeting:
Professor John Powell presented an overview and highlights of the COIA meeting February 28 to March 2, 2014. Please see Academic web site for the report.

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

  • UCC Report
  • Steering Committee At-Large Slate of Nominees
  • Dual Appointment Policy
  • Establishment of a New Department, Biomedical Engineering
  • New Business

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

  • Update on the Libraries
  • Update on Social Media/ Pedagogy Report
  • New Business

New Business:

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance

Committee Meeting Date: 
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 3:12pm
Committee Type: 
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