November 6, 2012

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Approved 12-4-12

November 6, 2012
Board Room, Administration Building

Present: President Simon, Provost Wilcox, W. Anderson, S. Carter, W. Davidson, L. Dillon, J. Francese, G. Hoppenstand, D. Quiroga, E. Martinak, L. McCabe, D. Miller, D. Moriarty, M. Noel, J. Powell, R. Spreng, J. Youatt; Others: T. Curry, S. Lott, I. Shaya (State News)

Absent: S. Fletcher, 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 October 2, 2012 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
President Simon reported that Professor Poston is returning to his position as the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The President is reviewing the organizational structure to determine the best way to move forward to fill his vacancy as the Vice President of Finance and Operations.

President Simon noted not much was happening in the legislature at this time which is typical of an election year.

There is not much indication at this time with what will happen to the Higher Education budget. The Governor is concerned about the gap in the jobs that are available in Michigan and the people prepared for the jobs, especially in engineering and early childhood education. There is much concern at the federal level regarding sequestration and the devastating effect it could have on the country.

The President reported that a formal request has been received from the College of Agriculture and Natural Recourses to rename Ag Hall to Morrill Hall, which would connect the historical part of the role of agriculture and the Morrill Act with Morrill Hall. This request is being sent to the University Naming Committee.

President noted that on the whole this semester has been good. We can look back on the milestones as it relates to physical facilities, contact activities and continued launch of the neighborhoods, as well as continued issues on the curriculum, focus groups etc.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox reported that he would be in Washington, DC for a meeting with the State Department being recognized as one of seven centers in the country as part of the Higher Education Solutions Network. MSU has been recognized by the Master Card Foundation, $45 million dollar grant, to support the University’s work in Africa.

The Provost reported that the annual review of the Academic Program Review Process was completed today in a meeting with Professors Powell, Carter, Stanford and Funk to discuss the progress to date across the campus on the programs reviewed this year. Provost Wilcox summarized the steps in the review process for the members.

A report will be presented at the University Council meeting this month.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell heard a presentation by Professor Hunt on the URO and thought this presentation would be informative to bring to the Faculty Senate as an update, and members agreed. Professor Powell reported the work is continuing to organize the issues identified at the Faculty Senate planning meeting in August with the intentions of having a report in December. Professor Powell is working on having the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies come to a future Faculty Senate meeting after the first of the year. Professor Powell also reported that he is currently looking at the committees across the University that are listed on the Governance web site and try to identify where and under what circumstances faculty participate.

Professors Powell and Carter will be attending the Annual CIC Faculty Leadership Conference at North Western University November 29 and 30.

Request to Update Requirements for the Integrative Studies Program:
Provost Wilcox reported on the request to update requirements for the Integrative Studies Program. The request is to recommend approval to delete the current statement regarding credits from the Integrative Studies policy, as listed in the Academic Programs catalog, and to state that the Integrative Studies Program credit requirement is 24 credits. The UCUE had no concerns with the request. A motion was passed to refer to the Faculty Senate meeting in November.

Request by the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing – Name Change:
Provost Wilcox presented a request by the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing to make a name change. The Provost is intending to recommend the name change to the Department of Advertising and Public Relations to the President for recommendation to the BOT. The committee endorsed the request.

Request to Amend the Bylaws to Add the University Registrar as Ex Officio Member of UCC:
Professor Francese, UCAG Chairperson, presented the following proposed amendment:

4.5.1. The members of the University Committee on Curriculum (UCC) shall include a faculty member from each college. UCC shall also have five undergraduate student members, of whom one must be a member of the Academic Assembly of ASMSU, and two graduate student members. The Provost or the Provost’s designee shall be a member with voice, but no vote. The Provost shall also name an executive secretary to serve ex officio without vote. The University Registrar shall serve ex officio without vote.
The motion was passed.

Draft Agenda for Faculty Senate November 13, 2012:
The agenda for the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for November 13, 2012 is as follows:

  • UCC Report
  • Request to Update Requirements for the Integrative Studies Program
  • Update on the URO
  • New Business

Draft Agenda for University Council November 20, 2012:
The agenda for the University Council Meeting scheduled for November 20, 2012 is as follows:

  • Motion to amend Bylaws re: UCC
  • Update on Enrollments and Student Funding
  • Academic Program Review
  • New Business

New Business:
Dylan Miller reported ASMSU distributed voter guides across campus and sponsored a program with Chinese undergraduate students to understand the election process. Professor Youatt reported the program received great reviews.

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, November 6, 2012 - 3:15pm
Committee Type: 
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