Draft Minutes - January 26, 2010

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

Provost Wilcox, J. Schwille (for C. Ames), F. Fear (for J. Armstrong), J. Caldwell (for M. Baba), V. Bali, Noah Berger, L. Brooks, C. Brown, M. Burleson, M.W. Chang, C. Coursaris, T. Covassin, M. Crimp, K. Currier, C. Curry, J. DeMantes, K. Dysarz, R.K. Edozie, S. Esquith, D. Estry, R. Fernandez, M. Fillmore, J. Forger, J. Foss, J. Francese, S. Fuller, J. Judge (for S. Garnett), P. Hunt (for I. Gray), D. Gift, L. Good, A. Grubbs, C. Haka, S. Hassans, R. Hill, S. Hoerr, T. Howarth, G. Hudson, H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Jain, L. June, S. Kendall, S. Duncan (for R.J. Kirkpatrick), K. Klomparens, W. Kopachik, D. Lappe, M. Largent, A. Lawton, G. Booth (for E. Lashbrooke), M. Ly, R. Maleczka, E. Manoppo, H. Melakeberhan, T. Miller, D. Moriarty, T. Wehrwein (for M. Mundt), S. Nicley, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, E. Outslay, J. Owen, C. Parker-Lee, L. Posey, J. Powell, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), M. Reckase, J. Revitte, J. Riedinger, P. Rogers, N. Rovig, L. Roman, C. Schmitt, M. Sciarni, D. Sheridan, A. Shevclhenko, M. Shields, S. Soffin, S. Spees (for E. Simmons), J. Slade, D. St. Arnault, L. Stanford, D. Sefcik (for W. Strampel), Z. Taylor, T. Tims, S. Udpa, C. Walsh, D. Weber, B. Wernette, P. Whitten, S. Wildman, M. Willemin, J. Wright, K. Wurst, J. Youatt, B. Zandstra

ABSENT: President Simon, K. Ames, R. Appel, M. Bremigan, C. Corley, W. Davidson, L. Degi, D. Dougherty, V. Draine, G. Faulk, L. Fernandez, H. Fitzgerald, W. Fu, C. Gelbke, K. Goldsberry, R. Hall, J. Hoehn, J. Hu, M. Lawrence, L. Leavitt, C. Lotz, R. Mabokela, T. Marsh, E. Martinak, G. Martinez, N. Mehta, P.S. Mohankumar, R. Naegele, T. Neal, L. Neuder, J. Ren, B. Schutte, G. Schuttler, A. Simms, H.P. Sin, M. Sticklen, T. Ten Eyck, R. W. Wiseman, H. Young, M. Zile

The meeting began at 3:16 p.m. with a full quorum present. 

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended; Kyle Dysarz will be speaking on the Proposed Revisions to the Academic Freedom Report.  The amended agenda was approved.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of November 17, 2009 were approved as distributed.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox reported that President Simon was attending the Global National Competitiveness Council in Saudi Arabia.  The Provost noted that as we begin Spring Semester the University is in a long process that we began in the Fall in thinking about the University’s future. Although this crystallizes around the budget, it is a part of a larger process. The process has two parallel tracks, one is reducing the budget and the other is taking the opportunity to rethink what the University should be doing in the future.  The conversations in the fall about academic programs led to some moratoriums on admissions and conversations continue this semester. 

During the summer a number of employees from Buildings & Grounds were laid off and the decision was made that the individual offices would no longer be cleaned.  Progress is being made on the Student Support Programs and the revision around neighborhoods, which was started two years ago.  Some of the ideas generated in the conversations are now ready to be tested.  A Student Summit will be held on February 15 at the Union Building where all students are invited to come and provide their perspective and input on student programming on campus.

Provost summarized noting that many conversations are occurring now about the future and how best to create a new Michigan State University that is appropriate for the 21st Century.  This is in parallel with the discussions regarding the budget and available resources.  This will be a challenging semester for all of us.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Hughes had no comments at this time.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Good, Chairperson of UCC, presented the following report:

There were 7 Program actions and 44 Course proposals considered and approved which included:

  • There were 5 Program changes, 1 new Program and 1 discontinued Program. The new program was a combination of the computer and electrical engineering programs to serve only the Dubai program. After two years of offering Engineering in Dubai, it became obvious that including an Electrical Engineering component would enhance the marketability of the program and better serve regional demands.
  • There were 2 Course deletions, 31 Course changes and 11 new Courses reviewed and approved.
  • There were 22 Program Moratoria that were reviewed by the appropriate body (UCAP for Undergraduate Programs and UGC for Graduate Programs) and approved by the Provost in December, 2009.  The next phase for these Programs may be continued discussions and some Units will move forward with requests to discontinue Programs.

The UCC Report was approved as presented.

Academic Freedom Report for Students – Proposed changes:
Kyle Dysarz, UCSA Co-Chairperson, introduced and summarized the proposed revisions to the Academic Freedom Report for Students (AFR).  The proposed revisions to the AFR have been endorsed by the UCSA, the ASMSU Academic Assembly and by the CGS.  The main goal of the revision was to update and reformat the AFR.  In addition to reformatting and reorganizing the document to be more “user friendly”, the main substantive changes were reviewed as outlined in the AFR document distributed with the agenda for this meeting.  A motion was passed approving the proposed revisions to the AFR.

Other Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:37p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance


Tapes of complete meetings of the Academic Council are available for review in the office of the Secretary for Academic Governance, W32 Owen Graduate Hall, 355-2337.

Committee Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 3:16pm
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