Draft Minutes - September 22, 2009

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

President Simon, Provost Wilcox, J. Armstrong, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), V. Bali, L. Brooks, M. Burleson, M.W. Chang, J. Cheng, L. Cloud, C. Corley, T. Covassin, M. Crimp, K. Currier, T. Curry, D. Estry, S. Fluck, J. Forger, J. Foss, W. Fu, S. Garnett, K. Goldsberry, L. Good, I. Gray, A. Grubbs, C. Hyslop (for C. Haka), R. Hill, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), J. Hu, H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Jain, L. June, S. Kendall, R.J. Kirkpatrick, K. Klomparens, D. Lappe, M. Largent, G. Booth (for E. Lashbrooke), M. Lawrence, L. Leavitt, C. Lotz, M. Ly, R. Maleczka, G. Martinez, H. Melakeberhan, T. Miller, P.S. Mohankumar, D. Moriarty, E. Outslay, C. Parker-Lee, L. Posey, J. Powell, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), M. Reckase, J. Revitte, J. Riedinger, P. Rogers, L. Roman, N. Rovig, C. Schmitt, C. Schotten, D. Sheridan, A. Shevcihenko, M. Shields, S. Soffin, S. Spees (for E. Simmons), H.P. Sin, R. Starski, M. Sticklen, G. Stone, W. Strampel, T. Tims, S. Udpa, D. Weber, P. Whitten, S. Wildman, R.W. Wiseman, J. Wright, K. Wurst, J. Youatt, B. Zandstra, C. Zheng

ABSENT: C. Ames, K. Ames, R. Appel, M. Bedikian, M. Bremigan, C. Brown, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, J. Demantes, D. Dougherty, K. Dysartz, R.K. Edozie, S. Esquith, L. Fernandez, R. Fernandez, M. Fillmore, H. Fitzgerald, C. Gelbke, D. Gift, R. Hall, J. Hoehn, N. Khanna, W. Kopachik, G. Kortemeyer, R. Mabokela, T. Marsh, M. Mundt, R. Naegele, L. Neuder, S. Nicely, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, K. Petroni, J. Ren, K. Saunders, B. Schutte, J. Slade, D. St. Arnault, L. Stanford, T. Ten Eyck, C. Walsh, M. Zile

The meeting began at 3:15 p.m. with a full quorum present. 

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended changing the Curriculum Report to an information item and reordering the items Emeriti Faculty, Athletic Council Report and the Provost’s Comments.   The amended agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of April 21, 2009 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
The President announced that the Provost would provide information on the Shaping the Future in his comments.  She encourage faculty to view the web site as new information is posted periodically and that the Provost and Vice President Poston will be putting updates on the site.  The At-Large faculty have asked that questions be sent for today’s discussion, and those will be included with all of the questions and comments received on the "Shaping the Future" web site.

There is no further definitive action at the Capitol since the last Faculty Council meeting.  The news reports indicate that we have gone from a deal being struck to one that has been unwound.  The biggest vulnerability of the Institution at this point rests with the Extension and the Experiment Station.  Individuals typically supportive to the Extension and Experiment Station say not to worry that a supplemental bill will include both.  The House Bill is the bill desired because the lines are solidified for the Extension and Experimental Station without any stimulus money and at this point this seems to be unraveling.  There is much activity occurring about how one positions the tension between raising additional revenue and the State budget deadline.   California, as an example, has just had a special committee act as a result of their budget to look at taxes for the 21st century.  They looked at the economy for the 21st century and shifted the tax base to cover more services more in line with 21st century commerce.  This type of action has not occurred in Michigan but the budget dialogue is going on without a consensus on a 21st century tax structure.  If the Legislature goes with solving the budget with cuts then Extension and Experimental Station are at risk.  The University has a number of personnel policies that require appropriate notification, so if this drags on through October and there are no new revenue bills then the University has the responsibility to begin the notification processes. 

Emeritus Faculty Representation:
Professor Weber proposed the motion to allow one representative of the MSU Faculty Emeriti to be seated in the Academic Council for the academic year 2009-2010 with voice but without vote.  The motion was seconded.  The motion was passed.

Athletic Council Annual Report:
Professor Kasavana, Chairperson of the Athletic Council, presented the Athletic Council Annual Report for 2008-09.  Professor Kasavana summarized the highlights of the Report, which was included in the agenda materials for members. The academic progress rate statistics includes retention, as well as, academic eligibility data and in order to remain out of any kind of NCAA problems each team has to accumulate a score of 925 or above or 92.5% of the team is retained.  He noted that MSU was one of the few NCAA Institutions that had no teams below the threshold of 925.  Professor Kasavana highlighted several items the Council addressed during the year.  The Council reviewed the Academic Support Services offered to student athletes on campus.  The Council also reviewed the NCAA proposals to permit student-athletes to be enrolled full-time, based solely on non-traditional course work.  The Council rejected and supported an amendment to restrict non-traditional credits to no more than 50%.  The Council also addressed how to get faculty more familiar with the activities in the Athletic Department and vice versa.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Hughes reported he had received a number of questions relating to how long the faculty could ask questions regarding the budget.  Professor Hughes noted faculty could submit and ask questions any time and that he would try to respond and forward to Administration.  Professor Hughes also encouraged students to try to learn from the current budget crisis and the processes used to resolve.

University Committee on Curriculum Report: 
Professor Good, Chairperson of UCC, noted that the first UCC Report in September is presented as an information item.  The UCC meets for the last time in the Spring after the last Academic Council meeting.  This is to avoid a delay in curricular actions that need to be in place before September. The following report was presented:

There were 19 programs and 83 course proposals approved which included:

  • There were 10 Program changes, 9 new Programs.  Three of the new Programs were Graduate Specializations: Business Concepts for Environmental Sustainability and Conservation, Ecological Food and Farming Systems and Forensic Science.  There were two Specializations in the Undergraduate level:  Documentary Studies and Information and Communication Technology for Development.  
  • There were two Certificate Programs approved, a type 2 Graduate Certificate in Educational Assessment for K-12 Practitioners and an Organic Farming Certificate.
  • There were 2 new Minors approved, one in Entomology and one in Portuguese 
  • There were 30 new courses reviewed, five of which were reinstatements, 49 course changes and 14 course deletions. 

A motion was passed to accept the Report.

ASMSU Readership Program:
Kristy Currier, Academic Assembly Chairperson, presented information regarding a new service by ASMSU for undergraduate students.  Funds have been allocated by ASMSU to establish the Readership Program for 2009-2010 and ask faculty for support of the Program.  This program provides the following papers to be available to all undergraduate students Monday through Friday: USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and the Financial Times.  ASMSU encourages faculty to consider including student readership as part of classroom instruction.  The faculty can benefit from the Readership Program because they will be able to purchase subscriptions of USA TODAY and the New York Times at a discounted price.

Generic Prescribing Program:
Professor Moriarty, UCFA chairperson, explained that the Generic Prescribing Program is the first step in the Health Care Initiatives from the Health Care Committee and UCFA.  The goal is to hold University health care costs to a 5% growth while maintaining, and is some cases improving, health care quality.  She stressed that every dollar not spent on health care can be spent somewhere else.  The generic prescribing program is projected to save 3.5 million dollars.  The generic prescribing program is based on one of the recommendations of the UCFA Budget Subcommittee Health Care Task Force as outlined in the 2008 Report approved by UCFA and Faculty Council.  This report can be found on the UCFA web site.  Professor Moriarty referred members to the two attachments i.e., Generic Prescribing Program and UCFA Health Care Task Force Report (2008), excerpt related to drug co-pays.  In summary, the program requires the use of generic drugs, where generic drugs are available, to retain the current co-pay system.  If one chooses to take a brand named drug instead of a generic drug, then one pays the co-pay as well as the cost difference.  If there is a medical reason for a brand name drug when a generic is available, the physician may file an appeal to CVS Caremark at no cost.  While the program begins immediately, the deadline to switch to generics is March 1, 2010.  UCFA will be monitoring the Program for the next year.  Professor Moriarty noted that this program is the same for all faculty, academic specialists, administrators and staff.  All will be notified of this change by UCFA through the Governance Office.  Any questions should be directed to UCFA or Council representatives. 

Provost’s Remarks – Budget Update – Questions/Answer Session:
Provost Wilcox explained how the discussion on budget would proceed.  First, Dave Byelich, from the Budget and Finance Office, will describe the budget realities in the State planning and what this means for MSU, followed by discussion of the campus plans that are in place with questions at the end.  Dave Byelich distributed material entitled “Shaping the Future of MSU", Meeting challenges, maintaining commitment to values and vision”.  The content of this document was summarized for the members.  Questions sent to the At-Large members of ECAC were then raised by Professor Hughes followed by questions from Council members.  The questions and answers were posted by Dave Byelich on shapingthefuture.msu.edu.

Other Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Jacqueline Wright
Secretary for Academic Governance



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