February 22, 2011

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Approved 3-22-11




Tuesday, February 22, 2011

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

Provost Wilcox, C. Ames, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), A. Berg, J. Boughman, L. Brooks, C. Brown, N. Bucca, S. Carey, S. Carter, M.W. Chang, M. Chavez, W. Corser, T. Curry, E. Cushman, W. Davidson, R.K. Edozie, J. Epstein, S. Esquith, M. Fillmore, S. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Gabilondo, P. Mantica (for C. Gelbke), K. Goldsberry, C. Haka, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), M. Baumann (for C. Jackson-Elmoore), M. Jain, R. Jones, M. Kingry, R.J. Kirkpatrick, J. Jackson (for K. Klomparens), L. Leavitt, S. Haka (for S. Lenway), K. Lovell, A. Lovgren, A. Machi, R. Maleczka, D. Maybank, H. Melakeberhan, W. Miller, T. Monberg, M. Mundt, C. Noffze, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, C. Parker, D. Pathak, R. Putnam, F. Rauscher, A. Recke, E. Freedman (for J. Riedinger), J. Revitte, P. Rogers, N. Rovig, B. Scott, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), D. Sefcik (for W. Strampel), . Soffin, L. Stanford, T. Tims, L. Udpa, S. Udpa, J. Vargas, S. Watts, P. Whitten, J. Wright, J. Nelson (for K. Wurst), E. Yakura, S. Yap, J. Youatt

ABSENT: President Simon, K. Ames, G. Bice, A. Block, D. Buhler, S. Conrad, C. Coursaris, D. Dougherty, D. Estry, L. Fair, H. Fitzgerald, J. Forger, J. Foss, C. Frilinigos, J. Funk, S. Garnett, D. Gift, J.I. Gray, L. Gut, R. Hall, S. Hassan, E. Heilman, J. Hoehn, J. Hudson, H. Hughes, M. Kaplowitz, N. Khanna, G. Kortemeyer, M. Lawrence, R. Mabokela, T. Marsh, E. Martinak, P. Menchik, D. Moriarty, T. Morse, M. Nalla, N.B. Olivier, J. Owen, H. Perlstadt, J. Powell, S. Pratt, M. Rappley, F. Ravitch, L. Roman, M. Rupp, M. Shapiro, C. Schotten, M. Sciarni, M. Shields, M. Sticklen, R. Taggart, Z. Taylor, S. Tekalur, J. Washington, B. Zandstra

The meeting began at 3:20 p.m. without a quorum.  Quorum was reached at 3:32 p.m.  

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of January 25, 2011 were approved as distributed. 

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox noted that the President was on a fund raising trip.  The Provost gave an update on the budget.  The General Operating Budget for the University is about 70% tuition funded and 30% State appropriation funded.  The recommendations from the Governor for the State appropriation would have the University face a 21% budget cut.  If the University keeps the  tuition increase to 7% or less, then it would be a 15% cut. President Simon has indicated that the 15% is within our budget planning parameters.  As an institution the University has been working in a two year time frame.  The planning parameters for the coming year included  possible tuition increases in the 5 to 7% range, salary increases up to 2 ½ %, and predictions regarding energy costs, health insurance increases and a range of actions by the State.  There will be meetings regarding planning and consideration of operating cuts to campus which is not a preferred mode.  The Governor has stated the intent to invest in Higher Education in the long term plan.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reminded members to respond to the current elections for three committees, Department of Police and Public Safety Oversight Committee, the University Military Advisory Committee and the University Committee on Student Affairs.  The election closes on February 25.  The ballot will be going out soon for the election of the Faculty At-Large on the Steering Committee.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Parker, Chairperson of UCC, reported the University Committee on Curriculum considered 33 programs and 208 course proposals during the past month.  There were 7 new  programs and 26 program changes.  The Committee also reviewed and approved 52 new courses, 123 course changes and 33 course deletions.
A motion was passed to approve the UCC Report.

Student Support Programs - Neighborhoods:
The Provost noted that ECAC had asked several months ago if he would discuss topics that were of interest to the faculty.  The Provost presented an update on the concept of the “neighborhoods” on campus.  The “neighborhood” has become a new approach to supporting academic success.  MSU  has  one of the largest residence hall systems in the country and  most of the students live in the residence halls for some period of time.  The notion of the neighborhood is to provide a set of integrated support services distributed across campus and clustered in residence halls.  Provost Wilcox noted that the intended impact on students is for increased retention/ persistence and academic success, through stronger academic support.  The presentation can be found on the Academic Governance web site: 

Reconceptualizing Student Support Programs:  Neighborhoods at MSU - Provost Wilcox to Present to Academic Council on February 22, 2011

Slate of Nominees for Election of At-Large Faculty to The Steering Committee for 2011-2013:
Secretary Wright announced the slate of At-Large Faculty nominees to The Steering Committee for 2011-2013 as follows:

Merlin Bruening (T)
College of Natural Science, Chemistry

Martin Crimp (T)
College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

William S. Davidson II (T)
College of Social Science, Psychology

Harold Hughes (T)
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, School of Packaging

Joseph P. Messina (T)
College of Social Science and Agriculture and Natural Resources, Geography, Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, AgBioResearch

Deborah Moriarty (T)
College of Music, Piano Area

John W. Powell (T)
College of Education and Osteopathic Medicine, Kinesiology and Radiology

Greg M. Swain (T)
College of Natural Science, Chemistry

Mark Voit (T)
College of Natural Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Other Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50p.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, February 22, 2011 - 3:20pm
Committee Type: 
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