February 26, 2013

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

  President Simon, Acting Provost Youatt, G. Aben, M. Aldrich, W. Anderson, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), E. Bank, M. Becker, T. Bitner, S. Borkowski, R. Caldwell, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, D. Clemons, J. Conwell, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, W. Davidson, A. Dickerson, L. Dillon, S. Fletcher, J. Forger, X. Gao, Y. Gonzales, K. Greenwalt, M. Grieshop, M. Griffes, E. Hackert, C. Haka, A. Hatinger, D. Heller, G. Hoppenstand, P. Hunt (for S. Hsu), H. Hughes, M. Baumann (for C. Jackson-Elmoore), R. Kirkpatrick, Y. Komori, M. Koot, M. Anderson (for S. Lenway), R. Maleczka, E. Martinak, D. Maybank, L. McCabe, D. Mendez, B. Miller, H. Mooney, D. Moriarty, M. Nair, A. Newton, V. Nikolovski, M. Noel, P. Pakala, N. Pasmanter, R. Brandenburg (for F. Poston), J. Powell, J. Riedinger, L. Robinson, G. Roloff, N. Rovig, L. Selanders, L. Shelton, D. Sheridan, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), S. Stachura, L. Stanford, D. Sefcik (for W. Strampel), A. Susarla, S. Teahan, S. Tekalur, J. Turner, S. Udpa, C. Vermeesch, C. Waters, S. Watts, P. Whitten, M. Worden, J. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst)

ABSENT:   K. Bartig, A. Berg, L. Blau, C. Bolin, K. Brewer, C. Brown, J. Castaneda, K. Cheruvelil, T. Clifford, K. Clifton, N. Crum, T. Davis, N. DeJoy, R. Dev Anand, J. Dunn, S. Esquith, D. Estry, S. Fitzgerald, H. Fitzgerald, J. Foss, J. Francese, S. Garnett, C. Gelbke, A. Ghannam, M. Goheen, J. Gorman, D. Grooms, J. Howarth, M. Huebner, J. Joyce, M. Kasavana, K. Klomparens, L. Lee, T. Lunsford, L. Mak, C. Manitowabi, J. Maurer,T. Mayer, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, D. Miller, D. Mitchell, P. Mooney, M. Mundt, F. Nunes, A. Nunez, F. Pugh, A. Rabellorolim, M. Rappley, F. Ravitch, K. Renn, A. Richards, A. Rivera, L. Robison, T. Rogers, A. Rolim, C. Roseth, F. Salem, C. Scales, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, R. Spreng, C. Teske, M. Treadwell, F. Villarruel, J. Walton, C. Wiebrecht, M. Wright

The meeting began at 3:21 p.m. without a quorum, quorum reach at 3:25.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of January 22, 2013 were approved as distributed

President’s Remarks:
The President thanked the faculty for their work in the various committees so far this year.  The President also acknowledged Professor Powell and the faculty working on the Health Benefits issues. The effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has some good benefits and also has some challenges.  One of the effects will be for Institutions like MSU that have tended to value benefits and valued them at a high rate.  This is the reason MSU’s compensation numbers are very competitive in the middle of the Big Ten but our salary numbers are at the bottom. The situation in terms of the ACA perspective is not the right balance for MSU as it relates to a number of issues.  President Simon noted that the Steering Committee has placed the ACA on today’s agenda.

At the Federal level, it appears the sequester is going to happen and what this will mean is still being identified.  The press has reported that the sequester will mean a hold on new grants, changes and delays in payments in many areas and  that programs that people have come to rely on may be cut off.  Professor Hunt noted that Vice President Hsu has a team of folks that are reviewing the situation and a web page is being developed that will accumulate information concerning the actions of various agencies.  The variation between agencies is substantial according to Professor Hunt.  President Simon indicated it was important for those who have work in a particular agency to monitor the information being posted.  This is a reduction of the fiscal year budget which means we are half way through the year.  The plausible scenario being hypothesized is that there will be an attempt to add back in expenditure authorization up to a certain level in order to take care of certain programs.

At the State level, the Governor’s recommendation to make the nonrecurring money given in last year’s budget as part of this year’s budget and then add 1% to 2% with part conditioned on tuition and part on a performance formula.  The performance formula will be the same as last year and based on peer groups.  The University is carefully watching the discussions and will find a strategy that is in the best interest of the University.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported on the conversations regarding the Bolder by Design and the strategic directions for the University over the next few years. There were four areas of action that are recommended that will help to meet the aspirations in Bolder by Design.  Professor Youatt proposed that the following short term issues teams be created to address four challenges:

  • Closing the graduation gap
  • Creating a campus-wide strategy for technology, teaching and learning
  • Creating a supportive climate for interdisciplinary research
  • Fostering a healthier campus

The idea is to develop a small set of people who are knowledgeable in the area and who could create a set of suggestions and recommendations that are things that need to get done to reach the outcomes.  Professor Youatt hopes to identify these people before the Spring break.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported the Steering Committee is continuing to meet with the CAC’s in Colleges this semester to strengthen the communications lines with governance.  A plan for a system wide technology system is being developed.

Health Benefits Update:
Professor Powell reported there has been much work over time on looking at alternative ways to provide health care to the community. There is work being done to develop a RFP to identify different protocols.

The Steering Committee felt it was important for HR to present information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  A motion was passed to give voice to Chris Hannah, Sharon Butler and Renee Rivard from HR.  Renee Rivard explained that the purpose of health care reform (ACA) is to expand the coverage for health care with some sort of control over health care costs and some improvement in health care along the way.  It remains to be seen if the provisions in the ACA meet the goals.  Renee Rivard gave an overview, using a grid distributed to members, of what is known about the ACA and the implications for the MSU community.  Please refer to the grid on the Governance website.

ASMSU Activities Update:
Evan Martinak, President of ASMSU General Assembly, provided members with a complete and informative overview of the numerous services provided by the Association, student employment opportunities, activities in Academic Affairs and Governmental affairs and new outreach and Marketing endeavors.

Campus Safety and Prevention:
Professor Powell announced that this topic will be rescheduled for April 23, 2013.

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.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 26, 2013 - 3:25pm
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