January 22, 2013

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Approved 2-26-13





Tuesday, January 22, 2013

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

  President Simon, Acting Provost June Youatt, G. Aben, W. Anderson, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), E. Bank, K. Bartig, M. Becker, T. Bitner, R. Brandenburg (for D. Buhler), R. Caldwell, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, D. Clemons, J. Conwell, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, A. Dickerson, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, S. Esquith, D. Fayl (for J. Forger), J. Francese, K. Gelbke, D. Gift, K. Greenwalt, Y. Gonzales, M.E. Hackert, C. Haka, A. Hatinger, D. Heller, G. Hoppenstand, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), M. Huebner, H. Hughes, P. Hunt (for S. Hsu), C. Jackson-Elmoore, R.J. Kirkpatrick, K. Klomparens, Y. Komori, M. Koot, M. Anderson (for S. Lenway), R. Maleczka, E. Martinak, D. Maybank, T. Mayer, L. McCabe, D. Mendez, D. Moriarty, M. Mundt, M. Noel, P. Pakala, N. Pasmanter, J. Powell, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), J. Riedinger, L. Robinson, L. Robison, C. Roseth, N. Rovig, C. Scales, L. Selanders, L. Shelton, D. Sheridan, L. Stanford, K. Millenbah (for E. Simons), W. Strampel, T. Wolff (for S. Udpa), C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, J. Walton, P. Whitten, M. Worden, J. Wright

ABSENT:  M. Aldrich, L. Blau, C. Bolin, S. Borkowski, C. Brown, J. Castaneda, K. Cheruvelil, N. Crum, D. Estry, H. Fitzgerald, S. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Foss, X. Gao, S. Garnett, M. Goheen, J. Gorman, M. Grieshop, D. Grooms, M. Khire, B. Kleinerman, L. Lee, T. Lunsford, L. Mak, C. Manitowabi, J. Maurer, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, D. Miller, D. Mitchell, H. Mooney, P. Mooney, M. Nair, A. Newton, F. Pugh, A. Rabellorolim, F. Ravitch, K. Renn, A. Richards, T. Rogers, G. Roloff, D. Rovner, M. Shapiro, A.J. Singh, R. Spreng, B. Sternquist, S. Teahan, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, M. Treadwell, J. Turner, C. Waters, S. Watts, M. Wright, K. Wurst

The meeting began at 3:20 p.m. with a quorum. 

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of November 20, 2012 were approved as distributed.  

President’s Remarks:
The President thanked members for actively attending the events for MLK day.  The Governor has delivered the State of the State address and Higher Education was not prominently highlighted in the address.  Some of the continued legislative reforms were addressed as well as a big emphasis on roads and infrastructure.  The University will be actively working with the legislature around the budget issues.  Higher Education was the only part of the budget that was done on a non-recurring basis. Part of the challenge is to get the piece from last year recurring and argue for some increase this year that is not earmarked for specific purposes.  President Simon noted that there are some signs of improvements in the State, such as, numbers are improving in terms of employment, and companies are announcing that they are bringing jobs to Michigan.  What is most troublesome is the persistent high unemployment rate as it relates to higher education and the match of education and jobs.

The President also noted that the Governor has signed a Bill for Community Colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in selected areas.  It is an interesting Constitutional question on the prohibition of using property tax for certain kinds of degrees.  It is an issue that will be debated in the State.

The President commended Professor Stanford and her team on the work on transfer credits.

Acting Provost’s Remarks:
Acting Provost Youatt reported on attending the Inauguration Ceremonies for the President.  Professor Youatt noted that the President’s speech was lively and brought a sense of excitement and hopefulness to the large and diverse crowds.

The Governor’s message indicated support in the near future for early childhood education which is exciting and has huge implications for K12 and eventually for higher education.

Professor Youatt announced that the MSU Health Team would be offering a Flu Clinic for faculty and a notice would be sent shortly via email.

The Steering Committee Vice Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported that the Steering Committee would be forming an Ad Hoc Committee to address IT issues on campus, particularly those relating to electronic communication.  This was an issue identified by the faculty at the Faculty Senate Planning Session in August.

Health Care Update:
Professor Anderson, Chairperson of UCFA, reported that the recent HR Verification process found approximately 130 people were not eligible for the health benefits.  The final numbers are not available at this time.

The Affordable Care Act and the implications for MSU are being discussed.  The implications are too numerous to discuss at this meeting but will be reported later.  President Simon noted that provisions of the Act are still being interpreted.

A RFA has been completed regarding an on-site clinic, which has been in discussion for some time.  The RFP has been sent to the MSU Health Team for a response, comment and interest.  The RFP may be distributed to other providers. The President noted that the discussions with UCFA have indicated a preference for the MSU Health Team to provide this on-site model.  It was agreed that there would be a request for a proposal and people would outline what they would do in order to meet the expectations for the delivery of the service.  There are questions now as to whether the RFP should have been more broadly distributed.  There is a team of MSU faculty going to a National Conference on best practices in order to judge whether the responses received are in line with best practices and cost structures.

Bolder by Design:
The President referred the faculty to the links on the President’s web site for the Bolder by Design discussions.  President Simon and others have worked with a variety of focus groups, faculty in governance, and others.  This conversation is being done in a way in which one can go back to the 1960’s at MSU and see that the goal was to be one of the best Universities, and to sustain the land-grant ideals and values.  If one looked at the 1950’s and 60’s, the idea was to provide an education to a broad array of talented students from a variety of backgrounds that would be competitive with the brand names.  In 1950 and 60 President Hannah’s expectation was that MSU would be an International University.  Today the top 100 universities in the world have many international players.  The final important piece was and is being connected to the community and to be concerned about how knowledge is used and created to make a difference in the world.  Who we are at MSU, trying to figure out a way to be among the top 100 universities in the world with our ideals is no different today than in 1960, but what we do and need to emphasize has to change.  When thinking about the future, how do we deal with the new innovations and issues affecting higher education?  The question then with Bolder by Design is what do we do and what do we focus on as a University to stay in the top 100 Universities.

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:07 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, January 22, 2013 - 3:20pm
Committee Type: 
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