January 24, 2012

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Approved 2-28-12




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

  G. Aben, K. Ames, W. Anderson, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), E. Bank, M. Becker, L. Brooks, L. Brooks, R. Brandenburg (for D. Buhler), R. Caldwell, D. Campbell, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, R. Coffey, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, E. Cushman, W. Davidson, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, D. Estry, M. Fillmore, J. Forger, C. Frilingos, I.J. Gray, M. Halloran, D. Heller, Ron Hall (for T. Holt), H. Hughes, L. Olsen (for M. Grieshop), C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), M. Baumann (for C. Jackson-Elmoore), L. Jezierski, M. Kaplowitz, R. Kirkpatrick, K. Klomparens, Y. Komori, J. Wagner (for S. Lenway), T. Levine, K. Lovell, L. Mak, E. Martinak, S. Masboob, D. Maybank, H. Melakberhan, P. Menchik, M. Morath, D. Moriarty, M. Mundt, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, D. Pathak, V. Poltavets, S. Pomeroy, J. Powell, S. Pratt, R. Putnam, E. Freedman (for J. Riedinger), N. Rovig, D. Rovner, L. Selanders, K. Selasky, D. Sheridan, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), W. Strampel, L. Stanford, Z. Taylor, S. Tekalur, L. Udpa, S. Udpa, S. Watts, P. Whitten, D. Wilson, J. Wright, K. Wurst, J. Youatt

ABSENT:  President Simon, Provost Wilcox, J. Boughman, C. Brown, M. Chavez, K. Cheruvelil, S. Esquith, H. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Foss, S. Garnett, C. Gelbke, D. Gift, J. Goddeeris, J.I. Gray, L. Gut, C. Haka, S. Hassan, S. Harley, J. Hoehn, R. Jones, L. Jordon, J. Joyce, M. Kasavana, M. Lawrence, R. Mabokela, S. Marino, A. Meisel, D. Miller, W. Miller, B. Olivier, H. Perlstadt, M. Rappley, F. Ravitch, C. Scales, C. Schotten, M. Shapiro, A. Singh, B. Syzek, R. Taggart, M. Treadwell, J. Washington, B. Wernette, E. Yakura

The meeting began at 3:45 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 October 18, 2011 were approved as distributed. 

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox was not able to attend.

Senior Associate Provost Remarks:
Professor Youatt noted that President Simon and Provost Wilcox are attending a meeting in Flint meeting with the Mott Foundation at a reception announcing and celebrating a project which involves the College of Human Medicine in Flint.  The BOT meets this week and is the last meeting until April.  They will begin discussing issues around the budget for the next two years, including tuition and consideration of the ways the legislature may wish the University to discuss in terms of the likely appropriation and the debt of our students.

Professor Youatt noted that the BOT will be discussing the proposed Bylaw amendments from ASMSU.  ASMSU has been going through some significant reorganization and have done some great work.  We will be addressing later in the meeting.

Professor Youatt announced and reminded everyone about the University Awards ceremony on February 14, 2012 and urged everyone to attend.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported that the Steering Committee is actively involved in two administrative reviews, one for the Secretary for Academic Governance five year review and the other is the five year review of the Provost.  There will be two phases for the Provost review, one will be a set of questions for the University-level Standing Committees to answer and the second will be a questionnaire to be sent to all faculty for their response. The reviews should be completed by February 25, 2012.

ASMSU Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws for Academic Governance:
Zachary Taylor, Chairperson of AA of ASMSU, moved to approve the proposed amendments to the Bylaws.  The motion was seconded.  Zachary reported that the student organization has been discussing the issue of whether the organization should be a bicameral or a unicameral organization.  Should there be two governing bodies or should there be one governing body?  Last Spring the decision was to transition to a unicameral organization.  After discussions with governance, UCAG, the Steering Committee and the Provost, the proposed amendments are now being proposed to University Council.  Over the past years having two governing bodies has proven to be a significant challenge to ASMSU.  No matter how much the responsibilities were separated between the two bodies, there were conflicts and duplicated efforts.  This prevented functioning in an efficient manner.  A motion was passed to approve the proposed amendments to the Bylaws.

University Research Organization (URO):
Professor Powell presented an update on the progress of the URO Work Group.  The Committee was to identify recommendations for the development and implementation of an information program to engage MSU faculty in the discussion of an MSU-URO.  A motion was passed to give voice to Professor Kempel and Professor Drzal, members of the URO Committee.  Professor Kempel reported on the work of the group that began in May 2011.  The Committee gathered information from the institutions having an URO, which includes a broad spectrum of materials regarding the operation of an URO and the experiences of these other Universities. These materials and a full report are available on the following web site: https://uro.egr.msu.edu which has been developed.  The Committee has recommended that MSU proceed with the planning of an URO and to develop core competencies necessary for long term stability.  The Report has been referred to various Standing Committees for their response.  Feedback is encouraged and the Steering Committee hopes that the faculty will engage in informed discussion of the many issues raised in the report and make opinions known to Governance.  It is anticipated that discussion and action on the recommendations will be brought to University Council for action before the end of the academic year.

Student Body Demographics Update:
Professor Youatt presented an overview and update on the student body demographics.  The Freshman class for Fall 2011 included 28,416 applications with the number of Freshman enrollees of 7,782.  This number was higher than anticipated considering the economic conditions.  The return rate of students this Fall was excellent.  Professor Youatt reported that more students came in all of the categories, more undergraduate, graduate, domestic, out of state and transfer students.  This resulted in one of the largest entering classes in a number of years. The University does not anticipate this trend continuing.  The total enrollment of students this year was 47,954.  The real growth was in the Doctoral and Graduate Professional students.  The growth in the Graduate Professional students can be explained by the expansion of the medical schools in Grand Rapids, Detroit Medical Center and Macomb.

The University minority enrollment has changed as well.  The greatest strides have been made in the graduate and Professional ranks, but there is progress over the decade in all categories. Over the last decade substantial progress has been made related to the balance of resident versus non-resident students.  MSU has made progress in diversifying the class by recruiting both domestically and internationally.  The non-resident enrollment is now about half domestic and half international students.  Please refer to the power point on the Governance web site for additional information.

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:25 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 24, 2012 - 3:45pm
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