January 25, 2011

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Approved 2-22-11




Tuesday, January 25, 2011

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

President Simon, Provost Wilcox, J. Schwille (for C. Ames), F. Fear (for J. Armstrong), T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), A. Block, L. Brooks, N. Bucca, S. Carey, S. Carter, M.W. Chang, W. Corser, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, W. Davidson, R.K. Edozie, S. Esquith, M. Fillmore, S. Fitzgerald, J. Forger, J. Foss, C. Frilinigos, J. Funk, P. Mantica (for C. Gelbke), D. Gift, P. Hunt (for J.I. Gray), C. Haka, S. Hassan, G. Hudson, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Jain, R. Jones, M. Kaplowitz, M. Kingry, R.J. Kirkpatrick, K Klomparens, G. Kortemeyer, K. Lovell, R. Maleczka, E. Martinak, D. Maybank, H. Melakerberhan, W. Miller, T. Monberg, D. Moriarty, M. Mundt, M. Nalla, C. Noffze, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, J. Owen, C. Parker, D. Pathak, J. Powell, R. Putnam, A. Recke, J. Revitte, E. Freedman (for J. Riedinger), P. Rogers, M. Sciarni, B. Scott, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), S. Soffin, L. Stanford, W. Strampel, L. Udpa, S. Udpa, J. Vargas, J. Washington, S. Watts, P. Whitten, J. Wright, J. Nelson (for K. Wurst), E. Yakura, J. Youatt, B. Zandstra

ABSENT: K. Ames, R. Appel, A. Berg, G. Bice, J. Boughman, C. Brown, M. Chavez, S. Conrad, E. Cushman, J. DeMates, D. Dougherty, J. Epstein, D. Estry, L. Fair, H. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Gabilondo, S. Garnett, K. Goldsberry, L. Gut, R. Hall, E. Heilman, J. Hoehn, N. Khanna, M. Lawrence, L. Leavitt, S. Lenway, A. Lovgren, R. Mobokela, T. Marsh, H. Masboob, P. Menchik, T. Morse, N.B. Olivier, H. Perlstadt, S. Pratt, M. Rappley, F. Rauscher, F. Ravitch, L. Roman, N. Rovig, M. Rupp, M. Shapiro, C. Schotten, M. Shields, M. Sticklen, R. Taggart, Z. Taylor, S. Tekalur, T. Tims, J. Trites,

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

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was approved as distributed.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of November 16, 2010 were approved as distributed. 

President’s Remarks:
The President noted that the State of the State address focused on jobs and economic development. There will be an address to the legislature on education, Early Childhood through Twenty or P-K, scheduled for April.  The Governor is still on track to propose a two year budget for the first of February, which is similar to the model MSU used because one legislature group cannot bind another.  The Governor wants the universities to play a critical role in looking at programs and activities in order that we can be bench marked against the appropriate peer groups nationally and internationally with a commitment for continuous quality improvement.  President Simon expects that there will be a good deal of discussion regarding outcome measures for higher education and how those outcome measures will be tied to allocations or budget recommendations.  The Governor uses the phrase “dog years”, dividing the year into 182 days and calculated this as 3.6 dog years. The University therefore needs to do 3.6 years of work in the first 182 days of this administration, so speed, agility etc. are a part of trying to turn around Michigan.  There is also much rhetoric regarding the compensation for public employees.

President Simon reported having the opportunity to talk with the Governor and his team regarding  the University’s  compensation philosophy, and how we need to be competitive with the appropriate peer groups and the work done collectively to deal with health care costs, as well as, trying to keep compensation competitive.  There has been a Bill introduced to try to control tuition at 5%, although it has not gone anywhere.  The sentiment is swirling at the Capitol with concerns about cost and cost of education.  The good news from the legislative surveys done shows there is belief in higher education, research universities, tech transfe.  All of these are important to the future of the State.  More will be known around the first of February when the budget is released.

President Simon also commented on the welcome reception for Michael Rush, founding Director of the Eli Broad Art Museum on January 24, 2011.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox deferred his comments until later on the agenda.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell noted that the materials for University elections had been sent to the Colleges in December and that the call for nominations for the At-Large members of The Steering Committee for 2011-2013 has been sent to all faculty.  Professor Powell encouraged members to urge colleagues to respond.  There will be another At-Large faculty forum to be held February 3.  A notice will go out with information.  The ADP Policy is under review and the recommendations should be going to respective committees for their review after Spring break.

CIC Overview:
Provost Wilcox reported that ECAC suggested that it might be beneficial to have information and discussion regarding the Committee on Institutional Cooperation at one of the meetings of Academic Council. The CIC is the model for inter-institutional collaboration in the United States. The CIC is the Nation’s premier higher education consortium. The CIC is over 50 years old and it is a group of institutions that have voluntarily come together to do things in combination that they did not feel they could do as well by themselves.  Member institutions save money, share assets and increase teaching, learning and research opportunities through collaborative initiatives.  The CIC is comprised of the following institutions:  University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University,  Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University and University of Nebraska – Lincoln (August, 2011).  All of the CIC institutions are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) which comprises the largest and most dynamic research universities in the country.  The CIC is the only conference in the country where all the schools are in the AAU.

Provost Wilcox presented the following CIC data for 2009-10:

  • Total full-time faculty:  33,945
  • Total full-time graduate student:  98,486
  • Total full-time undergraduate students:  313, 557
  • Total undergraduate degrees conferred:  73460
  • Total doctoral degrees conferred:  7,183
  • Total funded research expenditures: $7 billion

For additional information, please click here:  CIC Presentation

University Committee on Curriculum Report:

A motion passed to give Professor Stanford voice to present the Curriculum Report for the UCC Chairperson, Carol Parker.  During the past month, the UCC considered 19 programs and 63 course proposals.

  • There were 16 program changes.
  • There were 3 program deletions, the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Retailing from the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing (Provost approved discontinuations on 10/6/10).
  • There were 20 new courses, 31 course changes and 7 course deletions reviewed and approved.    

A motion was passed to approve the UCC Report as presented.

Sexual Harassment Policy Update:
Professor Carter, ECAC At-Large member, reported that ECAC, on request from President Simon, formed a work group to review the Anti-Discrimination /Sexual Harassment Policies.  The  proposed revisions for the Sexual Harassment Policy, which requires an administrative ruling , were submitted to President Simon and the changes have been enacted.  The Sexual Harassment Policy was distributed to members as an attachment to the agenda.  Professor Carter noted that the revision was driven by the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, which now requires that institutions have an investigation of any allegations of sexual harassment.  Investigation of any allegation, as well as, including options outside the University for resolution and a section on processing complaints, are now in the Sexual Harassment Policy.  This was presented as an information item to the Council.

Other Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:55p.m.


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 25, 2011 - 3:15pm
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