March 22, 2011

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Approved 9/20/11
2010-11:6

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COUNCIL

MINUTES

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center


PRESENT:
President Simon, Provost Wilcox, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), G. Bice, A. Block, J. Boughman, L. Brooks, N. Bucca, F. Fear (for D. Buhler), S. Carey, M. Chavez, S. Conrad, W. Corser, C. Coursaris, E. Cushman, W. Davidson, R.K. Edozie, S. Esquith, D. Estry, S. Fletcher, J. Forger, J. Foss, C. Frilinigos, J. Gabilondo, P. Mantica (for C. Gelbke), D. Gift, J.I. Gray, L. Gut, C. Haka, G. Hudson, H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Jain, R. Jones, M. Kaplowitz, N. Khanna, J. Kirkpatrick, K. Klomparens, M. Lawrence,S. Lenway, K. Lovell, A. Lovgren, R. Maleczka, D. Maybank, E. Martinak, H. Melakeberhan, T. Monberg, D. Moriarty, TW. Wehrwein (for M. Mundt), M. Nalla, R. Ofoli, C. Parker, D. Pathak, K. Petroni, J. Powell, S. Pratt, R. Putnam, F. Rauscher, J. Revitte, E. Freedman (for J. Riedinger), P. Rogers, L. Roman, N. Rovig, B. Scott, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), S. Soffin, W. Strampel, G. Stone, S. Tekalur, T. Tims, T. Wolff (for S. Udpa), J. Washington, P. Whitten, J. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst), E. Yakura, S. Yap, J. Youatt, B. Zandstra

ABSENT: C. Ames, K. Ames, A. Berg, C. Brown, S. Carter, M.W. Chang, T. Curry, D. Dougherty, L. Fair, M. Fillmore, H. Fitzgerald, S. Fitzgerald, J. Funk, S. Garnett, K. Goldsberry, R. Hall, S. Hassan, E. Heilman, J. Hoehn, J. Howarth, M. Kingry, G. Kortemeyer, L. Leavitt, R. Mabokela, A. Machi, T. Marsh, P. Menchik, W. Miller, T. Morse, C. Noffze, M. Noel, N.B. Olivier, J. Owen, H. Perlstadt, M. Rappley, F. Ravitch, A. Recke, M. Rupp, M. Shapiro, C. Schotten, M. Sciarni, M. Shields, M. Sticklen, L. Stanford, R. Taggart, Z. Taylor, L. Udpa, J. Vargas, S. Watts

The meeting began at 4:00 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 February 22, 2011 were approved as distributed. 

President’s Remarks:
The President acknowledged some of the world events, i.e. Japan and noted that students were collecting money around the campus.  President Simon indicated that MSU encourages people to go to the identified agencies sending assistance for contributions.

President Simon reported that there is not much new on the budget for the State.  The media has indicated the proposed budget is not a popular recommendation.  The Governor will present his education message in April that will be a P-20 message. The P may be prenatal, as opposed to pre-kindergarten, or it may be early childhood.  The definition of P seems to be changing, but it will be a comprehensive message regarding P-20.  This will include metrics, and expectations that are leveraged by budget and graduation rates. MSU presents testimony on March 23 before the House and the Senate.  The President noted that institutions in Michigan are very diverse and there is not one formula for everyone.  The Carnegie Classifications provides an external definition of what category fits the institution.  There are three Universities in the State that are in the very intense research category.  President Simon plans to suggest rather than redesigning higher education that one accepts the investment the State has made over time and the achievements of institutions that are represented by the Carnegie Classifications.  The classifications should be a basis about the diversity within the State.  This is not a competition among institutions within the State but the benchmarks are National within the classifications.  The goal should be to have everyone performing as well as possible within the category of benchmarks that represent their Carnegie Classification.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox reported that the National Science Foundation is on campus, on a site visit, to review the third year of a five year project designed to increase the numbers of faculty women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics on campus.  The University efforts have been broader than the project, and include increasing women and underrepresented groups in the faculty across the entire campus.

Provost Wilcox congratulated the faculty in the progress made on the budget planning.  He also acknowledged the work of the faculty in assessing and making modifications in policies, procedures and implementation processes for appointments, faculty and staff review processes, all in an effort to build the best faculty recruitment, appointment and mentoring systems at MSU.

The Provost reflected on the Council’s work on the Bylaws for Academic Governance which occurred over the course of five years, and was brought to a conclusion with the approval of the Amended Bylaws by the Board of Trustees last Spring, June 2010, to be implemented Fall, 2011.  We have had this year to put the pieces in place to operationalize the Bylaws next Fall.   President Simon commented on the level of transparency of the process and making sure everyone understood what it meant, both in theory and practice.  The President acknowledged that the leadership team of faculty governance needs to be commended for reaching out to the faculty.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell announced that there will be a Faculty Forum held on March 24 in room 191 of the Communication Arts & Sciences Building.  There has been a notification sent to all faculty.  The election for the At-Large faculty of The Steering Committee will continue through Friday, March 25.  Last Fall concern was raised regarding assessments in courses on-line, and there was a recommendation made by the Provost Office to make some modifications in the Code of Teaching Responsibility and Integrity.  The proposal was referred to UCAP and they have completed their work making recommendations for modification.  ECAC developed a Task Force to develop guidelines.  The members of the Task Force will be identified by April.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Parker, Chairperson of UCC, reported the University Committee on Curriculum considered 27 programs and 122 course proposals during the past month.  There was one new  program, a Minor in International Business, and there were 26 program changes. There were no program deletions.

As a result of these program actions and Colleges’ efforts to update/maintain their curriculum, the UCC also reviewed and approved 29 new courses, 86 course changes and 7 course deletions.

A motion was passed to approve the UCC Report.

University Energy Transition Plan:
Professor Powell made a motion to provide voice to Jennifer Battle.  The motion was passed. Jennifer Battle is the Assistant Director of the Office for Campus Sustainability and comes to Council to discuss some of the plans for energy transformation and transition for the University.  Please click on the following link for the presentation:  University Energy Transition Plan

Plans and strategies are being developed and faculty participation is needed. Faculty are encouraged to go to the Campus Sustainability for information and participation: www.energytransition.msu.edu.  A plan is expected to be completed by Spring 2012 and will be presented to the Board of Trustees.

UCAG Proposed Motions:
Professor Hughes, UCAG Chairperson, presented the following motion to amend the Amended Bylaws:

6.1.3. The term of office for faculty members of the Student-Faculty Hearing Board shall be three years, with the opportunity for reappointment for one additional three-year term. Provisions shall be made to stagger appointments to assure continuity. Terms of office shall begin August 16 with the summer semester following appointment.
6.3.3. The term of office for faculty members in the University Academic Integrity Hearing Board pool shall be three years, with the opportunity for reappointment for one additional three-year term.  Provisions shall be made to stagger appointments to assure continuity. Terms of office shall begin August 16 with the summer semester following appointment.
6.4.3. The term of office for faculty members in the University Academic Appeals Board pool shall be three years, with the opportunity for reappointment for one additional three-year term. Provisions shall be made to stagger appointments to assure continuity. Terms of office shall begin August 16 with the summer semester following appointment.
6.5.3. The term of office for faculty members of the University Student Appeals Board shall be three years, with the opportunity for one additional three-year term. Provisions shall be made to stagger appointments to assure continuity. Terms of office shall begin with the summer semester following appointment.

The motion was supported.  Professor Hughes explained the change would put the beginning of the terms of office in line with all the University Committees on campus.  The motion was passed.

Professor Hughes proposed the following motion regarding the proposed procedure for the transition to the new committee structure of the Amended Bylaws of 2010 as follows:

UCAG recommends that all current faculty terms extending beyond August 15, 2011 on current University committees continue to completion on the new corresponding committees as a part of the transition to the Amended Bylaw structure.

The motion was supported.  The motion passed.

ADP Working Group Update:
Professor Powell reported that the ADP Working Group has completed their work, which will be taken to ECAC.  Professor Powell indicated their report will then be referred to all of the appropriate committees for feedback the end of April.

Other Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

signature

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, March 22, 2011 - 4:00pm
Committee Type: 
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