March 27, 2012

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Approved 4-24-12




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

3:50 p.m., 115 International Center

  President Simon, Provost Wilcox, G. Aben, C. Arthur, W. Anderson, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), E. Bank, M. Becker, C. Brown, D. Buhler, R. Caldwell, D. Campbell, S. Carey, S. Carter, E. Charles, M. Chavez, K. Cheruvelil, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, E. Cushman, W. Davidson II, L. Dillon, J. Dunn, S. Esquith, D. Estry, S. Fletcher, J. Forger, J. Foss, C. Frilingos, D. Gift, J. Goddeeris, J.I. Gray, M. Grieshop, C. Haka, M. Halloran, D. Heller, T. Holt, C. Alsup (for J. Howarth), H. Hughes, C. Jackson-Elmoore, R. Jones, R.J. Kirkpartrick, K. Klomparens, Y. Komori, T. Levine, L. Mak, E. Martinak, J. Milius, W. Miller, K. Mock, M. Morath, D. Moriarty, T. Wehrwein (for M. Mundt), V. Nikolovski, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, D. Pathak, V. Poltavets, S. Pomeroy, J. Powell, R. Putnam, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), J. Riedinger, J. Revitte, N. Rovig, D. Rovner, C. Scales, L. Selanders, K. Selasky, D. Sheridan, L. Stanford, K. Millenbah (for E. Simmons), W. Strampel, Z. Taylor, C. Traister, L. Udpa, S. Udpa, C. Vermeesch, S. Watts, P. Whitten, P. Williams, D. Wilson, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst), E. Yakura, J. Wright, J. Youatt

ABSENT:  J. Boughman, L. Blau, J. Brooks, L. Brooks, M. Botros, M. Champane, R. Coffey, T. Davis, M. Fillmore, H. Fitzgerald, S. Garnett, C. Gelbke, T. Graham, M. Griffes, L. Gut, S. Hassan, J. Hoehn, J. Jameson, R. Janoudi, L. Jordan, A. Joseph, M. Kaplowitz, M. Kasavana, M. Lawrence, S. Lenway, C. Little, K. Lovell, R. Mabokela, S. Marino, S. Masboob, D. Mayban, A. Meisel, H. Melakeberhan, P. Menchik, D. Miller, B. Olivier, H. Perlstadt, L. Philps, S. Pratt, A. Prezklas, F. Ravitch, C. Schotten, M. Shapiro, A.J. Singh, B. Syzek, R. Taggart, S. Tekalur, M. Thompson, M. Treadwell, S. Varriale, C. Washington, J. Washington, B. Wernette

The meeting began at 3:45 p.m. without a quorum.  A quorum was reached at 3:52 p.m.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended to add Energy Transition Plan.  The amended agenda was approved.

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of February 28, 2012 were approved as distributed

President’s Remarks:
The President thanked UCFA for their work on various policy issues to be considered at the next BOT meeting.

President Simon reported that MSU appeared before the House Appropriations Committee last week and the Hearing seemed uneventful, which was good.  The Provost and others will be testifying for the need for more support for the two Agricultural lines, Experimental Station and Extension.  It is expected that the Senate and Higher Education Appropriations Committee will announce their recommendations this week.  The President understands that the Senate Committee is supportive of the Business Leaders of Michigan approach to support public higher education, which is a package of recommendations that would try to restore the billion dollars that has been lost over the last decade to public higher education in Michigan. The numbers being discussed are too modest for the needs of MSU but it is encouraging that positive numbers are being discussed.  The President indicated that there will continue to be a push on tuition restraint, which is popular at the Federal and State levels.

The President underscored the concern about the cost of education and an equal concern about the quality of education.  About 45% of the students have educational debt and the average is about one year.  The Provost and Deans are concerned about how MSU might make it possible for students to leave with a world-class education and encounter fewer barriers along the way that might add to that degree and reduce costs.  The President is pleased that employers and others are seeing the value of our students as reflected by higher numbers of people coming to MSU and the access of our students to graduate school.  Very little is said about the importance of graduate education in the National and State debates, but it is very important to MSU.  The University has been a pioneer in what is considered now to be one of the most important aspects of graduate education, professional masters’ degrees.  The University has had a great record in being one of the first institutions to embrace this concept.  The President encouraged that we find some ways to streamline the process so we can be more responsive. 

President Simon indicated that outcome measures will be a part of the future in the State.  It is important under the Business Leaders of Michigan model to compare MSU to peer institutions outside of Michigan.  Our competitors for the future are not necessarily within the borders of the State. The Carnegie Classification provides a measure that everyone can use.  We need to double our commitment to graduation rates and the success of our graduates.

Provost’s Remarks:
Provost Wilcox thanked UCUS for their work this semester.  A recent example is worth noting such as trying to make the transitions for students seem less impossible, including those from high school to the University and through the University. The UCUS was helpful in advising on a proposed change in the Admissions Procedures that allowed high school credit. The University is now in line with all of the other Colleges and Universities in the State.

Provost Wilcox announced that Professor Sheila Teahan will be recommended at the next BOT meeting to become the next Faculty Grievance Officer.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell thanked the faculty, individual Colleges and Departments for supporting the work on the URO and the Code of Teaching Responsibility.

Change to the Code of Teaching Responsibility and Change to the University Policy, Integrity of Scholarship and Grades:
A motion was made and supported to approved the recommended changes.  Provost Wilcox noted that these are parallel changes to the two documents.  Associate Provost Stanford identified that there was a possible gap in the Policies.  The Steering Committee appointed an Ad Hoc Task Force on Assessment to look at the Policies.  The recommended changes reflect the discussions of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Assessment, UCUS, and the UCGS regarding the role of faculty and students in maintaining the integrity of assessment practices.  The UCC also commented on the recommended changes.  A motion was passed to endorse the recommended changes.

University Research Organization (URO):
Professor Powell made a motion to accept the recommendations set forward in the Report by the University Research Organization Exploration Committee.  The motion was supported.  Professor Powell gave a brief overview of the Report.  A motion was passed to approve the Report.  President Simon noted the next steps will be to continue the discussion regarding implementation and request the BOT to approve this strategic direction for the University.

Energy Transition Plan:
Provost Wilcox noted that the University has been fortunate to have a hard working group of faculty, students and staff who have been studying the energy situation in the University for the past several years.  The fastest growing cost in the University is energy.  Jennifer Battle from the Office of Sustainability presented the Energy Transition Plan to be approved at the next BOT meeting.  Please see presentation on the Governance web site under Current Issues.

New Business:
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 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, March 27, 2012 - 3:45pm
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