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Approved 1-25-11
2010-11:3  

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC COUNCIL

MINUTES

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center


PRESENT:
President Simon, E. Alstrom, R. Appel, J. Armstrong, T. Summerhill (for M. Baba), G. Bice, A. Block, L. Brooks, C. Brown, S. Carey, S. Carter, M.W. Chang, S. Conrad, W. Corser, T. Curry, E. Cushman, J. DeMates, D. Dougherty, R.K. Edozie, J. Epstein, S. Esquith, M. Fillmore, J. Forger, J. Foss, C. Frillinigos, J. Gabilondo, J. Judge (for S. Garnet), G. Hudson, P. Mantica (for C. Gelbke), D. Gift, J.I. Gray, L. Gut, C. Haka, E. Heilman, C. Alsup (for T. Howart), C. Jackson-Elmoore, M. Jain, N. Khanna, M. Kingry, K. Klomparens, L. Leavitt, S. Lenway, P. Rogers (for T. Levine), K. Lovell, A. Lovgren, R. Maleczka, E. Martinak, H. Masboob, H. Melakeberhan, D. Moriarty, M. Mundt, C. Noffze, J. Owen, C. Parker, D. Pathak, H. Perlstadt, J. Powell, R. Putnam, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), F. Rauscher, A. Recke, J. Revitte, E. Freedman (for J. Riedinger), L. Roman, N. Rovig, M. Sciarni, B. Scott, E. Simmons, S. Soffin, L. Stanford, W. Strampel, R. Taggart, S. Tekalur, T. Tims, J. Trites, L. Udpa, S. Udpa, J. Vargas, J. Washington, S. Watts, S. Lacy (for P. Whitten), J. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst), E. Yakura, J. Youatt

ABSENT:  Provost Wilcox, C. Ames, K. Ames, J. Boughman, M. Chavez, C. Coursaris, W. Davidson, D. Estry, L. Fair, E. Fitzgerald, S. Fitzgerald, S. Fletcher, J. Funk, K. Goldsberry, R. Hall, S. Hassan, J. Hoehn, H. Hughes, R. Jones, L. June, M. Kaplowitz, R.J. Kirkpatrick, G. Kortemeyer, M. Largent, M. Lawrence, R. Mabokela, T. Marsh, R. McCormick, P. Menchik, T. Monberg, T. Morse, M. Nalla, M. Noel, R. Ofoli, N.B. Olivier, S. Pratt, M. Rupp, M. Shapiro, C. Schotten, M. Shields, M. Sticklen, Z. Taylor, B. Zandstra

The meeting began at 3:51 p.m. with a full quorum.

Approval of Agenda:
The agenda was amended to add the item Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws for 1.1.2.5.  An additional item was added re the Spartan Leadership Series.  The agenda was approved as amended. 

Public Comments:
There were no public comments.

Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of October 19, 2010 were approved as distributed. 

President’s Remarks:
The President noted that Provost Wilcox was attending the Annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.  President Simon reported the University is in the process of working on the transition with the new Legislature and new Executive branch of the Government.  The Transition Teams are working and expect to have completed their reports by the end of Thanksgiving week. One of the issues will be how we demonstrate the value of funds invested in any aspect of Government which will include Universities.  Michigan State has a strong story in that regard according to the President.  The general tenor of the conversations of the new members of the House and Senate and the Executive branch is that they need to solve this without a significant increase in taxes.  President Simon noted that the data that Provost Wilcox provided in Council and on the web site are important data for the faculty to keep in mind and to use in a way to help MSU. 

President Simon expressed excitement about commencement, the speakers for commencement, and the way they will be able to engage with members of the University community.

ECAC Vice-Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Powell reported that he and Professor Maleczka attended the Annual CIC Faculty Leadership Conference and a report is on the Governance web site.  One of the important issues discussed was the difficulty with compliance issues on Federal Grants as well as other important topics.  The annual reports of the Standing Committees of Academic Governance are now on the Governance web site under Academic Council.  The At-Large ECAC members will be holding a Faculty Forum on November 30, 3:00-4:00 p.m., at the Communication Arts Building, to discuss issues of interest that Governance should be addressing etc.

University Committee on Curriculum Report:
Professor Parker, Chairperson of UCC, reported the University Committee on Curriculum considered 28 programs and 63 course proposals during the past month.  There were 14 program changes, 10 new programs and 4 program deletions.  The program deletions included:  BS in Agriscience, B.A. in Special Education – Deaf Education, Specialization in Public Health (restructured as a certificate program), and M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science: Global Applications.  As a result of these program actions, there were also 28 new courses approved, 33 course changes and 2 course deletions.

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

Proposed Motions to Amend the Bylaws Re Athletic Council:
Professor Tims, Vice Chairperson of UCAG, proposed the following amendments to the Amended Bylaws:
5.2.5.2.1. In formulating policy Regarding the regular season and post-season tickets and trips, voting members of the Athletic Council shall strive to minimize the award of special privileges to themselves that are uncharacteristic of those generally available to faculty. Nonetheless, it is expected that Athletic Council will fulfill responsibilities related to institutional representation as appropriate throughout the year.  Delete the words “in formulating policy” in the first line as it was never intended that the Athletic Council would formulate policy and delete the words “that are uncharacteristic of those generally available to faculty."
5.2.6.1. A report of policies regarding regular season and post-season trips, as well as, a record of the disbursement of complimentary tickets and trips, shall be included reported in the annual report of Athletic Council to University Council.  Add the words “a report of” in first line and add the word “included” in the third line.
The motion for the proposed changes was supported.
A motion was passed to approve the amended motions for 5.2.5.2.1. and 5.2.6.1. as follows:

5.2.5.2.1. In formulating policy Regarding the regular season and post-season tickets and trips, voting members of the Athletic Council shall strive to minimize the award of special privileges to themselves that are uncharacteristic of those generally available to faculty. Nonetheless, it is expected that Athletic Council will fulfill responsibilities related to institutional representation as appropriate throughout the year.

5.2.6.1. A report of policies regarding regular season and post-season trips, as well as, a record of the disbursement of complimentary tickets and trips, shall beincluded reported in the annual report of Athletic Council to University Council.

Proposed Motion to Amend Bylaw 1.1.2.5.:
Professor Tims, Vice Chairperson of UCAG, proposed to amend Bylaw 1.1.2.5.of the Amended Bylaws which now reads:
1.1.2.5.:  A full-time fixed-term faculty member who has served at least three consecutive years or a specialist in the continuing appointment system may be elected to an academic governance body, with the exception of the University Committee on Faculty Tenure, as a representative of any unit in which the person holds faculty status. The motion to amend is to delete after three consecutive years the words “or a specialist in the continuing appointment system” and insert the words after three consecutive years “and is engaged in the activities of the Unit on a regular basis”. The motion to amend was supported. Professor Tims noted that this was an oversight in the final editing of the Bylaws.  There is an inconsistency with the definition of voting faculty in 1.1.2.1.  Specialists are not included among voting faculty.

A motion was passed to approve the proposed amendment.  

Bylaw 1.1.2.5., now reads:  A full-time fixed-term faculty member who has served at least three consecutive years and is engaged in the activities of the Unit on a regular basis may be elected to an academic governance body, with the exception of the University Committee on Faculty Tenure, as a representative of any unit in which the person holds faculty status.

Other Business:
Justin Epstein, AS of ASMSU Chairperson, reported that an event called the Spartan Leadership Series, held by ASMSU and COGS, will be held tomorrow evening, November 17, at the Kellogg Auditorium at 7 p.m.  The featured speaker will be Professor William Schmidt, College of Education, who will be speaking on the education crisis in the US, particularly in science and mathematics.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:12p.m.

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, November 16, 2010 - 3:51pm
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