March 25, 2014

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Approved 4-22-14




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

3:15 p.m., 115 International Center

  A. Addrow-Pierson, S. Kautz (for M. Baba), D. Banks, J. Barnett, M. Becker, C. Borchgrevink, C. Patterson (for C. Brown), R. Caldwell, S. Carey, S. Carter, B. Chakrani, M. Chavez, D. Clark, C. Coursaris, T. Curry, W. Davidson, N. DeJoy, P. Dickson, W. Donohue, J. Dudziak, J. Dunn, A. Faulkner, S. Fletcher, D. Foran, K. Forrest,  B. Fraser, J. Gabury, X. Gao, E. Gardner, M. Goheen, Y. Gonzalez, C. Haka, J. Hines, M. Huebner, G. Jackson, C. Jackson-Elmoore, L. Kempel, K. Klomparens, S. Lacy, J. Maurer, D. Maybank, L. McCabe, D. Mendez, H. Mooney, M. Nair, M. Noel, D. Pathak, R. Brandenburg (for F. Poston), D. Quiroga, A. Sousa (for M. Rappley), J. Reifenberg, L. Robinson, L. Robison, N. Rovig, N. Rudolph, F. Salem, M. Largent (for E. Simmons), D. Sinistaj, W. Strampel, A. Susarla, C. Vermeesch, F. Villarruel, T. Vogelsang, N. Willgus, J. Wright, D. Prestel (for K. Wurst)

ABSENT:  President Simon, Provost Youatt, E. Bank, K. Bartig, C. Bolin, E. Charles, D. Clemons, J. Conwell, E. Crockett-Torabi, S. Dorsey-Walker, R. Edozie, S. Esquith, D. Estry, M. Ferkany, H. Fitzgerald, J. Forger, S. Garnett, C. Gelbke, K. Greenwalt, D. Grooms, E. Hackert, S. Hanson, D. Heller, J. Howarth, S. Hsu, H. Hughes, M. Jacobs, M. Kasavana, R. Kirkpatrick, B. Kleinerman, M. Koot, J. Leacher, S. Lenway, R. Maleczka, C. Manitowabi, P. Menchik, B. Miller, D. Miner, D. Moriarty, S. Moukalled, M. Mundt, , M. Reida, A. Rice, G. Roloff, l, M. Shapiro, A. Shaw, K. Silk, M. Sticklen, C. Taggart, R. Tate, S. Teahan, S. Tekalur, C. Traister, J. Turner, J. Walton, C. Waters, S. Watts C. Wiebrecht, M. Worden

The meeting began at 3:25 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 for February 25, 2014 were approved as distributed.

President’s Remarks:
The President is traveling out of State.

Provost’s Remarks:
Professor Youatt is traveling out of State.

The Steering Committee Chairperson’s Remarks:
Professor Carter reported that according to Renee Rivard, Director of Benefits, the RFP for the Flexible Spending Account request has been sent out and the venders proposals are to be submitted by April 4, 2014 and the decision will be made by July 1, 2014.  The vender selected will be in place for January 1, 2015.

The At-Large members have nearly completed meetings for this year with the FAC/CAC groups.  A number of issues have been raised during the various meetings and have now been posted on the Academic Governance web site.

The University Council meeting in April will include a presentation on the 20/20 Plan adopted by MSU more than a decade ago. 

Overview of the Libraries:
Cliff Haka, Director of Libraries, presented an overview of the major trends in libraries.  See power point of presentation on Governance web site.

Update on Social Media/Pedagogy Report:
Professor Donahue, Chairperson of Ad Hoc Committee on Social Media and Pedagogy, presented a final report from the Committee.  The following recommendations were made:

  1. Include syllabus language about ownership of course materials.
  2. Include language about posting classroom activities/materials.
  3. Update Spartan Life about posting/ownership of class materials.
  4. Create a communication plan to inform faculty about this report.
  5. Monitor MSU-sponsored social media sites for reputation management.
  6. Ask UCFA to review MSU social media policy in light of this report.
  7. Create a course in Digital Literacy and Presentation for all students.

See the Governance web site for full presentation under Current Issues.

New Business:
Greg Jackson, ASMSU Chief of Staff, announced an event to be held April 1 called Failure Lab, which includes well known speakers who share their failures and how their failures have led to their success.  The message is that your failures lead to your success and you can learn better from the failures than success.  The event will be held at the Wharton Center at 7pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:20 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 25, 2014 - 3:25pm
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