Academic Senate Meeting Highlights: Oct. 20

The Academic Senate discussed employment searches, financials, and the state reciprocity agreement yesterday. Here are the highlights of the discussed topics.

On Thursday morning there will be a special call meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The university’s financials reflected a nearly $93 million unfunded pension liability.

“We were awaiting a letter from the state of Michigan Office of Retirement confirming that amount,” CMU President George Ross said. Ross said the university, along with six other institutions, have received this letter.

The College of Medicine has continued its search for a Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

There are three finalists on campus, all of whom have been interviewed. George Kikano, medical school dean,  will be meeting with the search committee Oct. 27.

The search for a Dean of the College of Health Professions has launched.

“The position is posted. I believe the advertisements are out,” Provost Michael Gealt said. “We’re using Parker Executive Search as our search firm.”

The Deputy Chief Information Officer position has been filled this week by Angelica Gomez, who comes from Miami. Finalists are being interviewed for the position of Institutional Security Officer. Gealt said the interviews concluded on October 16.

The Higher Learning Commission publishes their assumed practices for all universities, community colleges and other institutions of higher education. Changes were approved over the summer. Some of the changes are noted below:

    • Qualified faculty members are identified primarily by credentials, but other factors including, but not limited to, equivalent experience may be considered by the institutions in determining whether a faculty member is qualified.
    • Faculty teaching general education courses or other non-occupational courses hold a master’s degree or higher in the discipline or subfield. If a faculty member holds a master’s degree in a discipline or subfield that is not in which he or she is teaching, that faculty member should have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours in the discipline or the subfield in which they teach.
    • Instructors teaching in graduate programs should hold the terminal degree determined by the discipline and have a record of research, scholarship or achievement appropriate for the graduate program.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which more easily and efficiently enables CMU to teach courses face-to-face or online in other states, has been approved in Michigan.

Gealt said CMU was the first university to apply and approved to be a part of Michigan’s SARA.

“This will save the university some money. There’s approximately 30 states that are now involved in the various consortia across the United States,” he said. “We teach in an awful lot of those.”

This also includes internships for courses in other states.

The MCCMASU Michigan Transfer Agreement 2.0 Ad Hoc Committee is looking at how to facilitate course credit transfers, transferring between two and four-year institutions, how to handle advanced placements, international baccalaureates and enrollment in military services. The Michigan transfer Agreement Legislative 60-Hour Block Transfer Study Committee is looking at transfer of 60 hour blocks from community colleges to four-year universities.

Editor’s Note: This post has been altered after its time of publication to better clarify sources of information and ensure proper attribution.


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