MSU Academic Senate Meeting Set, Faculty Pleased

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As talks continue about the possibility of a med school move to Grand Rapids, faculty at Michigan State University are fighting to get their opinions heard. Faculty met with the Executive Committee of the Academic Council Tuesday and it looks like they've come up with a solution.

For the first time in eight years, an Academic Senate meeting is scheduled. A Senate meeting allows all faculties to come together and talk as one.

Some say the meeting will come not a moment too soon. Professor Scott Michaelsen, Chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee for Faculty Voice, says faculty is entitled by rights to help make major decisions facing the university, major decisions like the proposed reorganization of three colleges on campus and discussion of plans to move or expand the College of Human Medicine into Grand Rapids.

Norman Abeles, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council, says he thinks it's important for faculty to have a voice and to be able to discuss these important issues.

The Academic Senate meeting is scheduled for April 22, at 5 p.m. No word yet on where the meeting will be held.