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The year 2011 came and went, and the Central Michigan University College of Medicine is still at less than its stated fundraising goal.
About 50 percent of an initial $25 million has been raised thus far, said Kathy Wilbur, Vice President of Development and External Relations, at the CMED Board of Trustees committee meeting in early December.
Provost Gary Shapiro said in an email to the campus community on Nov.
The Academic Senate acknowledged the disillusioned mood of our campus and community in its resolution stating its loss of confidence in University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro.
Ross was lauded for his financial expertise when hired, but over the course of his tenure the financial state of the university has gone from healthy, if uncertain, to confused and troubling.
Many confusing statements have emerged on the financial standing of this university as Ross and other administrators stressed to employees the need for "shared sacrifice" and how Michigan is going through a rough economic time.
That's difficult to accept when CMU increases its operating budget significantly year after year.
Some Central Michigan University administrators knew they needed to increase the startup cost for the College of Medicine about a month before it was released to the campus community, but did not know how much.
"It was realized in mid-October that additional funding would be needed to address the research and clinical components for the startup of CMED," founding CMED Dean Ernest Yoder said in an email.
Academic Senate has the power to change Central Michigan University.
It's easy to tell when reading through quotes from Central Michigan University's leadership.
In a media meeting following the Dec.
Central Michigan University and the Faculty Association's Dec. 2 tentative agreement allows the FA to keep MESSA for health care if members absorb premium increases, but includes no salary changes from the university's original offer made before the fall semester began.
The Board of Trustees and seven college deans are standing by University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro after an Academic Senate's vote of no confidence.
The symbolic vote, taken Tuesday, passed with a 52 percent majority.
Concerns from faculty members about the College of Medicine and the most recent Academic Senate meeting were shared at Wednesday’s Board of Trustees-Faculty Liaison Committee meeting.
CMED Dean Ernest Yoder gave a presentation about CMED’s planning and funding at Tuesday’s Academic Senate meeting.
“CMED began funding in the 2008 school year,” said Provost Gary Shapiro.
Fundraising for CMED remains about halfway complete with 50.57 percent of $25 million raised thus far.
The funds raised for CMED's development will be divided up into three areas: facilities, scholarship and operations, Vice President of Development and External Relations Kathy Wilbur said.
Wilbur said over $5.4 million of the $15 million goal has been raised toward the school's Mount Pleasant and Saginaw facilities, about $5.8 million of the $8 million goal toward scholarship has been collected and $1.3 million has been raised for operations, which the committee hopes to designate $2 million for.
"As I mentioned, there is one land gift," Wilbur said.
Provost Gary Shapiro told the Academic Senate Tuesday Central Michigan University has "ample resources to fund the College of Medicine."
“CMED began funding in the 2008 school year,” Shapiro said.
Provost Gary Shapiro said Central Michigan University increased the estimated startup cost for the College of Medicine because some assumptions about the project have changed over time.
Shapiro said in an email to the campus community Nov.
The College of Medicine has asked for a lot from Central Michigan University:
Funds until they can be reimbursed by donations, patience, special consideration for contract concerns and well-paid staff for a not-yet-profitable program, to name a few.
But there is one very important thing it has not given in return.
Accountability does not allow for an announcement of $5 million more in upfront costs and an estimated additional $3 million more yearly to be appended to the end of a press release sent out on a Friday afternoon — sneaking the figures into the public record mere days before those numbers would be presented to an international accreditation organization.
Accountability does not allow research costs — obviously a substantial concern for a graduate school at a public university — to be either forgotten or de-emphasized in initial estimates.
It does not allow a provost, who said in a talk with Central Michigan Life’s editorial board he was dedicating “50 percent” of his time to CMED, to neglect said figures.
CMED does require a great degree of oversight, but if a program receiving such a large share of his attention is allowed to play so fast and loose with financing, it's concerning to think what may be happening with programs receiving much smaller fractions of his time.
The Academic Senate has made efforts to establish greater transparency regarding CMED, particularly in terms of curriculum and finance, but they have been unable to establish an open, cooperative relationship.
Academic Senate November 29 from CMLifeVideo on Vimeo.
The plan for Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine has been laid out before the Academic Senate.
In the first of a series of presentations, Ernest Yoder, founding dean of CMED, explained the mission and future challenges facing CMED at the A-Senate meeting Tuesday.
The philosophy of the curriculum is patient-centered care, Yoder said.
Faculty had a chance to express concerns about the College of Medicine during a meeting with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education survey team.
Four faculty representatives met with the three LCME members of the accreditation team Tuesday afternoon in Rowe Hall.
A brief history of the College of Medicine (and what it has taught us):
September 2008 – The CMU Board of Trustees approves CMED.
Dr. Ernest Yoder will present material regarding the College of Medicine to the Academic Senate, but at a later date than members would like.
During Tuesday’s A-Senate meeting, a motion was presented requesting Yoder, founding dean of CMED, “provide a written description of any and all changes made to the curriculum for the Medical Doctor Degree since its approval by the senate on Nov.
On Monday night, I attended an SGA meeting that featured Central Michigan University President George Ross.
About 40 Faculty Association members waited on the second floor of Rowe Hall Monday afternoon hoping to be spotted by the visiting members of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
LCME has been on campus since Sunday, deciding whether or not the College of Medicine should progress further toward academic accreditation.
The FA members stood outside CMED Dean Ernest Yoder’s office as he led LCME members in and out of rooms.
The FA members agreed their goal was to form a silent protest without handouts, signs or chants.
“We’re just gathering because one of the meetings this afternoon is dealing with faculty issues,” said Reference Librarian Elizabeth Morris.
Central Michigan University now estimates the start-up costs for the College of Medicine will exceed $30 million.
CMU initially set aside $25 million over five years to fund CMED start-up costs.
At least three groups have filed Freedom of Information Act requests asking for information on the details of the College of Medicine.
The Central Michigan University Faculty Association, Academic Senate and Central Michigan Life have not received their requests.
On Monday, General Counsel Manuel Rupe received one request from the Academic Senate and three from the Faculty Association, Director of Public Relations Steve Smith said.
CM Life also sent a request on Oct.