Meeting Minutes: April 12, 2001

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Jeffre Firman, Judith Goodman, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Eileen Porter (for Alice Kuehn), Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, David Rayl, MaryEllen Sievert, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Gordon Christensen, Dan Edidin, L. Wayne Hess, Philip Johnson, Peggy Placier, Robert Weagley, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff)

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Russ Zguta at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the March 15 meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta announced that the Winter Semester General Faculty meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Keller Auditorium. He reminded Council that Tap Day Ceremonies will be on Friday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. Zguta noted that Dr. Steven R. Jorgenson is the new Dean of Human Environmental Sciences and acknowledged a note from Vice Provost Peter Markie thanking Council (and Dan Hooley in particular) for organizing recent Faculty Forums.

Judith Goodman reported on a recent meeting of the Campus Health Oversight Committee with Mike Paden. It is not yet known how great will be the increase in next year's premiums but some changes in the prescription drug program may be expected.

Zguta pointed out that Rob Weagley's report on the meeting of the Board of Curators was included in the documents supplied to members of Council.

Action Items

Course Repeat Policy - Hooley. Dan Hooley discussed changes in the course repeat policy and calculation of the GPA of record. He moved to adopt changes in the course repeat policy as submitted, Academic Regulations Article VII--credits and grades. The motion passed unanimously.

"2H.UM grade point average and grade point average of record. Effective Fall 1985, for each undergraduate student at the University there will be calculated two cumulative GPA's. One is the campus GPA which will be calculated by procedures defined at the campus. The second is the University of Missouri GPA which will include all grades, credits and points for any course that is repeated. In computing the campus GPA the grade points assigned to students' transfer work are the grade points that would have been assigned if the courses had been taken on the campus calculating the GPA.

The campus GPA will be the GPA of record. The campus GPA and the UM GPA will be printed on the student's grade report each term and on the transcript."

Permanent Residence Policy - Goodman. Judith Goodman discussed a new Policy on Permanent Residence Support Service and moved that it be endorsed by Council and forwarded to the Provost. The motion passed unanimously.

MU's Policy on Permanent Residence (PR) Support Service
An international faculty member may be sponsored by the University of Missouri Columbia (MU) (with the support of an academic department) for permanent residence in the U.S. Under the following conditions.

1.The position offered or held is permanent. Tenured or tenure-track positions are permanent. Non-tenure-track teaching or research positions are considered permanent if the funding is expected to last at least 3 years (basis for such expectations must be provided by the department or unit head). Post-doctoral positions, or any positions having the word "Visiting", "Interim" or "Acting" are NOT permanent.

2.The position must have been filled following established MU procedures, including the Affirmative Action guidelines. The salary offered and duties performed must be comparable to salaries received and duties performed by other professionals in the field.

3.The individual intends to remain in the position indefinitely and is not barred to adjusting his/her status to that of permanent resident by the immigration law (e.g., is not subject to the 2-year home residency requirement which apply to some J-1 exchange visitors).

4.The individual would qualify for the Outstanding Researcher/Professor Category (as defined by the INS) OR as a Professional with Advanced Degree (requires Labor Certification), provided that the individual holds a terminal degree appropriate for a permanent faculty appointment in his or her field.

5.The hiring division makes a commitment to devote the staff time necessary to assist the International Center in undertaking the process and to complete the required application and petition forms, and agrees to pay a fee (to be determined by the Provost Office on a yearly basis) to partially offset costs associated with the processing of such application. Full costs of permanent residence process for positions funded through non-General Operating sources will be paid by the division from which the person is nominated.

MU will serve as a permanent residence sponsor for an applicant when all these conditions are met. All permanent residence cases based on the employment at MU must be handled by the International Center. It is of critical importance that the International Center be consulted regarding non-resident alien candidates selected for a position at MU before the final offer is extended by the department or unit.

In processing the applications, first preferences are given to those holding tenured or tenure track faculty positions.

Rules, requirements and recommendations on the necessary procedures are attached.

Discussion Items

General Education - Hooley. Dan Hooley reported on forums to discuss the general education articulation changes instituted by CBHE. He noted the need to assess faculty opinions of the changes. Discussion followed and a consensus emerged that the Executive Committee should develop alternatives and present them to Council.

Grievance Resolutions. Goodman and Jerry presented a resolution concerning the problems of the grievance procedure that were not addressed by the George Committee. Discussion yielded several amendments and Tobias Baskin moved to suspend the rules which passed unanimously. The amended resolution passed unanimously. Copies are to be sent to the Chancellor, to Steve Lehmkuhle, and to Curator Mary James who chairs the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board.

"WHEREAS the George Committee was charged with making recommendations for improving the existing grievance procedures, but not with suggesting alternatives,

WHEREAS the current grievance procedures have received much criticism in recent years including charges that the process takes too long, unfairly favors the administration, and lacks adequate oversight mechanisms,

BE IT RESOLVED that:

Faculty Council establish an ad-hoc committee to be composed of up to five members appointed by Faculty Council and up to two members appointed by the Chancellor. The committee shall be charged with reviewing the grievance procedures of peer institutions, developing potential alternatives to the current grievance procedures at the University of Missouri, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of those alternatives, and recommending new grievance procedures to the faculty council."

Ed Adelstein introduced a resolution calling for reinstatement of faculty members who are dismissed before their grievance procedures are completed. Discussion yielded a consensus that the resolution be revised and returned to Council. Resolution on Academic Regulations - Devaney. Mike Devaney introduced on behalf of Peggy Placier a resolution supporting modification of Academic Regulations to the effect that adequate notification of students can be made via their University e-mail addresses. A motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously as did a subsequent motion to endorse the resolution.

"Article XI, Section 3. At the beginning of each term, students must provide the Office of the Registrar with their current local and permanent home addresses. They must keep that office informed of any change(s) in either address. The university will also issue official electronic mail accounts to all incoming students. For any official mailings the latest postal address or university electronic mail address will be used, thereby fulfilling the university's obligation of notification."

Review of the Chancellor - Cutter. Bruce Cutter presented a draft of a survey to evaluate the Chancellor's performance and asked Council's approval of the survey so that it could be completed before the semester's end. A motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously as did a subsequent motion to authorize Special Projects to proceed with the survey. Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs: Bob Jerry, chair, reported that the FY '02 budget will be "flat" except for mission enhancement. He also noted that the Faculty Performance Shares program is being implemented. He said that at a Resource Allocation Committee meeting the question of student retention arose because UMC's rate of retention seems lower than appropriate and because of the adverse effect on revenue of low rates of retention.

Adjournment

The open session of Council was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder