Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2001

Attendance

The Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Chancellor Richard Wallace in Keller Auditorium. Approximately 70 people were in attendance.

Report from Faculty Council

Council Chair Russ Zguta reported that the Board of Curators approved a policy for review of performance of tenured faculty (post-tenure review). The policy will take effect in September, 2001 with the first five-year reviews beginning in 2006. Zguta noted that forums had been held recently for faculty to discuss new general education transfer and articulation policies put forward by Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). The issue will come before the faculty again in the form of a mail ballot. Zguta then observed that the report of the George committee on campus grievance policy had been submitted to the Chancellor. Despite this report, Council recently passed two resolutions: one requesting AAUP to investigate deficiencies in University of Missouri's (UM) grievance procedure; and, another appointing an ad hoc committee to survey grievance procedures at other universities and recommend changes in our procedures.

Zguta summarized activities of Council's Standing Committees. Dan Hooley, Chair of Academic Affairs: 2002-03 Academic Calendar; proposed the establishment of a campus-wide curriculum committee; reviewed, along with the Student Affairs Committee, the policy on satisfactory academic progress; considered CBHE's changes in general education transfer and articulation policy; and, recommended changes in the course repeat policy along with accompanying changes in the Collected Rules and Regulations. Edward Adelstein, Chair of Faculty Affairs, has been working on changes in the grievance process and has kept Council informed of the situation at the Medical School and University Hospital and Clinics. Bob Jerry, Chair of Fiscal Affairs, has been involved in the budget process and in planning the Faculty Performance Shares Program. Mike Devaney, Chair of Student Affairs, has produced a resolution on student alcohol use and with Academic Affairs has modified the course repeat policy. Bruce Cutter, Chair of Special Projects, generated procedures for the evaluation of administrators and will send surveys of Chancellor Wallace's performance to the faculty this semester.

Report from Chancellor Wallace

Chancellor Wallace discussed positive developments including the planning process with explicit focus on a vision for the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) as a top-tier, public research university by 2010. Wallace spoke of broadened campus involvement in planning and of the need to plan for program improvement beyond the period of mission enhancement which will end in another year. He pointed out increases in undergraduate enrollment and a 65 percent increase over three years in grants and contracts. Wallace noted that a development campaign with a goal of $600 million in the next ten years is currently underway as is the search for a Vice Chancellor for Development. Further he noted a total of $189 million has been spent in the last five years in the construction or renovation of campus facilities.

Budget

The Chancellor then discussed the issues and challenges facing us. In the budget, MU ended FY '01 with a positive balance of $10.8 million much of which is due to mission enhancement and can't be used for other purposes. The budget for FY '02 also has several positive elements: the positive balance in FY '01, enrollment growth, a lower-than-expected increase in benefit costs and increased indirect cost recovery. These elements are balanced, however, by less favorable projections for state appropriations, the condition of the hospital and clinics and increased graduate fee waivers. Overall, the budget for FY '02 is expected to show a positive balance of $0.9 million with a 6.1 percent reserve fund.

In fiscal years beyond 2002 planning will include: competitive salaries for faculty and staff; competitive graduate student and post doc support; and, a need for new infrastructure and facilities all in the face of growing uncertainty regarding state appropriations. Strategies to meet these needs include cost reductions and efficiencies, development, grants and contracts and increased state support for the University as a unique resource.

Hospital & Clinics

In reporting on University Hospital and Clinics the Chancellor noted a deficit of $23 million dollars last year. Factors involved include decreased federal reimbursement, increased managed care and an increase in accounts receivable. Actions being taken to counter future deficits include cost reduction, improvements in billing and collections, market development and increased state support for uncompensated care.

Grievance Process

The Chancellor reported that recommendations of the George Committee concerning grievance resolution are being implemented and a handout was distributed detailing the status of committee recommendations. He indicated a willingness to work with Faculty Council on improving the grievance procedure.

Provost Report

Provost Brady Deaton described changes in transfer and articulation of general education courses called for by the CBHE. Deaton noted that MU has twelve different general education structures which causes problems for students seeking to transfer to other divisions and may contribute to MU's low retention rate. He spoke of the need to bring a diverse campus together with common foundations, and of the need to send a message of accessibility while maintaining appropriate admission and graduation requirements.

Adjournment

The General Faculty Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully Recorded,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder for the Faculty