Meeting Minutes: June 14, 2001


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

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Russ Zguta at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of the April 18, 2001 Winter Semester General Faculty meeting and the Council minutes of April 26, and May 10, 2001 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta noted that Council has been sent a questionnaire for the '01-02 executive committee nomination process. Further, that Catherine Parke, Michael Devaney, and Peggy Placier will serve as the nomination committee for our July 26 election of officers.

Judith Goodman reported that the grievance revision panel has met and assigned committee members to gather information on grievance procedures at other institutions.

Peggy Placier reported that she is developing methods for surveying faculty via a web site and asked for questions to be submitted to faculty in the fall as a means of testing this use of the web site.

Board of Curators Report

Robert Weagley pointed out that his report on the Board of Curators meeting had been distributed to members and added, without further comment, that a space-use study at UMKC included UMC as a peer institution for comparison. Zguta added that the July 19-20 Board meeting will be held in Chillicothe.

Discussion Items

General Education - Zguta. Russ Zguta (for Dan Hooley) presented results of the general education survey noting that 85 of 1174 surveys (7 percent) had been returned. He pointed out that faculty want clarification on several aspects of CBHE's changes. In addition, 44 percent of respondents don't want to change current requirements while a combined 41 percent prefer some changes. It was noted that the results have been shared with the Provost who was very interested in them. It was proposed that common faculty questions with answers be posted on the web site and that results of the survey be shared with the faculty along with a request for more input.

CSCAR - Cutter. Bruce Cutter discussed a proposal to incorporate into the Council's "Rules of Order", Traditions and Practices section, the proposed mechanism by which Faculty Council would undertake the review of administrators formerly undertaken by CSCAR. Also included are the Guiding Propositions (from the original CSCAR documents) to be appended to the Traditions and Practices as a memorandum when results of the reviews would be publicly released.

Lloyd Barrow asked about the format for public release of results. Zguta replied that no public release would take place until the person reviewed and that person's immediate supervisor had been informed of the results by the Chair and Vice Chair of Council.

Further discussion concerned whether surveys would include non-regular faculty or as specified in the original documents be limited to the regular faculty (tenure and tenure-track) as well as how to implement Proposition 7 which calls for a "watch dog" committee to oversee university expenditures. This item, with the suggested changes from this meeting, will return at the July 26 Council meeting.

2000-01 Committee on Committee's Report - Zguta. Zguta indicated to Council that the 2000-01 Committee on Committee's report contained several recommendations and suggested that this report be accepted by Council and then put into the appropriate standing committee at the beginning of the academic year. A motion to accept the report passed unanimously.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Eddie Adelstein, Chair, reported that the university system has transferred $50 million to reserve accounts to maintain University Hospital's bond rating and that after several hundred recent layoffs, there is now a shortage of nurses.


Zguta made a motion to adjourn at 4:10 p.m. to go into closed session. The meeting was then adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder