Meeting Minutes: January 24, 2002

Attendance

Present: Jeffrey Anglen, Tobias Baskin, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Edward Hunvald (for Sylvia Lazos), Daniel Longo, Michael McKean, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, Paul Sharp, Donald Sievert, MaryEllen Sievert, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Jenice Prether-Kinsey (Black Faculty and Staff), Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Herbert E. Brown (for Charles Cramer) Retirees, and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Nelson Cowan, Sudarshan Loyalka, Anne McKendry, and Eileen Porter.

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 general faculty meeting minutes of November 6, 2001 and the Council minutes of November 8, 2001 and December 6, 2001 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta noted that Council received a reply from Interim Vice Provost for Research Robert Hall to Dan Longo's request for information on how funds from the state's tobacco companies settlement are to be disbursed. Longo expressed dissatisfaction at the exclusion of individual faculty members from the process and Associate Provost Lori Franz agreed to inform Hall of Longo's views.

Don Sievert reported on the January meeting of the Board of Curators. The Board, when confronted with the news of possible budget constraints, stated that they will try to find ways of helping the university achieve as many of its goals as possible. Chancellor Martha Gilliland of UMKC spoke about their medical school and said she would need the Board's assistance within the year. The Board spent the afternoon in a retreat which was not open to the public. There was some discussion concerning the propriety of a closed session and Sievert agreed to inquire about what business was conducted and why the public was excluded.

Judith Goodman reported on the January meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC). Goodman reported that the Rolla representatives expressed concerns about tenure-track faculty with joint appointments. IFC will recommend to Vice President Lehmkuhle that letters of joint appointment should be explicit and clear as to how departments will share tenure responsibility, perform frequent evaluations, and provide a mentor from the primary department. Another recommendation is for academic planning and budgeting for resource allocation to have input from the faculty through IFC. Copyright policy continues to be under review by University Counsel which has been preoccupied by a suit in St. Louis concerning "tuition" vs. "fees". The current policy is that copyright for instructional materials belongs to the faculty member unless the university has "substantial investment" in the materials. Program development will continue but will require a preliminary proposal, plans for implementation, and a market analysis. English language proficiency is improving with currently only half the number of complaints than one year ago. Goodman finished her report by saying that a policy on short term faculty leave is being developed by the IFC.

Guest Chancellor Richard Wallace Chancellor Wallace reported on the effects of the governor's budget proposal on UMC. An overall reduction of almost twenty five million dollars (including three percent mandatory withholding) presents a variety of problems. Wallace said we would continue to work on "what we can do for ourselves" and noted that the Board of Curators will feel increasing pressure to reduce the proposed four percent salary increase. A student fee increase of three percent per year may have to be greater but increases in fees cannot compensate for all the budget cuts. Wallace said that the legislature's actions are uncertain at this time.

Wallace further reported that state university presidents are planning to work with the governor and the legislature to suggest alternatives to the governor's proposals. They will also meet with people around the state to make a better case for state funding of higher education. Wallace outlined several possibilities for cost reductions including the possibility of layoffs in both academic and non-academic units. Further he remains hopeful that modest progress toward strategic goals can be made and he will consult with the Resource Advisory Council, the Strategic Planning Advisory Council, and the Council of Deans.

Dan Longo asked whether faculty and staff supported by outside funding would be denied raises even though grant funding may provide the needed revenues. Longo also expressed misgivings about whether faculty recruitment will be more difficult because of the budget problems. Wallace replied to these questions that the overall view of salary increases in one of fairness and a sense of "we're all in it together" however the final decision hasn't been made. Loren Nikolai asked how layoffs would be prioritized. Wallace replied that it should be according to the priorities of the institution's strategic plan which could result in a mix of layoffs across various employment categories. Wallace finished his report saying that early retirement incentives are possible but not likely and that any reduction in mission enhancement funding would be done within the requirements of the strategic plan.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Chair Mike McKean reported that they will deal with a variety of admission standards as well as the 2003-2004 Academic Calendar which has been questioned.

Special Projects: Chair Bruce Cutter reported that the review of the Provost will take place this semester.

Student Affairs: Chair Mike Devaney reported that they are working on a policy regarding classroom behavior.

Adjournment

There being no other business, Council was adjourned at 4:20 p.m. to go into a closed session.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Hurley, Recorder