Meeting Minutes: February 21, 2002

Attendance

Present: Jeff Anglen, Nelson Cowan, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Robert Weagley (for Sara Gable), Judith Goodman, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Daniel Longo, Sudarshan Loyalka, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, MaryEllen Sievert, Russ Zguta, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Tobias Baskin, Philip Johnson, Sylvia Lazos, Michael McKean, William Wiebold, and Jenice Prather-Kinsey (Black Faculty and 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 Council minutes of January 24, 2002 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta reminded Council that the Nominating Committee is currently taking nominations for the 2002-2003 Chair and Vice Chair from Faculty Council members.

Peggy Placier, Web Editor, reported that the response to Council's request for volunteers to serve on our campus and faculty standing committees has been good.

Don Sievert, Observer to the Board, noted that today's issue of the Columbia Tribune has an article about the Board of Curators meeting on the afternoon of January 18, 2002.

Judith Goodman, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative, reported that IFC is seeking a role on our resource allocation committees. She further reported that the IFC is concerned with joint appointments of tenure track faculty and the related need for the appointing department to have primary responsibility for the appointee plus provide mentoring. Goodman reported the following statements from President Manual Pacheco: 1) the fiscal outlook is bleak-he and other higher education leaders are traveling around the state to make the case for higher education; 2) UMC's vote not to adopt the CBHE's guidelines on transfer and articulation may prompt retributive legislation in Jefferson City; and, 3) he sees a need to address the unfavorable financial situation of University Hospital and Clinics. Finally, Goodman reported that a new policy governing short term leave is being reviewed by University Counsel.

Action Items

Representation Report. Bruce Cutter, Chair, Special Projects presented our annual report on representation. The report recommends that two seats be added, one in Arts and Science and another seat for the Harry Truman School of Public Policy. A motion to adopt the report passed unanimously.

Discussion Items

Library Presentation. Zguta introduced Martha Alexander, Director of Libraries and Robert Almony, Assistant Director of Libraries who presented a report on the libraries' facilities and budget. The budget for acquisitions since FY '87 has been variable and the endowment has grown from $2 million to $6.6 million with a goal of $8 million. Alexander reported that a comparison of MU library expenses with those of fifteen other AAU institutions shows that only once since FY '79 have MU's expenses risen to equal the AAU median. She further noted that the unit costs of serials and monographs has risen at a greater rate than have the budgets to pay for them resulting in a fall in the number of units purchased. Alexander closed with a list of websites concerned with alternative means of scholarly communication.

Paul Sharp noted that the ready availability of current journals online makes it even more important to have back issues (not online) available in the library. Alexander replied that, for archival purposes, print is much superior to electronic media and that digitizing back issues is very expensive. Dan Hooley asked why monograph acquisitions are declining. Alexander replied that, among members of the Association of Research Libraries, seventy percent of acquisition budgets are for serials in the sciences. Hooley questioned the fairness of such a policy and pointed out that Ellis Library does not serve research in the humanities as well as it might. Alexander replied the National Endowment for the Humanities provides support for humanities monographs. Zguta thanked Council's guests for their presentation and Alexander noted that Almony has extensive data on matters presented.

Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) Resolution. Cutter presented a resolution adopted by the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates concerning the importance of higher education for Missouri's economy and the importance of support for higher education.

WHEREAS, budget cuts to higher education will force colleges and universities to raise tuition and/or reduce the quality and availability of course offerings,
WHEREAS, improving the quality and availability of teachers in the state of Missouri requires funding for teacher education programs,
WHEREAS, a high quality higher education system helps to keep the state's most talented students and faculty in Missouri,
WHEREAS, a highly educated work force is directly related to the state's ability to attract desirable new businesses to the state and to retain established businesses,
WHEREAS, people with college degrees earn approximately 60% more than people with high school diplomas and are likely to pay more taxes to support Missouri's needs,
WHEREAS, Bachelor's degree graduates are 50% less likely to be unemployed than high school graduates and are much less likely to collect unemployment or welfare during their lifetimes,
WHEREAS, people with a college education are more able to adapt to the likelihood of multiple careers associated with the new economy,
WHEREAS, Bachelor's degree graduates are much more likely to vote and be involved in their communities than are those with only a high school diploma,
WHEREAS, colleges and universities attract out-of-state funding for research, and research findings contribute to the state's economy,
WHEREAS, college educated people are more likely to pass on to their children an appreciation for the importance of education, which is essential for future generations of Missourians,
WHEREAS, the recent Lumina report found that more than half of Missouri's state supported institutions of higher education are already "unaffordable" for dependent low income students and 69% are already "unaffordable" for independent low income students,
WHEREAS, higher education provides a vital link to Missouri's economic development and is essential to a thriving economy in the 21st Century,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Missouri General Assembly and Governor Holden recognize the vital connection of higher education to Missouri's economic development, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that cuts to the higher education budget are harmful to the state of Missouri, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Missouri recommit itself to providing its students, citizens, and businesses with a nationally competitive, affordable higher education system.

This Resolution is offered by the member senates of the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates representing 6800 faculty members and the associated student senates representing 129, 751 students.

Catherine Parke pointed out the need to go on record with our sister institutions in adopting this resolution. A reporter for the Maneater asked whether students had been consulted since the resolution is being offered in part by "...the associated student senates representing 129,751 students." Discussion yielded a consensus that the Missouri Students Association should be consulted and that a "footnote" citing the need for student input be appended to the document. A motion to suspend the rules for the purpose of adopting the resolution passed unanimously. The motion to adopt the resolution passed unanimously.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Sudarshan Loyalka, Chair, reported that his committee will have a resolution for Council's next meeting.

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported their plans to distribute their evaluation of the Provost before spring break.

Adjournment

There being no other business, Council was adjourned at 4:35 p.m. to go into a closed session.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Hurley, Recorder