Meeting Minutes: April 4, 2002
AttendancePresent: Tobias Baskin, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Eileen Porter, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, MaryEllen Sievert, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Jenice Prather-Kinsey (Black Faculty and Staff), Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Jeffrey Anglen, Nelson Cowan, Sylvia Lazos, Daniel Longo, and Peggy Placier.
Approval of MinutesThe 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 February 21, 2002 were approved as submitted.
Report of OfficersDon Sievert, Observer to the Board, discussed a letter he sent to President Pacheco concerning the Board of Curators meeting on January 18. He reported that, at the March meeting of the Board, concern was expressed regarding the decline in state funding which is now equivalent to the 1997 level of state support. The afternoon session concerned investment results. On Friday the Board agreed to increase student fees; not allow raises for faculty and staff; deferred the fourth year of mission enhancement funding. They also voted to proceed with a birthing center at Regional Hospital and with an expansion of the Student Recreation Center. The Board passed a motion to permit spending up to 250,000 dollars without Board approval with the proviso that any curator may ask to have any proposed expenditure brought before the Board. Further, a firm was chosen to help recruit a new president and provision made for a "faculty consultative committee" to participate in the search. Sievert noted that officials from UMSL presented plans for substantial expansions and improvements on campus. Sievert then read parts of a letter to Board President Mathes from a staff member who was much concerned about the lack of raises in the coming year. Mathes replied that he shares her frustration but that the Board is obliged to address the problems presented by the reduction in state funding and has tried to do so without layoffs.
Judith Goodman, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative, noted that the budget situation remains gloomy. She also reported on concerns raised about faculty members who design distance learning courses for other institutions while being paid by UM. University legal counsel has raised questions about the developing parental leave policy and a meeting of affected constituencies' representatives will be held to resolve questions. It was reported that some legislators are considering forcing UMC to comply with the CBHE's transfer and articulation agreement. Finally, a committee will be formed to participate in the search to replace President Pacheco.
Action ItemsRepresentation Report Addendum: Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute. It was reported that the nuclear engineering program is no longer part of the College of Engineering; the faculty in that academic unit are regrouped in the Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering. As a result, this institute has requested representation on Faculty Council. A motion to grant them one, three-year term on Council passed unanimously. Zguta noted that this will bring Council's membership to 30, the maximum number currently allowed by the faculty bylaws in the Collected Rules and Regulations. Zguta also observed that membership issues raised by new academic units on campus as well as name changes in existing units will have to be clarified for future Board approval.
Discussion ItemsGuest: Ann Korschgen, Vice Provost Enrollment Management, Registrar and Director Admissions on Enrollment Management
Zguta welcomed Ann Korschgen and Pat Morton to the Council meeting. Korschgen introduced Paul Vaughn, chair of the subcommittee on retention. Korschgen told Council that she would transmit Council's concerns to the Enrollment Management Committee which is to report to the Chancellor and Provost by mid-April.
Korschgen discussed a draft "MU Enrollment Management Plan" dated March 7, 2002 and noted the principal recommended goals: 1) a six year graduation rate of 72 percent; 2) a freshman sophomore retention rate of 90 percent; 3) an increase in graduate student enrollment to 5,000 with stable professional schools enrollment to yield a student body of 27,800 by 2007. Korschgen noted that the plan is ambitious and discussed the rationale and costs of growth. Ideally, she wants each division to develop its own enrollment management plan and also wants to form a standing committee on enrollment management to monitor progress and suggest changes. A wide-ranging discussion brought out a number of concerns: 1) lengthening of time needed to graduate (increasingly students take up to six years) with some institutions assuming a responsibility to graduate students in four years; 2) the time of expected graduation should be mentioned in the management plan; 3) growth in infrastructure will be needed to support increasing student numbers or graduation will be even more delayed; 4) why were minorities mentioned in recruitment but not in retention (the reply is that retention services for minority students will continue); 5) the importance of determining why students leave (the reply is that the average G.P.A. of students who leave early is 2.5 and many leave because of failed expectations); 6) the need for increased library resources with increasing enrollment; 7) the accuracy of the perception that growth results in funding increases (the reply is that the history of funding in Missouri indicates that other schools have benefitted from growth but UMC's share of the college-bound population has declined and the lack of growth has put UMC at a disadvantage).
Concerns were expressed that growth may diminish the quality of the student's experience. An additional concern is that transfer policies may not optimize the number and success of those who transfer to UMC and that the report makes no provision for rewarding the faculty who will have to deal with larger student numbers. There was some comment that this plan does not address other consequences of its implementation in that there is no increased support for teaching assistants in this process. Questions were raised regarding the present quality of education in that there appears to be a paradox of taking measures to increase growth when state support is actually dwindling and further that the whole approach is revenue-driven. Vaughn replied to these concerns saying that the plan is not revenue-driven, that the institution has an obligation to help students succeed, and that the best schools have higher retention and graduation rates than does UMC. Morton pointed out that 90 percent of the planned enrollment increase would be due to increased retention with relatively few new students.
Zguta on behalf of Council thanked Korschgen, Morton, Vaughn, and Vice Provost Peter Markie for their presentation.
Standing Committee ReportsFaculty Affairs: Sudarshan Loyalka, Chair, reported that his committee will meet with Lori Franz and Mike Middleton to discuss the status of the tenure track faculty
Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that the Provost's evaluation should be ready for distribution soon.
Student Affairs: Michael Devaney, Chair, reported that his committee is currently discussing the Pick-A-Prof proposal from the MSA.
AdjournmentThere being no other business, Council was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. to go into a closed session. The election results for the 2002-2003 Chair and Vice Chair are: Michael Devaney, Chair and Sudarshan Loyalka, Vice Chair.
Tom Hurley, Recorder