Meeting Minutes: October 25, 2001

Attendance

Present: Jeffrey Anglen, Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Sara Gable, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Non Unklesbay (for Bill Lamberson), Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Lloyd Barrow (for Peggy Placier), Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, MaryEllen Sievert, Russ Zguta, Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Bruce Cutter, Judith Goodman, Philip Johnson, Daniel Longo, Eileen Porter, William Wiebold, Jenice Prather-Kinsey (Black Faculty & Staff), and Mark Prelas (AAUP).

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 September 20, 2001 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta announced that the general education special segment of the Council's website is now complete and thanked Mike McKean and Peggy Placier for their efforts. Further he announced that the general education ballot will be available to the faculty on Friday, November 2 and the return date is November 14. Zguta reminded Council that the fall semester general faculty meeting is Tuesday, November 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Mark Twain Ballroom of the Memorial Union. Agenda items include the university's budget and an update on the Medical School and the Hospital and Clinics. Zguta mentioned that Council's resolution of October 16 on the administration's failure regarding faculty grievances has been answered by the Chancellor with a request for more specific details.

Catherine Parke distributed a report of the October 19 meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) prepared by Judith Goodman. A copy of the report appears below.

IFC Report -October 19, 2001

  1. Research Board: The Research Board met to discuss whether to change the way they allocate funding. They agreed that no major changes will be made. Associate and full professors will still be eligible for grants through the Research Board, and preference will still be given to Assistant Professors. $2,000,000 is available this year.
  2. International Students: David Currey from the International Office on the Columbia campus made a presentation of proposed legislation relative to international students. The main problem from the government's perspective is that if someone enters the US on a student visa and does not then show up at the university in which they should enroll, no tracking mechanism is in place to catch this. The proposed legislation would close this loophole. It includes other security measures as well such as a longer waiting period before a visa is granted to give time to make more thorough checks. Currey pointed out that international students provide a benefit to our university and our community and that the institution must be ready to handle an additional administrative burden that will result from new security measures.
  3. Parental Leave: UMR has submitted a proposal for a parental leave policy. Their proposal involves faculty keeping track of hours and accruing leave. The policy that we have worked on for UMC establishes a pool of funds that departments could draw on to hire adjunct faculty to cover leaves without having to keep track of hours. The Vice-President's office expressed interest in this proposal, but reservations in establishing the pool of funds to pay for it. We will conduct a survey of chairs to provide an estimate of the cost and to establish the frequency with which this comes up.
  4. Copyright: Vice-President Lehmkuhle distributed a draft of the new copyright policy that will go to the Board of Curators this winter. The policy lets the faculty member hold the copyright to instructional materials (for example, in a web-based course or a textbook) unless the University has invested substantial resources (e.g., commissioned a work). Vice President Lehmkuhle would like to either hold a forum on our campus or make a presentation to council in order to get input from faculty to use in revising the draft.
  5. Academic Planning Guidelines: The system is working on guidelines for managing the inventory of degree programs. They want to make new programs possible but want them to fit into the strategic plan rather than being developed piecemeal.
  6. President's Report: The President noted that he extended his contract through the 2002/2003 academic year. He said he anticipates financial difficulties for about three years. Further cuts to UM's state funding may result in tuition increases. They are sensitive to not raising tuition to beyond what students can afford because that would jeopardize enrollments. Benefit enhancements such as a tuition waiver for dependents are unlikely in the next year. His highest priority is to fund salary increases. He and the presidents of other public colleges in Missouri are working together to lobby support for the higher education budget.

Actions Items

Campus Mediation Proposed Committee - Cutter

In Bruce Cutter's absence, Zguta presented a proposal from the Special Projects Committee to establish a campus standing committee on campus mediation. MaryEllen Sievert suggested an amendment to the proposal that the committee members appointed by the administration be ex officio (non-voting) members. The motion failed on a tie vote. Further discussion of the role of the Deputy Chancellor resulted in a friendly amendment that defined that role as a liaison between the committee and the administration. A motion to approve the amended proposal passed with one dissension and the text of proposal appears below.

The establishment of the Campus Mediation Service Planning Committee as a Chancellor's Standing Committee.

The membership of this committee is as follows:

(as a suggestion these might include the Director of the Dispute Resolution Center, the Vice Provost for Minority Affairs, International Relations and Faculty Development; and the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.)

The Deputy Chancellor will act as a liaison between the committee and the Chancellor's Office.

The charge to the committee is as follows. To act as an independent oversight body for the Campus Mediation Service including:

  1. setting policy for the Campus Mediation Service; and,
  2. overseeing the Director of the Campus Mediation Service and the Campus Mediation Service operations.
  3. The chair of the planning committee (elected annually) will submit an annual report to both Faculty Council and Staff Council by the end of the Winter Semester. This report should summarize committee activities during the previous Summer, Fall, and Winter Semesters.

Discussion Items

Guests: Ann Korschgen, Vice Provost Enrollment Management and Brady Deaton, Provost on Enrollment Management.

Korschgen discussed the need to shape the size and characteristics of the student body to match institutional plans and compared MU's student body composition with those of a group of comparable institutions. She also discussed the characteristics of students that finish and graduate at MU. Both Deaton and Korschgen discussed the University Enrollment Management Committee, its goals, subcommittees, and charges. Council's assistance was requested in identifying faculty members who could serve on those subcommittees.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: McKean, Chair reported that the '03-'04 academic calendar is being prepared.

Adjournment

The open meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. to go into a closed session for committee appointments. Council was then adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder