Meeting Minutes: November 6, 2001

Attendance

The Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Chancellor Richard Wallace in the Mark Twain Ballroom of the Memorial Union. Approximately 300 people were in attendance.

Report from Faculty Council

Council Chair Russ Zguta began his report with the general education transfer and articulation agreement of the CBHE. Zguta noted that the faculty were currently voting on this issue and that ballots were due on November 14, 2001. Zguta also noted Council's website has a special section devoted to this issue for the convenience of the faculty. Zguta mentioned the work of the Council and the Task Force on Grievance Procedures in their endeavor to improve the grievance process. Zguta summarized activities of Council's Standing Committees. Michael McKean, Chair, Academic Affairs helped set up the web discussion board for general education, and has been actively working on transfer and admission issues, enrollment management, teaching evaluation, and the academic calendar. Sudarshan Loyalka, Chair, Faculty Affairs has been actively working on promotion and tenure issues, regular and non-regular faculty status, shared governance and the apparent underuse of sabbatical leaves. William Wiebold, Chair, Fiscal Affairs is currently working on the fiscal implications of enrollment management, the allocation of research incentive funds, library funding and retiree's benefits. Michael Devaney, Chair, Student Affairs is working on ways to improve the student advising process, the student success center, intracampus transfer policies, and international studies. Bruce Cutter, Chair, Special Projects is currently working on the upcoming evaluation of the Provost, representation on Council, and non-regular faculty issues.

Report from Chancellor Wallace

Wallace thanked the faculty for supporting our students and each other following the events of September 11 and observed that those events have strengthened MU's commitment to its responsibilities. Wallace then made introductions to the deans or their representatives who introduced new members of their faculties.

Wallace began his report by noting recent achievements including the highest student enrollment in ten years, a substantial increase in outside funding for research, improved research infrastructure, increase in faculty numbers, and new facilities including the Life Sciences Center, Tiger Place, and the Student Success Center.

Budget

Guests: Michael Alden, Athletic Director , Sarah Reesman, Associate Director, and Brian Maggard, Assistant Director Intercollegiate Athletics.

In his budget report the Chancellor noted that detailed budget information is available in the September 27th edition of the Mizzou Weekly. Wallace described changes in budget planning because of the slowing economy. He described the adjustments made when an additional five percent of state funds were withheld in fiscal year 2002 and then projected the range of possible deficits in fiscal year 2003 using the new assumptions. Wallace speculated that the legislature may reduce the university's appropriation.

It was assured that budget planning with the Resource Allocation Committee and the Strategic Planning and Allocation Committee will continue. Other more positive areas of the budget were identified: savings identified by the Committee for Effective Resource Utilization; private fund raising; an increase in grants and contracts, creative allocation of resources; new budgeting approaches; and, a possible increase in student fees.

Hospital and Clinics

In reporting on the University Hospital and Clinics, Wallace noted that its challenges parallel those of university health care systems nationwide. Improvement in financial performance, increases in faculty recruitment and in grants were mentioned as encouraging signs in meeting the challenges to the Medical Center. The university is also pursuing a national cancer center designation and other centers of excellence designations.

Wallace ended his report by urging the faculty to vote on the general education issue and urged consideration of the 51 hour option. There were a couple of questions from the audience. One in regard to the role of intercollegiate athletics as a beneficiary of long range fund-raising, and Wallace noted that of the 600 million dollars targeted, 565 million dollars would go to academic divisions and 35 million dollars to athletics. A question on the status of scholarships to be funded by an early donation of part of the new arena funds was raised. Athletic Director, Mike Alden, said that the original plans called for a donation of 11 million dollars last summer to be used to raise about 1 million dollars for scholarships. However, with a change in the economy, the donor decided to withdraw the early donation. The current plan is for 250,000 dollars to be used for scholarships when the donor makes 25 million dollars available by the end of the year.

Adjournment

The General Faculty Meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder for the Faculty