Meeting Minutes: May 8, 2003


Present: Tobias Baskin, Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Tom Hurley, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Eric Landes, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Mike McKean, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Charles Sampson, David Schenker, Don Sievert, Barbara Townsend, Bill Wiebold, Flore Zephir, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Herbert Brown for Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Michael Muchow (Librarians). Absent: Jeffrey Anglen, Nelson Cowan, Richard Hessler, Norman Land, Daniel Longo, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, and Paul Sharp.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Michael Devaney at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the April 10, 2003 Faculty Council meeting were modified to reflect the Board of Curators naming the South Quadrangle after the late Governor Mel Carnahan and the minutes as amended, were approved.

Report of Officers

Devaney thanked the members of the Executive Committee who attended the forum last week concerning the Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (RADIL) in the School of Veterinary Medicine. He announced that the Executive Committee has transmitted the names of Edward Adelstein, Allen Hahn, and Russ Zguta to the Chancellor who will choose one of them to serve on the grievance review panel. He also noted that the Executive Committee has decided that, after Council approves the revised grievance procedure, that revision will be submitted for the faculty's approval. Devaney said he met with Associate Provost Lori Franz and Vice Provost Anne Korschgen regarding changes in transfer and admissions policies. He noted that the changes will go to the Academic Affairs Committee and will come before Council again since some conditions have changed and notice will be needed by feeder schools.

Action Items

Service Award Plaques. Devaney presented service award plaques to Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Tom Hurley, Norman Land, Peggy Placier, and Bill Wiebold for their service on Council. Sudarshan Loyalka presented a plaque to Devaney, noting the many achievements made under his leadership. Devaney thanked the members of Council for their work.

Discussion Items

Acceptance of the Ad Hoc Committee for Grievance Procedure Report - Devaney. Devaney noted the scope and scale of work done by Judith Goodman and her committee and moved to accept the report of the grievance committee and its minority report. Devaney noted that the revised grievance procedures developed by Loyalka and his committee derive directly from the Goodman committee's report. Gordon Christensen noted that the minority report of Edward Adelstein makes clear that the revised grievance procedures cannot be successful without cooperation by the administration. The reports were accepted unanimously and are appended to these minutes. The reports also appear on the Faculty Council website.

Finalization of Revised Grievance Procedure - Loyalka. Loyalka introduced a Revised Grievance Procedure document developed by him and Eileen Porter, Bill Wiebold, and Wilson Freyermuth. Loyalka discussed several features of the revisions and asked for Council's comments and suggestions to be incorporated into a revised document to come before Council in June. When approved, the document will be posted electronically as will the reports of the Goodman committee. Goodman noted, that in the past, grievance committee actions and administrative actions have not been timely. This problem is addressed in the revised procedures by the appointment of an oversight committee to assure timely actions. She noted that an alternative is to have a standing committee that would meet often, adhere to a schedule and also introduce consistency of process over time. She indicated there may be more discussion in June.

Collected Rules and Regulations Change in Council Representation

Cutter - Bruce Cutter introduced proposed changes in the "Collected Rules and Regulations" to update names of units eligible for Council representation. A motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously as did a motion to accept the changes of names. The proposal will be forwarded to the Chancellor and then to the Board of Curators.
Change from:
2. The following divisions shall be entitled to representation on the Council: College of Agriculture; College of Arts and Science; College of Business and Public Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife; School of Health Related Professions; College of Home Economics; School of Journalism; School of Law; School of Library and Informational Science; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; College of Public and Community Services; and College of Veterinary Medicine.
To read:
2. The following divisions shall be entitled to representation on the Council: College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources ; College of Arts and Science; College of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering; School of Health Professions; College of Human Environmental Sciences; School of Journalism; School of Law; School of Medicine; School of Natural Resources; Sinclair School of Nursing; Harry S Truman Graduate School of Public Affairs; and College of Veterinary Medicine.

<Bold-faced are name changes or newly formed schools.>
(Nuclear Science Engineering Institute [NSEI]) was granted one 3 year term on Council ending in 2005.)"

Language Clarifying Curriculum Revisions

Lamberson - Bill Lamberson introduced clarifications of how curriculum revisions are to be implemented and this item appears below.
"Curriculum and policy revisions are not effective until:
Official notification of the Office of the University Registrar by the Provost's Office has occurred. Program changes must be accompanied by deans approval and appropriate curriculum committee endorsements. AND
Changes are posted on the official MU catalog website maintained by the Office of the University Registrar. For policy changes to be in place for a subsequent term, they must be posted by the first day of preregistration for the term and submitted at least one month prior to posting dates. Any variation from standard university grandfathering policy would be noted in the approval process and in the posted description."

CBHE Resolution - Devaney. Devaney introduced a resolution by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) urging the General Assembly to consider revenue enhancements and avoid additional budget reductions to higher education. A motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously as did a motion to endorse the resolution.

"JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education passed a resolution last week, urging members of the General Assembly to make every effort to avoid further cuts to higher education. The resolution will be distributed to members today.
"As an advocate for higher education, the board wished to remind the General Assembly of the critical role higher education plays in the future economic vitality of this state," Sandra Kauffman, chairman of the board, said. "Higher education has already sustained significant cuts in funding in the FY '02 and FY '03 budgets and the board believes that the Legislature must be reminded that education is the highest funding priority after the public debt."
Marie Carmichael moved to pass the resolution and Lowell Kruse seconded the motion. The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, higher education in the state of Missouri provides quality education to over 350,000 citizens; and
WHEREAS, higher education is a critical link to the future economic vitality of the state of Missouri; and
WHEREAS, the system of higher education has sustained significant reductions in state appropriations during FY 2002 and FY 2003; and
WHEREAS, Governor Holden's budget recommendations for FY 2004 maintain the FY 2003 funding levels, as requested by the Coordinating Board; and
WHEREAS, revenue projections for FY 2004 suggest that there will be limited state funding available for the state's programs and services;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education urges members of the Ninety-second General Assembly, First Regular Session to make every effort, including revenue enhancements, to avoid additional budget reductions to higher education, and to appropriate the funding levels for FY 2004 as requested by the board.
Resolved in Kirksville, Missouri this 10th date of April in the year two thousand three."

Standing Committee Reports

Special Projects: Cutter, Chair, reported that the Chancellor's review is due next year and suggested that electronic voting be considered. Devaney noted the need to devise ways to preserve anonymity and avoid duplicate voting.

Any Other Business

Devaney noted that the A.B. (Artis Baccalaureatis) degree will soon be replaced by the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree. He also said that the Academic Affairs Committee is developing a system for tracking Council projects and is following up on a survey by Baskin to develop guidelines for terminal contracts.

Christensen spoke of a need to formally acknowledge the work of Judith Goodman's committee and of Loyalka's committee in developing new grievance procedures.

Philip Johnson expressed the gratitude of the Veterinary Medicine faculty for Council's help in the RADIL controversy.

David Schenker asked about an administrator's statements about program review or consolidation. Devaney replied that processes are underway to evaluate programs for possible viability audits. Associate Provost Lori Franz added that data are being gathered for use by the Provost in evaluating the need for a viability audit.

Devaney noted that there is a two percent salary pool for raises and that there is optimism that raises may be possible. Christensen asked if raises could be directed to lower-paid faculty and staff. Devaney replied that the raises to which the Chancellor referred are to be merit-driven. The Board of Curators may specify the type of raises and may allow divisions to add to the two percent.


The open meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m. Council then met in closed session to consider a committee appointment.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Hurley, Recorder