Meeting Minutes: June 12, 2003


Present: Tobias Baskin, Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, 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, Tom Hurley, 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 24, 2003 were approved.

Report of Officers

Chair Mike Devaney reported that new members to Faculty Council have been appointed by Arts and Sciences, CAFNR, and Medicine.

Devaney reported that evaluations of the deans of Arts and Sciences and Veterinary Medicine have been completed by the policy committees of those colleges and the results will be available at the Faculty Council office.

Devaney reported that a survey conducted in the College of Veterinary Medicine indicated that 80% of those surveyed had major concerns with the incentives provided to faculty associated with RADIL. Consequently, the Provost has been asked to appoint more faculty members to the incentives committee.

Devaney welcomed Jennifer Doty, a staff council representative, as an observer.

Devaney reported that data on program viability have been collected by the Provost's Office. The administration is filling in gaps in the data. Once those gaps are filled in, some departments will undergo an audit.

Don Sievert, Faculty Observer to the Board of Curators, reported that the Board passed fee increases and education fee reduction for the dependents of the University faculty and staff. They passed a budget for next year and gave President Floyd some flexibility to finalize it since the state had not yet passed its budget with UM's allocation. Other issues discussed included the retirement fund and a report from the Hunter Group on the hospital. The meeting also included addresses from the Commissioner Quentin Wilson of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education and State Senator Gibbons. The meeting also included a panel discussion with middle school students and principals.

Sudarshan Loyalka presented the InterFaculty Council Report. Curator Mary James attended the meeting. A committee examining faculty workload is discussing defining workload as an aggregate of teaching, research, and service. In addition, they would like to see workload defined at the undergraduate level. Loyalka reported that a proposal of changes to the grievance procedure that is under consideration on the Columbia campus was discussed. Vice President Lehmkuhle said that some aspects of the proposal were attractive. The other campuses do not see the grievances procedure as a problem, so Vice President Lehmkuhle said we could adopt changes within our by laws and place changes to the grievance procedure within the campus-specific part of the Collected Rules and Regulations.

The system is looking into a grants incentive program that would allow those who receive grants that cover their salaries to also receive a portion of the money saved by the university. President Floyd reported at the IFC meeting that he had cleared the backlog of grievances that had been appealed to the President, that the Hunter Group will report directly to him, that the system had hired a lobbyist to represent them in Washington, and that they were very concerned about retaining faculty.Vice President Hutchinson discussed possible changes to accounting in determining the retirement pool. We are taking more money from the state funding and putting it in the plan to compensate for VERIP. Finally, Loyalka reported that the fee reduction for the dependents of the faculty and staff can be applied to graduate and professional school fees, based on the in-state undergraduate credit hour fee.

Action Items

Faculty council unanimously passed a change to the policy for when curricular changes are to go into effect. The reason for this change is to help people to know about changes by putting them all in one place. The new policy reads:
"Curriculum and policy revisions are not effective until: Official notification of the office of the University Registrar by the Provosts Office has occurred. Program must be accompanied by deans approval and appropriate curriculum endorsements
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 date. Any variation from standard university grandfathering policy should be noted in the approval process and in the posted description."

Discussion Items

Mary Ellen Sievert, Sarah Reesman and Lloyd Barrow presented an evaluation of the Total Person Program. They reported that the graduation rate for student athletes at MU is at the top of the Big 12 and that in Winter Semester, '03, the average student athlete GPA for MU was 2.84. To evaluate the Total Person Program, a survey was distributed to faculty, student athletes, athletic department staff, and to parents, tutors, and administrators and advisors of students athletes. 37% of the surveys were returned and no serious problems were found.

The proposed revisions to the grievance procedure drafted by the Faculty Council were discussed. Comments have been gathered from different individuals and groups. These comments indicate that the role of the Investigative Officer ( I.O.) needs to be rewritten to make clearer which powers will lie with the IO and which with the Hearing Panel, the role of legal council in the hearing needs to be clarified, and the structure of the Oversight Committee/Hearing Panels needs further discussion. The proposal will be redrafted.

Gordon Christensen presented a proposal to track items on which the Faculty Council has acted. The proposal calls for Faculty Council to classify an item om which it has acted as open (needs review to ensure implementation) or closed (needs no further view) and assign a person or committee responsible for the review. The goal is to avoid reduplication of effort across years and to make sure that follow-through occurs for actions approved by Faculty Council.

Christensen presented a statement of principles on the role of intercollegiate athletics in an academic environment. Athletic Director Mike Alden has told Christensen that the Athletic Department already follows these principles, so a statement commending the Athletic Department for endorsing them has been added to the original proposal draft.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Bill Lamberson, chair, reported that his committee is addressing academic dishonesty issues.

Faculty Affairs: Gordon Christensen, chair, reported that they are working on a report on chronic issues. The committee also wishes to take note of a survey conducted in Veterinary Medicine on incentives paid to faculty affiliated with RADIL; this report appears below in its entirety. Although some concerns about the wording of the survey have been raised, the numbers suggesting discontent with the policy are substantial.

I don't believe that incentive plans should be offered to university personnel
Strong agree (%) Mod. agree(%) Mod. disagree(%) Strong disagree(%) # responses Avg.
13.16% 27.63% 22.37% 36.84% 76 2.17
The University of Missouri should not underwrite the funding of private businesses
Strong agree (%) Mod. agree(%) Mod. disagree(%) Strong disagree(%) # responses Avg.
73.33% 16.0% 6.67% 4.0% 75 3.59
College of Veterinary Medicine received too small a share of total profits from RADIL
Strong agree (%) Mod. agree(%) Mod. disagree(%) Strong disagree(%) # responses Avg.
75.32% 20.78% 2.60% 1.30% 77 3.7
Magnitude of the plan was too great for those individual faculty members involved in the plan
Strong agree (%) Mod. agree(%) Mod. disagree(%) Strong disagree(%) # responses Avg.
80.26% 14.47% 3.95% 1.32% 76 3.74
RADIL incentive plan is unfair because non-RADIL faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine are not eligible for incentives and because their job descriptions preclude pursuit of incentivized activities
Strong agree (%) Mod. agree(%) Mod. disagree(%) Strong disagree(%) # responses Avg.
76.62% 9.09% 9.09% 5.19% 77 3.57
I do not support the RADIL incentive plan because of the potential conflict of interest associated with RADIL faculty holding administrative appointments within the College of Veterinary Medicine in spite of the proposed oversight structure
Strong agree (%) Mod. agree(%) Mod. disagree(%) Strong disagree(%) # responses Avg.
80.77% 10.26% 3.85% 5.13% 78 3.67


The meeting moved to closed session at 5:09 p.m. to appoint members of the Nominations Committee for the executive committee and to select one of the Chancellor's nominees to the Grievance Review Committee. The meeting was adjourned at 5:14 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder.