Meeting Minutes: September 26, 2002
AttendancePresent: Jeffrey Anglen, Tobias Baskin, Rex Campbell, Nelson Cowan, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Richard Hessler, Tom Hurley, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Daniel Longo, Sudarshan Loyalka, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Charles Sampson, David Schenker, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, Barbara Townsend, William Wiebold, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Gordon Christensen, Eric Landes, Robert Leavene, Michael McKean.
Approval of MinutesThe 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 August 29, 2002 Faculty Council meeting were approved as submitted.
Report of OfficersDevaney reported that Council has been thanked by former chair Russ Zguta for our expression of sympathy.
Devaney reported that Executive Committee, in its pursuit of adopting the practice of coupling the average grade in a course along with the student's grade on the transcript, it was discovered that PeopleSoft would not be able to accommodate this change. He further reported that the timetable for dean evaluations was sent out to the divisional policy committee chairs. The mathematics department will receive a reply from the Provost regarding concerns expressed by some faculty in that department. Devaney noted that the draft policy on faculty workload is not complete and suggestions for changes are welcome. The Executive Committee has commended those involved in the Summer Welcome program which was very successful this year.
Devaney announced that Executive Committee is scheduled to meet with the Chancellor and Provost on October 2 and to please let him know if any Council member wishes to suggest an agenda item(s) for this meeting.
Sudarshan Loyalka, Vice Chair, gave a report of the September Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting. Loyalka reported that interviews with four candidates to succeed President Pacheco will be held on October 19. IFC discussed the draft of the policy on faculty workload (Council members were instructed to contact Loyalka or Devaney with concerns or comments). Ronald J. Turner, Executive Vice President, discussed the ways in which the university is working with the governor and legislature to communicate the university's needs. President Manual Pacheco joined the meeting in the afternoon session and discussed his work to build support for the university with the governor and the legislature. Pacheco also discussed the revision of recently amended section 10.030A.9 of the Collected Rules and Regulations concerning faculty appointments. It was agreed at IFC that the first sentence would be retained but changes may be made in the rest of the section which should be ready for the Curators' November meeting in Rolla.
Discussion ItemsProvost Brady Deaton. Devaney introduced Provost Brady Deaton to the Council. Deaton began his address to Council by pointing out that the university has improved its ranking in several recent evaluations of excellence. Deaton further discussed the need to use faculty resources wisely, to promote relations with the private sector, and to maintain a global scope and outlook and to renew the university from within. He spoke on the importance of focusing on quality, continuing our land grant missions and of the importance of structural flexibility (e.g. merging departments) in keeping our academic mission foremost. Deaton emphasized the importance of communication among faculty, staff, students and administrators regarding future decisions on resource allocation and related matters. In summation, he outlined strategies for the coming year including academic program planning, financial management, capital planning and renovation funding, research infrastructure development, enrollment management and human resource and diversity planning. A question and answer period followed his presentation. During this session, Deaton made the following observations: support for the Department of Statistics has been improved including a new chair and new faculty will soon be recruited; and, the ability to provide raises next year will depend on whether state support is reduced and if so, by how much. Devaney thanked Deaton for his discussion with Council.
Guest: Josh Friel, MSA Developer of the ProfEval Program. Devaney made introductions to Council of Josh Friel, developer of the ProfEval Program a web-based means for students to give and receive information about courses and faculty along with a schedule planner and links to the University Bookstore. Further, faculty can also provide information regarding course content, syllabus updates, and provide data on course assignments and exams. Any opinions made by students utilizing the website will be screened by a "key-word filter". Access will be limited to students by their "pawprint" as well as to faculty with their email exchange account information. There was also some discussion on excessively emphasizing grade distributions and the basic accuracy of student reviews. Devaney thanked Friel for his presentation.
Report on the Higher Education meeting in Jefferson City - Sievert. Don Sievert, Observer to the Board, reported on the Missouri Public Higher Education Trustee Forum held in Jefferson City on September 12, 2002. This forum was a meeting of all the governing boards of all public Missouri institutions of higher education. John Mathes, President of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, and Sandra Kauffman, Chair, Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) discussed the correlation of higher education and higher income, and the economic impact of higher education and its importance for the skills and literacy of Missourians. Letters in support of the Board of Curators' resolution for higher education were collected for distribution to the CBHE, the legislature, and the governor. Devaney added that a brochure discussing the need for increased support for higher education in Missouri is available from Becky Flanders, Faculty Council Office.
Committee on Undergraduate Education's (CUE) Future Role - Cutter. Bruce Cutter, Chair Special Projects, raised questions about the recent decision of CUE to separate computer proficiency and information access proficiency; and, then he raised the issue whether the general education architecture should be reviewed. Gil Porter, Director of the General Education Program, discussed the various reasons for separating computer and informational proficiency, the shortcomings of the current policy, and the rationale for the recommended changes. Porter further added that both Council and the Provost Office were consulted at the time. Discussion was summed up by Porter by pointing out the different purposes of CUE and the newly-created undergraduate curriculum committee whose primary purpose is to prevent undue course duplication.
Standing Committee ReportsAcademic Affairs: Bill Lamberson, Chair, reported that his committee is dealing with the listing of class averages on transcripts, the '04-'05 academic calendar, and the course repeat policy.
Faculty Affairs: Judith Goodman (for Gordon Christensen, Chair) reported that the committee was working on developing a charge for the grievance review committee. She further reported that they are studying the criteria for termination of tenure track faculty and examining the guidelines for merging departments.
Fiscal Affairs: Bill Wiebold, Chair, reported that his committee is currently working on the operation of university libraries, the implementation of PeopleSoft, and on administrator's salaries.
Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that his committee is developing a survey on the impact of the voluntary early retirement incentive program (VERIP 2002).
Student Affairs: Michael Devaney (for Robert Leavene) noted that they are in contact with University Policy Department and the Campus Safety Committee regarding dangerous street crossings.
Any Other BusinessIn response to Wiebold's questions regarding the merger of the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Strategic Planning Advisory Council (SPAC), Devaney noted that plans are being developed to join the committees.
AdjournmentThe open meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m. Council then went into a closed session for committee appointments.
Thomas Hurley, Recorder