Meeting Minutes: October 10, 2002

Attendance

Present: Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Tom Hurley, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Robert Leavene, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, 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: Jeffrey Anglen, Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Richard Hessler, Eric Landes, and Daniel Longo.

Report of Officers

The meeting was called to order by Chair Michael Devaney at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union.

Devaney reported that 24 percent of those eligible to do so had taken advantage of the voluntary early retirement incentive program (VERIP 2002) which was substantially fewer than the 45 percent predicted. He announced that the Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 3:30 p.m. in the Columns Ballroom of the Reynolds Alumni Center. Devaney welcomed Glenda Moum who attended the meeting as an observer for the Staff Advisory Council.

Devaney announced that the October 11, 2002 meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) would be considering a draft of the changes to section 10.030A.9 of the Collected Rules and Regulations which deals with appointments. Further, the task force report on Reduction of Academic Costs, has been made available to Council members.

Don Sievert, Board of Curators Observer, reported on the September Board of Curators meeting in Columbia. He reported that the Board was informed of progress in the installation of PeopleSoft in the most optimistic terms possible. Curator John A. Mathes, President of the Board, reported on the September 12 meeting in Jefferson City of representatives of the governing boards of Missouri schools of higher education. Ron Turner, Executive Vice President, reported for President Manual Pacheco on increased enrollments and the need to maintain educational quality. Other reports made during this Board meeting were: building projects at Rolla and Kansas City campuses; the naming of University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) performing arts center for the retiring Chancellor Blanche M. Touhill; the status of University Hospital & Clinics; and, the ruling by Judge Conley regarding the University's failure to conform to the "sunshine" laws. There was a discussion about the unpredictability of funding for higher education and of the desirability of having representatives from all campuses at Board meetings.

Discussion Items

Guest: Jim Cogswell, Director, and Bob Almony, Assistant Director University Libraries. Cogswell expressed gratitude for the support he and the libraries have received since his arrival and noted that plans to reduce library hours 20 hours a week have been changed to ten hours per week because of additional support from the Provost's Office. Almony discussed the libraries' budget cuts of $493,000 but noted that the budget for acquisitions has not been reduced. He noted that Cogswell is working on increasing private donations and that $50,000 will be available for acquisitions via mission enhancement funds for the next two years. The budget outlook beyond fiscal year 2004 remains uncertain.

Cogswell discussed plans for the coming year including surveys of service quality and of collection quality, the uses of digital technology, enhanced document delivery, and fund raising. He asked for suggestions regarding fundraising and the identification of potential donors. A question and answer period followed and the following points were made: 1) Library space should be reconfigured to accommodate group study but some changes are ongoing; 2) all electronic resources will eventually be available via TONET; 3) budgets for both acquisitions and staff will be protected if possible however if more reductions are made the acquisitions budget may be cut to avoid reductions in service. Devaney thanked Cogswell and Almony for their presentations.

Postponing Effective Date of Bible College Transfer Credit Policy - Devaney. Devaney introduced a request from Barbara Rapp and Lori Franz, Assistant Provost to delay until the fall semester 2003 the implementation of new rules regarding transfer of credits from schools not accredited by regional bodies. The delay is sought to allow more time for implementing the new rules without undue disruption of students' plans. A motion to suspend the rules [Rules Suspended] for the purpose of voting on a motion to delay implementation until fall 2003 passed unanimously as did a motion to delay implementation.

Grievance Process Update - Goodman. Judith Goodman reported on the work of the grievance committee. She discussed the background of the grievance process and outlined areas in which consensus had been reached and other areas where it has not. Goodman indicated to Council that the committee's report would soon be forthcoming.

Goodman further reported to Council plans for a three-year trial of new procedures (that would be evaluated yearly) before presenting a proposal to the Board for final approval. She said that some changes can be implemented without Board approval and since the Chancellor supports changes in grievance procedures that she remains optimistic that a three-year trial can be done.

Proposed Revision to the Collected Rules and Regulations - Loyalka. Sudarshan Loyalka introduced a draft of proposed changes in the Collected Rules and Regulations section 10.030A.9 dealing with appointments. He told Council that he had the expectation that some changes would be made to tomorrow's (10-11-02) IFC meeting. Loyalka noted that President Pacheco was helpful at the last IFC meeting and seemed to support changes which he thinks should be brought to the Board in November.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Gordon Christensen, Chair Faculty Affairs, reported that he will bring two resolutions to the next Executive Committee meeting. Christensen also noted that he proceedings of the upcoming health care forum (October 29, 2002) will be available on-line.

Any Other Business

In response to concerns from Council about a recent task force report on Reduction of Academic Costs, Russ Zguta is scheduled to meet with the Executive Committee at their next meeting. Concerns were expressed about the status of the report on reducing academic costs. It is not clear whether the report is a draft or a final version and further it is alleged that parts of this report are currently being implemented in certain divisions on campus without the report having been approved. It was suggested that a discussion with the Provost regarding communication with deans would be in order.

Questions were raised regarding a proposal to rename Mick Deaver Memorial Drive. Devaney replied that because of opposition from Faculty Council, Staff Council, and the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee the Chancellor decided that no name change will be made.

Adjournment

The open meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m. Council then went into a closed session for committee appointments.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder