Meeting Minutes: February 12, 2004


Present: Edward Adelstein, Elizabeth Baker, Bruce Bullock, Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Eric Landes, Tom Marrero, Michael McKean, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, David Schenker, Frank Schmidt, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, Barbara Townsend, Flore Zephir, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty and Staff), Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Tom Freeman (MURA, Retirees), and Michael Muchow (Library). Absent: Richard Hessler, Catherine Holland, Michael Kramer, Sudarshan Loyalka, and Charles Sampson.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 Memorial Union. Edward Adelstein, Recorder, was asked to make an opening philosophical statement and he quoted from the Dhama Pada, "A fool who knows he/she is a fool is wise to some degree. A fool who believes himself wise is a fool indeed." The response to this was quizzical. Christensen called for approval of the November 13, 2004 Council minutes. The minutes were approved as published.

Report of Officers

Don Sievert, Observer to the Board of Curators, made a brief report on the last Board meeting. In summary he mentioned the following points: the University of Missouri System and Northwest Missouri State University had drafted a memorandum of understanding regarding the proposed merger of the two institutions. The Board discussed raising student activity fees. President Elson Floyd discussed with Board members the capital bond issue before the state legislature that calls for funding new facilities for life science and economic development. Finally, Floyd stated his intent to raise the salary of the chancellors.

Christensen in his report made the following brief remarks. There were two forums on Intercollegiate Athletics in January that were poorly attended. Art Hinshaw, Director of the Campus Mediation program, is planning to leave the university; Christensen also reported that the Campus Mediation program was proving successful in addressing problems before they became grievances. Dr. Christensen ended his comments by speaking against the proposed change of the name of Southwest Missouri State University to 'Missouri State University.' Eileen Porter, Vice Chair, announced that because of a recent illness was unable to attend the meeting of the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates. Adelstein reported that there was a general sense of optimism within the university health center. New physicians were being hired and it appeared that workload was improving based on traffic patterns within the hospital but that Adelstein observed that there was still much room for improvement.

Actions Items

Admission of Transfer Students - Lamberson & Campbell. The following updated policy regarding admission of transfer students passed.

"Admission of Transfer Students.

The following minimal requirements are established for general admission of transfer students. They do not include more stringent requirements that may be established by the faculties of the individual schools, colleges or campuses, or the requirements of special programs within some schools. It is the responsibility of the transfer student to check with the school, college, department or program concerning more specific requirements. Students from other University of Missouri campuses are accepted for transfer if they are in good standing (2.0 or better GPA); consequently they are treated as exceptions to the standards below and noted by *.
A. An applicant * who has completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college-level work must either a) meet MU's first-time-college admission requirement and have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average (4.0 system), or b) have a 2.5 or better GPA and have completed either the equivalent of Math 10 or English 20 with a grade of C- or better.
B. An applicant* who has completed 24 or more semester hours of college-level work must either a) meet MU's first-time-college admission requirement and have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average (4.0 system), or b) have a 2.5 or better GPA and have completed the equivalent of Math 10 and English 20 with grades of C- or better.
C. An applicant who does not meet the above conditions and who has not been enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student in any college or university for at least 5 years will be accepted for transfer with a 2.0 GPA on all coursework attempted or may apply via successful completion of 12 hours of Easy Access.
D. The holder of the Associate of Arts degree, from a regionally accredited Missouri college with a 2.0 GPA or better will be accepted by the University as:
o i. Having junior standing, and
o ii. Having completed General Education Requirements.
This action does not waive nor alter any course requirements, elementary or otherwise, that are required for the particular degree sought. Note: Admission to the University of Missouri-Columbia does not guarantee admission to a specific program unless the student has completed the requirements of a signed articulation agreement.
E. An applicant who does not meet these standards may apply by submitting to the campus faculty admissions committee such data as the committee considers appropriate. The committee, or the Director of Admissions acting under its direction, may determine who shall be admitted.
F. This transfer admissions policy will be evaluated at the end of five years."

Discussion Items

Guest: Stuart Palonsky, Director, Honors College. Dr. Palonsky was invited back to Council in order to provide further clarification to questions regarding changes to the Honors Council charge. The substance of the discussion with Palonsky follows:

1. The Honors College does not grant degrees.

2. This program does not want to discriminate against students who come from high school that do not provide competitive course work.

3. The following is the criteria for admission to the Honors College: 29 ACT score & top 10 percent of graduating class. Incoming students not meeting both admission criteria may petition by means of a written essay. Current MU students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are automatically accepted, and departments at the university can set up an honors program in the major.

4. Any University Departments can establish an honors program.

5. The language regarding the Honors College is confusing. No scholarship money is currently available for incoming students. The Honors College awards several thousand dollars in scholarships to current MU students (e.g., The Hudson Scholarship, the Hocks Scholarship, et al).

6 . The Honors College is trying to get more faculty to participate in this program. Some departments are more active than others. It was further noted that there are certain stipends available to teachers and departments for faculty participating in the core sequences of the Honors College (i.e., the Humanities, Science, and Social Science Sequences).

7 . Finally, Council was asked to consider the possibility of having a separately funded stand- alone Honors College.

Resolution Regarding Renaming of Southwest Missouri State. Since Christensen prepared this resolution, he asked Porter to serve as Chair pro tem for the discussion of this item. Christensen began the discussion with a historical background for the various names of the University of Missouri-Columbia, describing the use of the name "Missouri State University" during the late 1800's and early 1900's. He explained that pronouncing the initials for Missouri State University, "MSU," is the presumed origin of the nickname "Mizzou." He then concluded with a request that the Council endorse a resolution calling for the state legislature to not change the name of Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) to 'Missouri State University.' The Council vigorously discussed this item. Points addressed included the importance or non-importance of the proposed name change, the apparent 'selling of the name' MSU by campus leadership in exchange for legislative support for the proposed bond issue, parallels between the name change and the proposed merger with Northwest Missouri State University, the apparent political intent by SMSU for the name change, and the desire to couple the proposed "negative" resolution to not endorse the name change with a "positive" resolution calling for the addition of Southwest Missouri State University to become the sixth campus of the MU System.

Any Other Business. Christensen reported to Council that the grievance report should be finalized in approximately one month. There was also further discussion on: the issue regarding the rights of non-regular faculty; the Campus Mediation service losing Art Hinshaw due to a job change; and the two new administrative deans with regard to funding, purpose, and the process of selection.


The meeting moved into a closed session for committee nominations. The meeting was then adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder