Meeting Minutes: February 26, 2004


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

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 Memorial Union. Christensen opened the meeting by reading a passage on "Respect" from the University of Missouri-Columbia, "A Statement of Values" authored by Dr. Mel George. Christensen called for approval of the December 4, 2003, and the January 22, 2004 Council minutes. The minutes were approved as published.

Report of Officers

Christensen provided both a chair's report and an Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) report. For the IFC report the following points were made.

1) UMSL has adopted the UMC academic calendar.

2) Ken Hutchinson, Vice President for Human Resources, is working on the disability issues and will report to the next IFC meeting.

Christensen summarized President Elson Floyd's comments at this meeting.

1) Floyd perceives an imminent financial crisis. He believes very strongly that we must reduce the administrative burden and use this reduction to improve educational services. A reduction in administrative burden is a major reason to meld the functions of the Chancellor with the President.

2) Floyd believes very strongly in the importance of the merger with Northwest Missouri State. Christensen said Floyd believes that both the University of Missouri System and the MU campus will greatly benefit from this merger. Floyd proposes that by improving educational services for the northwest sector of the state, the University of Missouri will fulfill their claim to be the major higher education program for the State of Missouri.

3) In response to faculty questions, Floyd explained that the supplementation of the Chancellor's salary monies did not come from anonymous sources. Floyd said that these funds would come from foundations, not individuals. The only Chancellor who will be supplemented by any anonymous sources would be Chancellor Wallace, because the difference between Wallace's current income and the new targeted income was only $12,000.00. This relatively small amount would be obtained in unrestricted gifts to MU.

Christensen said that the Executive Committee had scheduled Dr. Floyd to address Faculty Council at their May 6, 2004 Council meeting and further that the Winter Semester General Faculty meeting's date is tentatively set for Thursday, April 29, 2004. Christensen announced that at the April 15, 2004 Council meeting elections for the 2004-2005 Chair and Vice Chair will take place. Finally, Christensen reported that he convened two forums on Intercollegiate Athletics in late January, but neither was very well attended. After a short general discussion, the Council decided not to hold another forum this semester.

Wilson Freyermuth, Council Website and Faculty Handbook editor, reported on the progress of setting up an electronic ballot system for Council. Freyermuth projected the prototype would ld be functional by mid-March.

Actions Items

Resolution Regarding Renaming of Southwest Missouri State - Christensen. [Christensen submitted this resolution and the Vice Chair Eileen Porter intended to offer an amendment, Christensen appointed the Recorder, Edward Adelstein, to be the Chair pro tem for this item.] After the meeting on February 12, Christensen made revisions to the resolution in response to the previous discussion of the resolution. One of these modifications was to add a second resolution asking Southwest Missouri State University to be invited to become the sixth campus of the University of Missouri System. An extensive discussion of the resolution took place. The membership questioned the wisdom of inviting Southwest Missouri State University to join the University of Missouri System whether or not MU had a claim or should exercise a claim to the name Missouri University and the importance, if any, of this name change to the future of MU. After the resolution was moved and seconded, a motion was made, seconded, and approved to divide the resolution into two resolutions. The first being the original resolution to oppose giving Southwest Missouri State University the name "Missouri State University", and a second new resolution, that invites Southwest Missouri State University to join the University of Missouri System. After further discussion, the Chair then called for a vote on the first resolution. The first resolution passed by a majority vote.

A member asked for clarification as to whether or not the Council had approved the preambles as well as the resolution. Council's parliamentarian, Rex Campbell, ruled that the vote included the preambles as well as the resolution. Christensen asked the Council to reconsider the first resolution on the basis that some members of the Council may not have known they were voting on the preambles as well as on the resolution. The motion to reconsider was seconded but failed.

Adelstein, Chair, pro tem, ruled the following resolution to have passed.

MU Faculty Council Resolution Regarding: Renaming Southwest Missouri State University "Missouri State University"
Whereas, The University of Missouri-Columbia has historically been known as "Missouri State University" or "M.S.U.;" and
Whereas, The nickname for the University of Missouri appears to be the pronunciation of the initials "Old M.S.U." as "Old Mizzou" or simply "Mizzou" (or sometimes spelled 'Missou'); and
Whereas, The Constitution of the State of Missouri identifies the University of Missouri Columbia as the "state university" of Missouri and further obligates the Missouri General Assembly to appropriate adequate funding for the support of the University of Missouri before providing funding to other state institutions of public higher education; and
Whereas, This proposal has been placed before the state legislature without the advantage of discussion of the financial costs for Missouri citizens by taking this action and without discussion of the impact of this decision on the public funding and status of the University of Missouri-Columbia as well as other comparable state supported institutions of higher education (specifically Central Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Truman State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri-Rolla, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.) and without consideration of the merits of this renaming by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, therefore; be it
RESOLVED, That the proposal to rename Southwest Missouri State University as "Missouri State University" should be rejected by the Missouri State legislature.
Adelstein then addressed the second resolution. An amendment was offered and accepted to change the wording of the resolution to read as follows:
"RESOLVED, That the Board of Governors of Southwest Missouri State University and the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri System should negotiate inviting Southwest Missouri State University to become the sixth campus of the University of Missouri System."

Porter moved "point-of-order" that the second resolution had not received a second reading, so it could not be acted upon at this meeting without a suspension of Council's "Rules of Order". A motion was made and seconded to suspend the "Rules of Order" to allow for a vote on the second resolution. The motion failed and the second resolution was tabled for a later meeting.

Christensen returned to the chair's position.

Discussion Items

Guests: Provost Brady Deaton & M.E. Sievert, Chair, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. The first guest, Provost Deaton, who was accompanied by Tim Rooney, Academic Budget & Research Officer, began by discussing the strategic planning process; and, this process involves the following.
MU must focus on the educational outcomes of an MU education for students, so that students, parents, and legislators will appreciate the value of an MU education. MU must become more visible within the state so that the state will recognize our institutional worth. MU should emphasize our "international posture". MU needs to improve our physical infrastructure. The budget has grown from $369 million to $423 million, with a significant $48 million increase in operating funds provided through students fees. This increase and an increase in F & A recovery from increased external research funding compensates for the decrease in state funding. Some programs have even seen real growth.

Recent MU accomplishments include:

Composing the 'Corps of Discovery' opera to celebrate the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. The coming premier of the Corp of Discovery opera by the Memphis Opera with three MU students playing major roles, including one student playing the soprano lead. An expansion of the award winning Creative Writing Program. The creation and expansion of the H.S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Realignment of the Extension Division from the system to MU. Restructuring of the Medical School and University Hospital to improve financial health. Major increase in Development funds, including the following major gifts: School of Journalism receipt of $31 million from the Reynolds's foundation, the single largest gift in the history of MU; School of Business receipt of $10 million from the Crosby foundation; School of Education receipt of $2 million from the Hook family. Major increase in external research funding. Federal funding has increased by 96 percent over the past six years, the highest rate of growth among AAU Universities. In comparison: The University of Missouri-Columbia with $175 million has the second largest federal research funding in Missouri. This funding exceeds by more than five-fold the funding for UMSL, UMR, and UMKC; Washington University is first with $406 million; Other comparable institutions are John Hopkins with $992 million (the largest recipient) and the University of Washington with $527 million; and, in terms of National Science Foundation funding, the $18 million MU receives is a greater sum than any other Missouri school receives, including Washington University. In the last three years, MU has spend $12 million on endowed chairs. Research funds recovered from this investment were $98 million, a return of 800 percent.

Regarding the General Operating Budget, Deaton commented that state allocations vary considerably from year to year, however, the school must maintain stable funding to support faculty, staff, and facilities. Deaton projected that state funding would not increase in the foreseeable future, but new money could be recovered from increases in student fees, which have gone up 30 percent. Deaton noted that MU provided 80 percent of divisional General Operating funds on the basis of teaching load and 20 percent on the basis of number of majors. This split was established by a faculty committee. Deaton also noted that there is considerable variation in the receipt of external research funding from the different divisions. The goal is to enhance the quality of the instruction for undergraduate and graduate programs by improving faculty. Deaton claimed that MU has had success in this regard in that a recent analysis of the placement of graduates of MU doctoral and terminal degree programs has found that MU was successful in quality placement of MU graduates. Deaton then summarized his comments by stating that changes in student fees and external funding is how MU responds to achievement and demand for specific programs.

A question and answer period followed, the following are highlights of this discussion segment.

David Schenker questioned the hiring of two recent Assistant Deans in light of a call to reduce the administrative burden. Deaton defended the decisions by explaining that one of the positions was simply a replacement for a position dropped at the system level when MU took over the Extension program. The other position was needed because of increase workload, specifically to determine the national ranking of MU by various instruments, to increase the Provost's Office interface with graduate and undergraduate programs and to coordinate graduate student health insurance. Don Sievert asked Deaton to extend his comments on changes in the source of general operating funds. Deaton noted that there has been a shift in funding from the state to the student (notably the parent). Later in the session, Jenice Prather-Kinsey commented that there was some justice in shifting the costs of an MU education, while many more tax paying students and parents did not have the benefit of an MU education. Tom Marrero asked Deaton to expand his comments regarding the goal of MU administration regarding research. Deaton said MU hopes to move up to the middle ranking of AAU institutions in terms of research support. Paul Sharp questioned MU policies that restricted start-up funds for new faculty. Deaton explained that he was aware of this problem and was trying to correct it. Frank Schmidt commented on the recent decrease in ranked faculty and asked Deaton how MU intended to address this. Deaton noted that the recent early retirement program had reverse the number of ranked faculty and MU was attempting to reverse this trend with new hires. Freyermuth questioned the policy that prevented local candidates from filling endowed chairs. Deaton explained that he was aware of this problem and was trying to correct it.

Council's second guest MaryEllen Sievert, Chair Intercollegiate Athletic Committee was accompanied by Bryan Maggard, Director Total Person Program. Sievert presented the following, "Academic Report Fall 2004: Total Person Program". [Recorder's Note: copies of this report can be obtained from the Faculty Council Office.] This report documented the academic achievements of MU student athletes. The overall grade point average (GPA) for student athletes for 2003 was 2.85, which was the second highest GPA in recent years. The all-over GPA for men was 2.65 and for women 3.17. The men's basketball and football teams had an overall GPA of 2.44 and 2.41 respectively. The MU student athlete graduation rate was 62 percent, 50 percent for men and 73 percent for women. The rates for the men's basketball and football teams were 50 percent and 44 percent respectively. Sievert noted that the graduation rate for student athletes was actually considerably higher than the rates given because transfer students are considered by the NCAA to be 'non-graduates'. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is currently reviewing their methodology for calculating graduation rates. The university uses an alternate computation based on 'exhausted eligibility'. By this computation the graduation rate for Missouri is 88 percent.


Because of the lateness of the hour, Council agreed to table the remainder of the agenda to the subsequent Council meeting. The meeting moved into a closed session for committee nominations. Council approved the following nomination committee for the 2004-2005 Chair and Vice Chair: Wilson Freyermuth (chair), Judith Goodman, and Michael McKean. The meeting was then adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder