Meeting Minutes: June 10, 2004
AttendancePresent: Tobias Baskin, Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Richard Hessler, Tom Hurley, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, David Schenker, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, Barbara Townsend, William Wiebold, Flore Zephir, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Michael Muchow (Librarians). Absent: Jeffrey Anglen, Nelson Cowan, Bruce Cutter, Judith Goodman, Philip Johnson, Eric Landes, Robert Leavene, Daniel Longo, and Charles Sampson.
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 December 12, 2002 Faculty Council meeting were approved as submitted.
Report of OfficersDevaney thanked those who made presentations at the Board of Curators meeting on January 24 and read a note from Board Chair Silverstein commending those who made presentations. He announced that the Winter Semester General Faculty meeting will be Tuesday, May 6, 2003 at 3:30 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium. Devaney noted that Mike Warnock , Director of Sponsored Programs, met with the Executive Committee regarding the grants and contracts module of PeopleSoft. Finally, Devaney reminded Council of the reception for President Elson S. Floyd and Mrs. Carmento Floyd on February 3 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Stotler Lounge.
Don Sievert, Observer to the Board of Curators, reported that at their November meeting the Curators elected Connie H. Silverstein as President and Mary L. James as Vice President their terms commencing in January 2003. In other business, they approved our suggested change in the by-laws regarding appointments. On the topic of MU Health Care, a report under their review, described it as "gravely ill but improving" and Curator Silverstein expressed concern about the quality of health care. It was pointed out that the Hunter Group running the hospital is much concerned with the quality of care. Sievert noted that the Board wants to allow some variation in graduate student fees on different campuses. Sievert reported that new curators Cheryl Walker and Don Walsworth were present at the Board's January meeting. The presentations by Council members and others at the Board's January breakfast meeting were very successful. The Board approved the academic calendar for '04-'05 and made the credit hour surcharge permanent. President Floyd has instructed University Counsel to settle the Kansas City Star's suit against the university regarding open records. Finally, Sievert noted that Curator Mathes has not yet been replaced and that minutes of the Board's meetings are available from University Hall.
Discussion ItemsGuest: Provost Brady Deaton on the topic of "Progress Under Administrative Restructuring".
Devaney introduced Provost Brady Deaton who expressed pride and enthusiasm at the many signs of progress being made at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Deaton noted that Curator Silverstein expressed her belief that both parties in the General Assembly appreciate the problems facing higher education in the state. He commended those who made presentations to the Board at their January meeting and pointed out several advantages to be gained by recent administrative reorganizations. He noted that efforts will be made to improve support for arts and humanities as has recently been done for the life sciences. In response to a question Deaton noted that Deans file a statement of goals annually which is reviewed in evaluating progress and budgets. Devaney thanked Deaton who reiterated his commendation of the faculty and their work.
Guest: Michael Alden-Sarah Reesman-Bryan Maggard for Intercollegiate Athletics
Devaney introduced Athletic Director Michael Alden and Associate Directors Sarah Reesman and Brian Maggard, and MaryEllen Sievert the current chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. Maggard discussed the fall academic report, and the report on awards and scholarships noted that last fall the highest, ever recorded, GPA of 2.9 for athletes at UMC. He pointed out that MU has the highest graduation rate of athletes (72 percent) in the Big 12 Conference and that the Athletics Department was awarded one (of only three nationally) of the Champs Life Skills Excellence Award. He noted that new NCAA standards of student athlete performance and progress will take effect in the coming fall.
Alden discussed the Athletic Department budget and noted that of the current budget of 29 million dollars, about 2.2 million dollars is derived from UMC and the rest raised by the department. He noted the primary sources of those funds.
Reesman discussed the competitive success report noting the success of several athletic teams in the last year. She discussed the community service work performed by athletes. She discussed the recent charges against basketball player Ricky Clemons and the implementation of Athletic Department procedures when an athlete is accused of a felony. Under the present policy the accused athlete is suspended from competition immediately and the head coach of the athlete's team may then recommend to the Athletic Director whether or not to modify the suspension. The athlete may appeal such a recommendation but, if the athlete admits guilt or is convicted of the felony, suspension from competition is permanent. In the most recent instance a decision to reinstate Clemons after a brief suspension was made.
In response to questions, Alden noted that all circumstances must be evaluated when a serious accusation against an athlete is made; he indicated that questions that have arisen regarding Clemons' background indicate that changes in recruiting procedures are needed. Alden also said that the Director of Athletics should not have the sole authority to decide whether or not to modify an athlete's suspension. Alden and Sievert also discussed the efforts of the Athletic Department to become more a part of the university community. Alden noted that the expenditure of large sums by the Athletic Department while the rest of UMC endures deep budget cuts creates, among some, an impression that the cart precedes the horse. He noted that this is a problem at many schools but that the job of Athletic Departments is to generate funds to promote athletes and athletics. Responding to a question, Alden said that the Chancellor asked him not to give raises to Athletic Department employees even though raises had been budgeted. Alden complied and raises to five or ten of the 189 employees were given only because of offers from other institutions. Other problems and perceptions relating to the Athletic Department's budget, student-athlete development and aspects of due process were discussed.
Reesman discussed implications of proposed changes in federal regulations (Title IX) governing the participation of women in intercollegiate athletics. Alden discussed potential conflicts of interest when a coach's compensation is linked to athletic success as well as conflicts introduced when only members of the Athletic Department decide whether an accused athlete will be allowed to continue to play. Devaney Thanked Alden, Reesman, Maggard, and Sievert for their presentations.
Course Renumbering/Curricular Issues - LambersonBill Lamberson reported on several projects of the Committee on Academic Affairs. The committee endorses the concept of course renumbering proposed by registrar Brenda Selman but has some concerns regarding staff costs and confusion among advisors. Lamberson noted that class rosters will be available by e-mail with paper copies available if wanted. Rex Campbell raised questions about part of the proposal concerning academic renewal (forgiveness) in which a grade of incomplete (I) is to be changed to an F automatically if no grade is entered after a year. There was also discussion of a provision of the course repeat policy that grades of C- or poorer will be replaced in the calculation of grade point average by the grade received in the second taking of the course. Devaney thanked Lamberson and the committee for their work.
Resolution Endorsing President's Action Relative to Sunshine Appeal - Christensen. Gordon Christensen introduced a resolution commending President Floyd for his instructions to University Counsel to settle the suit by the Kansas City Star against the university. After accepting some friendly amendments, a motion was made to suspend the rules for the purpose of voting to accept the resolution. The motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously as did a motion to accept the resolution.
Resolution: Praising President Floyd's directive to settle the legal suit by the Kansas City Star against the University of Missouri. Accepted by Faculty Council January 30, 2003
Whereas, in the current Missouri fiscal crisis, it is especially important that the University of Missouri reinforce its bonds with the people of Missouri by being worthy of the public trust and by being responsible stewards of the state's investment, and
Whereas the University of Missouri-Columbia is a public institution of higher education with an internationally recognized School of Journalism, which puts a premium on openness in government, and
Whereas the University of Missouri-Columbia faculty are committed to rational inquiries about issues and open expression of the methods and results of such inquiries, and
Whereas the University of Missouri-Columbia faculty are dedicated to the principles of stimulating open discussion, maintaining open records, and contributing to constructive criticism of governmental affairs, and
Whereas the Faculty Council of the University of Missouri-Columbia maintains that public discourse is the best way to promote public discussion of the welfare, benefits, and achievements of this public institution.
The Faculty Council of the University of Missouri-Columbia hereby commends President Floyd's directive to settle the suit between The Kansas City Star and the University of Missouri.
AdjournmentThe open meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m. Council then went into a closed session for committee appointments.
Thomas Hurley, Recorder