Meeting Minutes: August 28, 2003

Attendance

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

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the June 12, 2003 were approved with a correction, by Judith Goodman, changing Tom Hurley's status to absent.

Report of Officers

Christensen described his objectives for Faculty Council for the coming year. On the subject of dispute resolution, Christensen requested that Faculty Council consider improving the process by which we resolve disputes that involve the faculty. Much progress has already been made on this problem with the University system established Campus Mediation Service. Currently, the campus administration and Faculty Council have established a joint task force to audit past grievances for bias against faculty. Further, the Judith Goodman and the Sudarshan Loyalka committees have extensively revised the grievance process and will submit this revision to the campus faculty for comment and ratification. To supplement the dispute resolution process, Christensen will also ask the Special Projects Committee to reconsider the Faculty Ombudsman program with the intention of revising the proposal to address faculty grievance concerns.

Christensen asked Faculty Council to continue work on revising our policies on non-regular faculty. He noted that for many years the proportion of non-regular faculty has steadily increased while the absolute number of regular faculty has remained stable. Unlike regular faculty, nearly all of the non-regular faculty are employed on an annual basis without contract renewal protections, nor are they organized to be able to participate in a governance process. In 1999 the Faculty Affairs Committee submitted a report on this matter calling for changes. Unfortunately, it does not appear that their recommendations have been accomplished. A new opportunity to address this issue emerged with the appointment of Dr. Elson Floyd as President of the University of Missouri. While Floyd presided over Western Michigan University, that institution incorporated the non regular faculty into the faculty. Christensen will ask the Faculty Affairs Committee to review the Western Michigan experience with the goal of drafting a new policy concerning the academic and employment rights of non-regular faculty.

Christensen noted national and local concerns regarding the intercollegiate athletics. A consensus has emerged on campus that the faculty should be more active in monitoring the athletics program and that the program should be above repute. Christensen asked the Council to consider passing the resolution on intercollegiate athletics and then to develop new ways to closely monitor the athletic program.

Christensen noted that Faculty Council has primary responsibility for ensuring a high quality curriculum. He also noted that MU is fortunate to include in our student body a large number of high achieving students. Christensen asked the Council to consider that given our constrained resources what, if anything, could we as a faculty do to improve the undergraduate educational experience for our students. More specifically, were there steps that could be taken by Council to strengthen the Honors College, for an example.

Eileen Porter, Vice Chair, described the status and distributed a copy of the proposed revision of 310.080 in the "Collected Rules and Regulations", entitled Regular Faculty Workload Policy. This revision is currently in the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) and each campus is being asked to review this revised policy.

Don Sievert, Faculty Observer to the Board of Curators, announced and distributed a flyer for this month's lecture on academic integrity entitled "Forecast: Proactive Climate for Learning" which is a part of the Academic Integrity Series at the University of Missouri-Columbia for the current academic year.

Sudarshan Loyalka, IFC Representative, presented the IFC Report. Loyalka described the actions and responsibilities of the IFC. The Chairman rotates and is currently not from UMC. They advise the president involving faculty concerns. The agenda is 50/50 between council activities and meeting with the president. The minutes of the IFC are posted on the web.

Loyalka reported on the August 7 and 8 retreat. The budget was discussed as well as issues involving PeopleSoft. Nikki Krawitz, Vice President for Finance and Administration, described a resource gap of 96 million dollars and presented a plan to deal with this deficit and a resource allocation model. Steven Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented a draft involving faculty workload. They described the program viability review. Issues were raised regarding social security numbers and privacy. Finally, Lori Franz, Vice Provost, led a discussion on faculty scholarly output.

Discussion Items

Guest: Art Hinshaw, Coordinator, Campus Mediation Program on Campus Mediation. The chair introduced guest Art Hinshaw to Council. Hinshaw described the Mediation Service at MU that commenced in 2001. The service helps both faculty and staff resolve disputes with trained volunteers to assist both parties in working out their problems in a spirit of mutual compromise. This program may not satisfy those interested in pursuing litigation, it is voluntary, and confidential. Hinshaw reported that the service mediated six disputes involving faculty and out of these six five were successful. Hinshaw also noted that in addition to mediating disputes between employees and supervisors, the service also mediates problems involving groups of individuals and provides guidance to administrators. Knowing that the Council would be reconsidering establishing an Ombuds program, Hinshaw completed his presentation by commenting on this proposed program. He suggested that the Council carefully define the goals of this program, then consider how the program would fit into the campus dispute resolution community. He further speculated that an Ombudsman could complement and supplement the Campus Mediation Service as well as the grievance process by operating as an information service, dispute resolution clearing house, and by encouraging both parties to resolve their disagreements. In summation, he suggested that Council review the issues that may of caused the faculty to reject the first proposal for an Ombudsman.

Resolution on Intercollegiate Athletics - Christensen. After a brief discussion, Council unanimously passed the resolution. "MU Faculty Council on University Policy Resolution on the Role of Intercollegiate Athletics in an Academic Environment" The Faculty Council of the University of Missouri-Columbia recognizes that intercollegiate athletics can provide an important enhancement to the life and spirit of an academic community. Participation in committed athletic training and competition can be deeply rewarding as a field of personal excellence, fostering character through discipline, team membership, and the mutual respect expressed in fair play. Skilled coaches can offer outstanding leadership to college athletes and exemplify standards of dedication, expertise, and sportsmanship that complement and enrich the academic mission. Nevertheless, the MU Faculty Council shares the increasing concern regarding the commercialization of high profile intercollegiate athletics, as highlighted in a statement (November 2, 2001) by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (a group including universities of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago). Accordingly, the MU Faculty Council believes that each institution of higher education should aspire to address the impact of commercialization of intercollegiate athletics by (a) endorsing principles similar to those listed below, (b) carefully reviewing the institution's status relative to each principle, (c) working to bring about changes, if necessary, and (d) engaging in dialogue with other institutions about this matter on an ongoing basis. Therefore, the MU Faculty Council endorses the following principles: 1. College athletes are students first, and their college experience must be as full participants in the student community. a. Academic support structures for athletes must be fully integrated in university wide programs, so that academic expectations and services are as robust for athletes as for other students. b. Athletes whose academic profiles upon admission indicate that they face unusually strong challenges for academic success should not be eligible for varsity competition during their freshman year. c. The term of athletics scholarships should be extended beyond one-year grants-in aid so that students' academic opportunities are not contingent on non-academic effort. d. Every attempt should be made to minimize conflicts between athletics and regular academic schedules, and wherever possible sports seasons should be confined within a single academic term. 2. The goals of intercollegiate athletics and commercial sports are different. Blurring that distinction puts the true success of intercollegiate athletics at risk. a. Inappropriate aspects of commercialization must be reduced. Examples of actions that should be taken include limiting the times and days when games are played, the number of breaks in games for commercials, the type and prevalence of advertising in stadiums and arenas, and the non-university logos worn by players and coaches. b. The "arms race" of intercollegiate athletics must be scaled back. c. Sharing of revenue, beyond costs, from post-season bowl and tournament events within conferences and divisions should be expanded to maintain competitiveness and discourage over-reliance on winning for financial stability. 3. Athletics should not be subsidized by the academic side of the institution. Athletics departments should operate under the same principles of budget accountability that characterize other units. 4. Required informational reports on intercollegiate athletics should be given regularly and at least annually to the entire faculty senate of each institution, providing pertinent information on intercollegiate athletics and its relationship to the academic and financial welfare of the institution, in accord with customary "sunshine" standards. Finally, the MU Faculty Council commends the MU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for its efforts to conform to these principles and invites that department to join the Faculty Council in affirming these principles."

Classroom Climate Question - Christensen. On behalf of the Executive Committee, Porter, introduced the following resolution for discussion. The resolution was previously passed by the Graduate Professional Council (GPC0203-6) and forwarded to the Faculty Council for consideration. The resolution reads: "Whereas in the initial phase of the MU Campus Climate Study, over 75 percent of respondents indicated that the overall campus climate was accepting of women, racial-ethnic minority groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, people with disabilities, non-native English speakers, and religious minorities. And, whereas, in this survey, over 19 percent of the respondents indicated that they had experienced conduct that had interfered unreasonably with their ability to work or learn on campus. And, whereas, 36.3 percent of respondents observed conduct on campus that created an offensive, hostile or intimidating working or learning environment for people other than themselves And, whereas, only 13 percent of respondents considered the classroom climate welcoming for people from under-represented groups. And, whereas, the end-of-term course evaluation would be an effective way to evaluate the classroom climate in individual classes Be it resolved by the General Assembly, that the Graduate Professional Council strongly encourages the University of Missouri-Columbia to include questions in the end-of-term course evaluation of each and every class that address the climate for under-represented groups."

Porter indicated that Executive Committee would consider placing this on the agenda as an action item for the Faculty Council meeting in September.

Honorary Degrees - Christensen. On behalf of the Executive Committee, Porter, asked the Council to consider a change in Council's "Rules of Order" concerning the "Memorandum of Understanding Reached Between Chancellor Wallace and the Executive Committee of Faculty Council" dated April 27, 1999. The Chancellor and the Chair of the Honorary Degrees Committee requested this change in order to expand the period between nomination for an honorary degree and awarding the degree. The intent is to identify candidates for an honorary degree early in the academic year so that these people can visit the campus and met with students, faculty, and the public at a time when the campus is not fully occupied with commencement activities.

The specific requested change concerns the first sentence of paragraph 1: "1. The Honorary Degree Committee will present their nominations for Honorary Degrees to a closed session of Faculty Council at either the last meeting of the Fall Semester or the first meeting of the Winter Semester."

The requested change (appearing in bold) reads: "1. The Honorary Degree Committee will present their nominations for Honorary Degrees to a closed session of Faculty Council at either or both of the following times: the last meeting in September or the first meeting in October the last meeting of the Fall semester or the first meeting of the Winter Semester."

A motion was made and seconded to suspend the "Rules of Order" to allow a vote on this resolution at this time. The motion passed unanimously. A motion was then made to amend the "Memorandum of Understanding Reached Between Chancellor Wallace and the Executive Committee of Faculty Council" dated April 27, 1999 as described above. The motion passed unanimously.

Any Other Business

Christensen announced that at the Council Workshop dinner on 9-9-03, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Nikki Krawitz would discuss the budget projections for the University of Missouri.

Copies of the new policy on "Educational Fee Reduction for Spouses and Dependents" and the "Retirement, Disability and Death Benefit Plan Annual Report" were distributed to the members.

Adjournment

The meeting moved to closed session at 5:09 p.m. to do committee nominations and run an election for chair of Special Projects to replace Eric Landes who resigned in order to prepare for tenure review. Bruce Cutter was elected to replace him. The meeting was adjourned at 5:14 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder