Meeting Minutes: September 25, 2003
AttendancePresent: Edward Adelstein, Betsy Baker, Rex Campbell, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Wilson Freyermuth, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Richard Hessler, Catherine Holland, Bill Lamberson, Michael Kramer, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Charles Sampson, David Schenker, Frank Schmidt, Don Sievert, Lloyd Barrow for Barbara Townsend, and Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Tom Freeman (Retirees), and Michael Muchow (Librarians). Absent: Bruce Bullock, Philip Johnson, Eric Landes, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Paul Sharp, Herbert Tillema (AAUP).
Approval of MinutesThe meeting was called to order by Chair Gordon Christensen at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. He began the meeting by reading a passage in MU's Statement of Values written by Dr. Mel George, President Emeritus. The minutes of August 28, 2003 were approved as submitted.
Report of OfficersChristensen announced a change in the Faculty Council meeting schedule from Thursday, December 11, 2003 to Thursday, December 4, 2003 due to a change in date of the Board of Curators meeting in December.
Christensen asked the Council for their approval of an upcoming trip in which Barbara Townsend will represent the University of Missouri at the AAUP Governance Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Co-sponsored by the NCAA, the meeting will have a special focus on faculty efforts to reform intercollegiate athletic programs. This trip would be partially funded by the Council and the balance paid by the Provost's Office. The Council voted to approve this expenditure. Christensen also drew the Council's attention to revisions to the document that tracks Council business.
Eileen Porter, Vice Chair, reported on an extra meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) on September 19 concerning resource allocation for the UM System.
She reported that Dr. Bill Massy, with the Jackson Hole Higher Education Group Inc., presented a power point presentation on resource allocation to the IFC. [This presentation is available through the Faculty Council Office.] In his lecture Massy critically described various resource allocation goals:
(1) "Conservation of Current Strengths:" meaning "fund existing activities at levels consistent with the University's mission and quality objectives." He criticized this approach, claiming that: "By defending current programs and employment, they build up 'hidden liabilities' like below-market salary structures, obsolete equipment, leached-out non-personnel budgets, and deferred maintenance."
(2) "Growth by Substitution:" meaning "reallocate funds where necessary to invest in promising new activities." He criticized this approach, claiming that: "By acceding to 'property rights,' they build up other 'hidden liabilities' by failing to invest in cutting-edge programs or limiting such investments to soft money.'
(3) "Incentives for Desired Actions:" meaning "Use the budget proactively to boost empowerment and performance and to effect change," He criticized this approach, claiming that: "By neglecting side effects, they stop people from doing their jobs. [And]
(4) By locking the budget into ongoing programs, they pass up their best hope for rewarding performance and stimulating change.
He then discussed the difference between distributive justice and procedural justice. According to Massy, "Equity does not require the 'fair' sharing of pain or gain. However attractive that may seen, it leads to mediocrity." Furthermore he stated: "Equity does require that; Policies be consistent and predictable in application; Decision making be systematic, evidence-based, and transparent; [and] Accountability takes account of resource availability." He concluded the presentation by listing what he considered to be good "resource allocation processes" which appear to rely upon his principles of being "evidence based" and "systematic." It is important to note that Dr. Massy also met separately with the Board of Curators, where he presumably gave a similar presentation.
Loyalka, reported on the IFC meeting of September 12. Loyalka & Porter commented on the faculty work load policy. The final draft is currently under consideration by Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stephen Lehmkuhle. It is expected that the Provost will distribute a copy to all of the faculty. The IFC also intends to review and comment on this document.
Their report continued with a brief summation of the current status of the following items. The IFC is considering principles to guide resource allocation. The MU System is considering the proposed changes to the grant incentives policies; three of the campuses are not enthusiastic about these changes, which MU remains enthused. It is possible that MU may pilot these proposed changes. The new program viability review will involve 55 programs; there is an uncertainty what the future will hold, and, if there are any decisions to be made, they will be made at the campus level. It does not appear that this audit will be accomplished by the December 15 deadline. The Conflict of Interest Task Force has met two times and they have reviewed all of the University of Missouri's rules on conflict regulations.
They concluded their report by describing the 'campus' report that they gave to the IFC. They described the status of our revision of the university grievance procedures. They ended with a report on the discussion with Elson Floyd, President, University of Missouri Columbia. They also described our efforts to reform intercollegiate athletics. They stated there is a forthcoming report on the proposed administrative consolidation of the Chancellor's and the President's positions that will become available on October 15. For the December Board of Curators meeting there will be a list of recommendations regarding these administrative consolidations for their consideration at that time. There may be a salary enhancement from private donations for enhancing high ranking administrator's salaries.
Don Sievert, Observer to the Board of Curators, reported on the special meeting of September 18, 2003. Sievert summarized the discussion as an exploration and self-education on the underlying business principles for the university. For example, the Curators considered questions like: What flexibility did they have to allocate funding for each of the campuses? What is the meaning of tenure? Why should we add another campus (a fifth campus)? How does the university budget work? Should the individual schools serve separate regions or separate missions? Sievert noted that in addition to the Massy presentation on principles of resource allocation, the Curators also heard the same presentation on the budget from Nikki Krawitz that she gave to the Faculty Council at their Workshop on September 9, 2003. It appeared to Sievert that the Curators were anticipating a difficult funding period in the near future and were preparing themselves on how to address it.
Discussion ItemsGuests: Lori Franz, Vice Provost on Undergraduate Education and Lex Akers, Professor & Chair, Electrical Engineering on the United Way Campaign. Franz shared her views on the current status of undergraduate education on the Columbia campus. She began by describing the "National Survey of Student Engagement" that was devised by investigators at the University of Indiana. [Note: more information on this survey can be found at: www.jub.edu/~nsse/acrobat/psychometric_framework_2002.pdf] This survey intends to develop scales and benchmarks for various factors governing the undergraduate educational experience. These factors were listed and briefly described in a handout distributed by Franz entitled" "Appendix A: Description of Student Engagement Scales." Franz asked the faculty to carefully consider the questions in this survey, consider redesigning our teaching evaluations to capture some of these survey elements, and use the survey to help overcome barriers to student learning.
Franz then provided and discussed a "Status report on the MU General Education Program (GEP)" Franz summarized the status by stating that GEP at MU was "alive and well" and was serving as a "good basis for an MU education." The administrative oversight for the program has been restructured and placed under her direction in the Provost's Office. She also noted that the Committee on Undergraduate Education continues to oversee the GEP. She described the changes to the general education requirements, which are intended to provide more flexibility to satisfying curricular requirements as well as clarifying the distinction between general education requirements and discipline specific departmental requirements.
Akers reported to the Council that the United Way Campaign would start the next day. Akers emphasized that we were in a tough year financially and that he had visited both the Rainbow House for abused children and the Central Missouri Food Bank both functions of the United Way Charities. He described the important humanitarian activities of these groups and other similar local groups. Akers then noted that these groups needed increased funding to continue their activities. Traditionally the university has had low participation in the United Way Campaign of under 20 percent, Akers hoped we would substantially increase this to 50 percent. Akers asked for new as well as continuing donations of five dollars a month in order to provide for the needy.
Special Report on Athletics by MaryEllen Sievert, Professor of Informational Science and Chair of Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. In an unannounced appearance Sievert gave a brief report on the announcement that the NCAA intended to conduct an investigation of the men's basketball program. Sievert provided the Council with copies of the September 24 news release stating that our President and Chancellor are "committed to maintaining the quality and integrity of the university's academic and athletic programs." The NCAA is working in co-ordination with Dr. Devaney's internal investigation, which is expected to be completed in December. In response to questions from the membership, Sievert noted that the planned investigation would cover all of the allegations. She also noted that the NCAA authority to conduct such an investigation was inherent to membership in the NCAA; by virtue of such membership, each school agrees to truthfully and completely respond to queries regarding the conduct of their athletic programs. She also noted that the proceedings of this investigation would be kept confidential until the NCAA reported their findings.
Finalization of Revised Grievance Procedure - Loyalka. Sudarshan Loyalka discussed the present state of the "draft" proposal regarding the grievance process. This draft was a product of two committees, one headed by Judith Goodman and a second by Loyalka. The draft has been well circulated, however, currently there have been no comments received. The Council's plan is to bring this document before the entire faculty for their review. Franz expressed concerns to the Council about section M, which she felt limited the options of the Chancellor. Council referred it to Loyalka and Goodman for further consideration.
Standing Committee ReportsAcademic Affairs: Bill Lamberson, Chair, reported that his committee is reviewing class size and academic integrity.
Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair reported that his committee is having ongoing discussions regarding ombudsman.
Fiscal Affairs: Charles Sampson, Chair reported that his committee will meet in S203 after this Council meeting.
Student Affairs: Don Sievert (for Barbara Townsend, Chair) reported that her committee is currently reviewing book costs to the students.
AdjournmentThe meeting moved into a closed session to do numerous committee nominations. Among these appointments Edward Hunvald was approved to serve and chair the joint Administration-Faculty Task Force to Audit Past Grievances. The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
Edward Adelstein, Recorder