Meeting Minutes: October 30, 2003

Attendance

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

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. He began the meeting by reading a passage on "Discovery" in MU's Statement of Values written by Dr. Mel George, President Emeritus. The minutes of October 9, 2003 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Christensen began his officer's report by recognizing both Bruce Cutter and Frank Schmidt for receiving a 25 year faculty recognition award. He announced upcoming volleyball matches between faculty and staff as well as upcoming faculty basketball scrimmages. Christensen reported that per Barbara Townsend's request, an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) report entitled, "The Empirical Effects of Collegiate Athletics: An Interim Report" is now available through a link posted to the Council website. Finally, the following topics are currently planned to be covered at the upcoming Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting on November 5: access to sabbaticals, travel funds, medical coverage, and salary increases. State revenues are doing better than expected in that they will remain the same and that there will be no further withholding.

Reporting on the last Board meeting, Don Sievert, Board Observer, had these items: 1) the Board voted, without any controversy the rhetoric changes on the issue of sexual orientation; 2) the Board is less guarded on the University's fiscal future; 3) enrollment projections are up; 4) new dormitories are being constructed to replace those built in the 1950's; 5) each Chancellor is being asked to present a "Mission Statement"; 6) UMSL is expanding to become an urban research center; and, 7) the Hunter report was presented to the Board indicating, with some reservations, that the fiscal monitors for the University Hospital were improving and things were looking upward.

Sudarshan Loyalka, Intercampus Faculty Council Representative (IFC), reported on their last meeting. The new faculty work load policy was endorsed. The following issues were discussed: 1) non-regular faculty rights; 2) resource allocation; 3) mission statements; 4) program viability audits (PVA). He announced that there will be four new degrees being offered at Rolla. Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, is working on a new manual covering conflict of interest issues. Dr. Elson Floyd, President, has determined via exit interviews that faculty are not leaving because of money but because of other issues. The system is attempting to understand grievance issues and the importance of having a positive work environment.

In the IFC's meeting with President Floyd the following points were discussed: 1) the Extension Division will be moved from the University System and placed under the administrative control of Provost Deaton; 2) there are extensive discussions taking place on the costs savings and efficiencies that can be realized through a consolidation of the Chancellor's and President's offices; and, 3) President Floyd has ruled on all outstanding faculty appeals of completed grievances.

Action Items

Leadership Issues at Baylor University - Christensen. Council approved sending a letter of support to our sister institution, Baylor University.

Discussion Items

Guest: Stuart Palonsky, Director, Honors College. Palonsky reported on the present state of the Honor's College. This Fall Semester 2003 the MU Honors College had a record enrollment. The honors students average an ACT score of 31 compared to Washington University score of 30. The honors courses generally have approximately 20 students in contrast to regular freshman classes which often are greater than 200. Some of the problems facing the Honors College are not enough courses as well as an uneven distribution of courses where the Honors College must accept any course that a department recommends for them. The Honors College was started in 1959 by Ed Kaiser. Christensen raised the issues of recommending that the Honors College become an independent academic institution. Palonsky ended his discussion with the dispersal of an Honors College brochure.

2005-2006 Academic Calendar - Lamberson. Lamberson presented to Council two versions (A & B) of a 2005-2006 academic calendar. Council selected calendar B and this will return for consideration at our next meeting.

Class Cancellation Guidelines - Lamberson. Lamberson presented to Council his committee's changes to these guidelines. This item will return for consideration at our next meeting.

Athletic's Report - Townsend. Townsend summed up her meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on athletics in that student athletes should first be considered students.

Adjournment

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