Meeting Minutes: May 19, 2005


Present: Adelstein, Bullock, Campbell, Christensen, Fry, Holland, Kramer, Lamberson, Marrero, Phillips, Porter, Schenker, Schmidt, Watt, Muchow (Librarians), and Yarwood (Retirees). Absent: Baker, Cohn, Cutter, Hessler, Johnson, Landes, Loyalka, MacLeod, Neal, Prather-Kinsey, Sampson, Schopp, Sterling, Townsend, Zephir, Weems (Black Faculty and Staff), and Simpson (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Christensen at 3:30 p.m., in room N214 Memorial Union. The minutes of the 4-21-05 Faculty Council Meeting and the 4-6-05 Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Christensen announced that there would be an Open House May 20 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For all Council members at the Conley House. Christensen also announced the Council hosted breakfast with the Board of Curators at 7:45 a.m. On May 26, 2005 in the Reynolds Alumni Center. He briefly described the meeting of the Faculty Council Executive Committee with Chancellor Deaton on the candidates for the provost position.

Action Items

Diversity Enhancement Task Force Report. Watt, chair of the ad hoc diversity committee, briefly described the need for new Faculty Council standing Diversity Committee. Motion passed unanimously as distributed without additional discussion. This proposal appears below in its entirety.
Motion to Establish 'Standing Committee on Diversity Enhancement'

"That the Council establish a Standing Committee on Diversity Enhancement to address ongoing issues related to the development of a more diverse campus environment at all levels. This Standing Committee will address the range of issues that impinge on the development of a more diverse academic community, including both positive policy development for diversity enhancement and barriers to the development of a more diverse campus environment. The Standing Committee on Diversity Enhancement would become part of the ordinary committee structure of the Council at the beginning of the Academic Year 2005-2006."

Transfer Admission Policy - Lamberson. The proposal was presented by Bill Lamberson, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. The motion to require transfer students with less than 30 hours of credit to have either the equivalent to Math 1120 or English 1000 and a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale was approved. This proposal appears below in its entirety.

"A. An applicant* who has completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college-level work must meet MU's first-time college admission requirements, have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and have completed the equivalent of either Math 1120 or English 1000 with a grade of C- or better."

Blank Grades (NR) - Lamberson. The proposal was presented by Lamberson, chair of Faculty Affairs committee. The proposal from the committee was discussed and modified as follows. If there is no grade reported by the instructor, the student will get a "NR" (not reported). The NR grade will be converted automatically into an "F" grade after one year if it has not been modified in the intervening period. This policy as edited appears below in its entirety.

"In situations when there is a failure to record a grade on the official grade sheet, the Registrar will record a NR and send a written notification of this action to the faculty member and relevant department chair. The faculty member is responsible for submitting a corrected entry. After 12 months NR will change to an F."

Discussion Items

Academic Freedom AAUP Statement - Schenker. Schenker, chair of the Student Affairs Committee, presented the AAUP Statement on Political Intrusions into the Academy. After discussion, the recommendation was made to drop the final two sentences in the first paragraph of the distributed statement.

Diversity Enhancement Standing Committee - Lamberson. Lamberson, chair-elect, made the proposal that the current "Special Projects" committee be abolished beginning with the next academic year and the tasks of that committee and the diversity committee be distributed as follows. Diversity Committee focus: disabilities issues and international initiatives, plus two campus standing committees (Minority Affairs and Status of Women). The Faculty Affairs committee will take on administrator evaluation and Faculty Council membership -- two traditional items from Special Projects; and, Fiscal Affairs committee will take two campus standing committees (Environmental Affairs and Hearnes Center) plus any other issues that would have typically be given to Special Projects.


The meeting adjourned at 4:33 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Campbell, Recorder