Meeting Minutes: August 25, 2005

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Elizabeth Baker, Ken Benson, Bruce Bullock, Rex Campbell, Leah Cohn, Michael Devaney, Pat Fry, Clark Gantzer, Catherine Holland, Philip Johnson, Michael Kramer, Bill Lamberson, Kenneth MacLeod, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Mark Prelas, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, Wilson Watt, Roger Worthington, Lisa Zanetti, and Dean Yarwood (Retirees). Absent: Charles Borduin, Alan Luger, Eileen Porter, Anand Prahlad, James Sterling, Michael Taksar, Flore Zephir, Andrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Andrew Simpson (AAUP), and Michael Muchow (Librarians).

Approval of Minutes

[Lamberson announced that the order of the meeting is changed in order to accommodate Council's guest first then the remaining meeting would follow.] The meeting was called to order by Lamberson at 3:34 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of the July 28, 2005 Faculty Council Meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Lamberson announced that he had established an office in Conley House and generally was in residence on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. He noted that the Council has been working with the Provost Office and Chancellor's Office on the implementation of the new grievance policy. There were no further reports from officers.

Discussion Items

Guest: Dr. Brian Foster, Provost. Provost Foster addressed the Faculty Council, noting that he has been on campus for four weeks and has devoted his time to listening and learning. A specific agenda is premature; he seeks candid conversations about the university and higher education. A great university is characterized by intellectual excitement on a campus-wide basis, to which individuals contribute according to their talents. Not everyone should be expected to contribute in the same manner; administration, research, teaching and service all should be recognized according to the differing strengths of individuals. Research is critical, publishing for the sake of publishing is not, too often the academy measures quantity rather than quality. Foster said we must address fundamental changes to the academy which have affected universities profoundly. Rather than being perceived as a means to move up in life, higher education is becoming a right, an essential step toward a good life. More than half of the students today are in community colleges. Issues of access, entitlement and funding all must be confronted. Politicians necessarily are concerned and a variety of significant legislative proposals were made last year at both the state and federal level. Foster believes the Faculty Council and its members should contribute to discussions of these and other issues, having the background and diverse perspectives needed.

Responding to questions from Council members, Foster spoke further of the growing perception that higher education is a right, raising issues of accessibility and accountability. There were questions about finances, tenure/tenure track and the non-regular or professional faculty, and the impact of the tenure and promotion system. Provost Foster noted that he had not completed his study of finances, the demand for classes, and other matters. He looks forward to continuing candid and open discussions with the Council.

Committee Assignments - Lamberson. The Chair noted that committee assignments have been made and a listing was included with the agenda. He urged committee chairs to meet briefly with members to identify themselves. If someone had a strong preference for a different assignment, he or she should find someone with which to trade.

Academic Integrity - Lamberson. A little over a year ago the academic integrity procedure was put into effect, permitting negotiation between the faculty member and the student[s] in order to avoid formal proceedings if agreement can be reached. James Devine has been overseeing the administration of the process and reported at a prior meeting that the experience has been positive, noting particularly that while the number of reports of wrongdoing are up, most are being resolved without formal proceedings. One point noted by Devine relates to ambiguity in the definition of suspension and its consequences. A general discussion followed concerning whether or not a student on suspension should be able to earn credits at another institution during the period of suspension and transfer them after the suspension has ended. A second issue is whether a student on suspension should be able to graduate after an order of suspension based on credits earned prior to the disciplinary action. Schmidt noted that this discussion also is before the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) for their consideration. Following extended discussion, the Chair asked for suggestions concerning revised language for "The Collected Rules and Regulations -University of Missouri".

Privacy Policy - Fry. The Privacy Task Force was formed at the request of the Faculty Council Executive Committee. Fry presented its report, copies of which were distributed to Council members, and a copy of which is attached to these minutes. Fry described many of the factors considered by the task force and reported its conclusion that, subject to some modification on issues of procedure, the current Acceptable Use Policy of the University System constituted an appropriate balancing of the interests of members of the campus community and should be preserved. Fry invited comments and suggestions when members have had an opportunity to review the report.

Any Other Business (AOB). Certain clarification concerning the academic integrity policy, its provisions and the measures of its success, were sought and furnished. A suggestion was made that the website include a meeting calendar.

At the close of the meeting, the chair reminded Council members of the Faculty Council Annual Workshop on September 15 and expressed the hope that Council members attend this event.

Adjournment

The meeting moved into closed session for committee assignments. The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Pat Fry, Recorder