Meeting Minutes: March 22, 2007
AttendancePresent: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Joanne Banks-Wallace, Rex Campbell, Michael Devaney, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, William Lamberson, Alan Luger, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Lisa Zanetti, Geoffrey Swindells (Library), Bennett Greenspan (AAUP), John Mollenkamp (NTT), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Ron Harstad, Norman Land, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Sudarshan Loyalka, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Anand Prahlad, Leona Rubin, Jim Sterling, Michael Taksar, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Fred Williams (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), Greg Petroski (NTT), and Dean Yarwood (Retirees).
Approval of Minutes
Chair Campbell called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. [Campbell announced that the order of the meeting changed to accommodate Council's guests first, then the remaining meeting would follow.]
Report of Officers
Campbell reported about a meeting on the presidential search. Jerry Baker, the consultant, discussed three past presidential searches he worked on, that were filled by persons outside of academics. The Executive Committee met with Provost Foster. He reported on the Strategic Planning & Resource Advisory Council's model, developed to allocate state funding to the programs teaching the most students, but also to reward those programs that excel in quality and productivity. Foster also would like to increase the number of cross-listed courses to approximately 80%. Dow asked that the issue of Institutional Review Boards (IRB) for social sciences and the federal government regulations be discussed. Campbell reported that Rob Hall and Jim Coleman are invited for the June Faculty Council meeting
Schmidt reported on recent IFC business on Friday, March 16th.
- Assessment and accountability: About a half-dozen Missouri institutions (a shifting list) use the College Learning Assessment (CLA) developed by the Rand Corp. It is unclear whether that instrument will work. The special issues are: (1) since CLA measures "value added," does it discriminate against selective institutions since they start with more adept students; and, (2) does CLA work for institutions that take a large number of transfer students, especially from community colleges. The subcommittee will have a draft statement of principles by May, which will go to campus faculty councils for discussion during the coming year.
- Subcommittee on personnel policy: A draft revision to the Collected Rules, placing all forms of leave under a single section, is being circulated and will go to campus faculty councils by the end of the academic year, perhaps within a month.
- Legislative session - Vice President Knorr indicated that the situation is fluid, and attempts to compromise on SB389 will occur during the legislative break. It is unclear whether anything will happen.
- The IFC presented President Floyd with a plaque of appreciation signed by all IFC members who served during his term. President Floyd will leave office at the end of April, and the Board will name an interim President at its meeting on April 5-6, at which time Dr. Floyd will assist in the transition. He expressed his thanks to all the faculty, staff and students for their support and hard work during his term.
Guests: Anne McKendry, Professor, Agronomy (Chair, Intercollegiate Athletic Committee) & Lori Franz, Professor, Finance (NCAA representative). Annual Report - The IAC Charge. The committee is appointed by the Chancellor to advise on things athletic. There are 20 voting members, 11 faculty. 4 alumni, 2 students(1 from MSA, and 1 from GPC), 2 staff, and ex-officio including Michael F. Alden, Athletic Director. The IAC has several subcommittees including academic affairs - Lawrence Ganong, student affairs - David Trinklein, gender equity and diversity - Jenice Prather-Kinsey, and fiscal affairs - William Wiebold.
Lamberson asked about the makeup of the outside members. Alumni representatives are annually appointed by the Alumni Association.
Action Item Goals and Objectives: Gender Equity and Diversity. Over the past year there was a voluntary, proactive review of 13 items related to Title Nine (an act that requires colleges that receive federal funding to end gender discrimination in any educational activity-- including athletics.) The review found no violations. Two small disparities were found that favor women (more international travel for women). Similar reviews have been done since 1994.
Minority Issues - NCAA certification (Devaney). There is a planned comprehensive external five-year review of minority issues within the athletics department. Development of a survey instrument is ongoing. Review of indicators of commitment to diversity within the athletic department is also underway. Prather-Kinsey has been working to increase Africa-American tutors within the athletic department. The Academic Affairs subcommittee is chaired by Dr. Lawrence Ganong. He has been involved with the "Total Person Program, http://mutigers.cstv.com/ot/student-services.html" The committee is developing a survey instrument to evaluate student academic performance including data external to MU.
The committee is also studying student opportunities such as study abroad program. A third focus of the committee is sophomore advisement. Advisement has become a concern because of an article that was recently published in Sports Illustrated (5 Mar 2007) relating the after sports life of a student athlete Sean Coffey. The student was injured stopping his sports career. He was enrolled in the General Agriculture program in the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources. The sense of the article was he had little choice in the degree program he entered. With the end of his football career he opines, "So what do I got?" The article brings up questions about how student athletes are being advised. A study is reviewing student athletes by majors. There is a wide diversity in majors. This is a difficult problem partly because there are many transfer students in the football program. The NCAA has increased the academic requirements for transfer students such that they must complete 40% of their program by the beginning of junior year. General academic programs have more flexibility. Some students in the general programs are transfer students. Lamberson asked whether there is a difference between freshman and transfer students? McKendry said that transfer students tend to select the general agriculture program more than the general studies program. Adelstein asked, "with the beginning of football training, are steps being taken to avoid possible heat related deaths?" He asked if there was a plan to determine if Afro-American athletes carry traits for sickle cell anemia, which are compounded with heat related stress. McKendry said that she did not think that such screening in currently in place, but she believes that the NCAA is working on this. Banks-Wallace, asked if there is any way of tracking athletic students by departments. She has been advising a student on athletic scholarship wishing to pursue nursing and finding this difficult because she cannot meet departmental entry requirements. McKendry said structured programs such as nursing, and engineering make doing both difficult. Neal mentioned that this is also true for working students. Devaney mentioned that the students in general agriculture tend to be African-American, and the students in general studies are not. Gantzer mentioned that student athletes should make more use of the career center (http://career.missouri.edu/). Campbell mentioned that he is teaching youth education (boys and girls clubs), and he notes that the students like the program. Watt suggested that student athletes are not being directed to programs that deal with children. Dow mentioned that it is more important to graduate with a degree than to not graduate, so maybe the general agriculture is the best possibility.
Dow raised a question about student volunteers required to drive 2,000 mile road trips. Campbell mentioned that the athletic department is now informing student volunteers that this policy should be stopped.
At Lamberson's request McKendry finished by discussing student affairs. The Academic Progress Rate and in the program of Life after Sports is being reviewed. Life Skills program is important for the students; however, the Life after Sports provides career training (resume writing, interviews, etc.) and Career Training is currently in flux. The IAC feels that this is an important program, but it needs to hire a trained, full-time person to lead this program. Franz discussed Academic Progress Rate (APR; http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/apr2005/434_2005_apr.pdf) and the Graduation Success Rate (GSR; http://web1.ncaa.org/app_data/gsr2005/434.pdf) graduation and progress rate that have been implemented by the NCAA. The new data will be available in a short time. Kim Humphrey (HumphreyK@missouri.edu; Assistant Registrar, and Athletics Certification Officer) was introduced. She is responsible for collecting the APR and GSR data.
Campbell reported that there was a challenge to the council proceedings on the changes in faculty representation. Campbell requested advice. Gantzer mentioned that Campbell had offered to make a motion, and that amendments were not introduced. Zanetti said that there were requests made and so the spirit of the challenge was correct. Phillips said that no motion was made. Zanetti said that the meeting was not well conducted. She felt that it was a very important issue. Devaney mentioned that there was a motion to cease debate that passed.
Ballot Wording - Devaney. Devaney read the prepared ballot.
That The Collected Rules and Regulations, Chapter 300.010 Faculty Bylaws Article H. Faculty Council on UMC Policy Section b. which now reads:
2. The following divisions shall be entitled to representation on the Council: College of Agriculture; College of Arts and Science; College of Business and Public Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife; School of Health Related Professions; College of Home Economics; School of Journalism; School of Law; School of library and Informational Science; School of Medicine; School of Nursing; College of Public and Community Services; and College of Veterinary Medicine.
Will be replaced by:
2. Representation on the Council will be determined by division faculty numbers, where a division is defined as an academic unit headed by a dean who reports, for academic affairs, directly to the Provost. (To be effective beginning AY 08-09)
YES [ ] NO [ ] ABSTAIN [ ]
Purpose: The change is to eliminate reference to specific divisions and schools, some of which no longer exist, and replace the list with the term division which is used in the remainder of 300.010.
Impact: Under the change and with current faculty numbers, the divisions would have the following number of representatives:
[Division: Full-time regular faculty: Seats on Council]
A & S: 455: 9
Business: 48: 1
CAFNR: 158: 3
Education: 82: 2
Engineering: 96: 2
Graduate (Truman School/NSEI): 15: 1
Health Professions: 20: 1
Human Environmental Sciences: 45: 1
Journalism: 34: 1
Law: 30: 1
Medicine: 185: 4
Nursing: 19: 1
Veterinary Medicine: 80: 2
Neal asked why there was a rush to pass the ballot. Schmidt noted that the vote was secret. Schmidt noted that the same outdated list will determine the Promotion and Tenure Committee. He recommended that should this ballot pass, a full committee should review the bylaws to make them consistent. Campbell requested a motion to reconsider the ballot motion. A secret ballot was made to reconsider. The motion to reconsider passed. This will be discussed at the Executive Committee. Watt asked whether the challenge would be removed. Gantzer said it would be considered.
President Elson Floyd's Resolution. Abrams presented a farewell resolution for President Floyd's.
There was a vote to suspend the rules in order to take action on this item. The motion to approve the resolution passed unanimously.
Whereas, Dr. Elson S. Floyd will assume the presidency of Washington State University after more than four years of devoted, exemplary leadership as President of the University of Missouri System;
And Whereas, Dr. Floyd has led the University of Missouri System by seeking out, listening to, and valuing input from students, alumni, faculty and staff;
And Whereas, Dr. Floyd's unstinting positive outlook, ability to mediate and unify, and willingness to consider diverse viewpoints have earned him the abiding respect and esteem of the University community while enriching the diversity, academic curiosity, culture and climate of the System;
And Whereas Dr. Floyd has served as the most visible spokesman for higher education in Missouri with his message to the General Assembly, the business community, religious leaders and the people that "an investment in the University of Missouri is an investment in the future of the state";
And Whereas Dr. Floyd's energy, vision and commitment to excellence have enhanced the strength and vibrance of the University of Missouri System.
NOW therefore be it resolved:
That the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council expresses the faculty's respect, esteem and gratitude to Dr. Floyd for his service to the University of Missouri System, the four campuses, University of Missouri Health Care, the Columbia campus community, and the people of Missouri,
That the Faculty Council assures Dr. Floyd that his solid achievements on behalf of the University of Missouri System's academic, research and public service missions will remain his enduring legacy to higher education on our state; and
That the Faculty Council extends it best wishes to Elson and Carmento Floyd for many more years of success and achievement in higher education and public service."
Standing Committee Reports
Academic Affairs: Lamberson reported, reconsider rules course renumbering systems that related to course requirements at each level. The course and curriculum committee objected because they do not have specific requirements. Neal asked if MyZou checks for prerequisites. Phillips comments that writing intensive courses are hard to find. Campbell said he will communicate that to the register.
Student Affairs: Devaney reported that McKendry and Trinklein submitted information on the Sports Illustrated article, and the reporting of academic statistics on athletes.Diversity Enhancement: Watt met with a faculty member about wording of a draft proposal regarding diversity.
Any Other Business
Neal mentioned he attended the meeting about the search for the President. Lori Franz mentioned that few faculty were in attendance. There is a concern that the new President is being selected as a CEO rather that an academically suitable candidate. Faculty members need to convey this message by email. Schmidt, who serves on the Presidential Search advisory committee, requested that concerns be sent to him promptly, email@example.com. Schopp requested that IFC would also communicate this message. Schmidt said he would add this as an agenda item for the next IFC meeting.
The meeting went into a brief closed session. The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.