Meeting Minutes: April 19, 2007

Attendance

Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Joanne Banks-Wallace, Rex Campbell, Leah Cohn, Michael Devaney, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, Ron Harstad, William Lamberson, Sudarshan Loyalka, Norman Land, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Sudarshan Loyalka, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Tom Phillips, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Leona Rubin, Frank Schmidt, Laura Schopp, Jim Sterling, James Tarr, Geoffrey Swindells (Library), Dean Yarwood (Retirees), Bennett Greenspan (AAUP), John Mollenkamp (NTT), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Charles Borduin, Rebecca McCathren, Steven Neal, Anand Prahlad, Michael Taksar, J. Wilson Watt, Lisa Zanetti, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Fred Williams (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Greg Petroski (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Campbell called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The Council observed a moment of silence for the Virginia Tech tragedy. Abrams read a resolution in memory of the event.

Whereas, the tragic April 16th shooting at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University has produced an outpouring of sympathy and support throughout Missouri, the nation, and the world;
Whereas, such profound tragedies affect all institutions of higher learning when they affect any institution of higher learning;
Whereas, the University of Missouri-Columbia shares a common bond with Virginia Tech as it pursues healing, recovery and renewed strength in this hour of grief and sorrow;
Now therefore be it resolved:
That the University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty Council expressed our University heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, and to the students, faculty and staff and parents, alumni and friends of Virginia Tech;
Faculty Council and our University community pledge to support the Virginia Tech community and our thoughts and prayers because mutual support produces mutual strength, and the Faculty Council proudly says with respect to all the Hokies.

The resolution was accepted by consent. It will be sent Friday 20 April 2007 to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The February 22, 2007 meeting minutes were approved as submitted. [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 on the reaction to the proposed 1% budget cut requested by the Board of Curators.

Board of Curators Report (BOC) - Schopp reported that there will be a 2% pay increase pool, plus a 1% adjustment for market adjustment to be directed to the most pressing cases of market disparity. There was a 5 to 4 vote for a 3.8% tuition increase. The program reduction discussion is starting up again. There was a discussion of intellectual pluralism. Stephen Lehmkuhle, Senior Vice-president for Academic Affairs (LehmkuhleS@umsystem.edu) on what we are doing to ensure that students have right of redress in cases involving classroom discrimination. Rolla has had a name change and is the "Missouri University of Science and Technology" starting January 2008. The General Classroom Building was renamed in honor of Professor Arvarh E. Strickland, MU's first African-American faculty member. Campbell mentioned that Lehmkuhle, has tried to share that little money is saved by eliminating programs. Schopp said that Curator Marion H. Cairns, and others stated concern whether program reduction can lead to cost savings. Lamberson asked a follow-up question to Devaney about intellectual pluralism. MSA resolution on academic pluralism. Devaney did not know.

Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative Schmidt reported that IFC will meet with President Lamb and Curator John M. Carnahan III on 20 Friday 2007. The first teleconference on the Presidential search Advisory Committee is scheduled for 23 April 2007 at noon.

Action Items

Reconsideration of Council Representation Motion - Campbell asked Garton (Parliamentarian) to discuss the procedures for reconsideration of the motion. He distributed an abbreviated sheet of questions of privileges. Gantzer moved to introduce a substitute motion for the motion that is on the table.

That the Collected Rules and Regulations, Chapter 300.010 Faculty Bylaws Article H.2. Faculty Council on UMC Policy which now reads:

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 with:

The following divisions shall be entitled to representation on the Council: College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; College of Arts and Science; College of Business and Public Administration; College of Education; College of Engineering; School of Natural Resources; Graduate School; School of Health Professions; College of Human Environmental Sciences; School of Journalism; School of Law; School of Medicine; Sinclair School of Nursing; and College of Veterinary Medicine.

Any division of regular faculty may seek representation on Faculty Council for a newly formed academic division by submitting a request for membership along with a list of regular faculty to be included in the new division, identifying their past divisional membership from which they will resign; and

That academic divisions having fewer than 15 regular faculty members may align themselves with other regular faculty on campus to form a combined division in size equal to or greater than 15; and

That academic divisions shall be entitled to representation at a basic ratio of one representative for each fifty qualified regular faculty or majority fraction thereof (26-49), and in particular as follows: one (1) representative for 15-75; two (2) representatives for 76-125; and so on for each additional fifty (50) qualified regular faculty or major fraction thereof; and

That in the event the number of qualified regular faculty members changes to the point where the basic ratio of one to 50 would give less than 25 or more than 35 representatives, the council, by a finding recorded in its minutes, shall adjust the ratio to produce not less than 25 and not more than 35 representatives; and

That this list of Faculty Council representation be annually reviewed to update and revise division names that have changed, remove representation from disbanded academic divisions, add representation for newly formed academic divisions, or add representation for existing schools, institutes, or other academic divisions wishing representation.

The motion was made and seconded. Schmidt mentioned that the College of Business and Public Administration should be changed to the College of Business. Devaney mentioned that the motion would give a vote of faculty council to faculty council. The motion that is being reconsidered is a ballot. Gantzer said that the substitute would also be a ballot. A motion to limit debate to 20 minutes was introduced. The motion passed. Debate occurred among Adelstein, Harstad, Phillips, Lamberson, Devaney, Dow, Campbell, Garton, Schopp, Gantzer, and Loyalka. Loyalka moved (Gantzer seconded) to amend the substitute motion by removing paragraphs 2 to 5 of the substitute motion. The amendment to the substitute motion passed.
The vote to accept the substitute amendment failed. The vote to reconsider the original motion passed (17 yes 2 no).

The Ballot outlined by the original motion will be an agendum on the Fall 2007 General Faculty meeting, and brought to a vote of the entire faculty of the University.

Discussion Items

Guest: Chancellor Brady Deaton. The Chancellor presented discussion topics of (1) emergency preparedness at the University, (2) the Board of Curators requested 1% budget cuts, and (3) Comments on the interim University President Gordon Lamb. Chancellor

Deaton wants the University community to know that we are very well prepared for any cataclysmic event. Last week, a mock sniper attack was simulated to test the University emergency preparedness to double-check every aspect of our response. The Governor of Missouri called during the simulation to announce his "actual" initiative on University emergency preparedness to protect the University community. Prather-Kinsey commented that Cornell Hall has some classrooms with only one entrance that cannot be locked, which would not protect persons like Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Polytechnic shooter. Devaney commented that if the teaching day were extended by one hour, the need for classrooms with one door could be greatly reduced, with little increase in cost. Deaton said he would investigate this opportunity. Banks-Wallace mentioned that students have caused threatening incidents. Deaton said last year an additional fee for counseling service was added to tuition. Deaton is planning a meeting with Anne Meyer (Interim Programming, Consultation, & Communications Coordinator) meyeran@missouri.edu and Susan Evan M.D. (Director Student Health Center) EvenS@health.missouri.edu to join the Chancellor Staff to discuss issues about what we can do for students that need counseling. Harstad mentioned that faculty members currently have the right to remove disruptive students. Schopp recommended that if this course is taken, very careful documentation must be done. Devaney suggested that a statement on the right to remove disruptive students be included in syllabi. Deaton mentioned that Anne Meyer (The MU Counseling Center; http://counseling.missouri.edu/) can help the faculty if they have questions about a certain student. Gantzer mentioned that CCTV was very effective at discovering the London Bombers. At Virginia Tech there was a two-hour window, where Seung-Hui Cho's whereabouts were unknown. In the School of Natural Resources, monitors have been installed because of theft. Maybe the University could do more along this line of technology. Deaton mentions that costing has been done for CCTV in the parking garages, and the cost of CCTV will be revisited. Technology to alert the campus by phone or computer in an emergency is now being studied.

Deaton discussed the Board of Curators requested 1% budget cuts to create an efficiency pool (the University operating budget is about $400 million, 1% would be $4 million). Last year President Floyd requested that MU reduce administrative cost by $12 million in one to three years. This money will be redirected to academic programs. The Board of Curators has requested "That the President create an efficiency account equivalent to 1 % of the University of Missouri's operating budget, to be funded by program review, prioritizing, program elimination, reduction, and / or consolidation, and operating efficiencies as identified and recommended by the President and Chancellors for contribution to and funding of the Universities compensation packages this coming fiscal year." The intent is to achieve elevated salary compensation, to increase the campus's ranking for average faculty salaries of public institutions, from next to last place (29/30) in the Association of American Universities (AAU). Deaton's goal is to increase salaries to the median of the AAU salaries for public institutions. Devaney asked whether funds saved on this campus will be returned to this campus? Deaton confirmed that this will be the case. Loyalka asked whether the areas other than academics will be asked to make reductions? Deaton conformed that reduction will be across the entire University.

Deaton commented about his knowledge of MU interim president Dr. Gordon Lamb (http://www.umsystem.edu/ums/news/releases/news07040601.shtml). Deaton worked with him 10-years ago when he was interim chancellor at UMKC. He is a known quantity for Deaton, and he feels positive with the appointment. He is a clear communicator. His background is in music. He has a keen sense of business. Deaton said, "you know where you stand, cuts to the chase, and gets the job done." Yarwood asked about the issue of student loan kickbacks to universities. Deaton said the issue has been reviewed and MU should be proud of Joe Camille - Director of Student Financial Aid (CamilleJ@missouri.edu). MU is very clean and has no issues with kickbacks (not even a lunch). Deaton mentioned that MU does keep a preferred lender list. Harstad mentioned that it seems to be the case that the direct government loans are at lower interest rates than any lender on our preferred lender list. Harstad asked whether lobbying had been done by lenders to attract students? Campbell will invite Camille to discuss this matter.

Electronic Signatures - Schmidt. PeopleSoft has added electronic signatures. The consensus is since the administration has not made this happen, the faculty must work to make this happen. There will be a meeting with Gary Allen (UM Vice-President of IT & MU CIO, IAT Services Administration) concerning electron signatures for grant proposals.

Standing Committee Reports

Student Affairs: Devaney, chair, reported that the committee for selection of the Vice-President for Undergraduate Education met, and the decision is with the Provost.

Adjournment

The meeting went into a brief closed session. The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.