Meeting Minutes: May 3, 2007

Attendance

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

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.] The April 17, 2007 general faculty meeting minutes are up for approval at the next Council meeting on June 14.

Report of Officers

Campbell attended the third annual meeting of the Presidents of Missouri Community Colleges and MU officials. There were approximately 25 representatives from participating community colleges. Provost Foster has been working to further strengthen MU relations with them. Faculty members need to get more active in developing prerequisite pathways for transfer students in order to help them transfer to MU (UMSL, and UMKC already do this). They expect that increasing number of students will attend community colleges first and then transfer in their junior year. The issue of requirements for transfer students was discussed, and the representatives supported requirements for English and math and a grade point average of 2.5. The issue of the one percent budget reduction was discussed. There have been 185 different ideas submitted to cut the budget. The One-Percent Committee has met twice. They meet every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The focus is the 2008 budget. Schopp will lead a committee to work on this budget. Campbell received 52 email responses. Information is available on all departmental programs. Campbell received a list of the targeted low productivity programs on the Columbia campus. These will be available at the Faculty Council Office. Devaney asked whether the rate dollars for unfilled positions was available? Campbell said it was not available. Campbell requested suggestions. The target is a reduction of $25 million for five years. Some programs will have to be eliminated from the University. Questions are coming from legislators about how many programs have been eliminated? A question was asked about the status of tenured faculty in a program? Campbell responded that faculty can move to other departments. Phillips mentioned that some small programs teach large service courses. Several departments and degrees in CAFNR have been merged in recent times. Campbell distributed an item from UMKC College of Arts on Sciences outlining four tracks (i.e. research, teaching, extension, and a mix) for faculty promotion and tenure. Devaney commented that this track will be determined after tenure is awarded, since the tenure decision needs excellence in all three areas of research, teaching and extension. Campbell feels that this system would allow the person to better fit some faculty better. This item will be referred to the Executive Committee. Neal mentioned that MU has a Carnegie Classification http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/classifications/sub.asp?key=748&subkey=14993&start=782 as a "Research University (very high research activity) in the past classification known as a Research I University." It would be unlikely that engineering would grant tenure to a person that did not conduct research. Campbell mentioned that he feels that the citizens of Missouri do not regard MU as a "Research University (very high research activity)," but regard it as a place where they send their children for an education. Neal commented this is an extremely controversial matter. Loyalka also mentioned that this matter is an extremely serious issue, with conflicting viewpoints, and will be very controversial. Gantzer mentioned that the track 4 (teaching only) in the handout has a caution that it is specifically not intended for tenure-track.

Board of Curators Report (BOC) Observer Schopp had no new information to share. However, she offered to send out the BOC specific salary guidelines for the redistribution compensation for the planned 1% budget savings ($4.2 million).

Intercampus Faculty Council Report (IFC) Representative Schmidt reported on recent IFC business. IFC has had the three committees of (1) Higher Education Assessment and Accountability - (definitions, instruments, best practices for review of administrators), (2) Faculty Personnel Policies - (conflict of interest issues, and leave policies), and (3) Administrative policies - (A-21 -federal compliance, e-procurement, best practices for shared governance [primarily for campuses other than MU]). Draft report expected at the meeting next week.

Action Items

Presentation of Service Award Plaques - Campbell. Plaques were presented to: Laura Schopp, Bill Lamberson, Kenneth MacLeod, Jenice Prather-Kinsey, and Rex Campbell for outstanding service to the Faculty Council.

Discussion Items

Guests: Michael D. Ouart, Vice Provost for Extension. E-mail: ouart@missouri.edu; Office Phone: (573) 882-7477; Office Address: 108 B Whitten Hall - UMC; URL http://extension.missouri.edu/about/. The Vice Provost has thirty years of experience in extension education, and served as Associate Vice Provost at Iowa State. He is working to refocus Extension since the Missouri Extension System has moved back to the MU Campus. He arrived in December 2006. He has been working on a visioning tour by visiting 15 towns and cities across the state. He mentioned that Extension at Iowa State and Missouri are similar. The Extension programs include: 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, Business and Workforce Development, Community Development, Continuing Education and Human Environmental Sciences. There is a need to integrate Extension from campus out to the field, and among the four campuses. During his tour he heard that there are not enough people in extension, they are not paid well enough, and more people don't know about extension. He requested thoughts that faculty at MU has on ways to improve Extension. Lamberson asked how the whole University is viewed out-state. Ouart said the University image is positive. A question was asked "what role Extension has for communication?" Ouart said the hook is MU's research. Campbell asked, "what role can extension play in building support for the University?' Ouart said Extension needs to a better job of communication in Jefferson City. He suggested that Alumni and Extension support are essential. The 4-H connection is very important. Neal asked, "what is the role of extension in urban areas?" Ouart said that Missouri and Kansas State Extension system is sponsoring a sold-out urban-extension conference in Kansas City the week of May 7. An example is the UM Spanish Latino-program (Alianzas (Alliances) URL http://www.alianzas.us/main/) in the Kansas City area, which is doing cultural and language training. Lamberson asked, "what efforts are being made to bridge between research and extension?" Ouart said he felt that Extension is doing better in this area. Banks-Wallace asked what extension is doing about outreach and the delivery of healthcare? Ouart said that opportunities are available and can be developed. Devaney asked for comments on the relationships between MU and the other campuses and Lincoln University. Ouart said there are extension liaisons at each campus. A tangible piece of work is development of a quarterly meeting of the program leadership liaisons and the Vice Provost for Extension to discuss and plan how to improve extension. Ouart said there are tremendous opportunities with Lincoln University. In April the State Extension Council decided to visit Lincoln University. The number of cooperative programs already in place.

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 is planning to meet with the bicycle committee.

Diversity Enhancement: Watt, chair, reported that a resolution submitted by an NNT faculty was referred and forwarded to the Executive Committee. A year-end report on the campus climate will be submitted.

Adjournment

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