Meeting Minutes: October 26, 2006

Call-to-Order and Attendance

The Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chancellor Deaton in the Engineering Building West auditorium. Approximately 150 people were in attendance.

Opening Remarks & Introductions-Chancellor Deaton

Deaton welcomed the attendees of this meeting. He made some brief introductory remarks then turned the podium over to Professor Campbell, Chair, MU Faculty Council for his report.

Report from Faculty Council-Rex Campbell

Campbell introduced members of Faculty Council and outlined Faculty Council responsibility of shared governance with the university administration. The Council has 30 members. The officers of the Council are: Rex Campbell (chair), Jenice Prather-Kinsey (vice chair), Francis John Schmidt (Intercampus Faculty Council Representative), Laura Schopp (Board Observer), Clark Gantzer (Recorder & co-website editor), Sudarshan Loyalka (co-website editor), Bryan Garton (parliamentarian), and Rebekah Kumanovo Hart (Council secretary). The standing committee chairs of the Council are: Edward Adelstein (Faculty Affairs), Michael Devaney (Student Affairs), William Lamberson (Academic Affairs), Thomas Phillips (Fiscal Affairs), and J. Wilson Watt (Diversity Enhancement).

Completed Business:

  1. A new course grade "FN grade" has been implemented for students who drop out of school. This was done to assist with administration of financial aid for those students.
  2. Family Leave Policy for families with new children is now in place.
  3. IFC is currently reviewing all types of leaves.
  4. Non-tenure track (NTT) clinical, extension, research, and teaching have been implemented. These will be awarded at the Assistant, Associate, and Professor levels.

Business in Process:

  1. Work to provide NTT representation on Faculty Council is ongoing in the Faculty Affairs Committee.
  2. A Faculty Council resolution concerning an objectionable comment made by a curator related to diversity at the university was voted on and passed unanimously.
  3. The new university grievance procedure is in a second year. Reports indicate that the procedure is fairer. IFC is currently reviewing all types of leaves.
  4. The new calendar for '08-'09 will likely have the term beginning January 19, 2009.
  5. Provost Foster is working to develop a new "professional studies" plan of undergraduate study that is planned to cross over many schools and colleges.
  6. Academic Program Reviews are beginning. All 144 university programs will be reviewed. The primary issue focused on is the Delaware Study (http://www.udel.edu/IR/cost/welcome.html) will be used as a guide in the process.

Future Business:

  1. Nationwide there is a movement to have an undergraduate degree be a "credentialing degree." This might mean that the undergraduate degree may replace a high school degree. At the St. Louis campus, only four percent of the students are freshman. The university needs to work more closely with community colleges to insure transfer of students. Transferability of courses is now mandated. It is also likely more students will continue for masters degrees. Faculty should plan for these changes.
  2. Faculty Council is the faculty voice at MU. Solicitation of faculty issues of concern should be forwarded to CampbellR@missouri.edu.

Campus Update-Chancellor Brady J. Deaton

Deaton introduced new faculty. Two new deans have been selected: (1) College of Veterinary Medicine, Interim Dean Cecil Moore; (2) College of Arts and Science, Dean Michael J. O'Brien. In Arts and Sciences Dean O'Brien announced that 34 new faculty have been filled. In Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Dean Payne introduced ten new faculty members. In Engineering, Dean Thompson introduced four new faculty members. In Health Professions, Associate Dean Rudeen introduced seven new faculty members. In Law, Associate Dean Fischer introduced two new faculty members.

Chancellor Deaton welcomed new faculty. He made a presentation on MU as an Association of American Universities (AAU) Land Grant University. MU is the only public institution in Missouri to be selected for membership in the elite Association of American Universities. "The Association of American Universities (AAU) was founded in 1900 by a group of fourteen universities offering the Ph.D. Degree. The AAU currently consists of sixty American universities and two Canadian universities." "The primary purpose of the AAU is to provide a forum for the development and implementation of institutional and national policies promoting strong programs in academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate, and professional education." The AAU trains 51 percent of all Ph.D.'s and 58 percent of all science and engineering Ph.D.'s (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. MU performs 60 percent of university research funded by the government. MU will be discussing this report all year. The paper recommended increases in the number and quality of math, science, engineering and foreign language and area studies graduates. It also suggested improvement in K-12 education in the STEM disciplines and in foreign languages. It emphasized continuing to recruit the best and brightest international students and scientists. The Chancellor reported on a number of other reports dealing with higher education that faculty should become aware of:

  1. "Rising Above The Gathering Storm" (http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11463.html);
  2. Council on Competitiveness "Innovate America", http://www.compete.org/; and
  3. National Commission on the Future of Higher, http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/index.html.

He stressed the importance of work by the AAU that relaxed the federal "9-11 Export Controls" that would have required MU to monitor all international students and faculty. The AAU worked to achieve a suspension of this federal requirement. He mentioned the Spelling's Commission recommendation to reform federal financial aid thus making it easier to apply. Other aspects of the Spelling's report include the possibility of collecting and publicly reporting student-learning outcomes. Other recommendations include portability of student credits. The Chancellor mentioned that the Higher Education Reauthorization Act that will likely be delayed until next year. The AAU has developed a Humanities Initiative and sponsored a national convocation in May 2006 on status and future of the humanities, especially their contributions to the formation of public policy. It is sponsoring a follow-up session with humanities' deans, directors and other interested parties. The AAU is beginning to make a case for federal support for graduate work in the humanities.

The Chancellor discussed new building construction. Included are: Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, started in December 2005 and scheduled for completion in October 2007 with a budget of 20.8 million dollars; MU Student Center and Brady Commons Expansion started in Fall 2006 and scheduled for completion in Summer 2010 with a budget of 60 million dollars; Schweitzer Hall addition to Biochemistry Department plus bridge to Schlundt Annex started in August 2006 and scheduled for completion in October 2007 with a budget of 10 million dollars; and Research Reactor Addition started in August 2006 and scheduled for completion in May 2007 with a budget of six million dollars. Construction scheduled to begin soon includes the International Institute for Nano and Molecular Medicine scheduled to begin in October 2006 and completion in April 2008 with a budget of 18.5 million dollars. Projects in the design phase include the Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall reconstruction of 1922, the MU Life Science Business Incubator at Monsanto Place, the Clinical Support and Education Building and the MU Health Sciences Research and Education Center.

The Chancellor discussed enrollment growth and diversity. Current statistics are:

Group
Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Change
Total Enrollment
27,985
28,253
1.0
First Time College
4,718
4,838
2.5
Undergraduate
21,375
21,551
0.8
Graduate
5,527
5,600
1.3
Professional
1,083
1,102
1.8
Underrepresented Minority
2,147
2,216
3.2
African American
1,502
1,548
3.1
Hispanic
484
498
2.9
American Indian/Alaskan Native
161
170
5.6

The university is engaged in planning with the City of Columbia that will likely result in spread of the university space northwards to Cherry Street.

Relative to the State Political Scene there will be substantial increases in need-based aid that will consolidate all existing programs into one with an increase of 25 to 50 million dollars. There is a proposal to return higher education to FY 2002 appropriation levels. This will be tied to limited tuition increase, with some additional funding for small regional schools. All appropriation above the FY 2002 level will be based on a yet to be developed funding formula.

The "For All We Call Mizzou" campaign has reached 72 percent of its goal to fund endowed chairs and scholarships. The University of Missouri Endowment has net assets and market value of $500,000,000. The Chancellor believes that the endowment will be one billion dollars by the end of 2008.

Deaton discussed the Chancellor's Forums and highlighted the presentation by Robert O'Neil on "What happened to academic freedom?" includes reaffirming budget support and establishing task forces to assess salary equity, provide for child care support facilities and develop work-life flexibility and support. The Chancellor's report to the faculty can be found at: http://chancellor.missouri.edu/speeches/genfacmeeting-fall2006.pdf

Learning Outcomes/Accountability-Frank Schmidt

Professor Schmidt introduced the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC), which consists of three representatives from each campus of the University System and addresses matters that transcend any one campus. The Intercampus Faculty Council serves as a liaison committee between the President and his staff and the four campus faculties. MU members include Jenice Prather-Kinsey, Rex Campbell, and Frank Schmidt.

The issue of accountability is currently being discussed by the State Higher Education Officials as a result of the Spelling's Commission Report http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/reports/final-report.pdf. Others including the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) also are discussing this topic. All reports discuss the necessity of accountability, however none define accountability. Part of the answer is assessment. In an online "Chronicle of Education Forum" Schmidt asked Charles Miller (Chair of the Spelling's Commission) to "please define "accountability" and give an example." Miller responded, "I think of an accountability system as measuring the performance or outcomes of a system or institution, which contains consequences or results. Those consequences can include rewards and recognition, or penalties." Schmidt noted that Miller did not give an example. More importantly however is the issue of rewards and recognition, or penalties. But since there is no means of measuring accountability, it suggests that the quest of accountability is a political agenda. There is a great push in the Spelling's report for "Unit Record System" equating the quality of a course from any school to be equivalent. This is a serious concern. One of the principles that surfaced is that we have to measure the "Value Added." Assessment must also improve the institution. Finally assessment must be faculty-driven. The costs of assessment may be very great if an open-ended exam is produced and administered by a corporation such as the Rand Company. Better method for assessment may be longitudinal sampling that would survey graduates a number of years past graduation, about what they feel the value of their education was at a school. The process of developing assessment instruments is a multi-prong approach involving the UM system, MU, Faculty Council, and all the academic units. We need to know: (1) what do we want to measure?; (2) what are we doing now in measuring the quality of education; (3) how can we use the measure to improve the quality of education? Faculty wishing to become involved in the issue of assessment are invited to contact Professor Schmidt at SchmidtF@missouri.edu.

Other Business

The Chancellor recognized the success of the MU Tigers this year. There was a question about the quality of instructors. Campbell requested any questions about the quality of teaching be referred to him CampbellR@missouri.edu. Dean Tom Payne suggested that such problems be addressed at the source, that is the department, school or college. A question about developing more environments for student-faculty meeting was raised.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.