Meeting Minutes: November 2, 2006


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

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Campbell at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. Campbell presented the past Chair William Lamberson with a plaque for service as chair. The September 28, 2006 minutes came up for approval. Lamberson requested the addition of the actual policy for the NF grades be added to the minutes. The minutes were voted on and accepted. [He announced that the order of the meeting is changed in order to accommodate Council's guest first then the remaining meeting would follow.]

Report of Officers

Campbell reported on the following. The grievance procedure was refined and is ready to go forward. The resolution related to diversity went forward. President Floyd was supportive of the resolution. The Executive Committee resolved the question about potential membership of none tenure track (NTT) faculty to Faculty Council. The meeting to elect NTT persons is set for November 28, 2006 in room 222 of the Memorial Union from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Campbell attended a meeting on the planned undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Professional Studies). He met with the Provost about this issue. Everything about this program is open, and there are no decisions made about its structure. The program will likely be located in the Provost Office and is not planned to be a college program. Banks-Wallace asked if information is available on the types of degrees by racial group. Campbell was not aware of any such information.

Action Items

2008-2009 Academic Calendar - Lamberson. The Winter Semester has been renamed Spring Semester. The motion to approve the proposed calendar passed unanimously.

"University of Missouri-Columbia

Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. M Aug 25
Labor Day Holiday (no classes) M Sep 01
Thanksgiving recess begins, close of day* Sa Nov 33
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Dec 01
Classwork ends, close of day* Th Dec 11
Reading Day F Dec 12
Final examinations begin M Dec 15
Fall semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F Dec 19
Commencement FSa Dec 19 &20
Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) M Jan 19
Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. T Jan 20
Spring recess begins, close of day* Sa Mar 21
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Mar 30
Classwork ends, close of day* Th May 07
Reading Day F May 08
Final examinations begin M May 11
Winter semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F Ma y15
Commencement FSaSu May 15,16,17
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 08
Independence Day (no classes) F July 06
8-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 31
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 08
First 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 03
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M July 07
First 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 31

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes.

It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. ­The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on November 2, 2006."

Discussion Items

Guest(s): Chancellor Brady Deaton. The Chancellor announced that 2007 is the centennial of the Journalism School. At the meeting today, he helped kick off the centennial of the Missouri Folklore Society. These centennials provide MU with an opportunity to look back at our history, evaluate where we are, and where we are going as an institution.

The Chancellor discussed campus construction. In design phase or construction, 314 million dollars is currently allocated. This new construction will be finished in three years. In the planning phase, 725 million dollars is allocated (including 225 million dollars for the new Health Center). This construction is expected to be finished in five to either years. The university is working with a 1.5 percent to 1.6 percent allocation for maintenance and repair.

A new process of "Visioning with the City of Columbia and Stephens College" is underway and secured a consultant for planning northern edge of campus. This will be a quick assessment that will be completed by the end of the calendar year. A goal will be developing a new Performing Arts Center with the city and Stephens College. The Chancellor urges faculty to get involved in this process.

The Chancellor discussed university work with state government including all public two-year and four-year colleges, President Floyd and the Council on Public Higher Education in the State of Missouri (COPHE). Ongoing budget discussions with leaders in the Senate and the Governor have taken place. For the first time in modern history, the public schools have agreed on an approach to budget requests. The approach included a restoration of the funding levels to the 2001 or 2002 levels. This would be a 12.2 percent budget request for MU. With a 12.2 percent budget, the university would not request any tuition increase. MU is working toward a formula funding approach that reflects our AAU status. Schmidt commented that a recent newspaper article suggested that, "Harris-Stowe" gets twice the state funding for a graduate-student, as does MU. The Chancellor requested help obtaining current information comparing funding for Missouri schools.

There are three major financial aid programs in the state. There is talk about consolidating these into one program. The state provides just less than 40 million dollars in financial aid. This is less than MU provides. MU gets seven million dollars from the state, and is ranked first in money provided by the state in Bright Flight, Missouri College Guarantee, and A+ Program. There is talk of adding 30-50 million dollars more in funding.

Campus-wide requests were sent to President Floyd to seek federal funds through legislative means (Senator Bond). This year's process is coming to conclusion. Loyalka asked if there is any faculty review of the selection. Deaton mentioned that this may be done by associate deans of research but was unsure. He said he would look into the makeup of the review process.

The enrollment management process has worked well in financial aid planning and diversity measures. New investment has been made in the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) program. More effort will be directed to advising and mentoring student retention. The 68.9 percent graduation rate is the highest in the history of the university. The goal is to move graduation rate up to 70 percent. The number of graduate applications to the graduate school increased by 14.8 percent. The average ACT score for entering freshman dropped slightly.

Faculty salaries are a high priority for the Chancellor. In comparison over the last several years to the average salaries in AAU institutions MU's faculty salaries have fallen. President Floyd has appointed a committee of the Board to look at faculty compensation. A report will be developed to compare AAU schools by rank to try to garner more support from the Board of Curators. With respect to gender equity, a comparison of 34 public AAU schools for the 2005-2006 years, women comprise 34 percent of the full-time faculty. Non tenure-track women faculty comprise 49 percent of the faculty and is ranked tenth among the AAU public schools. Tenure-track and tenured women comprise 26.5 percent and is ranked ninth among the AAU public schools. Average salary of women across all rank and length of service is 83.5 percent compared to men and is ranked fourth among the AAU public schools. Dean Andrews in Education has made significant adjustment and reallocation to address this issue. Deaton said that he will develop a reallocation proposal to work toward gender equity.

Neal asked about plans for a performing arts facility. An architect is working on a 1,000 capacity university theater.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Lamberson, Chair Academic Affairs - core learning objectives are being worked on and will be presented at the next meeting.

Diversity Enhancement: Watt, Chair (given by Campbell in Watt's absence) The Wasinger resolution was submitted. Changing the review of campus climate document is hoped to be ready in December. Review of Real Mizzou History Project is hoping to have Brady Commons renamed. This is low priority. Development of policy for the needs of nursing mothers on campus is being discussed.

Student Affairs: Devaney, Chair Student Affairs. Devaney met with Catherine Scrogg, Vice Chancellor Student Affairs on ways the faculty can help reduce costs of textbooks. Campbell asked about if the committee is working on the issue of condom on campus. Devaney said the committee had not but would do so.

Any Other Business

Lamberson raised the issue of the extension of faculty governance-and best practices documents. He would like to make sure that this is done and be made available to departments and colleges.


The meeting went into a brief closed session. The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.