Meeting Minutes: March 13, 2008


Present:  Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Joanne Banks-Wallace, John Fennell, Jay Dow, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, Art Jago, Ken MacLeod, Jim McGlew, Joe Parcell, Tom Phillips,  Matthew Gordon (for Anand Prahlad), Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, Bill Wiebold, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.).  Absent:  Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Michael Devaney, Michael Diamond, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, Alan Luger, Rebecca McCathren,  Stephen Neal, Leona Rubin, J. Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Frank Schmidt called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union.

Report of Officers

Schmidt announced he had no report. The Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) is currently working on academic dishonesty. Devaney, chair of elections committee, made a short report of their current status and again requested nominations for the '08-'09 offices on Council.

Discussion Items

Guests: (1) Jim Cogswell, Director, Ellis Library; and, (2) Terry L. Barnes, Assistant to the Provost for Community College Partnerships. Cogswell presented the current dilemma of the library. The costs of books and journals are escalating at about ten percent yearly. The provost has provided extra money, but the library is looking at ways to increase their operating revenue. He presented in graphs (enclosed) the budgeting showing a gradual increase in his funding which does not really match the needs of the library service. He made a number of suggestions as to how the library might increase funding, they are: (1) the development of some type of student fee (student library fee); and, (2) F&A has a library component of 1.9 percent, if the library could even get one percent this would significantly increase the budget of the library. Cogswell also brought to our attention recent mandates that will go into effect April 7, 2008, that all government funded research results will be made available to the public. Specifics are included in a handout, which was distributed to Council. This will have both good and bad aspects and will be in a trial mode. He discussed some methods by which the authors of papers could maintain some control of their published research.

Barnes presented some statistical data showing the numbers of Missouri students in two and four year community colleges. The total fall 2006 community college enrollment was 85,186. His role is to assist the provost in partnerships with community colleges. He is very familiar with the community colleges and their interactions with this and other 4-year universities. As the cost of education continues to rise, these colleges are playing a greater role in the educational process and we need to correlate our activities with the needs of their students who seek additional education.

Proposal to align the calculation of transfer student GPA with the current practice used for MU students - Phillips. At MU if a student repeats a course that is the recorded grade. That policy has not been codified for transfer students and in fairness; they should not be treated differently from MU students. There was general agreement that this process should be uniform.

Course evaluation and content of course evaluation - Phillips.
Phillips presented three questions that he had composed with the input of other faculty regarding the student's evaluation of the teacher and course. There was a lengthy discussion and numerous friendly changes were made to the original three questions. This was in response to SB389. These questions when agreed upon will need to be presented to the entire faculty in the spring general faculty meeting. There is a fixed timeline by which this needs to be completed. There was a discussion regarding team taught courses. It was agreed by vote (10 for, 7 against) that courses taught by three or more students would have a composite score for all instructors. It was agreed that the class size and the number of students who filled out evaluation should be available.

Transfer of credit from community colleges - Phillips. Currently community college students can only transfer up to 64 hours. This is not consistent with other admits and needs clarification.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, recent meetings with fiscal compliance officer. Increased pressure to be accurate regarding federal grants. There are increased numbers of audits.

Diversity Enhancement: Gantzer, chair, meeting with Roger Worthington to set up a diversity summit regarding anti-affirmative action initiatives, and planning a fall forum.

Student Affairs: Devaney, chair, mentioned that not all fiscal problems can be solved by raising student tuition or creating special fees. These policies are creating significant burdens for students.


The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder