Meeting Minutes: May 1, 2008


Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, John Fennell, Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Clark Gantzer, Ken MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Tom Phillips, Matthew Gordon (for Anand Prahlad), Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Joanne Banks-Wallace, Michael Devaney, Jay Dow, Arthur Jago, Victoria Johnson, Stephen Neal, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Michael Taksar, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty and Staff), 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. The 2/28/08 nd 3/13/08 minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

There will be a general faculty meeting on 5/8/08 at 3:30 p.m. In Cornell Hall. The faculty want to discuss the effects of "Compete Missouri" on the educational process at the flagship institution of the system. There will be a retreat of Provost staff with the executive committee on May 2 and 3 to discuss administrative approaches to current problems in the university.

Action Items

Service Award Plaques. Service award plaques were distributed to those members of Council who are completing their terms: Michael Devaney, Bryan Garton, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, Anand Prahlad, Doug Abrams, Joanne Banks-Wallace, and Charles Borduin.

Discussion Items

Update WNR Grades - Phillips. Software is being designed so that the grade of W can be changed online.

Academic Performance - Devaney. A resolution was constructed to recognize the excellent job that the athletic department has done in preparing its students for success in academic programs. Council voted to suspend the rules and the resolution passed unanimously.

"WHEREAS, University of Missouri student-athletes were recently recognized by National Collegiate Athletic Association Public Recognition Awards for their success in achieving high Academic Progress Rates (APR) scores, AND

WHEREAS, MU ranked twenty-sixth overall, and second among state Universities in the U.S. For the number of teams placing in the top 10 percent nationally in APR scores, AND

WHEREAS, MU, with seven teams ranking in the top 10 percent nationally, dominated the rankings among Big 12 schools, with the closest contender school having only three teams so recognized, AND

WHEREAS, such success demonstrates dedication and commitment by all parties involved,


BE IT RESOLVED that MU Faculty Council congratulates the entire Athletic Department, its Total Person Program, coaches and support personnel and most of all, MU student-athletes, particularly those in Men's Golf, Women's Basketball, Women's Cross Country, Women's Golf, Women's Swimming, Women's Indoor Track, and Women's Outdoor Track, on this outstanding achievement."

It was noted that the women in the athletic departments had exceptionally strong contributions to the academic success of the athletic department.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Phillips, chair, reports he discussed "W" grades and will bring this back to discussion.

Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reports a subcommittee has been formed and is working very hard to develop a shorter grievance process. This is described as less than a judicial process and more of a problem solving process. If not resolved in three months than the grievant could explore other legal actions. They may ask the Council to meet once during the summer to approve these plans.

Diversity Enhancement: Gantzer, chair, reports Roger Worthington is having a weekend program on diversity enhancement. There is a plan to have faculty meetings in fall 2008 to discuss the anti-affirmative ballot.


Council went into closed session to discuss and approve nominations for honorary degrees and the 2008-2009 Campus and Faculty Standing Committees. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder