Meeting Minutes: June 12, 2008

Attendance

Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Leah Cohn, Michael Devaney, Clark Gantzer, Art Jago, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, Rebecca McCathren, Tom Phillips, Leona Rubin, Frank Schmidt, James Tarr, David Trinklein, J. Wilson Watt, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Joanne Banks-Wallace, Judy Bolch, Charles Borduin, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Stephen Neal, Joe Parcell, Anand Prahlad, Stephen Sayers, Michael Taksar, Adam Whaley-Connell, William Wiebold, 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 4/1/08gfm, 4/10/08, 5/1/08, and 5/8/08sgfm minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Schmidt reported that he recently met with the Council Chairs (past chairs of Council). They discussed "how the university needs to reposition itself". He proposed the idea of changing our vice chair to a chair elect. This group did not support this idea.

He announced the need for a candidate for the '08-'09 chairship of Academic Affairs committee. Executive Committee was reminded of the need for year-end reports. Council was reminded that our next meeting is Thursday, July 31.

Abrams reported on the June Board meeting on the Columbia campus. Laura Schopp and the T.E. Atkins Wellness Program received kudos from the Board. Chancellor Deaton spoke about distance education. It was noted that 32 percent of all master's degrees are conferred via this mechanism. Executive Vice President Lamb spoke on distance education and our responsibility as a Land Grant University. There is a committee looking at distance education and a report is due in November 2008. The Board discussed the University's relationship with the legislature. The Board sees term limits as a problem and makes it difficult to cultivate advocates for the University in the political process. In other Board action: the fiscal 2009 budget passed, President Forsee's contract was extended to five years, and contributions were reduced to the University Retirement Fund.

Discussion Items

Year-end Standing Committee Reports. A complete set of previous year's reports were provided in the meeting packet to Council. The Executive Committee was asked to have their reports ready by our next meeting.

Faculty Grievance Process - Rubin. Rubin discussed the status of the fast track grievance process currently in revision. This would be a grievance process with teeth; a shorter, faster, and greatly improved process. The grievance process would last three months and if there was no resolution, then the parties involved could use legal methods outside the university to resolve differences. The university's legal department upon hearing of this plan said they liked it.

Transfer Credit Issues - Phillips. Phillips reported on the policy for transferring credits. There was a consensus that we should follow the practices of our sister institutions. A vote on this issue will take place at our next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Phillips, chair, reports on class evaluation questions prompted by SB 389. Victoria Johnson discussed putting a disclaimer on the evaluation form or the website that these evaluations are a consumer issue - what is learned in the classroom cannot be determined by the evaluation. It was suggested that they put a web counter on the site. Phillips commented that IFC needs to visit this issue for all four campuses.

Diversity Enhancement: Gantzer, chair, reports on the Diversity Summit. A seminar that was well received and attended. He added that Faculty Council should continue its dialogue on diversity issues.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session to approve two committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder