Meeting Minutes: July 31, 2008


Present: Edward Adelstein, Leah Cohn, Jay Dow, Victoria Johnson, John Lande, April Langley, Thomas Marrero, Tom Phillips, Leona Rubin, James Tarr, David Trinklein, J. Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Ian Worthington, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Judy Bolch, Michael Diamond, Arthur Jago, Norman Land, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Stephen Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Eileen Porter, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty and Staff), Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT). Retiring Members Present: Doug Abrams, and Michael Devaney. Retiring Members Absent: Joanne Banks-Wallace, Charles Borduin, Clark Gantzer, Bryan Garton, Carol Lazzaro-Weis, and Anand Prahlad.

Approval of Minutes

Interim Chair Tom Phillips called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The 6-12-08 minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Phillips requested a moment of silence for the death earlier this summer of Professor & Associate Dean Paul Vaughn.

Phillips noted that Frank Schmidt was currently on leave in Europe and would be returning next week. Phillips also reported on some financial news concerning the prime fund. The funds have been restored because of an increase in F&A.

Abrams, Observer to the Board, reported at the July meeting and teleconference that university budget was the main topic.

Action Items

Transfer Credit Issues - Phillips. The Columbia campus has handled transfer credit different than the other MU campuses and most of our peer institutions. The recommended change is to transfer credit, if taken in 2004 and transferring in 2009, the transfer credit would be to the 2009 equivalent class. In the past, the University has tried to maintain a system that, if you took a class in 2004 and transferred in 2009 they would transfer the credit based on the 2004 class. This requires that the University maintain a separate system to track changes. The process is expensive and time consuming. Information will be given to advisors about this change. There is an appeal process in place for students. Council passed this item unanimously in a sense of the Council vote.

Discussion Items

Faculty Grievance Process - Rubin. Rubin discussed the status of the fast-track grievance process currently in revision. The university's legal department upon hearing of this plan said they liked it as well as the Chancellor's Office and the Provost Office. This fall semester Council will plan to hold faculty forums on the fast-track revision as well as invite the ad hoc committee who authored this plan to attend Faculty Council.

Year-end Standing Committee Reports. A complete set of this year's reports were provided in the meeting packet to Council. This input will be used in the preparation of our annual Workshop at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no committee reports of on-going work.


Council went into closed session to approve two committee nominations, approve an honorary degree, and finish executive committee elections. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder