Meeting Minutes: February 26, 2009

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Leah Cohn, Jay Dow, Arthur Jago, Victoria Johnson, Edward Hunvald (for John Lande), Alan Luger, Rebecca McCathren, Jim McGlew, Joe Parcell, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, David Trinklein, J. Wilson Watt, William Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Lloyd Barrow, Clyde Bentley, Michael Diamond, Norman Land, April Langley, Kenneth MacLeod, Tom Marrero, Steven Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Adam Whaley Connell, Ian Worthington, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), Lori McKinley, and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Tom Phillips called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. The 2 12-09 minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Phillips reported: MyZou has begun showing evaluations of faculty and courses to students; faculty cost cutting related committees continue to meet; looking at possibility of extending day class times into the evenings; looking at counting the student salary wage as part of the student aid package; and, considering increasing sales tax on items sold on campus and licensing. He further reported that the campus strategic mission initiatives are moving forward with an emphasis on the sciences and not on the humanities.

J. Wilson Watt, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative reported that a subcommittee of IFC is charged to examine academic integrity, the legal implications of student conduct violations that result in failing a course. He reported that President Forsee is aware that salaries are "in bad shape" and that he still has the goal of raising salaries. Forsee stated that the legislature has some concerns about using stimulus money for continuing operations.

Action Items

Exam Schedule - Trinklein. The proposed policy change to our final exam schedule will eliminate one Thursday class period. The current university policy requires 43 MWF classes and 29 TTh classes per semester. The Registrar has approved this change, and further it will allow four days for faculty to complete grading. There was a motion to approve and in discussion an additional statement was added as a friendly amendment and Council then approved changing the final exam schedule.

"To amend the academic calendar by moving Reading Day from Friday to Thursday of the final week of classes. Final examinations are to be administered on Friday (the day following Reading Day) and Monday through Thursday of the following week. The Friday that follows 8 days after Reading Day will be reserved for individual make-up exams or in the event that extreme weather conditions or other extraordinary events result in cancellation of a regularly scheduled exam date.

No commencement exercises shall be scheduled before 1:00 p.m. on Friday (eight days after Reading Day)"

Course Evaluation Form - Trinklein. Following a short discussion the following changes were made and approved by Council to the course evaluation form: (1) in section 1, insert the response choice "neutral" between agree and disagree and eliminate the response choice "no opinion"; (2) in section 2, remove "no comment" as a response choice and delete the last sentence of the instructions (paragraph one); (3) add the question on instructor's effectiveness (section 1, question 3 from the old form) to section 3 of the current form; and, (4) Faculty Council should appoint an ad hoc committee to review the entire form and make suggestions for improvement.

Discussion Items

Representation Report. Council reviewed the data of faculty population numbers for AY 2009 2010. Council would have a total of 29 seats, one down from the current count of 30 due to drop in faculty numbers in Arts & Sciences. This will be an action item at the next meeting.

Board Observer. The proposal is to eliminate the office of Board Observer. The Faculty Council Chair will attend all Board meetings instead. This will be an action item at the next meeting.

Revision of Council Elections - Wiebold. Some of the points of the document discussed were the Recorder, Webmaster and Parliamentarian positions. Should these be elected or appointed positions; should they be filled by elected members of Faculty Council or by individuals not elected to Council. The result was that Council felt all members need to be elected members. There were some other changes made and this item will return to Council at their next meeting.

Review of General Education. Council discussed the need for a complete review of our current General Education program. This item will return to Council at their next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no committee reports.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder