Meeting Minutes: March 12, 2009
Present: Edward Adelstein, Clyde Bentley, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Victoria Johnson, John Lande, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Tom Marrero, Jim McGlew, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, David Trinklein, J. Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, William Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rainer Glaser (AAUP) and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Lloyd Barrow, Leah Cohn, Arthur Jago, Norman Land, April Langley, Rebecca McCathren, Steven Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Joe Parcell, Ian Worthington, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff), 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 2-26-09 minutes were approved as submitted. The agenda order was suspended in order to take our guests first.
Report of Officers
Phillips reported that the faculty cost cutting related committees continue to meet and their most current topic has been the rising cost of compliance issues. The Spring Semester General Faculty meeting is scheduled for April 30, 2009. The Missouri Energy Summit is scheduled for April 22-23, 2009 in Columbia. The Campus Planning Committee, chaired by Ed Blaine, is requesting "wish list" items for this campus during the spring semester.
J. Wilson Watt, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative reported that the revisions to the academic dishonesty policy should be ready for the April meeting and available to each respective campus following their approval. IFC is looking into schemes in which faculty receive sums of money from publishers for adopting their textbooks. The Collaboration on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) is looking at data relating to faculty hiring and retention of junior faculty in Missouri. The P-20 Task Force will study education from elementary through college and see how it can be improved and managed better; the Outside-in Task Force will be focusing on matching educational offerings with business needs. The membership on these two task forces will be appointed by the Chancellors of the campuses. The salary comparator, which is a web based, system budgeting tool, has recently been found in need of restructuring of the data bases within it. In pending legislation, Access Missouri, a bill in both the house and senate, would equalize state funding of higher education in public and private institutions.
Representation Report. The faculty population report for academic year 2009-2010 was accepted by Council.
Board Observer. A motion was made to eliminate the Board Observer position. A vote taken and the motion passed with two no votes.
Revision of Council Elections - Wiebold. The changes suggested at the last Council meeting were made to this document and presented for Council's review and vote. A motion was made to accept the revised document. A vote taken and the motion passed.
Guest: Rob Duncan, Vice Chancellor of Research. Duncan was asked to join Council to discuss "effort verification reports" (EVR). He began by mentioning the importance of returning completed reports on time. This is a method granting agencies use to determine compliance. He mentioned institutions of higher education that have had to return funds because of noncompliance; Yale University had to return eight million dollars, John Hopkins University had to return nearly three million dollars recently because they failed along with some other institutions in returning the necessary paperwork to document their efforts. [The University of Missouri] will be expected to return $232,000. This figure is a negotiated return from the original 2.3 million dollars in noncompliance fees. The $232,000 will be taken from the total F & A funds.
He discussed efforts to improve compliance. It is the university, not individual investigators, who are held responsible for compliance issues. The UM system receives the reports electronically, they are then sent to the financial officers within departments who print them out and distribute to the investigator. It is the investigator and those working with him/her that must verify expenses.
He reported on technology management and industrial relations and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The university is in the top 5 institutions in this category with 45 million in royalties and 840 million in gross sales. Last year 1.4 million was invested and 6.2 million was returned from licenses and royalties. By 2014 the goal is 50 million from licensing and royalties.
Guest: Craig Stevenson, ASUM Board of Directors Chairman. Stevenson discussed the issue of student supplemental fees. Senate Bill 389 caps tuition increases at the rate of inflation, but it does not cap student supplemental fees which have increased above the rate of inflation. The student government thinks these supplemental fees need oversight. This has been referred to Jay Dow, chair, Fiscal Affairs Committee.
Review of General Education - Trinklein. At our Spring Semester General Faculty Meeting, review of our General Education program will be an agenda item. The faculty are considering the addition of a diversity course, and the effectiveness of the writing skills requirements.
Standing Committee Reports
Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reported they are looking at models, other than those in use, for creating a mechanism for promotion from Associate to full Professor.
Diversity Enhancement: Schmidt chair, it was announced that the City of Columbia is looking into the possibility of having a domestic partner registry.
Student Affairs: Johnson, chair, reported they are continuing to review student fees. She also announced that in an effort to reduce textbook fees that instructors can request from publishers a synopsis of changes from one edition to the next thus saving the fee for buying the newer edition.
Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.
Edward Adelstein, Recorder