Meeting Minutes: June 11, 2009

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Clyde Bentley, Leah Cohn, John Lande, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Steve Neal, Xiaoguang Ni, Tom Phillips, Eileen Porter, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, David Trinklein, Adam Whaley-Connell, William Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, Arthur Jago, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, April Langley, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, James McGlew, Joe Parcell, Michael Taksar, J. Wilson Watt, 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 S203 Memorial Union. The 4-30-09 general faculty meeting, and the 5-7-09 Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Chair Phillips opened the meeting by asking everyone present at the meeting to observe a moment of silence for the passing of Drs. Jeffrey Tyler and Barbara Townsend.

Phillips reported on the June Board of Curators meeting in Kansas City. There was a discussion of recommendations by a consulting group regarding institutional investments. It was discussed and voted on to allocate some monies to bank bonds, which were considered a form of junk bonds. The intention is to keep the pension fund 95 percent fully funded during these difficult economic times. The Board also discussed a request from the students to retain the services of a lawyer (to be paid from student fees) in order to provide legal assistance on credit cards and recovering security deposits on apartments. This is a two year proposal for the Columbia campus and the students have the funds necessary. An additional comment is that there presently is a half-time lawyer for the students however his role is only educational. The Board vote tied 4-4; this item is expected to return at the future meeting.

The newly configured PeopleSoft eProcurement has been improved apparently from campus suggestions. Phillips announced he is testing it out and encourages others to do so as well.

Discussion Items

Textbook Payola - Wiebold.  This discussion concerned 330.015 in the "Collected Rules and Regulations" of section D.5 (current version) "Faculty-Authored Textbooks and other Educational Materials and of section D.5 (modified version) "Faculty-Authored Textbooks, Selection of Course Textbooks and Other Educational Materials".  A proposal was put forth regarding conflict of interests when the faculty writes textbooks and students are required to use them.  There was a great deal of discussion and various suggestions were proposed.  It was decided to send comments, etc. to Wiebold in order for him to touch base with legal prior to our next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no committee reports.

Phillips announced that John Adams accepted the chairship of the General Education Review Task Force.

Adjournment

In closed session Council approved the executive committee’s '09-'10 campus and faculty standing committees nominations, plus the nominations for the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) '09-'10 membership. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder