Meeting Minutes: October 9, 2008

Attendance

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

Report of Officers

Chair Tom Phillips called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room S203 Memorial Union. He reminded everyone of the Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting on Monday, October 13, 2008 and asked Council members if possible to please attend. He announced that the ballot on the revised grievance process is now out and completed ballots are due back in the Council Offices on October 29. Phillips also reminded Council of our breakfast for the Board of Curators later this month.

He reported on attending the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) meeting in Jefferson City earlier in the week. He shared with Council news concerning the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE). There was talk in the Missouri Legislature of underfunding higher education. He also reported on the four priorities of the CBHE: (1) asking the legislature for a 7.4 percent increase for higher education in the state; (2) "Caring for Missourians" a program for increasing health practitioners in the state; (3) looking at pilot performance projects, such as license certification; and, (4) asking for 84 million dollar increase for general maintenance funds.

He mentioned the October 8 meeting of the Executive Committee with Chancellor Deaton.

Action Items

Committee on Committees Report. Council approved the 2007-2008 Committee on Committees report with the recommendation to disband the Academic Assessment Committee and the Admissions Review Committee. The vote was unanimous.

Discussion Items

Resolution on Sports Medicine - Adelstein. This resolution asks Council to express its concerns and examine the way Intercollegiate Athletics handled the procurement of orthopaedic care for student athletes. A motion was made to table this item and return it to the executive committee for additional consideration. The motion passed and the resolution is tabled.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Trinklein, chair, reported that they are looking into undergraduate education.

Faculty Affairs: Ruben, chair, reported they are looking into the cost of mass email on this campus and tuition remission for new retirees.

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, reports there is optimism on campus funding and they are looking into fees for service.

Diversity Enhancement: Schmidt, chair, reported that they are looking at inclement weather policy of cancellation of classes but yet requiring other groups of university employees to come to work or use personal leave.

Student Affairs: Johnson, chair, reports her committee is reviewing the quarter time fee waiver for graduate students and continuing to examine the costs of textbooks.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder