Meeting Minutes: October 30, 2008

Attendance

Present: Clyde Bentley, Jay Dow, Victoria Johnson, Norman Land, Ed Hunvald (for John Lande), April Langley, Kenneth MacLeod, Jim McGlew, Steven Neal, Clark Gantzer (for Joe Parcell), Tom Phillips, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, David Trinklein, Adam Whaley-Connell, William Wiebold, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), Rainer Glaser (AAUP), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Arthur Jago, Alan Luger, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Xiaoguang Ni, Eileen Porter, J. Wilson Watt, Ian Worthington, Lori McKinley (NTT), 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 9-25-08 minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

The voting on the new faculty grievance policy will be ending and the results will be sent out on email. (Recorder's Note: the October 31, 2008 email reported the action passed, with 491 tenured and tenure-track faculty voting; Yes:346 (70.5%), No: 143 (29.1%), Abstain: 2 (0.4%)).

Michael Taksar, Observer to the Board of Curators, reported on the October Board meeting here in Columbia. The following items were mentioned: (1) discussion on "depository course" classes that are currently inactive and have not been taught in five years; (2) the status of the pension fund during the current fiscal banking crisis, conservative investments have lost only a small amount of the total monies and there is no present threat to the pension fund; and, (3) discussion regarding the present and projected construction on the UMKC campus.

Phillips gave a brief Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) report: (1) the UM system is advertising for an executive director for online education delivery; (2) there is a task force looking at online courses and how best to deliver their content; and, (3) a general discussion took place regarding student misconduct policies.

Discussion Items

Guest: Sherry Pollard, Director, Retail Service, University Bookstore on ways to help students save money on textbooks. Her initial discussion was on state and federal legislation regarding the fair pricing of textbooks and the mechanisms by which the bookstore is trying to keep costs low for students. The discussion continued with some of the following points: (1) it is important for the faculty to get their course book request in on a timely basis; (2) digital books help reduce book costs; (3) Rolla is doing a trial textbook rental - a college algebra text cost over $100.00 new, to rent it is $34.00 a semester; and (4) textbook policies should remain flexible and it is important that the right text be used per course taught.

Guest: Jim Spain, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies on review of the General Education Program. He feels strongly that it is time to re-evaluate the General Education Program. Among some of his concerns is that there needs to be flexibility in the selections in some programs and as currently listed the sciences and engineering have little flexibility in the selection of classes.

2010-2011 Academic Calendar - Trinklein. The draft calendar was available in the meeting packets. Council was asked to review and be ready to discuss at our November meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Trinklein, chair, the committee is discussing the possibility of a cultural diversity course requirement of students.

Faculty Affairs: Ruben, chair, reported the committee is discussing the Clinical Tenure Track requirements of the Medical School, the Board of Curator's breakfast, and the concept of a "service learning" center.

Diversity Enhancement: Schmidt, chair, reported that they are discussing a cultural diversity course requirement of students, inclement weather policy, and domestic partner benefits.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder