Meeting Minutes: February 4, 2010

Attendance

Members Present: Clyde Bentley, John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Art Jago, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Norman Land, John Lande, April Langley, Kenneth MacLeod, Thomas Marrero, Rebecca McCathren, Joseph Parcell, Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Sam White (NTT), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Leah Cohn, Michael Diamond, Rebecca Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Xiaoguang Ni, Johannes Schul, Michael Taksar, Ronald Wheeland, Fred Williams (NTT), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The 1-21-10 Faculty Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Chair Rubin announced that Vice President Krawitz presentation was rescheduled to March 18.  There will be a forum on the General Education Program Tuesday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m.in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

Watt reported on the January Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting.  President Forsee reviewed his upcoming Board presentation, "The State of the University" with the group and answered budget related questions.  There was a discussion about creating advancement levels for extension specialists.  It has been proposed that they go through the regular ranked faculty positions.  IFC is opposing this on the basis of faculty governance issues.  As discussed with Vice Presidents Krawitz and Rodriguez there will be no raises this year.

Rubin reported on the January Board meeting in Kansas City.  The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board is recommending an increase in online education for the university.  They prefer this to be a "bottom up" style rather than imposed from top down.  They will create opportunities for faculty to do this by hiring more technical specialists and course designers.  The President has allocated $700,000 for this effort.  The pension plan is reported to be improved from its condition of last year by employee contributions.  It is expected that there will be additional increased costs in health insurance in the future.  Human Resources is developing an online survey for employees to answer questions about their university benefits.  The President announced the Enterprise Investment Program designed to help fund start up companies in Missouri.  He has allocated $5 million dollars for this program.  The state appears interested in combining their MOSER health insurance plan with UM health insurance however the university system officers feel this would have negative affects because of the increased costs to the university and employees.

Action Items

Changes to MU in the Evening - Watt. The item was discussed in that the degree will continue. The change would be moving administration of the degree from Extension to the Provost Office.  A motion was made to suspend discussion and call for a vote.  A vote was taken and the motion passed by a majority.

"The Faculty Council has reviewed the report of the "MU in the Evening" Review Committee submitted at the last Council meeting of Academic Year 2008-2009 and supports the Provost intent to act upon the recommendation of that report that the "MU in the Evening Program" be discontinued as a separate degree-granting program and its services, staff, and fiscal support be integrated into support for needed extensions of the regular degree programs of the campus into added times and new delivery modes for the benefit of the campus."

Discussion Items

Military Credit - Parcell.  The discussion focused on transfer of credits from unaccredited institutions and associations as well as limits of time when courses can be transferred for credit.

It was pointed out that MU is designated as a veteran-friendly campus and soon there will be many Afghan and Iraqi veterans returning to the United States.  A suggestion was made that the academic affairs committee meet with the VA prior to this returning as an action item at our next meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Parcell, chair, reported they are still collecting information on the recent calendar change to Reading Day.

Faculty Affairs: Tarr, chair, they are working on domestic partner benefits as well as employee + 1 and/or family + 1 style plans which would allow employees to add an additional individual to their benefits.  Both Faculty Affairs and Diversity Enhancement may have a resolution for the next Council meeting.

Student Affairs: Sayers, chair, they are looking at revising the policy on student absences during the first two weeks of the semester.

Adjournment

Council met for a brief closed session.  The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden,  Recorder