Meeting Minutes: November 18, 2010

Attendance

Members Present: Steve Ball, Gordon Christensen, Leah Cohn, John Dwyer, Ann Harrell, Art Jago, Victoria Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Edward Hunvald for John Lande, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Xiaoguang Ni, Leona Rubin, Harry Tyrer, Dana Weston, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Clyde Bentley, Candace Galen, Candace Galen, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Norman Land, April Langley, Rebecca McCathren, Joe Parcell, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Douglas Wakefield, Ronald Wheeland, Bill Wiebold, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Richard Guyette (NTT), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The Faculty Council minutes of 11-4-10 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Rubin reported on the Faculty Forum that was held concerning the MDHE (Missouri Department of Higher Education) program review meeting on 11-12-10.  She said there was good attendance at the meeting and that we didn't have a role in this but may in the future.

Rubin reported that there will be a meeting of the executive committee with a delegation from mainland China.  This will be the second such meeting in two years.

Wiebold, Columbia campus IFC (Intercampus Faculty Council) Chair is currently attending a two-day special IFC meeting to discuss the universities' retirement benefit.

Discussion Items

General Education Review - Johnson.  This is a continuation of a discussion item from our last Council meeting.  Johnson decided to discuss the non-controversial issues and set aside the diversity requirement.  The non-controversial issues were: (1) limitation of general education courses to no more than one prerequisite; (2) writing intensive (WI) and math reasoning proficiency courses (MRP) and the order in which students take them; and, (3) impact of the growing enrollment on the delivery of capstone and writing intensive courses.  The discussion on all three issues will continue at the next Council meeting in January.

Faculty Handbook Changes - Johnson.  This item is in two parts.  (1) Changes to the Faculty Handbook policies related to GPA, repeats for classes taken at other UM campuses and academic renewal for semesters completed at other UM campuses.  The changes would give equality to UM campuses regarding transfers.  Council voted to suspend the rules and the motion to approve these changes passed.  The issue on repeat course policy will return to Council at their next meeting.

(2) The Law School requested a change in the withdrawal policy so they would be exempt from some of the withdrawal and hearer status rules which apply to the rest of the university.  The practice at the Law School has been to let students withdraw from, or change to the hearer status in any one class up to the day of that class’ final exam.  Council voted to suspend the rules and the motion to approve these changes passed.  The issue on withdrawal date for the campus will return to Council at their next meeting.

Proposed changes to secion 300.010 L.12 of the “Collected Rules and Regulations” to allow electronic voting - Wiebold.  Because of time, this item was tabled until the next Council meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Because of time, there were no reports.

Adjournment

Council met for a brief session in order to make committee nominations.  The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder