Meeting Minutes: November 16, 2011 General Faculty Meeting

Attendance

The Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chancellor Deaton in Chamber Auditorium, MU Student Center. Approximately 75 people were in attendance.

Opening Remarks & Introductions-Chancellor Deaton

Deaton greeted the attendees of this meeting saying he was just in from a meeting of the National Land Grant Institutions and added that there are many things going on in higher education nationally.

Report from Faculty Council-Harry Tyrer

Tyrer spoke and had a PowerPoint presentation on the issues that Faculty Council will be looking at this year and he introduced Council officers and standing committees.  Among the issues are: performance funding, diversity intensive undergraduate experience, domestic partner benefits, accomplishment of the strategic plan objectives, online course task force, intellectual property campus standing committee, and student course evaluation.

Leona Rubin reported on the eLearning and the charge from the strategic plan to create “One Mizzou” a seamless system of high-quality courses, certificate programs and degrees delivered through innovative and flexible delivery systems that serve the needs of all students, including full-time employees, veterans, older students and other nontraditional students.  A rough draft of their recommendations is expected by the end of the semester. 

Tom Phillips reported on the Strategic Plan “One Mizzou”, 2020 Vision for Excellence.  Three general goals were developed: (1) expand and strengthen programs that improve the lives of the citizens of Missouri, the nation, and the world; (2) build the Mizzou Advantage that will bring new international distinction to MU; and, (3) ensure that MU has both the infrastructure and human and financial resources necessary to support innovation and excellence in teaching, research, outreach and economic development.  A new website that will track the progress of the strategic plan will be available soon.

Report from Chancellor Deaton

Deaton thanked everyone for their work on the Strategic Plan and Mizzou Advantage.   He reported on the Fall 2011 record enrollment and commented that for the past ten consecutive years MU has welcomed record-breaking student enrollment.  The six year graduation rate of 68.9 percent remains high both in the state and nationally.  The MU campus student body has also seen an increase in ethnic diversity and low-income households.  Deaton felt that MU’s AAU status will remain unchanged both for the present and the future due to the excellence of our faculty.  The Veterinary research animal diagnostic laboratory, RADIL, has been sold to a private national company for 43 million dollars.  There are no plans to change its location, RADIL will remain in Columbia. 

The recent Battelle report findings are agriculture and agriculture biosciences serve as powerful engine for economic growth and U.S. job creation.  The expansion in science is being generated by the land-grant universities, especially in agriculture.  This summer, there will be a display on the Mall in Washington D.C. celebrating the sesquicentennial, 150 years, of land-grant universities in the United States.

Our campus master plan continues with its charge to renew and renovate older buildings on campus.  We currently have 30 core academic buildings that need a full renovation.  There are no associated revenue streams for this we must rely solely on GO funding.  We have identified $532 million in needs, and this has become a $12 million dollar a year expense.  We have asked for state appropriations for Strickland Hall, a new School of Music facility, and Lafferre Hall in Engineering.  We are looking to our next capital campaign of 1 billion dollars.  This capital campaign will be about: advancing teaching and learning; expanding discovery; promoting globalization; enriching the arts and humanities; maximizing economic development; and, embracing the “Mizzou Spirit”.

Deaton addressed the issue of student drinking, alcohol abuse on campus.  This abuse has been shown to impair student’s ability to learn and be counterproductive to their social development. Student alcohol abuse is a very serious issue.  MU has strong and successful programs for addressing this issue that involve both the faculty and staff, community, and parents.  The findings of these programs are: increase the number of Friday 8:00 a.m. classes; have an alcohol educational freshman experience program; train the faculty; and, don’t tell jokes about alcohol in classes.

The SEC move was made after much consideration of the long-term interests of the university and our student athletes.  MU has never changed conferences before however the SEC is felt to be a better fit for MU culturally, institutionally, and academically.

Report from Tim Rooney, Director of the Budget

Rooney reported that our funding for this year is the same level as in 1999.  Despite this loss of state funding our tuition is less than the average AAU publics and less than the SEC.  For the need based scholarship, Access Missouri, $30 million out of $64 million of the MOHELA funds will not be available.  We may be looking at a tuition increase next year and an increase in student activity and health fees.  There is currently a 3 percent salary guideline being considered for salary increases.  In the next couple of months the budget timetable for both the state and our university is: the December Board of Curators meeting will consider tuition proposals; the state will be looking at its budget in December; the February Board of Curators meeting will set the fees; and, the April Board of Curators meeting will consider salary guidelines.

Report from Nikki Krawitz, Vice President of Finance on Performance Funding

Performance funding is a national movement driven by the National Governor’s Association.  It is looking at how we perform and not comparing institutions with other institutions.  The Governor’s focus is on more post secondary degrees and certificate program completion.  The four-year public institutions (COPHE) decide on four measures, then each institution will choose one more that is particular to its mission.  MU’s recommendation is research (NSF compiled data).    There is still a need to develop a proposal on the level of performance on each measure that is sufficient to earn additional funding.  Some common concerns from all institutions: (1) all oppose having any affordability measures; (2) hard to track transfer data; (3) three-year rolling averages will be used; (4) performance funding should only come from new funding; (5) 1-2 percent of new funding is used for performance funding; and, (6) performance funding awards should become part of the base. The Department of Higher Education will take data from 2012, 2011, and 2010, to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education in December. 

A question and answer period followed her presentation, a sampling follows.  (1) Should we have our own set of measures?  Yes, research funding and graduate student enrollment are options.  (2) Does this make any sense whatsoever?  No.  (3) Have they considered grade inflation? Yes, but they do not think this will not happen.  (4) Is this a done deal?  It is a done deal when signed by the Governor.

Adjournment

A motion was made for adjournment and the meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully Recorded,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder for the Faculty