Meeting Minutes: April 19, 2012


Members Present: Edward Adelstein, Steve Bell, Clyde Bentley, Gordon Christensen, Jeni Hart (for Lisa Flores), Francisco Gomez, Art Jago, Kattesh Katti, Jonathan Krieckhaus, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tom Marrero, Craig Roberts, Stephen Sayers, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), Sam White (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Andre Ariew, John Dwyer, Candace Galen, Ann Harrell, Cheryl Heesch, Rebecca Johnson, Norman Land, Ilhyung Lee, Dennis Miller, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Vitor Trindade, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), and Katherine Reed (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of March 8, 2012 & March 22, 2012 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Tyrer reported on a new survey from the Library Committee for faculty input about how library funds are spent.  This survey will go out tomorrow.    The NSEI faculty and academic program will be staying intact.  There have been several meetings with the Provost and it was determined to maintain the status quo while discussions continue on the future directions of this program.  It is still not known what precipitated the initial problems.  Tyrer asked Council members to be thinking about agenda items for AY ’12-’13.

Action Items

Recommendations of the Online Academic Programs Task Force – Rubin.    Council discussed a motion to accept report and addenda.   During this discussion it was pointed out that the SEC does not accept nontraditionally taught courses in Math and English for transfer students.  The report and the second addenda concerning training of faculty in new technologies was unanimously passed.

Discussion Items

Guests:  Lori Franz, NCAA Representative and Sarah Reesman, Executive Associate Athletic Director.  Franz began her presentation on MU transitioning to the SEC by stating that among the institutions in the SEC, MU is the fourth in graduation rates and is the fourth AAU institution in this conference.  For student athletes there is a mandatory class attendance policy and all academic credentials must be valid, any deviation can lead to suspension from competition.   They have more stringent regulations regarding transfer regulations and they require undergraduate level English and Math be taken from a traditional classroom setting.  There will be some changes also for the spectators in order to maintain the overall mood of the SEC culture that is positive and respectful.  The SEC has an academic consortium mission to advance academic excellence through the collaboration of member institutions. Examples are:  faculty achievement awards, and faculty meetings across the SEC institutions.

Some of the questions following the presentation were:  (1) why doesn’t SEC allow transfer credit from on-line English and Math courses,  answer – this may change in the future; (2) how will the class attendance policy on student athletics be enforced, answer – faculty oversight; and, (3) are student athletes treated differently than other students, answer – the SEC has different rules for student athletes than regular students.

Election Results.  In Council’s first of two elections for ’12-‘13, the results are:  Harry Tyrer, Chair; Kattish Katti, Vice Chair; and Gordon Christensen, IFC Representative.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee:  Bentley, chair, reported they are researching defining faculty from other campuses.

Fiscal Affairs Committee:  Katti, chair, reported they are revising representation on the Faculty Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property in order to include the social sciences.

Student Affairs Committee:  Roberts, chair, reported they continue to work on a veterans memorial and have begun discussions on plus/minus grading.


The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Shelley Worden, Recorder