Meeting Minutes: October 11, 2012


Members Present: Steve Ball, Jim Baumann, Clyde Bentley, A. Cooper Drury, Francisco Gomez, Raja Gopaldas, Cheryl Heesch, Art Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Tushar Ghosh (for Sudarshan Loyalka), Judith Mabary, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Karen Piper, Craig Roberts, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Rachel Brekus (Librarians), Mark Prelas (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Gordon Christensen, Tim Evans, Lisa Flores, Candace Galen, Bina Gupta, Ilhyung Lee, Tony Lupo, Joe Parcell, Stephen Sayers, Vitor Trindade, Don Sievert (MURA), Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), and Sam White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Harry Tyrer called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of September 27, 2012 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Vice Chair Kattesh Katti reported on the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) meeting in Jefferson City earlier this week.  The focal points of the meeting included:  funding formula for higher education; hearings to address five questions regarding mission, goals, and economic development related to higher education; shared governance; and, online education.

Action Items

Align Academic Deadlines to Cashiers Refund Deadlines – Monnier.  After a brief discussion, a motion was made to approve the Registrar’s proposal to align academic deadlines and cashier’s refund deadlines; plus, a request to align the last day to withdraw from a course with the last day to withdraw from the university.  This passed Council with a unanimous vote.

2014-2015 Academic Calendar – Monnier.  Monnier requested this item return to Council after representatives have the time to meet and discuss this with their faculty constituents.


Discussion Items

Guests:  Linda Bennett, Special Assistant Provost Office on Integrating Mizzou Student Experience.  Bennett spoke to Council to share information regarding the project titled “Integrating the Mizzou Student Experience” a response to item 1.8 of the Strategic Plan.  A total of fourteen workgroups from across campus have been formed to investigate integrating modes of delivery and determining what all students should experience during their academic career at MU.  Bennett emphasized the fact that this is a process rather than aiming for end results.  The workgroups will formulate a report this fall with recommendations on what areas need further investigation.

Plus/Minus Grading with Xavier Billingsley, MSA.  Billingsley, President MSA, and Zac Toombs jointly presented the MSA resolution requesting that Council explore options to our current undergraduate plus/minus grading system.  This action follows an online survey of undergraduate students who expressed dissatisfaction with the present system and alleging that it adversely impacts application to graduate schools thus creating unfair competition with students in comparable institutions.  Approximately 64 percent of respondents would like to change to a straight A-F system without the plus/minus.  The option to include A+ (with GPA of 4.3) was also presented.

Council will need more data before pursuing the discussion to alter the present grading system.  Ball will take the lead in working with MSA, the Academic Affairs Committee, and finally back to Council.

Rules of Order Revision – Stephen Montgomery-Smith and Tony Lupo.  Montgomery-Smith introduced the recommendation that the Council rules be amended to include the possibility of electronic voting by adding the following statement to section 3J of the “Rules of Order”.  This change reads as follows:  “electronic motions and voting can be organized as per Faculty Council rules, unless one or more voting members of Faculty Council object.  The Faculty Council Chair shall preside over the discussion, procedure, and tallying of the votes.”

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs Committee:  Montgomery-Smith, chair, reported:  (1) charge sent to P&T task force, and (2) proposal to change the definition of faculty in CRR is ready to be presented to the Executive Committee.

Diversity Enhancement Committee: Bentley, chair, reported:  (1) the committee has reexamined the diversity requirement that failed two years ago, and (2) the 2012 Mizzou Diversity Summit “Show Me Respect:  Promoting Civility at the University of Missouri” will be held October 29-30 with David Livingstone Smith as the featured speaker.

Student Affairs Committee: Roberts, chair, reported:  (1) met this week with the Veterans committee regarding the memorial, and (2) student expressed need for improved bus service to and from campus but offered no specifics on what should be done.  This will be an ongoing item for Student Affairs.

Any Other Business

Roberts inquired about the progress of the committee to investigate the Missouri Press.  There were no developments to report.


The meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Judith Mabary, Recorder