Meeting Minutes: October 17, 2013
Members Present: Andre Ariew, A. Cooper Drury, Tim Evans, Alan Whittington (for Francisco Gomez), Raja Gopaldas, Richard Guyette, Karen Hebert, Dan Hooley, Berkley Hudson, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, John Lory, Sudarshan Loyalka, Tony Lupo, Judith Mabary, Tom Marrero, Dennis Miller, Nicole Monnier, Stephen Montgomery-Smith, Karen Piper, Katherine Reed, Craig Roberts, Angela Speck, Vitor Trindade, Harry Tyrer, William Wiebold, Rachel Brekhus (Librarians), Don Sievert (MURA), Mark Prelas (AAUP) and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Jim Baumann, Lisa Flores, Charles Franz, Jung Ha-Brookshire, Ilhyung Lee, Camila Manrique, Douglas Wakefield, and Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff).
Approval of Minutes
Chair Craig Roberts called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union. A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the September 19, 2013 meeting. Minutes were approved without discussion.
Supplemental Student Fee Proposal – Loyalka. Loyalka brought his motion forward for Council’s approval. Roberts asked for motion to be read again and any further discussion. The question was called and Council voted 18 for and 3 opposed.
“The University of Missouri Faculty Council on Policy supports the efforts of the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Provost/Chancellor to pursue the creation of a supplemental fee for the College in order to enhance the educational experiences of the students. We also recommend that the Dean engage faculty and students through a College Budget and Planning or a similar committee for transparency and advice on the appropriate dollar amount for such a fee, whether per credit hour or per course basis, as well as the most effective uses of revenues from this fee.”
Guest(s): Hank Foley, Executive Vice President Academic Affairs. Roberts introduced Foley to Council with some of his background information and academic values. Foley spoke on MU being both a “land grant” and an AAU institution, where research is very important to our mission, however there is little understanding throughout our state on these facts. He continued on how he would work to maintain and improve our status and look for new sources of income through entrepreneurship. Council questioned how he defines entrepreneurship, and wanted to know how he would achieve his goals. Foley recognized that not every academic field lends itself to entrepreneurship however he would strive through town hall meetings and forums to bring sciences and humanities together.
MU Chancellor Search – Wiebold. Wiebold briefly commented that the search was on going.
Provost Search Letter – Miller. Miller briefly gave some backround information that this letter came out of a previous idea that Council author a resolution about the Provost search. A motion was made by Miller for Roberts to send an open letter to the Chancellor on behalf of Council. Tyrer suggested widening the scope to cover more than just the Provost. Monnier pointed out that the Provost is the chief academic officer whereas other administrators roles may or may not be academic in nature. This will return to our next meeting on the 31st.
Standing Committee Reports
Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC): Miller, Council’s IFC representative, reported that other colleges and universities are adopting MU’s sponsored dependent benefit program. Other discussion items: (1) a proposed change to the CRR’s which would restrict the ability of UM schools to award diplomas with two university names on it; (2) course sharing, a practice of many divisions; and, (3) progress is being made on FAS.
Academic Affairs Committee: Monnier, chair, reported that they conveyed FC’s concern about the low number of faculty on the Mizzou Online Oversight Committee. Further concerns are with how evaluation forms get used; are there funds available to do a survey of what faculty do in the last two weeks of an academic semester.
Faculty Affairs Committee: Katti, chair, reported that the Chancellor has set up a task force on the AAU.
Diversity Enhancement: Johnson, chair, reported they are obtaining data from entry and exit questionnaires to quantify cultural competence gains, and developing events to facilitate dialogue and acceptance of differences.
Student Affairs: Evans, chair, reported that he wants to start keeping records of when mobile technology is used and causes an accident on campus.
Council met in executive session in order to approve committee nominations. The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.