Meeting Minutes: March 9, 2017


Members present: Anne Alexander, Sheila Baker, Christi Bergin, David Bergin, Tina Bloom, John Gahl, Francisco Gomez, Trent Guess, Casandra Harper, Berkley Hudson, Art Jago, Naresh Khatri, Tony Lupo, Leslie Lyons, Clark Peters, Jeffrey Rouder, Rebecca Scott, Marcia Shannon, Patrick Shiu, Anne Stanton, Marty Steffens, Kristin Taylor, Ben Trachtenberg, William Wiebold, Robert Winholtz, Flore Zephir, Rachel Brekhus (for Rebecca Graves) Librarians, and Rebekah Hart (Council Secretary). Members absent: Dennis Kelley, Teng Lim, Camila Manrique, John Middleton, Mary Stegmaier, Mahesh Thakkar, Vitor Trindade, Don Sievert (MURA), and Karen Piper (AAUP).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Trachtenberg called the meeting to order at 3:31 p.m. In the absence of Recorder Rebecca Graves, Trachtenberg appointed Tina Bloom as Recorder pro tempore. The minutes of the 2-23- 17 meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

Ben Trachtenberg noted that Mun Choi is now UM President, expected to address State Auditor’s report at noon press conference tomorrow, 3/10/17.

Busy month coming up for faculty governance. Please watch for email coming out soon regarding faculty interest in serving on campus standing committees. Even if Council members are too overcommitted to serve themselves, please click and read survey and try to think of colleagues not on FC and encourage them to fill out the survey – because if people don’t sign up its hard to appoint them.

The Spring General Faculty Meeting is 03-15-2017 at 3:30 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium and will focus on the University’s financial issues. This is an opportunity for faculty to ask questions of Interim Chancellor Foley and other top administrators. As of now, there has been no call for applications/nominations to the three budget committees described previously by Interim Chancellor Foley and Vice Chancellor for Finance/CFO Rhonda Gibler. Ben Trachtenberg notes questions about this at the General Faculty meeting may be useful if this remains the case; it is important these committees’ work begins as soon as possible.

There is a Special General Faculty Meeting the following week, 03-22-2017 at 3:30 p.m. in Jesse Wrench Auditorium. Mun Choi will be there and has indicated he is interested in having real dialogue with faculty, not in filibustering. The meeting will be open to the public; the microphone will be open to faculty.

3-23-17 is the last Faculty Council meeting prior to spring break; 4-13-17 is the next meeting after that, when the election of next year’s Chair and Vice Chair will take place.

Other events: On 3-14-17 at 6 p.m., A&S Room 113: Town Hall called “A Time To Listen: Antisemitism, Islamophobia And The MU Community,” sponsored by Religious Studies department (free). On 3-16-2017 at 7 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre (free): the law school’s Historical And Theatrical Trial Society will conduct a trial of E.M. Watson for aiding and abetting the lynching of James T. Scott, murdered in Columbia, MO in 1923 – lawyers, witnesses, judge, jury; will be of interest to many. Berkely Hudson, Frank Bowman, and Ben Trachtenberg will play parts in the production. Finally, Berkely Hudson has several upcoming gallery talks and exhibits of photos from the Jim Crow era by O.N. Pruitt, titled “Possum Town: Mississippi Pictures of Trouble and Resilience” (free). Berkely will send an email w/ dates.

Discussion Items

Questions/Comments: Was the IBIS audit and survey a one-time thing? KM answered yes. TWG is looking at a robust framework that maps campus activity holistically to look at the data that we have and the data that we need. Want to be good fiscal stewards, don’t see much value in continuing IBIS, can create a stronger system. Question: what sense of urgency is there related to this? KM thinks a great sense of urgency, but also wants to make sure what is done is metric- driven, is asking for understanding from leadership. He feels there is a commitment to IDE even in the face of fiscal challenges. Question: How will they engage faculty and staff who may draw back at the word “diversity” – there are some people who aren’t entirely open to these ideas in the broad way it is outlined in this report. KM thinks framing diversity around excellence is

useful; he presented ideas to a conservative group of campus retirees recently. Was told not to expect much, but had a really great conversation and thinks it is important how things are framed, as well as to use multipronged approaches and elicit input from people who have been around a long time. Many have shared IBIS report concerns. Question: is the focus of framework on American underserved/underrepresented populations vs global? KM: want to create opportunities for students to think critically about issues that are happening everywhere. Question: How will data and participation be further defined? TWG has strong relationships across campus; her involvement helps gain access to data, break down barriers and access to areas previously inaccessible. Data is very dispersed on this campus and who “owns” the data is frequently murky. Transparency is a longstanding cultural issue but is important to buy-in. Question: How do we convey the story and impact? TWG uses a mixed methods approach – data is not strictly quantitative; this helps convey. Question: Is IDE proposing to augment salaries from the $3.4M? KM stated that if this request comes through campuses and administration approves, then yes. Question: How would this proposal be implemented to support diversity education, faculty training, coursework? KM: answer is we have resources, both financial and human, to help with this. Elisa Glick (English, Women’s & Gender Studies) is faculty fellow working on faculty development around IDE. There are also remaining funds left in the original one-time money, part of that is the faculty support circle, KM can help share how to access, how can be used. Faculty Council Chair Ben Trachtenberg (BT): will debate Inclusive Excellence Framework draft in two weeks at next Council meeting, will not ask to vote to endorse today.

Brian Millner, Interim Chief of Staff, MU Chancellor’s Office. Brian Millner (BM) was put in charge of gathering information and reporting back on ways to intelligently charge tuition by Interim Chancellor Foley. BM has been looking at various institutions (e.g., Cornell, which is private but land-grant and SUNY gets $130M from the state, which they funnel to Cornell to reduce tuition for programs part of the land-grant mission; UCLA MBA program which is privatized while the rest of the business school runs on traditional model; UVA charges less for gen ed and more for upper-level courses to recapture the greater cost associated with upper division courses). This is all very developmental; BM says not always certain when to loop faculty and other groups in. Evolving situation, the question is what “might” work. Some things have recently changed, including new Governor who has spoken against raising tuition. This information-gathering on tuition is in the context of decreased state funding, increased state growth, tuition held flat by SB 389, which caps tuition increase annually at CPI unless the entity can get a waiver from state Coordinating Board for Higher Education. Tuition cap passed previously by the state is contrary to conservative and free market principles; also important to remember that MO has many low-cost public options for education but only one AAU, Research 1 institution.

One of three budget committees to come (described previously by Interim Chancellor Foley and Vice Chancellor for Finance/CFO Rhonda Gibler at Feb. 2 Council meeting) will specifically address enrollment and tuition. Assume tremendous faculty/staff/student input – there will be ample opportunity to be involved. BM distributed a one-pager Hank Foley is sharing with key stakeholders like alumni. Emphasized this handout is not final or near final as there are a lot of questions to work through. Internal questions are where faculty input and involvement is especially needed, related to things like differential tuition model with tiers or plateaued tuition.

Questions/Comments: disagree with increasing tuition related to market prices or starting salaries for gradates. This seems unfair; low-income students by default will be routed to cheaper programs. BM: Financial aid currently not strategic. Actual difference between tiers unknown; haven’t done the math yet, but think at the best have 10% market flexibility in tuition.

Comment: please relay to Interim Chancellor Foley that we need to get moving on the three committees yesterday, need some concrete proposals. Comment: Recommend not to use the Cornell model; SUNY system was new, trying to create public space in private system. Comment: If you have a capacity class, a student drops, they get most of their money back and yet they have kept a student out of that seat. LSU has a model where the number of drops over course career is limited, but don’t really know how drops would be handled. Comment: May be useful to look at locking in freshman tuition; this perhaps goes with plateaued model. Comment: There are only so many degrees of freedom in play here: 1) more state infusion; 2) create more revenue; 3) degrade the system. Maybe there are more. Comment: One potential argument in favor of differential tuition model is that it will limit the number of students who leave University with expensive degrees that won’t result in expensive payoff. Data is needed so faculty can get our heads wrapped around this. BM: At best, the earliest tuition models could be changed would be FY 2019. Will really need people to sign up to help.

Texting Policy Proposed by Academic Affairs Committee – Art Jago (AJ). The University has no formal policy; Registrar asked Academic Affairs to look at this. This proposed policy is an opt-in; don’t want to require anyone to text; doesn’t require instructors to text/receive texts. Texting is not a formal means of communication, whereas a communication between you and a student on the university’s official email is your official communication.

Questions/Comments: Comment: Texting between students/faculty may still be discoverable and sunshineable. Question: Proposed policy states, “All texts must reflect university values and adhere to federal laws as well as all other university policies related to communication with students and/or between faculty and staff – How does this apply to situations such as text messages between two faculty members who are married to each other? Does that belong to the University? AJ: Will address with an amendment. BT: Will vote at next meeting.

Proposed amendment to grade-change procedures within myZou – Art Jago. Proposed amendment to grade change policies. Update to Faculty Handbook, long overdue housekeeping detail, get rid of grade change form. Moved and approved to suspend rules in order to vote today. Motion passed. The handbook will now read as follows:

E. Reporting of previously incomplete, unassigned, or erroneous grades. Whenever it becomes necessary to assign to a student a grade in a subject in which his/her grade was Incomplete (I), or to report the assignment of a previously unreported grade, or to correct a grade erroneously reported, proper notification will be sent to the Registrar on a form provided for that purpose an update must be made in the Student Information System (myZou).

Proposal for the University to construct a memorial to signify the University’s desire to honor and respect enslaved persons who helped to build the University – Sheila Baker (SB). MU Faculty Frank Schmidt (Biochemistry) and Jim Van Dyke (Art History) came to speak about the role of slavery and slave labor in the University’s past and the need for a memorial to slave labor. The resolution lays out the case; noted many universities are coming to grips with their past. MU is vulnerable because essentially founded by and for slaveholders. We have a statue of Jefferson, etc. but the enslaved people who probably did much of the work to establish MU is not acknowledged. Want a real monument, not a plaque; there are multiple options that would be viable intellectually and aesthetically. Site not set, Francis Quadrangle would be a preferred site. SB moved adoption of resolution; FC will be prepared to vote at the next meeting.

Resolution concerning undisclosed payments to UM System leaders. A resolution was put before the Council related to State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s report regarding previously undisclosed payments (bonuses, incentives, vehicle lease allowances) to UM System leaders in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 in excess of $2M.

Questions/Comments: who authorized the payments? BT: Curators and UM President. Curators voted in open session; President’s responsibility to implement. This was described in some detail in the Auditor’s report. New UM President Mun Choi has a press conference 3/10 at noon, thinks likely to address, thus Council can decide whether to wait to vote on the resolution until hearing what the President has to say, or not. Comment: UM system was shameful in its disregard for the students, faculty, staff, stakeholders in the state. UM Curators are complicit. State Auditor is an MU MBA graduate; concluded there may have been violations of the state constitution; resolution should state that the behavior was improper and illegal, and perhaps state Attorney General should investigate. Perhaps also Curators should look at how budget concerns are addressed relative to administrative salaries. BT: May not be best idea to open the box of Curators making detailed budget decisions. Comment: accepting the payments in the context of austerity is indecent. Comment: This episode taints us. Comment: investigation, task force, unified walk out suggested. Comment: Perhaps an advisory oversight committee for administrative salaries is needed on Intercampus Faculty Council. Moved and approved to suspend rules in order to vote today. Suggestion made to add language that behavior was “improper and illegal,” but no such amendment was moved. Motion made to delete final paragraph of resolution, did not pass. Resolution passed as originally submitted.

IFC Report (Bill Weibold): IFC met on Feb. 24, 2017 in the telepresence studios on each campus. This was Interim President Middleton’s last meeting with IFC. The bulk of our discussion time was focused on the state legislative discrimination bill. We also discussed several actions that occurred related to immigration. We asked that a message condemning that shooting of a UMKC alum and the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis be issued by System. A legislative update was provided by Marty Oetting (Missouri) and Steve Knorr (primarily federal). The draft Standard of Faculty Conduct document was discussed. Several minor changes were made in response to MU suggestions. The document was approved and sent

to UM General Counsel for additional vetting. CRR revisions in response to the diversity, equity, inclusion vetting report were discussed by Marsha Fischer. We received a detailed report that lists items considered, the governance group that vetted or made suggestions related to the items, and the outcome. Most IFC suggestions were accepted. Three IFC items were accepted in part. Two IFC items were not accepted (these were both aspirational language). There was no consensus on three IFC items, and these can be discussed further. This document is available. If you want a copy, please request and I’ll send. The University of Missouri System Review Commission report was briefly discussed. This report is available if you’d like a copy. Please request and I’ll send. A draft “Inclusive Excellence at the University of Missouri System 2016- 2018 Framework” document was discussed by Kevin McDonald. This document affirms UM commitment to “growing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive learning, living, and working environment.” It contains a total of seven objectives in three categories with strategies and indicators.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs (Jago). No report

Faculty Affairs (Bloom). Committee met and discussed remaining items on charge. Anne Alexander, Christi Bergin and Tina Bloom met with MU librarians on 2/27; librarians are currently voting on whether they want NTT status. The CRRs do allow this (if also approved by Faculty Council and the Chancellor). Don’t expect to see a motion this academic year, but Council members may hear from librarian colleagues individually as they continue to discuss this issue and work to gain some consensus and understanding. Tina Bloom met with Diane Dahlmann, Exec Director of the Rec Center, to discuss low or no-cost faculty membership options (from the first item in our charge). Most feasible mechanism for making this happen is through the Atkins Wellness Program. Will meet with Anna Ball (Provost’s Office) April 4 to discuss promotion and tenure process issues.

Fiscal Affairs (Gahl). Fiscal Affairs noted the Chancellor’s letter sent Wednesday discussing the $20 million budget shortfall. Based on state withholdings, the shortfall needs to be addressed by June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The money will come from cash on hand (available reserves). Deans, and administrators at that level, will be informed of what amount their unit will be taxed. Fiscal Affairs has asked that Deans seek the consultation of their College Faculty Policy Committees when addressing these cuts. The cost to each unit will be calculated by a formula that uses both reserve balances (70 percent weight) and General Revenue Allocation, or GRA (30 percent weight. GRA is the money budgeted to be distributed to a unit. Reserve balances are resources held in unrestricted operating accounts as well as those in unrestricted plant funds. (Plant funds don’t have anything to do with plants; they are saving accounts for major purchases.) The Chancellor’s letter had a link to a page giving more detail and faculty are encouraged to read it.

Diversity Enhancement (Baker. No report Student Affairs (Zephir). No report 


Council adjourned at 5:00 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted,
Tina Bloom, Recorder pro tempore