Meeting Minutes: February 9, 1995


Present were: Gary Allee, Lloyd Barrow, Hardeep Bhullar, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Joe Charlson, Vicki Conn, Jay Dix, Peter Hall, Jean Hamilton, Richard Hatley, Edward Hunvald, Deborah Pearsall, Larry Penney, Glenn Pierce, Kevin C. Moore for Ron Plain, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Michael Prewitt, Dennis Sentilles, Don Sievert, Mary Ellen Sievert, Fred Springsteel, Harry Tyrer, Betty Winfield, Bob Almony (Librarians), Roy Utz (Retirees), and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff). Absent were: Leonard Forte, Allen Hahn, Charles Knowles, and Loren Nikolai.

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Ed Hunvald called the meeting to order in Room S110 in the Memorial Union at 3:40 p.m. The minutes of the December 8, 1994 meeting were approved without any changes.

Report of Officers

Chairman Ed Hunvald gave a report on the Associate Deans Retreat held earlier in the day on enrollment management. He noted that this is both an immediate and a long-range problem. The immediate problem is the increase in numbers of applicants and the likely increase of entering students in the fall of 1995. Furthermore, he noted that any changes for the fall of 1996 will need to be approved by the end of this semester. During discussion, Don Sievert reminded Faculty Council that admissions standards are in the purview of the faculty and enrollment management may require our involvement. Jean Hamilton reminded us that we may need to be cooperative with the current problem, but we do need to be concerned with the long-term problem and solutions.

Chairman Hunvald reported that House Bill 119, sponsored by Rep. Hosmer, has been introduced in the State House. House Bill 119 provides for faculty representation on public university governing boards, and provides that student and faculty representatives can attend closed sessions. A hearing was held on the bill recently and it has been voted out of committee.

Loren Nikolai has been selected for the Student Affairs Committee to be the liaison with the Summer Welcome program.

Chairman Hunvald noted that all members of Council have finally been selected. The new members are Ron Plain, from Ag Economics, and Richard Hatley, from Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis; also, Joe Charlson from Electrical Engineering will substitute for John Miles. Their standing committee appointments are: Richard Hatley, Student Affairs; Ron Plain, Fiscal Affairs; and, Joe Charlson, substitute for John Miles on Special Projects.

The final results of the balloting of the Provost Search indicate that the candidate selected, Edward P. Sheridan, was rated clearly acceptable by 87% of the faculty voting.

It was announced that the Public Forum on the Library Space needs will be Friday and Saturday of this week. The afternoon session on Friday will be a round table discussion at which members of the audience may participate. All faculty were urged to attend.

Peter Hall reported on his meeting with the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates, which met in Columbia on February 6, 1995. He reported that the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates has received an offer to establish temporary quarters at the Coordinating Board for Higher Education offices in Jefferson City. It was also noted that Dr. Robert Stein of CBHE has been an official liaison to the MAFS. The representatives of the MAFS voted to accept the offer from CBHE and the Executive Committee will work out the details. Secondly, the representatives agreed to ask the secretary to communicate with appropriate legislatures, the organization's previous (and continuing) support for legislation placing a faculty representative on governing boards of public colleges and universities. Finally, the representatives informally agreed on a proposal to amend the constitution in order to facilitate the organization's ability to reach positions on proposed legislation in a timely manner. Final approval requires a two-thirds vote on mailed ballots which will be sent within the next 30 days to all designated voters of the organization.

Discussion Items

Environmental Studies Initiative. Jan Weaver presented a proposal to the Faculty Council asking for its endorsement of the Environmental Studies Initiative. After some discussion, Mike Prewitt moved, and it was seconded, and passed to suspend the rules to allow Faculty Council to endorse the proposal. It was then moved, seconded, and passed that:

"It is resolved that Faculty Council on University Policy endorses Environmental Studies Initiative and refers the proposal to the Committee on Undergraduate Education for their consideration and further action."

Implementation of Plus/Minus Grading. Mike Prewitt handed out a revised copy of the plus/minus grading scale with a revision noted in bold type, dealing with the fact that students in teacher certification must have at least a 2.0 in certain classes in order to qualify for state certification. The exact wording for this section will be changed in the appropriate places in campus publications so that students in Education will be aware of this.

Resolution on Tuition Remission. The Faculty Affairs Standing Committee handed out a proposed resolution which will be acted upon at the next meeting of Faculty Council, on the issue of tuition benefits. The current resolution reads:

"The MU Faculty Council acknowledges President Russell's charge to the UM System Retirement and Staff Benefits Committee to undertake a long-range planning effort that includes consideration of tuition benefits for UM faculty and staff dependents. Accordingly, the MU Faculty Council urges the adoption of a substantial tuition benefit for faculty, staff, and their dependents."

The primary rationale behind this resolution is as follows: 1) such a benefit will aid in recruiting and retaining more established faculty; 2) a substantial number of peer institutions provide a tuition benefit to faculty and staff dependents as do regional universities in Missouri; 3) this benefit will provide an incentive for faculty and staff dependents to attend MU; 4) most employees, and a lifetime of commitment to MU, will be served by this benefit; and, 5) this benefit will provide an admittedly underpaid faculty and staff with an relatively inexpensive but tangible reward.

Revision of Committee Charges. Pat Plummer would like the Special Projects Committee to look into a revision of committee charges, and will work with them on this.

Program Review

Chairman Hunvald noted that at the March meeting of the Board of Curators the Chancellors are to present the process to be followed to determine those areas to be enhanced. Then, at the June meeting of the Board of Curators, the areas to be enhanced are to be identified by the Chancellors. Finally at the December meeting of the Board of Curators they are to indicate where the money is to come from to enhance the areas identified at the June meeting. Faculty are encouraged to become actively involved in this program review process currently going on under the supervision of the deans and the department chairs.

Policy on Class Cancellation for Snow (Inclement Weather)

There was considerable discussion regarding procedures for canceling classes because of weather. Several ideas were put forward that will be considered by the campus administration for use in the future.

Board of Curators Report

Minutes from the Board of Curators meetings for December 15-16, 1994 and for January 27-28, 1995 were handed out to members at the Council meeting.

IFC Report

Pat Plummer reported on the IFC meeting with Adam Fisher, President of the Board of Curators, and Fred Hall, Vice President of the Board of Curators. She was impressed with their openness and willingness to listen. Furthermore, she reported that IFC will soon be taking up the medical program review and grievance procedures.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: No report.
Faculty Affairs: No report.
Special Projects: No report.
Student Affairs: No report.

Fiscal Affairs:

Dennis Sentilles reported that the committee had met again with Gordon Springer of the Financial Oversight Committee regarding the idea of an Educational Impact Statement on major financial decisions at MU. The committee may soon meet with Brady Deaton to work out possibilities that would be feasible without too much paperwork.

Any Other Business

Before moving into closed session, it was again noted that faculty really need to get involved and voice their opinions and concerns to their chairs and their deans regarding program reviews. The topic of Academic Freedom and Intellectual Academic Freedom has been referred jointly to the Academic Affairs & Faculty Affairs standing committees, as it relates to program reviews.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:55 p.m. Faculty Council was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Robert Almony, Recorder