Meeting Minutes: February 23, 1995


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

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 February 9, 1995 meeting were approved subject to changing the departmental name Educational Administration to Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis on page 1.

Action Item

Motion on Tuition Remission. It was moved, seconded, and passed that:

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, staff and their dependents.

The rationale for this resolution may be found in the February 9, 1995 Faculty Council Minutes.

Discussion Items

Library Scholarship Policy Committee. Charlie Timberlake, Professor of History, made a presentation to the Faculty Council as a representative of the Library Scholarship Policy Task Force (Chairman John Foley was out of town) and a representative of the Four-Campus Advisory Committee to President Russell on the storage facility. Dr. Timberlake divided his report into three sections: 1) he gave a short report on the Library Space Forum which was held here at MU on February 10 & 11, 1995; 2) he reported on the activities of the Four-Campus Advisory Committee on library storage; and 3) he discussed and sought the advice of Faculty Council in determining the next steps that Faculty Council and the Library Scholarship Policy Task Force should take.

Several of the main points noted from the Forum include: 1) the Columbia campus is in an extreme situation relative to space; 2) the University needs a long-term plan for information management; and 3) there is a need for three types of space [centrally-located, intense-use space; occasional-use space for research by advanced undergraduates and faculty; low-use items, or items in need of security preservation, which could be more remote].

Next, he noted the Four-Campus Committee has recommended to the Board of Curators that they hire the architectural firm of PGAV (Mark Veits) to study various models of a storage facility for the UM campuses. After further discussion it was recommended that Faculty Council arrange for a meeting of the Library Scholarship Policy Task Force with the Chancellor to review the results of the Task Force's work to date.

Report on Enrollment Management

Two draft policies for admissions standards, for the fall of 1996, were handed out for review for future consideration. The first deals with first-time college admissions standards, while the second deals with the transfer admissions policy standards. Copies of the draft policies are available from Becky Flanders in the Faculty Council Office.

Report on Plus/Minus Grading

Faculty members are urged to review the guidelines on plus/minus grading and to discuss how these will be used in their particular department or division.

Report on Midterm Grades for First Semester Freshman

The Executive Committee of Council has met with Ted Tarkow regarding a suggested midterm report for first-semester students. After discussion the Executive Committee asked Ted Tarkow to draw up guidelines that will require the students to become actively involved in this effort. A proposal from Ted will be brought to Faculty Council at a later date.

IFC Report

The IFC met with Curator McHugh. He noted in his meeting with IFC that the program reviews are to identify what we are doing really well. Secondly, Pat Plummer reported that the President has disbanded his Promotion and Tenure Committee, as he will now rely on the old procedure of recommendations from the Chancellors going directly to the Board of Curators.

Standing Committee Reports

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

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:40 p.m. Faculty Council was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Almony, Recorder