Meeting Minutes: September 13, 1994
The Chancellor began his comments with many positive remarks about items that the University of Missouri should take pride in. First, the Chancellor introduced 50 new tenure track faculty that he is proud to welcome to the University of Missouri. Of these new faculty members, 24% are women and 18% are members of a minority group. The Chancellor then thanked Ed Hunvald, Chair of Faculty Council, and Faculty Council itself for the collegial and pleasant working relationship that exists between this group and the Chancellor's office. One of our major goals in the next few years is to become a national model for how to manage well in tough economic times. As an example of how we can uniquely position ourselves nationally, the Chancellor is very complimentary of the English department and how it has recently revolutionized itself. Except for one dark cloud on the horizon, called Hancock II, our budget is in very good shape and is moving along in a good way. The University is being aggressive in seeking new resources, it is developing a very sound financial base, and we are making good progress in educating state government officials on our needs in supporting a great university, at least on an inflationary level. Moving on to serving the students, the Chancellor stated that he feels that we are on the forefront, nationally, in helping students to succeed and in affecting public support of us due to that. In the next 5-7 years, the Chancellor believes that other AAU public universities will be trying to follow our lead. One of the new initiatives that is being started here at the University of Missouri is trying to bring back emeritus faculty to serve as general educational advisors for students. Two components of the general education program are doing very well: 1) The second component of the intensive writing courses is doing well; and 2) We have 28 new math reasoning proficiency courses now available. The Chancellor noted that continuous quality improvement is occurring in many areas of administration, student services, and in the classroom, and gave several examples. It should be noted that we have come quite a ways in the last two years. Morale on campus is improving. A state of the campus report is to be published and available sometime in mid to late October. A new Mizzou View Book for student recruitment is now available and has been published, which the Chancellor, and others, feel will be a strong recruiting tool. Everyone is encouraged to take a look at this new booklet. One of the points of evidence that we are building a more positive image for the University is the 22% increase in applications for this year alone. In addition, the overall quality of the students being admitted to the University is very high, as reflected in the tremendous increase in the number of students joining the Honors College this year. The Chancellor was also very gratified to see that we now have three times the African American freshmen that we had a year ago at this time. We are continuing to plan for a library storage facility and the Chancellor thanked the members of the faculty who are serving on both the President's Committee and the Faculty Council Library Scholarship Policy Task Force. The Board of Curators has approved a new test to be used for assessment here at MU and the Chancellor hopes that the faculty will encourage student participation in this new assessment tool. One of our goals over the next few years is to increase the number of faculty with grants. Administratively, the campus is looking at ways to make the grant application process much more user friendly to assist new faculty in applying for grants. Relative to the search for a new Provost, the Chancellor reported that we have a substantial number of excellent candidates in the pool. The search committee that is looking for a Vice-Chancellor for Development is still in the process of identifying potential candidates and they are working with an outside consulting firm in doing this. One of the benefits of the recent Korean trip made by the Chancellor and some of the deans is that they returned, not only with academic and exchange agreements, but with, perhaps, the first endowed chair in Korean studies in a U.S. university. Furthermore, we have recently completed funding of seven new endowed chairs and hoped to soon complete two more. Before ending with some good news, the Chancellor did cover the one dark cloud on the horizon--Hancock II, Amendment 7 on the November ballot. He reminded everyone that Hancock II has qualified for the ballot; however, two lawsuits are currently in the process of trying to stop it. Estimates as to what it would mean in lost state revenues vary from $1 billion to as much as $5 billion. The least hurtful estimate for the MU campus is a $43 million cut on July 1, 1995. No one knows at this time exactly what would happen if the amendment is passed; however, some equivalencies relative to the MU campus are things such as: 1) a possible cut of 1 in 3 jobs; 2) eliminating one entire campus of the University of Missouri system; or 3) the raising of tuition by 125%. Again, these are just equivalencies to give people a feeling for the impact that this would have. Most state agencies as well as K-12 education would be tremendously hurt also. The administration of the University cannot actually advocate nor tell anyone how to vote relative to the issue; however, we can all help educate the public as to the impact this would have on the state and on the University. The Chancellor then ended his comments by mentioning some unique or unusual honors earned by many faculty of MU.
Remarks of Ed Hunvald, Chair of Faculty Council
Ed Hunvald began his remarks by mentioning the recent proposal, which originated on this campus, for extending the probationary period for tenure. This has been approved by an Executive Order of the President and it would allow the Chancellor to grant extensions of the probationary period of tenure to faculty members who encounter circumstances which may substantially interrupt their ability to make progress toward tenure. Possible reasons for granting an extension of the probationary period include pregnancy, serious illness, or care of an invalid or seriously ill spouse, partner, parent, child or other close dependent. Other reasons may be considered. This is designed to cover situations where the faculty member is able to continue their regular duties but the time needed for research has been seriously interrupted. Ed then went on to talk about the current status of +/- grading. He then mentioned that the proposed changes in the faculty grievance procedures are now before the Intercampus Faculty Committee. Ed then mentioned that the Faculty Council has recently made some proposed changes in the granting of emeritus faculty status; however, this now also needs to go to the IFC. Next, Ed discussed the work of the Library Scholarship Policy Task Force, and thanked Don Seibert and Jean Hamilton for their work in helping to set up this task force. Ed then reinforced the Chancellor's comments on faculty and students taking a new assessment tool very seriously. There was a short period for questions after Ed Hunvald's remarks. The questions primarily dealt with: 1) Hancock II; 2) The Institute for Instructional Technology; and 3) How to do better advising of students for their courses. Under the Hancock II question, the basic information that came out is that we cannot tell people how to vote, but we may educate them as to the consequences of Hancock II. A point made during the question on the Institute for Instructional Technology is that we need an infrastructure in our classrooms to support language instruction, as we appear to be way behind in this area nationally. Finally, the Chancellor said that while we have begun to do a better job overall in our advising, problems will continue to occur, and we need to just work through these. The general faculty meeting then adjourned at 4:45 p.m. to move to the reception.