Meeting Minutes: September 15, 1994


Present were: Lloyd Barrow, Hardeep Bhullar, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Leonard Forte, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Jean Hamilton, Edward Hunvald, Charles Knowles, Loren Nikolai, Deborah Pearsall, Larry Penney, Glenn Pierce, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Michael Prewitt, Dennis Sentilles, Don Sievert, Mary Ellen Sievert, Fred Springsteel, Harry Tyrer, Betty Winfield, Jim Brown (for Bob Birkenholz), Bob Almony (Library), and Roy Utz (Retirees). Absent were: Gary Allee, Vicki Conn, Jay Dix, John Miles, and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty and 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 August 25, 1994 meeting were approved as presented with no changes.

Report from General Education

Gil Porter, Director, General Education Program, made a brief presentation on the program's current status. Gil Porter had three handouts available at this meeting: 1) a listing of the Student Advisory Council for the General Education Program; 2) the complete committee on undergraduate education, now chaired by Dr. Warren Zahler, Department of Biochemistry; and, 3) a description of the General Education Program at MU. The third handout had three parts: 1) a description of the General Education Program at MU; 2) the schedule for implementing the various components of the MU General Education Program over the next four years; and 3) the General Education Program agenda for 1994-95, which includes 12 items. He reported that the Chancellor is very supportive of the General Education Program.

Report of Officers

Chairman Ed Hunvald presented his report from the September 1994 Board of Curators meeting in Springfield, MO. This report was presented by Ed, in that John Miles is currently in the hospital. An item in the report that Ed wished to bring to the attention of the Faculty Council is that the Executive Committee of the Board of Curators will approve changes in the fees for dental and medical insurance. This information will be published before the October board meeting so that employees will have the information for use during the open enrollment period which is from October 15 to November 15. The changes that will be made are not known at this time; however, the dental charges will likely increase by 10%. It is difficult to extrapolate at this time the needed changes in the medical plan from the data now available, however, there will be a substantial increase in the unmanaged $250 deductible plan; possibly a 5% increase in the point-of-service plan, and out of network plans; and, no increase in the catastrophic plan.

Presently, how the rates for the HMO will be affected is not known. Next year, however, there will be over a full year's experience to use. Second, the chair announced that the Library Policy Task Force has had their first meeting and Dr. John Foley has been elected the chair.

Action Items

There were no action items at this council meeting.

Discussion Items

1996-97 Academic Calendar. The proposed Academic Calendar for 1996-97 was handed out by the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, Michael Prewitt. After some discussion it was decided to leave the proposed Academic Calendar as submitted. However, it was suggested that it should be published somewhere that three days prior to the official registration date is available for phone registration. There should also be a declaration that some divisions will not allow early phone registration. Hancock II. Chairman Ed Hunvald handed out a copy of the proposed Amendment 7 (Hancock II). He also suggested that everyone should reexamine the "Moody Report" about the impact of the Amendment. The stated minimum impact of Amendment 7 on state revenues is at least $1 billion. Some estimates range as high as $5 billion, depending upon interpretations of the amendment. There will be organized campaigns both in opposition to and in support of Amendment 7. Everyone should become educated as to the impact on the state.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs. No report.

Fiscal Affairs. Dennis Sentilles, on behalf of the Fiscal Affairs Committee, met with Jo Behymer to discuss the Council request for administrative reporting of the application of merit system raises. It was agreed that Dennis would try to formulate the request so that it can be responded to without any additional effort in reporting salary adjustments that is now done. Secondly, the Fiscal Oversight Committee is actively preparing a recommendation to the Fiscal Affairs Committee. The two committees will meet as soon as possible once this recommendation is firmed up.

Special Projects. No report.

Student Affairs. The Student Affairs Committee has attended an informational meeting on the general education clusters. Faculty may soon be encouraged to develop clusters in order to work out any problems with them. Secondly, there is a cluster review committee that must approve clusters prior to initiation; it is not a "course approval" committee. Dale Blevins has also contacted the Missouri Students Association and Graduate Professional Council with an invitation to attend Faculty Council Meetings and Student Affairs Committee Meetings.

Closed Session for Committee Appointments & Adjournment.

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:39 p.m. and the meeting adjourned at 4:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Almony, Recorder