Meeting Minutes: October 13, 1994


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

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Ed Hunvald called the meeting to order in Room 110 in the Memorial Union at 3:40 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved without any changes.

Report of Officers

The Chairman reported that there would be a University Forum entitled, "Just What is a Good Undergraduate Education" on Wednesday, October 19, in the Reynolds Alumni Center.

The Chairman reported that the Faculty Council does have an operating budget for this year. There is a small possibility, however, that we may go over budget due to two items: 1) the breakfast for the Board of Curators may be more expensive because it will be in the Reynolds Alumni Center; and, 2) it looks like we will be purchasing, for approximately $150, a software program to be used in putting out Faculty Forum.

There has been a problem in getting out a final list of committee members for this year. The faculty assignments were completed in time by Faculty Council; but, there has been a problem with regard to the number of students serving on various committees because of overappointments on the part of MSA and the Graduate Professional Council. The Chairman has asked that the Special Projects Committee look into how to get information on committee assignments out earlier.

The Chairman announced a Missouri Association of Faculty Senates Meeting to be held in Warrensburg on October 14. One of the items to be discussed will be "performance based funding" or "funding for results". The Coordinating Board for Higher Education has secured an award for the federal program, "Funding for the Improvement of Postsecondary Schools" (FIPSC). In answer to a request from Curator Lichtenegger, President Russell prepared a brief history of CBHE, an initiative relating to funding for results. A copy has been sent to the members of the IFC and a copy has been included in the materials passed out in Faculty Council. Jo Behymer, Assistant Provost, then spoke to this for fiscal year 1995.

Action Items

No action items at this Council meeting.

Discussion Items

Tuition Benefits of Faculty Dependents. A handout was made available from the Faculty Affairs Committee by Harry Tyrer. After some discussion, Faculty Council noted that it wished to have this pursued further at this time, and that the Staff Advisory Council also be consulted. Furthermore, the IFC will be asked if they have any comments on this proposal for tuition benefits for faculty dependents.

Health Plan Oversight Committee Report. A full copy of their report was made available to the Faculty Council, with the note that pages 1-8 is the actual report of the committee. The rest of the handout included questions with responses from Mike Paden. Dennis Sentilles who was on the committee but could not be present had called the chairman with a prepared statement: "It may be that at this time the way the committee is operating is appropriate. The committee has been interpreting its charge in the most narrow fashion. So far they have not been willing to address the adequacy or completeness of the program. They have been unwilling to embrace the concept that the insurer should support and not stand between the doctor and the patient. They have been receptive to individual problems but not, as yet, to evaluating the general structure of the program."

Standing Committee Reports

There were no standing committee reports.

Closed Session

Faculty Council went into closed session at 4:39 p.m. to discuss the upcoming breakfast meeting of the Board of Curators and the MU Faculty Council scheduled for Friday, October 2l. The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Almony, Reporter