Meeting Minutes: November 17, 1994


Present were: Gary Allee, Richard Hatley (for Lloyd Barrow), Hardeep Bhullar, Robert E. Sharp (for Dale Blevins), Benedict Campbell, Vicki Conn, Leonard Forte, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Jean Hamilton, Edward Hunvald, Charles Knowles, Loren Nikolai, Deborah Pearsall, Larry Penney, Glenn Pierce, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Dennis Sentilles, Don Sievert, Fred Springsteel, Harry Tyrer, Betty Winfield, Robert Birkenholz, Joe Charlson, Bob Almony (Librarians), and Roy Utz (Retirees). Absent were: Jay Dix, Michael Prewitt, Mary Ellen Sievert, 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 November 3, 1994 meeting were changed to insert the words "Illinois Association of" between the words "the" and "faculty" on the third line of the fourth paragraph of those minutes. The remaining minutes of the November 3rd meeting were approved without any changes.

Report from the MU Library Scholarship Policy Task Force

Dr. John Foley of the English Department, and Chair of the MU Library Scholarship Policy Task Force presented a proposal to Faculty Council for a two-day conference on "The Missouri Model," a working symposium on the challenge presented by library storage, retrieval, and usage for the Columbia campus. A copy of the two and one-half page proposal was made available to all members of the Faculty Council at the meeting.

The primary purpose of this two-day conference would be an investigation of: 1) models, 2) costs, and 3) technology. Dr. Charlie Timberlake of the History Department, a member of the MU Library Scholarship Policy Task Force and the UM Library Planning Committee, presented background information and history on this proposal. It was finally moved, seconded, and unanimously approved that the Faculty Council:

"Strongly endorses the proposal of the Task Force for a conference on models, cost, and technology for library storage, and urges the Chancellor to approve and fund this conference."

A voice vote was taken after a unanimous motion that suspended the rules in order to allow a vote to occur on this motion to endorse the conference.

Report of Officers

Chairman Ed Hunvald reported that the term "hiring freeze" is probably not an accurate term to describe the current hiring situation at MU. The letter from the Chancellor explaining this was distributed in the packet available to Council members. Chairman Hunvald also noted there was an article on the front page of the November 17th issue of Mizzou Weekly explaining the process.

Each year Faculty Council has to determine the distribution of Council members among the various divisions for the following academic year. The Executive Committee has received figures concerning the number of faculty for each division and has determined that there will be no change in the number of Faculty Council representatives for each division for 1995-96.

Chairman Hunvald announced that in today's Mizzou Weekly (November 17) there is a schedule of open forums with Provost candidates. These will occur at 3:00 p.m. The Faculty Council will meet with candidates at 1:30 p.m. on the same days. The rooms and dates for the Faculty Council meetings with the candidates are:

November 29--Rodney Reed--N214/215 Memorial Union
December 1--Ed Sheridan--S110 of the Memorial Union
December 5--Anne Hopkins--S203 Memorial Union
December 7--Wallace Loh--S207 Memorial Union

Discussion Items

The Academic Assessment Committee Charge. A proposal for the charge, and membership, for a new standing committee on Academic Assessment was handed out for discussion. The proposed charge states: "Advise Provost regarding academic assessment issues, including determining assessment information needed, developing guidelines for assessment plans, reviewing assessment plans, and recommending changes in assessment." The charge and proposed membership guidelines will become an action item at the next meeting of Faculty Council. The effective date for this new standing committee would be the Fall of 1995. Until then the present Academic Assessment Task Force will continue to operate and present members will be eligible for consideration for appointment for the next year.

Board of Curators Report. Gary Allee handed out a one-page report on the Board of Curators meeting from Monday, November 14, 1994. This report is included in its entirety:

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators held a special meeting on Monday, November 14, 1994 at the Reynolds Alumni Center, UM-Columbia.

The board approved the recommendations of the Physical Facilities Committee to: approve the initial design and authorize further planning for a critical care addition and approve the hiring of architectural consultants for an ambulatory care center. Both additions will be adjacent to the present UM-Columbia hospital. The board awarded a contract for construction related to ADA improvements and turf replacement at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. The accounting firm Deloitte and Touche will replace Coopers and Lybrands as the system's external auditors.

President Russell told the board he and the chancellors will review the system-wide hiring freeze and set up a selective "thawing" process. Board President James McHugh suggested the board move toward restructuring the University, including strengthening the four-campus system by administrative reorganization, joint programming, and department and program consolidation.

At the December 15-16 meeting the board will receive a review and update of the University's five year plan, which when adopted in 1992 proposed to generate and reallocate $124 million. The board will review rules on discontinuance of programs at the December meeting. Ed Hunvald commented on the report and his views regarding President McHugh's comments at the board.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs Committee: No report.

Faculty Affairs: No report.

Fiscal Affairs: The Fiscal Affairs Committee is continuing to work on the educational impact statement idea. They will soon meet again with Gordon Springer regarding the educational impact statement concept.

Special Projects: Glenn Pierce reported that they are still working on their three projects, and that they have a meeting with the Bookstore Administration coming up soon.

Student Affairs: No report.


General Officers Meeting. Pat Plummer reported on her meeting with the general officers: 1) there will be a relaxing of the hiring freeze; 2) grievance procedures will be taken up at the next IFC meeting on 11/18/94; and 3) the proposal for naming emeritus faculty will go to the Board, hopefully in December. However, this proposal will not address emeritus rules for administrators. Pat's interpretation is that President Russell feels this should only deal with emeritus faculty members and not emeritus status for administrators.

Honor Students at MU. The following appeal on behalf of honor students at MU was given by Dennis Sentilles.

This is an appeal on behalf of the 650-plus incoming freshmen who will enroll in the Honors College in Fall 1995 along with the 1,300 Honors Students who are now attending our university. Our Honors Students have a mean ACT exceeding 30. This is slightly higher than the mean ACT in the honors program at the University of Michigan, for instance. Enrollment in the Honors College is also growing at the rate of 15% per year. This means enrollment will double in size within the next five years.

We recruit these students with promises and scholarships. We promise that they will receive as fine an education at MU as they might receive at Williams or Wellesley. We cannot deliver on this promise because we are not offering the number of high-expectation courses these other colleges demand. These students are bright and articulate, and they can be very rewarding to teach. They can be our very best ambassadors to the citizens whose support we need.

MU Honors Students need faculty members who want to offer Honors Courses in their respective disciplines. They also need departments which will support these faculty members in their endeavors. Honors Students especially need demanding courses that will provide knowledge of various disciplines that can be used throughout their productive and influential lives. At the same time, there is the possibility that, through the Honors College, you will attract the best talent in the university to your departments.

Please encourage your departments and your colleagues to respond to the needs of the Honors Students. Those of us working with the Honors College will be happy to help in any way we can. I can be reached at 2-8376 or by e-mail: MATHFDS, or contact the Director of the Honors College, Stu Palonsky, directly at 2-3893.

Graduate Deans Group Questions. Mike Porter, of the Academic Affairs Committee, reported that the Graduate Deans would like us to review the policies on admitting transfer students to MU. The Academic Affairs Committee will be looking at this. Secondly, concerns have been raised regarding the implementation of the plus/minus grading system. The Academic Affairs Committee will bring something to review at the next meeting of Faculty Council.

Closed Session

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 4:50 p.m. to discuss questions for Provost candidates. Pat Plummer chaired this portion of the meeting since Ed Hunvald is the co-chair of the Provost Search Committee. Faculty Council was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Almony, Recorder