Meeting Minutes: March 7, 1996

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Gary Allee, Craig Anderson, Lloyd Barrow, Hardeep Bhullar, Benedict Campbell, Leonard Forte, Jere Francis, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Edward Hunvald, Nancy Knipping, Johnetta Morrison, Alex Pickard, Glenn Pierce, Ron Plain, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Don Ranly, David Trinklein (for Ray Rothenberger), Dennis Sentilles, Bryce Allen (for Mary Ellen Sievert), Susan Taylor, Harry Tyrer, Gilbert Youmans, and Bob Almony (Librarians). Absent: Charles Knowles, John Miles, Marian Minor, Sara Walker, Roy Utz (Retirees), and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Patricia Plummer called the meeting to order at 3:45 p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the February 1 and 15, 1996 meetings were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

Pat Plummer reported that the Executive Committee has received copies of the Provost's response to the Graduate Faculty Senate's proposal on tuition fee waivers. A copy is available in the Council Office from Becky Flanders. Next, Pat reported that the Chair has received a copy of partial revisions of the Student Fee Task Force Report. A copy is available in the Faculty Council Office.

The IFC has approved and forwarded to President Russell the following:

The Intercampus Faculty Council strongly endorses the University-wide Benefits Committee's conclusion that current benefits at the University of Missouri are not competitive, the recommendations made by the Committee would make them more so, and that the President should seriously reconsider accepting them.

Pat reported that the General Officers met on March 1, and that a major agenda item was the Freshman Admission Requirements and Exceptions for the Fall of 1997. Board action has mandated the "120 rule"--percentage of class rank and percentage of national test score must equal 120. This is a minimum requirement for admission. The general officers are interpreting deficits in the core course requirements due to the lack of course availability in the high school as outside of the 10% exception allowance.

Pat further reported that there was a discussion of the budget for support of faculty infrastructure which is to be a part of the next legislative request.

Pat Plummer has met with the Student Leadership Group to hear various concerns. These concerns centered on the implementation of +/- grading. Representatives of the group have been invited to make a short presentation at the next meeting of the Faculty Council and to answer members' questions. One concern which the Chair was unaware of was the assertion that the official transcripts of the University do not indicate that the campus grading scale changed to allow +/- grading in the Fall of 1995.

Finally, Pat reported that letters have gone out from the Chair of Faculty Council to chairs, directors, assistant deans, and deans to send her information about student accomplishments so that these can be highlighted at the Winter Faculty Meeting to be held on May 6, 1996.

Action Items

Items 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6: Revision of Campus Standing Committee on Administrative Review. The revisions to CSCAR have been in the works for quite some time. Dr. Peter Hall presented this latest version of the suggested revisions from the Faculty Affairs Committee and reviewed and explained them in some detail. After his presentation, Pat Plummer thanked the Committee for the extensive work done on this complex issue, including a special thanks to the former Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, Jean Hamilton. It was then moved, seconded, and passed to accept the revisions to CSCAR as presented by the Faculty Affairs Committee.

Board of Curators Report

Dr. Gary Allee presented a report from the Board of Curators meeting of February 22-23, 1996 at UM-St. Louis.

Discussion Items

The School of Medicine and the School of Nursing Resolutions. First, it was moved, seconded, and passed to remove from the table the School of Medicine's resolution dealing with any possible future sales or mergers of the University Hospital. Next, it was moved, seconded, and passed to suspend the rules to allow a vote by Faculty Council on the current proposed resolutions by the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. After some discussion, it was moved, seconded, and passed that the MU Faculty Council on University Policy supports the resolutions of the School of Medicine and of the School of Nursing regarding any future hospital mergers, partnerships, sales, plans, etc. The resolutions read as follows:

Be it resolved by the Faculty of the School of Medicine that any future deliberations regarding potential partnerships and/or mergers of the University Hospital with any internal or external health care organizations be carried out with full participation by representatives of the faculty of the MU School of Medicine. At least two faculty members holding regular academic rank will be selected by the Faculty Affairs Council to serve as members of the negotiating/decision making team. These faculty representatives will report directly to the Faculty Affairs Council and to the Faculty Assembly.

Be it resolved by the Faculty of the School of Nursing that any future deliberations regarding potential partnerships, mergers or other major changes in organizational structure of the University Hospital with any internal or external health care organizations be carried out with the full participation by representatives of the faculty of the MU School of Nursing. At least two faculty members holding regular academic rank will be selected by the Faculty Policy Committee to serve as members of the negotiating and/or decision making team. These faculty representatives will report directly to the Policy Committee and Faculty Assembly."

Resolution on Benefits Package

It was moved, seconded, and passed to suspend the rules to allow for the passage of a resolution dealing with a report of the Staff Benefits Committee. Dr. Sue Taylor then moved for the adoption of the following resolution.

Be it resolved by the MU Faculty Council on University Policy that we urge the support of President Russell, members of the Board of Curators, and Chancellor Kiesler of the proposed changes in benefits as developed by the Staff Benefits Committee. Those proposals which have no cost and those which enhance equity are particularly worthy of support. We understand the concern regarding the Educational Assistance proposal in light of current enrollment situations. However, we believe that the committee's recommendation is conservative, reasonable, prudent, and especially important to staff. We urge your consideration of this recommendation as well."

This resolution was passed unanimously by Faculty Council.

Draft Learning Disabilities Policy

Dr. Ed Hunvald presented a draft of a faculty policy on issues related to students with disabilities. Ed noted that this draft is a revision, after discussion with members of the Campus Disabilities Committee, Jean Hamilton, Jo Behymer, and Mike Porter. This is only a draft at this time and comments are welcome to be sent to the Faculty Council Office, or Ed Hunvald. There is much discussion regarding the ideas behind this policy, the reasons for the need for this policy, and the ADA law. Jo Behymer was present and was able to answer questions about the need for this policy and the protection that it would provide to faculty members.

Proposition 4 - Review of Deans & Chairs

Dr. Peter Hall, Co-Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, presented and reviewed, in detail, Proposition 4 of the Campus Standing Committee on Administrative Review (CSCAR). Proposition 4 deals with review of deans and department chairs. This is a long and complex document. Copies are available in the Faculty Council Office for perusal. Comments or suggestions should be sent to the Faculty Affairs Committee, care of Dr. Peter Hall.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no standing committee reports.

Other Business

Faculty Council members are urged to contact Senator Joe Moseley to support and work for the Senate passage of House Bill 918--the Faculty/Governing Boards Bill now up for passage in the State House of Representatives. This bill has yet to be introduced into the Senate. Senator Moseley's phone number is (573) 751-2131 in Jefferson City; his Columbia office phone is 874 9555. This bill would put a faculty member (non-voting) on governing boards of all state colleges and universities. At the present time, a faculty perspective is available only when requested by the Curators or Regents.

The Approved Academic Calendar for 1997-98 Academic year was handed out in the information packet and is available from the Faculty Council Office.

Closed Session and Adjournment

After a brief closed session Council adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Almony, Recorder