Meeting Minutes: May 1, 1997

Note: These are still draft minutes in that they have not been reviewed nor passed by Faculty Council!

The meeting was called to order by Chancellor Wallace at 3:40 pm in the Ellis Auditorium. This meeting was called by petition of the general faculty to discuss two motions put forward, in advance, to discuss Clusters. Chancellor Wallace noted that we need ample time to study this issue.

Upon recognition by the Chancellor, Dr. Elias Saab, Chair of the Math Dept., moved for the adoption of motion 1, from the green sheets handed out as faculty entered the meeting. Motion #2, an amended version of #1 was also on the green sheets passed out to faculty. (Note: this motion, seen below, was never moved to the floor)

Motion #1

"Whereas, the faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia affirms its endorsement of a strong distribution requirement for MU General Education, as outlined in the General Education Architecture, approved by the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and WHEREAS, as the same time, Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia recognizes the difficulty in implementing the liberalizing distribution requirement by using the Clusters concept requirement alone, THEREFORE, the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia resolves:
  1. That Clusters no longer be the sole method of implementation of the distribution requirement as voted upon in the General Education Architecture, and
  2. That each individual college be permitted to propose Clusters or other models for implementation of this distribution requirement, and
  3. That approval of individual college models remain with the CUE committee."

Amended Motion # 2 (Compromise Motion)

"WHEREAS, the Faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia affirms its endorsement of a strong distribution requirement for MU General Education, as outlined in the General Education Architecture, approved by the Faculty of the University of Missouri-Columbia,

AND WHEREAS, at the same time, Faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia recognizes the difficulty in implementing the liberalizing distribution requirement by using the Clusters concept requirement,

THEREFORE, the Faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia resolves that the Chancellor appoint a Committee to study and recommend to the general faculty to use Clusters or other models for the implementation of this distribution requirement. The Com mittee should make its recommendations by Nov 15, 1997. The recommendations of this Committee must be approved in a general faculty meeting. The Clusters requirement will be waived for any student entering MU before FS98."

Some of the faculty that spoke at the microphones regarding "pros" and "cons" of clusters included: Dr's E. Saab, S. Palonsky, W. Durham, C. Nauert, G. Porter, R. Hardy, C. Nilon, R. Remington, B. Marshall, C. Timberlake, G. Pierce, D. Sentilles, etc.

Finally, a motion was moved, seconded, and passed to vote on the motion

Motion #1 (Motion #2, a compromise motion on the green sheets that were handed out was never formally proposed, though it was referred to by several speakers) was passed by a hand count vote of 102 to 76.

A motion to adjourn at this time failed.

Next, it was moved, seconded, and passed to suspend the rules to allow a new motion. This motion, which required a 2/3rds vote, failed.

Based upon certain rules of the General Faculty, Chancellor Wallace then recognized Dr. E. Saab for another motion.

Dr. Saab moved the adoption of Motion #3 (below) for consideration/vote at an upcoming General Faculty Meeting:

"The Faculty of the University of Missouri at Columbia appeals to the Chancellor to stop the new policy on Tuition and Fee Waiver and replace it with the following: Any graduate student who has an appointment of 25% or above as teaching assistant, research assistant, graduate fellow [sic] that pays $1500 or more per semester and who is in [sic] not on probation would receive an automatic tuition and fee waivers for that semester."

This motion, which only needed a 50% majority to carry it forward to the next General Faculty meeting, passed.

The General Faculty meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Almony, Recorder