Meeting Minutes: July 23, 1998


Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Melvin Blase, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Larry Thornburg (for Allen Hahn), Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Don Miles, Glenn Pierce, Don Schilling (retiring), Dennis Sentilles (retiring), Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, Gilbert Youmans (retiring), Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Everett Adam, Bruce Biddle, Gordon Christensen, Jere Francis (retiring), William Kurtz, Mark Milanick, Marian Minor (retiring), Don Ranly (retiring), David Rayl, MaryEllen Sievert (retiring), William Weibold, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:40 p.m. by Chairman Gilbert Youmans in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of April 30, 1998 and June 11, 1998 were approved.

Report of Officers

Youmans thanked all members of Faculty Council for their service during this last year. He urged "patient persistence" for new members of Council. He also reminded all that they should read through the By-Laws of Faculty Council. Youmans reminded all members that one of the major outcomes of this last year is that MU will be hiring more full-time faculty, reversing a trend of the last 20 years.

Action Items

Proposal to Establish a Campus Standing Committee on Information and Access Technology Services. A proposed make-up of this committee was handed out. After brief discussion it was moved, seconded, and passed to delete the fourth ex-officio member. It was then moved, seconded, and passed to establish this committee for the 1998/99 academic year. Members will be nominated by Faculty Council and appointed by the Chancellor.

Proposal From the Provost Office to Include Non-Regular Faculty in the Pool of Candidates for Kemper Fellowships, and: Report from the Task Force on Non-Regular Faculty. After discussion it was moved, seconded, and passed to "Thank the Provost for his actions and to let him know that Faculty Council looks forward to working with him on other recommendations."

Discussion Items

Policy Governing Program Reviews. Background information was presented on the College of Engineering's plans to review one program Nuclear Engineering and three centers PSRC, CPRC, and the PPRC. Many questions have been raised by Faculty Council and the College of Engineering faculty as to the nature and structure of these reviews. Professor Henry Liu provided background information on concerns of the faculty from Engineering. He also reminded Faculty Council of Executive Guideline No. 25, 7-23-87; Revised 5-16-90 regarding "Review of Academic Units." This suggests that a campus wide level review is called for, not just by a Dean. Many faculty members noted that a good self study, as called for in this Executive Guideline takes considerable amounts of time--far more than called for in a letter/memo from the Provost to the Dean of Engineering. A possible motion for future action on the part of Faculty Council would be: "The Faculty Council reaffirms that all reviews of existing academic units, be it a "department," "center," "institute" or "program," should be conducted in strict accordance with the stipulations of Executive Guideline No. 25, "Review of Existing Academic Units." More specifically, the Chancellor or his designee at the campus level, rather than the divisional deans, should appoint the review committee in each case in order to ensure the committee's independence and objectivity." The outgoing Chair of Council will talk to Brady Deaton regarding the apparent time-lines involved, especially due to the perceptions of Engineering faculty and those of Faculty Council.

It was moved, seconded, and passed "that the outgoing chair of Faculty Council express our extreme concerns regarding this apparently quick review to the Interim Provost."

Grievance Procedure. Edward Hunvald handed out a detailed document with suggestions for revisions to the grievance procedures. This document included portions of the old procedures to be deleted and new items to be added. A copy is available in the Faculty Council Office in Jesse Hall. A draft has been given to all campuses and to all of the deans at MU. Hunvald now needs comments and suggestions to be sent back to him. All suggested changes will eventually have to be passed by the Board of Curators. The University Counsel may also have concerns and comments. Hunvald will also prepare a short document noting major changes with an explanation. Faculty Council will also plan on some open faculty forums in the fall on these suggested changes.

Board of Curator's Report

Edward Hunvald handed out a four page summary of the July meeting of the Board of Curators. This is available in the Faculty Council office. It was noted that the Curators took a very conservative stance relative to the proposed enhancements to the University Retirement System. Hunvald noted that the "keyword" for the future is "outcome measures" and within "mission enhancement."

IFC Report

Robert Weagley noted that the UM System Planning Document should be made more widely available. Possibly it should even be put on reserve in Ellis Library. He noted that there has also been some discussion of a UM System Dispute Resolution procedure.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no standing committee reports.

Adjournment and Closed Session

The Faculty Council moved to closed session at 5:15 p.m. An election was held for the remaining eight offices of the 1998-99 Executive Committee. The 1998-99 Executive Committee is as follows: Chair Robert Weagley, Vice Chair Robert Hall, Recorder Judith Goodman, Board of Curators Observer Edward Hunvald, IFC Representative&Faculty Forum Editor Edward Adelstein, Chair Academic Affairs Lloyd Barrow, Chair Faculty Affairs Elizabeth Geden, Chair Fiscal Affairs Robert Almony, Chair Student Affairs Michael Devaney, and Chair Special Projects Paul Weirich. The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert Almony, Recorder