Meeting Minutes: October 9, 1997


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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Gilbert Youmans called the meeting to order at 3:40, p.m. in Room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the September 18, 1997 Faculty Council Meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Youmans presented Rebekah Flanders with a certificate and a pen desk set to commemorate her 15 years of service at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He noted that for nine of those years she had served as secretary to the Faculty Council.

Youmans reported that the Coordinating Board of Higher Education has approved the total budget for enhancement which it received from the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

Youmans also reported that the PRIME fund had been restored. He has data from Pat Morton which show hiring figures and student enrollments. These indicate that here has been a decline in the number of regular faculty. He reported that shortly there would be a recommendation coming from the task force which has been studying GTA/GRA fee-waivers.

Youmans informed the Council members of the AAUP request to Interim Chancellor Wallace for information on grievances and reported that Interim Chancellor Wallace is planning to release some statistics.

Youmans gave a report of the General Education architecture. He reported that Gilbert Porter had furnished a sample of the plans from the divisions for meeting the cluster requirement or an alternative. All divisional plans have been approved by the Committee on Undergraduate Education. The writing intensive requirement of the General Education architecture has been implemented in 1993 and there were 90 writing intensive courses. The math proficiency has been implemented. Capstone experience courses for 60% of the departments have been approved. The undergraduate seminar has not been implemented because of a lack of funds.

Allen Hahn circulated a sheet for Council members to sign up for the Faculty Forum on Council's web site and agreed to have these people added to the Forum. Melvin Blase announced that the President of Michigan State University would be giving a presentation that evening in the Allen Auditorium in the Arts&Sciences Building and urged all to attend.

Discussion Items

Task Force on Plus/Minus Grading. Charles Knowles began his report by noting that all the members of the task force were at the meeting in case of questions. He then presented a sample ballot for discussions. Considerable discussion followed. The instructions for voting were explained and Donald Granberg explained how the voting would work. Several members noted that this form of voting would mean that a run-off election would not be necessary. The current grading system was considered but task force members noted that they had not included that as a item on the ballot because of the problems occurring now when it is optional. Adelstein moved that members accept the ballot as presented; Ranly seconded the motion and made a friendly amendment that a seventh option be added to the ballot. After further discussion, Ranly made a friendly amendment that the seventh option be the only item in the motion and Adelstein accepted. In order to vote for the motion, members voted to suspend the rules and the motion passed.

The motion was to add a seventh option which reads as follows to the ballot: A+=4.33 in calculating GPAs, and the highest possible GPA would be 4.33. Therefore, there would be thirteen grade categories: A+= 4.33; A = 4; A- =3.67; B+ = 3.33; B = 3; B- = 2.67; C+= 2.33; C = 2; C- = 1.67; D+1.33; D = 1; D- = .67; F = 0.

Ombuds position. Youmans distributed a draft of the current proposal. The final draft should be ready by the next meeting. This new draft represented considerable change and a radical reduction in length. Additional changes are expected to be minor.

Board of Curators Report Sentilles distributed a written report and noted that the Board had voted to name Mel George, "President Emeritus," rather than "Interim President Emeritus" as originally planned. Sentilles added some comments on the Access Task Force.

Chancellor's Search Committee Report Zguta reported that during the first meeting of the committee President Pacheco gave the committee its charge; which was to: 1) aid in the writing of the advertisement and the job description; 2) to help in developing criteria for the evaluation of candidates; and, 3) to help in evaluating the candidates. President Pacheco will monitor applications received during the 30-day "open period" after the advertisement has been posted. There will be open forums for faculty, staff, students, graduates, and administrators to hear the candidates.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Zguta reported that the Faculty Affairs Committee was again looking at the tenure packet and would begin revising the document.

Fiscal Affairs: Sievert reported for Almony that the Fiscal Affairs Committee 1) would be monitoring the status of the "Enhanced Retirement Program" that had been sent to the Intercampus Faculty Council: 2) would receive from Gary Zwonitzer data on the "market/merit" pay increases by department and by professorial rank by December or January; and, 3) Almony would be meeting with Pat Morton to get up-to-date data on the AAU vs. MU salary comparisons, but this will not be ready until December or January.

Student Affairs: Weagley distributed a Resolution on Classroom Ambassadors and reported that the Students Affairs Committee supports the principle of the resolution. This will be a discussion item at the next meeting. The committee is also examining student participation on committees. Finally he announced that Vice Chancellor Schroeder will meet with the committee to discuss alcohol on campus.

Any Other Business

Hahn announced that candidates for the director of the recreation center would be coming to campus and requested that interested people send any comments to him.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 5:14 p.m. Faculty Council adjourned at 5:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
MaryEllen Sievert, Recorder