Meeting Minutes: January 21, 1999


Present: Everett Adam, Lloyd Barrow, Dennis Wright (for Bruce Biddle), Melvin Blase, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Tom Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Don Miles, Glenn Pierce, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Mark Milanick, David Rayl, Robin Remington, William Wiebold, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Chair Robert Weagley in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of December 10, 1998 and of the Special General Faculty meeting of January 13, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Weagley reported that the Staff Advisory Council has asked for representation on several committees. Paul Morris, Chair of Staff Advisory Council, noted that staff currently have half of the representation that faculty have, and they have only asked for representation on committees for which it is appropriate. They are not seeking representation on committees that deal primarily with students or academic matters. The Faculty Council Executive Committee will ask a subcommittee to examine the issue and make recommendations to the entire Council prior to a vote.

Weagley reported that UM's budget would be increased 2% next year.

Weagley reported that the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) has been discussing assessment, the proposed changes to the grievance procedure, and budget planning. He said that academic affairs is driving much of the planning, and that the MU campus has good relations with the system officers.

Action Items

2000-2001 Academic Calendar. Faculty Council voted on a calendar for the 2000-2001 academic year. Council considered two calendars, versions E&F. Calendar E had a two day fall break in October and a three day Thanksgiving break. Calendar F had no fall break and a week's leave time at Thanksgiving. Calendar F passed by unanimous voice vote. The beginning dates for the Fall and Winter Semesters are: August 21, 2000 & January 16, 2001 (following the Martin Luther King Holiday).

Discussion Items

Academic Assessment Committee's Recommendation. Lori Franz, Interim Associate Provost, reported on the four types of assessment: (1) General Education; (2) Learning in the Major; (3) Graduate Programs; and (4) Environmental Assessment. Franz began by reviewing the background of assessment testing at MU beginning in 1985 when the Governor of Missouri directed all state institutions of higher education to conduct assessment testing. She then addressed each of the four types of assessment. General Education Assessment is tested in an undergraduate's last 45 hours. One class period of each capstone course is devoted to administering the nationally normed Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam. The CAAP has four sections. Each student is randomly assigned one section. Assessment in the major is determined by each department. Some of the methods that have been used are certification testing, ETS subject area tests, using a portfolio, and panel reviews. Assessment of Graduate Programs is a requirement of the North Central Association. This process should include: student qualifications; scholarly achievements; time to graduate and placement information; and, it should be conducted annually. Proposed changes to this procedure are to collect data annually with no report and to include a graduate assessment report every five years when the department is reviewed.

General discussion followed with emphasis on: how feedback on student performance would be used; whether any effort is being made to survey students beyond graduation; forcing departments to pay for assessment when others have mandated the tests; how to get students to take the exams seriously; and, whether financial rewards would come to campus in exchange for participating in assessment. Franz said that she and the Council of Deans would like to see Faculty Council vote to make assessment a requirement for graduation and to state this requirement in the catalog.

Gilbert Porter, our campus representative to the General Education Steering Committee of the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE), provided Council a brief report of that committee. Porter told Council that he does not believe that this committee is a threat to MU's autonomy and that faculty opinion will be sought and valued. Porter said that pressure exists to move from the 39-hour general education core towards a goal-based general education curriculum with coherence across state institutions. He also called our attention to a conference on transfer and articulation that will take place in Columbia on February 1 and 2, 1999. The General Education Steering Committee will hold two plenary sessions during this conference.

The January 13, 1999 Special Meeting of the Faculty. Faculty Council discussed the Special General Faculty Meeting of January 13, 1999. At that meeting the faculty present voted to submit Council's recommended revision of Executive Order 27 to a mail ballot. The revised recommendation called for annual written and face-to-face evaluations of all faculty. The mail ballot will include a page of pro and con arguments for each position.

A public forum will be held Friday, February 5, 1999, in S206 of the Memorial Union at 3:30 p.m. The ballot will be mailed out following the forum.

Intercampus Faculty Council Report
Robert Hall, Chair of IFC and Vice Chair of Faculty Council, reported on the Friday, January 15 meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC). President Pacheco is in receipt of a letter asking that nine-month employees be permitted to count 3/9 rather than 2/9 of summer funding toward their high-five years for retirement. The General Council's Office reviewed the grievance procedures and formed a subcommittee to discuss any concerns. Hall also reported that increases in the cost of coverage for medical benefits are looming. There is some support for making the Choice program of United Health Care available to UMC; currently we are in Select. There was also a discussion of assessment with guest Dr. Stein of the CBHE.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Lloyd Barrow noted that the calendar for the 2000/2001 academic year was complete.

Faculty Affairs: Beth Geden will begin addressing the question of non-regular faculty.

Special Projects: Paul Weirich has presented a proposal for adding a member of the community to the Concerts Committee. They have also updated material for the Faculty Handbook and are examining what information may be added or deleted. Weirich asked that faculty contact him or use the Council web page to make suggestions for handbook changes.

Student Affairs: Michael Devaney met with a representative from Residential Life on the Alcohol Policy.

Weagley reported that the Resource Advisory Committee will put forth budget models soon.

Adjournment & Closed Session

The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder