Meeting Minutes: March 11, 1999

Attendance

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, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Mark Milanick, Don Miles, David Rayl, Robin Remington, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), and Robert Almony (Librarians). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Glenn Pierce, William Wiebold, Wayne Decker (Retirees), 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 February 25, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Weagley announced a Faculty Forum on Non-regular Faculty to be held on Tuesday, March 16, 1999 at 4:30 p.m. in N208 of the Memorial Union. Weagley said that he had been copied on a memo that Henry Liu mailed to Deans Thompson and Walker asking them to report their positions on non-regular faculty, and Weagley encouraged Council members to get feedback from their deans on policy regarding non-regular faculty.

Weagley announced that the new curators would be introduced to the UM system and that he would meet with them on Monday, March 15, 1999. A Board of Curators meeting will be held the week of spring break on the Rolla campus.

Weagley reported that a draft of the Principles of Budgetary Practice drafted by the Resource Advisory Council has been sent to the deans for feedback and is included in packets for Faculty Council members.

Weagley reported that the Winter Semester General Faculty meeting will be Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 p.m., Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union. The agenda for this meeting will focus on budget issues facing this campus.

Action Items

There were no action items.

Discussion Items

Transfer and Articulation. Gary Smith, Registrar, Director of Admissions, and the State Articulation Officer for the Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE) and Gil Porter, Director of the General Education Program and MU's representative to a statewide task force appointed by the CBHE Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA), led a discussion on undergraduate transfer and articulation with Faculty Council.

Smith reported that MU follows a statewide agreement on transfer and articulation. We are encouraged to accept more than 64 hours of lower division credits and fully recognize A.A. and A.S. degrees. A statewide conference on transfer and articulation in February discussed: (1) the content of general education; (2) the transfer of writing intensive courses; (3) what constitutes a minimum level of math competencies; and, (4) the regulation of dual credit (credit that applies both to high school and college graduation for courses taken while a high school student). Smith reported that beginning this fall MU will offer a renewable $700 scholarship to students transferring with an A.A. degree and a GPA greater than 3.0. In addition, two nominees from each community college will receive a scholarship of $1750. UM will hold a transfer and articulation conference each fall with the community colleges of the state.

Porter explained that the charge of the General Education Steering committee is to bring greater coherence to general education programs across the state and make transfer between institutions as easy and as fair as possible. Porter reported that a survey of general education programs across the state indicated widespread agreement of what general education programs should include, but that two-year schools feel that four-year schools are not complying with the transfer of credits for general education courses. The committee agrees that the current 39 hour general education core should be modified. There is some disagreement on modification whereby some believe that the philosophy, goals, and competencies of general education should be better specified while others argue for designing a new transfer curriculum from scratch. A possible model is the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum which specifies the 10 areas of emphasis for a general education program and is flexible for students who attain only part of an A.A. degree at a two-year institution. Each institution would determine which courses satisfy that area and students would transfer areas rather than specific courses.

Faculty Handbook Revision Proposal. Paul Weirich, Chair of the Special Projects Committee, presented proposed revisions to the faculty handbook. These changes include adding: (1) MU's nondiscrimination statement and statement of values; (2) policies on several areas to Chapter 3 on the MU Bylaws; and, (3) the rules concerning student records, report of grades, students' grievance procedure, and assessment to Chapter 4 on Academic Regulations. Faculty Council will vote on these changes at the April 1, 1999 meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs. Beth Geden, Chair, reported that the committee has met with some non-regular faculty to learn their views, and will be holding a faculty forum on this issue.

Student Affairs. Mike Devaney, Chair, reported the committee met with Charles Schroeder, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, about the results of the Alcohol Summit and will discuss what can be done in our classes.

Any Other Business

In response to a question, Weagley reported that faculty can have their social security numbers removed from their university identification cards by going to the ID Card office in Brady Commons. It will still be on the magnetic strip, but it will not be visible.

Adjournment

The meeting moved to closed session at 4:50 p.m. to discuss committee appointments. The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder