Meeting Minutes: April 6, 1999


The Winter Semester 1999, General Faculty Meeting was convened at 3:30 p.m. by Faculty Council Chair Robert O. Weagley in Jesse Wrench Auditorium of the Memorial Union. Approximately 60 people were in attendance.

Report from Faculty Council

Chair Weagley opened the meeting with the following two announcements. A faculty forum to discuss concerns of non-regular faculty will be held in Jesse Wrench Auditorium on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A second university forum on our health care plan will be held in Gannett Auditorium on Thursday, April 22, 1999 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Weagley read a resolution passed by Faculty Council thanking Norm Stewart. The resolution stated: "Faculty Council would like to thank Norm Stewart for his major contributions to the athletic program of the University of Missouri-Columbia."

Weagley then reported on the activities of Council during the 1998-1999 academic year. Proposed changes to the grievance procedures have been forwarded to the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) for action. The changes are aimed at speeding up the process and allowing all parties access to relevant information. Council reviewed the 18 recommendations from the 1995-96 Promotion and Tenure Review Committee. A final report has been forwarded to Provost Deaton on Council's disposition of the recommendations from the review committee. Council voted in various changes to its Rules of Order in order to update and incorporate changes in its operating policy. Council voted on a calendar for the 2000-2001 academic year. This calendar includes a week at Thanksgiving and adds a week to the break between fall and winter semesters. Council voted to cease publication of the Faculty Forum newsletter, because minutes are now available on the Council website. Council approved revisions to the Faculty Handbook. Some of these changes include: adding MU's nondiscrimination statement and statement of values; the rules concerning student records, report of grades, students' grievance procedure; and, assessment to Chapter 4 on Academic Regulations.

Work in several areas is ongoing. Council continues to work with the Assessment Committee on assessment procedures, with the Missouri Student's Association (MSA) to revise student conduct policy and to make faculty course evaluations more available to students.

Council is addressing questions concerning the non-regular faculty. Council's first concern is about whether dropping the number of tenure-track appointments will erode the tenure system. The second concern regards the fairness of the policies and practices that effect this group of faculty.

Weagley thanked faculty for the opportunity to serve the campus community and reminded people that they must communicate their concerns and serve on committees to ensure a more democratic representation of faculty.

Report from the Chancellor

Chancellor Richard Wallace thanked Faculty Council members and Chair Robert Weagley. He introduced new faculty members. Several faculty were recognized for outstanding achievement: Ralph Speer Morgan, Professor of English, received the 1999 American Book Award for his novel, The Freshour Cylinders; Sherod Santos, Professor of English, received the President's Award for Research and Creativity; Loren Nikolai, Professor of Accountancy, received the President's Award for Outstanding Teacher; and, Meera Chandrasekhar, Professor of Physics, has received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. It was also mentioned that Antwaun Smith, a former student, was awarded a Rhodes' Scholarship.

The Chancellor announced that MU leads the Big 12 in enrollment of African American freshmen and said that we need to do as well in recruiting minority faculty. The Chancellor reported a 21 percent increase in outside research funding during FY '98. The campus will receive 6.5 million dollars for the second year of Mission Enhancement and the Chancellor hopes for four years of funding.

The Chancellor noted the outstanding leadership of new administrators: Michael Middleton, Deputy Chancellor; Thomas Payne, Dean of the School of Agriculture; and, Joe Kornegay, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. He also thanked two retiring deans, Lester Bryant (School of Medicine) and Toni Sullivan (Sinclair School of Nursing) for their contributions. The Chancellor said that planning efforts continue with the aid of the Strategic Planning Advisory Council and the Resource Advisory Committee. These committees are helping to establish priorities and to develop a new approach to budgeting. The new budget model will return most of student fee revenues to the units that generate those fees.

The Chancellor reviewed the budget for fiscal year 1999. The year began with a budget shortfall of 18 million dollars. The plan is to resolve this deficit over a three to four year period through a combination of growth and adjustments. The Chancellor reported that the campus is about 2.7 million dollars ahead of schedule in eliminating the deficit due to steady but managed increases in undergraduate enrollment and growth in the recovery of indirect costs. The preliminary FY 2000 budget predict the following increases in revenue.

Source Amount of Increase in Millions

Source Amount of Expenditure in Millions This leaves two million dollars for salary increases, or approximately one percent. Employee contributions to health insurance premiums are expected to increase as much as 30 percent.

The Chancellor reported that the Columbia campus is interested in purchasing Columbia Regional Hospital as part of our core mission in training physicians. The purchase would be funded by issuance of revenue bonds rather than through campus money.


The General Faculty meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. Chancellor Wallace invited all attendees to stay for refreshments.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder for the Faculty