Meeting Minutes: November 3, 1998
AttendanceThe Fall Semester, 1998, MU General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:33 p.m. by Faculty Council Chair Robert O. Weagley in Columns C-E of the Reynolds Alumni Center. Approximately 100 people were in attendance.
Report from Faculty CouncilChair Weagley introduced himself, reminded those in attendance that it was also Election Day, and encouraged everyone to vote. He then introduced Provost Brady Deaton to his first General Faculty Meeting since being named to that office. Weagley then introduced the Executive Committee of Faculty Council and subsequently provided a brief overview of the ongoing MU strategic planning and resource allocation processes.
Comments of Chancellor Wallace on the State of MU Chancellor Wallace was introduced by Chair Weagley, and began his remarks by showcasing some recent campus "success stories."
- The new Plant Science Center and its partnerships
- MU's designation as a European Union center
- The Corn Genome Project supported by the National Science Foundation
- The Asian Affairs Center
- The recent positive review of the MU Honors College
- The '98 entering Freshman Class, with the highest average ACT score in the Big 12
- The Math Standards grant
- The recent filling of the MU Provost position, and the deanships of Arts and Science and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
The Chancellor then outlined some opportunities and challenges facing MU. He indicated that there may be a decline in the public's confidence in the ability of the academy to manage issues such as, tenure, the use of teaching assistants, and so forth. He emphasized the need to regain any lost trust by the use of partnerships that demonstrate commitment in new and high quality ways, and that we must open doors internally before external opportunities can be fully exploited. "Only through involvement will come commitment."
The strategic planning and resource allocation processes were reviewed by the Chancellor. The Strategic Planning Advisory Council (SPAC) was appointed in '96 and issued its first report in '97. It designed six broad strategic goals for MU: to strengthen research, graduate and professional programs, to provide exemplary undergraduate education, to develop and manage resources wisely, to broaden planning efforts in support of strategic goals, to commit to shared values, and to tell the MU story. The basic Mission Enhancement proposal was developed by SPAC and included the following major areas: enhancing connections among graduate programs, research and the undergraduate experience, strengthening health and agricultural productivity through the life sciences, enhancing the quality of life through research on economic, educational and social issues, and leading the transition to the global information age by applying research and new technologies to Missouri's needs.
Four years of rate dollars of $31.4 million were requested for Mission Enhancement. The Provost has appointed four committees to recommend campus allocations: Enhancing the Connections (Dr. Mark Fine, Chair), Life Sciences (Dr. Don Riddle, Chair), Quality of Life (Dr. Tom DiLorenzo, Chair), and Global Access to the Information Age (Dr. Kit Salter, Chair). The Chancellor emphasized that Mission Enhancement funds are not intended to "repair" current campus needs, but will be used in all cases to build on existing strengths.
The Resource Advisory Council (RAC) was formed during spring, '98, to advise the Chancellor on allocations. It was deployed in response to a student fee revenue shortfall which was initially estimated to total $15.8 million. Chancellor Wallace presented a detailed overview of this shortfall and the steps currently in place to ameliorate it. The RAC plan is a multi-year one that combines increasing student fee revenues, other revenues to include indirect costs, and decreasing campus costs where possible. Although the rate of growth of scholarships may be slowed or reduced, no students will be denied scholarships that have already been committed. If the plan proceeds as expected, a surplus is predicted by Year Four ('02) with no additional adjustments necessary after Year Two.
Comments of Chair WeagleyBecause of the late hour, Weagley called the attention of the faculty to the October 29 issue of Mizzou Weekly, which contains an overview of Faculty Council's current agenda items. He further reviewed Council's response to the issue of discrimination in sexual orientation. The Board of Curators' Executive Committee is scheduled to hear comments on this subject on November 13th, between 3:00-6:00 p.m. in Conservation Auditorium of the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building. Notification of intent to speak plus a written synopsis of comments are due to the Board's secretary, University Hall, no later than November 11th.
Introduction of New FacultyChancellor Wallace introduced new faculty from the following academic divisions: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Arts and Science, Business and Public Administration, Education, and Engineering.
AdjournmentThe General Faculty Meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m. Chair Weagley invited all attendees to stay for refreshments.
Robert D. Hall, Recorder for the Faculty