Meeting Minutes: January 20, 2000

Attendance

Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Bruce Biddle, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Daniel Hooley, Thomas Hurley, Robert Jerry, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Don Miles, Loren Nikolai, Glenn Pierce, David Rayl, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Weagley, Bill Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Robert Almony (Librarians), Eugene Iannotti (AAUP), and G.B. Thompson (Retirees). Absent: Robert Johnson, Mark Milanick, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Elizabeth Geden called the meeting to order in S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:30 p.m. The minutes of October 21, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Geden reported that the Executive Committee of Council met with the Provost and Assistant Provost, Peter Markie. Discussion was raised concerning how MU should proceed with dual credit enrollment (college credits earned while in high school). The Executive Committee has recommended that an ad hoc committee be appointed to study this issue. There was also discussion concerning comparison institutions for MU to be used in planning.

Geden reported that the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) has met. The nomination process for the system post tenure review committee was discussed at this meeting. Geden reported that President Pacheco responded to her letter that raised concerns over post tenure review. Pacheco said that he supports an evaluation of the process of post tenure review to determine whether a problem exists. He also seems to lean toward a process that would be triggered in some way by performance.

Russ Zguta, Vice Chair of Council, reported that Steven Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has proposed a revision of the guidelines for granting an extension of the probationary period. These guidelines would be included in the promotion and tenure guidelines and would replace the list of potential reasons for granting an extension. The executive committee of Council felt that the reasons should remain as examples for individuals.

Geden reported that Council will be hosting a lunch for Board of Curators members on January 28 at noon. Council representatives were encouraged to remind their constituents to fill out and send back their desired committee service preferences. The date for the Winter Semester General Faculty Meeting has been set for April 4, 2000.

Discussion Items

Council Representation Report. Geden presented the 1999 report on council representation. The report is a compilation of the tenured and tenure-track (regular) faculty in each division and the subsequent number of seats on Council per division. According to this report there will be no changes in the number of seats on Council for the coming year. Council voted unanimously to suspend the rules so that the document could be voted on during this meeting. Council voted unanimously to accept the report on council representation for 1999.

Campus Standing Committee on Administrator Review. Russ Zguta gave a brief history of the committee. In the Spring of 1991 the regular faculty voted to adopt the seven propositions for review of administrators. The Campus Standing Committee on Administrator Review (CSCAR) thus resulted and its membership was based on campus-wide elections. The Financial Oversight Committee came into being at the same time however its membership was based on a nomination process within Faculty Council. Currently, neither committee has been active. Zguta suggested two possible ways to conduct administrator review. The first is to hold campus-wide elections to CSCAR. Alternatively, Council could be made responsible for the propositions assigned to CSCAR either by forming another standing committee of Council or by assigning them to Special Projects.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Lloyd Barrow, Chair, announced that the Academic Affairs Subcommittee is reexamining the 2001/2002 academic calendar in light of concerns raised by Jesse Hall regarding the date of commencement relative to the date of final exams. Commencement occurs prior to the last day of finals.

Faculty Affairs: Edward Adelstein, Chair, reported that the Faculty Affairs Subcommittee is still looking at recommendations for the grievance procedure. They are looking at binding arbitration and a "Bill of Rights" for faculty.

Fiscal Affairs: Robert Almony, Chair, commented on the Very Early Retirement Incentive Program (VERIP). If one is under 60 years of age, one should be aware of the inflation rate and the fact that life expectancy has increased. The committee will be looking into a "defined contribution" program rather than a "defined benefits" program that could possibly be made an available option to younger employees. The "defined contribution" program is market-based. Almony was asked to prepare a paper indicating the pros and cons of different retirement systems.

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that he will update the names of divisions as it is currently listed in the "Collected Rules and Regulations". He is also working on a definition of administrative titles to be included in the Traditions and Practices appendix of Council's "Rules of Order".

Student Affairs: Michael Devaney, Chair, reported that the student absence survey has been distributed to the (regular) faculty. Unfortunately, due to an error printing services & bulk mail failed to include the self-addressed, return envelope; therefore, the mailing will be repeated. An e mail message will be sent to all faculty informing them of this error.

Any Other Business

Faculty raised concerns about the Library's journal cancellations Geden remarked that the problem is being addressed from a system-wide perspective at IFC and that some savings from VERIP might be devoted to the library.

Mike McKean, Chair of Campus Committee on Computer Policy, reported that the committee will sponsor forums at the end of January in order to get faculty, student, and staff input on numerous computer-related issues.

Geden announced that Russ Zguta will chair the next two meetings of Faculty Council because she will be out of the country.

Gordon Christensen asked whether each division could be asked to make a brief report about the status of its school and its concerns to Council each year. Geden said that Executive Committee would discuss his idea. Josh Flory of the Columbia Daily Tribune apologized for remarks in a story that might have offended some faculty.

Adjournment

The meeting moved to closed session at 4:30 p.m. to discuss committee appointments for the Campus Health Oversight Committee, the Faculty Grievance Hearing Panel, the Ad Hoc Committee on Dual Credit, and the System Post Tenure Review Committee. The three representatives chosen for the System Post Tenure Review Committee are: Edward Adelstein, Dennis Sentilles, and Hildegarde Heymann. The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder