Meeting Minutes: September 29, 1999

Attendance

The Fall Semester 1999 General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m. by Faculty Chair Elizabeth Geden in Jesse Wrench Auditorium of the Memorial Union. Approximately 200 faculty, staff and students were in attendance.

Report from Faculty Council

Chair Elizabeth Geden introduced President Manuel Pacheco, University of Missouri and Chancellor Richard Wallace, University of Missouri-Columbia. Geden thanked them for their participation in today's faculty meeting. Geden proceeded to briefly outline some of the issues facing Faculty Council this year. These include the question of how to integrate non-regular faculty into the campus community, examining the student absence policy in conjunction with the Missouri Student Association, establishing a structure for a new campus-wide curriculum committee, and investigating retirement benefits. Geden urged faculty to make their concerns known to their Faculty Council representatives.

Report of President Manuel Pacheco

President Pacheco reported that the university is facing changes and challenges. Pacheco reported that the MU campus is ahead of the rest of the system in strategic planning. Pacheco noted that some confusion exists because of the number of plans developed (Mission Enhancement plan, UM Strategic Plan and Resource Plan, and the MU Strategic Plan) and said that the UM plan is fully consistent with the campus plan. It was further noted that the UM Strategic Plan may continue to change in response to the internal and external environment.

Pacheco outlined some areas where challenges related to the budget exist:

  1. the Hancock amendment and a modification of the federal government's definition of personal income that results in a limit to increases in the state's spending;
  2. mission enhancement is dedicated to particular areas, so discretionary funding is limited and inflationary increases will only be about two percent in FY 2000; and,
  3. significantly higher medical insurance costs must be dealt with. The UM Strategic Plan is intended to establish priorities that will result in a reshuffling of resources.

Report of the Chancellor

Chancellor Wallace thanked President Pacheco for his support and leadership provided to the Columbia campus and the University of Missouri. In his remarks about the MU budget, Wallace covered five different areas. First Wallace compared the MU and the UM Strategic plans. The missions statements and strategic goals of the two plans are consistent. Second he described the budget planning process. The Resource Advisory Council (RAC) advises the chancellor with respect to allocation of resources, while the Strategic Planning Advisory Council (SPAC) advises the chancellor with respect to planning goals. Both committees include representatives from the deans, department chairs, faculty, students, and staff; SPAC also has alumni representation. Planning will be carried to the department level by requiring annual divisional strategic plans. In addition, each department will specify planning objectives and identify peer departments from other universities for comparison. Third, Wallace described the budget planning assumptions. These include: small annual growth rates in discretionary funds from state appropriations, a three percent per year increase in student educational fees (the rate of inflation), an increase in enrollments of about six and one-half percent over five years, salary increases averaging four percent per year, total increases in benefit costs of eight percent per year, increases in E & E of three percent per year, accumulation of a reserve totaling five percent of the general operating budget in five years, and a reduction of the financial aid discount rate from 32 percent to 24 percent. Fourth, Wallace showed the MU five-year budget plan. The budget plans for reductions over five years with the greatest reduction (2.49 percent) occurring in the first year. The budget plan rewards divisional increases in revenue by reducing reductions by an equal amount. Fifth, Wallace ended by sharing "good-news" items:
  1. the fiscal year '99 budget revenues were above projections and expenditures were below projections;
  2. 105 new faculty have been or will be hired with Mission Enhancement funds; and,
  3. extramural research funding increased 43 percent over the last two years.
Chancellor Wallace also praised the academic leadership provided by several new administrative appointments. The Chancellor ended his presentation by asking each Dean present to introduce their new faculty members.

Other Business and Adjournment

A brief question and answer period followed. Professor Robin Remington asked for information concerning mission enhancement. Provost Brady Deaton responded that the next two years of mission enhancement allocations actually will be spread over five years in order to improve MU's infrastructure (e.g., office space, lab space, etc.) to better enable us to support new faculty appointments. He further replied that the review process will allow ample time for the development of mission enhancement proposals.

Chancellor Wallace opened the floor for any other business. Since there was none, there was a motion to adjourn and Chancellor Wallace adjourned the meeting at 5:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder