Meeting Minutes: October 21, 1999

Attendance

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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Elizabeth Geden called the meeting to order in S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:31 p.m.

Report of Officers

Geden announced that a statewide conference on general education would take place at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on October 26 and 27.

Geden reported on a joint meeting of the Executive Committee of Faculty Council, the Council of Deans and Lori Franz, Associate Provost. The meeting focused on non-regular faculty. They discussed recommendations made by Faculty Council during the 1998/99 academic year on non-regular faculty. Geden said that these recommendations received general support from the Council of Deans.

Geden reported that several discussion items were raised at Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) including early retirement and a request for a report on the number of exceptions to the $400 salary increase.

Geden introduced Gene Iannotti, head of the Mizzou chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), who will attend Faculty Council meetings as a non-voting member.

Russ Zguta, Vice Chair of Council reported on the status of the Campus Standing Committee on Administrator Review (CSCAR). He also shared this information with President Pacheco at the Intercampus Faculty Council meeting.

Rob Weagley, Faculty Council observer to the Board of Curators, reported on a luncheon hosted by the intercampus student council for the board. The students expressed concern about the growth of non-regular faculty and the decrease in financial aid. He also reported that, of the four campuses, only MU has seen an increase in the number of applicants enrolled. The number of exceptions to freshman requirements has increased. Those granted exceptions are usually lacking in core courses. Students granted exceptions are more likely to drop out. Finally, he reported that President Pacheco reported that the Coordinating Board of Higher Education approved a budget increase of general operating funds by three percent.

Discussion Items

Guests: Michael Alden, Athletic Director and Sarah Reesman, Associate Athletic Director for Student Services.

Alden reported that over 400 athletes participate in 21 sports. The goals and objectives for this academic year include strengthening the infrastructure, increasing the graduation rate, and providing positive role models. Reesman identified six areas for development in the area of academic and student services: developing a strategic plan, revision of policy and procedures manuals, increasing student-athlete academic success, educating the MU community about compliance, complying with Title IX, and developing MU's Life Skills program to prepare athletes for careers and increase community service participation. Reesman reported that a recent Title IX report identified scholarship allotments to female student athletes as a strength and facilities for women as weaknesses.

Proposed Changes to Council's Rules of Order.

Bruce Cutter, Chair of Special Projects, submitted his committee's proposed changes to Council's "Rules of Order". First, he proposed that the office entitled "Editor of the Faculty Forum" be changed to "Editor of the Faculty Council Website and the Faculty Handbook". This change was proposed because Council voted last year to stop publishing the Faculty Forum Newsletter since the minutes are available on the Council website.

Second, he proposed that the memorandum of understanding on the process for awarding honorary degrees be incorporated into the traditions and practices section of the "Rules of Order". This proposal is aimed at having a written record of the process available.

This will be an action item at the next Council meeting on November 4, 1999.

Student Absences

Mike Devaney, Chair of Student Affairs, proposed changes to the current student absence policy (Article IV, Subsection I) which is published in the Faculty Handbook and in the Undergraduate catalog. He proposed two possible changes. In A, a specific amount of allowable time missed is noted (one hour of absence per course credit hour for participation in university activities or military service). In B, it does not make a specific time recommendation, but encourages faculty to accommodate students who are representing the university in activities or participating in military service. In addition, both versions specifically exclude exam dates from allowable absences and both only suggest faculty make accommodations for absences. A lengthy discussion followed in which some faculty voiced opposition to any revision in policy, some wanted general guidelines as offered in version B, and others wanted a stronger policy that requires, rather than suggests, accommodation of absences. Given the range of opinion amongst representatives, Council decided that it would be useful to gain a better sense of overall faculty sentiment. Council took a straw poll in which Version B was supported and the Student Affairs committee was asked to prepare a letter to send to faculty as a whole presenting Version B and asking whether interest for an open forum on the matter exists.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Chair Lloyd Barrow reports that he and his committee requested beginning and ending dates in order to begin the 2001/2002 Academic Calendar.

Faculty Affairs: Chair Edward Adelstein reported that most faculty grievances are in the Schools of Engineering and Medicine. They will be looking further into the grievance procedure.

Fiscal Affairs: Chair Robert Almony has requested data from the Provost's Office on allocation of budget funds to schools and colleges.

Student Affairs: Chair Michael Devaney reported that the Missouri Student's Association (MSA) has asked how they can encourage faculty participation in course evaluations. It was pointed out that the box asking for permission on the order forms for evaluations has been removed.

Adjournment

Council went into closed session at 4:50 p.m. to discuss committee appointments. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder