Meeting Minutes: December 9, 1999


Present: Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Bruce Biddle, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Robert Johnson, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, 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, Dan Edidin, Sudarshan Loyalka, Mark Milanick, Don Miles, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Elizabeth Geden called the meeting to order in S203 of the Memorial Union at 3:30 p.m..

Report of Officers

Geden reported that the next Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting would deal with post tenure review, the early retirement plan, and issues concerning the library. With respect to post tenure review, IFC was likely to examine the process of designing a system rather than its product.

Geden reported that rumors are circulating about changes in the way that Mission Enhancement Funds will be allocated. She reported that "Requests for Proposals" will be put out, but that they will be specific because some targeting of funds for particular projects (e.g., Cancer Center, Public Policy) will exist. The Council of Deans as well as Faculty Advisory Committees will make recommendations to the Provost.

Geden reported that the Council on International Initiatives has drafted a survey for program directors and faculty to detail the nature of international research and teaching activity on campus. CII is seeking the endorsement of Council to encourage people to complete the survey. Council provided unanimous support of having Geden sign the letter accompanying the survey.

Discussion Items

Guests: Peter Markie, Assistant Provost & Gil Porter, Director, Undergraduate Education.

A report was made on the efforts of the Task Force on Articulation and Transfer of Credit sponsored by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE). Their goal is to design a general education policy that would apply to all state (two and four year) institutions. Currently, our general education requirement is 39 credit hours built around the traditional disciplines. The current recommendation of the task force is to change the lower division minimum to 45 hours, which is the average required in schools now. Porter pointed out that while the schools have similar requirements for the first 39 hours, the last six hours vary greatly. Further, this change would be particularly hard for MU because nine hours of our general education requirements are in upper division courses.

The General Education Steering Committee of the CBHE is currently reviewing criticism from all schools and will meet again in January. Porter presented a draft letter detailing our concerns. Markie and Geden noted that it is important that MU comment on the process and that our voices be heard before final recommendations were made. Council voted to suspend the rules so it could vote at this meeting on drafting a letter to the General Education Steering Committee. Council then voted unanimously to draft a letter, in cooperation with the Committee on Undergraduate Education, to the General Education Steering Committee expressing our concerns.

2001-2002 Academic Calendar. Lloyd Barrow, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, presented two possible calendars for the 2001/2002 academic year. In both calendars, fall semester graduation is prior to finals enabling commencement ceremonies to be on a weekend. The start date is set to match the other campuses, and each semester must have 74 �76 total class days. Both calendars propose a week for Thanksgiving break. The difference in the two calendars is in the start date for Winter Semester. In calendar "A", Winter Semester begins the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day and ends on May 19, 2002. The other starts one week earlier, because Martin Luther King Day falls late in 2002. Council voted unanimously to suspend the rules so a vote could be taken concerning a preference for one of the two calendars. Council voted to accept calendar "A".

Board of Curators Report

Robert Weagley, Council's representative to the Board of Curators, reported that Curator Hugh Stephenson was elected president of the Board for next year and Curator Paul Steele was elected vice president. They approved the designs for a guest house at Ellis Fischel Hospital and they also approved the Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Program (VERIP). Details of the program are available at the following web site:

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Lloyd Barrow, Chair, announced that the Academic Affairs Committee will meet in January to address how to calculate GPA when courses are repeated.

Faculty Affairs: Edward Adelstein, Chair, reported that the Faculty Affairs Committee will meet in January to address recommendations on the grievance process.

Fiscal Affairs: Robert Almony, Chair, reported that the Fiscal Affairs Committee is discussing the Endowment Spending Policy of the University. They reported that massive library cuts are upcoming.

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that the Special Projects Committee is currently working on a definition of administrator.

Student Affairs: Michael Devaney, Chair, reported that the Student Affairs Committee drafted a faculty survey letter concerning the student absence policy that will be mailed to all faculty in January 2000.


The meeting moved to closed session at 4:35 p.m. to discuss committee appointments and honorary degree nominees. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder