Meeting Minutes: January 25, 2001


Present: Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Judith Goodman, Wayne Hess, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Philip Johnson, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Weagley, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Edward Adelstein, Gordon Christensen, Jeffre Firman, Eileen Porter (for Alice Kuehn), Michael McKean, David Rayl, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Russ Zguta called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 Memorial Union. The minutes of the November 16, 2000 and December 7, 2000 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta announced (and reminded) Council members that we are currently seeking campus & faculty standing committee volunteers for the 2001-2004 term. This information from the faculty has a due date of Friday, February 2, 2001. In other campus-wide news for the faculty, Zguta noted that divisional elections to the Faculty Council should be completed by the end of February if at all possible.

Zguta summarized the actions of the Board of Curators in adopting the plan for post-tenure review. The Chancellor and Provost will consult with President Pacheco regarding implementation of the plan. He then introduced Nelson Cowan for whom David Geary had substituted on Faculty Council during the fall semester.

Wiebold and Devaney moved that Council draft a resolution thanking Drs. Adelstein, Heymann, and Sentilles for their work in drafting the post-tenure review document. The resolution passed unanimously. Cutter noted that Adelstein had spoken most eloquently at the Board of Curators meeting on behalf of the faculty and academic freedom. Parke added that Curator Stephenson similarly spoke out for the faculty, and she requested that Council write a thank you note for him as well.

Intercampus Faculty Council Report (IFC)

Vice Chair Judith Goodman described the development of a new faculty sick leave policy and noted that Bruce Biddle plans to have a report from his committee ready in March. Goodman noted that reviews of campus administrators are likely soon but that a review of the President will be delayed. She also noted the IFC's opinion that academic excellence should be the primary criterion for endowed professorships with other considerations secondary. Goodman reported that President Pacheco described the budget as very tight but no details were yet available. Further she noted that the new president of the Board of Curators has a keen interest in space allocation on the campuses

Board of Curators Reports

The reports of the 12-14-00 and 1-19-01 Board meetings, authored by Weagley and Cutter respectively, were distributed.

Action Item(s)

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee - Hooley. Hooley summarized the guidelines for the new Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Devaney moved approval of the guidelines. The motion was seconded and passed with a hand vote of 12-6.

Discussion Item(s)

Guests: Gilbert Porter, Associate Vice Provost; Aaron Krawitz, Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; and, Peter Markie, Vice Provost on General Education. Vice Provost Markie discussed the "transfer and articulation plan" adopted by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. In essence, each state institution will design its own 42 credit hour block which will transfer to any other state institution as satisfying the receiving institution's general education requirements. He noted that compliance with the plan by the Columbia campus will require changes of general education requirements and of policies regarding acceptance of transfer credits. He reviewed components of the plan and said that CBHE asked that a compliance plan be in place by September 1, 2001, and that the plan be implemented within a year thereafter. Vice Provost Markie pointed out advantages of the plan as well as the difficulties of adopting such a plan. Council will receive a report on these matters in March when a decision will be made on how to involve the Columbia campus faculty.

Hooley asked if the question for us is "how" or "whether" to implement the CBHE plan. Vice Provost markie replied that he could not predict what would follow refusal to implement the plan. He pointed out that the faculty need not vote on the CBHE plan itself but on changes in requirements necessary to implement the plan.

Krawitz said that a report of input from various academic divisions is being prepared. He summarized three possibilities. (1) Implement a 52 hour general education requirement, including the 42 hour transfer block while maintaining upper division general education courses. (2) Accept the 42 hour transfer block from other institutions while maintaining our current 39 hour block plus a 3 hour state history/law course. (3) Non-compliance: continue to evaluate transfer credit as is done now and forgo reciprocal transfer of credit for our students going to other schools. He declined to predict the reactions of curators, the legislature or the CBHE to the third course. He summarized problems that might arise from each of the alternatives and pointed out that, for the years 1990 through 1995, the graduation rate of students who transferred here with more than 42 hours of credit was about the same as that of our own first time students.

Nikolai pointed out that relatively few students are affected by the new plan. Devaney asked about the influence of the A+ program and he received the response that there is little impact in Columbia so far. Wiebold noted that the faculty must be responsible for the curriculum even if others may try to alter it. Markie replied that a successful general education program must have its origins in faculty ownership of it. He also noted that successful programs have been developed with other institutions to guide students who want to transfer eventually to specific programs here.

Definition of Administrator - Cutter. Cutter referred to 300.010 H. 5. of the "Collected Rules and Regulations" for the definition of an administrator.

"Every qualified academic staff member of the UMC Faculty is eligible for election to and service on the Council: Provided, however, that members of the UMC Faculty who hold administrative positions with the rank of Assistant Dean or higher, or equivalent positions regardless of the title, are ineligible for election or service. Only those eligible to serve on the Faculty Council are eligible to vote for representatives on the Council."

Satisfactory Academic Progress - Devaney & Hooley. Devaney summarized revisions of current policies regarding satisfactory academic progress. This item will be an action item at our next Council meeting.

Standing Committee Reports

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that a draft of a survey for campus administrators is being prepared.

Students Affairs: Michael Devaney, Chair, reported that a resolution on alcohol use and smoke-free dormitories is being prepared.


Council adjourned its open meeting at approximately 4:45 p.m. and then immediately began a closed session of personnel items.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder