Meeting Minutes: May 10, 2001


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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Russ Zguta called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The 4-12-01 meeting minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta reported that membership of the panel to investigate grievance procedures had been communicated to the Chancellor who replied that President Pacheco expressed concern about the Columbia campus proceeding without the participation of the other campuses. The panel will proceed, however, with gathering information about grievance procedures at other institutions. Zguta also noted the May 16 deadline for return of the Chancellor's evaluation and that the general education faculty survey is due on May 25.

Discussion Items

Guests: Glenn Pierce, Professor, Romance Languages and Joe Saupe, Professor Emeritus, Education - Transfer Admission Policy. Zguta introduced Glenn Pierce and Joe Saupe who presented a draft of a Transfer Admissions Policy. They discussed statistical evidence that the more credits transferred, the greater the probability of a student's success. They noted that a transferring student with an Associate of Arts (AA) degree should have a 2.5 GPA (not 2.0 as is now required) for greatest statistical probability of success here, but Pierce also noted adverse effects of such a change. Discussion yielded several changes in the first point of the policy which now reads.

1.Accept transfer applicants with the Associate of Arts degree. Students with the Associate of Arts degree will enter with junior standing and will be considered to have completed lower division general education requirements. Students entering with the Associate of Arts degree should have a GPA of 2.5 for previous college level courses in order to have a reasonable likelihood of academic success at M.U. (The rest of the statement is unchanged from the draft)

A motion to suspend the rules passed with one dissent. A motion to accept the amended Transfer Policy passed with one dissent. Council Website Editor/IFC Representative. Zguta introduced a proposed change in Council's "Rules of Order" by which the current single office of Website Editor/IFC Representative would be made into two positions and increase membership on Executive Committee by one. A motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously. A motion to adopt the changes in the "Rules of Order" passed unanimously.

Zguta then reminded the standing committee chairs to notify him of unfinished business so that continuity of committees' activities may be assured for the coming year.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Edward Adelstein, Chair, reported that faculty in the School of Medicine feel that the medical school lacks effective leadership.

Fiscal Affairs: Robert Jerry, Chair, reported that his committee has been trying to determine whether merit pay increases are differentially distributed. The committee determined the percent increase in salaries, expressed as a mean and standard deviation in a number of divisions and found a greater variance than expected.

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, asked for information about anyone who had not received a Chancellor's survey and urged all to respond.


Gordon Christensen noted that the Health Care Oversight Committee will hold a forum in the fall concerning access to and cost of health care and asked for Council's support. Herbert Tillema distributed a notice of an AAUP meeting on May 15 concerning academic freedom and University governance.

Presentation of the Service Award Plaques

Zguta presented plaques in recognition of their service to Council and the University to: Edward Adelstein, Dan Edidin, Jeffry Firman, David Rayl, and Robert Weagley.


Zguta made a motion to adjourn at 4:30 p.m., as there was no further business to come before this Council. The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder