Meeting Minutes: July 26, 2001


Present: Jeffrey Anglen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Judith Goodman, L. Wayne Hess, Daniel Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, Bill Wiebold, Russ Zguta, Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Tobias Baskin, Nelson Cowan, Gordon Christensen, Sara Gable, Philip Johnson, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, MaryEllen Sievert, Mable Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff), and Herbert Tillema (AAUP). Retiring members present: Robert Weagley. Retiring members absent: Edward Adelstein, Dan Edidin, Jeffrey Firman, and David Rayl.

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Chair Russ Zguta at 3:30 p.m. in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the June 14, 2001 Faculty Council meeting were approved as submitted.

Zguta welcomed the new members of Council and introduced Professors Paul Sharp, Chemistry; Jeff Anglen, Medicine; and, Don Sievert, Philosophy. Zguta noted that two additional new members Professors Sara Gable, Human Development; and, Bill Lamberson, Animal Science were unable to attend this meeting.

Report of Officers

Zguta reported that he and Vice Chair Judith Goodman met with the Chancellor and the President to inform them of the outcome of the Chancellor's evaluation and then released those results to the public. The original survey, the responses to it, and a summary of comments returned with the survey have been kept for archival purposes in the Faculty Council Office. An evaluation of the Provost is scheduled early in the winter semester.

Goodman reported that the Grievance Review Committee has begun its work by seeking information on grievance procedures at other institutions. Within the UM system there are many more grievances filed on the Columbia campus than on the others. She also reported that a policy on faculty sick leave is being developed and that a survey will soon be made but that progress in the near future is unlikely.

Peggy Placier, Web editor, reported on-going progress in developing electronic surveys and hopes to be able to test it soon.

Robert Weagley, Board Observer, reported on the July 19-20 Board of Curators meeting. Budget reductions at the university have not been as great as at other state agencies but have still required a reduction of $20.9 million. He noted that the Board has invited the University of Nebraska's Board of Regents to its Columbia meeting (and football game) September 27-28. Weagley noted that $21.5 million have been appropriated for indigent medical care in FY '03 and that $50 million have been internally transferred to avoid a downgrading of University Hospital's bonds which may save about $2 million a year in debt servicing. The faculty shares program is to be implemented this year from current reserves. Zguta thanked Weagley for his work as Board Observer and commended him on the quality of his reports.

Action Items

CSCAR - Cutter. Bruce Cutter presented a document, "Faculty Council Administrator Review, a Proposed Mechanism," for inclusion in Council's "Rules of Order," under the heading of "Traditions and Practices." In pointing out that the document provides for review only by regular (tenured and tenure track) faculty he noted that there are 125 titles at this university that refer to faculty and that access to faculty status varies among different units on campus. Cutter suggested that Council adopt the document and consider in the future whether and how to include other faculty in administrator reviews. Catherine Parke suggested that it be specified that archival materials be stored in the Council Office. Zguta clarified the post-survey procedures whereby the administrator being reviewed would be informed of the results by the Chair and Vice Chair of Council. The results would then be shared with: the administrator's immediate superior, Faculty Council, and would be released to the public. A motion to incorporate the document into Council's "Rules of Order" passed unanimously.

Discussion Items

Report of the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) & Strategic Planning Advisory Council (SPAC) - Weagley. Weagley gave an overview of the current standings of the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) and the Strategic Planning Advisory Council (SPAC). They both share a similar charge of advising the Chancellor on issues of planning and priorities in generating the campus budget. Weagley discussed non-budgetary issues of student retention, fee waivers, and development that these Councils are involved with. There was also a discussion of the Committee for Effective Resource Utilization which seeks ways to raise and save money. Additional discussion of the following also took place: open RAC meetings, the meaning of "the RAC model", and how RAC actually proceeds in its efforts to reward excellence. Zguta noted that Council would benefit from periodic reports from RAC and SPAC.

Standing Committee Reports

Student Affairs: Michael Devaney, Chair, brought to Council's attention the annual report from his standing committee that had been included in the meeting packet. Devaney further informed Council that a survey is ongoing regarding the campus environment especially as it affects minorities.


The open meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m. Council then went into closed session for the 2001 2002 executive committee elections. The results of this election are as follows:

Tom Hurley, Recorder
Bruce Cutter, Chair, Special Projects
Sudarshan Loyalka, Chair, Faculty Affairs
L. Wayne Hess, Chair, Fiscal Affairs
Peggy Placier, Editor, Faculty Handbook & Council Website
Michael Devaney, Chair, Student Affairs
Michael McKean, Chair, Academic Affairs
Judith Goodman, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative
Don Sievert, Observer to the Board

Respectfully submitted,
Thomas Hurley, Recorder