Meeting Minutes: December 7, 2000


Present: Edward Adelstein, Tobias Baskin, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Jeffrey Firman, Judith Goodman, Dan Hooley, Tom Hurley, Robert Jerry, Philip Johnson, Alice Kuehn, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, MaryEllen Sievert, Russ Zguta, Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Nelson Cowan, Dan Edidin, Wayne Hess, Ann McKendry, Loren Nikolai, David Rayl, Robert Weagley, William Wiebold, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty and 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 2, 2000 Faculty Council meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Zguta relayed the results of the faculty vote on the post-tenure review motion passed at the Fall Semester General Faculty meeting on October 25. There were 526 votes for the current system of annual review, 94 votes for a new post-tenure review process and 13 abstentions. Zguta reported that a memo containing these results has been sent to each member of the Board of Curators. Zguta further reported that we are currently in a second balloting on the post-tenure review document; this balloting has a deadline for submission date of December 15, 2000.

The report of the Committee to Review the Academic Grievance Procedures, headed by President Emeritus Mel George, has been sent to Chancellor Wallace. Edward Adelstein noted that the Chancellor accepted the report without change.

Discussion Items

Guest: William M. Crist, Dean & Professor of Child Health, University of Missouri Health Sciences. Dean Crist distributed copies of the "Strategic Plan" of the School of Medicine and described the process by which it was generated. Crist described the major goals of the plan and outlined the means of achieving them. He then commented on the problems of access to clinical care and cited a shortage of physicians as the chief reason. Crist noted the need for increased state and federal support for indigent care and medicare reimbursement as well as increased funding from industry and private sources. He plans to increase tenure track faculty recruitment with improvements in research space and support. Crist noted the need for greater efficiency and cost reduction and then asked for questions.

Dan Hooley asked why so many health care centers are having fiscal troubles similar to ours. Crist replied that reduced reimbursement by Medicare and managed care organizations have adversely affected care providers nationwide. Crist noted that reimbursement must improve if quality of care is not to suffer.

A questioner asked how many faculty positions are open in the School of Medicine. Crist replied that of about 450 total positions, 77 are unfilled.

Judith Goodman asked how many of those were tenure track positions. Crist replied that a minority of that number would be tenure track. When further queried by Goodman as to whether the School of Medicine intended to have two faculty tracks, Crist said it would probably be so because they need to hire clinicians. Crist further stated that when research space becomes available he would expect to expand tenure track recruitment.

Gordon Christensen noted the small medical student population and asked if there are plans to increase class size. Crist replied that the costs of educating medical students, the low level of state support for those costs, and an apparently adequate number of physicians argue against increasing class size.

A questioner asked what impediments to physician recruitment had been identified. Crist said that relatively low salaries and benefits, high patient loads, and other problems at the School of Medicine make recruiting difficult.

Adelstein asked how Crist would pursue hiring of non-regular faculty (non-tenure track). Crist replied that he is opposed to single year contracts and that he wants to move toward a 3-5 year renewable contracts to help recruiting.

Alice Kuehn asked about the shortage of subspecialists. Crist acknowledged such a shortage and noted that the School of Medicine is actively recruiting them. Kuehn then expressed concern that the "Strategic Plan" made little provision for nurses and asked about the involvement of nurse practitioners in patient care. Crist replied that the "Strategic Plan" was prepared primarily for the School of Medicine and that other plans are being developed to coordinate nursing with patient care. Kuehn then asked if a Physician's Assistant Program is being planned, and, if so, why it is needed when a nurse practitioner training program already exists. Crist replied that Dan Winship, Vice Chancellor Health Affairs & CEO, was considering such a program and acknowledged that any development would be pursued with care.

Sudarshan Loyalka asked how the progress of tenure track faculty is reviewed. Crist replied that there are problems in that area and that they will be addressed.

Adelstein said that Council supports the efforts of Dean Crist and expressed the belief that Dean Crist will be successful.

Christensen asked about plans to interact with physicians outside the university. Crist replied that he's had only limited interactions with them but that he feels there's an openness to working together.

Loyalka asked if there were plans to pay residents more to which Crist replied that he hadn't thought of that yet.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Dan Hooley discussed the guidelines for the new Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Tobias Baskin asked whether similar committees in each college would be abolished. Mike McKean noted that the narrow focus of the new committee would avoid overlap with existing committees.

MU Information Technology Committee Charge. MaryEllen Sievert reviewed the charge to the MU Information Technology Committee and noted the distinction between information literacy and computer literacy.

Representation Report. Zguta introduced for discussion and approval the annual representation report for membership on Council from each academic unit. Zguta noted that the College of Education is presently entitled to one representative although two members are currently serving that college. A motion to suspend the rules in order to vote on the representation report and to allow both Education representatives to complete their current terms passed unanimously. Council then voted unanimously to accept this year's representation report and to allow the current two representatives from the College of Education to serve out their respective terms.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs: Robert Jerry, Chair, asked for input in the formulation of the faculty performance shares policy, due December 19.

Special Projects: Bruce Cutter, Chair, reported that they continue to work on the evaluation of administrators.

Student Affairs: Mike Devaney, Chair, reported that a draft resolution on student alcohol use will soon be before Council.


There being no further business for the open session, Zguta requested Council go into closed session at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted
Thomas Hurley, Recorder