Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2002


Present: Jeffrey Anglen, Tobias Baskin, Gordon Christensen, Bruce Cutter, Michael Devaney, Sara Gable, Judith Goodman, Tom Hurley, Bill Lamberson, Norman Land, Sudarshan Loyalka, Michael McKean, Anne McKendry, Loren Nikolai, Catherine Parke, Peggy Placier, Eileen Porter, Paul Sharp, Don Sievert, MaryEllen Sievert, William Wiebold, Russ Zguta, , Herbert Tillema (AAUP), Charles Cramer (Retirees), and Pat Timberlake (Librarians). Absent: Nelson Cowan, Daniel Hooley, Philip Johnson, Sylvia Lazos, Daniel Longo, and Jenice Prather-Kinsey (Black Faculty and Staff).

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 Council minutes of March 7, 2002 were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Judith Goodman, Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Representative, reported that Curator Steele discussed faculty involvement in the search for President Pacheco's successor. A distinguished teaching professor and a curator's professor from each campus will serve as an advisory committee after the search has been narrowed by the board from three to seven candidates. The search is expected to be completed by the end of 2002. Goodman told Council that the system office has made some recommendations on joint appointments. Their recommendations are to structure the appointment so as to help the appointee with clear definitions of responsibilities and endeavoring to keep responsibilities tied to one of the two appointing departments. Goodman reported that the committee on parental leave is still discussing potential problems and that short-term disability leave is not now being considered.

A draft copy of the current version of the copyright policy has been approved by the University's Legal Counsel Office. A copy of this draft was made available to the members of Faculty Council. Any comments on this draft should be directed to Stephen Lehmkuhle, Vice President of Academic Affairs, or to Goodman, Zguta, or Catherine Parke.

Goodman told Council that President Pacheco reported that budget problems may persist because required formulas for funding other programs may leave higher education chronically underfunded. The President also stated that benefits such as dependent fee waivers are being considered in lieu of raises. Individual campus reports were given: 1) the Chancellor at UMKC has an open lunch weekly at which faculty may voice concerns, and they have drafted general education requirements that comply with the CBHE's recommendations; and, 2) UMR is addressing retention questions and is changing the way they form standing committees.

Discussion Items

Guest: Jeanette Mummert, MU Graduate School, Electronic Thesis and Dissertation.

After a brief introduction by Zguta, Mummert discussed MU's Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Initiative Committee. This committee has been working since last fall to develop the following: 1) worldwide internet distribution; 2) distribution at MU only; and, 3) restricted access which might be used for patents pending or ongoing litigation. Many options such as audio, video, or spreadsheets will be available and the library will continue to retain paper copies of theses and dissertations. Mummert distributed information about the initiative and Zguta thanked her for her presentation to Council.

Guest: Art Hinshaw, Coordinator, Campus Mediation Program.

After a brief introduction Hinshaw described the mediation service and thanked Council for its nominees to the Campus Mediation Oversight Committee. Hinshaw wants to strengthen ties between the faculty and the mediation service and asked for more faculty members to serve as mediators. He noted that a conflict resolution training session will be held on June 12, 2002. Hinshaw reported that the service has conducted eleven mediations this year with "just under 50 percent resolved". He further reported that most participants were pleased with the process even if their dispute was not resolved. Hinshaw noted that the most important qualities of volunteer mediators are interpersonal skills and the ability to listen and to maintain impartiality. Hinshaw, elaborating on mediations, said in general there are two mediators and their university status is "matched" to the disputants. The mediation may last at least half a day with some requiring several day-long sessions. Hinshaw is willing to schedule a conflict resolution workshop for faculty and can be reached at 884-7813, in room S303 of the Memorial Union, or at Zguta thanked Hinshaw for his presentation to Council.

Resolution on Pick-A-Prof Program - Devaney.

Michael Devaney described the Pick-A-Prof program, a commercial on-line service which sells textbooks and describes courses and their teachers according to information supplied primarily by students. Devaney noted that the Committee on Student Affairs opposes the program because of the intent to publish grade distributions and average GPA's for specific courses and instructors.

Although some support for this proposal was voiced, a number of concerns were raised. Several Council members objected to the commercial interface between faculty and students and suggested that MSA could provide the same information without commercially motivated mediation and the assurance of accuracy of student input. Further concerns involved costs of the program, the effects of publishing grade distributions on class enrollment and whether MSA would proceed regardless of Council's actions. After further discussion a consensus emerged that it is desirable to make information available to students, that faculty would be more willing to provide information to an MU-based project than to a commercial venture and that MSA's budget for the project might best be used to pay a graduate student to work with IATS and use part of the students' computer fee to assure continuity of data gathering. Mr. Joshua Friel of MSA was present during these discussions, and he answered Council members' questions. Zguta suggested that Devaney and the Committee on Student Affairs work with MSA to find ways to provide students with the information they need to choose and schedule courses. Council thanked Mr. Friel for the information he provided to Council.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Michael McKean, Chair, reported on the future meetings that are to be arranged by Academic Affairs.

Faculty Affairs: Sudarshan Loyalka, Chair, reported that they are working on a draft report of issues facing tenure track faculty.

Fiscal Affairs: Bill Wiebold, Chair, reported on various problems associated with the implementation of PeopleSoft. Further, he reported on efforts to determine how funds are handled by university deans' offices.

Any Other Business

McKean reported that the Campus Computing and Information Committee will recommend a 100 page limit for printing by summer session students with a charge of seven cents per page above that. Fall and winter semester students would have a combined limit of 500 pages with a seven cents per page charge in excess of 500. McKean estimated that two-thirds of the students would not exceed those limits.

IATS would assume expenses for all public printing labs but departments would pay seven cents per page for printing by their graduate students and teaching assistants. He estimated that most departments would feel little impact. The policy would be reviewed periodically.


There being no other business, Council was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. to go into a closed session.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Hurley, Recorder