Meeting Minutes: April 10, 2008


Present: Doug Abrams, Edward Adelstein, Eileen Porter (for Joanne Banks-Wallace), Michael Devaney, Michael Diamond, Jay Dow, John Fennell (for Judy Bolch), Clark Gantzer, Art Jago, Norman Land, Rebecca McCathren, Steven Neal, Tom Phillips, Matthew Gordon (for Anand Prahlad), Leona Rubin, Stephen Sayers, Frank Schmidt, Michael Taksar, James Tarr, J. Wilson Watt, Adam Whaley-Connell, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (Retirees), and Rebekah K. Hart (sec.). Absent: Charles Borduin, Leah Cohn, Bryan Garton, Victoria Johnson, Alan Luger, Kenneth MacLeod, Rebecca McCathren, James McGlew, Adrienne Hoard (Black Faculty & Staff), Lori McKinley (NTT), Vern Pierce (NTT), and Fred Williams (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Frank Schmidt called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in room N208 Memorial Union. The 2/14/08 Council minutes were approved as submitted.

Report of Officers

Schmidt reported there will be an executive committee meeting with Chancellor Deaton on 4/24/08.

The Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) meeting for April was canceled. Their next meeting is in May.

The Board of Curators met April 3 & 4 in Rolla. At this meeting a tuition increase of 4.1 percent passed effective Summer Session 2008.  A 3.9 percent increase is expected in student fees. There was a discussion on how this would impact students. There was also a counter discussion on approximately $17 million in campus maintenance that has been delayed because of lack of funding. In the President's address he commented on our fallen 91/124 U.S. News & World Report rankings. He noted that endowments were down and that in some categories we were last in the Big 12. A separate discussion was carried out without conclusion as to whether or not the student representative to the Board of Curators should vote.

Action Items

Proposal to align the calculation of transfer student GPA with the current practice used for MU students - Phillips. Faculty Council voted unanimously to accept the fact that the calculation of transfer students should be the same as for our own students.

Transfer of credit from community colleges - Phillips. There was a brief discussion and agreement to delete this item from the current agenda but retain for future consideration.

Course evaluation and content of course evaluation - Phillips. This item was passed following some discussion in which concerns were expressed about team taught courses in professional schools as well as all courses taught by two or more professors. The Council was in agreement that such courses should be exempt from this process. Council passed the proposed course evaluation.

Discussion Items

Guests: Lori Franz, NCAA Representative Intercollegiate Athletics Committee & Anne McKendry, Chair, Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. Discussion began with Council receiving two handouts, The Total Person Program Policy Manual and the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. The concept of "season creep" was addressed so that student athletes who compete out of season will notify teachers well in advance.  There are other plans being processed that will further address this issue. The Athletic Department goes through a strategic planning process every five years. This process has begun and an initial finding is that no teams are in academic trouble. Further, there is no indication that any independent studies courses have been abused by student athletes. The Athletic Department is dedicated to their mission of "doing a better job for student athletes".

There is a 70 percent graduation rate for our student athletes. Approximately 500 student athletes on matriculated on this campus with approximately 400 supported by scholarships. The Athletic Department maintains programs for student athletics, "Life After Sports" and "Total Person Program". Both Clark Gantzer and Roger Worthington are involved with diversity issues in athletics and external reviews are being planned to study gender and minority student issues.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Rubin, chair, reported that the changes to the faculty grievance process have been requested to be in use now. Mintz has met with the General Counsel and will discuss a shorter process with "teeth". Mintz has also received the go-ahead to form a new committee to further study this issue.

Fiscal Affairs: Dow, chair, calculated that the current budget in "Compete Missouri" cuts appear to go across the board, rather than any specific targets. He is not certain that this is correct and is reviewing the data.

Diversity Enhancement: Gantzer, chair, a meeting is being planned, "Mizzou Diversity Summit" for May 4-5, 2008. The Oklahoma petition on affirmative action has been withdrawn. The students are planning to hold a forum on this issue and the Diversity Enhancement Committee will have an outline of this program for our August meeting.

Student Affairs: Devaney, chair, reminded us to consider the cost of books when we develop course syllabi. State and federal laws now say that publishers must price out the components of textbooks separately, CD's, workbooks, etc. Must be priced separately from the textbooks.

Any Other Business

Call for petition signatures for a general faculty meeting. The faculty request petition for meeting to discuss "Compete Missouri", budget problems, recent and future concerns at the university.


In closed session an election was held for 2008-2009 executive committee offices. The results are: Tom Phillips, Chair; Eddie Adelstein, Recorder; Leona Rubin, Chair Faculty Affairs; Victoria Johnson, Chair Student Affairs; and, Norman Land Observer to the Board. The remaining executive committee offices will be elected at the July 31, 2008 Council meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Edward Adelstein, Recorder