Meeting Minutes: April 29, 2010 General Faculty Meeting


The Spring Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chancellor Deaton in Jesse Wrench Auditorium of the Memorial Unions. Approximately 50 people were in attendance.

Opening Remarks & Introductions - Chancellor Deaton

Deaton welcomed the attendees of this meeting. He opened the meeting by saying there were many events scheduled on campus and again there is an expected large increase in Freshman enrollment coming in the fall.  The campus continues to experience a high activity level.  Deaton then turns the meeting over to Leona Rubin.

Report from Faculty Council-Leona Rubin

Rubin began by introducing all the members of the executive committee.   She then reviewed the current status of Council's elections.  The first election has concluded and the results are: Rubin, Chair; Bentley, Vice Chair; and Wiebold, IFC representative.  At the next Faculty Council meeting in May, the second election for the remaining offices will take place.  Rubin discussed the current status of some of the ongoing reviews: (1) IP task force; (2) Course Evaluation Committee; and (3) General Education Review.  Rubin turned the podium over to Tom Phillips, Chair, Intellectual Property task force for his report. Phillips reported that changes to the Collected Rules and Regulations will continue the policy that faculty hold the traditional copyright privileges.  Rubin  continued with her report of some Council related activities for this past academic year: "One Mizzou" efforts; joint resolution on Family Friendly task force; domestic partner benefits resolution forwarded to the system and the "soft"partner benefits for the campus; new listservs for both the tenure track faculty and the ranked non-tenure track faculty; inclusive efforts for non-tenure track faculty on campus standing committees and Faculty Council; and, the establishment of the Faculty Network.

Report from Chancellor Deaton

Deaton announced that the faculty facilitators for Mizzou Advantage have been chosen.  A reception is scheduled, Tuesday, May 11, 4-6 p.m. for Mizzou Advantage and everyone is invited.

Student enrollment data as of May 1 forecast the largest freshman class on the Columbia campus in our history.  There are also noted some changes in student demographics where a greater number of students are transfers, a continuation in more diverse students (especially Hispanic), and a greater number of newly enrolled students have ACT scores of 28 or higher.  The projected number of total students enrolled in Fall Semester 2010 are expected to be approximately 31,800. 

Governor Nixon held FY 2010-2011 budget cuts at 5.2 percent in exchange for a zero tuition increase at the undergraduate level. The FY 2011-2012 budget information that is currently known sees the loss of all federal stimulus dollars, and an expected decline in graduating high school seniors based on projected population figures.  We are looking at proactive solutions for future budget planning.  Deaton introduces Tim Rooney for his budget analysis.

Report from Tim Rooney, Director of the Budget and Additional Comments from Chancellor Deaton and David Housh

Rooney reported that the change in state funding resulted in a 10 million dollar reduction for FY 2010-2011.  Through an analysis on the projected spread sheet this loss will be offset by an expected increase in student population and their tuition money, an increase in F & A grants, the increase in tuition for graduate and professional schools, fewer fee waivers and scholarships will be issued, and Energy Management saved 11.3 million dollars over the course of this past year in energy efficiencies for the Columbia campus.  Concerning fiscal year 2011-2012 (which begins July 1, 2011) because state funding is not currently known, measures are being both planned and taken at present in preparation for further budget cuts.  They do not expect this situation to begin reversing until fiscal year 2012-2013.

Following Rooney's budget presentation a question was asked to detail in his projected spreadsheet what a one percent salary increase would look like for FY 2010-2011.  This request was shown on the screen and the comment made this is not apart of the current budget planning.  Following Rooney's report, Deaton returned and he extended thanks to all in Energy Management for the large cost savings they were able to find and return to the campus.  He then asked David Housh, Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations, to give an update on the next fundraising campaign for Columbia campus.  Housh reported that the last billion dollar campaign has finished and they experienced a good result.  The new campaign for 1.5 billion dollars is currently being planned.  It will be an 8-10 year campaign and is expected to commence in 2012; Mizzou Advantage will be the focal point of this campaign. 


Rubin upon hearing no further discussion or questions, reminded the group of the Faculty Network group that meets every fourth Thursday of each month at the Tiger Bistro of Reynolds Alumni Center.

A motion was made for adjournment and the meeting adjourned.  The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Respectfully Recorded,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder for the Faculty