Meeting Minutes: October 21, 2010


Members Present: Steve Ball, Clyde Bentley, John Dwyer, Candace Galen, Ann Harrell, Victoria Johnson, Jonathan Krieckhaus, John Lande, April Langley, Sudarshan Loyalka, Joe Parcell, Leona Rubin, Johannes Schul, James Tarr, Harry Tyrer, Douglas Wakefield, Dana Weston, Bill Wiebold, Shelley Worden (Librarians), Edward Hunvald (MURA), Stephen Montgomery-Smith (AAUP), Richard Guyette (NTT), Nicole Monnier (NTT), and Rebekah Hart (sec.). Members Absent: Gordon Christensen, Leah Cohn, Arthur Jago, Rebecca Johnson, Kattesh Katti, Norman Land, Tom Marrero, Rebecca McCathern, Xiaoguang Ni, Stephen Sayers, Ronald Wheeland, Charles Nilon (Black Faculty and Staff), Katherine Reed (NTT), and Same White (NTT).

Approval of Minutes

Chair Leona Rubin called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m., in S203 Memorial Union. The Fall Semester General Faculty Meeting and the Faculty Council minutes of 10-6-10gfm and 10-7-10 were approved as submitted. The agenda order was suspended in order to take our guest first.

Report of Officers

Rubin began the chair’s report by turning it over to Bentley for his report from the recent Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) fall meeting.  This group is comprised of faculty members from the higher education institutes in Missouri and they met in Jefferson City last week for their semi annual meeting.  The speaker was Michael Neitzel, Governor Nixon’s adviser on Education.   He spoke on the future of higher education in Missouri and he noted that the demand for higher education is skyrocketing but funding is going down.

Rubin noted that there are two meetings of the Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) next week; the regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday (10-28) and a special TelePresence meeting with Betsy Rodriguez, Vice President Human Resources on Tuesday (10-26).

Rubin stated that for the conclusion of her chair’s report, she invited Ken Dean, Deputy Provost to come forward and present a review on the Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) Program Review.  The Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE) has provided the timeframe for the review process and determined the criteria for the programs being reviewed.  Institutions must submit their report on low performing and duplicate programs by Friday, October 29, 2010.  The MU campus has avoided massive cuts for the past two years.  Although no decisions have been made, we will continue to be as transparent as possible with the review process and the feeling is that this is an opportunity to strengthen programs by possible consolidations, mergers, or redesign.  The final report will be reviewed by President Forsee before being sent to MDHE.  A discussion with Dean followed, with questions and comments from Council members.  In conclusions Dean observed that the MU campus has been saved by enrollment growth of the past three years, where an enrollment decline would of been problematic; however, when does the increase in undergraduates start costing: classroom & lab space, faculty salaries, and the expense involved in operating programs.

Action Items

2012-2013 Academic Calendar - Johnson.  Johnson presented the draft calendar for Council's review.  There was no discussion, it was moved and seconded for a motion to accept. Council then voted unanimously in approval of the 2012-2013 calendar.

University of Missouri-Columbia

Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. M Aug 20
Labor Day Holiday (no classes) M Sep 03
Thanksgiving recess begins, close of day* Sa Nov 17
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Nov 26
Classwork ends, close of day* W Dec 05
Reading Day Th Dec 06
Final examinations begin F Dec 07
Fall semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F Dec 14
Commencement F Dec 14 & Sa Dec 15
Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) M Jan 21
Classwork begins, 8:00 a.m. T Jan 22
Spring recess begins, close of day* Sa Mar 23
Classwork resumes, 8:00 a.m. M Apr 01
Classwork ends, close of day* W May 01
Reading Day Th May 02
Final examinations begin F May 03
Spring semester closes, 5:30 p.m. F May 10
Commencement F May 10, Sa May 11, Su May 12
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 03
Independence Day recess (no classes) Th July 04
8-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 26
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M June 03
First 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F June 28
Classwork begins, 7:30 a.m. M July 01
Independence Day recess (no classes) Th July 04
Second 4-week session closes, 5:30 p.m. F July 26

*Close of day is defined as including late afternoon and evening classes.

It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Columbia to respect the diversity of our students. ­The faculty is reminded that students might want to observe religious holidays and days of special commemoration and is encouraged to accommodate students who have a conflict with a class period, test or activity because of these obligations. Approved by the MU Faculty Council on October 21, 2010."

Discussion Items

Guest: Jim Cogswell, Director of Libraries, MU Libraries.  Cogswell spoke on "Open Access Week" and open access journals.  He believes that the current method of publication is unsustainable because of increasing publisher’s costs.  Cogswell mentioned the web site:  This is where authors can post preprints and also postprints if they have the appropriate permissions from their publishers.  There are now approximately 5,500 open access journals and he hopes this will increase.

Standing Committee Reports

Academic Affairs: Johnson, chair, reported her committee will be ready soon with Faculty Handbook changes and policies related to GPA.  These will be followed with their review of the General Education Report.

Faculty Affairs: Loyalka, chair, reported that his committee has recently met and discussed: (1) P & T task force; (2) Collected Rules and Regulations; (3) MDHE/CBHE review.

Fiscal Affairs: Tyrer, chair, reported that his committee has recently met and discussed intellectual property issues which includes licensing and tech transfer issues.


Council met for a brief closed session in order to make committee nominations.   The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley Worden,  Recorder