Meeting Minutes: April 18, 2012gfm

Call-to-Order and Attendance
The Spring Semester General Faculty Meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chancellor Deaton in Chamber Auditorium, MU Student Center.   Approximately 25 people were in attendance.

Opening Remarks & Introductions-Chancellor Deaton
Deaton greeted the attendees of this meeting saying he was just in from a meeting of the AAU Institutions which addressed the importance of research institutions.  A task force associated with this consortium is expected to complete a report in June 2012 on ten actions for Congress to address on research issues.

Report from Faculty Council-Harry Tyrer
Tyrer spoke and had a PowerPoint presentation that reviewed the issues that Faculty Council looked at this year and the standing committees.  Among the issues are: performance funding, diversity intensive undergraduate experience, domestic partner benefits, accomplishment of the strategic plan objectives, online course task force, intellectual property campus standing committee, and student course evaluation.  Tyrer reported on the Online Academic Programs task force recommendations to treat online courses the same as traditional classroom courses and calling for creation of an Online Advisory Council to facilitate online sections and degrees.

Report from Chancellor Deaton
Deaton spoke briefly on an AAU task force on government funding for research.  This task force addressed the primary concern of what could the government do to increase academic excellence at research universities.  Deaton feels this report will generate a lot of concern from AAU institutions.  A PowerPoint presentation followed and the topic was, “Where is Mizzou at?”  The main points of the Measures of Major universities presentation are:  MU is a destination university for Missouri and the Midwest; MU tuition is below the SEC/Big 12/Big 10 AAU averages; excellent quality of the freshman class (ACT scores); retention and graduation rates exceed national and state average; out-of-state applications are now more than in-state applications; educates 25 percent of Missouri’s undergraduates; extension serves citizens and creates jobs; MU health care provides state-wide patient care; and, faculty attracts millions in federal grants (this is important for AAU status).  The presentation continued with “Issues Ahead-Enrollment Planning” with the following points:  continued decline in Missouri high school graduates through 2015; increase in minority and decrease in majority numbers; increase in competition for both in-state and out-of-state students; increase in financial needs of students; K-12 education issues impacts on enrollment numbers; make scholarships a priority in development efforts; expand efforts to increase Missouri’s college-going rates; and, respond to changes in student demographics.  He added the need to work to recruit more international students and explained that other universities are using this to grow revenue.  MU serves the State by working with China and recruitment of international students will improve the diversity function and MU’s place in the international marketplace.  Deaton commented on the importance of getting the message out to the state about MU and the many levels it benefits Missouri.

Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton spoke on the growth in diversity numbers on campus.  As a result next year there will be a campaign on the issues of respect and responsibility with programs across campus.  This diversity initiative will call on all units to do something meaningful to improve civility.

Tim Rooney, Budget Director gave a quick budget summary.  The governor’s original January 2012 budget cut of 12 percent has now changed to 7.8 percent.  There will be a tuition increase of three percent for most students and the F&A will remain flat.  Enrollment projections for next year are a total increase of 950 students.  The applications continue to be up for out-of-state students.  A two percent, merit-based salary increase plus an increase in benefits, will be proposed to the Board at their June meeting.  Some budget adjustments are:  revenue boost from enrollment growth and eLearning funds; and, reduction to Mizzou Advantage and athletics.  The campus’s current capital projects, which do not use general revenue funds, are:  Patient Care Tower; Gwynn Hall renovation; Residential Life Master Plan Update; Athletics Master Plan Update; and, Health Sciences Master Plan Update.

A question and answer period followed the presentations.  Among the questions were:  (1) What program is being eliminated from Mizzou Advantage?  The technology innovation part is being folded into the other four areas.  Provost Foster stated that Mizzou Advantage is “a work in progress and will evolve”.  (2) What is the status of the Survey on Transportation?  Working with the city to identify student needs; trying to strengthen the position of the Columbia airport; and parking on campus.  (3) How much has the campus saved with power plant upgrades?  It was reported in FY11 reduction of utility costs of $1.34 million; will get current figure from Energy Management.  (4) What is the definition of funding, what sources of income are included in the Strategic Plan?  There will be a comprehensive update on the plan coming out soon.


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

Respectfully Recorded,
Shelley Worden, Recorder for the Faculty