Meeting Minutes: March 30, 1995


Present were: Gary Allee, Lloyd Barrow, Dale Blevins, Benedict Campbell, Joe Charlson, Vicki Conn, Allen Hahn, Peter Hall, Jean Hamilton, Lonnie Echternacht for Richard Hatley, Edward Hunvald, Charles Knowles, Deborah Pearsall, Larry Penney, Glenn Pierce, Ron Plain, Patricia Plummer, Michael Porter, Dennis Sentilles, Mary Ellen Sievert, Fred Springsteel, Harry Tyrer, Betty Winfield, Bob Almony (Librarians), and Mabel Grimes (Black Faculty & Staff). Absent were: Hardeep Bhullar, Jay Dix, Leonard Forte, Loren Nikolai, Michael Prewitt, Don Sievert, and Roy Utz (Retirees).

Approval of Minutes

Chairman Ed Hunvald brought the meeting to order in Room S110 of the Memorial Union at 3:40 p.m. The minutes of the March 9, 1995 meeting were approved as presented.

Report of Officers

It was reported by Chairman Ed Hunvald that a nominating committee for the position of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson has been appointed. Council rules provide that, "In April of each year the Executive Committee shall appoint a nominating committee of three members that are completing at least one three-year term on the Council and will not be a member of the Council for the next academic year." Don Seivert, Mike Prewitt, and Loren Nikolai will serve on this committee; and, Don Sievert will be the chairperson. This appointment will become effective on April 1, 1995. The election will be held at our last regularly scheduled meeting of Faculty Council on April 27, 1995.

Action Items

Mid-Semester Grades. After much discussion it was decided that the Student Affairs Committee will try to work with the Undergraduate Deans Group to arrive at some method to be tried this fall, in a resolution of this problem. It was moved and passed that Faculty Council recommends that faculty members work out a method to make sure that students in their first semester of college be clearly informed how they are doing by mid-semester.

Admissions Policies

It was moved and passed by a hand vote to approve the First-Time College Admissions Standards. The administration has been asked to explain at a forthcoming meeting how they plan to implement public statements about these standards. Secondly, the draft Transfer Admissions Policy for Transfer Students was passed as presented, to be effective Fall 1996. See Appendix A for statements.

Cap on Fees

Gary Smith had provided Faculty Council with a fee schedule and an average undergraduate and graduate courseload history since the fall of 1975. Some faculty members questioned whether or not the decrease in average courseloads by undergraduate and graduate students is a statistically significant amount. A cap on fees proposal will be an action item at the next meeting of Faculty Council.

Discussion Items

U.S. Senate Bill 314: Pat Plummer introduced a resolution calling for Faculty Council support in opposing Senate Bill 314 in the U.S. Senate because of its implications relative to first amendment rights and people's use of the Internet. However, after some discussion, this resolution was tabled so that faculty members will be able to consider text of the proposed Senate Bill.

Health Oversight Committee Report: The Health Oversight Committee Report was presented by Dennis Sentilles. A resolution will be acted upon at the next meeting of Faculty Council.

Board of Curators Report

The Board of Curators Report from the meeting on March 23-24, held at UM-Rolla, was presented by Gary Allee to the Faculty Council.

IFC Report

The IFC has forwarded to President Russell and Vice President McGill various questions regarding the health insurance plan. Secondly, the grievance procedures have been sent to Vice President Wallace.

Standing Committee Reports

There were no standing committee reports.

Closed Session and Adjournment

At 5:20 p.m. Faculty Council moved into closed session. Faculty Council was adjourned at 5:25 p.m. after making committee appointments.

Respectfully submitted, Robert Almony, Recorder

Appendix A


Freshmen will be admitted based on a predicted freshman grade point average of 2.00 or greater. The predicted GPA is calculated using the relationship of the following academic factors: high school courses, grades in core courses, and ACT/SAT tests.


1. Accept transfer applicants from Missouri Community Colleges with the Associate of Arts degree.

2. Accept transfer applicants from other University of Missouri campuses who have a 2.00 or greater GPA.

3. Transfer applicants with less than 15 hours of college credit and who meet freshmen admission standards are eligible with a 2.00 or greater GPA.

4. Transfer applicants with 15-29 hours of college credit are eligible for admission if:

(a) they have met freshman admission standards and have a 2.00 GPA or, (b) they have a 2.75 GPA and have completed either the equivalent of Math 10 or English 20 with a C or better. (Must also have completed Math 80 or approved equivalent with a C or better if an Engineering applicant.)

5. Transfer applicants, not from other UM campuses, with 30-59 hours must have a 2.75 GPA and have completed the equivalent of Math 10 and English 20, with a C or better. (Completion of Math 80 or approved equivalent with a C or better is required for Engineering applicants.)

6. Transfer applicants, not from other UM campuses, with 60 or more hours must have a 2.50 GPA and have completed the equivalent of Math 10 and English 20, with a C or better. Completion of Math 80 or approved equivalent with a C or better is required for Engineering applicants.

The admissions office will report to Council in the fall on fall 1995 admissions, problems likely to arise and proposed actions to be taken for admissions for fall 1996.