Meeting Minutes: January 22, 1998


Present: Edward Adelstein, Bruce Biddle, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Allen Hahn, Robert Hall, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Don Miles, Marian Minor, Glenn Pierce, Don Ranly, Herb Tillema (for Don Schilling), Dennis Sentilles, MaryEllen Sievert, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, Gilbert Youmans, Russ Zguta, and Robert Almony (Librarians). Absent: Lloyd Barrow, Melvin Blase, Jere Francis, Elizabeth Geden, Mark Milanick, William Wiebold, Wayne Decker (Retirees), and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff).

Approval of Minutes

Gilbert Youmans called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m., in room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the December 11, 1997, Faculty Council meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Youmans began by introducing a guest, Ed Mahon, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Computing, and noted that an article in the Mizzou Weekly reported on some of the changes in Campus Computing. Mahon distributed a diagram of the re-organization of campus computing. Phase I has four goals: 1) to remove layers of management; 2) to re-organize along functional lines; 3) to establish internal controls; and, 4) to enhance training. Campus Computing has been renamed Information and Access Technology Services and will integrate telecommunications and computing. At the end of the presentation, Mahon answered several questions from members.

Youmans then welcomed Allen Hahn, who thanked all for cards, calls, visits, and thoughts during his recent illness. He then reported on the Intercampus Faculty Council meeting. President Pacheco met with IFC members and discussed legislative issues, particularly the budget. Hahn reported that the issue of faculty workload had arisen again, but the president stated that teaching assignments at the University of Missouri are similar to those at comparable universities. A major issue is the transfer of credits from community colleges, and Pacheco reported that the administration was working on a new articulation agreement with community colleges. Finally, Pacheco announced that the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs would be advertised within the UM system.

Youmans reported that he had forwarded via e-mail a letter to Chancellor Wallace about the early beginning of the semester and that Wallace had responded positively to the request that MU begin classes at a later date. At the General Officers meeting, Wallace said that this campus needed a longer break between semesters. The calendar will remain as it is for 1999-2000, but after that problems for distance courses would be worked out.

Youmans pointed out that the packets for members included a report from Registrar Gary Smith about enrollment projections for the coming year, and the figures looked good. He also noted statistics from Smith about graduate enrollment, which has declined. The declines are primarily at the master's level, not at the Ph.D. Level, and the largest declines are concentrated in four or five units. Some programs have purposefully restricted enrollment. Youmans said he would forward the statistics to the Graduate Faculty Senate.

Youmans announced that Governor Carnahan had approved the request from the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, including the enhancement proposal from the university. A handout on the enhancement proposals was included in the packets, and Youmans announced that Acting Provost Brady Deaton had asked the Council to nominate faculty to serve on two new committees which would recommend the allocation of enhancement resources in designated categories. (The Council compiled a list of nominees in closed session.)

Youmans also announced that there would be a search committee and a national search to fill the position of provost. The Executive Committee of Faculty Council provided Chancellor Wallace with a list of nominees to the committee. Youmans said that he would not be a member of the search committee because he felt that the chair of council should be free to convey both positive and negative faculty comments about the search to the administration.

Chancellor Wallace wants faculty input on budgetary issues, and he plans to form a committee, the Resource Advisory Council. In its first year, the committee would consist of the chair of Faculty Council and two additional members from Council, the chair of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, a curators professor, the Provost, the chair of Staff Council, one dean, one department chair, one student, and possibly one person from auxiliary services. Chancellor Wallace expects the composition and the role of the committee to evolve over time.

Discussion Items

Ombuds proposal. Youmans announced that he was trying to set up two forums on the ombuds proposal. He had received a faculty petition with 41 names which opposed the Council's endorsement of the faculty ombuds proposal.

Chancellor Wallace offered to attend the two forums. The suggestion was made that Elias Saab should be invited to the forums since he had been so critical of the proposal. Zguta noted that there was considerable confusion among faculty about the proposal; and, therefore, that forums might be useful. It was moved and seconded that we suspend the rules to allow for a motion and vote on the forums. The motion to suspend the rules passed unanimously. The motion was made and seconded that Faculty Council sponsor two forums on the ombuds proposal. The motion carried.

Board of Curators Report

Dennis Sentilles had included in the packets a report from the Board of Curators. The new president of the Board was Ted Beckett and the vice-president was Paul Coombs.

Standing Committee Reports

Faculty Affairs: Zguta reported that the committee would be bringing to Council in February recommendations concerning the tenure document.

Fiscal Affairs: Almony reported that Pat Morton and Gary Zwonitzer would be giving data to the committee in February.

Special Projects: Hunvald reported that he was investigating the history of representation on Faculty Council. There was no question that a unit with a dean could have representation. For Schools within Colleges or other Schools there was no such clear answer.

Other business and Adjournment

Hahn suggested that when letters requesting participation on committees were mailed for the Promotion and Tenure Committee we might set forth the qualifications and request a letter and curriculum vita. Council adjourned to a closed session at 5:20 p.m. and the meeting was adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
MaryEllen Sievert, Recorder