Meeting Minutes: March 19, 1998


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

Approval of Minutes

Chair Gilbert Youmans called the meeting to order at 3:40 p.m., in room S110 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the February 26, 1997 Faculty Council Meeting were approved.

Report of Officers

Youmans introduced Allen Hahn who reported on the March 12 meeting of the Intercampus Faculty Council. He reported that the IFC is discussing the grievance procedures. There was prolonged discussion on the issue of transfer credit from the community colleges to the university. There was also prolonged discussion on a report from the benefits committee. The IFC passed a resolution to the effect that the amount of money contributed to the retirement fund should be increased to between 4% and 6% which would bring the University of Missouri closer to peer institutions.

Youmans gave a preliminary report on the survey sent to the faculty by Faculty Council and announced that approximately 450 surveys had been returned. He distributed a page with comments. The results would be announced publicly and made available via the world wide web.

Discussion Items

Revised Tenure Policy Document. Zguta noted that Council members had five sets of documents about the original document. Recommendation 18 has already been implemented. His committee had received comments from 14 individuals and seven departments and other academic units. There were also 150 pages of transcript from the two open forums held on the document.

The Council then began to discuss the recommendation from the Committee. It was moved, seconded and approved that the Faculty Council approve recommendations 16 and 17 at its next meeting. These recommendations were procedural and non-controversial. For recommendation 7 the committee recommends that action be deferred. The motion was made, seconded and approved to defer action on this recommendation. Since the original committee had been divided on the remaining recommendations, the Council began to discuss each of them. Recommendations 6, 13 and 15 had received controversial responses. The Council then discussed recommendations 1-6. The debated ended at 5:00 p.m., and Youmans announced that the discussion would continue at the next meeting.

Resolution from UM-Rolla. After a discussion of the merits and demerits of UM-Rolla's proposal to enhance retirement benefits, the Council voted to suspend the rules to allow for a vote on the following resolution, which passed:

Standing Reports

Student Affairs Committee: Robert Weagley announced that the Total Person Program had a proposal to allow student athletes to enroll early for required classes. The proposal was sent back to them for revisions.

Any Other Business

Youmans announced again that the General Faculty Meeting would be held on April 8. It was moved and seconded that in order to schedule any resolutions the Council might want to propose the Faculty Council meeting be moved to April 2. It was moved, seconded and approved that we suspend rules to vote on the motion. The motion passed.

Closed Session and Adjournment

Faculty Council moved into closed session at 5:05 p.m. Faculty Council adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Robert Almony, Recorder