Meeting Minutes: February 25, 1999


Present: Everett Adam, Edward Adelstein, Lloyd Barrow, Dennis Wright (for Bruce Biddle), Melvin Blase, Gordon Christensen, Michael Devaney, Dan Edidin, Elizabeth Geden, Judith Goodman, Allen Hahn, Edward Hunvald, Thomas Hurley, Nancy Knipping, William Kurtz, Henry Liu, Michael McKean, Mark Milanick, Don Miles, Glenn Pierce, Robin Remington, Robert Weagley, Paul Weirich, William Wiebold, James Curtis (for Russ Zguta), Robert Almony (Librarians), and Wayne Decker (Retirees). Absent: Robert Hall, David Rayl, and Mable Grimes (Black Faculty&Staff)

Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Chair Robert Weagley in room S203 of the Memorial Union. The minutes of the Faculty Council Meeting of February 11, 1999 were approved.

Report of Officers

Weagley announced that a faculty forum dealing with Intellectual Property and Copyright Laws would be held on March 2, 1999 in Fisher Auditorium, Gannett Hall at 3:30 p.m.. The forum is sponsored by the Intellectual Property Office and Faculty Council.

Weagley announced that a faculty forum on non-regular faculty will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 1999 in N208 of the Memorial Union at 4:30 p.m.

Weagley announced that Gil Porter, Director, The General Education Program and MU's representative to a statewide task force appointed by the CBHE Committee on Transfer and Articulation (COTA), and Gary Smith, Registrar and Director of Admissions, will attend the March 11, 1999 Faculty Council meeting to discuss Transfer and Articulation.

Weagley reported that the Executive Committee met with Provost Deaton and also Provost Deaton with Chancellor Wallace in two separate sessions. Some of the items Executive Committee discussed during these sessions were: the upcoming ballot on the annual evaluation of faculty; the question of whether senior faculty are being replaced by regular or non-regular appointments; and, the question of how we might attract and retain high-caliber faculty.

Weagley reported that Steve Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will come to campus to meet with the Academic Affairs Standing Committee of Faculty Council, the Assessment Committee, and representatives of the Provost's Office. The purpose of this meeting is to help the campus establish goals for assessment as well as figure out how to meet those goals. Weagley reported that the administration supports faculty in the belief that assessment must be used to improve departments and programs rather than simply to meet a political mandate. Faculty voiced a desire for feedback on students' scores on the CAAP test, and they would like to know whether this campus has received money for compliance with assessment.

Weagley reported that Provost Deaton is writing a charge for a proposed Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. It is being developed to prevent duplication of courses across departments, because the budget model under consideration allots money to departments based in part on the credit hours they generate.

With respect to Transfer and Articulation, Weagley reported that the Community Colleges of Missouri released an Executive Summary stating that they wish to be the point of access for affordable education. Weagley urged faculty to think of creative ways in which we can work with them to make the Community College experience a better preparation for MU.

Weagley reported that the Resource Advisory Council (RAC) has released a draft of the budget model to the Dean's Council. This draft did not include specific numbers; rather it consisted of general principles, an Executive Summary of a model, and the model for allocating resources.

Action Items

Mail Ballot on Annual Faculty Review. Faculty Council unanimously approved a mail ballot on annual faculty review.

Discussion Items

Proposal for Adding a Community Representative to the Concerts Committee. Paul Weirich, Chair, Special Projects brought forward a proposal to appoint a member of the Columbia community to serve on the Concerts Committee. The rationale for this proposal is to promote diversity on the committee, to increase community support for the concert series, and to support a possible joint university/community venture to build a new Arts Center. Faculty voted to suspend the rules so action could be taken today. A friendly amendment was accepted to reword the proposal as follows: "The Provost shall appoint a community representative to the Concerts Committee. This representative shall have a term of one academic year (September 1 - August 31), but shall have no voting rights." The proposal was passed by a unanimous voice vote.

Medical Plan. Faculty Council discussed options concerning our medical plan. Columbia is the only campus without the "choice" option available. The "choice" option would allow members to see a specialist without a referral from their primary care doctors. Faculty Council voted to suspend the rules so a vote asking for a feasibility study could be held today. The following request was passed by unanimous voice vote: "Faculty Council requests that the System Human Resources Group study the feasibility of a POS Choice Plan as an option for the members of the UMC campus community and report back to Faculty Council by June 1, 1999."

Faculty Handbook Revision Proposal. Faculty Council discussed proposed revisions to the Faculty Handbook. Paul Weirich, Chair, Special Projects Committee suggests updating information in Chapters 3&4 (MU Bylaws and Academic Regulations, respectively) and deleting Chapters 8, 9, and 10 (Academic Grievance Procedures, Financial Exigency, and Discontinuance of Programs, respectively).

Proposed additions to Chapter 3 include: rules and regulations concerning employee conduct, conflict of interest, sexual harassment, research dishonesty, and copyrights. Proposed additions to Chapter 4 include: regulations concerning the privacy of student records, the timely report of grades,the grievance procedure for students, and general education and graduation requirements. The information in Chapters 8 and 10 would be referred to in Chapter 11 with pointers to the location of more complete information. Chapter 9 refers to rules that are no longer in effect.

Many faculty argued for leaving in Chapters 8 and 10. Weirich will develop a new proposal for a discussion item at our next Council meeting.

Research Incentive Funds. Melvin Blase, a current member of Faculty Council and the Research Incentive Committee, asked for input from faculty concerning potential incentives for and obstacles to gaining federal research funds.

Intercampus Faculty Council (IFC) Report
Edward Adelstein reported that IFC realized that throughout the four campuses it is difficult to replace senior faculty. What rights are accorded to non-regular faculty was also addressed by the IFC. Faculty asked whether a policy for spousal hiring might be explored. The possibility of an ad hoc committee for making recommendations to IFC was raised.

Standing Committee Reports

Fiscal Affairs. Bob Almony, Chair, reported that Fiscal Affairs is addressing asset allocation, examining pay raises by department, and is trying to secure new equipment for the Faculty Council office.

Student Affairs. Mike Devaney, Chair reported that Student Affairs is reviewing the student absence policy with the athletic department and the outcome of the Alcohol Summit with the Chancellor.

Any Other Business

Robin Remington reported that some faculty have expressed unhappiness with having their social security numbers on their faculty identification. Rob Weagley said he would find out what other options are available.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Goodman, Recorder