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VOL. XXXI, NO. 2
Minutes of the Academic Council Meeting
October 18, 2001
XXXI,2. The meeting was called to order at 1:30 P.M. by President Ralph Wilkerson. Roll call was taken, and absentees noted were: James Stone; Ilene Morgan, Michael Meagher, Paul Worsey; Patrick Giunta; Don Sharpsteen, Greg Gelles, Kristine Swenson; Phillip Whitefield; Kurt Kosbar; S.N. Balakrishnan; H. L. Tsai; Richard Brow; Gerald Wilemski, and Greg Story.
There was a motion and second to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2001 meeting. The motion carried.
.1 REPORTS AND RESPONSES
A. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
- Noting that the next IFC meeting would be the following day, Prof. Ralph Wilkerson reviewed topics discussed at the previous IFC meeting.
- The IFC is currently reviewing proposal for a tuition waiver for family members. One number mentioned at the last meeting was that it would cost an estimated $1.3 million to implement a 100% tuition waiver for all family members. A variety of options are being considered and more data should be available at the next IFC meeting.
- The IFC is discussing ways to get more faculty input into the strategic planning process.
B. CHANCELLOR’S REPORT - Provost Y.T. Shah presented the following report for the Chancellor.
- Dr. Shah provided an overview of the Faculty Performance Share Plan (FPSP) at UMR. The FPSP is an additional compensation tool to recognize exemplary faculty activities and achievements that are critical to the successful implementation of the University System and campus and University Outreach and Extension strategic plans.
- In 2000-2001, 30 UMR faculty received awards; 15 in Engineering, 7 in Mines and Metallurgy (all who were nominated), 8 in Arts and Sciences (all who were nominated).
- In 20001-2002, Faculty performance shares will be awarded to faculty who:
- Change significantly campus culture with respect to any Strategic Goal Objective in the 2001-2002 Strategic Action Plan of the University of Missouri-Rolla;
- Make a significant contribution to campus student recruiting and/or retention;
- Receive a national or international prize or award which advances the UMR strategic plan.
- Prof. Don Myers pointed out that the Academic council did not have an opportunity to be part of the decision process, because they only received two days notice before input was required.
- Prof. Don Myers pointed out that the Strategic Plan Objectives were very broad and asked if specific goals and objectives could be identified for faculty at the Dean’s level. Provost Shah agreed that this was a good idea and indicated that he would bring it up at his next cabinet meeting.
- Provost Shah introduced Steve Mallot, Vice-Chancellor for Administrative Services. Vice-Chancellor Mallot updated the council on the current status of the budget.
- Vice Chancellor Mallot indicated that under current projections, UMR is fairly well positioned to get through the current fiscal year.
- Vice Chancellor Mallot said that under current planning assumptions, UMR is looking at a 1-1.5 million dollar cutback for the next fiscal year. One of these assumptions is that UMR receives a flat state appropriation for the coming year. If state appropriations are reduced UMR’s cutback could be greater than currently projected. However there are many questions affecting the budget that we still don’t have answers to.
- Vice Chancellor Mallot indicated that he is in contact with the Budgetary Affairs committee and intends to include them in the budget planning decision process.
.2 REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES
A. CURRICULA - This report was presented by Professor Thomas Schuman.
- Professor Schuman moved to approve the CC1’s that were distributed with the agenda. There was a second, and motion carried.
- Professor Schuman pointed out that there were three EC1s provided in the agenda as information for the academic council.
B. STUDENT AFFAIRS - This report was presented by Mark Potrafka, Director of Student Activities.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called The Vine for approval by the Academic Council. This organization was discussed at the June meeting, but no action was taken. The constitution presented was modified to address concerns raised at the June meeting It was moved and seconded to accept The Vine as a new student organization. The motion carried.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called Rotaract Club. It was moved and seconded to accept the new student organization. The motion carried.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called Common Call Campus Ministry. It was moved and seconded to accept the new student organization. The motion carried.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It was moved and seconded to accept the new student organization. The motion carried.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called Alpha Iota Delta. It was moved and seconded to accept the new student organization. The motion carried.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called the University of Missouri-Rolla Chapter of the American Society of Engineering Management/Institute of Industrial Engineers. It was moved and seconded to accept the new student organization. The motion carried.
- Mr. Potrafka presented the constitution for a new student organization called Up ‘til Dawn. It was moved and seconded to accept the new student organization. The motion carried.
.3 OLD BUSINESS - No old business was presented.
.4 NEW BUSINESS
A. STAFF COUNCIL
- Ms. Barbara Robertson reported that the UMR Remembers fundraiser was very successful with more than $2,600 raised.
B. STUDENT COUNCIL - Mr. R.J. Agee reported that the Student Survey results will be available soon.
C. GRADUATE STUDENT’S COUNCIL - Ms. Carmen Doudna reported that the Graduate Student’s Council is having a membership drive on October 31st.
D. RP&A - Prof. Don Myers announced that memos are being sent to standing committees members asking them to get organized. Committees are being asked to select a chair and to review their present charge. The RP&A committee is reviewing the current committee structure and will be recommending changes for approval by the General Faculty.
- The Academic Standards committee is being asked to look into moving the drop date without a W grade to one week after mid-semester grades are sent.
- The Academic Standards committee is being asked to look into the various interpretations and possible causes of the D, F & W problem.
- The Budgetary Affairs committee is being asked to involve faculty in the budget planning process and review the formula for faculty allocation.
There was a motion to adjourn. After a second was made, motion carried.
*Minutes of the Academic Council are considered official documentation and notification of actions approved.