|Volume XXXII, Number 1|
Minutes of the Academic Council Meeting
September 19, 2002
XXXII, 1 The meeting was called to order at 1:30 P.M. by President Ralph Wilkerson. Roll call was taken, and absentees noted were: S.N. Balakrishnan, Richard Bullock, Kelvin Erickson, Randy Glaeser, Richard Hall, Paul Hamacher, Mark Mullin, V.A. Samaranayake, Kristine Swenson, H.L. Tsai, Philip Whitefield and Paul Worsey.
There was a motion and second to approve the minutes of the June 20, 2002 Academic Council meeting. The Academic Council body voted unanimously to approve the motion.
1 ELECTION OF ACADEMIC COUNCIL OFFICERS
A. RULES, PROCEDURES AND AGENDA (RP&A)
1. RP&A recommended the following slate for election as 2002-2003 Academic Council Officers:
Leonard Koederitz, President of Academic Council
Todd Hubing, President-Elect of Academic Council
Michael Hilgers, Secretary of Academic Council
David Van Aken, Parliamentarian of Academic Council
2. There was a motion and second to approve the slate by acclamation. The Academic Council body voted unanimously to approve the motion.
|2 REPORTS AND RESPONSES|
A. SPECIAL REPORT
Senator Sarah Steelman was in attendance to speak to the Academic Council. Steelman began by thanking the faculty of U.M.R. for their service to students, higher education, and the economic development of the state.
Steelman noted that one of her roles as a senator is to be an advocate for U.M.R., making sure that other legislators realize the importance of the university to Missouri. Steelman praised U.M.R. as the best kept secret in Missouri and an excellent institution.
Steelman views adequate funding for U.M.R. as a very high priority, and pledged to sponsor bills and amendments that will benefit the university. To a question concerning the possibility of major budget cuts in the near future, Steelman responded that revenue projections were on target, according to Governor Holden's Chief Economist. Steelman stated that legislators need to quit being reactive and take a proactive, long-term approach to budget planning. Steelman favors using the "Rainy Day Fund" to cover budget shortfalls and cutting some tax credits.
Currently, Missouri funds 13 campuses of higher education. Steelman feels that this is the time to consolidate campuses and focus state resources on deserving schools. Steelman indicated that any plan for consolidation must come from Governor Holden, with legislators and campus leaders working to find a feasible plan, with the resources available, to create a system of excellent higher education.
Steelman closed by noting that U.M.R. is succeeding and is an asset to Missouri.
|B. PRESIDENT'S REPORT - This report was submitted by Academic Council President Lenn Koederitz.|
1. Koederitz relayed topics under discussion at the recent IFC Meeting.
a. The IFC Resolution concerning Faculty Salary Adjustments (Board of Curators Policy 10.030.A.9) was presented. IFC favors a change in the wording of the Collected Rules and Regulations as being the best solution. There was a motion and a second to approve the IFC resolution as a show of support. The Academic Council body voted unanimously to approve the motion.
b. The UM Presidential Search has been narrowed to 14 finalists who will be interviewed from mid to late October, with a selection being announced in December.
c. IFC has requested a breakdown of the U-wide budget that equals $69 million annually.
C. PROVOST'S REPORT - This report was presented by Provost Y.T. Shah.
1. The Provost discussed the two Presidential Task Forces charged with reducing costs. The Chancellors' Task Force is looking at the possibility of reducing administrative costs. The Provosts' Task Force are considering the problem of providing quality education within the budget restraints. Shah is looking at the possible reorganization of low productivity and duplicated programs. The Provost will share proposals with the Deans and Department Chairs.
2. Provost Shah announced the formation of a Chief Information Officer Search Committee chaired by Ann Miller. This position will coordinate Distance Education, Computing, Telecommunications and the Electronic Library.
3. David Saphian will represent U.M.R. as the new Institutional Research Director.
4. Shah congratulated the School of Engineering for being one of the top 50 undergraduate programs in the country as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
5. U.M.R. is progressing toward the four goals of Recruitment, Research, Retention and Distance Education. All is going well for things that U.M.R. can control.
Enrollment has increased to 5250, 8% more than last year, surpassing all expectations.
Research has grown by 34%. U.M.R. faculty has submitted $20 million in proposed research and have received $6.5 million in research awards. 25% of $4.9 million of indirect cost recovery has been returned to the schools and departments.
Harvest Collier is intent on changing things in the freshman and sophomore years to improve retention at U.M.R. U.S. News and World Report ranks U.M.R. in the second tier, slightly improved from last year, for retaining students.
Distance Education enrollment has increased to 390 students from 223 students in 2000. CBHE approved six certificate programs in August.
6. Chancellor Thomas and Provost Shah have implemented a program of self-evaluation of every academic program. Shah has been working with the faculty of three programs: Economics (changing to Economics and Finance, moving to the School of Management and Information System), Chemical Engineering (adding Biological Engineering), and Civil and Architectural Engineering (adding Environmental Engineering).
7. The Chancellor of each UM Campus has the authority to change the names of departments. Shah noted that changes should receive approval by the affected faculty, not the Academic Council.
8. There was a motion and a second to refer the topic of Campus Reorganization to an Ad Hoc Committee, composed by RP&A. The Academic Council body voted to approve the motion.
|3 REPORTS OF STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES|
A. CURRICULA - This report was presented by Thomas Schuman.
1. There was a motion and second to approve changes generated from the August 21, 2002 meeting. The Academic Council body voted to accept the report.
2. There was a motion and second to approve changes generated from the September 5, 2002 meeting, noting the following correction:
CC 5344, Mil Sci 035 015, Individual Leadership Studies, approved new course for WS2003. 3 hours lecture credit. No prerequisites. Description: Develop knowledge of self, self-confidence and individual leadership techniques through problem solving and critical thinking skills. Apply communication, feedback, and conflict resolution skills.
3. After a question concerning the pedagogical reasons for changing the chemistry curriculum, there was a motion and second to amend the report from the September 5 meeting, noting corrections, excluding the following portion:
DC 0019, Chemistry, changes in curriculum approved for FS2003. Reducing the humanities requirements from 9 to 6 hours. Also reducing the minimum hours for graduation from 133 to 131. Changing the 12 hours required as out-of-department electives to 12 hours general electives, to give more flexibility to students.
DC 0020, Chemistry, Biochemistry Emphasis Area, changes in curriculum approved for FS2003. Reducing the humanities requirements from 9 to 6 hours. Changing the 12 hours required as out-of-department electives to 12 hours general electives, to give more flexibility to students.
DC 0021, Chemistry, Polymer & Coatings Science Emphasis Area, changes in curriculum approved for FS2003. Reducing the humanities requirements from 9 to 6 hours.
DC 0022, Chemistry, Pre-medicine Emphasis Area, changes in curriculum approved for FS2003. Reducing the humanities requirements from 9 to 6 hours. Also, reducing the minimum hours for graduation from 132 to 131.
DC 0023, Chemistry, non-ACS certified, changes in curriculum approved for FS2003. Reducing the humanities requirements from 9 to 6 hours.
The motion passed.
4. There was a motion and second to approve the amended report, generated from the September 5 meeting of the Curricula Committee. Academic Council voted to accept the amended report.
5. There was a motion and second to table the changes in the chemistry curriculum generated from the September 5, 2002 meeting of the Curricula Committee. The Academic Council body voted to accept the motion.
1. The committee had not yet discussed the referral from the Academic Council regarding "Faculty Salary Adjustments (BOC Policy 10.030.A.9)". The committee will make a report at the October Academic Council meeting.
C. BUDGETARY AFFAIRS - No report submitted.
D. RULES, PROCEDURES AND AGENDA (RP&A)
1. A list of meeting dates and times for 2002-2003 was presented to the Academic Council with the September 19, 2002 meeting agenda.
4 OLD BUSINESS
A. ACTION ITEMS
1. Resolution of Video Distance Learning is on hold until the resolution of the UM System Copyright Policy.
2. Academic Dishonesty Cases
5 NEW BUSINESS
A. STAFF COUNCIL - Brenda Zeigenbein is the President of Staff Council for 2002-2003. Barbara Robertson will continue to represent Staff Council at Academic Council meetings.
B. STUDENT COUNCIL - Student Council is conducting a student survey.
C. GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL - No report submitted.
1. RP&A has created an Ad Hoc Administrative Review Committee. Don Myers, Carol Ann Smith and Ron Kohser were appointed to review the Administrative Review processes on other Missouri campuses.
2. The Academic Council referred the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Reorganization to RP&A.
3. It was noted that the CAPS Report does not always reflect previous course grades when students opt to use the grade substitution policy. This was not the intention of Academic Council. Registrar Laura Stoll will investigate as previous grades should appear on the transcript, but not affect the student's G.P.A
|There was a motion and second to adjourn the meeting, motion carried at 2:40 P.M.|
Michael Hilgers, Secretary
*Minutes of the Academic Council are considered official notification and documentation of actions approved.