FC Newsletter 9-22-11 ===================== Mizzou Advantage ================ We heard from various coordinators about Mizzou Advantage. Meg Phillips, the program coordinator, told us about: * Pizza and projects. Gwynn Hall in the lounge Thursdays noon-1pm. PI's give overview of their projects. * New Faculty Hire. It has $50,000 matches for 25 hires, about 4 to 5 per year. * Faculty Forums coming up to explore emerging networks. After the coordinators left, several points were raised about Mizzou Advantage: * is the investment worth it? Do we need to spend millions to get people to talk to each other? * How inclusive is Mizzou Advantage concerning individual research? Is it presuming that communal research is better than individual research? How does it take away from Research Board and Research Council? * One member said that the only impressive part was the support of undergraduate research. * The coordinators should have addressed issues like what is the review process. * How do we capture faculty interaction in real time? This is a real problem at MU. Chair's Report - Harry Tyrer ============================ * Faculty Grievance replacement person. We are still developing a list. * IFC workshop. 3 Vice Presidents spoke: - Garry Allen - email upgrade to 15GB of storage per account. - Mike Nichols - Research and intellectual property. Research Board money has been going down. But it is now currently at $2.3 million, and they are adding $200,000 per year. - Niki Krawitz (**) - Performance Funding. Starting with 2013 base. There will be 4 metrics common throughout the state, and a 5th metric unique to each institution. Each institution competes with itself, not with other institutions. The 4 metrics are: student success and progress; degree attainment; quality of student learning; affordability. All 4 campus's from the UM system will report as a single number. This is because UM is one line item on the budget. All this is process, not the final answer. Questions: Q: What about research? This is all teaching. Q: Who is providing input into this process? Harry will email Niki about this. Our input is probably through Niki. Q: Why don't we compare ourselves to benchmark universities? Why don't we ask sensible questions like where do our grads get jobs? Why don't we instead perform a good self evaluation? Answer: No - legislature wants a single number. * The Bistro is opening again on the 3rd Thursday of each Month. Action Item - Academic Calendar 2013-14 ======================================= It passed, along with an addendum - the contingency plan in case of bad weather. (**) The discussion about Performance Funding came after the action item was voted on. I have not reported the events in chronological order.