FC Newsletter Feb 23, 2012 ========================== President Wolfe was unable to attend. This was a last minute change of plans. Chancellor Brady Deaton ======================= The Chancellor announced had just been awarded an honorary degree from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2012/02/23/chancellor-brady-deaton-receives-honorary-degree-thai-university/ There will be a 3% increase in in-state tuition. Some "special fees" will go up a little higher than 3%. Out of state tuition will go up 7.5%. We now receive more out of state than in-state students. There is a $22,000,000 budget gap. This will result in about 50 job losses at MU (250 system wide). 20 of these are tenure track positions, 34 are extension jobs. This is despite an increase in student enrollment and research. The salary increase of 2% to 3% is to be decided. Thus far we have failed to get salaries up to AAU average. The chancellor is very concerned with student alcohol abuse. More late classes on Friday will reduce alcohol consumption. Also, please don't make jokes about alcohol abuse. Kim Dude has done a great job advocating on this issue. Questions: What about Tigertown? Answer: It is to promote athletics, not alcohol consumption. What if budget trends continue? Is MU sustainable? Answer: We have been hurt significantly. Salaries are lower than AAU. We desperately need more faculty - tenure track faculty. We also need to look more at a private university model, out of necessity. E.g. more patents. Layoffs? How are decisions made? Answer: According to strategic priorities. Is it true that education and research doesn't pay for itself? Answer: This is true. The shortfall needs to come from the State. But our State provides very little. Answer: Yes. SPRAC - let's reshape our financial plans. We need to look at money from other sources. For example, a lot of scholarships and aid come from the university budget. Example of successes at MU: Professor Hawthorne and The Biodesign Lab group received entrepreneur awards today. The Kauffman foundation named us as one of three "Kauffman Commercialization Leaders." http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/policy-forum/grants-reward-universities-for-creative-approaches-to-commercialization.aspx http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/policy-forum/grants-reward-universities-for-creative-approaches-to-commercialization.aspx Chair's Report - Harry Tyrer ============================ Michael Taksar died Feb 12th 2012. He was a Member of Faculty Council until last year. Harry Tyrer is very concerned about capacity limitations. E.g. student-teacher ratios. There is room for a few thousand more students (based upon chair count, etc). This means we have only a few more years at current enrollment rates. We should talk to colleagues about capacity issues. We should send Harry an email where we see capacity limitations before next meeting. Leona Rubin: We should look at excess as well - rooms that are empty, and not used. E.g. because they are not centrally allocated. Question: Are there other ways to approach education other than in the classroom 8am-5pm? Answer: There are many committees looking into this. For example, what about a trimester system, so as to utilize campus more over the summer? (But research is very important.) What about late night classes, or Saturday morning classes. Some faculty will not like this, and maybe they should be allowed to opt out. There is a large integration project, which started with blending "MU in the Evening" with "One Mizzou." IFC Report ========== President Wolfe was there. He affirmed that the priority is teaching, research, service, economic development. NTT librarians. Wording was changed in accordance to last meeting's suggestion. This will be voted on next time. Leona Rubin: ============ Proposed Changes to FC Administrator Review =========================================== See the attached document "Faculty Council Rules of Order." Recommendations from Online Learning Task Force =============================================== See the attached document "RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ONLINE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS TASK FORCE." This is meant to integrating the whole teaching process. A course is a course. Modality should not matter. The budget model is an issue. We need another task force to look into this. (But we might all move to RCM management soon, which will make this moot.) It suggests the creation of online advisory council, to take a strategic/programmatic approach to e-learning. Action Item =========== Resolution to make "clear and convincing" the standard for revoking of tenure. See (a) the attached resolution, and (b) the attached letter from Joe Parcell to Brady Deaton. There are two committees that deal with faculty discipline. The Faculty Responsibility (FI) committee (in the MU Faculty by-laws), and the Faculty Committee on Tenure (described in CRR). Faculty has been dismissed with cause by the latter committee. So revoking of tenure does NOT require the FI committee. This is the first time a FI has reached the full committee in 37 years since its inception. Wash U has an advisory committee on tenure and etc. So does our FI committee at MU play the same role? Amendment to resolution: Withdraw the 2nd part of the motion. Remove "such as suspension and dismissal" (because "suspension" could cover a large variety of different actions - e.g. short term emergency suspension to suspension for long durations). Replace "actions" by "sanctions". The amendment passed. Motion to Table: Some FC members said they would prefer not to vote on the resolution, because it specifically mentioned 300.010.L. But they were loath to vote against the motion because it would send the wrong message to the administration. However other FC members wanted to vote yes on the resolution to send a strong message that tenure should be defended. The motion to table passed 10-9. Motion to send the letter written by FC Exec, and sent by Joe Parcell: First the rules were suspended. This letter requested that the chancellor not ask the FI committee to reconsider. But also that this should not be seen as a precedent. Amendment: remove first paragraph. Passed. Motion to send letter. Passed unanimously.