Meeting 3                                                                                               September 19, 2007

 

University of Central Missouri

Faculty Senate Minutes

 

The Faculty Senate meeting was called to order at 3:20 p.m. in Union 237A with President Jack Rogers presiding.

 

ROLL CALL:

 

In addition to FS President Rogers, the following 22 Senators were present: Bouzouita, Bowman, Callahan, Davis, Ely, Joy, Kangas, Neal, Norwood, Popejoy, Robins, Sarkar, Schmidt, Smith, Stevenson, Strohmeyer, Thomas, Tropf, Urban, Wenger, Williamson, and Zerr. Also present was Parliamentarian Cheryl Riley.

 

MINUTES:

 

The minutes of FS meeting 2 of August 29 were not brought to the floor.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

FS President Rogers made the following announcements:

 

 

Senator Ely, for the SPRC, made the following announcements:

 

 

 

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

FS President Rogers stated the discussion on functional majors is not going to come before the Senate today.  Senator Popejoy is meeting with the Deans tomorrow to find out exactly what the issue is so when it is discussed on the floor, we will have a better idea of what it is that we need to do.

 

The next item on the agenda was the discussion on SPRC on goals one and two. The deadline for input is September 21.

 

Senator Ely distributed an updated draft of the mission and goals. He thanked Senator Davis, Tony Shaffer, and Senator Robins for their input and help with the grammar and wording.

 

There was a discussion on the floor regarding goals one and two. Comments and suggestions were made on grammar issues, redundancy, and content.

 

(See attached 2008-2013 Strategic Plan draft with the comments and suggestions made by the Senators during the discussion of goals one and two.)

 

Senator Ely stated that he is going to take the document, along with all of the comments and suggestions to the SPRC, and once again thanked everyone for their input.

 

With nothing further, the meeting was adjourned at 4:47 p.m.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Dianne Gower

Faculty Senate Office Professional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Central Missouri

2008-2013 Strategic Plan (draft 9-13-07 and comments 9-19- 07)

 

Mission Statement  (draft 9-13-07)

 

The University of Central Missouri transforms students into lifelong learners equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success.  UCM focuses on student learning and delivers quality educational programs. UCM faculty members undertake teaching, scholarly research, and creative activities. The University supports progress for the people of the state of Missouri through outreach and service.

 

We accomplish this by

 

Vision (approved by the Board of Governors June 2006)

 

The University of Central Missouri aspires to be a nationally recognized comprehensive university that delivers a world-class university education by providing a small-college learning environment coupled with large-university opportunities.

 

University Motto (adopted circa 1907)

 

“Education for Service”

 

Core Values (adopted in 2002)

 

Learning

 

Student learning and development are the primary purposes of the University of Central Missouri.  All institutional services exist to support the academic mission of the University, and student life is viewed as an important facet of the educational experience.  UCM’s faculty and staff members believe strongly in the importance of educating the whole person and preparing students for lifelong learning.  UCM provides all students with a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation and strives to instill in each of them the importance of freedom of expression and inquiry.  UCM is committed to improving public education in Missouri and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Excellence

 

The University of Central Missouri sets high expectations for students and graduates and demands excellence in teaching and in delivery of services.  UCM promotes quality and excellence in staff and faculty members through its many professional development activities.  The university promotes the development and well-being of each member of the campus community, which in turn fosters a strong commitment to the institution.

 

Service

 

"Education for Service" is the University of Central Missouri’s official motto.   SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1The UCM community promotes involvement and provides experiences that foster a lifelong commitment to service.  The University believes in the importance of sharing its human and academic resources with schools, businesses, industries, and public agencies through partnerships and outreach activities.  UCM also serves as an informational, cultural, and artistic center for Missouri citizens.  

 

Responsibility

 

The University of Central Missouri places a high value on being ethical in all practices.  UCM strives to employ the most efficient and appropriate use of fiscal and human resources in order to provide students with a quality, affordable higher education experience.  Faculty and staff members value decision making through collegial deliberation. 

 

Adaptability

 

Preparing students for a global, technologically changing world requires the University of Central Missouri faculty and staff members to be adaptive and responsive in developing and delivering programs and services. UCM has a strong future orientation and a willingness to make long-term commitments, as well as the flexibility to respond quickly to meet regional and state needs.

 

Diversity

 

The University of Central Missouri is committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff members.  The campus strives to be responsive to the specific needs of people with diverse needs and offers educational programs to empower students with varied abilities to reach their full potential.  UCM encourages acceptance and respect of individuals with differing values, ideas, beliefs, abilities, and life experiences.  The University promotes good citizenship, a sense of civic responsibility, global awareness, and an appreciation for human diversity.

 

 

Community

 

Through the Central Community Creed, students, faculty, and staff members pledge to create a community based on the seven principles described in the Carnegie Foundation's Campus Life: In Search of Community – learning, open, just, caring, disciplined, purposeful, and celebrative.  The University of Central Missouri is committed to the satisfaction, development, and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff.  This commitment is reflected by an environment that supports professional development and growth and promotes responsibility and self-management of personal welfare and wellness in a variety of contexts and dimensions.  UCM is committed to people, not just principles and programs.  Faculty and staff members believe strongly in the importance of educating the whole person as a means of preparing students for lifelong learning.

 

Central Community Creed (adopted in 1998)

Choosing to become a citizen of the University of Central Missouri implies an acceptance of and willingness to contribute to the common goals and purposes of the community. The Central Community Creed outlines the principles that guide the creation and maintenance of the UCM community.  The Creed also provides a framework for individual behaviors that help build our vision.

As a member of the UCM community, I will join in building

• a learning community, by striving for academic and personal excellence and by promoting the value of education and lifelong learning.

• an open community, by creating and maintaining effective channels of communication and by accepting and respecting individuals whose values, ideas, beliefs, and life experiences may be different from my own.

• a caring community, by seeking opportunities to serve and by supporting and affirming the well-being of others.

• a just community, by behaving in ways that are ethical, honest, equitable, trustworthy, civil, and respectful.

• a disciplined community, by seeking to understand and fulfill personal responsibilities, by upholding University guidelines, and by working toward self and community betterment.

• a celebrative community, by observing and honoring existing traditions and by seeking and creating opportunities to enrich and define UCM.

• a purposeful community, by helping to shape and achieve the common goals of the University.

 

Goals  (draft 7-24-2007)

 

Goal 1.0 Academic Excellence

 

UCM strives for academic excellence by focusing on teaching, learning and scholarship consistent with the University’s mission. Central to UCM’s history and tradition is the commitment to the individual learner, to active involvement in the teaching-learning process, and to faculty as teacher-scholars. UCM promotes academic excellence among undergraduate and graduate students seeking a rigorous learning experience designed to meet the multiple needs and highest aspirations of students.  Excellence is demonstrated throughout UCM’s high quality undergraduate programs and graduate research/professional programs.

 

Robins stated that sentence two of the first goal is unclear on who it is talking about.

 

What it would say- Central to UCM's history and tradition is the commitment to the individual learner to the faculty as teacher scholars and to active involvment to both in the teacher-learning process.

 

Callahn says she doesn't like the "Central to" maybe we could just start with UCM;s history and tradition is the commitment.....

 

would change to: UCM's history and tradition is the commitment to the individual learner to the faculty as teacher scholars and to  active involvement of both in the teacher-learning process.

 

Kangas stated maybe to say UMC's commitment is to: so would read: UCM's is commitment is to the individual learner to the faculty as teacher scholars and to active involvement of both in the teacher-learning process. 

 

Callahan suggests: UCM is committed to the individual learner to student active involvement in the teaching-learning process and to faculty as teacher-scholars.

 

Kangas says now there are three sentences in a row that start with UCM.

Callahan suggests using bullets.

Kangas suggests using the word University for the last two sentences in the goal. UCM is used too many times.

 

Ely stated that he liked the use of the work University as it does break it up.

Callahan says maybe put them in as bullets and asked if it would be easier to read it that way.

Ely says it would be a possibility. It is a suggestion that we can make to Carrole.

Cheryl Riley wrote this down and gave it to Rogers:

 

The university is committed to the individual learner to active involvement in the teaching-learning process and to the faculty as teacher-scholars.

Sarkar, Kangas, and Robins stated that the last sentence is not a goal.

Ely, Stevenson recommends taking it out. It is not measurable. Callahan- thinks it was meant as an objective and not a goal.

 

Urban suggests saying: The goal is to maintain UCM's high quality undergraduate programs and graduate research/professional programs. This would then be a goal.

Kangas states that he thinks it should just be removed. so the Consensus is to remove that sentence and maybe have it in the benchmarks somewhere else.  

 

No other suggestions....  

 

Goal 2.0 Student Success and Development

 

UCM supports student success and development by recruiting, retaining, and graduating students in an environment that encourages excellence, prepares them for careers, enriches personal growth, fosters discovery of knowledge, engages students in learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, and promotes leadership and service.  Students receive personal attention from faculty and are involved in the University community.

 

Kangas, Last sentence is not a goal.

Wenger stated that all the goals, there seems to be a benchmark statement at the end of each goal.

 

Robins stated maybe saying, satisfying careers.

 

suggestion would be: The University promotes leadership and service and prepares students for rewarding careers.

 

Stevenson suggested saying, provides opportunity for....

 

 

Would read: The University provides opportunities for leadership and service and prepares students for rewarding careers.

 

Zerr- she can't determine if it is going to be rewarding for them or not.

Successful might make more sense. Rewarding is subjective.

 

 Urban says how about using "a career" and remove all adjectives. 

Callahan asks if meaningful would be a better word.

Davis says she aggress with Urban. She would be in favor with omitting all adjectives.

 

Rogers asks do we just want to leave it as career..

 

Would read: The University provides opportunities for leadership and service and prepares students for a career.  Kangas stated that it now sounds flat.

 

Rogers stated that they only concern is do we want to put a word in front of careers?

 

Ely- likes the suggestion with leaving it as careers.

 

Urban says maybe we could say professionals instead of careers.

Prepares them for careers in their chosen profession.  

 

Popejoy says if you look at the term professional, it refers to doctors, lawyers.

 

schmidt said he would like one of two: productive career or successful career.

 

Kangas stated that we are not defining the difference between a 2 year school and a 4 year school.

 

Rogers said how about saying the global work force which would read:

The University promotes leadership and service and prepares student for service in the global work force.

 

Callahan says why dont we say careers in their chosen profession which would show difference between 4 year and 2 year college.

 

Rogers suggested having Ely take all suggestions to the SPRC and ask for their input on the last sentence.

 

Rogers says to maybe say- the applicability to a changing world or a liberal arts college to distinguish between 2 and 4 year colleges.

 

Callahan does not want to emphasis that liberal arts is the main focus.

 

Rogers stated maybe not say Liberal arts in the goals but

 

Urban suggest broad based education instead of saying liberal arts which would be stated like:

 

Rogers reads it as: The University provides opportunities for leadership and service and its comprehensive education prepares student to successfully peruse their chosen profession in the global work force.

 

Robins suggest it as:

 

experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The University provides a well rounded comprehensive education tool for the global community.

 

Kangas said that is not a goals  so Rogers said, how about:

 

The Universities broad based comprehensive education program strives to prepare students for the global community.

 

Callahn says she likes the sentence but she wants the word career to stay.

 

Sarkar says it as: The University provides a well rounded comprehensive education suitable for employment in the global community. 

 

Consensus- let Ely take it back to SPRC and get their input. 

  

 

Goal 3.0 Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility

 

UCM supports civic engagement and social responsibility by contributing to the human, economic, and cultural environment.  The University assesses and responds to diverse expectations and needs for programs and services, and works to establish strong, mutually beneficial relationships with external constituencies.  UCM accomplishes this through various initiatives, including shared academic and information resources, in-service instruction, and expanded distance learning.  UCM seeks out and develops service and leadership opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, which in turn enhance the quality of life in our community, in our state, and beyond.

 

Goal 4.0 University Culture

 

UCM maintains a culture that encourages acceptance and respect of individuals with differing cultures, values, ideas, beliefs, abilities, and life experiences.  UCM is committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty and staff that reflect the global diversity of the 21st century. UCM strongly supports diversity as a vital component of academic excellence.  The University is responsive to the specific needs of individuals and offers educational programs that enable students to achieve their full potential. 

 

Goal 5.0 Faculty and Staff

 

UCM recruits, retains, and develops a dedicated community of outstanding faculty and staff within a collegial atmosphere that recognizes diverse contributions.  The University maintains an environment that is responsive, effective, and efficient in supporting the institution's mission.  UCM uses a coordinated process for implementing policies and procedures for communicating with faculty, staff, and students.

What is the intent of the last sentence of Goal 5? 

 

Goal 6.0 Stewardship of Resources

 

UCM demonstrates effective stewardship of resources by providing access to affordable, high-quality academic programs and services leading to student success.  UCM is a performance-based organization characterized by efficient use of resources consistent with the strategic plan and ability to respond quickly to opportunities.  UCM maximizes and diversifies its resource streams to support the University mission and allows students to focus on academics.

 

 

Goal 7.0 Pride and Reputation

 

UCM cultivates institutional pride and enhances its reputation by celebrating and communicating the quality of educational experiences and the achievements of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.