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February Meeting Minutes

Provost Council Meeting
February 14, 2013
Martin 128


The following were present: Dr. Deborah Curtis, Dr. Mike Grelle, Dr. Shari Bax, Dr. Rick Sluder, Dr. Jim Graham, Dean Gersham Nelson, Dean Roger Best, Dean Mike Wright, Dean Alice Greife, Dean Joe Vaughn, Dean Mollie Dinwiddie, Dr. Joy Stevenson, Dr. Art Rennels, Dr. Kathy Leicht, and Ms. Debbie Combs.

Information Items
No information items were given.

The minutes were accepted as distributed.

Report Items
SLT Update: Dr. Curtis reported capital projects coming out of Jeff City are focused on STEM. The latest news is that any buildings will require 50% matching funds. The COPHE update was that the president from Truman State University did a nice job of expressing concerns on performance based funding turning universities into diploma mills.
Faculty Senate: Dr. Rennels reported the Senate passed a motion recommending a 5% pay raise for all employees making less than $25,000 annually, a 3% increase for those in the $25,000-35,000 range, and 2% for all employees making over $35,000.
Retention Planning Update: Dr. Sluder reported everything is being focused on student success and retention.

Discussion Items
Course Redesign: Dean Nelson expressed appreciation to Kathy Leicht for her leadership in this initiative. English was not one of the courses selected for the statewide redesign project. The decision was made to redesign English courses and Dr. Leicht headed up the project. She demonstrated software developed by McGraw-Hill that was used for the project. A lounge was converted into a laptop lab which assures a common technology base and changes the environment of the class. The software program can be interfaced with Blackboard. Dr. Leicht said she grades papers faster using this program and it has not affected her workload negatively and since it is an internet based program she can work on it anytime.
EAB SSC Kickoff Meeting: Dr. Sluder distributed copies of the draft kickoff agenda. He will send out the final agenda when it is completed. Lunch will be provided.
Contract for Completion: Dr. Curtis reported this item will be going to the Board of Governors meeting for approval. She asked the deans to share with the faculty that this item is being considered to enhance completion and retention.
HLC Requirements Regarding Publication of Credit Hour Policy: Dr. Grelle said HLC does not require faculty to put a credit hour policy in their syllabi but they strongly encourage them to do so. They think it is imperative that students are aware of their expectations. Dr. Grelle suggested incorporating a statement in materials for orientation and Dr. Curtis suggested including it in the student handbook as well. Dr. Grelle distributed a document explaining the credit hour expectations at UCM (attached).
Grading System: This topic came up at Academic Council. Some feel the current grading scale is not precise enough. It has been discussed amongst various groups on campus the last several years. Dr. Rennels offered to locate the last resolution from the Faculty Senate regarding the grading scale. Some faculty feel there should be pluses and minuses and others feel there should only be pluses.

Dean Nelson brought up degree audits and substitutions that have to be manually entered. In DARWIN you can see a course substitution was accepted but it won’t roll over to degree works. Dr. Graham will meet with Dr. Sluder and his team for further discussion on this issue. It is a functional issue. Dr. Graham will bring this item back to Provost Council after he has had time to look into it.

Dr. Sluder reported the spring census enrollment stands at 11,879 students. He expressed appreciation to everyone for their efforts for the strong enrollment. UCM’s growth was only exceeded by one other school in the state and that was MU.

Dr. Grelle reported UCM met all the targets except one for performance funding. He feels if our data is cleaned up we might be able to meet that target as well because we could justify that students were included that should not have been.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Debbie Combs, Recording Secretary