Senate Meeting Minutes - January
Meeting Minutes for January
Meeting 7 January 15, 2003
Central Missouri State University
Faculty Senate Minutes
The Faculty Senate met at 3:15 p.m. in Union 237 A with President
Shellie Myers presiding.
ROLL CALL: Twenty-two senators and three alternates were present
(Stark-Wroblewski for Kemp, Wilson for Bryant, and Ewing for Miller).
Also present were President Patton and Associate Provost for Academic
Programs Elaine Frank-Ragan.
President Patton reported highlights from Governor Holden’s
State of the State Address. Patton also reported that Higher Education
was spared additional withholdings at this time. Patton applauded
the efforts of many people in making this happen including our Board
of Governors. Patton stated that the university is going to hold the
surcharge monies as well as the 10% non-personnel withholdings until
more is known about the state’s budget.
Associate Provost Frank-Ragan shared that Dr. Carter was not able
to attend today due to a doctor’s appointment. Dr. Carter welcomes
you back and urges us to become activists on higher education. Frank-Ragan
reported that Dean candidates for Arts and Science and Applied Science
& Technology, would be on campus during the next couple of weeks.
There will be an Academic Forum dedicated to issues regarding quality
improvement on campus and the Higher Learning Commission, January
22 in Union 240 at 3:30 p.m.
Myers reported she did not have reports from the President’s
Cabinet and Academic Council. Myers reported that the Academic Council
met yesterday and a sub-group of the Academic Council is investigating
the idea of departments advising juniors and seniors. She has requested
additional information and is waiting for a reply.
Eason referred to the distributed Council of Deans report. If there
are any questions, please contact Eason.
Myers referred to President Patton’s response to the motions
5-10. Myers reported President Patton accepted our approval of the
Faculty Compensation Procedure. Myers read the response from President
Patton regarding the Implementation Recommendations.
“I appreciate receiving the Faculty Compensation System Implementation
Recommendations and intend to follow the suggestions, with one exception:
the last sentence in item 1(c). Although I understand the spirit in
which this recommendation is offered, I cannot commit to it because
of the financial uncertainty of the state budget. As I indicated to
the Executive Committee in earlier comments, my commitment is to the
salaries of incumbent faculty.”
Myers reported that President Patton accepted the Faculty Senates
approval of the Policy Review and Approval Process, Immunization Policy
and the Short-Term Illness/Disability Policy. Myers read the response
from President Patton regarding the Public Speech Activities Policy.
“I will revisit the matter with the President’s Cabinet
before promotion of the policy to the Board of Governors. The Board
of Governors, however, may choose to act in spite of the rejection
by the Faculty Senate.”
Myers reported that all the policies including the Public Speech Activities
Policy were approved at the Board of Governors at its December meeting.
Sarkar reported three items being discussed by the SPRC . 1) The
Retrenchment Policy, a sub-committee from the SPRC is looking at some
of the concerns of the Retrenchment Policy, 2) The Space Allocation/Utilization
Procedures, Carol Nimmer will facilitate a process by the SPRC to
review the quality of space being used, 3) The Mission Statement,
there was discussion about adding student learning to the mission
statement. The SPRC recognizes the need to include student learning
in the mission statement.
Myers opened the floor for the FS Representative as Liaison to the
Student Government Association nominations. Kemp motioned to caucus,
Laster seconded, passed unanimously. Senate members caucused briefly.
Nominations were reopened. Kemp moved to nominate Stark-Wroblewski.
Stark-Wroblewski was elected with 22 yes votes, 0 no and 2 abstentions.
Myers introduced Dr. Elaine Frank-Ragan to report activities in preparation
for the Higher Learning Commission. Frank-Ragan distributed the Higher
Learning Commission Statements of Mission, Vision, Core Values, and
Strategic Priorities. Frank-Ragan shared that Robert Schwartz and
she are serving as co-chairs of the steering committee and have been
meeting since the fall of 2001. Frank-Ragan stated the HLC is looking
at both the academic and non-academic functions of the institution.
A Checklist for Academic Departments document was sent to the Deans
and Chairs. The steering committee is currently reading a first draft
of components required in the self-study report. The goal is to complete
the self-study and distribute it to the HLC by the end of December,
2003. Frank-Ragan stated she would like to update the Senate in regular
intervals as needed. Frank-Ragan distributed a GroupWise email from
July which outlined the recommendations made by the HLC 10 years ago.
Sarkar asked if diversity concerns are still an issue. Frank-Ragan
responded that we have made some great strides but still need work
in this area. Frank-Ragan, in response to Morgan as to using the new
or old criteria, we are required to use the old criteria as it is
in forced until May 2004.
Myers introduced the Atkinson & Riley motion.
Faculty Senate approves the Central Missouri State University Mission
Statement as revised.
Frank-Ragan reported seven individuals had attended a conference sponsored
by the Higher Learning Commission. The HLC urged all universities
to add student learning to their mission statement. Myers reported
there is a deadline for the revision coming from the SPRC. The SPRC
is holding the Strategic Planning and Resource document from the printing
presses until this document has been reviewed by the governance groups.
The mission statement will go before the Board of Governors February
19. Atkinson volunteered the FS Executive Committee to redraft the
mission statement at their next meeting. Myers stated that due to
the agenda of the next FSEC meeting, she would not recommend this.
Myers suggested that a Senator from each college be assigned to redraft
the mission statement. Young moved to motion to delete —, the
university seeks excellence while providing education for service.
Laster made a friendly amendment to re-insert the language. Eason
made a friendly amendment to replace student learning in second line
to read student learning and service. Young accepted the friendly
amendments. The revised statement was rejected with 3 yes votes, 18
no votes and 2 abstentions. Following discussion by Senators, the
Atkinson & Riley Motion to approve the revised Central Missouri
State University Mission Statement was tabled. Eason motioned to form
a committee of volunteers from the FS to redraft the statement and
return to the FS for their action at the February meeting. Motion
passed with 23 yes votes, 0 no, and 1 abstention. The committee includes:
Senators Davis (L/AE), Callahan (CAST), Young (HCBA), Neal (EHS) and
FS VP Eason (A&S).
Myers introduced Leigh Ann Blunt, Chair of the FS Faculty Personnel
Policies Committee. Myers referred to the charge to the FS Faculty
Personnel Policies Committee that the committee make its recommendation
to the Faculty Senate in the form of a motion and that the review
should include but is not limited to recommendations for updating
language and/or processes, defining key terms, protecting faculty
involvement in the review process, and insuring faculty rights. Blunt
referred to a printed report distributed at the meeting from the FS
Faculty Personnel Policies Committee. Blunt reviewed the process of
the changes to the Retrenchment Policy and Procedures document. One
of the major concerns was finding the data to support departments.
Some data is not available at all. Riley stated she is on the committee
and invited any of the Senators to contact her with input and she
would report it to the committee. Myers encouraged the Senators to
review the Retrenchment document and provide feedback to the committee.
Myers introduced Mike Grelle, Chair of the FS University Assessment
Council. Grelle distributed three printed reports of recommendations
from the FS University Assessment Council. 1) 15 Hour Set of General
Education Courses Required For Eligibility for General Education Assessment,
2) Re-Transfer Students and General Education Assessment, 3) Re-Retakes
for College-Base General Education Assessment. Grelle asked the Senators
to review these recommendations and give feedback on editorial and
content changes. The following questions were expressed: 1) when will
the exam be administered? 2) which exam will be selected? 3) what
will the minimum score requirement be? 4) if students will be blocked
from enrollment, what is being discussed regarding a decrease in credited
hours generated? 5) what about revenue reduction for campus when we
block enrollment? 6) what about additional costs to students if they
have to retake the exam? and 7) any discussion about potential law
suits? Myers stated it appears we will be working with several committees
through this process. Please keep the questions coming and send them
to Senator Raveill (member of FS UAC) or Dr. Grelle.
Myers referred to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy. The document
was distributed at the President’s Cabinet and is being reviewed
by governance groups. The policy is scheduled to be an action item
at the Faculty Senate meeting February 5. The FS Distance Education
Committee is charged to review the policy and make their recommendations
in the form of a motion. Myers urged the Senators to contact the chair,
Matt Thomas, with questions or comments.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:59 p.m.
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