Minutes - February 7, 2007

Minutes - February 7, 2007

XLI, No. 10


February 7, 2007

The Faculty Senate of Southeast Missouri State University met on Wednesday, February 7, 2007, in the Missouriana Room of the University Center. The following Senators were present: Mike Cobb (Chair), Martha Zlokovich (Chair-Elect), David Smith (Membership Committee Chair), Rick Althaus, Mary Elizabeth Ambery, Kim Dillivan, Marc Fulgham, Beth Easter, Priscilla Hornby, Daniel MacLeay, Jim McGill, Carolyn Rainey, Jayanti Ray, David Reinheimer, Bonnie Stepenoff, Marc Strauss, Lucinda Swatzell, Don Jung (Alternate), Haohao Wang, Janice Ward, Pat Willingham, Xuesong Zhang, and Min Zou. Also in attendance were Dr. Jane Stephens (Administrative Liaison), Nelson Elliott (Student Government Liaison), and special guest Dr. David Starrett.

Absent, and not represented by their Alternates, were Mary Ann DeLine, Benjie Heu, Elaine Jackson, Rebecca Summary, and Sophia Scott.


Approval of minutes Vol. XLI-09 was moved by Senator Strauss and seconded by Senator Dillivan. The motion carried.


Provost Stephens indicated that she attended two meetings that she would like to report on. She attended a meeting in Jefferson City with Chief Academic Officers. The first day was a meeting with four-year and two-year college colleagues. The second day was the transfer and articulation conference. She indicated that one of the major topics that came out of those meetings was the issue of “academic freedom” or intellectual diversity. Intellectual diversity is really the issue of legislating curricula and ideas on campuses. She indicated that the one that is of specific concern is the omnibus bill, Lewis and Clark, also known as the MOHELA bill. There is a debate about tying stem cell research to that bill. She indicated that the issue that we need to be careful of is the tying of legislature appropriations to either requiring or forbidding stem cell research. We don't want legislative agenda connected to capital funds. She added that they may pull MOHELA funds completely from University of Missouri so that there are two totally different funding sources. That would allow a disconnection between stem cell research and capital funds. The Provost added that it could have a tremendous impact on recruiting faculty here if we were seen as controlling research with legislation.
The second meeting was dealing with transfer and articulation. The Associate Degree in Teacher Education (ATE) was agreed on state wide by the community colleges and signed on by each of the four year colleges that the first two years of community college would transfer smoothly into four year degrees. It will be considered one articulated degree. She indicated that Southeast MO State University will have to do some changes in the curricula to accommodate this. She added that there will be other degrees coming down the pike such as nursing, health administration, technology degrees, and business. The first two years of community colleges will be accepted by four year institutions that sign on.
Provost Stephens reported that she attended the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Conference with chief academic officers. There was quite a bit of discussion on intellectual property rights. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) now has Open Course Work (OCW). They offer about two thousand courses posted that anyone can take on their own and use the material without any worry about copyright. Intellectual property rights will be impacted by this mass availability of course material.
Provost Stephens indicated that she is proposing, as a pilot this summer, the offering of summer faculty fellowships. There will be one for every college and school and one for the library. The exception is for Liberal Arts to receive two. Dr. Stephens asked for suggestions and advice from the Senate on whether it should be paid equivalent to a three-hour course (1/9 of salary) or a flat amount. She proposed that each school/college determine how these would be awarded within each. She added that the fellowships will be in place of a course. Faculty cannot teach six hours and have the fellowship. The Senate held discussion about the benefits of both and offered suggestions to the Provost. Provost Stephens indicated that she will discuss the suggestions with the Deans and report back to the Senate at the next meeting.


Student Government Liaison, Nelson Elliott, reported that the Student Government (SG) is taking a bus to Jefferson City next Tuesday, February 13, to meet with the legislators and tour the capitol. He indicated that there are twenty spots left on the bus. He asked the Senators to relate to their students this opportunity. If students are interested, contact Michele Irby or Dale Chronister.

Dr. David Starrett, Dean of General Education and Director of CSTL

Dr. Starrett spoke about the General Education Council make-up and purpose. The Council has been discussing the need for a review of the General Education program. It will be more of an internal review that will begin this spring. Dr. Starrett indicated that as part of the review, he sent out an email and a memo inviting himself to department meetings so that he can talk about what the university studies program is and primarily listen to peoples thoughts about the program and listen to their suggestion for improvement.
Dr. Starrett entertained questions from the Senate pertaining to IDEA workshops.
He also spoke about course ownership of UI300 and 400 level classes. He gave a brief history on the original intent of the courses. He indicated that they were meant to be team taught with faculty from different departments to allow information from the different departments to be integrated. He indicated that there was recently an issue over course ownership. He indicated that there is a proposal in the discussion stages that will allow the General Education Council to have judgment over the process. He added that the Council will stay away from making judgments on a faculty member's qualifications.
Dr. Reinheimer indicated that Academic Affairs has been working on the same issue. He indicated that Academic Affairs will be bringing a resolution forward outlining a process for conflict resolution. In brief, if the chairs are unable to resolve the issue on their own there will be a three-part form submitted stating 1) why the faculty member feels he/she is qualified to teach the course, 2) one department chair stating why he/she agrees with the faculty members qualification, 3) the other chair stating why he/she thinks the faculty member should not teach the course. The form will be forwarded to the University Council for conflict to be resolved.
Dr. Starrett reported that CSTL is working on the use of Grade A for eight-week grade submission. They are in the testing process and should be available this spring for eight-week grade submission. He indicated that there will be a few limitations, but those should be worked out by this fall.
Dr. Althaus indicated that the Professional Affairs Committee will be willing to meet with Dr. Starrett to discuss the possibility of a 21st Century Teaching Certificate. The purpose is to encourage and/or reward faculty for integrating new technology into the classrooms.


Chair Cobb distributed a copy of the Senate meeting attendance. He purposed posting it on the webpage. The consensus of the Senate was to turn the decision over to the Membership Committee. Dr. Smith, Chair of the Membership Committee, indicated that he would report back to the Senate at the next meeting with the decision.

Chair Cobb distributed copies of the Faculty Senate Status Report to the Board of Regents.

Chair Cobb reported that he, Martha Zlokovich (Chair-elect), and Rick Althaus (Chair Professional Affairs) met with several legislators during the Higher Education Day at the State's capital. All three of them visited with Rep. Gayle Kingery, Senator Kevin Engler, Senator Jason Crowell, Rep. Scott Lipke, and Rep. Nathan Cooper. He indicated that he and Dr. Zlokovich took a tour of the Capital dome courtesy of Senator Kevin Engler's office. They were unable to meet with Rep. Rod Jetton.

He reported that the dominant topic was about Senate Bill #389 which is an omnibus bill for higher education. Topics in the 39 page bill addressed multiple issues concerning higher education including: tuition caps, the establishment of the Department of Higher Education, new powers given to the Commissioner of Higher Education, articulation of and competencies of entry level courses, need based scholarships based on Expected Family Contributions (EFB), the control of private (25) and proprietary (160) institutions, Council for Business and Higher Education (CBHE) wants more information about classes on-line (who is teaching), and MOHELA (with stem cell restrictions). Dr. Cobb indicated that he asked Dr. Dobbins to come to the next Faculty Senate meeting to discuss the Bill further.

Tuition caps: President Dobbins has made the case that basing increases on CPI hurts campuses like Southeast that kept their tuition low so using some kind of distance from the mean of all tuitions seems to be the leading choice. Legislature has agreed to a 4.3% increase in funding for the next three years. This, with the tuition increases that we already have, is supposed to bring us back to a historically high level of funding.

Department of Higher Education: Robert Stein has been appointed as commissioner. The Commissioner has been given punitive powers (to withhold 1-5% of state appropriations) over institutions established primarily because of the Southeast/Three Rivers lawsuit.

Articulation and Competencies: The Bill wants articulation agreements for introductory courses like we have for general education courses. They also want competencies established for entry level courses. The legislature is tired of hearing from K-12 schools that their students are not competent for higher education.

Need-Based Scholarships: Scholarships will be based on expected family contributions, not cost of tuition. They will be limited to the cost of attending. These steps are seen as helping our students.

The Control of Private and Proprietary Institutions: Force out of state institutions (called independents) to abide by same rules as in state public and private institutions by seeking permission for courses and programs.
Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE): CBHE would like to see more on-line access for students so that they can determine who will be teaching the offered courses. For example, graduate students.

MOHELA: Anti stem cell lobby is too strong to ignore. Some kind of limitation is expected. It would only affect the University of Missouri system in the near term but sets a bad precedent.


Senator Zlokovich reported on the Missouri Association of Faculty Senates (MAFS) meeting. She indicated that Senate bill #389 was discussed. She also reported that each Faculty Senate can take up to four members to the MAFS meeting. She indicated that the MAFS representatives encouraged this to help with continuity since most chairs are only able to attend one or two years. Senator Zlokovich reported that MAFS indicated that the number one purpose of the Faculty Senate is to build a relationship with the governing boards. They encouraged making administrators voting members of the Faculty Senate.


Senator Smith reported that he stood in for Dr. Cobb at the Administrative Council meeting. They discussed the requirement to attend a sexual harassment prevention seminar. They also discussed the caution needed when buying new computers. Dr. Smith reported that John Weber indicated at the Administrative Council meeting that purchasers should be cautioned from buying computers with over 100 gigabytes of hard drive. Hard drives of this size cannot be backed-up.
Senator Smith reported that he called the chair of the Criminal Justice Department about filling the vacancy on the Faculty Senate. Dr. Smith said that he was advised that it was announced at the department meeting and there was no interest. Senator Smith indicated that he will continue to try to fill the vacancy. Senator Smith announced the need to fill a position on the Smoke-Free Environment Committee. He also needs to find an alternate for the library.

Professional Affairs
Senator Althaus reported that Professional Affairs has not met. He indicated that he had met with Dr. Reinheimer to discuss intellectual property rights. They would like to implement a task force to identify issues surrounding intellectual property rights. The Provost indicated that they need to be taking a position on the issue soon. She recommended seeing what other universities are doing for direction. Dr. Althaus asked if the Provost had a timeframe in mind. The Provost indicated that she was not capable of giving a timeline. She added that once it's brought up there will be many issues arising from it. It will be important to have all departments represented because issues will vary from department to department. Senator Althaus distributed copies of a proposed resolution to the Senate authorizing the establishment of a task force charged to identify the issues surrounding the topic of intellectual property rights. He intends to move the resolution at the next Senate meeting, and also to bring forward a resolution recommending emeritus status for a retiring faculty member.

Academic Affairs
Senator Reinheimer reported that the Academic Affairs Committee is continuing to work on faculty notification issues, developing an intellectual property policy, defining a practical definition for plagiarism, classroom rigor and workloads, and storage of graduation with academic distinction projects.

Senator Ray reported that the Documents Committee is continuing to work on revisions to chapter one and eight in the Faculty Handbook. She indicated that they may have a Bill to bring to the Senate at the next meeting.

Senator Swatzell reported that they are collecting faculty surveys. The surveys were constructed by the Senate to examine how the faculty members perceive the Faculty Senate. The Governance Committee is also continuing to work on the grievance policy. Senator Swatzell reported that they had a productive meeting with the lawyer and should be close to a final copy of the grievance policy. The final copy may be ready to be presented at the next Senate meeting under new business.

Senator Willingham reported that the Compensation Committee is continuing to work on identifying problem areas and issues as it relates to compensation and salary compression. She reported that the Budget Review Committee will be meeting in March. Dr. Cobb indicated that the President is anxious to meet with the Compensation Committee. Dr. Cobb encouraged the Committee to make an appointment with the President. Provost Stephens recommended having a draft and taking a position before going to the President.


There was no new business to consider.


There was no old business to consider.


The motion to adjourn (Strauss/Zhang) was recognized and approved at 5:00 p.m.

The next Faculty Senate Meeting will be February 21, 2007, in the University Center Missouriana Room at 3 pm.

Approved February 21, 2007