September 27, 2000
PRESENT:  Sherwood, Miller, Johns for Kommers, Linker, Leech, Benham,
          Larsen, Harkin, Nehrir, Mooney, Lefcort, McMahon, Lansverk,
          Levy, Bogar, Bond, Jelinski, Kirkpatrick, McKinsey, Lynch,
          Fisher, Prawdzienski, Butterfield, Scott.

ABSENT:   Young, Hatfield, Morrill, White, Anderson, Peed, Howard,
          Jost, McMahon, McClure, Locke, Griffith, Carlstrom.

The regularly scheduled meeting was called to order by Chair Ron
Larsen at 4:10 PM.  It was determined a quorum was present.  The
minutes of the September 20, 2000, meeting were approved as

Chair's report - Ron Larsen.
     - Ron attended the regent's budget workshop on Wednesday; Ron and
     John Sherwood attended the Thursday's Board of Regents' meeting.
          - The regents approved the budget with no comment on the
          faculty/professional salary freeze at MSU-Bozeman.  Ron
          later made a comment expressing his disappointment in the
          action.  The cumulative affect of the freeze is illustrated
          in information distributed by Ron to Faculty Council
          (attached for members absent).
          - "Report on Regents Meeting, September 2000" (attached for
          members absent) was distributed to Faculty Council members,
          and the six items listed were briefly discussed.
               - Ron Sunsted, Associate Commissioner for Fiscal
               Affairs, reported on the long-term budget outlook and
               presented some model projections (Item 3 from "Report
               on Regents Meeting...").
               - It was noted during Faculty Council discussion that
               contact hours are now used to determined teaching
               loads, but for budget purposes, it appears student
               credit hours are used.
               - The progress report on MSU restructuring goals will
               eventually be available on the web.
          - "Excerpts from Commissioner Crofts memo to the Board of
          Regents" was distributed by the Chair to Faculty Council
          (attached for members absent).
          - During the faculty conversation with the regents, graduate
          education was discussed.  Concern was expressed that
          graduate education may come under attack during the
          legislative session.

Faculty Affairs Committee report.
     - David Scheerer will chair the committee.
     - Marvin Lansverk reported that the committee is editing the
     Faculty Handbook to reflect the model of Faculty Council as it
     currently exists.
     - University Promotion and Tenure Committee election information
     will be rewritten to reflect current practice.
     - A proposal to move MSU's pay date from the eleventh of the
     month to the first is being discussed.

     - "Desired Reports to Faculty Council" was distributed (attached
     for members absent).
          - Are there other reports to add to the list, or should some
          of the reports listed be deleted?
          - It was suggested a report from the graduate dean be added.
     - Regarding the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee:
          - The President and Provost are working on a charge for the
          - Faculty members on the committee are:  Kay Chafey
          (three-year term), Sharon Eversman, (two-year term), and
          Peter Kommers (one-year term).
          - Three additional faculty have been added to the committee:
          Anne Camper, Bill Hiscock, and Tim McDermott.  They were
          nominated by deans, department heads, and other entities
          independent from Faculty Council.  The terms are for one
          - The Provost and the Vice President for Research will serve
          on the committee.
          - Other members of the committee include: Ralph Brigham
          (professional employee), Roz Wortman (classified employee),
          Bruce McCleod (dean), and Sara Jayne Steen (department
     - The addition to Gaines Hall (Epi-Center Pilot Project) is now a
     legislative issue.
     - WebCT has been selected as the distance/distributed learning
     software for campus use.
     - The third candidate for MSU president is on campus this week.
     Forums will be held tomorrow (Thursday).

Working groups.
     - Any information faculty want to submit regarding the president
     candidates that has been gathered from colleagues must be
     submitted soon.
          - Jack Fisher and others will collate it.
          - Faculty Council will discuss any recommendation to be made
          at next Wednesday's meeting and will send it to the
          Commissioner of Higher Education.
     - Should the charge for the budget presentation working group
     begin with a determination of what data is needed?  It will be
     discussed next week.

As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM.

Joann Amend, Secretary