October 25, 2000

PRESENT:  Morrill, Sherwood, Kommers, Mannell Noel for Peed, Leech,
          Benham, Stewart, Larsen, Harkin, Mooney, Lefcort, McMahon,
          McClure, Levy, Bogar, Bond, Jelinski, Kirkpatrick, McKinsey,
          Lynch, Fisher, Prawdzienski, Butterfield.

ABSENT:   Young, Hatfield, Miller, White, Anderson, Linker, Howard,
          Jost, Nehrir, Locke, Lansverk, Scott, Griffith, Carlstrom.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Ron Larsen at 4:10 PM.  It
was determined a quorum was present.

Acknowledgment of interim MSU President Terry Roark.
     - Dr. Terry Roark was present and was thanked for ably filling
     the difficult position as interim President of MSU since January.

Approval of minutes.
     - The minutes of the October 18, 2000, Faculty Council meeting
     were approved as distributed.

Chair's report - Ron Larsen.
     - On November 1, Budget Director Craig Roloff will attend Faculty
     Council to discuss student enrollment and budget issues.
     - Also on November 1, at 7:00 PM, local candidates for the
     Montana legislature are invited to a public forum in SUB Ballroom
     C.  This is an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of
     the candidates.  An appropriate question to ask each candidate is
     whether the individual will support the $500/student additional
     funding requested by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher
     - Carla Gray, candidate for Chief Justice, will meet with faculty
     this Friday, October 27, at 2 PM in 330 Cobleigh.  Interested
     faculty are invited to attend.
     - UGC Steering Committee is receiving nominations for the working
     group on budget information.  Nominations will be discussed at
     tomorrow's Steering Committee meeting.  The working group will
     soon begin meeting.
     - Fall semester student enrollment at MSU-Bozeman is higher than
     last year, but it did not meet projections.  This will have
     budget implications.
     - A policy regarding ownership of electronic course materials has
     been drafted in the Commissioner of Higher Education's Office,
     and it will be presented at the November Board of Regents
          - During brief discussion, Provost Dooley explained that
          LeRoy Schramm, Chief Legal Counsel in the Commissioner's
          Office, drafted the policy and patterned it after the
          current patent policy instead of the textbook policy.  The
          policy will be the same across the MUS.
          - The draft policy will be on tomorrow's UGC Steering
          Committee agenda.

     - The SUB renovation committee is meeting.  A faculty member will
     be added to the committee, if a person is found who is able to
     commit to the time involved.

Workload Task Force report - John Amend.
     - In the beginning, the task force was to look at equality in
     workloads among colleges, but the emphasis has shifted somewhat
     to providing clarity and accountability for faculty work loads
     both outside and inside the university (and within colleges) and
     creating fairness in workloads.
Faculty Affairs Committee report - Ron Larsen.
     - Faculty Handbook sections describing Faculty Council and its
     committees have been completed and will be discussed by Steering
     Committee tomorrow.
     - Faculty Council By-laws are being updated.
     - A resolution to move the MSU pay date to the 1st of the month
     will be discussed by Steering Committee tomorrow.
     - Other topics to be discussed by Faculty Affairs include student
     evaluations and in-depth assessment of teaching, annual review
     requirements, review of administrators, and the post-tenure
     review policy which was drafted last year.

An article, "Re-engineering the University" was distributed.

Strategic Planning and Budget Committee - Dave Dooley.
     - Following conversations this summer within the university
     community regarding ways to revitalize the committee, some
     changes were made in membership of the SPBC, and a new charge was
     given the committee by the President.
     - The Long Range Planning Committee will continue to envision the
     long-term direction of the university, and the SPBC will do
     strategic planning and tie it to budget on a shorter term time
     frame.  There will be a link between the LRPC and SPBC.
     - SPBC will not deal with the details of the current year's
     budget.  The focus will be on budget development beginning with
     the next biennium.  (In response to a question, the Provost
     indicated that the SPBC will address budget issues in the 1 to 5
     year time frame, as per the committee's charge.)
     - Recommendations given to the committee by the LRPC last spring
     will be discussed, and Deans' Council has asked that strategic
     plans of the colleges be included in the discussions.

Reversion of faculty lines policy - Dave Dooley.
     - Recommendations for the policy came from discussions a year ago
     and are a big departure from the policy existing at that time.
     There has been very limited flexibility in reallocation of
     faculty lines, and this policy will improve it.
     - The policy affects only those lines funded in whole or in part
     within Academic Affairs that become vacant through retirement or
     resignation.  Both faculty and professional lines are included.
     - According to the policy, deans will keep 50% of the funding of
     vacant lines and 50% will go to the Provost.  When a hire is
     made, all the money returns to the dean.  If a line becomes
     vacant and the Provost decides a line won't be returned to the
     college, the dean receives 50% and the other 50% is kept
     centrally for reallocation.
     - Because deans did not have a chance to plan for this year,
     deans may make a case to get more than 50% of the funding this
     - By the end of the year, it is expected the principles of the
     policy will all be worked out and mechanisms for implementing the
     policy will be in place.  This year most of the money will be
     returned to the colleges.  The policy will continue to be
     evaluated annually.
     - In response to a question, the Provost stated that four or five
     faculty lines will be affected this year.
     - Because of time constraints, the Provost may be invited to
     attend next week's Council meeting to allow time for questions
     concerning the policy.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 PM.

Joann Amend, Secretary                           Ron Larsen, Chair