Athletics official to update Faculty Council

Thursday, February 24, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 5:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gail Ludwig, chairwoman of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, will update the Faculty Council today on the committee’s progress over the past six months.

Ludwig’s appointment six months ago, which was the first time the council had an official part in choosing the committee’s leadership, came during an NCAA investigation into the MU men’s basketball program.

“We were attempting to get more faculty input on the (committee), and we wanted someone that wanted reform,” said Gordon Christensen, chairman of the Faculty Council.

The committee advises the chancellor and consults with athletic director Mike Alden in matters relating to MU intercollegiate athletics. In the past year, the Faculty Council has looked closely at the balance between academics. and athletics at MU.

Christensen said the council will hear what the committee has been doing and see if there is anything it can do to assist.

In other action today, the council will continue discussion about a proposed incentive compensation plan for the university, which determines how plans will be developed for splitting revenue produced by entrepreneurial activities between faculty members and the university.

The council will also continue a discussion started at the last meeting about the plus/minus grading system. Council member Jenice Prather-Kinsey expressed concerns from the College of Business that the faculty handbook’s phrasing suggests the system is mandatory. She said the College of Business prefers that the grading system be optional. The handbook says this grading system is “expected” to be used.

The chairman of academic affairs, Bill Lamberson, will present the council with a concern about conflicts between religious observances and the academic schedule.

“As the campus becomes more and more diverse, we have more and more students with different religious practices that interfere with their studies, or the studies interfere with their religious practices,” Christensen said.

The council is looking at this issue after a request from Interim Provost Lori Franz.

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