Introduction

As we begin this academic year, UMSL is in a good position to celebrate several academic milestones. This is the 25th year anniversary of the College of Nursing, whose celebrations are being led by their new dean, Dr. Julie Sebastian. The College of Optometry is also 25 years old, and in 2005-06 the College of Education celebrated its 40th anniversary. The College of Business Administration has received a legislative citation recognizing that the International Business undergraduate program is ranked 8th in the U.S. New and World Report college rankings. Our Criminology and Criminal Justice program is ranked 4th in the nation. The former Center for Tropical Ecology has just received a sizable gift and been renamed the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center in honor of the donor and in recognition of its expanding scope. The Express Scripts headquarters building is going up as the anchor tenant of our Business, Technology, and Research Park, which now has a new faculty director, business professor Dr. Julius Johnson. As we continue to move toward the goals in the campus Action Plan, some of which have been achieved, we are preparing for our reaccreditation process in academic year 2008-09. We continue to focus as a campus on issues of student retention, assessment of learning outcomes, program and administrative reviews, research and teaching excellence, and continuous improvement in all these areas.

Faculty

  • In Fall 2006, we have 551 full-time faculty members at UMSL. This includes: 
    • 321 tenure track faculty members, including:
      • 234 tenured faculty and
      • 87 untenured, tenure track faculty
      • (Action Plan goal is 330 tenured/tenure track faculty by 2008); and 
    • 230 non-tenure-track, full-time faculty members.
    • We also have 904 part time faculty members, including 572 adjunct and other faculty members and 332 teaching and research assistants. 
    • Please note that these are preliminary numbers, since the official faculty census is done as of October 31.  We think these are the correct numbers, but they will be confirmed after the census. 
  • In Fall 2004 there were 289 tenure track faculty (196 tenured, 93 untenured, tenure track) and 200 full time, non-tenure-track faculty.

Tenure and Promotion

  • 14 Assistant Professors were considered for promotion to Associate Professor and tenure in the 2005-06 academic year. Of those, 12 were promoted and tenured.
  • One Associate Professor was tenured and promoted to Professor.
  • Three Associate Professors were considered for promotion to Professor. Two of them were promoted.
  • In addition, two new faculty members and one new administrator with a faculty appointment were awarded tenure through the expedited tenure process, one at the rank of Professor and two as Associate Professors.

New Faculty

  • There are 33 new tenured or tenure track faculty hires, including our new dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Juliann Sebastian and new dean of Continuing Education, Dr. Tom Walker.
  • The Center for Molecular Electronics has a new Director, Dr. Jimmy Liu and Associate Director, Dr. George Gokel.
  • Also new to UMSL is Dr. Kevin Truman, Dean of the UMSL-Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. (Dr. Truman has been involved in the program as the Chair of Civil Engineering since the beginning, but this is his first year as dean.)
  • There are 25 new non-tenure track faculty hires.
  • We have made 6 new post-doc hires so far in 2006-07.

Research Activities

  • Total external funding for the fiscal year 2007 so far (July through October 2006) for all grants, contracts and other sponsored activities totaled $17,918,580. The total for FY06 was 29,022,806; and for FY05 was reported as $25,438,079.
  • Internal research support for faculty totaled $197,393 through UMSL competitive research grants in FY06.
  • Faculty received $40,782 in UMSL Small Grant Funds in FY06.
  • UMSL Faculty received $183,437 in grants from the University of Missouri Research Board in FY06.
  • Technology transfer for FY06 totaled 6 invention disclosures filed; 5 patent applications (all kinds) filed; 1 patent issued; 4 licenses signed, providing $99,334 in licensing income to UMSL.

Professional Development

  • 90 teaching assistants attended the 2-day professional development conference in August.
  • 47 deans, associate deans, chairs, and directors attended the Academic Leaders Forum, also in August.
  • 13 junior faculty are participating in the UM System's New Faculty Teaching Scholars program for 2006-07.
  • 6 chairs and directors are participating in the UM System Leadership Development Program for 2006-07.
  • The Focus on Teaching and Technology conference is scheduled for later this week and you are all encouraged to participate.

Constitution Day

  • Constitution Day 2006 activities on September 18 were planned to coincide with class times. Activities highlighted various aspects of the Constitution and its role in our society and government. Thanks to the Constitution Day Planning Committee for all of their work in planning the day's activities.

Graduate School

  • So far this fall, the Graduate School has processed tuition remission and 25% of the basic health insurance for 365 Graduate Assistants and Fellows.
  • This fall we have also awarded travel grants to 12 students for a total of $3194.
  • The history of graduate student awards are summarized in the chart below:
Yr
Graduate Assistants
Tuition
Travel Awards
Insurance
Fellow GRA GTA Other Total N N Amount N Amount
1998-99 42 61 104 0 207 207
1999-00 30 82 127 1 240 240
2000-01 69 105 134 1 309 309
2001-02 78 134 134 1 347 347
2002-03 55 155 138 0 348 348 - - 135 $18,387
2003-04 56 145 141 2 344 344 3 $225 143 $23,236
2004-05 57 168 136 1 362 356 15 $5,230 162 $35,568
2005-06 44 177 155 0 376 363 13 $3,941 171 $39,884
  • The Graduate Council will work as a committee of the whole to recommended dissertation and recruitment fellowships this year. Guidelines for the competitions are posted on the website.
  • The Graduate Council has an important initiative to discuss at the Fall Graduate Faculty Meeting, November 8, 2:30 PM. The issue is: Should regular graduate faculty meetings be eliminated? Please attend.

Faculty Fellows

  • Gwen Turner, Hayan Cai, and Ruth Iyob have completed projects supported by the Faculty Research Fellowship in the Graduate School. Julius Johnson will continue his fellowship this semester.

Faculty Grievances

  • The Collected Rules on grievances require that the Academic Grievance Officer report to the faculty governance body in October on the status of all faculty grievances.
  • During the 2005-2006 academic year, there was one faculty grievance brought by a regular faculty member. It was dismissed for lack of probable cause that a grievance had occurred.
  • Currently there is one active grievance involving a regular faculty member. The Faculty Grievance Committee is hearing that case this month.
  • Another grievance brought by two non-regular faculty members was recently resolved at the informal stage.

Curricular Changes

Proposal Review Process. Academic Affairs piloted the use of a software program to manage graduate course and program proposals electronically. The staff who manage this process and the faculty chairs of the curricular and program proposal review committees worked together to determine how to set up the process. They now record the progress of proposals through the review process. This has increased efficiency of the process so far.

New programs approved by CBHE

  • Since the Spring Report, the CBHE approved following new and amended program proposals: (verify with Barb Trauterman)
    • Added the BA in Theatre and Dance;
    • Changed the track name of General Experimental Psychology to Behavioral Neuroscience in the Ph.D. program in Psychology;
    • Deleted emphasis areas in Master’s of Accounting;
    • Deleted Graduate Certificates in Taxation, Electronic Commerce, Information Resource Management, and in Information Systems Development;
    • Deleted the term, "Management" from the MS in Information Systems;
    • Added an emphasis area in Information Systems to the MBA;
    • Deleted Adult Education from the M.Ed. in Secondary Education and added Middle-Level Education;
    • Added Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management.
  • To meet the Action Plan goals for graduate education, the Graduate School hired a Research Assistant to work with faculty developing new graduate programs.
    • The RA is helping History faculty develop a proposal for a PhD in Metropolitan and Regional History.
    • The Division of Counseling has proposed a PhD in Counseling Psychology.
    • If both programs are approved, the campus will achieve the Action Plan goal of 15 distinct doctoral programs.
    • Please contact the graduate dean if you are developing a new graduate program and would like help with the Business Plan required for all new programs.

Charter Schools

The new charter school law requires more oversight, but there is also a provision for funding. This will help support a graduate student to assist in oversight of the charter school.

The university now sponsors only St. Louis Charter School. Their MAP scores are improving, and the board and administration have a good track record. College of Education faculty continue to collaborate with the school on grants and student placements. We expect to have better outcomes than in the past when we conduct their mid-term evaluation next spring.

Accreditation

One of the goals in the Action Plan that coincides with accreditation is the requirement that every program specify learning outcomes. The Colleges have now submitted outcomes for most of their programs so that the University now has learning outcomes specified for 78% of all programs.

In addition, many departments are closing the assessment loop by using student data to improve their programs, refine their outcomes, or change assessments. This last step is important to institutionalize the quality-improvement process required for accreditation. Currently 58% of the University's programs have demonstrated an on-going plan for quality improvement.

It is very important that this academic year we complete the development of learning outcomes for 100% of our academic programs, and begin to demonstrate quality improvement actions as a result of assessments for all programs, as well.

College
N Programs
Learning Outcomes Submitted
Institutionalized
Co A&S 46 87% 70%
Co BA 7 100% 100%
Co E 16 75% 50%
Co FAC 9 67%* 0
ENGR 3 100% 100%
NURS 5 0** 0
OPT 3 33% 33%

*Remaining programs working on outcomes for National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation.
**Working on outcomes to meet Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accreditation materials submitted by Departments and Colleges have been summarized and categorized according to the General Education and discipline skills.
Faculty who would like access to the accreditation website should contact their dean or Judith Walker de Felix

Fall Enrollments

  • The official enrollment headcount is 12,039 students, a 0.9% decrease from fall 2005.
  • Our credit hour enrollments are 116,791, a 0.2% decrease from fall 2005.

Retention Activities

  • Student feedback tells us that students appreciate the later and more predictable billing dates for student fees.
  • The academic early warning system is now in use and early feedback is very positive. Students identified in the early warning system were contacted by the Center for Student Success or referred to another appropriate unit on campus for needed assistance. Faculty members are encouraged to use this system throughout the semester as necessary.
  • While we have met a number of our action plan goals, as discussed above in the enrollment report, our enrollments are virtually flat this fall, while the campus Action Plan calls for an increase of 600 students annually. Vice Provost Curt Coonrod and I will be working with faculty and staff across campus throughout the coming months to improve our student recruitment and retention efforts. All of us need to work together if we are to meet the action plan goals. Everyone contributes to the retention of students, from the staff members who keep the campus looking beautiful year round to each faculty member and teaching assistant who maintains high academic standards. Your continued work on this is appreciated.

Summer/Year-Round Operations

  • The Ad-Hoc Committee on Year-Round Operations, chaired by Dean Mark Burkholder, is charged with making recommendations for enhancement of our summer sessions so UMSL can operate more on a year-round basis. Their activities are ongoing as they address various difficult issues.

Academic Dishonesty
200.010. B.1 STANDARD OF CONDUCT

"Academic dishonesty, such as cheating, plagiarism, or sabotage. The Board of Curators recognizes that academic honesty is essential for the intellectual life of the University. Faculty members have a special obligation to expect high standards of academic honesty in all student work. Students have a special obligation to adhere to such standards. In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall make an academic judgment about the student's grade on that work and in that course. The instructor shall report the alleged academic dishonesty to the Primary Administrative Officer."

The following summary documents academic dishonesty cases reported to the Office of Academic Affairs from the Winter/Spring Semester 2006 to the current Fall Semester 2006.

200.010.B.1.a CHEATING- (i) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations, (ii) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor, (iii) acquisition or possession without permission of tests or other academic materials, or (iv) knowingly providing any unauthorized assistance to another student on quizzes, tests, or examinations.

The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 7 cases of academic dishonesty involving cheating. Details of those cases are documented below.

  • All 7 cases investigated involved undergraduate students. There were no cases of academic dishonesty involving cheating by graduate students reported to the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • In 6 of the 7 cases, there was sufficient evidence to find the students guilty of cheating. In each case, the students received a failing grade for the work in question and a subsequent sanction from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • In addition, students were sanctioned with warnings about the seriousness of the violation (s), a warning about future violations of academic dishonesty and the severity of repeat offenses.
  • The remaining case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating 12 cheating cases.

200.010.B.1.b PLAGIARISM- (i) use by paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without fully and properly crediting the author with footnotes, citations or bibliographical reference, (ii) unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials, (iii) unacknowledged use of original work/material that has been produced through collaboration with others without release in writing from collaborators.

The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 19 cases of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism. Details of those cases are documented below.

  • Of the 19 cases, 13 cases investigated involved undergraduate students. In addition, there were 6 cases of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism by graduate students reported to the Office of Academic Affairs. All.
  • In all 19 cases, there was sufficient evidence for the students to be found guilty of plagiarism. In each case, the students received a failing grade for the work in question and a subsequent sanction from the Office of Academic Affairs.
    • Eleven of the 19 cases were first-time charges. Therefore, students were sanctioned to provide evidence that they worked with the Center for Academic Development (Writing Lab) on strategies for avoiding plagiarism. In addition, they were required to write a reflective essay on the experience.
      • Of the 11 cases, three students were additionally sanctioned to attend writing and research seminars sponsored by the Center for Academic Development.
    • In 4 of the 19 cases, students were sanctioned to discuss strategies for avoiding plagiarism with the Center for Academic Development (Writing Lab) before submitting a research paper of academic quality (varying lengths dependent on the nature of the incident) on the importance of academic integrity and professional ethics either as students or in their chosen professions. 
    • The 2 remaining cases were repeat charges, so one student was suspended for one academic semester and the second student sanctioned with a two-semester suspension. 
    • In the remaining 2 cases, the students were sanctioned with a warning about the seriousness of the violation and the severity of repeat offenses.

Currently, the Office of Academic Affairs is investigating 4 incidents of academic dishonesty involving plagiarism, in which one student is a graduate student.
University policies require faculty to report suspected cases of academic dishonesty to Academic Affairs. We assure students of due process and guide faculty through the procedures. Then we keep the names of those charged on file so that students can be monitored.

Please do not try to handle these situations by yourself. Please also bring your syllabus into conformity with official university policies and procedures. No matter what your syllabus says, you could be violating procedures (and legal precedents) if you attempt to punish students yourself. Please be familiar with the policies. If you wish to have a greater understanding of the policies and procedures, please contact Judith Walker de Felix. She is also happy to present information to departments.

390.010 Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students

390.010.A.1 "It is the policy of the University of Missouri to provide equal opportunity for all enrolled students and applicants for admission to the University on the basis of merit without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability, or Vietnam era veteran status. Sexual harassment shall be considered discrimination because of sex. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a way as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America."

390.010. B.2 "A grievance is the written allegation of discrimination which is related to: A)Recruitment and admission to the institution, B)Admission to and treatment while enrolled in an education program, C)Employment as a student employee on campus, D) Other matters of significance relating to campus living or student life..."
The Office of Academic Affairs has investigated 3 formal discrimination grievance cases from Winter/Spring Semester 2006 to the current Fall Semester 2006. The details of those cases are documented below.

390.010.C.6 Complaints Involving Admissions (Graduate) -"Applicants to the Graduate School may ask for a meeting with the academic department head of the program to which the applicant was seeking admission. This official shall explain the reasons for the denial of recommendation for admissions. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the applicant may then appeal to the Dean of the Graduate School or to the appropriate admissions committee. If the denial is upheld, the applicant may appeal the decision to the appropriate administrative officer."

  • A student who was denied admittance into a graduate program filed a grievance citing discrimination on the basis of age, disability and veteran status. The Discrimination Grievance Committee ruled that the allegations were unfounded.

390.010.C.7 Complaints Involving Admissions to or Treatment in an Educational Program or in the Granting of Assistantships "An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at the institution who has a discrimination complaint involving admission to or treatment in an educational program or in the granting of assistantships may request a conference with the appropriate department head and with the Dean of the School or College (or the Dean's designee) to discuss the matter informally. If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the student may present a grievance pursuant to Section 390.010 F."

  • Another student filed a formal grievance citing unfair treatment in an educational program. The student alleged discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity. The Discrimination Grievance Committee ruled that no discrimination had occurred.
  • In the final case, the student filed a formal grievance citing unfair treatment in an educational program on the basis of religion. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Discrimination Grievance Committee.