people   committees   meetings   resources    home
    officers       standing       senate       archives  
    members       special       executive       bylaws  
          proclamations       sites  

Minutes of the Budget Committee
April 21, 2003, UC 203, 3:30pm

Members Present: Lou Gross (Chair), Beauvais Lyons, Greg Reed, Tom
Davies, Barbara Dewey, Kathy Greenberg

Members Absent: Silvia Davies, Phil Scheurer

Report from Lou Gross:
Budget hearings for non-academic programs (Athletics, IT, Research,
Operations, ). These have not happened, and it is questionable if they will
take place. We have been told there will be written reports, and Lou will
forward them when we get them. There was some discussion of what the
scope and location of the cuts.

Report from Kathy Greenberg:
There will be a copy of the new Summer School Policy written by the
Summer School Task Force in the packet for the April 28th meeting.
There will be cap of $7,000/course with exceptions. They have tightened
up the requirements to go over the cap. Greg made the case that some
fraction of registration fees would be retained by the units and let them
manage the course budget. It is not clear if there will be an opportunity to
ask questions about the policy at the senate meeting.

New Business:

1. Resolution of Academic Program Cuts submitted by Beauvais Lyons
The open forum held by the Provost of April 16th was discussed. A
resolution was distributed affirming the role of faculty in deciding
academic program cuts. The motion passed unanimously. Beauvais will
contact the Provost to determine if there is any merit to rumors that
Planning’s Graduate program is being shut down.
Resolution passed unanimously by the Faculty Senate Budget
Committee, April 21, 2003:

Whereas the Provost Crabtree has affirmed his support for shared
governance, asserting that "administrators must make every effort to
involve faculty at critical stages of the decision making process," and…

Whereas the UTK Faculty Handbook (section 2.14.3) Procedures for
Revocation of Tenure, part 3 states that "[e]traordinary circumstances' may
involve either (a) financial exigency or (b) major program discontinuations.
In either case the termination of tenured faculty may take place only after
sustained deliberation and discussion of the exigency or of the program
change. Such deliberations and discussions must include the faculty of
the University through appropriate committees of the Faculty Senate, of
the college, and of the department involved."

Whereas, Provost Crabtree affirmed the importance of upholding both the
Faculty Handbook and AAUP principles regarding discontinuation of
academic programs.

Therefore, be it resolved that the UTK Faculty Senate support the Provost
in working to ensure the University of Tennessee comply with both the
Faculty Handbook and the AAUP Policy Statement on the Discontinuance
of Program or Department Not Mandated by Financial Exigency when
implementing any future academic program cuts.

Web links related to the resolution:

2. Unfinished Business for 2003-2004

- IRIS – need to improve system

- Summer School

- Improve Budget Hearing Process, posted in advance on the web,
seeing the whole budget in categories.

- Continue Faculty Salary Study

- Implement a Salary Study for Administrators

- Assess implications of Delaware Study (post to the senate web)

- Athletics and Academic partnerships
(Lou recommends reading The Game of Life – Princeton University

- Issue of Development campaign and setting priorities.

- Affirm the role of the Chair of the Faculty Senate Budget Committee on
the Executive Planning and Budget Committee.

- Invite Steve Leonard to some of the meetings next year.

3. Election of a New Chair,

Lou Gross was nominated, seconded, and elected to server as Budget
Committee chair in 2003-2004. Greg Reed will serve as acting chair
when/if Lou is gone in the Spring.

Open Discussion:
There was concern expressed about the absence of S. Davis and P.
Scheurer attending the meetings. It was hoped that as the Chancellor
position is solidified, we will have regular participation by key
administrative officers.

Meeting adjourned at 4:50pm


back to top


If you have any questions concerning the UT Faculty Senate, or would like more information, send an email to

To offer suggestions or comments about this web site, please email the webmaster.