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|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
1. Otis Stephens has agreed to serve as Senate parliamentarian for this year.MINUTES
2. LeRoy Graf introduced Ben Granger, chairperson of the Campus Chest Committee. Granger showed a seven minute film which illustrated the many agencies served by the United Way. At the conclusion of the film, Granger urged Senators to support the campus chest individually and to encourage support from colleagues in their respective units.
3. LeRoy Graf reminded Senators that the library's on-line circulation system is now in operation. As a result of the new system, anyone wishing to check out materials must have his/her identification card barcoded. Senators were encouraged to complete the barcoding process by taking identification cards to the Main Library.
4. The chairpersons of the Faculty Senate Committees were introduced by Graf. They are as follows: Athletics-Ralph Dimmick; Budget-Wayne Claycombe; Bylaws-Fred Venditti; Development and Alumni Relations-Lawrence Taylor; Educational Policy-Lee Humphreys; Faculty Affairs-Henry Frandsen; Fringe Benefits-Henry Fribourg; International Education-David Harrison; Legislative-Ken Walker and Fred Venditti; Library-George Everett; Nominating-Kermit Blank; Professional Development-Madge Donnellan; Research Council-Alex Van Hook; and Student Affairs-Marian Moffett.
All Senators were placed on at least one committee. Senators, with the exception of those elected late, were placed on committees of their choice. Persons not comfortable with their assignment(s) should contact LeRoy Graf.
5. LeRoy Graf indicated that Senate bylaws specify certain rules governing debate at Senate meetings. These are as follows: A motion to table shall not cut off debate on the original motion until: (a) the opportunity has been given for at least one person besides the mover of the motion to speak in favor of the original motion and two persons against the original motion; and (b) it shall have been indicated by a standing vote that two-thirds of the members present and voting favor the motion to table.
The bylaws also stipulate that faculty, staff and student observers may speak if recognized by the presiding officer.
In order to expedite proceedings, Graf proposed that the Senate adopt the following additional rules to govern debate: (1) each Senator may speak only once on a given subject until all who wish to speak have spoken; (2) Senators may speak no more than twice on an issue; and (3) Senators are generally limited to speeches of three minutes.
The Senate approved the additional rules as proposed by Graf.
From the minutes of the 11 July meeting of the Senate, Graf highlighted the fact that the Senate Executive Committee did participate actively in the interview process for the selection of the provost. They had lunch with each candidate and provided the chancellor with opinions both orally and in writing as to their views concerning the qualifications of each person interviewed.COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
Tony Spiva moved approval of the minutes for the 11 July 1983 Senate meeting. The minutes were approved.
LeRoy Graf, who was chair of the Committee on Committees when current committee assignments were approved, reported that several committee assignments had been revised subsequent to Senate approval at the 11 July meeting. Graf then moved that the following revisions in committee appointments be approved: a) Marian Moffett as chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee; b) remove Marian Moffett from the Fringe Benefits Committee and add Frank Bell. Bell represents retirees; and c) add Jerry Carney to the Educational Policy Committee.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Senate approved the revised committee assignments.
There was one correction to the Executive Committee minutes from the meeting of 19 September 1983. Page 2, last paragraph, First sentence--Silverstein (spelling).FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
LeRoy Graf mentioned two items from the minutes:1. The recommendation from the Educational Policy Committee concerning the semester/quarter issue will be presented at the 28 November Senate meeting. This meeting will be devoted to a full discussion of the issue, but a formal vote will not be taken. The Educational Policy Committee has been directed to inform the Senate of the recommendation prior to the 28 November meeting.There was one question concerning the accuracy of a statement in the Executive Committee minutes from the meeting of 19 September. The statement under question had to do with the appointment of Phil Scheurer to the position of associate vice chancellor for student affairs and appears on page 3 of the minutes. The statement reads as follows: The group generally agreed with the Chancellor's explanation that it was not a new position, but a new title for Scheurer and, therefore, that the affirmative action policy had not been violated.
2. There will be Senate representation on the Planning and Budgeting Coordinating Committee. The past-president, president, and president-elect of the Senate are appointed members. Romer Fisher, chair, will give a report from the committee at the 31 October Senate meeting.
Nancy Goslee suggested the statement be revised to read: The group generally agreed that the Chancellor was not asking us specifically to approve the appointment so we took no action.
Ralph Dimmick, a member of the Executive Committee, expressed the opinion that the Goslee revision was not an accurate reflection of the intent of the Executive Committee.
Since there was a difference in perception of this matter, Graf suggested that the Senate grant permission to Graf and the Senate secretary to modify the statement so that it would appear in the corrected minutes as an accurate reflection of the sentiments of the Executive Committee.
The Senate approved Graf's suggestion.
The minutes of the 19 September meeting of the Executive Committee were approved pending correction of the above statement.
Henry Fribourg, chair, reported that the Fringe Benefits Committee continues to attempt to have the State Insurance Committee rescind action which will result in decreased coverage for mental health conditions including alcoholism and drug addiction. The decreased coverage will become effective for all state employees on January 1, 1984.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Fribourg urged Senators to assist the Fringe Benefits Committee in their efforts to rescind this action by writing to members of the State Insurance Committee. Names and addresses are as follows:
The staff director for the State Insurance Committee is Mr. Richard Chapman. His address is as follows: State Department of Finance and Administration, 17th Floor, Polk Building, Nashville, TN 37219.
Gov. Lamar Alexander
Nashville, TN 37219 (615-741-2001)
Mr. Harlan Matthews
Nashville, TN 37219
Commissioner John C. Neff
Department of Insurance
114 State Office Building
Nashville, TN 37219 (615-741-2241)
Commissioner Hubert McCullough, Jr.
Dept. of Finance & Administration
Nashville, TN 37219 (615-741-2401)
Mr. William R. Snodgrass
Comptroller of Treasury
Nashville, TN 37219
Dr. Roger Chisholm, Chair
Finance & Insurance Department
College of Business
Memphis State University
Memphis, TN 38152 (901-454-2436)
Fred Venditti, co-chair, gave the report. He indicated that the committee had met once this fall and had reached consensus or. the following points: (1) the need for a continuous program of activities at UTK which will keep pressure on the legislature and state administration to produce significantly more funding for higher education; (2) the program of activities should be proactive rather than reactive; (3) there should be several major activities during fall and early winter which will build to a climax at the time the legislature begins its consideration of funding for higher education; (4) there should be general support for the governor's Better Schools Program without becoming embroiled in the Master Teacher proposal. This is only a part of the overall program and it may be presented ultimately in the form of a compromise reached between TEA and the state administration; and (5) there should be a unified effort of students, alumni, faculty and other groups to secure funds for higher education.SALARY STUDY
Specific plans of the Legislative Committee are:1. An open meeting of the faculty is scheduled for October 17, 1983 at 3:30 P.M. in the University Center Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to update faculty on legislative events which have occurred as a result of the open faculty meeting held last spring and to suggest additional action which faculty will take.
2. Following the open meeting, there will be a general mailing to all faculty, which will include a map of the legislative districts in Tennessee so contacts may be identified in each district.
3. Governor Alexander and Speaker Ned Ray McWherter have been invited to visit UTK this fall. Although the visits have not been confirmed, there is a strong possibility that both men will accept their respective invitations.
4. A sub-committee of the Legislative Committee is working on plans to lobby in Nashville when the legislature convenes in January. Efforts are being made to involve faculty, students and alumni from UTK as well as other state institutions in order to gain wider support for funding for higher education.
Homer Fisher distributed two tables which had been prepared to illustrate the 1982-83 salary and compensation ranking of UTK relative to other comparable Southeastern institutions. AAUP was the source for the figures included in the tables.LeRoy Graf thanked the Senators for their attention and adjourned the meeting at 4:35 P.M.
Fisher pointed out that UTK ranked 14th out of 21 institutions in terms of overall salary and ninth in 21 in overall compensation. This was an improvement from a similar study reported last year when UTK was last in both categories. However, Fisher reminded the Senate that since there were no raises this year, UTK's position will deteriorate in 1983-84.
|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
LeRoy Graf announced that the annual system to campus visit would be held on Monday, November 7 at 10:00 A.M. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. Senators were encouraged to be present for this meeting of administrators between the UT system and UTK.MINUTES
There were two corrections to the minutes of the Senate meeting of 3 October: 1) Michel was present; and 2) Cartee, who was recorded as absent, is no longer a Senator.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Spiva moved approval of the minutes for the Senate meeting of 3 October 1983.
The minutes were approved.
The following correction should be made in the Executive Committee minutes for the 19 October meeting: Page 3, 2nd paragraph, line two, associate (spelling).FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
From the minutes, Graf mentioned two items in relation to the open faculty meeting held on 17 October: 1) he expressed gratitude to the Senate for their support in attending the meeting; and 2) neither President Boling nor Chancellor Reese were invited to attend the meeting. Therefore, no inferences should be drawn because of their absence.
Graf moved approval of the Executive Committee minutes for the meeting of 19 October 1983.
The minutes were approved.
Henry Fribourg, chair, presented the following resolution:BUDGET AND PLANNING COORDINATING COMMITTEEThe Senate approved the resolution.
WHEREAS, The UTK Faculty Senate recognizes that health insurance is an integral and valued part of total compensations, and
WHEREAS, The UTK Faculty Senate agrees with the State Insurance Committee that fiscal balance between premium income and benefit payouts must be achieved and maintained, and
WHEREAS, The UTK Faculty Senate firmly believes that the hallmark of a good insurance plan is to offer broad and comprehensive catastrophic protection to its participants, and
WHEREAS, The UTK Faculty Senate feels strongly that health coverage should apply to all illnesses, regardless of type.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
The UTK Faculty Senate urges the State Insurance Committee to revise the State of Tennessee Group Insurance Plan to provide the same level of benefits for all illnesses, regardless of type.
The Senate agreed, as requested by LeRoy Graf, to alter the agenda so that Homer Fisher could present the Budget and Planning Coordinating report as the next order of business.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Fisher reported that the committee was working on a series of recommendations to be presented to the Executive and Budget Committees of the Senate. The Chancellor will also review the recommendations and will include a discussion of some of them in his annual report to the faculty. A date for the annual report has not been set.
The forthcoming recommendations are concerned with several aspects of the task force report. Among these are: a) implementation of the new mission statement. b) criteria for the selection of centers of excellence and means of allocating budgets to programs designated as excellent; c) a public relations campaign to inform the public at large of the quality programs available at UTK.
The second aspect of Fisher's report dealt with recommended appropriations for higher education which THEC had approved on 28 October for FY 1984-85. The recommendations are as follows: 1) an increase of $58 million for operating and equipment budgets of which $6.8 million was for UTK; 2) an additional $21 million for disparities which exist between state institutions and similar institutions in the southeast; 3) $27 million to UTK for library expansion; 4) a $10 million statewide allocation for Centers of Excellence; and 5) an increase in student fees of approximately 12 per cent with a 20 per cent increase for law students.
Linda Tober presented the minutes from the meeting of 13 October. She mentioned that the University Advising Coordinating Committee had submitted two recommendations: 1) a revision in the directive to the Registrar's Office concerning the distribution of student transcripts needed for advising month conferences; and 2) a proposal to adopt a single drop/add deadline date for all colleges, courses, and students. (Complete committee recommendations may be found on pp. 5868-5869 of the Undergraduate Council Minutes). No action was taken on either of the recommendations by the Undergraduate Council, but will be taken at the November meeting of the Council and then referred to the Senate.EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Undergraduate Council for the 13 October meeting were approved.
Lee Humphreys, chair, distributed a 19 page final report concerning the semester/quarter study. Based on the results of the study, the committee presented the following resolution to the Senate.GRADUATE COUNCILAdditional copies of the report are available from Sherry McBrayer at ext. 6768.
The Senate, on behalf of the faculty of UTK, requests:
1) that the University adopt an early-start semester calendar and that this request be communicated to the Chancellor:
2) that the Chancellor establish an adequate timetable for a transition to a semester calendar in consultation with appropriate academic units, Senate committees, and others;
3) that activities to effect this transition be initiated by the Chancellor as soon as possible.
Humphreys reminded the Senate that the meeting of 28 November had been reserved for a full discussion of the matter and that a vote has been tentatively scheduled at that time.
Humphreys also pointed out that the ultimate decision regarding semesters would be left to the Chancellor. A positive vote for semesters would serve as a recommendation for Jack Reese from the Senate.
Humphreys and Graf urged Senators to share all information with their colleagues and to discuss this important issue in their respective units so that the vote, whenever it is taken, will reflect the wishes of their constituents.
C. W. Minkel spoke briefly to the Senate and informed the group that the Graduate Council was in the process of being restructured into five committees in order to facilitate the work of the Council. The restructuring is detailed in the minutes of 20 October. However, since all Senators had not received the minutes, LeRoy Graf ruled that no action be taken on them at this Senate meeting.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:07 P.M.
Graf thanked Minkel for his promptness in distributing the minutes, and then apologized for the slowness of the mail system which prevented several Senators from receiving their copies.
|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
LeRoy Graf suggested that it might be appropriate to set the time of adjournment for today's meeting since the nature of the agenda could result in lengthy debate.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ralph Dimmick moved that today's meeting be adjourned at approximately 5 P.M.
The motion passed.
1. LeRoy Graf reminded faculty to stop by the Circulation Department in the Main Library and have their I.D. cards barcoded. Faculty were also urged to bring any library materials they had in their possession so that these could be transferred to the new circulation system. This should be done by December 7, 1983, since the old Mohawk system will be turned off on that date.MINUTES
2. The death of Alfred Guthe, a member of the Senate, was acknowledged by LeRoy Graf. Graf, on behalf of the Senate, has sent a letter of sympathy to the Guthe family.
Tom Hood, Sociology Department, will replace Guthe in the Senate.
The minutes of the Senate meeting of 31 October were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The following were corrections to the Executive Committee minutes for 14 November:L. R. HESLER AWARD1. Page 1 under the heading Expression of Sympathy to the Family of Alfred Guthe, second paragraph, 1st sentence, the Senate should be replaced by the Committee.Graf mentioned that a report of the President's Counselors meeting, which was referred to in the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting, would be given at a later date.
2. Spelling errors--Page 1 -- members absent; page 2, No. 3, b-faculty.
3. Page 3 under Library Relocation, the second sentence should begin with The being capitalized.
The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 14 November 1983 were approved.
LeRoy Graf introduced Jack Reese who presented the L. R. Hesler award to Dale Goodfellow, Associate Professor of Nursing. The award, established in 1982 by the alumni of the Scarabbean Senior Society, honors L. R. Hesler, the long-time advisor to the Society and Dean of Liberal Arts. It is given in recognition of outstanding teaching and service.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Senators were invited to a reception in the Graduate Lounge in the University Center to honor Dale Goodfellow immediately following the Senate meeting.
C. W. Minkel presented the materials for the Graduate Council meetings of 20 October and 10 November. He indicated that the restructuring of the Graduate Council had taken place, and that the restructuring was detailed in the minutes of 20 October.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
The minutes of the 20 October 1983 Graduate Council meeting were approved.
The minutes of the 10 November 1983 Graduate Council meeting were approved.
Linda Tober presented the Undergraduate Council minutes from the 17 November meeting. She highlighted the following:COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES1. A recommendation from the University Advising Coordinating Committee which may be found on p. 5894 of the Undergraduate Council minutes. The recommendation stipulates that the Liberal Arts Advising Center will continue to advise those students in the category "University Students with an interest in" Liberal Arts, Engineering and Business Administration. Students with a declared interest in all other colleges will be advised in that college.Paul Pinckney expressed concern that the proposed revision in the drop/add deadline policy had not been adequately discussed. Based on this concern, Pinckney moved that consideration of the drop/add policy be postponed to the Senate meeting following the one at which a vote of the semester/quarter issue has been taken.
2. A revision in the drop/add deadline to the effect that the drop/add deadline for all courses, all colleges and all students be 8 calendar days calculated from the first day of classes (p. 5895).
3. Revision of the audit policy so that students may not change from credit to audit after the drop deadline (p. 5896).
4. Curriculum materials presented from the colleges of Agriculture, Education, and Liberal Arts. These were considered routine except for the new major in biochemistry which has been proposed by the College of Liberal Arts (pp. 5898-5902).
The motion passed.
The Senate approved the Undergraduate Council minutes of 17 November 1983 with the exception of the drop/add deadline revision.
Fred Venditti, chair, gave the report. He stated that the Committee on Committees had been instructed by the Executive Committee, in accordance with recent Senate bylaws changes, to nominate faculty members to serve as chairs of the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Unfortunately, due to an oversight by the Senate leadership, changes in Senate bylaws were not on the agenda for the October meeting of the Board of Trustees. Due to this, the Committee on Committees agreed by consensus that it would be inappropriate to announce nominations for the two positions before the Board had approved the bylaws changes which create the positions.
The intent now, according to Venditti, is to have the bylaws changes on the agenda at the next meeting of the Board. Nominations and Senate action will follow approval by the Board of Trustees.
Senators had no comment on the report by Venditti.
Due to the absence of Ken Walker, co-chair, there was no report.EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
Lee Humphreys, chair, gave the report. He began by thanking members of the committee and specific administrators for their help in compiling the report dealing with the semester/quarter calendar. The 19 page report had been distributed at the 31 October Senate meeting. It included the recommendation that UTK adopt the semester calendar. Humphreys presented this recommendation to the Senate in the form of a motion from the Educational Policy Committee.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:57 P.M.
Prior to a discussion of the motion, LeRoy Graf read Senators rules of debate which the Senate had approved on 3 October, the first meeting of the school year.
Graf recognized Robert Orr, from the College of Agriculture, who distribute copies of a substitute motion to members of the Senate. The full text of the motion along with the rationale follows.Several Senators spoke in favor of the substitute motion. They supported their position by stating generally that all faculty deserved a vote on such an important matter. Ralph Dimmick pointed out that such a vote would not be binding, but would provide additional information for Senators so that this could be taken into account prior to the full Senate vote.
Substitute Motion on the Choice of Academic Calendar,
UTK Faculty Senate, Nov. 28, 1983
I move that prior to a vote by the UTK Faculty Senate on the choice of the academic calendar that the Senate conduct a nonbinding vote of the UTK teaching faculty to determine the preference of faculty members for either a) the proposed semester system or b) the present quarter system, and that an ad hoc committee composed of one Faculty Senator from each college (or academic unit) represented in the Senate be appointed by the Senate president to prepare the ballot, conduct the vote and to tally the vote showing the vote for each college (or academic unit) represented in the Senate.
Reasons for the survey
1) The decision of the academic calendar has a direct and major impact on all teaching faculty both individually and collectively in departments, colleges and academic units.
2) No previous systematic vote of a quantitative form has been conducted on faculty members' sentiments on a dichotomous choice between alternative academic calendars. The survey conducted by the Educational Policy Committee was of a qualitative nature which requested views on the advantages and disadvantages of each system as viewed by various academic units. This vote would supplement the data collected in that survey.
3) The preference vote would give each teaching faculty member the opportunity to anonymously express a preference of academic calendars without the knowledge of others and outside the confines of departmental or college meetings.
4) The upcoming vote by the UTK Faculty Senate on the academic calendar is undoubtedly the most important academic issue faced by the Senate for many years and, thus, the greatest degree of information should be available to all senators prior to their vote. The critical nature of this decision makes this a distinct type of issue from most others faced by the Faculty Senate.
Several Senators spoke against the substitute motion. Those opposed argued that faculty had been given ample opportunity to express their views. Results of polls taken in individual units were reported to support this argument. Another argument presented by those in opposition was that the Senate is the representative body of the faculty. Failure of the Senate to act in this capacity, particularly on an issue of such importance, would diminish the credibility of the Senate.
Due to the delicate nature of the vote, LeRoy Graf asked Pauline Bayne and Frank Leuthold, former Faculty Senate Presidents, to count the vote.
The substitute motion failed by a vote of 60 to 19.
Debate on the original motion was resumed with LeRoy Graf recognizing Andy Hoover, President of the Student Government Association. Hoover reported that the Academic Council, the student government body which has representatives elected from all academic colleges in the university, had voted 22-6 to retain the quarter system. Hoover cited several reasons for students voting in favor of quarters. Among these were: 1) greater flexibility for programs in colleges such as Engineering where students co-op; 2) cost of the initial change; 3) easier for community college students to transfer to UTK; 4) greater number of course offerings, and 5) lack of research which would indicate the superiority, in terms of quality, of one system over the other.
Senators speaking against semesters generally reiterated reasons given by Hoover.
Senators speaking in favor of semesters argued that the decision had to be made on qualitative rather than quantitative data. Those of this persuasion suggested. that semesters afford a superior teaching/learning environment because students have more opportunity-for in-depth study and research. The possibility for student/faculty interaction should also be enhanced under the semester calendar.
Following the one and one-half hour debate, Ralph Dimmick moved that the vote be taken by secret ballot.
June Gorski was the second for the motion.
The motion failed by voice vote.
LeRoy Graf then requested that Senators vote on the original motion. This vote was taken by a show of hands.
The vote was 46-39 in favor of semesters. Frank Leuthold and Pauline Bayne counted the vote.
LeRoy Graf explained that the Educational Policy Committee's recommendation as approved by the Senate would be sent to Chancellor Reese for his consideration.
LeRoy Graf introduced Jack Reese who addressed the Senate on several topics. He began by stating that his annual report to the faculty would be distributed in preliminary form in the first edition of the new campus tabloid to be published in early February. The comprehensive annual report will be given in late spring or early summer.INTRODUCTION OF RECENTLY APPOINTED ADMINISTRATORS
In discussing the selective admissions policy, the Chancellor reported that there has been a steady increase in SAT scores of entering freshmen. Minority enrollment has also increased slightly this year.
Remarking on UTK funding, Reese reminded the Senate of the need to continue to communicate with state and area legislators, particularly in the next two weeks, in order to urge their support of the Governor's Better Schools Program and the tax increase necessary for implementation of the program.
Reese concluded his remarks by informing the Senate that two committees had been appointed to deal with important campus issues. These are the Undergraduate Library Relocation Committee and the Semester Feasibility Study Committee. Walter Herndon is chairperson of the former group and C. W. Minkel and Ralph Norman will serve as co-chairs of the latter. Inquiries and suggestions should be communicated to the respective chairpersons.
LeRoy Graf introduced George Wheeler, the first Provost of UTK, who took office on 1 January 1984. Wheeler acknowledged the introduction by indicating that the pursuit of excellence would be the central concern of the office of the Provost.MINUTES
Graf also introduced Gerald Bowker, Dean of Admissions and Records. Bowker has been on campus since November.
The minutes of the 28 November 1983 Senate meeting were approved.DROP/ADD DEADLINE PROPOSAL
Linda Tober presented the drop/add deadline proposal which had been approved by the Undergraduate Council upon the recommendation of the University Advising Coordinating Committee. Senate action on the proposal had been postponed from the 28 November meeting. The proposal is as follows:EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEThe drop/add deadline for all courses, all colleges, and all students will be 8 calendar days calculated from the first day of classes.Tober explained that the rationale for the proposal was that since the present drop/add deadline fell on 6 different dates, it was confusing to faculty and students.
Paul Pinckney spoke against the proposal. He argued that an 8 day drop deadline would make it difficult for students to explore a variety of courses particularly in the humanities and social sciences.
Other Senators opposed to the proposal expressed concern about the effect on freshmen, transfer and evening students. Based on this concern for new students, Ron Magid moved the following: the proposal be amended so that the only exception will be students in their first quarter at UTK for which there will be a twenty-two day drop deadline.
The motion to amend passed.
LeRoy Graf then asked for the vote on the drop/add proposal as amended.
The proposal as amended failed.
Bernie Silverstein suggested that present drop/add deadlines should be more widely publicized. One way to accomplish this would be to publish them in the new campus tabloid.
Ken Walker moved that the Undergraduate Council be instructed not to bring a drop/add deadline proposal to the Senate for action during this academic year.
The motion failed.
The following corrections should be made in the Executive Committee minutes for the meeting of 5 December 1983:FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEPage 3 -- first line -- first word -- capital T.One item in the minutes caused considerable discussion. It dealt with recent bylaws changes, approved by the Senate in May, 1983, which stipulate that the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils be chaired by faculty members The Executive Committee voted to postpone implementation of this until a study of the entire curricular process could be completed. Fall 1984 was established as the completion date for such a study which was to be conducted by the Educational Policy Committee.
Page 3 -- second line -- a period should follow Service rather than a comma.
Michael Gordon pointed out that the Executive Committee, by this action, had undone what the full Senate had mandated. Since the Senate had voted to have faculty chairs of the Councils, this should be done expeditiously.
Senators speaking in defense of the action by the Executive Committee argued that, since the bylaws changes had not been approved by the Board of Trustees, the Senate could continue to study the proposed changes.
In general, however, Senators speaking on this issue agreed that the Executive Committee had made a mistake in the treatment of the matter, but, nevertheless, perhaps it did need additional study.
Bernie Silverstein moved that the Senate postpone implementation of the bylaws changes concerning the chairpersons of the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils, and that the matter be studied by the Educational Policy Committee with a report and recommendations being presented to the full Senate during Fall 1984.
Ken Walker seconded the motion.
After continued discussion, Anne Hopkins moved that the issue be sent to the Bylaws Committee for consideration.
Tom Hood reminded the chair that a motion was already on the floor and that the Hopkins motion was out of order.
LeRoy Graf then asked for a vote on the Silverstein motion.
The motion passed.
Tom Hood moved approval of the Executive Committee minutes for the meeting of 5 December 1983.
The minutes were approved.
Henry Fribourg, chair, presented the following resolution:LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEWHEREAS, the Central Administration of the University of Tennessee has instituted the distribution of Personalized Benefit Statements to all employees of the University on an annual basis; andThe Senate approved the resolution.
WHEREAS, these personalized Benefit Statements are of top quality and represent a significant improvement in an already fine package of employee benefits; and
WHEREAS, the Benefits Statement Committee (Dr. Charles Moss (Chair), Mr. Bob Gissel, Ms. Mary Hovis, Mr. John Jarrard, Ms. Helen LeCoultre, Ms. Sara Phillips, and Mr. Neal Wormsley) has worked diligently to determine the extent and format of the Benefit Statements and carried the project through to its completion; and
WHEREAS, this Benefit Statement project is but one of many obvious commitments on the part of the Central and Campus Administrations to serve the needs of all employees in the area of employee benefits;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate Fringe Benefits Committee and the Faculty Senate as a whole express appreciation to all parties who have played a part in bringing this fine Personalized Benefit Statement project to fruition. Special appreciation is expressed to President Edward J. Boling for his persistent commitment to the completion of this project.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate and its Fringe Benefits Committee stand ready to assist in any way possible in the further development of this and other employee benefit programs.
Ken Walker, co-chair, gave the report. He called attention to the fact that Governor Alexander and House Speaker McWherter had visited the campus on 7 December 1983 and that members of the Senate had met briefly with them.BUDGET AND PLANNING COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Other activities pertinent to legislative concerns include the following: a) LeRoy Graf met with the Knox County Legislative Delegation to express the need for improved funding for UTK; b) a booklet entitled "Taxation in Tennessee and its Linkage to Educational Improvement" prepared by Warren Neel and William Fox has been distributed to the Student Ambassadors and was given to members of the Senate at today's meeting; and c) during Christmas break the work of the Student Ambassadors resulted in significant student communications with state legislators.
Walker urged Senators to continue, particularly in the next two weeks, to write and call legislators to solicit support for the Governor's proposed budget for higher education. He suggested that Senators mention the following aspects of the budget specifically: 1) capital outlay funds which include the funds for UTK's library; 2) funds for centers of excellence; 3) increase in formula funding; 4) increase in faculty salaries; and 5) tax increase to implement the funding.
Homer Fisher, chair, gave the report. He indicated that the purpose of the committee is to plan for implementation of the new mission statement developed by the Task Force on Institutional Assessment and to establish budgeting priorities based on Task Force recommendations. A written report is being prepared by the committee which will be reviewed by the Senate before being submitted to the Board of Trustees.SEMESTER FEASIBILITY STUDY COMMITTEE
Ralph Norman, reporting for the committee, indicated that the Chancellor had charged the group with thirteen specific items. Among these are: 1) review the report of the Educational Policy Committee; 2) identify the most serious problems and suggest alternatives within a semester system; 3) determine the effect of UTK's change on sister institutions within the state; 4) identify other institutions which have made similar change and investigate the effects; 5) determine costs in terms of the transition itself as well as costs to students in field experiences and to other administrative units on campus; 6) develop sample semester calendars; 7) establish a timetable for the transition; and 8) formulate general principles to determine the equivalency of quarter/semester courses and faculty teaching loads.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:17 P.M.
In response to a question about utilization of classrooms, Norman indicated that he would add this to the list for consideration.
In closing, Norman mentioned that the committee's report was to be finished by the end of spring quarter.
Jack Reese, at the request of the Senate Executive Committee, related to the Senate highlights of a report which will be presented to the Board of Trustees on 17 February in Nashville. The report deals primarily with changes in UTK admissions standards and will be published in the new campus newspaper, Context, subsequent to its presentation to the Board. Reese chose to share the information with the Senate prior to publication since the proposed changes in admission standards will ultimately require Senate action.PATENT AND COPYRIGHT COMMITTEE
The aspects of the report which were approved in principle by the Senate at the time that the University made the decision to reduce undergraduate enrollment and which have evolved in practice deal with specific GPA's and ACT/SAT scores required of entering freshman. For Tennessee residents these are as follows: automatic admission will be granted those students who have a HSGPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale); or HSGPA of 2.40 or greater, AND ACT composite score of 15 or more (combined verbal and math SAT score of 670); or HSGPA of 2.00 or greater, AND ACT composite score of 18 or more (combined verbal and math SAT score of 800). Automatic denial for Tennessee residents will be based on the following scores: a HSGPA of less than 2.00 and ACT composite score of less than 12 (combined verbal and math SAT score of less than 550). Students in Tennessee who fail to meet the standards as outlined will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. Admissions standards for non-resident Tennessee applicants are slightly higher than for in-state applicants. Full details of admissions criteria may be found on pp. 5911-5914 of the Undergraduate Council minutes of 26 January 1984.
The Chancellor mentioned that a list of course requirements for entering freshmen approved by the Undergraduate Council will also be included in the report for informational purposes. The course requirements are as follows: four years of English; three years of mathematics, of which two years shall be algebra and one year from plane and solid geometry, trigonometry, advanced math, or calculus; two years of natural science, at least one of which should be biology, chemistry, or physics; one year of American History; one year of European or world history; and two years of a single foreign language. Rationale and further explanation of these requirements may be found on pp. 5913-5915 of the Undergraduate Council minutes of 26 January 1984.
As Reese pointed out, the Board will not be asked to approve the above course requirements at this time since they have not been approved by the Faculty Senate. There will be continued discussion of these requirements prior to Senate action.
Richard Wirtz reported that a UT System Faculty Patent and Copyright Advisory Committee is in the process of developing policies pertaining to patents and copyrights which will be binding on all faculty once they are approved by the Board of Trustees. In an effort to give faculty an opportunity to participate in the development of the policies, the Research Council is sponsoring an open forum on the UTK campus. Date, time and location will be announced as soon as they are established. Senators are urged to inform their colleagues of this important matter. Faculty who have questions or concerns should contact the UTK members of the committee: John Fisher at 6938; Alex Van Hook at 5105; or Richard Wirtz at 6700.MINUTES
The minutes of the 16 January 1984 Senate meeting were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The following corrections should be made in the Executive Committee minutes of 30 January 1984. Page 1-Chancellor's Report-fifth paragraph-seventh line-the listing 3 should be an e. Page 2-Athletics Committee-second paragraph-next to last line should indicate that the report will be distributed to the Athletics Committee rather than to all faculty.EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
LeRoy Graf referred to one item related to the minutes; Kermit Blank has agreed to remain as chairperson of the Nominating Committee.
The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting of 30 January 1984 were approved.
Lee Humphreys, chair, reported that the committee, as charged by the Senate, has begun a study of the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils. The study will be concerned with, among other things, who should chair the Councils, membership of the Councils, and the relationship of the Councils to the Educational Policy Committee and to the Senate. A full report will be given to the Senate in the fall of 1984. Faculty who have suggestions should sent them in writing to Humphreys.RESEARCH COUNCIL
Alex Van Hook, chair, discussed the Research Council Report of February, 1984, which had been distributed with materials for today's meeting. There were two specific recommendations in the report which Van Hook asked the Senate to approve. They were as follows: 1) that the Senate through its Newsletter and other appropriate means of publicity inform its constituents of the substantive contribution the University makes to research and the rationale for this contribution; and 2) that the University increase its contribution to direct research funding, including its contribution to research incentive programs and discretionary research monies, to a level approximating 5% of grants and contracts awarded. Specifically we suggest an increase of $250,000 per year for each of the next three years, to a level of $1,000,000 devoted to these programs. This amount would then be regarded as a floor and could increase if 5% of grants and contracts awarded might total more than $1,000,000. The recommendation does not imply that any part of these new monies would be subtracted from the 25% of overhead presently returned to colleges from the central administration.ATHLETICS COMMITTEE
The Senate approved the recommendations from the Research Council.
Ralph Dimmick, chair, gave the report. He indicated that the Senate Athletics Committee, in conjunction with the UT chapter of AAUP, continues to monitor arena funding. Several meetings have been held with UT administrators, and as a result of these meetings, Dimmick mentioned the following: 1) the hotel-motel amusement tax should meet the bond debt service requirement. As of 1 January 1984, proceeds from the tax exceeded the bonded indebtedness; 2) revenues are expected to cover operating costs. Any shortfalls which should occur will be met by the Athletics Department; and 3) the bond refinancing plan and the status of the amusement tax are now being considered by the General Assembly and are in such a state of flux that their impact on the arena remains undetermined at this time.ALTERNATIVE PERIOD RESOLUTION
Dimmick continued his report by informing the Senate of other current matters on which members of the Athletics Committee are working. They are as follows: a) a revision of the Faculty/Staff Athletics Information Book which will be completed by the end of the spring quarter. Larry Wilson is chairing the sub-committee on this project; b) Joe Goddard and Michael Gordon are the chairs of a sub-committee studying the impact of proposed new admissions standards for UTK athletes; and c) the new campus newspaper, Context, will contain an athletic insert once each quarter. Alan Lasater will write a column regarding NCAA and SEC news, and Ralph Dimmick will write a question-answer column on UTK athletics. Faculty are requested to send questions to Dimmick.
In a brief discussion following Dimmick's report, Tony Spiva raised a question regarding arena funding; it had to do with whether the UT legal counsel had been keeping the Athletics Committee informed of arena funding developments. Dimmick responded they had not, but probably because there was confusion about who should be informed (AAUP or Athletics Committee). Spiva reminded Dimmick that the settlement of the arena lawsuit required UT legal counsel to keep the Faculty Senate, through its Athletics Committee, informed on all matters pertaining to arena costs. Dimmick indicated he would relate this to the appropriate people.
LeRoy Graf, at the request of the Senate Executive Committee, presented a resolution dealing with the final evaluation period. In a discussion of the matter, Goolsby moved to amend the resolution by striking the last "WHEREAS". It read as follows: WHEREAS, such faculty behavior creates problems of student dissatisfaction for those faculty who observe the mandated class meetings;UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
The motion to amend passed.
The Senate then approved the following resolution.
A Resolution Concerning
The Final Evaluation Period
WHEREAS, the University, by action of the Faculty Senate, several years ago adopted a calendar which specifies that the last two hours of the thirty hours of class contact in a three-credit course will be scheduled consecutively during the final four days of the quarter; and
WHEREAS, this scheduling was not designed to reduce class contact hours but rather to facilitate the administration of final examinations in some courses or to provide an opportunity for summing up in others; and
WHEREAS, there is recurrent evidence that some faculty members are not meeting their classes during the Final Evaluation Period, thereby effectively reducing the length of the quarter contrary to the intent and understanding of the Senate when it authorized this calendar;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate, recognizing that the enforcement of rules and policies is an administrative function, requests the Provost, his associates, and the several college deans to take whatever steps are needed to see that classes are convened during the Final Evaluation Period and that attendance is regarded as part of the work of the course, in short, that the spirit and intent of the calendar change is carried out.
Ralph Norman presented the minutes from the 26 January 1984 meeting. He requested that the curricular material from the Colleges of Engineering, Education, and Nursing (pp. 5919-5929 of the minutes) be approved separately. The Senate then approved the curricular materials from the aforementioned colleges.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Norman called attention to the writing lab report which may be found on pp. 5917- 5918 of the minutes. In response to a question regarding whether the lab was for graduate or undergraduate students, Norman replied that it was for undergraduates, but the Graduate Council might want to consider it for graduate students. Another concern expressed about the laboratory had to do with funding. Norman indicated that this would be addressed during the budgetary process. Bob Landen urged that it be funded by the central administration.
The Report of the Admissions and Retention Committee was the final report mentioned by Norman. As was reported earlier, the remarks by Chancellor Reese at today's meeting were based to a great extent on this report. Norman expanded on the comments by Reese by emphasizing the following: the adoption of the proposed high school course requirements would benefit future UTK students since it could be assumed that students having completed such a rigorous high school curriculum could be admitted to a specific college upon their admittance to the University. Another point stressed by Norman was that the proposed requirements would not go into effect until four years after they have been approved by the Board of Trustees. Prior to the effective date UTK would be obligated to assist high schools in the state to develop the necessary courses so that students would have the opportunity to meet the requirements.
Norman reiterated that the Senate was not being asked to approve the section of the Undergraduate Council minutes which deals with admission requirements. The Senate approved the Undergraduate Council minutes of 26 January 1984 with the exception of the section specified (pp. 5911-14).
The minutes for the Graduate Council meetings of 12 January 1984, and 2 February 1984, were presented by C. W. Minkel. From the February minutes, he mentioned a recommended policy statement, approved by the Council, which will eventually eliminate offering 3000-level courses for graduate credit. Several Senators expressed the opinion that deletion of 3000-level courses would unduly limit the courses a student could take outside his/her discipline. They argued that 3000-level courses should not be deleted but should be monitored at the departmental level.ACADEMIC EXPOSITION
Minkel responded that some faculty viewed 3000-level courses as remedial, and in addition, THEC was dubious of the practice. However, he agreed to delay adoption of the proposal until faculty and the Council had discussed the issue more fully. He requested Senators to express their views to members of the Council.
The Graduate Council minutes of 12 January 1984 were approved.
The Graduate Council minutes of 2 February 1984 were approved with the exception of the statement from the Curriculum Committee which dealt with 3000-level courses.
Ken Walker announced that the Student Academic Council is planning an exhibit highlighting academic excellence at UTK. It will be held the first full week of April in the University Center, and faculty are encouraged to support this endeavor. Deans, department heads and the Chancellor's office will also be involved.FRINGE BENEFITS
Henry Fribourg, chair, informed the Senate of a change in Blue Cross policy regarding claims. The claim sheet will no longer be sent to the insurance office on campus but only to the insured person. Questions about this should be sent to Blue Cross. On another matter, Fribourg indicated that questions about the tax status information concerning Permaplan refunds should be sent to Provident. Be prepared, according to Fribourg, for long delays in replies to your questions, but they will eventually be answered.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:08 P.M.
|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
1. LeRoy Graf reminded the Senate that the Senate Newsletter and Highlights will be published in Context, the official channel for campus information. Senators were encouraged to read the new publication carefully and to urge their colleagues to do likewise.MINUTES
2. Sandy Echternacht, a member of the Senate Nominating Committee, requested Senators to nominate persons for the position of President- Elect of the Senate. A form was distributed for that purpose. Echternacht explained that nominations from the faculty-at-large would also be welcome. Nominations must be received by 21 March 1984 and should be sent to Kermit Blank at 3 Claxton Education Building. Persons nominated must be a member of the Senate or have been a member in the past five years.
3. Alex Van Hook, chair of the Research Council, announced that a report of the UT System Faculty Patent and Copyright Advisory Committee is tentatively scheduled to appear in Context in early April. Providing the report is published at that time, -an open forum is scheduled for 12 April at 3:30 P.M. in the Crest Room of the University Center. All. interested faculty are encouraged to attend.
4. Don Eastman read a memo from Chancellor Reese which is being distributed to deans, directors, department heads and members of the Faculty Senate informing them of the reorganization of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research. Based on the recommendation of the Task Force on Institutional Assessment, this unit will be located in the Office of the Provost A national search, to begin this Spring, will be conducted to fill the position of Vice Provost for Research. The Vice Chancellor for Research will remain in his position until 1 July 1984.
LeRoy Graf acknowledged that Provost Wheeler has responded to the Senate resolution appearing in the 13 February minutes by sending a memo to faculty reminding them to meet classes during alternative period.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
There was one correction to the minutes: on page two, under Educational Policy Committee, the last line, the word sent should be send.
The minutes of the 13 February 1984 Senate meeting were approved.
Graf highlighted the following action resulting from the Executive Committee meeting of 27 February:LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE1. A joint Senate-Provost's Office Committee on Review of Promotion and Tenure Procedures has been appointed. Ralph Norman and Henry Frandsen (chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee) are co-chairs. Other members are Nancy Belck, Dolly Hough, Anne Mayhew, Dan McLemore, and John Muldowny.The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 27 February 1984 were approved.
2. Another joint committee, the Senate-Chancellor's Office Snow Policy Committee is being appointed. Bernie Silverstein is the chair- other appointees will come from the Senate and the administration.
3. A letter signed by Henry Fribourg, Fred Venditti, Ken Walker and LeRoy Graf has been sent to the Governor requesting Alexander's support in helping to rescind recent action by the State Insurance Committee which reduces coverage for mental and nervous disorders.
4. A meeting to discuss the status of continuing part-time faculty has been held with Provost Wheeler. Others in attendance were Fred Venditti, Ken Walker, LeRoy Graf, Doug Wickham (who was chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee when continuing part-time status was approved by the Senate), and Gail Disney (a part-time faculty member).
Fred Venditti, co-chair of the Legislative Committee, presented the following resolution which was drafted by Bernie Silverstein and unanimously approved by the Senate.ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ADMISSIONS STANDARDSVenditti then presented a second resolution commending the UTK Student Ambassadors. The resolution, drafted by Venditti, was also unanimously approved by the Senate. It follows:
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE, FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION
EXPRESSING APPRECIATION TO THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE GOVERNOR
FOR ENACTING THE EDUCATION APPROPRIATION ACT OF 1984
WHEREAS, the Tennessee General Assembly meeting in extraordinary session in 1984 passed the Education Appropriation Act which will provide significant improvement in the support of higher education in the State; and
WHEREAS, legislation has been passed to raise the taxes necessary to fund the program. and Governor Lamar Alexander has signed the bills; and
WHEREAS, funds have been provided which will allow UTK faculty and staff receive salary increases averaging 10% for the coming fiscal year; and
WHEREAS, special funds have been allocated to create Centers of Excellence in higher education; and
WHEREAS, Capital expenditure funds have been provided to build the much needed expansion of the UTK undergraduate library which will make it a comprehensive library facility of true excellence; and
WHEREAS, the increased state support will make it possible for UTK to make significant improvements in its Teaching, Research and Public Service programs;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the UTK Faculty Senate go on record as commending the Members of the General Assembly and the Governor for enacting the Education Appropriation Act; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UTK Senate expresses through this resolution its sincere appreciation for the enlightened leadership and hard work that has made it possible for Tennessee to take this giant step forward in providing first class educational opportunities for its citizens; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the UTK Faculty Senate pledges to do everything it can to assure that the increased funding by the State will result in tangible improvements that will make UTK an institution of higher education of which the entire State and Nation may be proud.
UTK Faculty Senate
March 12, 1984
WHEREAS, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Student Ambassadors under the able leadership of their chairperson, Randy Padawer, worked hard and long to become knowledgeable about the funding needs of higher education in Tennessee and, more particularly, about those of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and
WHEREAS, the Student Ambassadors also labored diligently to learn about and understand the role of the Tennessee State Legislature and the elected representatives comprising that body in connection with funding of higher education in Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, the Student Ambassadors applied most effectively their hard earned knowledge and expended great energy, in both their home communities and in Nashville, to win the support of state legislators throughout Tennessee for increased funding for higher education beginning in July, 1984; and
WHEREAS, the forceful, intelligent, and systematic approaches taken in behalf of higher education by the Student Ambassadors vis-a-vis Tennessee's state legislators have been acknowledged by many of these individuals as having had a significant effect upon their positive decisions regarding increased funding for higher education;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, applaud most sincerely, thank most gratefully, and commend most highly the Student Ambassadors for their salutary assistance to higher education and, most especially, their own institution during 1983-84.
Ralph Norman presented the following proposal from the Undergraduate Council relating to high school grade point average and test scores of entering freshmen.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES
Freshman Admission Requirements
General:1. Graduation from a state approved high school (refer to separate section regarding G.E.D. test results).Academic Performance:
2. Submission to the UTK Admissions Office of (a) a completed application form; (b) all high school transcripts;. and (c) ACT (or SAT) test results, as explained previously.
Tennessee Residency Classificationa. Automatic admission:Non-Resident ClassificationHSGPA of 2.75 or greater ( on a 4.00 scale): ORb. Automatic denial:
HSGPA of 2.40 or greater, AND ACT composite score of 15 or more (combined verbal-math SAT score of 670); OR
HSGPA of 2.00 or greater, AND ACT composite score of 18 or more (combined verbal-math SAT score of 800).HSGPA of less than 2.0, AND ACT composite score of less than 12 (combined verbal-math SAT score of 550).c. Review status:Any combination of HSGPA and ACT composite score not listed in (a) or (b) above will cause the application to be reviewed by the campus Admissions Review Committee. Any applicant in this category will be so notified by the Admissions Office and will be provided the opportunity of submitting additional information in writing prior to an admissions decision. Factors other than test scores grade point average are considered by the committee, such as the type of courses taken in high school, the pattern of grades, other activities, and career goals. For example, an applicant having an ACT composite score of less than 12 may be reviewed if the HSGPA is greater than 2.00, and an applicant having a HSGPA of less than 2.0 may be reviewed if the ACT composite score is 12 or greater (SAT approximately 550).These numerical criteria are subject to change. At the time of application to UTK, notification will be given if what is printed here is no longer applicable.a. Automatic admission:The Senate approved the proposal unanimously.HSGPA of 2.25 or greater, AND ACT composite score of 18 or greater (combined verbal-math SAT score of 800).b. Automatic denial:HSGPA of less than 2.25, AND ACT composite score of less than 18 (combined verbal-math SAT score of less than 800).c. Review:Although the review process for non-residents is not structured as for Tennessee residents, an out-of-state applicant who is denied admission because either the ACT composite score is below 18 OR the HSGPA is less than 2.25 may make a written appeal of the decision to the Director of Admissions.
The Senate agreed to postpone action on the Undergraduate Council Minutes of 1 March 1984. The minutes will be considered at the 2 April Senate meeting.SENATE CONCERNS
LeRoy Graf asked for any items of concern from the Senate floor. The following were expressed:The meeting was adjourned at 4:11 P.M.1. The presence of TV crews at recent Senate meetings has been distracting to some Senators. To help alleviate the problem, the secretary was instructed to ask the crews to arrive prior to meetings and to place equipment in unobtrusive places.
2. A question was asked regarding whether the Dean of Research position would remain in the Vice Provost for Research Office. Provost Wheeler assured the Senate that the position would remain.
3. A final concern had to do with why the Senate meeting was called during alternative period. Graf responded that it was necessary to take action on the Undergraduate Council proposal dealing with academic performance standards of entering freshmen prior to the Executive Committee meeting of the Board of Trustees. The Board Committee will meet before the regularly scheduled Senate meeting of 2 April.
|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
1. LeRoy Graf announced that Senate leaders from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, had written a letter to the State Insurance Committee relative to extended mental health coverage. The letter was precipitated by similar correspondence from the UTK Senate leadership.MINUTES
2. Kermit Blank, chair of the Nominating Committee, presented the following candidates for president-elect of the Senate: Sid Jumper, Professor of Geography; and Marian Moffett, Associate Professor of Architecture. A mail,. ballot, which will include a biographical sketch of the candidates, will be distributed to all Senators, it should be returned by 25 April. Election results will be announced at the 30 April Senate meeting.
Other members of the Nominating Committee are William Dotterweich, Arthur Echternacht, Anne Hopkins, and Fred Tompkins.
3. Graf reminded Senators that the public meeting to consider policies dealing with patents and copyrights has been postponed. The policies continue to be refined, but as soon as the drafting committee reaches agreement, the open forum will be re-scheduled.
4. Henry Fribourg, chair of the Fringe Benefits Committee, requested Senators to provide him with any information they might have regarding in- patient treatment costs for persons suffering from mental and nervous disorders who are covered by university insurance. The State Insurance Committee has granted a hearing on this topic and Fribourg needs documentation for his presentation.
The minutes from the Senate meeting of 12 March 1984 were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The minutes from the Executive Committee meeting of 26 March 1984 were distributed at today's meeting. From the minutes Graf mentioned first the election of the Committee on Committees. Ballots for the election were then distributed, and Graf requested nominations from the floor. Donald Olins nominated Dan Billen to be the representative from Biomedical Sciences. Mary Sue Stephenson noted that Library and Information Science had been omitted from the ballot. Graf instructed Senators to add that unit and to list Mary Sue Stephenson as the nominee. Senators were asked to vote during the meeting and to return ballots at the conclusion.LIBRARY COMMITTEE
Another item from the Executive Committee minutes requiring Senate approval was the change in Senate meeting date from 28 May to 21 May. Since the Senate did not object to this change, Senators were requested to note it on their calendars in the event a May meeting is necessary.
In regard to budget information discussed in the 26 March minutes, Graf indicated that there has been more involvement of the university community in the budgetary process this year and that the Senate, through the Executive and Budget Committees, would be kept informed as the process continues. Senators with budget concerns should contact members of the appropriate Senate committees or appropriate administrators.
In concluding a discussion of the minutes, Graf called attention to the Chancellor's request that the Executive Committee offer suggestions for a replacement on the Athletics Board. Senators with suggestions should submit them to Walker, Graf, or Venditti.
The Parliamentarian agreed that the minutes of the 26 March Executive Committee Meeting did not require Senate approval.
George Everett, chairperson, explained a report from the Library Committee, distributed with materials for today's meeting, which detailed facts about the serious erosion of UTK library holdings in relation to other academic libraries belonging to the Association of Research Libraries. Everett indicated that the administration is aware of the seriousness of the problem and has provided substantial increases in library acquisition funds for 1984. However, lack of adequate library funding in past years has resulted in a situation which will require several years to remedy. Faculty, through the Library Committee, will be kept informed of library fiscal matters.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Ralph Norman reported on the Undergraduate Council meeting of I March 1984. He highlighted the following from the minutes of that meeting: a) a summary of the report of the academic program review of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation (pp. 5938-5941); b) a report from the Admissions and Retention Committee dealing with proposed changes in the Academic Second Opportunity policy (pp. 5942-5984); c) freshmen association requirements from the College of Engineering (pp. 5949-5950); d) a report from the ad hoc Committee on Health and Wellness (p. 5936); e) addition of an undergraduate course by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (p. 5970); f) routine curricular materials from the colleges of Home Economics, Law, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine (p. 5951-5965); and g) problems with veteran's benefits and the freshmen English grading system (p. 5935).GRADUATE COUNCIL
There was considerable discussion regarding changing the freshman English grading policy to permit veterans who are receiving benefits to receive, upon written request, an F rather than N/C. Graf read a letter from Charles Cleland, the Ombudsman, which indicated that the Veterans Administration had changed its position on this matter and would accept the N/C provided reasons were stated explaining the grade. Based on this information, Don Cox moved that the freshman English grading policy for veterans be deleted from the UGC minutes.
The motion passed.
The Undergraduate Council minutes of 1 March 1984 were approved with the exception of the policy regarding freshman English for veterans (D on page 5934).
C. W. Minkel reported on the minutes from the Graduate Council meeting of 8 March. He mentioned the following: 1) a policy change which would permit international students to enter UTK any quarter; 2) the work of the Credentials Committee which is studying changes in the procedures for granting approval to direct doctoral dissertations. Specific recommendations will be forthcoming from this committee; 3) continued consideration of offering 3000-level courses for graduate credit; and 4) the university-wide study of Master's degree programs. All programs will be asked to respond to a detailed questionnaire for the purpose of providing information to the Graduate Council and information for inquiries from THEC.The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
The minutes from the Graduate Council meeting of 8 March 1984 were approved.
|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
1. LeRoy Graf announced that Governor Alexander had, by letter, expressed appreciation to the Senate for the resolution thanking him and the legislature for the Educational Reform Act of 1984.MINUTES
2. Kermit Blank, chairperson of the Nominating Committee, announced that Marian Moffett, Associate Professor of Architecture, has been elected president-elect of the Senate.
The minutes of the Senate meeting of 2 April 1984 were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
There was a typographical error in the Executive Committee minutes of 16 April. On page one under Budget Committee Members Present, chair was misspelled.BYLAWS COMMITTEE
From the minutes, Graf called attention to the recognition of Senate presidents which had been suggested by Bernie Silverstein and was presented to the Senate in the form of a motion. Silverstein, upon Graf's request, addressed the Senate on the matter. He displayed a plaque costing approximately $50.00 which he considered appropriate As a permanent memento to honor the presidents.
The Senate voted unanimously to recognize all past Senate presidents by presenting them with appropriate plaques at the Fall meeting in 1984. Subsequent past presidents will also be so honored at the beginning of the Fall quarter.
The Executive Committee minutes of 16 April 1984 were received by the Senate.
Fred Venditti, chair, reported that the proposed bylaws changes had been distributed with materials for today's meeting. He indicated that the changes were necessary since the university administration had been reorganized and a provost and vice provosts had been appointed. Based on this reorganization, the only substantive change would be to designate the following members of the UTK central administration as voting members of the Senate: the Chancellor, the Provost and each Vice Provost; the Vice Chancellor for Business, Planning, and Finance; and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. This would increase administrative membership by two.STUDENT AFFAIRS
Action on the recommended bylaws changes will be taken at the 21 May 1984 Senate meeting.
Marian Moffett, the chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee, reported that the committee had reviewed the results of faculty and student surveys regarding mandatory advising. Based on the review, the committee observed that the mandatory advising system is working, but the quality of advising would be improved if the following steps were taken: 1) make additional efforts to communicate to faculty, particularly new faculty, the purposes of mandatory advising; 2) provide more support for the advising centers in Liberal Arts, Business and Engineering since these centers advise the greatest number of students who are undecided about a major; 3) develop mechanisms for rewarding good advisors and for improving the performance of poor ones; and 4) conduct studies to determine some alternative modes of advising.BUDGET COMMITTEE
In closing, Moffett recommended that the Advising Coordinating Committee continue to study advising and to implement, if possible, some of the suggestions listed above.
Wayne Claycombe, chair, gave the report. He mentioned that activities of the Budget Committee for this school year had included a) attendance at budget hearings conducted between the central administration and individual deans, directors and department heads; b) consideration of advertising salary information; and c) compilation of a survey of deans and directors which identified basic guidelines for allocation of salary increases. The survey information has been included in the materials for today's Senate meeting.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
In terms of budget hearings, Claycombe indicated the Budget Committee members who had attended the various hearings were impressed that the budget presentations from the deans and directors were very positive and the administrators hearing the requests were knowledgeable and receptive to the needs of the individual units.
In terms of making salary information available, the Budget Committee agreed, after investigating several alternatives, that the availability of the information in Harold Whitehead's office (403C Andy Holt Tower) is adequate. Senators with suggestions for other locations should discuss them with Claycombe or any member of the Budget Committee. Alternate suggestions will be evaluated by the committee.
There was a general discussion following the report by Claycombe concerning whether guidelines should be established to determine salary increases.
The discussion centered around the necessity of such guidelines and whether the faculty or the administration should establish them. Based on the discussion, Tony Spiva moved that the matter of establishing guidelines for determining faculty salary increases should be referred to the Senate Executive Committee in consultation with the Senate Budget Committee for action by the full Senate at a future meeting.
The motion passed.
Ralph Norman indicated that the minutes of the Undergraduate Council meeting of 28 March dealt with a study of the Association of American Colleges on the purpose of the baccalaureate and the nature and scope of the baccalaureate at UTK. He suggested that Senators read the important material carefully, but that since this was a working meeting, no Senate action was required.GRADUATE COUNCIL
The Senate received the Undergraduate Council minutes of 28 March 1984.
The Undergraduate Council minutes for the 19 April meeting had not been received by Senators in time to consider them at today's meeting. However, Paul Pinckney did raise a question about the repeat policy (p. 6020) which is mentioned in those minutes. Norman explained that there was ambiguity in the policy as it appears in the present catalog and that the revised policy statement which will be considered at the 24 May Undergraduate Council meeting is an attempt to clarify the policy. The Senate will ultimately take action on any revisions in the repeat policy.
In response to a question on a different matter, Norman indicated that the Undergraduate Council would present the second part of the high school graduation requirements to the Senate for action at the 21 May meeting.
Mary Richards reported on the minutes of the Graduate Council meeting of 12 April 1984. She highlighted the following; 1) comprehensive study of Master's programs continue . A report of the comprehensive studies is expected by 30 June 1984; 2) a policy statement concerning 3000-level courses; and 3) a listing of Graduate School Organizations with which the Graduate School is most directly involved and the benefits of UTK's involvement with such organizations.The meeting was adjourned at 4:47 P.M.
Lloyd Crawford raised some questions about curricular materials included in the minutes. He was particularly concerned about courses from the Art Department and the financial impact of the courses. Crawford's other concern was with the School Health proposal for merging the Ph.D. in School Health with the Trans-College Degree in Education.
Crawford's questions were answered to his satisfaction by Senators familiar with the Art Department and the School Health proposal.
The 3000-level policy statement caused a great deal of discussion among Senators, The central issue was whether the policy was adopted by the Graduate Council or whether it was an internal guideline policy for the Curriculum Committee, a sub-committee of the Graduate Council. Ken Kenney argued for the latter position. Henry Frandsen, believing the policy to be one of the Graduate Council, moved that the Senate not approve that part of the Council minutes.
Arguments about the issue continued with Otis Stephens, parliamentarian, being asked for rulings on several occasions. Finally, Graf called for the vote on the Frandsen motion. The motion failed. Thus the Senate approved the 3000-level policy statement as it appears in the Graduate Council minutes. It is as follows:"The Graduate Council Curriculum Committee will not normally recommend approval of graduate credit for new or re-numbered courses at the 3000 level. Existing courses at the 3000 level for which the addition of graduate credit is sought will require extraordinary justification. Furthermore, departments and programs are urged to examine their present 3000-level courses available for graduate credit. When deemed appropriate by the department in the normal process of revisions, they should drop for graduate credit, restrict availability to students outside the department, and re-number/transfer and upgrade 3000-level course content to the 4000 level with a view to eventually eliminating most 3000- level numbering for graduate offerings."The Graduate Council minutes of 12 April 1984 were approved.
|LeRoy Graf, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
1. LeRoy Graf explained the reason he was presiding with one foot in a bedroom slipper was because his big toe had been slightly injured in a mowing accident.MINUTES
2. LeRoy Graf reminded Senators of the summer meeting, 9 July, and indicated that this was the only meeting, according to Senate bylaws, to which voting proxies could be appointed. Senators not planning to attend should ask their respective deans to appoint a proxy. The Senate secretary will also inform the deans that it is appropriate to appoint proxies for Senators who are unable to attend the summer meeting.
3. Alex Van Hook, chairperson of the Research Council, announced that there would be an open meeting on the proposed university policy on patents, copyrights and licensing to be held on Tuesday, 29 May, at 3:15 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. The meeting is sponsored by the Research Council.
The minutes of the Senate meeting of 30 April 1984 were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
At the Senate Executive Committee meeting of 14 May, Jack Reese had spoken to the group about admission standards, and Homer Fisher had presented an update on the budget. Reese and Fisher were present at today's Senate meeting and spoke briefly on these respective topics. In regard to admission standards, Reese indicated that he would be presenting the academic performance admission standards (approved by the Senate on 12 March 1984) to the President and Board of Trustees for approval at the June Board meeting. Since the institutional goal is to move toward a comprehensive adjustment in the stated admission policy within two years, the Dean of Admissions and Records will be given the authority to make a modest number of exceptions to these minimum standards during the two-year period of transition. These exceptions will allow for the changes in NCAA regulations governing athletic recruiting which are scheduled to take effect in 1986, the institution's obligation to minority recruiting and the needs of other students with unusual educational backgrounds.ATHLETICS COMMITTEE
Homer Fisher, in his presentation on the status of the budget, stated that UTK has received $16.6 million in new money. Of this amount, over $9 million has been allocated for faculty and staff salaries, the number one budgetary priority. In addition to salary, $3 million has been designated for increased health care costs. Because of the emphasis on compensation, Fisher indicated that operating budgets were inadequate and that the $400,000 allocation for library acquisitions would not be sufficient to improve significantly UTK's low ranking in the Association of Research Libraries. In closing, Fisher stated that it would take several years of continued improved funding for UTK to become competitive financially with other similar institutions.
In answer to a salary question, Fisher informed the Senate that the state legislature has mandated that all faculty who are performing in a satisfactory manner receive an 8 percent minimum salary increase. Unsatisfactory performance must be documented.
The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 14 May 1984 were received.
Ralph Dimmick, chairperson, explained the activities of the committee for the academic year as follows: 1) the Athletics Committee continues to monitor the arena funding. The committee has been assured that if refinancing of the project occurs, the debt obligation of the University will not be significantly affected, and such refinancing would have no affect on funding for academic programs; 2) a second activity of the committee has been to determine the impact of the proposed new admission standards on UTK athletes. Strict adherence to the proposed standards will result in UTK being less competitive with other Southeastern conference schools; 3) the Athletics Committee has also, during this school year, examined the present and projected use of student activity fees for women's athletics. In 1983-84 the amount received from student fees was $955,000. This will increase to $1,135,000 in 1986-87. From this point, the revenue from student fees will remain constant and any growth will be funded from gate receipts and gifts; and 4) a continued activity of the Athletics Committee is to revise the Faculty-Staff Athletics Information Booklet. The revised edition will be distributed during the fall of 1984.BYLAWS COMMITTEE
Fred Venditti, chairperson, presented the report. Howard Aldmon suggested that there be a change in addition to the ones prepared by the Bylaws Committee. He asked that the director of athletics which appears on page nine be made plural so that it be directors. This would then include the administrators of both men's and women's athletics. The Senate approved, by consensus, the Aldmon suggestion.FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Venditti explained that most of the bylaws changes were minor and were related to terminology necessitated by the creation of the Office of Provost. There was, in addition, a significant change in terminology for the Senate Fringe Benefits Committee. The proposed new name is Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee, which should convey more appropriately the function of the committee.
The final significant bylaws change, as a result of the new Provost's Office, is the addition of two administrators as voting members of the Senate. Paul Pinckney expressed concern over this addition. He raised the question as to the appropriateness of administrators voting in a Faculty Senate and expressed the opinion that language in the bylaws permitted an indefinite number of administrators being granted voting privileges. Joe Goddard responded to Pinckney's remarks by stating that permitting administrators to vote was a necessary compromise in the creation in 1973 of a Faculty Senate from a University Senate.
Bill Goolsby and Dick Wirtz shared Pinckney's concern and Goolsby suggested that this section of the bylaws be referred to a committee for further study.
Dick Wirtz moved that this section of the bylaws be voted on separately.
The motion failed by a vote of 28-25.
Pinckney then requested that a rationale be provided for administrator's voting in the Senate. Graf responded that the Senate should consider this issue during the next school year.
The bylaws changes as presented by the committee, with the addition of the Aldmon suggestion, were approved by the Senate.
Henry Frandsen, chairperson, reported that the work of the committee this year had been concerned primarily with the following: 1) a subcommittee is considering revisions in the Faculty Handbook to accommodate more adequately the faculty exchange program, and to establish guidelines for the appointment, responsibilities, and privileges of the faculty categories of Adjunct Professor and Emeritus Professor; 2) another subcommittee has been attempting to initiate a policy change which would mandate that administrators provide written reasons to faculty who are not granted tenure. This subcommittee has recently become involved with a new administrator-faculty committee to establish more uniform campus-wide policies on promotion and tenure decisions. A report from this latter committee is expected sometime in the 1984-85 school year; and 3) the final activity of the Faculty Affairs Committee has been to hear faculty grievances regarding promotion and tenure.FACULTY AND STAFF BENEFITS COMMITTEE
To a question regarding guidelines for allocating faculty salary raises, Frandsen replied that this issue was being considered by the Senate Budget Committee, but the Faculty Affairs Committee would deal with it if asked.
Gerald Schroedl inquired whether the Faculty Affairs Committee would consider the faculty category of Research Assistant. He questioned having a Research Assistant Professor promoted to a Research Associate Professor without the person following the established procedures. Frandsen agreed to have the Faculty Affairs Committee examine this category.
The chairperson, Henry Fribourg, reported that the Senate would be asked to consider at the 9 July meeting a subcommittee report, prepared by Carl Pierce and June Gorski, which deals with faculty leaves of absence. The report will be included with materials for the summer meeting.INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE
As an update on the reduced mental health coverage, Fribourg stated that five faculty members for the UT system have been invited to address the State Insurance Committee at the next meeting (late May or early June) to encourage the committee to reinstate previous coverage for mental illness. On another insurance matter, Fribourg reported that the State Insurance Committee had instructed Blue Cross and Blue Shield to examine carefully all claims before making payment.
To a question dealing with why new faculty members are not covered by insurance during their first month of employment, Fribourg responded that insurance payments are not made in advance, but that this is an issue which the State Insurance Committee is considering.
The annual report was presented by the chairperson, David Harrison. The major work of the committee this year, in addition to screening applicants for Fulbright, Marshall and Rhodes scholarships, has been to combine the Division of International Education and the Office of International Student Affairs into the Center for International Education. A director for the center is presently being sought and should be on duty by January, 1985.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Ongoing concerns of the committee are: a) to determine international aspects of the UTK curriculum and to suggest ways for improving international offerings; and b) to work with faculty who have problems with international leaves.
In closing, Harrison urged Senators to encourage their best students to apply for Fulbright, Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. The deadline is October, but students who apply in the spring can receive much more help from the International Education Committee in the completion of the application.
Ralph Norman highlighted the minutes from the Undergraduate Council meeting of 19 April. He mentioned the following: 1) the academic program review of the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Design (pp. 6021-6029); 2) a new major in Graphic Design/Illustration leading to a B.F.A. degree (pp. 6038-6045); 3) a proposal to change the name of the degree with a major in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from a B.S. in Agriculture to a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design; and 4) the College of Home Economics has proposed some optional minors (pp. 6034-6035) and more stringent entrance requirements for students majoring in Tourism, Food and Lodging Administration (p. 6036).GRADUATE COUNCIL
The Senate approved the Undergraduate Council minutes of 19 April 1984.
Ralph Norman asked Anne Hopkins to explain a report entitled "Proposed Changes in Course Requirements for Admission to UTK". The six page report had been prepared by Hopkins and was distributed to all Senators at today's meeting. It included a summary of a survey of all public schools in Tennessee which identified course offerings in the disciplines of foreign language, history and mathematics; specified courses from these disciplines are required in the proposed UTK admission standards. Results of the survey indicated that 77.4 percent (247 schools) could meet the proposed requirements. Seventy-two (22.5 percent) of the schools do not offer appropriate courses in all four disciplines.
Jack Reese, commenting on the survey and the new admission standards, indicated that he would present the proposed requirements to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees at the Board meeting in June. The purpose will be for information only since the Senate agreed to delay action on the proposed requirements until additional study is made to determine the full impact on Tennessee high school students and UTK enrollment.
C. W. Minkel presented the Graduate Council minutes of 3 May 1984 and they were approved by the Senate.NEW BUSINESS
Minkel mentioned that the following items were being considered by the Council and would eventually require Senate action: 1) a policy to require only one official transcript for admission to Graduate School; 2) clarification in the Graduate Catalog of terminology regarding incompletes; 3) change in policy which would increase the number of hours which can be transferred from other graduate programs to UTK; 4) establishment of guidelines for the role and responsibilities of persons serving on graduate thesis/dissertation committees; and 5) development of a proposal to waive the fees and tuition for research assistants.
Joe Goddard volunteered to provide an historical perspective of the role of administrators in the Faculty Senate. LeRoy Graf suggested that Goddard should be the first person to testify when a committee is appointed to study the matter. The committee should become activated in 1984-85.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 P.M.
As the first order of business, LeRoy Graf informed the Senate that Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Howard Aldmon, had passed away on Sunday night. Graf then introduced Ralph Norman who read the following memorial.ANNOUNCEMENTSAt the conclusion of the reading, the Senate stood for a moment of silence.
HOWARD ALDMON, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND
VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS
November 18, 1929 - July 8, 1984
Howard Aldmon joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee on September 1, 1960, as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. When he died, almost a quarter of a century later, on July 8, 1984, in his fifty-fifth year, he left everywhere in our common life the impress and impression of his singular person -- his vigor, his warmth, his stubbornness, his loyalty, his long, hard work for this place and its people. He had served as Assistant and Associate Dean of the College, as Dean of Admissions and Records, and as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Services, the last of these jobs during the extraordinary period between 1969 and 1984. lie died in harness, full of plans and projects and of hope, as busy this spring and summer as he had been when his academic career began at Western North Carolina University, where he was president of the student body, editor of the local paper, director of the Guidance Clinic, and the mover and shaker in no doubt a dozen other enterprises.
It was in fact a vast and complicated set of enterprises that Howard saw to here at UTK. He saw to the Office of Admissions and Records, student financial aids, student programs and activities, women's intercollegiate athletics, the Career Planning and Placement Office, Student Health Services, International Student Affairs, the Counseling, Center, University Food Services, the Residence Halls and married student housing, the Bookstore, and of course to his many students as a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. He directed over thirty doctoral dissertations during his tenure at Tennessee, and his students play many important roles in American education.
Walter Herndon tells this entirely credible story from his own days as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Walter was sitting on top of a low wall near the University Center when a group of students happened by, one of whom said, "Hey, aren't you somebody? Somebody important, I mean, like a Dean or something?" Walter's modest reply was that he was Walter Herndon, Academic Vice Chancellor. At which the student, lighting up, said, "Oh, I know you -- you're Howard Aldmon." It was credible and it was natural, for Howard was everywhere, seeing to everything with a kind of personal concern that put the rest of us to shame. Yet he found time to do many things for the public schools, for SREB, for the profession, for NCATE, for whom he chaired site visits to schools as varied as North Carolina/Chapel Hill, Teachers College-Columbia University, Wichita State, Florida State, Mississippi, and American University.
Be it here entered in the minutes of the Faculty Senate that his friends and colleagues at the University of Tennessee remember Howard Aldmon gratefully and express to his family our sympathy and condolence in this great loss.
The following announcements were made by the President:MINUTES1. Proxies for today's meeting should give their names to the secretary.
2. Senators should keep the packet of materials distributed for today's meeting since the Senate roster, Senate committee memberships and Senate meeting dates for 1984-85 are included. In regard to the Senate roster, Graf instructed Senators to add the name of LeRoy Graf to the end of the list. Past Presidents are Senate members and Graf's name had been omitted.
The minutes of the Senate meeting of 21 May 1984 were approved with the following correction: on page two under Athletics, line six, first word: affect should be effect.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
From the minutes of 25 June 1984, Graf mentioned the following: 1) the Bylaws Committee is studying the issue of administrative membership on the Faculty Senate and will report to the Executive Committee by the second meeting of Fall Quarter; 2) the Senate President is exploring the possibility of faculty representation on the Board of Trustees; 3) a committee to study salary guidelines is being established by Senate Presidents; and 4) a resolution supporting tuition discounts for children and spouses of UT faculty and staff is being drafted.COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
In regard to the resolution, Bernie Silverstein had prepared an appropriate one which was distributed at today's meeting. It follows:In the absence of Silverstein, LeRoy Graf presented the resolution to the Senate for discussion. Alex Van Hook spoke against the resolution. He maintained that as an employee of the state it was inappropriate to receive preferential treatment in the form of educational expenses. He maintained that he would prefer salary increases. Henry Fribourg, chair of the Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee, supported the Van Hook view. Fribourg indicated that his committee had not recommended tuition credits because such a benefit was inequitable.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE, FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION
SUPPORTING A TUITION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
FOR THE SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF FACULTY AND STAFF
AT UTK AND OTHER SYSTEM SCHOOLS.
WHEREAS, many public and private colleges and universities in the United States offer full or partial tuition scholarships to the spouses and children of faculty and staff, and
WHEREAS, the UTK Faculty Senate and many members of the faculty and staff of the University have expressed on numerous occasions a strong desire for such scholarships to be provided as a significant employee benefit; and
WHEREAS, such a benefit would be an excellent inducement for highly qualified people to accept and continue employment at UTK; and
WHEREAS, a scholarship program for the immediate family members of faculty and staff would be a means of encouraging additional quality students to attend the University; and
WHEREAS, the University of Tennessee System administration with support and encouragement from the UTK administration is in the process of studying the cost and feasibility of such a scholarship program;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate at UTK express through this resolution a strong support of a tuition scholarship program for children and spouses of UTK faculty and staff; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the UTK Faculty Senate contact the Senates of other University of Tennessee System schools to encourage their endorsement of a tuition scholarship program at the Systems level; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the UTK administration working in cooperation with the Senate Faculty and Fringe Benefits Committee propose to the System Administration a program of full tuition scholarships or significant tuition discounts for the spouses and children of UTK faculty and staff, to become effective either Summer or Fall Quarter, 1985.
Ed Kennedy spoke in favor of the resolution. lie has children at UTK and his opinion was that this benefit would be of significant help to many employees.
When the question was called, the results of the voice vote were difficult to ascertain. The subsequent vote taken by show of hands indicated support of the resolution by a vote of 30 to 23.
The Executive Committee minutes for the meeting of 25 June 1984 were accepted.
In the absence of the chairperson, Fred Venditti, LeRoy Graf presented the 'List of Senate committees which had been prepared by the Committee on Committees. The list had been distributed with materials for today's meeting.DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS
The Senate approved the Senate committees for 1984-85.
Larry Taylor, chairperson, gave the annual report. He related that the activities of the committee for this year had been the following: 1) working with Joe Johnson to develop a network of alumni who would contact legislators to encourage support for higher education; 2) working with individual departments at UTK in the development of departmental newsletters. A packet containing information about newsletter development was sent to 75 departments; and 3) working with the administration to encourage them to have alumni publications sent to all faculty.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Madge Donnellan, chairperson, presented the annual report. Concerns of this committee for 1984-85 were: 1) attempting to determine the status of departmental evaluation of teaching effectiveness; and 2) determining deans' plans to implement programs for the improvement of teaching. A list of consultants from departments which have developed systematic evaluation procedures in their units is being compiled by the committee. This should be completed by 1 October 1984.FACULTY AND STAFF BENEFITS COMMITTEE
A committee project for next year will be to prepare a packet for distribution to all faculty apprising them of the professional development activities which are available at UTK.
Henry Fribourg, chair, indicated that his committee is working on a benefits information booklet which could possibly be included in the booklet being prepared by the Donnellan committee.LIBRARY COMMITTEE
Fribourg then called attention to a report dealing with leaves of absence, prepared by June Gorski and Carl Pierce, which had been distributed with materials for today's meeting. According to Fribourg, four of the five recommendations incorporated in the report are being implemented by the administration. They are as follows: 1) employees going on leave are being provided with a written statement of their entitlements and options with respect to fringe benefits, and leave of absence counseling is being provided by the University; 2) faculty/staff on leave of absence without pay are being permitted to pay insurance premiums on a monthly or quarterly basis; 3) faculty/staff members on leave of absence are permitted to resume their participation in UT's health insurance at any time prior to the expiration of their leaves of absence and are not subject to the preexisting condition provision. The faculty/staff member is required to give the University written notice of his/her intention to resume coverage and is required to pay the requisite premium in advance; and 4) if both husband and wife are employed by UT, the spouse on leave is permitted to elect dependent coverage under his/her spouse's UT insurance until such time as he/she returns to the payroll. Preexisting condition clauses should not apply to this election or the eventual resumption of the faculty/staff member's individual coverage. The fifth recommendation, having to do with counting leaves of absence in the computation of longevity pay, will require action by the state legislature before it can be implemented by the University.
Fribourg also gave a progress report on the State Insurance Committee. The Committee granted a twenty minute hearing to four faculty members, who expressed concern about the reduction in coverage for mental and nervous disorders. Fribourg indicated that the faculty were well received and that he is optimistic that the Insurance Committee may restore some of the lost coverage.
A written report, prepared by George Everett, chair, was distributed with materials for today's meeting. No oral report was given.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
LeRoy Graf did remind faculty that the Senate Library Committee is strongly advising the library staff to impose fines on faculty who do not return periodicals checked out on three-day loans.
Ralph Norman gave the report of the UGC minutes of the meeting of 24 May 1984. He called attention to the clarification of the course repetition policy which was approved by the Council. It may be found on page 6076 of the minutes. In essence the policy clarifies the time element in which courses may be repeated: during a student's first 45 hours, only the last grade earned in a repeated course will be counted in the GPA. These courses must be repeated before a student attains 90 quarter hours of credit. For all courses taken beyond the 45 hour provision, all grades and all hours will. he included when computing in), the GPA. No course may be repeated more than twice and no course may he repeated in which a grade of C or better has already been earned.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Norman mentioned two other policy changes approved by the he Undergraduate Council (p. 6074). They follow: 1) The grade point average for UTK students shall be computed on the basis of credit hours and grades given in UTK courses only. This change will become effective Fall of 1984; and 2) courses taken at other institutions in which a grade of less than C wits earned will not be used to meet UTK degree requirements. This will become effective in Fall 1986. This will allow community colleges time to adjust.
Norman continued by indicating that honors categories will involve just the UTK GPA even if the graduate has taken only the minimum quarter hours of coursework (45) at UTK. Several Senators questioned this policy. As a result of concern expressed by Senators, Nancy Goslee moved that this proposal (45 hours being eligible for honors) be returned to the committee for further discussion and that the committee's report be presented to the Senate no later than the second Senate meeting in Fall 1984.
The motion passed.
In regard to curricular materials, Norman requested that the College of Business Administration be permitted to implement the new college curricula, as it appears on pp. 6085-6092 of the minutes, at the discretion of the college.
The Senate approved by consensus this request.
Senators commented on other curricular materials included in the minutes. Henry Frandsen suggested that, under the Physical Education curriculum on pp. 6111-6112, since Math 1020 and 2012 were no longer offered, Math 1140 should be substituted. This suggestion was accepted by the Senate.
Lorayne Lester called attention to the fact that Speech 2331, which was listed under the Physical Education curriculum on pp. 6111-6112, had never been required of Education majors and she questioned the appropriateness of the course. It was suggested that the course might be listed as a result of a typographical error. At any rate, the Senate agreed that final disposition of the course should be left to the discretion of the Physical Education Division.
The Senate approved the Undergraduate Council minutes (with the exception of the 45 hour honors proposal) of the 24 May 1984 meeting.
Mary Richards reported on the Graduate Council minutes of 28 June 1984. She stated that two policy changes were being proposed: 1) that the number of official transcripts requested by the Graduate School be reduced from two to one; and 2) the signature of the student's advisor will no longer be required in the processing of registration forms. The Colleges of Business Administration and Education will continue to require signatures.ALAN BEALS RESOLUTION
On curricular matters, Richards listed the following: 1) a new concentration in Higher Education under the EdD program with a major in Educational Administration and Supervision; 2) a proposal from the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation to affiliate with the Ph.D. in Education; 3) the last of the MACT programs, German, has been dropped; 4) a revision in the doctoral program in the Department of Philosophy; 5) a revision of the MFA program with a major in Theatre; and 6) from the Department of Music, a new concentration in Church Music.
Jerry Carney questioned whether the deletion of advisor's signatures on student registration forms had been approved by the Graduate Council or was an administrative decision. Richards responded that it was an administrative decision.
Carney moved that this proposal be returned to the Graduate Council for action before Senate action was taken.
In a discussion of the motion, Echternacht, a member of the Graduate Council, mentioned that he could not remember the minutes of the 28 June meeting being approved. Based on that information, Carney amended his motion to the effect that both the reduction in transcript proposal and the advisor's signature policy be returned to the Graduate Council for action before Senate action is taken.
The amended motion passed.
In regard to curricular materials, Phillip Schaefer moved that the Engineering Science and Mechanics 5200 course be deleted from the curricular materials until there had been consultation with the Mathematics Department about the course. (Reference to the course may be found on page three of the Graduate Council minutes.)
The motion passed.
To a question from Lloyd Crawford, Richards responded that the Department of Continuing and Higher Education had been dissolved, but that it was still possible to receive a degree with a concentration in Higher Education.
Crawford also indicated that he was unable to find a course listed as Theatre 3611 (page 9-Appendix A) in either the undergraduate or graduate catalogs. Lorayne Lester responded that this was a renumbering of an existing course.
Tom Hood questioned requiring a 3000-level course for graduate credit. Lester replied that her department considered it appropriate since such a course was not offered on other campuses.
The Graduate Council minutes of 28 June 1984 were approved with the exceptions as provided by the Carney and Schaefer motions.
Ralph Dimmick presented a resolution, which had been distributed at today's meeting, in recognition of Alan Beals, recently resigned academic advisor in the Athletic Department, There was some discussion of the resolution which focused on: 1) whether the resignation had been negotiated; and 2) whether the Senate had sufficient factual information to approve the resolution since approval would imply taking sides in the controversial resignation.LEROY GRAF RESOLUTION
Anne Mayhew moved to delete the phrase, without negotiation, after the last whereas.
The motion passed.
Dale Doak moved to delete the first, second, third and fourth whereas statements.
The motion failed for lack of a second.
The Alan Beals resolution, as approved by the Senate, follows:WHEREAS, Alan Beals has served faithfully as academic advisor to UT's male athletes for several years, devoting himself tirelessly to the academic well-being of the students he served; and
WHEREAS, he is highly respected and appreciated by the student athletes he served; and
WHEREAS, he has resigned his position as academic advisor to UT's male athletes to highlight his concern regarding continued recruitment of athletes who are not academically prepared for UT; and
WHEREAS, his resignation has been accepted by the Athletic Department.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the University of Tennessee Faculty Senate thanks Alan Beals for his years of tireless and outstanding service to the University and its male student athletes, and for standing by his principles. We wish him well in his future endeavors.
Marian Moffett, President-elect of the Senate, read the following resolution in recognition of LeRoy Graf's contribution as Senate President.The final meeting chaired by LeRoy Graf and for the Senate for 1983-84 was adjourned at 5:05 P.M.WHEREAS, LeRoy Graf has brought to the Faculty Senate a quality of leadership characterized by fairness, sincerity and everlasting good humor; andSenate applause at the conclusion of the reading of the resolution indicated their complete agreement with the contents.
WHEREAS, his style of leadership has done much to enhance effective working relationships between the Faculty Senate and all levels of the University community; and
WHEREAS, through his leadership of the Senate, he has displayed unflagging devotion to the promotion of high academic standards at the University of Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, he has initiated and/or supported numerous actions to improve the University's academic environment and to advance the personal welfare of University of Tennessee faculty, staff and students.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the University of Tennessee Faculty Senate thanks and commends LeRoy Graf for his sterling leadership during the 1983-84 academic year.