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1. Orientation for new senators-Monday, October 28, 3:15 pm in the Shiloh Room of University Center.Thomas Hood spoke regarding the need for senators to have the book Pointers on Parliamentary Procedure. After some discussion, Don Eastman agreed to try to find funds so that each senator could have a copy.. Eastman will inform Hood whether funds are available.
2. Chancellors luncheon for Executive Committee-Thursday, October 1, Executive Dining Room, University Center.
3. Kenney will speak to Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, September 25.
4. There is a faculty senate fund of approximately $660.00, which is the result of donations specified for the faculty senate. Guidelines will be established for disbursement of the fund.
5. There is a strong possibility that the senate office, due to the need for that space in Alumni Hall, will be moved later this year.
1. length of service for Department Heads and Deans;Tom Hood announced that a report entitled Grant and Contract Administration Report on Findings and Recommendations was completed in July, 1981. This report is the result of a study which was conducted by- internal consultants at the request of the Chancellor. Anyone interested in further details of the study should contact Tom Hood at #3288.
2. role of University Administrators in the Faculty Senate;
3. consideration of an explicit policy concerning the enrollment ratio of graduate to undergraduate students.
1. Representatives of the College Bowl have asked the Faculty Senate to announce the Bowl.COMMITTEE REPORTS
2. Ohmer Milton, Jr. will present the Instructional Evaluation Report from THEC to the Senate.
3. Michael Johnson will present a Proposal on Teaching Evaluation & Improvement.
Henry Fribourg, chair of the Fringe Benefits Committee, reported on the deliberations of that committee regarding a faculty sick leave policy. The following recommendation will be presented to the Senate in November:AD HOC COMMITTEE PROPOSALS"The UTK Faculty Senate, after due study and deliberation, recommends to the appropriate administrative and other officials that nine-month faculty members be excluded from participation in a formal sick leave policy."Fribourg also announced that the UTK Faculty Senate Fringe Benefits Committee will be meeting with the ETSU Fringe Benefits Committee in Johnson City on November 10, 1981.
Kenney announced that a meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a network or organization of senates at the regional and/or national level. Former Faculty Senate presidents will be invited to the first meeting.ACADEMIC PROGRAM REVIEWS
Russ French will chair an ad hoc committee to establish policy, procedure, and criteria for the expend iture of funds which have been donated to the Faculty Senate through the Tennessee Tomorrow campaign. (The amount exceeds $600.00.) Kenney, in consultation with French, will appoint two additional members to the committee, including at least one member of the executive committee.
An ad hoc Recognition and Awards committee will be appointed in the near future.
There was a discussion of a report titled "Academic Program Reviews" which was compiled under the auspices of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Dean. for Graduate Studies. As a result of several meetings during January through March, 1980, the practice of conducting comprehensive program reviews (versus the previous practice of Ph.D. program reviews) was approved by the Senate on a temporary approval basis. A document describing and evaluating the comprehensive program review process was to be presented to the Faculty Senate this year for formal approval.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:40 pm.
After considerable discussion, the consensus of the Executive Committee was that the document adequately describes the review process, but that there was no evaluation of the process, particularly in terms of results, that is, implementation of recommendations flowing from the comprehensive program reviews. Hood moved and Humphrey seconded a motion that a case study of two departments be prepared and presented to the Executive Committee which includes detailed information on recommendations made to the departments and the subsequent responses of the departments to the recommendations. The motion was passed by consensus. Kenney was asked to see that the motion is implemented. Haskins also asked that a general summary of the reviews completed since February 1980 be prepared and distributed to departments scheduled for reviews so they might have an idea concerning potential positive results from the process.
Kenney reported that he and Ed Ingle, President of SGA, have discussed the preparation of a letter and information flyer to parents of UTK freshmen from Tennessee. Parents will be urged to contact their legislators, THEC members, and the administration in support of more adequate funding for UTK and higher education. It was pointed out that parents have never been approached as a constituency group for this type of support. Pending establishment of an expenditure policy (see above) the Executive Committee authorized the expenditure of up to $150.00 to help defray mailing costs. Financial support will also be sought from the SGA and the Alumni Association.
Kenney announced that Lawrence Taylor has resigned as chair of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee. The Executive Committee was asked to make recommendations for Taylor's replacement.
1. A meeting of the Knox County Legislative Delegation, jointly sponsored by the UTK chapter of AAUP and the UTK unit of TEA, will be held on Friday, November 20 at noon in the Shiloh Room. All faculty are invited to attend.TEACHER EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT
2. The next Executive Committee meeting will be January 4, 1982, at 3:15 pm in the Law School Faculty Lounge.
3. A chancellor's breakfast for the Executive Committee will be held Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 am in the Executive Dining Room at the University Center. President Boling will be there to discuss the reorganization of the UT Space Institute.
Kenney reported that he had received ten responses regarding the teacher evaluation and improvement proposal. The major concern from the respondents was peer evaluations. There were also requests for additional information about evaluations in general. Kenney agreed to organize all responses and to solicit additional information regarding evaluation procedures in selected departments. This material will be distributed to all Senators prior to the January meeting.WORLD'S FAIR STATUS REPORT
Trudy Banta, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for World's Fair Coordination, gave a progress report on the following University World's Fair subcommittees:RESIDUAL USE OF FEDERAL PAVILIONA. Athletics Committee1. There has been no response from World's Fair officials regarding use of Neyland Stadium during the Fair.B. Academic Affairs Committee
2. There is a possibility that UT will work with Fair officials in sponsoring a swimming meet with Russia.1. A language bank, composed of volunteers from UTK faculty and students, has been established.C. University Information Committee
2. The possibility, of changing hours for staff from 8 to 5 to 7 to 4 is being considered. The hours would be flexible to meet individual needs.
3. Some classes may be scheduled off campus during the Fair.
4. Some classes may be open for observation by Fair visitors.
5. The relationship of the Folk Life Festival to academic programs is being explored.1. A fifteen minute videotape of student life has been prepared. It will be shown in the University Center during the Fair.D. Traffic and Parking Committee
2. A new topographic map of the campus is also being designed.
3. New slides of UTK are being prepared.1. Four hundred parking spaces were lost during Fall quarter due to the construction of Funland.E. Student Affairs Committee
2. Additional spaces which have been developed include: a) Aluminum Recycling Center; b) Melrose Triangle (use after Fair will be a park); c) additional spaces on the Ag campus; and d) parking at the steam plant.1. The rate for faculty and staff season tickets to the Fair is $55.00. The price for one and two day passes has not been determined.
2. Eight hundred and twenty-five students have applied for Fair employment.
3. University officials exerted pressure on Ft. Sanders landlords to discourage them from price gouging. However, it is private enterprise so there is concern that students will be displaced. There is ample residence hall space for such students in Spring and Summer, but Fall quarter will be a problem.
4. UTK plans to rent available dorm spaces at $15 to $16 per night plus a $5.00 fee for the R. M. Moore Property Leasing Management Firm.
Ken Walker questioned UTK's lack of interest in residual use of the federal pavilion. Homer Fisher responded that a committee had concluded that the operating cost of the Pavilion would be five times as much as the most expensive building. A new building could be constructed at a cost lower than conversion costs.ALCOHOL POLICY AND FUNDING FOR WOMEN'S ATHLETICS
Chancellor Reese indicated his concern in regard to the alcohol policy and funding for women's athletics. He commented that these two items should be considered by the Executive Committee and that he would be bringing them' back to the group for discussion sometime during the current school year.THEC BUDGET RECOMMENDATION
Homer Fisher distributed a hand-out which dealt with a summary of THEC's budget recommendation for UTK for FY 82. He stressed that the final state appropriation will not correspond to the THEC recommendation. Fisher also pointed out that the recommendation reflects a fee increase of 15 per cent for tuition components. Fees represent 30 per cent of the budget, and state appropriations 70 per cent.LIBRARY FUNDING
Fisher and Reese agreed that the recommendation from THEC was good. One reason for this is because THEC is placing more emphasis on the qualitative aspects of the formula and UTK has received more points, judged on this basis, than any other state institution of higher learning.
Reese remarked that the state needs to fully fund the formula. This would result in an increase of $6,000,000 over the current budget, with salary increases being in addition to this amount. Reese felt, however, that the formula would be compressed, but that the UTK administration would push for salary increases.
Jack Reese reiterated the fact that the legislature has authorized preplanning funds for an addition to Hodges Library. The release of these funds is contingent upon approval from the Commissioner for Finance and Administration. The obvious problem is the immense cost of such a project at a time when state resources are scarce. However, Reese and Fisher were optimistic that the addition to the Hodges Library would be built in the not too distant future. They stressed that UTK needs to keep the project as a high visibility item before state legislators, the governor, and the general public.UPCOMING GENERAL ASSEMBLY ISSUES
The proposed serials cut in the library was discussed, and it was felt that this cut would cause curtailment in fundamental research in some departments. Reese explained that the cut was necessary due to the 30 per cent inflation rate in library acquisitions. He further remarked that state support needs to be increased so the library can be adequately funded. It was also pointed out that the Tennessee Tomorrow Campaign, which was highly successful, did not provide appreciable funds for the library. This being the case, it was suggested that there be a specialized development campaign to raise money for the library. A final remark was made to the effect that it wouldn't be much of a victory to build an addition to Hodges if there were no books to place in it.
Ken Kenney reported that one issue the legislature will be discussing in the coming session is merit vs. across the board pay raises. In order for the Faculty Senate to respond to this issue, it will be referred to the Faculty Affairs Committee for study.BOARD Of REGENTS CONCERNS
Another issue to be considered by the legislature is ticket scalping. This practice is against the law, but the legislature is considering repealing it. The Athletics Committee of the Faculty Senate is studying the problem.
Ken Kenney distributed copies of a letter from Everett Myer, Past-president, Department of Higher Education, Tennessee Education Association. The letter dealt with a proposed Board of Regent's policy which would provide for the hiring of permanent non-tenured faculty. The TEA's Department of Higher Education is opposed to such a policy because, in their view, such a policy would undermine the tenure system and create a class of faculty members whose freedom of speech and inquiry could be constrained. Myer's purpose in communicating with Kenney was to apprise the Faculty Senate of the Board of Regent's interest in the proposed policy. Myer's view is that policy changes of this nature, if adopted by the Board of Regents, could ultimately affect the UT System and UTK.RETIRED FACULTY PARKING
Another Board of Regent's policy which Kenney brought to the attention of the Executive Committee was concerned with patent and copyright laws as they relate to faculty. The Board of Regent's policy in this regard is much more stringent than that of the UT System. Tom Hood indicated that the Research Council is in the process of reviewing the UTK patent policy and that a policy statement will be presented from the Council by Fall, 1982.
John Finger expressed concern over the fact that retired faculty, some of whom still serve on graduate committees, do not have parking privileges on campus. It was agreed that the Fringe Benefits Committee should address this problem.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 pm.
1. Jack Reese has held several staff meetings in regard to the treatment of part-time faculty. Ralph Norman is writing up the results of these meetings. A report should follow later this month.TEACHER EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT
2. Kenney met with the Budget Committee in December to discuss the UTK Budget. An effort was made to make an appointment with Governor Alexander to discuss UTK budget needs. There was also some discussion on appearing before some Legislative Committees on this matter.
3. At the October meeting the Executive Committee agreed to participate with Student Government in printing and mailing a letter and brochure to parents of UTK students asking for support and encouraging them to contact State Representatives or Senators. Kenney distributed draft copies of this letter and brochure to members of the committee. After discussion it was agreed to go ahead with these after a few minor changes. The Alumni Affairs Office is also participating in the cost of printing and mailing these materials.
Ken Kenney reviewed the revised proposal on Teaching Evaluation and Improvement. He had received eighteen written comments, half from Senators. The general consensus was against peer evaluations and an approval role for a campus-wide body. Most were in favor of student evaluations. He pointed out that UTK needs to develop some formal teaching improvement programs and mentioned the programs now in use in the College of Agriculture and the College of Business Administration.OTHER BUSINESS
The proposal will be presented to the Senate at the January meeting.
Lee Humphreys reported that several sources, among them the Hearing and Speech Center, have contacted him regarding the noise problem due to construction at the World's Fair. Humphreys asked Kenney to address the World's Fair Committee regarding this problem.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:02 pm.
1. A paper on the changing mission of UTK, written by Reese, has been distributed to Deans, Directors and Department Heads. A meeting to discuss the paper and to explain the budgetary process is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3 at 3:15 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. Members of the Executive Committee and Budget Committee, along with Deans, Directors and Department Heads were invited to attend.Homer Fisher spoke regarding the proposed 7 per cent increase for faculty salaries. He stated that 5 per cent of such an increase would come from new state money and that 2 per cent would have to come from a reduction in number of employees.
2. Regarding !he arena, Reese reported that the 5 million dollars which UTK is to contribute is based on the difference in revenues from ticket sales between the number of seats in Stokely and the proposed arena. This is estimated on something like 80 percent occupancy rate over a 30 year period.
3. The Senate action on Teacher Evaluation and Improvement could be disseminated through a newsletter. The Executive Committee agreed there should be joint publication by the Chancellor's office and the Faculty Senate.
1. There were approximately 3800 letters sent to parents of UTK freshmen who live outside Knox County. Due to additional expense in printing and postage, Kenney requested an additional $32.70 from Faculty Senate funds. The Executive Committee approved the additional expenditure.Ken Kenney then led a discussion regarding the Senate taking a position on the proposed arena. After all present had an opportunity to speak, Ken Walker moved that the Senate president present a statement of faculty priorities to the full Senate at the March or April meeting. Anne Hopkins seconded the motion. The motion passed.
2. The possibility of several Faculty Senate committee and departmental chairpersons appearing before state legislative committees has been discussed with various people at UTK. Kenney recommended that travel expenses for those who might make appearances before legislative committees he paid from the Faculty Senate account. He estimated such expenses at no more than $150.00. The Executive Committee approved the expenditure.
3. The revised part-time policy statements for the Faculty Handbook which have been approved by the administration will be returned to the original ad hoc Senate Committee which worked on this matter. The Faculty Affairs Committee will then review the policies and report to the full Senate.
1. Letters have been received from State Senator Avon Williams and the Professional Caucus.PART-TIME FACULTY POLICY
2. The Faculty Senate bylaws are being retyped on a word processor.
3. The nominating committee will meet March 3 and will report to the Senate on April 5.
4. The Executive Committee was urged to attend the AAUP meeting 3/3/82. Miriam McFadden, the AAUP lobbyist will speak.
5. A meeting of former Faculty Senate presidents was held to discuss the formation of a Faculty Senate network in Tennessee and/or the Southeast.
6. Kenney reported on his 2/17/82 appearance before the Senate Education Committee, subsequent discussions with three State Senators on the need for tax reform, and with Miriam McFadden on the emerging Coalition for Tax Reform.
Wickham reported on a three-part proposal regarding part-time faculty to be presented to the Faculty Senate at the March meeting. Wickham stated that the proposed policy deals with specific handbook revisions, fringe benefits and recommendations regarding regular part-time status for faculty members.FACULTY HANDBOOK
The Board of Trustees must have UTK's proposed Faculty Handbook changes by May 21. The only issue outstanding (besides part-time faculty policy) is whether faculty who receive an adverse tenure decision should be given a letter setting forth the reasons for the adverse decision. It was concluded that the Board of Trustees should be informed of the Senate's position.FACULTY SENATE ARENA STATEMENT
Kenney distributed a proposed statement regarding the arena. Most of the suggestions had to do with shortening the statement. The statement will be presented to the Senate at the 8 March meeting.Jack Haskins suggested that the Executive Committee review the most recent issue of Academe with the thought of having a forum on faculty governance in the future.
The following announcements were made by Ken Kenney:OLD BUSINESS1. Anne Hopkins, chair of the Nominating Committee, will present the nominations for Senate officers at the 5 April meeting.
2. A summary of the Winter Quarter meeting of the World's Fair Coordinating Committee was made available to the Executive Committee by Trudy Banta. Kenney distributed the 3 page summary to those present.
3. Kenney attended the Knox County Legislative Delegation meeting on 13 March. He urged the Delegation to support the library preplanning funds and the building of the State Technical Institute in Knoxville.
4. Kenney and three Department Heads testified before the Tennessee Comprehensive Education Study Committee open hearing in Nashville on Friday 26 March. This Committee received $300,000 from the Legislature to study education in Tennessee from kindergarten through college. They are to submit a report to the State Legislature by 31 December 1982.
Roland Bagby (Zoology), John Bradley (Math), and Houston Luttrell (Ag. Engineering), as well as Kenney, testified before the committee regarding the lack of funding for UTK. They cited specific needs such as the library, operating and equipment funds, and faculty salaries. Kenney felt they were well received by the committee, and thought that the money from Senate funds which paid for the car to Nashville was well spent.
1. University StudiesNEW BUSINESSThe course, University Studies 1000, was given limited approval by the Senate at the 13 July 1081 meeting. At that time the Senate voted to approve offering the course for Fall Quarter 1981 only. Subsequent offerings would be contingent upon results of an evaluation of the course. Based on this action by the Senate, a report entitled "Evaluation University Studies 1000" has been distributed to all Senators. Dickson McLean, a member of the committee originating the course, discussed the report with the Executive Committee.2. Part-time Faculty Policy
After considerable discussion, Ken Walker moved that University Studies 1000 be removed as an agenda item from the 4 April Senate meeting. The motion was seconded and passed. The sentiment was that the distributed material was not an evaluation. Additional information is needed before Senate action can be taken. Suggestions from the Executive Committee were that data should be presented dealing with faculty and student evaluations of the course, syllabi, including number of exams, kinds of papers submitted by students, kinds of field trips, and distribution of grades. It was suggested that McLean present this type of information at the 19 April meeting of the Executive Committee. The report will be given to the full Senate at the 3 May meeting.Doug Wickham presented the revisions of the part-time faculty policy statements. The Senate, at the 8 March meeting, voted to postpone action on part-time faculty, and requested the revisions. Wickham reported that the revised version had been distributed to all Senators, and since he had received no comments from them, he assumed Senators were satisfied with the revisions.
There was some concern among members of the Executive Committee that the revised policies granted too much status to the regular part-time position. Wickham explained that, based on the criteria for awarding regular part-time status, few people would qualify. In response to a question concerning the relationship of regular part-time to tenure track positions, Wickham remarked that it was the intent of the committee writing the policy statements to allow departments as much flexibility as possible in determining the relative contributions of people in these respective positions when staffing and budgetary decisions were being made.
Following Wickham's remarks, Kenney commended the ad hoc committee who wrote the original and revised report. The Executive Committee informally agreed to recommend the revised policy statement on part-time faculty at the 5 April Senate meeting.
1. Concerns of the SenatorsThere being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 pm.Ken Kenney reported on two memoranda which he had received from a Senator in Liberal Arts. The first had to do with a recent article in the Knoxville-Journal. The second memorandum was concerned with evaluation of administrators.2. Brodie Baynes Memorandum
In regard to the first concern, the Executive Committee recommended that Kenney consult privately with appropriate parties in order to resolve the issue. Regarding the second concern, Humphreys moved that Kenney appoint a subcommittee to determine what is being done on campus in regard to evaluation of administrators, and based on this information, to recommend ways of instituting more systematic evaluations. Haskins seconded. the motion. it passed unanimously.Kenney reported he will recommend that a memorandum distributed by Brodie Baynes to administrators be distributed to all faculty. The memorandum dealt with general information on university liability insurance coverage.3. Restoration of Library Preplanning FundsTom Horton, chair of the Academic Council, asked about Senate action regarding the loss of preplanning library funds. The suggestion of the Executive Committee was that Kenney should, at the 5 April Senate meeting, urge Senators to write to Speaker McWherter and to other Legislators requesting their support in restoring the funds. Kenney agreed to this and mentioned that he would provide Senators with mailing addresses of key legislators.
1. University Studies 1000NEW BUSINESSSki Hilenski gave a detailed report regarding the University Studies 1000 course. At the July 1981 meeting the Senate voted to allow the course to be taught Fall Quarter, 1981. Subsequent offerings were contingent upon Senate approval. The subject was not considered at the April 5 Senate meeting because the evaluation material was considered inadequate. A course syllabus prepared by one of the course instructors was distributed to the Executive Committee. After a lengthy discussion on the merits of the course, the Executive Committee recommended that Hilenski present the following to the full Senate at the 3 May meeting: 1) course syllabi from the four instructors who taught the course Fall Quarter; 2) distribution of grades for students enrolled in the course; and 3) a recommendation that the course have fewer credit hours and that the grading system be modified.2. University Liability Insurance Coverage
Hilenski agreed to the suggestions. He also agreed to distribute the course syllabi to Senators prior to the 3 May meeting.Ken Walker raised the question of the liability insurance coverage memorandum discussed at the last Executive Committee meeting. Ken Kenney reported that the University Treasurer is still very cool to the idea of circulating the liability insurance memorandum to all faculty, but is agreeable to announcing its availability to interested faculty. There was considerable support for pursuing the matter further with UT system officials. Ken Kenney will discuss the matter with President Boling.
1. Committee on Committee NominationsThere being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:55 pm.The Executive Committee discussed candidates for the Committee on Committees. After two people from each academic unit represented in the Senate had been nominated, Ken Walker moved acceptance of the nominations. The motion was seconded and passed. The nominees will be voted on at the 3 May Senate meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting. The president-elect (Ken Walker) is chairperson of the committee. Those nominated are as follows: David Coffey and Hugh Jaynes from Agriculture; Marion Moffett and Anne Lester from Architecture; Daniel Billen and Don Olins from Biomedical Sciences; Imogene Posey and Richard Townsend from Business Administration; Jane Dunlap and Jack Haskins from Communications; Clint Allison and Jacqueline McInnis from Education; Archie Mathews and Edward Keshock from Engineering; Marjorie Penfield and Mary Frances Drake from Home Economics; Carl Pierce and Gerald McGinley from Law; Joseph Trahern and Kathleen Emmett (Humanities), Sidney Jumper and Arthur Echternacht (Natural Sciences), Charles Johnson and Anne Hopkins (Social Sciences) from Liberal Arts; Robert Bassett and Karmen Crowther from the Libraries; Michael Pemberton and Ann Prentice from Library and Information Sciences; Barbara Reid and Margaret Pierce from Nursing; Ken Kenney and Jim Spencer from Planning; Richard Griffen and William J. Haynes from ROTC; Robert Bonovich and Ann Wachter from Social Work; Robert Young and Roy Joseph from Space Institute; Robert Walker and Fred Applehans from Veterinary Medicine.2. Proposed Alternatives Period RevisionsTom Horton, chair of the Student Academic Council, presented the following proposal to the Executive Committee:3. Research Council Report1) That the Alternatives Period be administered on the last four class days of the quarter;Horton requested that the Executive Committee approve the proposal and recommend that it be adopted by the full Senate.
2) That the fifth class day before the end of the quarter become a study day with no class meetings; and
3) That this study day be used to relieve students who have three or more tests on a single day be requiring that the middle test(s) be rescheduled on this day if the student desires.
The Executive Committee discussed the proposal at length. It was finally agreed that item 3 was too difficult to implement.
It was also felt that item two needed clarification. It should be made clear that an extra day would have to be added to each quarter in order to accommodate a study day.
Based on this clarification, Hood moved and Hopkins seconded a motion to endorse items one and two. The motion passed.
Further discussion was concerned with implementing the proposal should it be approved by the full Senate. It was pointed out that the University Calendar has already been established for the 83-84 school year and that the 84-85 calendar will be determined in the fall. It was also pointed out that increasing each quarter by one day would increase the cost for many students by about ten dollars per student per quarter. The cost increase would be the result of having the dorms and cafeterias remain in operation an extra day.
Since only a very small percentage of students responded to a Student Academic Council survey on this topic, the Executive Committee discussed the possibility of conducting another survey to gather additional reactions of students and faculty to the proposal. This idea was discarded. Instead, Ken Kenney was requested to contact the Daily Beacon in an attempt to publicize the proposal and invite response.Tom Hood, Chair of the Research Council, announced that a report entitled, "Report of Committee on Research Centers" will be distributed to Senators. A brief discussion of the report will be presented by Hood at the 3 May Senate meeting.
1. Steve Hung is the new chair of the Undergraduate Academic Council. He replaces Tom Horton, and by virtue of the position will be attending the Executive Committee meetings. Kenney welcomed Steve Hung to the meeting.UTK AS POSSIBLE PRIME CONTRACTOR FOR ORNL
2. The recent Senate Newsletter has been distributed to all faculty. Several issues had been enumerated in the Newsletter and faculty had been requested to respond to those which were of particular concern to them. Walker reported that he had received a number of responses from faculty members regarding specific issues and that some of these items of concern would be considered at the 31 May Senate meeting.
Ken Kenney and Ken Walker have attended several meetings which have dealt with the possibility of UTK becoming the prime contractor for the Oak Ridge National. Laboratory. These initial meetings have been generated by the announced withdrawal of Union Carbide from Oak Ridge when the current contract expires in 1983. Subsequent to the contract expiration, Carbide may continue as prime contractor until as late as 1986. There is a good chance that the future contract for operation of the Laboratory will be negotiated separately from the manufacturing aspects of the Union Carbide contract.SEMESTER STUDY PROPOSAL
UT administrators at both the campus and systems level are positive about the possibility of UTK becoming the prime contractor for the lab according to Kenney and Walker, and the purpose of the meetings has been to discuss the pros and cons of such an arrangement.
In a discussion of the matter, a central concern of the Executive Committee was whether the weapons related production segment at Oak Ridge would be included, in the UTK contract. Walker and Kenney assured the group that UTK would only be concerned with the research lab and that manufacturing was not a part of that operation. With this assurance the Executive Committee felt that the matter should be actively pursued by the University.
Following the discussion, Walker made the following motion: A representative from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and a representative from the Research Council should be included as members of any deliberative body concerned with the issue of UTK being the prime contractor of ORNL. The representatives should be appointed by the Faculty Senate President and should submit appropriate reports to the full 'Senate. Tom Hood seconded the motion. The motion passed.
Ken Kenney reported that the last semester study was completed in 1975-76, but that the records of that study are somewhat incomplete. He felt that a new study should be undertaken. After some discussion, it was agreed that the Educational Policy Committee should be charged with conducting a semester study and should present the results of the study to the full Senate by the Spring of 1983.DAILY BEACON INTERVIEW
Ken Walker noted that the Committee on Committees would be nominating committee appointments shortly and that appointments to the Educational Policy Committee should be made with the understanding that a major charge to this committee would be to study the possibility of a semester system for UTK.
During the semester study discussion, Jack Haskins suggested that a committee be appointed to conduct a faculty opinion survey annually. Based on the results of the survey appropriate committees could then study faculty concerns. Hood agreed that such a survey conducted on a regular basis was a. good idea and that through such a survey, faculty could engage in Senate agenda setting.
At Ken Walker's request, Haskins agreed to serve as a consultant to such a committee.
At the meeting of 3 May, the Senate had requested that the Executive Committee recommend to the full Senate an appropriate response to an interview with President Boling which appeared in the Daily Beacon on 30 April 1982. The Senate felt a response was necessary because Boling's remarks were interpreted by some Senators to be degrading to the faculty.LIBRARY FUNDING
Several means of responding were considered during the lengthy discussion of the matter. Tom Hood moved that the Executive Committee write a letter to President Boling objecting to the remarks made about the faculty and that the text of the letter be included in the Faculty Senate Newsletter which will be distributed to all faculty around June 1st.
Anne Hopkins seconded the motion. It passed without opposition.
Anne Hopkins expressed the opinion that the Senate should assume a more active role in securing funding for the library. Ken Walker suggested that perhaps Jack Williams from the Development Office should be invited to the June 28th meeting of the Executive Committee to discuss Library funding possibilities.There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
Prior to the Executive Committee meeting, a meeting was convened by Chancellor Reese to discuss several items of campus and system interest. In attendance were Chancellor Reese and six UTK administrators, President Boling, and fourteen members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Oak Ridge National Lab and the proposed research corridor were briefly discussed. A substantial discussion of the arena issue and public statements by the Faculty Senate and President Boling followed. The proposed funding, use, and operating aspects of the arena were discussed. The importance of the library addition to UTK and the need to press for its early construction was stressed by the various participants.CALLED MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
It was recognized that there can be honest disagreement concerning matters such as the possible relationship between funding for the arena and funding for the library addition, but that greater efforts are needed to avoid misperception and misrepresentation of viewpoints.
Immediately following the meeting with Chancellor Reese and President Boling the Executive Committee met to discuss the results of the previous meeting and appropriate courses of action the Senate might take. After considerable discussion Anne Hopkins moved that the action proposed at the Executive Committee meeting of 17 May regarding publication of a letter from the Executive Committee to President Boling be rescinded. Lee Humphreys seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. The Executive Committee then instructed Ken Kenney to write a private letter to President Boling thanking him for meeting with the Committee and reiterating Senate concerns about the tenor of public remarks about faculty motives regarding the arena.
1. Ken Kenney reported that the Faculty Handbook for the College of Agriculture had been approved by the Board of Trustees at the June meeting.LIBRARY FUNDING POSSIBILITIES
2. Kenney introduced the following guests: Gary Harmon, new president of the Student Government Association; Tony Captain, vice-chairperson of the Academic Council; Don Eastman, Assistant to the Chancellor; Jack Williams, Director of the Development Office; and Eugene Cox, a reporter for the Daily Beacon.
Kenney explained that since the Executive Committee was not a policy making body, the meetings, according to University lawyers, did not come under the Sunshine Law. Therefore, reporters did not have to be admitted. After some discussion it was agreed that the Daily Beacon reporter was welcome to remain at today's meeting except for the ORNL discussion, but that Ken Walker should discuss the situation with the Daily Beacon editor before the next meeting (which Will De in September) and come to some understanding on this matter.
Jack Williams, Director of the Office of Development, made the following points regarding library funding: a) The Tennessee Tomorrow Campaign was a success in terms of total dollars raised. The UTK goal of $15 million was exceeded by two million dollars. Unfortunately only slightly more than one hundred thousand dollars of that amount was designated for the library. The library goal had been one million; and b) Library fund raising is a top priority in the Development office. A feasibility study should be conducted to determine private fund raising possibilities. This study should be undertaken by an outside firm and the results should indicate the amount of money which could possibly be raised by private contributions specifically designated for the library. The development office is working on this.FACULTY HANDBOOK
In response to a question regarding faculty involvement in library fund raising, Williams suggested that the Library Committee and the Development and Alumni Relations Committee of the Faculty Senate should work with the Development Office.
Kenney reported that the UT systems administration had some reservations regarding the proposed changes in the UTK Faculty Handbook. Because of these reservations, the Handbook was not submitted to the Board of Trustees for consideration at the June meeting. Kenney had no information about the specifics of the concerns. Ralph Norman, who was to report on them at today's meeting, was out of town. Kenney will ask Norman to report on the matter at the 12 July Senate meeting.COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
Ken Walker, chair of the Committee on Committees, distributed a list of Senate committee assignments. The Senate will vote on these assignments at the 12 July meeting.ORNL UPDATE
Don Eastman reported that the Chancellor is in the process of appointing people to what is tentatively called the UT-ORNL Feasibility Study Group. Announcement of these appointments will be made in the near future along with the specific charge to the study group.SENATE MEETING 31 MAY 1982
In discussing the composition of the study group, it was suggested to Eastman that an ad hoc committee from the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate should be appointed to participate in the ORNL discussions in order to represent the broad academic concerns of the faculty
Ken Kenney reported that there had been a number of complaints from Senators regarding the last Senate meeting in terms of presentation, clarity, and lack of action regarding Undergraduate Council proposals. The Executive Committee was in sympathy with the concerns, but generally felt that since the proposals represented substantial changes in present policies affecting undergraduates that the lengthy Senate debate which caused the lack of action was necessary and healthy.The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
The discussion then dealt with whether the proposals would be clarified based on the Senate debate. The Executive Committee felt that such clarification was necessary. Lee Humphreys made the following motion: The Senate will take action on the Academic Second Opportunity proposal at the 12 July meeting. The other proposals, dealing with Course Repetition and Grade Averaging in Repeated Courses, should be reviewed, clarified, and, if necessary, rephrased by Ralph Norman and/or Undergraduate Council designates before they are presented to the Faculty Senate at the September Senate meeting.
Ken Walker seconded the motion. It passed without opposition.