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REPORT OF UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILWalter Herndon presented the report of the Undergraduate Council (pp. 2625-2716) which had been sent to members of the Senate prior to the meeting (attached). He moved that the report be approved by the Senate; it was seconded, and the motion passed by voice vote. Attention was called to a slightly revised timetable for processing new courses and programs. The Educational Policy Committee has already had the opportunity to raise questions about any recommendations of the Undergraduate Council so that Senate action becomes final.
REPORT OF RETIREMENT COMMITTEEMr. Duvall presented the report of the Retirement Committee as follows:
1. Sick-leave Policy: The sick-leave policy for faculty is still under consideration, and a revised proposal is due at the end of October. Until a new policy is adopted, the one in the new Faculty Handbook is being followed.Mr. Graf moved that the Administration be requested to give a high priority to the supplying of employee information to TIAA for its use in tailoring a plan for disability insurance for the Senate's consideration. Mr. Stephens seconded it, and the motion passed by voice vote.
2. Group Automobile Insurance: The UT Federal Credit Union is offering automobile insurance to its members at rates which are probably less than could be obtained by a group plan offered through the University. Thus, there is no longer a need to pursue this possibility.
3. Group Disability Insurance: Representatives of TIAA made a visit to the campus in May and outlined their long-term disability plan. They requested information on characteristics of the employees in order to give a rate for our group. The University has not furnished TIAA with the requested information.
REPORT OF EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEMr. Herndon presented the report of three meetings of the Educational Policy Committee (attached). He moved that the report be received by the Senate, Graf seconded the motion, and the motion passed by voice vote.
REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEEThe report of the Advisory Committee on the chancellor search had been distributed earlier to the members of the Senate. Mr. Adams moved that the report be accepted by the Senate, Mr. Ungs seconded it, and the motion passed by voice vote.
REPORT ON ROLE OF CHANCELLORMr. Boss gave a report of the activities of the sub-committee for advising the selection of the chancellor. The role of the chancellor developed by this committee was published in its entirety in the first issue of this quarter's Beacon. A sub-committee under Mr. Liston is giving further study of problems that could not be resolved by the original committee.
REPORT ON BUDGET ALLOCATIONSMr. French presented the interim report of Senate sub-committee on budget allocations (attached). A study of UT-Knoxville salaries and benefits will soon be reported to the Chancellor and the Senate. Dean Perry indicated that the report of the Committee on Graduate Assistantships will be expected by the end of December.
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Keenan reviewed the report of the Executive Committee which had been previously sent to Senate members. Mr. Stephens moved that this report be accepted as distributed; Mr. Graf seconded it, and it passed by voice vote.
REPORT ON THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT HEADMs. Campbell presented the following report concerning the role of the department head:
The difficulty of writing such a statement is reflected in the apparent inconsistency of an introductory explanation of the impossibility of writing a single job description for all UTK department heads, followed by a rather specific listing of responsibilities. If responsibilities are to be listed this specifically, perhaps there should be clarification as to which items are really essential responsibilities of all department heads, which responsibilities may or may not be essential, depending upon departmental size and role, and which items are only suggestions. The committee drew the inference from the references to Management by Objective that MBO is the established procedure for evaluation of faculty performance at UTK. If this interpretation is correct, campus-wide discussion of MBO is suggested.Mr. Keenan did not see the need for a vote on the receipt of this report.
REPORT ON THE TRANSITION COMMITTEEMr. Wagoner presented the report of the Transition and By-laws Committee which had been sent to Senate members prior to the meeting. He announced that the original timetable for transition except in the election of a new Committee on Committees. Since Articles II, III, and IV of the By-laws of the new Faculty Senate have already been presented to the Senate during the past year, only the sections on powers and duties of the Senate and the amendment section are yet to be reviewed. These sections along with some revision of election procedures for officers and change in duties of the Executive Committee in other sections will be distributed to all members before the next Senate meeting. Mr. Wagoner moved that an open hearing be held on these by-laws before the next Senate meeting, that the Committees on Committees continue with replacements only for those who have left the UT staff, and that these by-laws be approved at the next Senate meeting along with the committee revisions being recommended by the Committee on Committees. Mr. Joel seconded it, and the motion passed by voice vote.
BUDGET ALLOCATION COMMITTEE REPORTMr. French presented the report of budget allocation which had been sent to the members prior to the meeting. Mr. French moved that the report be received by the Senate, Mr. Graf seconded the motion, and it passed by voice vote. Mr. Reese stated that he had submitted a copy of the report to the president and members of his staff. He informed the Senate that the Tennessee Higher Education Commission will have its budget hearing for this campus on November 1. Mr. Wagoner suggested consideration of staff members who were here in 1964 and are still here. He made a study of 30 staff members and noted that the range during that period of eight years was from 38% to 81% increase of salaries for those who had no promotion. For those who had promotions, the range was from 76% to 126%, with an average of 90%. Mr. French explained that despite their present confinement of time and limited data, the committee hoped to get into questions and areas such as this one. Mr. Graf commented that the report was a bit unfair as it implied that no one cares about staff salaries, when actually a lot of people above the staff push for more money for salaries. Mr. Mamantov suggested that there should be average salaries by rank. Mr. Williams asked what the basis was for comparing the University of Virginia and Chapel Hill with the University of Tennessee when these were not land grant institutions. Mr. French responded that the committee tried to go on the basis of role, scope, and function; and chose these universities because of their graduate training programs and other ventures.
GRADUATE COUNCIL REPORTMr. Smith gave the Graduate Council Report, which had been mailed to the members prior to the meeting. He stated that the Graduate Council minutes would be distributed to all those directing doctoral research, teachers of 6000 courses, and members of the Senate. He called the Senate's attention to the course and curriculum changes on pages 4-11. There have been some major changes in the field of Engineering Science because the Master's and Doctor's programs have been dropped and merged with Engineering Science. He called attention to pages 13-14 on the timetables, for course and curriculum changes. These are substantially the same ones adopted by the Senate three years ago, and they are the same as the Undergraduate Council's. Mr. Smith moved the confirmation of actions of the Graduate Council, Mr. Graf seconded the motion, and it passed by voice vote.
RESEARCH COUNCIL REPORTMr. Stair gave the report on the Research Council which had been distributed at this meeting. He pointed out that the Research Council was a new committee trying to establish its role and scope. Mr. Holly moved that this report be accepted, Mr. Carley seconded it, and the motion passed by voice vote.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL REPORTThe Report of the Undergraduate Council was given by Mr. Norman. Besides the approval of course and program changes, the Council requested the Transition and By-Laws Committee to add the Dean of Admissions and Records as an ex officio member of the Undergraduate Council. Mr. Josephson moved that the report be accepted, Mr. Southards seconded it. Mr. Graf asked whether the fact that the new four-hour course change will go into effect next year was taken into account. Mr. Norman assured him that there would be many more changes and that that was no problem. The motion passed by voice vote.
TRANSITION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE REPORTMr. Wagoner, chairperson of the Transition and By-Laws Committee, gave the report on the proposed By-Laws. All articles except I and V have been approved previously and they have been in operation. He stated that at the end of a twenty-month transition period beginning with last January 1 and ending next August, the Senate would be completely on its new timetable. Changes made during this period will be considered "clarifications," and after that date all changes would be it amendments." He moved that the interim by-laws be approved as distributed and that any modifications recommended during this twenty-month period by the by-laws committee must be approved by the Executive Committee and approved by majority vote of the Senate. Mr. Plotnicki seconded the motion. Mr. Keller pointed out that on page 4, the election of Committee on Committees should be at the first regular meeting in the Spring. The same revision needs to be made in Section 8 for the election of Committees to take place at the first fall meeting. The sentence "The Chairperson shall be the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research (or his designate)." on page 6 under #3, second paragraph, should be stricken as it is inconsistent with the previous sentence. Mr. Klein noted that on page 2 under A, the preposition should be for instead of of after "Vice Chancellor" for each position. Mr. Graf pointed out that the word Secretary should not appear under paragraph H on page 8, since this officer is nominated under Section 9 of Article 2. Ms. Traylor recommended replacing the work disqualified with ineligible under Section 2 of page 3. The motion to accept the Interim By-Laws was passed by voice vote. Suggestions were made to the By-Laws Committee as follows:
Why the difference in a person taking leave in the summer and having a substitute appointed for him by the Dean, and a person taking a leave during other quarters of the year being terminated from the Senate.The Transition and By-Laws Committee is to review these suggestions and bring any recommendations back to the Senate for approval.
The addition of the Dean of Admissions and Records to the ex officio members of the Undergraduate Council
Change the apportionment formula
The office of Vice-Chairperson be changed to that of Chairperson-Elect with the expectation that this person will become Chairperson during the next term
Give a definition of a full-time faculty member
An apportionment system of 1 member for 1-14 faculty members, 2 members for 15 faculty members, 3 members for 25 faculty, etc.
Director of Libraries be added to the Undergraduate Council as an ex officio member
A one-year period instead of two years was favored to wait before reelection
Apportionment to be changed in favor of giving small colleges more members
Part-time staff should be represented in some way in the Senate
ATTENDANCE OF SENATE MEMBERSMr. Wagoner, Secretary, noted that attendance of the Senate members last year had not been good. A report had been sent to the members and deans and directors prior to this meeting. Mr. Nielsen suggested giving attendance record of those who have served at election time.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESMr. Keenan gave the report on the Committee on Committees showing minor revisions of committee memberships for 1974. He moved that the report be approved with the change of Mr. Spencer replacing Mr. Shouse on the Research Council. Mr. Nielsen seconded it, and it passed by voice vote.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTMr. Wilson moved that the Executive Committee Report be accepted, Mr. Falen seconded it, and it passed by voice vote.
NEW BUSINESSMr. DeRidder was asked for any new business. He moved that the question of an Incomplete not be counted as an F in the computation of grade point average be referred to the Executive Committee to assign to the proper committee. Mr. Core seconded it, and it passed by voice vote.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILMr. Herndon presented the report from the Undergraduate Council. The Senate learned that the Council had been concerned about English for foreign students. The Council recommended that items 1, 5, and 6 on page 2761 of the minutes of the Council meetings be approved. Mr. Herndon made this motion, Mr. Holly seconded it. Mr. Wagoner raised the question of item 1 referring to undergraduate students and item 5 referring to all students, as does item 6. Mr. Smith assured the Senate that the two Councils were consistent with their actions on this matter. The motion passed by voice vote.
GRADUATE COUNCILMr. Smith presented the report of the Graduate Council. Minutes of the two meetings of this Council had been distributed to the members prior to the meeting. He mentioned the changes that took place at the November 8 meeting in Engineering and Language requirements for the PhD. In the December 6 meeting, there were changes in the Engineering Education and the M.S. program in Aero-Space Engineering. In English, a student must make a 475 on the test of English for foreign language; and all foreign students who do not have English as a major tongue must take a special course and take make-up courses if it is not passed. He moved that the actions in the minutes be approved. Mr. Josephson seconded the motion, and it passed by voice vote.
BYLAWS COMMITTEEMr. Wagoner presented the report of the ByLaws Committee. This report had been distributed to the members prior to the meeting, The report was based on some of the recommendations that the Senate members brought up at the last Senate meeting. The Council recommended that the Undergraduate Council have the following added to its membership: The Director of Libraries, the Dean of Admissions, (or their designates), a member of the ROTC faculty, and one other student member. He moved that this recommendation be approved, Mr. Aldmon seconded it, and it passed by voice vote. Mr. Wagoner next moved that the two-year waiting period for Senate re-election be changed to a one-year period. Mr. Wilson seconded it, and it passed by voice vote. Mr. Wagoner moved that a person be dropped from the Senate membership only for a leave of absence of more than one quarter. Mr. Wilson seconded the motion, and it passed by voice vote. The apportionment proposal had two objectives: (1) to consider full time equivalents by adding part-time faculty together, (2) to make possible a better representation from small colleges. A part-time person would be one of a regular 20% or more assignment. The error of 27 instead of 79 for Home Economics was clarified, being effective immediately. Mr. Wagoner moved that part-time faculty equivalents be counted for Senate membership. Mr. Plotnicki seconded it. Mr. Burghardt stated that the last two lines of the apportionment formula were not agreed upon at the last Senate meeting. Mr. Wagoner suggested that the formula be referred back to the Committee instead of approving part of it. Several of the Senate members felt that the Committee had served its purpose in considering the formula brought up at the last Senate meeting and that the Senate should then vote on it as it was. There was a second motion to accept the amendment with the elimination of the last two lines by Mr. Burghardt, and it was seconded by Mr. Mamantov. The revised motion was approved by voice vote. The formula would be as follows:
1-10 faculty 1 representative 11-25 faculty 2 representatives each 20 1 additional representative
BUDGET ALLOCATION COMMITTEEMr. French presented this report. The report had been sent to the Senate members prior to the meeting. Mr. French asked for the members' careful consideration of the report and the attachment, and for their comments or feelings. Mr. Wilson asked if Item B was intended to help out in the process in modification. Mr. French confirmed this.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Keller presented this report. He mentioned that on November 21, they considered the items indicated on the report. On October 29, they considered the action of Incomplete grades in grade computation, ways to adjust for the energy crises. On January 8, item A was considered--a self-study proposal that was developed by Prados. Mr. Allison wanted to know how he could get proposals before the body of the Senate. He was informed that if he did not know the specific committee assigned to take care of those matters, to bring them directly before the Senate. Mr. Wagoner noted that a complete list of the committees had been distributed.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILMr. Norman presented the Undergraduate Council report for the meetings of January 8 and February 5. (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting) Mr. Plotnicki moved that this report be approved, Mr. Graf seconded the motion, and it passed by voice vote.
GRADUATE COUNCILMr. Smith presented the Graduate Council report for the February 14 meeting. (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting) Mr. Smith pointed out some facts: the THEC approved a new doctoral major in Communications. 5270 in Electrical Engineering was not dropped as indicated. Mr. Smith moved that the Senate confirm this report, Mr. Peebles seconded it, and the motion passed by voice vote.
RETIREMENT COMMITTEEMr. Duvall gave the report of the Retirement Committee. Two changes were made: In the indented paragraph of No. 1, the words 'requests the Chancellor's Advisory Committee to inform the Chancellor of the Faculty's' were deleted to read "The Senate supports the establishment. . ." Under No. 2, line 7, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee was replaced with the Senate Chairman. Mr. Mamantov moved that this report be approved, Mr. Klein seconded it, and it passed by voice vote.
LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEEMr. Boss presented the Library Advisory Committee report which had been distributed to all faculty previously. No action needed to be taken; it was merely for the Senate's information.
TRANSITION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEEMr. Wagoner presented the Transition and By-laws Committee report, which had been approved by the Executive Committee earlier. He moved that the Dean of Continuing Education be added to the membership of the Undergraduate Council, Mr. Aldmon seconded it, and it passed by voice vote. Mr. Wagoner moved that the titles of "chairperson" and "vice chairperson" be changed to "president" and "vice president" of the Faculty Senate. Mr. Granade seconded this motion, and it passed by voice vote. Mr. Wagoner moved that the Executive Committee fill a vacancy occurring during the year in the office of Vice President, Mr. Aldmon seconded it, and it passed by voice vote. Mr. Wagoner moved that the Executive Committee recommend the Secretary from any faculty member eligible for Senate membership, Mr. Josephson seconded it, and it passed by voice vote.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Keller presented the report of the Executive Committee. Mr. Wagoner moved that the Legislative Committee be appointed by the Committee on Committees, Mr. Stephens seconded it, and the motion passed by voice vote. A question was raised about the wording of the interests of the faculty in 2) under a) of No. 2. After much discussion, the original wording was agreed upon.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESMr. Keller presented the Committee on Committees report. Mr. Plotnicki moved that the appointments listed on the memo from this committee distributed to Senate members earlier be made, Mr. Herndon seconded this motion, and it passed by voice vote.
COMMITTEE TO STUDY EFFECTS OF CHANGE IN FINAL EXAM WEEKMr. Lusby presented this report. Mr. Mamantov amended that on item 5, during the interim period, we use the alternatives period. Mr. Frost seconded it.
COMMITTEE TO STUDY EFFECTS OF CHANGE IN FINAL EXAM WEEKMr. Keller gave some background of this study and Mr. Lusby was on hand to answer questions. An amendment was on the floor from the last meeting to Item 5 to an alternatives period. Mr. Carruth explained a possible calendar that was distributed at the meeting. There was considerable discussion on changing the system now and then changing again in two years when the committee made its final decision. There was some concern about how many class periods there would be under this new calendar. Mr. Lusby assured the Senate that the four days for exams was a minimum. A student on the committee, Angie Emerson, stated that the majority of students would like the study day but saw the two-hour sessions for exams as a return to final exam week. The amendment on the floor was clarified to disregard the summer quarter and to possibly have a study day within this period. Mr. Frye moved to table the amendment, Mr. Adams seconded it, and it was defeated by a show of hands. The amendment was then voted on and was defeated by voice vote. Mr. Herndon informed the Senate that a study day might be conceivable in this period prior to the final change. Mr. Lusby had moved that the items on the committee's report be approved and Mr. Graf had seconded this motion at the February 25 meeting. This motion passed by voice vote. Mr. Adams moved that the Senate have a proposal at the next meeting that would give the students the study day if it can be worked out. Dean McDow would be chairman of that committee. Mr. Graf seconded it, and it passed by voice vote, to report on April 8.
1) That a Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Calendar be established to formulate an "early start" calendar system.
2) That this recommended committee should be composed of faculty and students from the various divisions of the University and that it include an administrative official with a knowledge of the complexities of calendar arrangements, as well as a representative of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
3) That the academic calendar include a "Culmination Period" at the end of each teaching term, consisting of a "Study Day" followed by at least 4 days in which for each class there is a culminating two-hour session to be used by the responsible faculty member in a manner consonant with the educational goals, subject matter and methods of each class.
4) That the recommended committee report its recommendations to the Senate during the Fall Quarter 1974 with an eye to implementation no later than Fall 1976.
GRADUATE STUDENT STIPENDSDean Perry presented this report. There was some concern that since this University is competing for graduate students, the compensation should be comparable to other universities. Chancellor Reese reminded the Senate that the "pie" could be sliced in different ways but could not be made larger than it is.
BUDGET COMMITTEE REPORTMr. French presented the Senate Budget Committee Report that had been distributed to the Senate members. He stated that other areas would get "squeezed" if stipends, salaries, etc. were raised. There were no questions on this report.
LEGISLATIONMr. Ungs moved that the Faculty Senate accept a resolution (distributed to Senate members) stating that the Faculty Senate oppose the passage of bill 1877 of the Senate Education Committee and 1719 of the House Bill, that would require students to complete a course in American History. Mr. Graf seconded, and the resolution passed by voice vote.
ELECTIONSThe ballot for election of the President, Vice President, and three University Councilors had been distributed prior to the meeting to all Senate members. The nominating committee consisted of Lawrence DeRidder (chairman), Lida Barrett, J. M. Gouge, Stanley Lusby, and Allan Thurman. The following slate had been presented: Arthur Jones and Otis Stephens for President; Ada Marie Campbell and Fred Holly for Vice President; and Norman Dittrich, Andrew Edmondson, Luther Keller, Forrest Lacey, Bob Leggett, and Ed Pawlak for Councilors. The deadline for receipt of ballots was at the beginning of this Senate meeting. Tellers were appointed to tabulate the votes and the following officers were elected:
|Vice President||Fred Holly|
The ballot for the Committee on Committees was distributed for voting. The following were the nominees with the persons elected marked with asterisk (*):
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILMr. Norman presented the Undergraduate Council report for the meeting of March 5 (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting). Mr. Fraser moved that the report be approved, Mr. Joel seconded the motion, and it passed by a voice vote.
GRADUATE COUNCILMr. Smith presented the Graduate Council report for the March 14 meeting (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting). Mr. Smith pointed out that Pass-No Grade is not optional by the student for any graduate course. All students in a class must be on the same basis. A major in Anthropology leading to a Ph.D is included in the newly approved programs. Mr. Smith moved that the Senate confirm this report, Mr. Fraser seconded the motion, and it passed by a voice vote.
NEW COMMITTEESTwo new committees were authorized-by the Senate at previous meetings and are being recommended by the Committee on Committees. Members of the Legislative committee and an Academic Calendar committee were recommended. This Academic Calendar committee of the Senate is not to be confused with the Calendar committee within the administration.
REPORT ON STUDY DAYDean McDow presented the University Calendar Committee's recommendation for study days to be established on December 4 and March 12 for next Fall and Winter terms but no study day for the Spring term. These days were taken out of the days allowed for classes for the terms. There was considerable discussion of the intention of the Senate in its action of the previous meeting that students should be given a study day "if it could be worked out." The motion was made by Mr. Edmondson and seconded by Mr. Wagoner that the University Calendar Committee be requested to rescind its action regarding the inclusion of a study if it must be taken from the allowance of class days. Motion was passed.
SABBATICAL LEAVE REPORTA progress report of the Sabbatical Leave committee was made by its chairman, Otis Stephens (copy of report attached to these minutes).
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORTThe report of the Executive Committee was made by President Keller. (Copies are distributed to all faculty members).
ANNOUNCEMENTSPresident Keller made the announcement that the Board of Trustees has created a new committee on Faculty and Staff Affairs, and three faculty will be named to this committee, one of whom will be from this campus.
RHODES AND FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIPS COMMITTEENorman Sanders presented the Rhodes and Foreign Scholarships Committee report (inadvertently left off agenda). Due to increased publicity there were more UT applicants for foreign scholarships this year. One student was interviewed for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships and 13 students for Fulbright-Hayes awards in 7 different countries. This is the first year, however, since Mr. Sanders association with the Foreign Scholarships Committee, that the University did not manage to gain at least 2 foreign scholarships. The committee requested suggestions from the Senate on how to improve performance. Two observations were offered by the Scholarship Committee; 1) the weakest feature of Foreign Scholarship applicants from this University is poor foreign language preparation, and 2) the students generally have poorly designed undergraduate programs. Mr. Sanders suggested a review of the self-advising system.
UNIVERSITY CALENDAR COMMITTEEDean McDow informed us that the 1974-75 calendar as presented in the 1974-75 catalog is correct. This action of the Calendar Committee is in line with the recommendations of the Faculty Senate at the April 8 meeting. The study day that the committee had inserted earlier for December 4, 1974 and March 12, 1975 has been deleted from the calendar. If the faculty wishes a study day then the faculty senate should inform the Calendar Committee rather than leaving this decision up to the Committee.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILMr. Norman presented the Undergraduate Council report for the meeting of April 2 (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting). It was moved and seconded that the report be approved, and it passed by a voice vote.
GRADUATE COUNCILMr. Smith presented the Graduate Council report for the April 18 meeting (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting). Mr. Smith made special reference to the taking of courses for graduate credit by undergraduates. Undergraduate students within 45 hrs. of graduation, and with a 3.0 GPA can take courses for graduate credit if so recommended by his or her department (course load not to exceed 15 hours). The Graduate Council recommends changing the regulations so that undergraduate students taking courses for graduate credit can now be assigned the grades B+ and C+, thus making their grading scale the same as that for graduate students. This action is possible since Dean McDow has assured the Graduate Council that these grades can now be recorded by machine and will not have to be entered by hand. This change can be effected immediately. Mr. Smith moved that the Senate confirm the actions of the Graduate Council at their April 18 meeting with the exception that the effective dates on courses in the Colleges of Communications, Education, and Home Economics that read Winter, 1974 will be revised to an appropriate time. This motion was seconded and passed by a voice vote.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEMr. Herndon presented the May 6 report of the Educational Policy Committee. Mr. Herndon recommended the approval of the establishment of a Public Service Council of the Senate with the following composition:
Campus Public Service Officer (Chairman)The motion was seconded. Mr. Wilson moved to amend the motion to include the Graduate School of Planning and the School of Social Work on the Public Service Council. Mr. Hysmith seconded this amendment. The amendment was defeated in a voice vote. (Mr. Herndon commented that the Public Service Council itself can reconsider its composition once they have started meeting). The original motion to approve the establishment of a Public Service Council with the composition specified passed on a voice vote.
Dean of Continuing Education (Ex-Officio)
One member each nominated by the Dean of each of the following Academic Units to the Committee on Committees from faculty or administrative staff with broad perspective of their public service programs.College of AgricultureTwo members from the Graduate School (nominated by Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research)
School of Architecture
College of Business Administration
College of Communications
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Home Economics
College of Law
College of Liberal Arts
School of Nursing
Two students (determined by Committee on Committees)
Four faculty at large (determined by Committee on Committees from among faculty who express an interest and willingness to serve on the Council)
(This is a total membership of 20)
FACULTY INVOLVEMENT IN FILLING ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONSMs. Barrett presented the report of the Faculty Senate Committee on Faculty Involvement in Filling of Administrative Positions (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting). There were a few editorial changes and the insertion of an additional sentence as the penultimate sentence in the first paragraph on page 4. The sentence reads "After consultation with appropriate parties the Chancellor shall recommend candidates for campus positions to the President." Ms. Barrett moved that the Senate adopt the report of the Committee. Mr. Aldmon seconded the motion, and it was passed on voice vote.
A RESOLUTIONMr. Stephens presented a resolution in writing that George A. Wagoner be commended and thanked for his four years of exceptionally effective and devoted service as Secretary of the Senate. Mr. Stephens moved the adoption of this resolution, it was seconded and unanimously passed on voice vote. Mr. Wagoner thanked the Senate and commented that he had many boxes of minutes and reports of various committees that he was offering to anyone who was interested. Much of what is not requested will be thrown away.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEPresident Keller presented a report of the activities of the Executive Committee. (Copies were distributed to all Senate members).
NEW BUSINESSMr. Klein inquired about the alleged segregated meeting held on the University campus on May 1 using University facilities. Mr. Aldmon responded that he and his staff had looked into the situation and established that this was the regular meeting of the Afro-American Student Liberation Force (AASLF), and by University rules a recognized student organization may hold closed meetings (several Knoxville College students were invited as guests). Membership in the AASLF is not limited to blacks although currently no non-blacks are members. Unfortunately, the student newspaper had not reported that the meeting was a regular meeting of AASLF, but had reported that a forum would be held and that access to the forum would be restricted to blacks. (Mr. Stokely Carmichael had given a talk at an open meeting earlier in the day). Several white students were turned away from the meeting by University police who explained that it was a regular meeting of the AASLF. There was no disturbance and all students turned away left peacefully.
ANNOUNCEMENTSPresident Keller urged Senate members who would not be on campus this summer to so inform their Deans. The Deans should then send the names of designated proxies to the Secretary.
OUTSTANDING TEACHER SELECTION COMMITTEEMr. Leiter presented the Outstanding Teacher Selection Committee report. The selection of the Outstanding Teachers is made with the assistance of the Learning Resources Center. The Committee was composed of 2 alumni, 2 students, 2 faculty and 2 administrators. The award is for undergraduate teaching and the selections are made by the Chancellor upon the recommendation of this committee. The Alumni Association make the awards of $500 per faculty member. The criteria established by this years committee for being selected were 1) at least 50% of the teaching had to be in undergraduate work, 2) at least 3 years teaching on the Knoxville campus, 3) any academic rank from Instructor to Professor, 4) nominations were necessary from students and alumni or faculty, 5) most emphasis was placed on student evaluation of the teacher, with supporting evidence from fellow faculty members, department heads and deans, 6) nominees could not have received the award during the previous five years. Two thousand ballots were received for about 200 faculty members. Only 29 names were finally selected as meeting all criteria. Each of the 29 faculty were contacted and asked to send some representative samples of student evaluations of their work over the past year. Also, the Deans and Department Heads of the faculty members were all asked to write a personal evaluation of the teachers. The names of the four faculty who were award winners for the year are: Rachel Young, Art History; Mary F. Johnson, Music; William Cole, Economics; and Milton Klein, History.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILMr. Norman presented the Undergraduate Council reports for the meetings of May 7, June 4, and July 2 (distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting). Dr. Norman particularly asked the Senate members to note the discussion on pages 3132-35 concerning the report of the Committee on Grading Systems. If anyone on the Senate would like to comment on these recommendations he or she is urged to do so in writing to Dr. Forrester. These recommendations will be discussed further at the October 1 meeting of the Undergraduate Council. It was moved and seconded that the portion of the Undergraduate Council minutes excluding the portion of the minutes dealing with the report of the Committee on Adjusted Credit be approved. This motion passed by voice vote.
"That a student who decides to change his or her college affiliation within the University be permitted to exclude from the computation of his or her GPA the grades earned in up to fifteen hours of courses that were specialized in his or her former program and are not applicable to the new program under any category other than 'electives.' These hours will not count toward graduation even if the grades earned are passing grades, and all work attempted will appear on their transcripts. Students will be permitted to elect adjusted college transfer credit only once during their academic careers, but may elect it at any time. It may apply only to changes from one college to another and not to changes within a college. The option will also be open to transfer and re-entering students."Mr. Allison moved the approval of the recommendation of the Undergraduate Council. This was seconded by Ms. Vaughan. There was considerable discussion of this proposal. Mr. Horning and Mr. Martin of the Academic Council proposed the following two amendments to the proposal:
1. That a student be required to meet with the advisor of his or her new curriculum or the advising center of that college. That the student obtain from the advisor(s) approval of the grades he or she chooses to have excluded from the computation of the GPA.Mr. DeRidder moved and Mr. Peebles seconded the adoption of the amendments. Mr. Skold asked that the sentence "Such action must be approved by a designated college official" be added to the second amendment. This met with the approval of Mr. DeRidder and Mr. Peebles and was incorporated into the motion. Following additional discussion Mr. Lacey moved that the motion be tabled and this was seconded. The motion to table passed on a voice vote. Mr. Adams moved that the proposal be sent back to committee for resubmission with tighter language. This motion was passed on voice vote.
2. That adjusted credit be applicable to changes within a college.
GRADUATE COUNCILMr. Smith presented the Graduate Council minutes for the meetings of May 16, May 23, and July 11. (Distributed to Senate members prior to the meeting) Special attention was directed to the action of the Graduate Council on July 11 concerning approval. of 3000 and 4000 level courses taken for graduate credit. In the past the courses required special approval of the Undergraduate Council, but now also require approval of the Graduate Council. Mr. Smith moved that the Senate confirm the actions of the Graduate Council; this motion was seconded and passed by a voice vote.
ATHLETICS COMMITTEEMr. Moore presented the annual report of the Athletics Committee (distributed to Senate members with the agenda).
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEPresident Keller presented a report of the activities of the Executive Committee. (Copies were distributed to all Senate members with the agenda). Mr. Keller particularly mentioned the creation of a Search Committee to choose a new Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance. A notice that this new position was being created and that the Chancellor had asked that 2 members of the Executive Committee be designated to be on the Search Committee was sent to all Senate members by President Keller earlier in the month.
ANNOUNCEMENTSThe next Senate meeting will be on October 7. Committee reports should be sent to the Secretary by September 25.