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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Fraser presented the report of the Executive Committee. A few of the recent activities of the committee were 1) The President, Vice-President, Secretary and three Councilors of the Senate attended the regional White House Conference at the Hyatt Regency House on October 7. The University was one of 19 sponsoring organizations of this conference, 2) The Executive Committee approved a motion to direct the Educational Policy Committee to formulate methods of evaluating the effectiveness over the year, of the "Guidelines for UTK Students and Faculty concerning the Teaching/Learning Process" (formerly called the Student/Faculty Rights and Responsibilities statement) and to arrive at a conclusion regarding the advisability of its publication, in total, in part, or in amended form, in one year's time, in the Faculty Handbook and Hilltopics. The Educational Policy Committee will report to the Senate in the Spring, 3) The Executive Committee urged the senators to keep their constituencies informed on the activities of the Senate, 4) The Executive Committee asked the Senate to approve a resolution requesting committee chairmen to submit reports containing items requiring Senate deliberation (other than acceptance of the report) to the Secretary at least 10 days in advance of the Senate meeting during which the report is to be considered. This would permit the secretary to distribute the report to the senators in advance of the meeting. If the report is not delivered within this schedule, consideration of the issue would require approval of the Senate through a 2/3 majority vote. This would be a rule of the Senate and, therefore, would not be binding on future senates unless it is reaffirmed each year. After some discussion by the Senate this motion was passed.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEEGeorge Wagoner reviewed the status of our current by-laws. Two years ago the Senate accepted a set of Interim By-Laws that would be used for two years subject to review, refinement and interpretation. During the two years there have been 30 proposed recommendations for changes. These changes must pass through a three step process as follows: 1) approval by the By-Laws Committee, 2) approval by the Executive Committee, 3) approval by the Senate. At the end of the two year period the final report of the By-Laws Committee concerning the interim By-Laws will be submitted to the Executive Committee next week and sent to senators with the agenda of the next meeting. The Interim By-Laws would become the official By-Laws and any changes would have to go through the amendment process described in the By-Laws.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold presented an oral report of the activities of the Fringe Benefits Committee. This committee meets regularly and welcomes input from all interested faculty. There are four subcommittees of the Fringe Benefits Committee: 1) Retirement, 2) Disability, 3) Medical and Life Insurance, 4) Improved Communications. He reviewed the activities of the committee during the summer including the attempts to get the faculty discounts on books and athletic tickets reinstated.
Whereas a member of the Knox County delegation to the Tennessee Legislature is quoted in the Knoxville News-Sentinel for October 12, 1975, as saying that he has had no "negative reaction at all since the legislature cut out all gratuities of state employees, including UT staff people," and that whatever reaction he has had has been "good," on the basis of which he expressed the opinion that there was not the "slightest chance that the legislature would reverse itself";
The Faculty Senate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville wishes to make clear that it does resent the discontinuance of such time-honored and reasonable benefits as discounts on the purchase of athletic tickets and books and supplies in the University Bookstore which have resulted from Administration interpretations of the Burnett Amendment to the 1975-76 General Appropriations Act;
That it considers these discounts as legitimate fringe benefits reasonably connected with the faculty's duties at the University and assured to the faculty in official University publications, such as the Faculty Handbook and the booklet on "Benefits and Services," approved by the Board of Trustees;
That it requests the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the President of the Faculty Senate to convey to the members of the Knox County delegation to the State Legislature the "negative reaction" of the faculty to the discontinuance of these benefits;
And that it urges all members of the faculty, in their individual capacities as citizens and voters of the State of Tennessee to convey their own sentiments in this respect directly to their local representatives in the Legislature.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESThe Committee on Committees report was presented by Ron Fraser. Milton Klein commented that most members nominated for the Senate Committees are still not Senators. Seventeen of the newly elected Senators are not on any committee. This provoked considerable debate during which Jonathan Utley moved that "The report of the Committee on Committees be sent back to that committee with instructions that they contact all senators who are not on any senate committee and ask them if they seek to serve on a Senate Committee and if they do seek to serve on some Senate Committee to put them on a Committee even if that means removing the non-Senators from the committees". Walter Herndon moved and it was seconded that the Educational Policy Committee be excluded from the motion. Since the members of this committee are all Senators except for the Council representatives, this amendment was passed. The motion to send the report back to the Committee on Committees was then passed.
GRADUATE COUNCILHilton Smith presented the report of the July 17 meeting of the Graduate Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Graduate Council.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC CONDUCTHoward Aldmon presented a report of a special university committee that was formed to standardize the procedures for review of student academic conduct. An Academic Review Board for each of the eleven colleges and schools located on the main campus will be established. This report has been approved by the Judicial Advisory Board, Student Affairs Committee of the Senate, Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees and by the Board of Trustees. The report is submitted for our information and Mr. Aldmon will answer any questions concerning the report at the next Senate meeting. Particular attention was called to a profound change in procedure that has to do with the assignment of penalty grades (bottom of page 2 of the report).
That it requests the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the President of the Faculty Senate to convey to the members of the Knox County delegation to the State Legislature the "negative reaction" of the faculty to the discontinuance of these benefits;Ronald Fraser read the letters sent by the Chancellor and the Senate President to the Knox County delegation. A response has been received from 2 members of the delegation as of this time.
OLD BUSINESSHoward Aldmon responded to questions from Senators concerning the "Guidelines from Student Academic Conduct" distributed at the end of the previous meeting.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESThe revised report of the Committee on Committees was presented by Ronald Fraser. The Senate approved the motion of the Committee on Committees that 2 senators be added to the Research Council and one senator each be added to the Athletics, Educational Facilities, Student Affairs, and the Faculty Affairs Committees. This arrangement of enlarged committees, and the Research Council, is to exist for one year only. The report of the Committee on Committees was then approved by the Senate.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEERonald Fraser presented the report of the Executive Committee. A subcommittee of the Executive Committee has been formed to assist the legislature in devising methods for increasing the capital outlay to the university. The convener of this subcommittee will be Mac Simpson and other members of the subcommittee will be Garrett Briggs, Charles White, Dewey Stollar and Ed Pawlak. They have been given the function of determining the desirability and practicality of the faculty at UTK undertaking a program of improving the funding of higher education.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEEGeorge Wagoner presented the report of the By-Laws Committee. This report will be discussed and acted on at the next meeting of the Senate.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILThe report of the October 14 meeting of the Undergraduate Council was presented by Ralph Norman. Ronald Fraser pointed out that at the August 18 meeting of the Senate a report of the Financial Exigency Committee was approved with 5 recommendations. The first of these recommendations was that "All proposals submitted to the Graduate and Undergraduate Councils be accompanied by an economic impact statement so that the faculty might be aware of the cost involved." Ralph Norman was asked to comment on the absence of this information in the report of the Undergraduate Council. He commented that he had interpreted this request to mean proposals of a major character but not all course changes. Following considerable discussion the report of the Undergraduate Council was approved as submitted. It was then moved and seconded that the Financial Exigency Committee undertake the responsibility of drafting a statement indicating guidelines and procedures by which the economic impact statement is to be addressed and the form it is to take. This was unanimously approved by the Senate.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR COMMITTEEDue to the lateness of the hour, the President called a special meeting of the Senate for December 1 to consider the report of the Academic Calendar Committee.
STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEEClint Allison, on behalf of the Student Affairs Committee, moved that the Senate pass the following resolution for submission to the Veterans Administration: "The Faculty Senate at UTK is opposed to any plans for reporting veterans progress in courses which requires mandatory class attendance." Since this resolution had not been distributed to the Senators prior to the meeting, it was necessary for 2/3 of the Senators to approve considering the resolution before it could be voted on (rule of the Senate passed at the October 13, 1975 meeting). The approval was obtained by a show of hands. During discussion of the resolution an amendment was passed to add the words 'reporting of' to the resolution. The resolution was then approved unanimously. The amended resolution follows:
"The Faculty Senate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is opposed to any plans for reporting veterans progress in courses which requires mandatory reporting of class attendance."
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEERonald Fraser presented the report of the Executive Committee. A slight modification in the wording of the report entitled 'A joint statement from the Executive bodies of the Faculty Senates of the University of Tennessee' now requires that the senate give approval to the document. The report was unanimously approved.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEEGeorge Wagoner presented the reports of the By-Laws Committee dated November 3 and December 1, 1975. Jonathon Utley asked about the description of the Library Advisory Committee on page 8. Mr. Wagoner corrected the second sentence of that section to read: 'One-third of the membership shall be selected each year for a three year term. Two students shall be designated by the Academic Council.' Several of the words had been inadvertently left out of the original draft. The report of the By-Laws Committee was approved by the Senate. These By-Laws now supersede the Interim By-Laws that the Senate has been operating under.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR COMMITTEEBill Becker presented the report of the Academic Calendar Committee. He reminded the senate that the initial charge to the committee was to formulate a calendar that would include an 'early start' and an 'alternatives' period at the end of each term. The committee sent a questionnaire to the faculty and the information obtained from this questionnaire, in addition to the information from a 1973 poll of both faculty and students was used as a basis for the committees recommendations. The strongest vote on the questionnaire was the desire of the faculty to treat the summer term as equivalent to the other terms. The committee did not feel the faculty and student sentiment in favor of a semester calendar was strong enough to recommend a change to that calendar. The committee proposed 5 possible calendars that incorporated early start and alternatives periods into a quarter system. Following considerable debate that centered primarily on the quarter vs semester, it was moved and seconded that the committee return to the Senate at the next meeting with an early start semester calendar with an alternatives period for consideration of the Senate. This recommendation was approved by the Senate.
NEW BUSINESSChancellor Reese informed the Senate of consideration being given to initiating a major systems-wide capital gifts campaign. A feasibility study will begin after the first of the year to determine whether or not it is appropriate at this time to initiate such a program. In December the administration of the campus will offer some specific projects for this feasibility study. Senators are invited to propose projects to be included in either the feasibility study or in the campaign that may follow. These proposals should be given to Rick Surles (Chairperson, Development and Alumni Relations Committee), Chancellor Reese, or Barry Brindley (Director of Development). Projects should be of benefit to the entire campus.
ANNOUNCEMENTSSubject to the approval of the Committee on Committees Vice Chancellor Stan Bohne had been placed on the Budget Committee by the Senate at the December 1 meeting. Since that meeting the Committee on Committees has voted unanimously to approve that placement.
OLD BUSINESSAt the December meeting of the Senate the Academic Calendar Committee was requested to return to the Senate at the January meeting with an early start semester calendar with an alternatives period for consideration of the Senate. On behalf of the Committee Bill Becker presented to the Senate two such calendars. The differences in the two calendars were in the summer school. This made a total of seven calendars submitted to the Senate.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEERonald Fraser presented the report of the December 8 meeting of the Executive Committee.
DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS COMMITTEERick Surles presented the written report of the November 7 meeting and an oral report of the December 12 meeting of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee with Chancellor Reese and Barry Brindley, UTK Director of Development. As mentioned by Chancellor Reese at the December 1 meeting of the Senate, a feasibility study is underway to determine whether it would be appropriate at this time to initiate a major systems-wide capital gifts campaign. The UTK administration has been asked to submit specific projects for the feasibility study. At the December 12 meeting of the committee, Barry Brindley presented the summary of those proposals that had been submitted by executive offices throughout the campus. Recommendations have been submitted to President Boling.
GRADUATE COUNCILHilton Smith presented. the reports of the October 9 and November 6 meetings of the Graduate Council. The December meeting of the Graduate Council was cancelled and the business from that meeting will be considered at the January meeting of the Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Graduate Council.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman presented the minutes of the November 4 and December 2 meetings of the Undergraduate Council. Jim Liles pointed out that on page 3550 of the minutes, the number of hours required for the Biology major was incorrect. The relevant section should read "and 12 hours from approved upper division...." This is the current number required and should not have been changed. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Undergraduate Council.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon presented an oral report of the activities of the Educational Policy Committee on two matters it has had under consideration. One of these is the status of the document on guidelines for UTK faculty and students concerning the teaching/learning process. The Executive Committee had asked the Educational Policy Committee to find a mechanism for evaluating this document. Harry Rutledge is chairing a small subcommittee that has prepared an instrument for evaluation of the document. The document and the evaluation form will be published in the Beacon this month.
NEW BUSINESSRoland Bagby and Dudley Dewhirst, both members of the Budget Committee presented a resolution to the Senate. They moved that the Senate pass this resolution; motion was seconded. Following some discussion of the fact that the Executive Committee had already sent a similar motion to the legislators (signed by the Presidents of all of the Faculty Senates in the UT System), the Senate voted not to consider the resolution at this time. Following some additional discussion a motion to reconsider the vote was made, seconded and passed. The resolution was then passed. The text of the resolution follows.
Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, feels that a realistic assessment of Tennessee's financial resources relative to the financial needs of State supported programs indicates a significant and serious shortfall in State revenues. We support efforts to eliminate waste in all State government activities. However, we believe that higher education cannot be adequately financed without a significant increase in State revenues. We believe that all possible sources of revenue including a state income tax should be given careful consideration to meet the pressing financial needs of the State.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Fraser reported on the activities of the Executive Committee at the February 2 meeting of that committee. A detailed written report of the activities of the Executive Committee had been distributed with the agenda of the Senate meeting.
COMMITTEE ON POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR SAFETY AND SECURITYStan Bohne presented the report of the committee concerning the keeping of files by Safety and Security dealing with non-criminal activities of students and faculty. The primary charge of the committee was to come up with recommendations concerning future activities of Safety and Security, but charges brought by students and university employees against Safety and Security were investigated. After describing the charges brought and the findings of the committee concerning these charges, Mr. Bohne described the recommendations of the committee. He moved that the Faculty Senate receive the report of the committee.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold presented a progress report for the committee. 1) In response to questions from several faculty, it has been ascertained that the professional university employees are covered by liability insurance. In response to requests of the committee, Vice President Joe Johnson is preparing a memorandum to the faculty explaining the insurance. 2) Some improvement in the accuracy of the university telephone directory was noted, but many errors still persist. 3) The University is upgrading its data base of permanent employment records of faculty and a first computer printout has been distributed to faculty so they could check the accuracy of their records. A corrected copy of the printout should be distributed to faculty in the near future. 4) The recommendation has been made that the faculty review board at time of retirement ought to contain a faculty member. 5) The committee has discussed the need for a central insurance office. Mr. Bohne commented that a person has recently been hired to coordinate many of the insurance activities. 6) The committee plans to hold faculty seminars in the Spring for 4 consecutive weeks concerning the 4 functions of the committee, i.e., retirement, medical life insurance, disability, and improved communications. Each of the 4 subcommittees of the Fringe Benefits Committee will be responsible for organizing one of the meetings. 7) Concerning the Senate's request that the university administration try to have a state law enacted that would permit tax sheltering of the employees contribution to retirement, Vice President Johnson has drafted such a bill and it has been presented to the legislature for action. Information concerning the fate of the legislation will be available soon. 8) The University is exploring the possibility of having disability insurance provided by another company than Provident. The Fringe Benefits Committee has met with a representative of TIAA concerning disability insurance. Their program requires 75% participation of the group. The cost of the program is substantially less than the Provident insurance. Some of the features of the program are better, but the package will have to be examined in detail before a recommendation is made. 9) There is concern on the part of the committee, particularly the Improved Communications subcommittee, that a faculty ombudsman is needed.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman presented the minutes of the January 20 meeting of the Undergraduate Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Undergraduate Council.
SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR A VICE CHANCELLOR OF GRADUATE STUDIESBill Bass presented a progress report concerning the search for a new Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research. The field has been narrowed to 16 applicants and a procedure worked out for maximum faculty and student input to the selection process when 6-8 of these people are interviewed.
AD HOC SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON PLANNING A UNIVERSITY-WIDE DEBATE ON ALTERNATIVE CALENDARSMac Simpson presented the report of the subcommittee. The debates will be on April 19, April 22 and April 26, with session I on the quarter vs the semester system being moderated by Mac Simpson. Session 2 on alternative vs nonalternative periods will be moderated by Brady Deaton. Session 3 on summer school alternatives will be moderated by Alice Nicholls. The format of the debates has been established and any person interested in participating was requested to contact the appropriate moderator before March 1. The Committee on Committees will appoint an Ad Hoc Calendar Committee of seven members who will be charged to attend each of the three debates, analyze all subsequent discussion, and develop a position for action by the Senate by the end of the Spring Quarter. It is anticipated, of course, that all Senate members will attend the debates.
ANNOUNCEMENTSLeRoy Graf reported on campus Bicentennial activities. He urged everyone to look forward as well as backward, and plan many activities. The bicentennial committee will be happy to assist when needed.
The University Calendar Committee recognized the desire of the College of Engineering to host the annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education and the end of the quarter restrictions of enrolled public school teachers when setting the calendar for the Summer Quarter 1976. The final meeting dates of ASEE were not established by that organization until after the University calendar had been set for that quarter. This calendar was then published in the next General Catalog.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEERonald Fraser presented the report of the March 1 meeting of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee made nominations for posts on the Committee on Committees for the 1976-77 year. The ballot with the nominations was presented to the Senate and a vote was taken. The results will be presented at the next Senate meeting.
NOMINATING COMMITTEEJoe Wilkerson presented the report of the Nominating Committee. For President the nominees were Milton Klein and Frank Leuthold; for Vice President Clint Allison and Mac Simpson; and for Councillors Ed Burdette, Larry Hughes, Judy Kuipers, Stan Lusby, Ed Pawlak and Jonathan Utley. It was moved, seconded, and approved that nominations be closed. There will be a mail ballot and the results will be announced at the next meeting of the Senate.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon discussed the activities of the Educational Policy Committee. A written report will be submitted to the Senate at a later date. The Committee had been asked by the Executive Committee to undertake an evaluation of the "Guidelines for UTK Students and Faculty concerning the Teaching/Learning Process" tentatively approved by the Faculty Senate at the July 21, 1975 meeting of the Senate. The committee established a subcommittee that prepared and published a questionnaire concerning the Guidelines. Since the response to the questionnaire was poor, the Educational Policy Committee as a whole decided to evaluate the Guidelines taking into account the Senate discussion and the responses received by the subcommittee. The Educational Policy Committee will recommend that these Guidelines as they were last published be incorporated in a separate section of the Faculty Handbook that relates only to the Faculty Senate and its affairs. These would be described as guidelines and not as regulations with a clear statement as to what they mean.
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEEGordon Burghardt presented a report of the activities of the Faculty Affairs Committee. Most of the issues considered dealt with problems addressed in the faculty handbook. Since the handbook is in the process of being revised, the committee has made sure that the concerns of the committee are considered by the Handbook Revision Committee, rather than formally brought to the Senate. Two reasons are behind this decision. One is that the handbook revision will be brought before the Senate and its appropriate committees at a later date. Another is that the issues involved problems so complex that formal action on the part of the Senate would be both premature and gratuitous. Two of the issued discussed by the Faculty Affairs Committee were 1) What 'consultation with faculty' concerning tenure and promotion decisions really means, what recourse disgruntled faculty have to decisions they feel are inimical to the best interest of the department, and whether moves toward a faculty grievance procedure are in the best interests of the Faculty and University: 2) The University's policy on outside compensated work by faculty. The Handbook Revision Committee has been asked to revise the section in the handbook concerning this activity and try to eliminate some of the ambiguities.
GRADUATE COUNCILHilton Smith presented the reports of the January 22 and February 19 meetings of the Graduate Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Graduate Council.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman presented the minutes of the February 24 meeting of the Undergraduate Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Undergraduate Council.
Senate Officers:The Summer meeting of the Senate will be on July 12. Chancellor Reese will make his annual report to the faculty on May 31 in the Shiloh Room at 3 p.m.Committee on Committees:
President: Milton Klein Vice President: Clinton Allison Councilors: Judith Kuipers
Jonathan UtleyFaculty Senate Tenure Advisory Committee:
Library and Info. Science:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Fraser presented the reports of the April 28 and May 10 meetings of the Executive Committee. At the May 10 meeting, Ms. Pauline Shaw of the Music Library was presented to the Executive Committee and she was unanimously endorsed for the position of Secretary of the Faculty Senate. In conformity with the Bylaws, the Executive Committee asked the Senate for approval for the appointment of Ms. Shaw as Secretary. It was moved and seconded that she be elected by acclamation. The motion passed.
FINANCIAL EXIGENCY COMMITTEEArthur Jones presented an oral report of the activities of the Financial Exigency Committee. The Committee has established a data gathering group to collect information on how the various administrative units of the university make decisions concerning budgetary priorities, how minor financial emergencies are handled, what kind of faculty input there is in decision making and what types of exchange of information is going on across and between the ordinary lines of communication. When all of the information is gathered and processed it will be distributed to the Executive Committee and the Senate and then the various divisions, programs and colleges in the university. Another task that the Financial Exigency Committee has undertaken is the creation of a joint committee consisting of Ron Fraser, Alice Nichols, David Chambers, Ralph Norman, Arthur Jones and Margaret Perry to consider guidelines for departments to follow in altering their course programs.
RHODES AND FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEENorman Sanders presented the report of the Rhodes and Foreign Scholarship Committee. The University had 2 candidates for Fulbright-Hayes Fine Arts awards and 7 candidates for Fulbright-Hayes Academic awards. Two of these candidates were successful. Ms. Patsy G. Palmer of the Germanic and Slavic Languages Department received a scholarship for study and teaching in West Germany, and Mr. Richard Gayle of the Department of Physical Education received an award to pursue his research in heart disease in Finland. Preparations have begun for next year's competitions. Two meetings have been held in conjunction with the Division for International Education so that interested students may receive information about the various possibilities for study abroad. Also in order to insure that our best students are cognizant of scholarship openings, a letter and brochure have been prepared and sent to all university students with a GPA of 3.75 or over. A bill is before the British Parliament to make women eligible for Rhodes Scholarships for the first time in the 1976 competition.
RESEARCH COUNCILKen Stair presented a progress report on Research Council activities. A Role and Scope Statement of the Council was submitted to the Educational Policy Committee in February and that committee has enthusiastically endorsed the statement. Sub-committees of the Research Council have completed studies and reported to the Council on patents and copyrights and the present and future status of the Research Corporation. Subcommittees of the Council are currently active in studies of the following matters: 1) an analytical study of research overhead, 2) public understanding of research in Tennessee, 3) relationships of research centers to colleges and other campus units, and 4) Distinguished Research Awards (Chancellor's Research Scholars). In addition, the entire Research Council is undertaking a study of policy issues which constitute or are perceived to constitute barriers to research at UTK. The Council has assisted in developing a series of ten 30-minute, color television programs covering some current research activities on this campus. In cooperation with the Dean for Research and the Transportation Center, the Council sponsored a seminar on the management of large-scale interdisciplinary research.
AD-HOC CALENDAR ADVISORY COMMITTEERobert Kirk presented the report of the committee which was established to listen to the comments arising during the University-wide, open debates relating to calendar options. This committee was charged with bringing votable calendar recommendations to the Faculty Senate. The following three motions were presented by the committee. 1) That the summer term be scheduled from around 10 June to about 20 August for a period of approximately 10 weeks. 2) That a quarter system consisting of a minimum of 500 minutes per credit hour be adopted by the University. 3) That the concept of an alternatives period be rejected. A fourth motion was also presented for possible action. This motion was not submitted to the Senate before the meeting and could only be voted on if two-thirds of the Senate agreed to consider it. This supplementary motion is "That four additional free days (no scheduled classes) be inserted into the Fall Quarter to be used for a variety of University wide activities." Following many procedural questions, a motion was made and seconded to limit debate to 10 minutes per motion. This motion failed of the 2/3 majority needed. A motion was then made and seconded to have the motions voted on without debate. This motion carried by a vote of 39-12. The 3 motions to be voted on were voted on in sequence. Motion 1 concerning the summer term was approved overwhelmingly. Motion 2 concerning the quarter system passed by a vote of 29-20. Motion 3 concerning an alternatives period failed by a vote of 24-23. No action was taken on the fourth motion.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILClark Roberts presented the report of the April 6 meeting of the Undergraduate Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Council.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEERonald Fraser presented the reports of the June 7 and June 28 meetings of the Executive Committee. The President-elect of the Senate, Milton Klein, has accepted a 1 year appointment at the New York University Law School. In accordance with the provision for succession in the By-laws, Vice President Clinton Allison will become President and the Executive Committee appointed Mr. Frank Leuthold as Vice President of the Faculty Senate for the coming year.
H. W. Fuller, Chairperson 1976-78The Alternates will serve as follows:
Fred Thomforde, Vice Chairperson 1976-78
June Adamson 1976-77
William Becker 1976-78
Hans Jensen 1976-79
Ann Wachter 1976-78
Eyvind Thor 1976-79
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEGleb Mamantov presented the report of the Legislative Committee. The Legislative Committee was established by the Senate in the Winter Quarter, 1974 to monitor legislative activity of the Tennessee General Assembly and to provide a means for reaction, communication and statement of position of faculty relative to proposed legislation and to study and recommend to appropriate channels needed legislation to better serve the needs and interests of the faculty. The monitoring activity during the past year was carried out primarily by Tom Ungs and was greatly facilitated by the regular summaries of proposed legislation supplied by Mr. Eastman of Chancellor Reese's office. In addition, each committee member was assigned a legislator to keep in contact with and meetings were arranged between the legislators and the members of the committee. A total of 8 local legislators met with the committee. These informal meetings were considered informative for both the faculty and the legislators.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon presented a written report of the Educational Policy Committee. Ten major topics were discussed by the committee during the year. One of these topics concerned the "Guidelines for the teaching/learning process." The committee recommended their inclusion as a separate appendix to the Faculty Handbook and Hill Topics with a statement that the Guidelines "are a creation of the Faculty Senate and will be periodically reviewed and revised by that body as it deems necessary." Following some discussion a motion was made and seconded that "the recommendation of the committee be tabled and placed on the agenda at the first senate meeting of the Fall Quarter." The motion to table passed (the vote was 30-14). Mr. Herndon has extra copies of the Guidelines and will make sure that all Senators have a copy of the document prior to the Fall meeting.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman presented the report of the May 25 meeting of the Undergraduate Council. The progress of the Committee on Advising was discussed. The proposal from the Colleges of Education and Home Economics for a joint program in Nursery School-Grade 3 (pages 3690-91 in the UG Council minutes) was supplemented with a "Memorandum of Record." Since two degrees will no longer be offered upon the completion of a single academic program, the effective date of the recommended course changes will be Fall Quarter, 1976. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Council.
GRADUATE COUNCILHilton Smith presented the report of the April 22 meeting of the Graduate Council. The Senate confirmed the actions of the Graduate Council.
AD HOC COMMITTEE ON FUNDING FOR HIGHER EDUCATIONGarrett Briggs presented the report of this ad hoc committee. The committee made 4 recommendations concerning interactions between faculty members and state legislators. These recommendations were approved and transmitted to the Legislative Committee for implementation.
ANNOUNCEMENTSJack Reese commented on several items that the administration proposes to discuss with the Senate Executive Committee. Additional details on these items will be in the report of the July meeting of the Executive Committee.