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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Allison presented the reports of the July 14 and September 14 meetings of the Executive Committee. The July 14 meeting with Chancellor Reese primarily informational purposes; the Chancellor shared a number of items of concern to the Faculty Senate in the current year.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESMr. Allison reported that the Committee had been successful. in placing all Senators on committees with the exception of two, who had specifically requested no placement. Senators' requests were honored whenever possible; non-Senator assignments consisted of reappointment of previous committee members, recommendations by members of the Committee on Committees, or resulted from requests made by faculty members who have just retired from the Senate.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEConcerning the Guidelines for the Teaching/Learning Process, Mr. Herndon presented a motion from the Educational Policy Committee: "the Committee favors the acceptance of the Guidelines as 'guidelines' as opposed to 'official regulations,' and recommends 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 deemed necessary.'" They also suggest it would be worthwhile to publish the Guidelines periodically in the Daily Beacon. Discussion reiterated the view that these were not 'rules' but 'guidelines' and could. be revised periodically. Mr. Graf requested some editorial action before the Guidelines are included in official publications. The motion from the Educational Policy Committee was approved by the Senate.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold reported on topics that are being considered by the Fringe Benefits Committee; these include: 1) tax deferral retirement contribution as a continuing objective, 2) extension of major medical insurance coverage above the present lifetime level of $150,000, 3) quarter bank (deferral) plan whereby payment for summer quarter could be deferred and taken as time off during the regular academic year, 4) TIAA long-term disability insurance program. Following a meeting with TIAA last spring, a quotation and program has been presented to the Committee. At the next Senate meeting a resolution for endorsing such a pro-ram will be presented. Endorsement will be important since 751,16 of the faculty will have to be initially enrolled before the program could become operational.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman presented the report of the July 6 meeting of the Undergraduate Council, highlighting those changes requiring Senate approval: (pp. 3759-3806) revisions in curricula in the Colleges of Home Economics, Business Administration, Communication, Liberal Arts, Law, Agriculture and Education and in the Department of Air Force and Aerospace Studies. The coordinated undergraduate program in dietetics will require some limitation of admission hi the junior and senior year in one out of four options. A similar stipulation will exist in the Department of Forestry to notify students that placement in the last two years of the program will depend on places available and a specific procedure for admission. The Committee on Advising will report to the next meeting of the Undergraduate Council. After a correction of a typographical error on p. 3778 (Economics 2210 should read 2110), the Senate confirmed the actions of the Council.
GRADUATE COUNCILHilton Smith presented the report of the July 15 meeting. Mr. Smith introduced the Vice Chancellor-Elect for Graduate Studies and Research, L. Evans Roth who will assume his duties on January 1, 1977. Mr. Smith reported on course changes in Liberal Arts programs, announced a special meeting for discussion of residence requirements for doctoral degrees to be held in the Shiloh Room on October 28 at 3:00 pm, and told of action taken on the treatment of incomplete grades for graduate students.
OTHER COMMITTEE REPORTSOn behalf of the Legislative Committee, Mr. Briggs announced that legislative delegates would be on campus to meet with faculty on Thursday, October 21 at the Faculty Club from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UNFINISHED BUSINESSClinton Allison noted two items of unfinished business in the form of announcements. The first concerned the report of the Ad hoc committee that was appointed to study the workings of the University Bookstore. That committee's chairman, Allen Keeley, reported that his committee had received only a few complaints from faculty members about the relations between the faculty and the bookstore. Unless he receives more comments in the immediate future his committee would like to finish its work and report to the Executive Committee. The second announcement concerned Chancellor Reese's desire to have the Teaching/Learning Process Guidelines published in the Daily Beacon as soon as the document is reworded.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEClinton Allison presented the report of the October 18 meeting of the Executive Committee. He reported that the Executive Committee had assigned the Faculty Affairs Committee to study student grievance procedures based on discrimination of all types and on an appeal route for penalty grades. He indicated that a memo from Chancellor Reese's office outlined an appeal procedure which would allow a student's grade to be changed upon a review by a committee of faculty and students for that particular case. It was the opinion of the Executive Committee that some larger issues in grading should be studied by both the Faculty Affairs Committee and the Student Affairs Committee. Another issue concerned the Faculty Affairs Committee's study of faculty involvement in promotion and tenure proceedings. It was the Executive Committee's expressed hope that the model for such actions could be published in the new Faculty Handbook. Also, a request has been made for the formation of a faculty grievance committee to go beyond the present Tenure Advisory Committee. Any opinions concerning these recommendations should be voiced to the Faculty Affairs Committee.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon reported that since the last report of the Educational Policy Committee, there had been two meetings--one in July with the Deans and Directors of the Colleges and one in October. The summer meeting was a joint session to discuss the performance funding project. The progress that Mr. Folger had made before his retirement from the Higher Education Commission was discussed, with particular mention of Grady Bolick's contribution to the formulation of quantitative inputs to the performance funding project. The College of Engineering was assigned the task of developing a model; their findings were the topic of discussion at the Committee Is second meeting. The second item of discussion concerned the drop-add policy revision study which was started in the spring. The eight task forces comprising the committee are now in the hearing process and will make recommendations at a future date.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEMr. Leuthold entertained questions concerning the TIAA/CREF proposed plan of Group Disability Insurance. He noted that few requests had been channeled to him concerning the proposal, indicating that either the faculty and staff had not read the plan or that their questions had already been answered. The cover letter of the TIAA/CREF proposal was moved and adopted unanimously.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEGarrett Briggs reported that the Faculty-Legislative Candidate Forum was a total failure due to lack of participation on the part of the faculty, and expressed his displeasure at the apathy shown by the faculty and the Senate. Several Senators replied to his comments, commending him for the valiant effort and an excellent forum, despite the low attendance.
BUDGET COMMITTEERussell French reported that the Faculty Senate Budget Committee held its first meeting for the quarter on October 20, with the primary topic of discussion being the review of budgetary procedures and budgetary requests for 1977-78. He discussed the 1977-78 budget considerations, noting that the faculty has two opportunities to express their opinions on budgetary matters in the near future, those being: the November 8 Tennessee Higher Education Commission hearings and the November 11 meeting with Wayne Brown of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to discuss the future of research support.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman discussed the recommendations of the Council, including those items of advisor-student relationships. The Committee on Advising recommended annual conferences between students and faculty advisors with written records of these meetings to be kept and provided to both advisors and students. The Committee found that the need for this interview is generally accepted, and that it is worth re-establishing. Some legitimate doubts were voiced by members of the Senate as to the effectiveness of such interviews and the scheduling problems involved. The motion, as found on pages 3849-3850 of the Undergraduate Council minutes, was called to question and voted on as amended by Charles Reynolds: "at the conclusion of the conference the advisor would make in triplicate a brief memorandum of the matters discussed, giving on to the student, keeping one, and placing one on file in the department office." The amendment passed with three opposed; the motion passed with two opposed.
GRADUATE COUNCILHilton Smith reported on the Graduate Council meeting of October 6, 1976, discussing curriculum changes. A motion was made that the curriculum changes be adopted and that motion was passed unanimously. He also discussed the proposed changes in the residency requirements for doctoral candidates.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILClark Roberts presented the Undergraduate Council report in the absence of Ralph Norman. Mr. Roberts divided his comments on the December 7, 1976 meeting into two parts. The first Dart, covering information for the Faculty Senate needing no action, included reports from the Committee on Admissions, the Committee on Degrees and Programs (consideration of the College of Business proposal to count all grades in the GPA), and the Committee on Advising. The date selected for a University-wide seminar on advising is February 22, 1977. The second part of his comments covered curricular changes: course substitutions in the College of Engineering and the second-year curriculum for the College of Veterinary Medicine. The second-year curriculum will start in Summer Quarter, 1977 and consists of 85 additional hours. With no discussion, the actions of the Undergraduate Council were confirmed by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth reported on the last two meetings of the Graduate Council, held on November 4 and December 2, 1976. Mr. Roth summarized the curriculum changes found in the minutes of the November 4 meeting, and those changes passed unanimously. The program request for approval of the Master's of Science Degree in Nursing was proposed jointly by Mr. Roth and Dean Hart. In answering questions, Ms. Hart emphasized that the program would be largely supported by Federal funding which will be available almost immediately and will continue over a three year period, with renewal possible. The timing of this request is excellent, considering that a study of nursing education needs in Tennessee has just been completed. The need for advanced degree programs in this area of the state was one of the findings of the study. At this time the proposal is for acceptance of the Master's Degree program only; additional courses which will be necessary will be proposed at a later date. Mr. Allison opened the floor for questions of either Mr. Roth or Dean Hart, and several important concerns were voiced. Dean Hart explained that the cost would be roughly half a million dollars over the next three years but that the grants from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the Kellogg Foundation would meet that figure. The other graduate nursing programs in the state and their emphases were discussed, with the point being made that this program would meet more needs than any other in the state and would be the only one of its kind in this geographical area. The proposed program would have options in family nursing, acute care, and community mental health and would admit some students without a background in nursing. It would not address the para-professional aspect of nursing that some technical schools have in their curriculum. Despite the fact that the program will require additional faculty, its advantages (that it will train part-time employees and off-campus students and will graduate between 20 and 30 qualified persons per year to return to the employment market as teaching faculty, administrators and clinical practitioners) will be a real asset to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
UNFINISHED BUSINESSMr. Allison appointed an ad hoc committee composed of Stan Lusby Bill Becker, Bob Kirk, and Ron Fraser to advise John McDow concerning the three motions which were passed last year in relation to the Calendar of the University.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMr. Allison presented the reports of the last three executive committee meetings which were included in the agenda packet. He discussed in detail one of the proposals of the Joint Senates Council which met in Nashville on November 5, 1976. Proposal C under the proposals outlined in the November 22 report of the Executive Committee was read, and Mr. Allison moved that it be changed to include the phrase "as soon as the University budget has been approved by the Legislature." After much discussion, an amendment was made that this phrase be added to the end of the first sentence rather than deleting any part of the original proposal. The proposal now reads:
"The administration of each campus will notify individual faculty members of the salaries that will be recommended to the Board of Trustees as soon as the salary recommendations have been prepared at the Chancellor's level and the University budget has been ap proved by the Legislature. The faculty would be clearly advised that these recommendations are subject to approval, disapproval, or revision by the Board of Trustees."The amended motion passed unanimously.
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEEKenneth Walker presented the report of the Faculty Affairs Committee. Some important concerns were voiced about the recommendations, the dossier which each candidate is to compile, and the relation between this set of guidelines and the work of the two Senate committees, who are presently considering similar matters as addressed in the revised chapters of the Faculty Handbook (draft). A motion to approve the report was passed unanimously.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEEGeorge Wagoner presented the amendments recommended by the By-Laws Committee. He explained that at this time it was appropriate to review the revisions and make suggestions to the committee. A vote on the By-Law amendments will be held at the next Senate meeting. Mr. Wagoner reported the following changes in the amendments and report of the committee:
Referring to the committee report dated January 13, the second sentence should read "by-laws with a editing and other minor revisions ..." instead of "by-laws with a head and ..."
On page 3, III, Section 2, the last line should retain "each of".
On page 3, III, Section 2L. Faculty Tenure Advisory Committee. This section is withdrawn for recommended by-law because the final draft of the committee structure and functions has not been approved. These statements that are proposed may not be in absolute agreement with the final draft.
ALUMNI RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEEHerbert Howard reported on the three meetings held by his committee this year with members of the Development Office, the Alumni Affairs office, and the Chancellor and his staff. The following are concerns of the committee: 1) to encourage greater use of faculty affairs items in publications to alumni, and 2) to investigate the role of this committee, the Faculty Senate, and the faculty in the proposed capital giving campaign of the entire University. The proposed program will seek substantial one-time gifts for the enhancement of quality of academic programs. The first stage, a feasibility study, has been completed and the planning stage has now begun. Faculty participation will be a key to support of this program; at the appropriate time the Alumni Relations and Development Committee will sponsor a special faculty meeting to inform and involve the faculty.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold announced information meetings on the TIAA disability program for Monday, February 7. lie answered questions on the Quarter Bank Plan resolution and received suggestions that the committee consider a plan for 12-month faculty and faculty exchange programs. The resolution passed unanimously.
OTHER COMMITTEESRalph Norman made an announcement on behalf of Walter Herndon and the Educational Policy Committee. The distribution of the Teaching/ Learning Guidelines has been completed; the Guidelines were published in the Daily Beacon on January 12 and copies have been sent to Deans for posting in departments. Also, the Drop-Add Subcommittee will be holding hearings soon on its tentative policy.
UNFINISHED BUSINESSMr. Allison brought to the attention of the Senate the fact that members of the Nominating Committee had not been elected as part of the slate of committee members approved by the Senate at its October 4, 1976 meeting. Therefore, the Senate was asked to elect the members of the Nominating Committee: LeRoy Graf, chairperson. Sandra Bell, David Ostermeier, Russell French, and Imogene Posey. These names were approved.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEESome actions of the Executive Committee were noted. At its February III meeting, the Executive Committee endorsed Chancellor Reese's memorandum, concerning the Capital Gifts campaign. A first letter explaining the campaign has come to members of the Senate prior to general distribution to all faculty. Also at this meeting, the Committee requested that the joint evaluations of the revised chapters of the Faculty Handbook be presented for consideration at the March 14 meeting. In response to a question, Mr. Allison explained that the joint Senates Council request for financial support had been denied by President Boling.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEEMr. Wagoner explained that the proposed amendments to the By-Laws, which had been presented to the Senate on January 31, must be passed by a 2/3 vote. The amendments were approved unanimously; a new set of By-Laws will be distributed to Senate members.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEMr. Leuthold reported on efforts being made to enroll faculty in the TIAA Long-term Disability program. Letters have gone out to Department Heads to set up meetings of departmental faculty at which the program will be explained further.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEGarrett Briggs reported on the Legislative Committee's successful breakfast with Knox County legislators on February 26.
STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEECharles Reynolds, Student Affairs Committee chairperson, commented on several issues tinder consideration by the committee. Mr. Reynolds stated that Howard Aldmon has been most helpful in the work of the committee.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILThe report of the Council was given by Clark Roberts, who noted the report of the Committee on Proficiency and Advanced Placement Examinations on page 3891 of the Council minutes and their proposal on page 3893. This proposal, which was passed by the Undergraduate Council, involves from $10.00 per course to $5.00 per credit hour, and a change in grading practice. Mr. Utley gave some background information, pointing out that a department could grade an exam S/NC only if the course were offered tinder that option. The proposal- was approved by the Senate unanimously. Pages 3895-3896 of the UG Minutes are concerned with a report of the Committee on Degrees and Programs. This committee's proposal includes deletion of a paragraph on academic continuation from the General Catalog and the requirement that for students with 84 hours and above, a 2 point average is required to remain in good standing. This proposal was passed by the Senate. The curricular changes approved by the Council were in Liberal Arts, a change in the American history requirement for Engineering majors, and changes in the Accounting major in the College of Business. All proposed changes were accompanied by financial exigency statements when considered by the Council. Actions of the Council in regard to curricular changes were confirmed by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILMargaret Perry presented the report of the Graduate Council in the absence of Mr. Roth. Curricular changes included course additions and deletions for Education, English, and Accounting. A Committee has been established to review the doctoral program in Educational Psychology and Guidance. The reviewing group is composed of a committee of the Graduate Council and two outside consultants. A third item from the Council was a proposal that graduate courses with seminar titles be identified by descriptive titles indicating the precise subject matter to be taught.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon announced that poster-size copies of the Guidelines for Teaching and Learning are available. The Subcommittee on Drop-Add policy is close to a recommendation. The February 8 and 9 public hearings were fairly well attended. The subcommittee hopes to conclude its revisions on February 28.
NEW BUSINESSMr. Bowen of the Graduate School of Planning, representing concerns of faculty members in his department, brought up the subject of the Quarter Bank. The faculty who have twelve-month appointments have the same needs for enrichments and continuing education as those on nine-month appointments. He brought one specific suggestion to the Fringe Benefits Committee. the possibility of carry-over of vacation time beyond the current maximum of thirty days. Mr. Leuthold responded that the Fringe Benefits Committee is aware of the problem but has no found a solution. Mr. Allison confirmed the Senates concern about this matter and challenged the Fringe Benefits Committee to look into it further.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEThe written report of the Executive Committee meeting of March 14 was reviewed by Mr. Allison, who mentioned that the meeting had been primarily a work session nominating the Committee on Committees membership and reviewing the revisions to the Faculty Handbook. He also reported on a second meeting of the Executive Committee on March 30, 1977. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss with President Boling some matters which are of concern to the UTK Faculty Senate as well as to other of the Faculty Senates across the state. The major issues discussed were the relationship between the President and the Chancellors, the involvement of faculty in the selection of new Chancellors and Vice-Presidents, the policy of the University in selection of names for new buildings, and the transmission of information from the Faculty Councillors to the President. Mr. Allison announced that the Public Relations Office needed more participation in the nomination of persons to be honored at the Chancellor's Honors Banquet. The election for Committee on Committees members was held with Mac Simpson and Kermit Blank as tellers.
NOMINATING COMMITTEEThe Nominating Committee representative, David Ostermeier, made the report for the committee. Frank Leuthold and Sandra Bell were nominated for the office of President, Russell French and Mary Richards for President-Elect, and Garrett Briggs, Oran Culberson, Judy Kuipers, Carl Pierce, Imogene Posey and Charles Reynolds for the three Councillor positions. The ballots will be mailed by April 8th and are to be returned by April 20th. The newly elected officers will assume their posts following the July 11th meeting.
LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEEHarry Rutledge gave a progress report on the Library Advisory Committee for the three meetings held between October and February. He reported on the new monthly acquisition list which replaces the return of request cards to faculty. At the annual meeting with the Chancellor, the Committee discussed redefining its role, the space problems in the various libraries, and the reserve collection at the Undergraduate Library. He told of the Committee's plans to visit the branch libraries so that its members can better advise Donald Hunt, Director of Libraries.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold reported on the progress of the TIAA Long-Term Disability plan for the UT system. The 75% quota has been met at Martin and at Chattanooga, in the central administration, the hospital, and will soon be met by the agriculture faculty. The UTK campus has had 42% participation to this point. The visitation in various departments will be completed by the middle of May. Four resolutions proposed by the Fringe Benefits Committee passed unanimously.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES ELECTIONThe tellers for the election returned the following results to the Senate:
Agriculture: David Ostermeier
Architecture: Gary Sturm
Business Administration: George Spiva
Communications: June Adamson
Education: Donald Dessart
Engineering: John Forrester
Home Economics: Ruth Heighberger
Law: Carl Pierce
Liberal Arts: Michael Johnson
Library: Pauline Shaw
Library and Information Science: George Sinkankas
Nursing: Kathleen Conlon
Planning: George Bowen
Social Work: Ann Wachter
Space Institute: Bill Dunnill
BUDGET COMMITTEERuss French gave an abbreviated report of the funding situation. The budget increase of $9 million was not approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Instead, the Commission approved an increase of $4 million over last year's bud- et. Most of this increase will go to the proposed 7% general salary increase and additional fringe benefits of $600,000, so that the outlook for new moneys or personnel is not optimistic. The Budget Committee did make a formal recommendation to Chancellor Reese concerning the importance of clerical staff and supporting personnel, asking that key personnel be given salary increases and/ or title reclassifications. Mr. French also reported on the Budget Committee's ongoing studies of funding and budgetary allocations for summer quarter, funding obtained from research overhead costs, and ways of increasing overall personnel take-home pay without increasing gross income.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman reported on the March 1 meeting of the Council. Of particular interest were the dual degree program for a Master's Degree in Public Administration which is cooperative between the UTC and UTK campuses and the American History requirement from various colleges. The full explanation of the actions of the Undergraduate Council was included in their report. Those actions were confirmed unanimously by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth reported on the March 10 meeting of the Council. Among the issues included in their report were a request for designation of options within each department, a request for approval to direct doctoral research, and methods of achieving student input to the Graduate Council. Another question which was voiced in the March meeting was a time limit on approval of direction of doctoral research. The curricular changes proposed in the report of the Council were approved.
NEW BUSINESSDavid Chambers brought notification to the Senate of a motion from the College of Business Administration which will be voted on at the next Faculty Senate meeting. The motion reads: "That the Faculty Senate rescind the new mandatory advising system for undergraduates." Lida Barrett moved that the rules be suspended in order for discussion to take place, and her motion was seconded and passed by a two-thirds vote. The issue at hand is mandatory advising. Mr. Chambers made an opening comment that the College of Business Administration is not opposed to advising as such, but to the system to be employed, that is, meeting with every student and using forms in triplicate. There were a number of other comments made on the issue of mandatory advising.
ANNOUNCEMENTSThe Secretary, Pauline Shaw, Announced that five colleges or departments had not yet reported. the results of their Senatorial elections and asked for assistance in getting those reports from Communications, Liberal Arts, Law, Nursing, and the Space Institute. She also asked for present Senators to indicate any desire for committee changes by Friday, May 6.
UNFINISHED BUSINESSThe first item of Unfinished Business was the motion from the College of Business Administration read by David Chambers, "That the Faculty Senate rescind the new mandatory advising system for undergraduates." Clinton Allison offered a substitute motion (see Executive Committee report of April 11th) from the Executive Committee which was amended to read:
1. The Senate reaffirms its endorsement of the original proposal (passed on November 1, 1976) on advising,Much discussion followed, then the amendment to Item 3, adding "program area and college" to the first sentence was voted on and passed. The substitute motion was called to question and was passed.
2. requests a one-year postponement of implementation of the plan,
3. requests that by the end of Fall Quarter, 1977 specific plans for implementation be worked out by each academic department, program area, or college. The plans should be submitted through the colleges to the Undergraduate Council, and then reported to the Faculty Senate,
4. and requests the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs to develop appropriate questionnaires to guide departments on developing implementation plans.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEAllison noted the content of the Committee's report and proceeded to the election of Secretary of the Senate. The Executive Committee nominated Pauline Shaw, and she was duly elected. Allison announced the results of the recent Senate election. He called on each committee chairperson to submit an annual report to the Faculty Senate office by the end of Spring Quarter.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon presented the committee's written recommendations regarding the Drop/Add Policy of the University, and after some discussion the recommendations were passed by the Senate.
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEEKenneth Walker gave an annual report of the meetings of his committee, noting that the major items considered were promotion and tenure consultations with faculty, two chapters to be included in the new Faculty Handbook, and several student appeals. His report was accepted.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman reviewed the minutes of the April 12 meeting, noting the new degree program in statistics in the College of Liberal Arts, the limited expense of offering course work in Persian and Hebrew, the new courses that emphasize writing (part of the English department's new thrust), the reorganization of core courses in Microbiology, and other course changes. The actions of the Undergraduate Council were confirmed by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILL. Evans Roth reported on the March 10 meeting of the Council, referring the Senate to the minutes of that meeting and noting that the only action required of the Senate at that time was the acceptance of course changes as outlined in the minutes. He commented on the discussion of approval of persons to direct doctoral dissertations which occurred in the meeting, and made other announcements as were contained in the March 10 minutes. The Senate approved the actions of the Council.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold made comments on the Committee on Committees' meeting to be held on May 13, asking that all senators notify the Senate office if they desire other committee assignments. New Senators will be sent preference forms to indicate their committee preferences to the Committee on Committees. All Committee chairpersons are also asked to send. a list of the inactive and active members of their respective committees by May 10th to the Senate office.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEAllison gave a review of the year's activities as his final action as Senate President (see Annual Report, Faculty Senate President, July 11, 1977). The Executive Committee meeting of June 2 with the Chancellor was mentioned and the report of the June 20 meeting was discussed in detail. Allison called on Kenneth Walker of the Faculty Affairs Committee to relate the actions of his committee, which had been approved by the Executive Committee, concerning discrimination in grading and penalty grades. The Faculty Affairs Committee decided that there were enough informal avenues of appeal in the area of student grievances and general grade appeals; the only major chancre made in the penalty grade procedure was to set a deadline for the administrative offices involved to make a decision-and to report that decision to both the student and the faculty member. Mr. Utley voiced confusion on the current role of the faculty member in the penalty grade procedure. The current procedure is for the faculty member to act as accuser and the student to be accused with the student making the appeal. The new procedure would have the faculty reporting the infraction, the student being given a hearing, and the faculty acting as a witness. The decision would be made and the penalty assigned by the appeal board. The new procedure, as proposed, will now pass on to the Student Affairs Council. However, the following motion which was passed by the Senate will delay that consideration: "the proposals and committee work on discriminatory and penalty grades shall be reviewed and considered by the full Senate."
RESEARCH COUNCILGordon Sherman presented the written report of the Research Council's activities for the past year; there were no questions from the Senate.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESThe report of the Committee on Committees, which required the deletion of three names--Earl Ramer from the Budget Committee and Larry Hughes and Nancy Lohmann from the Rhodes and Foreign Scholarships Committee--was given by Frank Leuthold. The remainder of the slate of committee members and chairpersons for 1977-78 was elected by the Senate unanimously.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman reported on the May 24 and June 21 meetings of the Council. Concerning the May 24 meeting, he called attention to the list of available majors and concentrations prepared by Clark Roberts' office. The tables present the tracks and options under concentration areas in a concise form. Also noted was the report of the Statistics Committee on coursework offered by various departments in statistics and the analysis of these courses done by Charles Thigpen. The Committee on Student English recommended raising the required score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language from 475 to 525. The Committee on Testing, Learning and Grading has studied repetition of courses for credit, and their report was returned to committee for further study. Curriculum changes in the departments of Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology were identified as of particular importance.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth reported on the April and May meetings of this body. Two items, brought up at both meetings, were approval of courses in the College of Nursing and consideration of a proposed Master of Accountancy degree. The Graduate Council recommended that the Master of Accountancy degree program continue through the approval process at this time. Roth noted that there was little else to report for the April meeting other than a number of course changes which are listed in the minutes. In the May meeting, the proposal on the English proficiency exam (TOEFL) was considered and passed. The list of statistics courses completed by the Statistics Committee was discussed in the May meeting, and Roth requested that the list be supplemented with a narrative overview of the entire subject. He hopes that the committee will produce a summary report of this nature. A final examination of revisions of procedures for approval of those who supervise graduate research took place at the May meeting. That set of revisions was approved by the Council, including the request for more input to support each request to be supplied by the department, a five-year approval stipulation, and a request for more student input. Roth announced that special meetings to discuss policy only would be held in September, January, and March. The actions of the Graduate Council were approved by the Senate.