October 3, 1977
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January 16, 1978
February 13, 1978
April 10, 1978
May 8, 1978
June 5, 1978
July 10, 1978
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEReports of August 8 and September 19 meetings had been distributed prior to the meeting; there were no questions from the floor. Two corrections were made: the Committee on Committees will make new nominations for committee positions for vacancies that have occurred since the election of committee members in May; Geraldine Gesell has not left the university but is on a one-year leave.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESFrank Leuthold read the following recommendations: Mac Gray to serve as the retired member of the Fringe Benefits committee; Albert Auxier to serve on the Fringe Benefits committee; Warner Granade, new senator from the Library, to serve on the Research Council. Three positions remain unfilled; recommendations will be made when new senators are appointed. The Senate voted to accept the recommendations of the committee.
RESEARCH COUNCILPrior to presentation of the report, a letter from Richard Fish, president of the Graduate Student Council, was distributed to senators; it asked that the Senate delay action on the Research Council proposal.
GRADUATE COUNCILThe minutes of the May 26 meeting had not been officially approved at the July 11 meeting. The main issues discussed at that meeting concerned changes in procedure for approval to direct dissertation research. Questions on these procedures were discussed. The fact that new senators have not had access to these minutes was raised. The Parliamentarian ruled that since one-third of the senators were new and had not received copies of the minutes, a two-thirds vote would be required in order to consider the Graduate Council report. The motion to consider did not carry. The minutes of the Graduate Council for May 26, 1977 will be distributed to all senators before the October 31 meeting of the Faculty Senate.
ANNOUNCEMENTSPauline Bayne announced the names of three new senators: M. C. Whiteside is replacing Geraldine Gesell for one year; Frank Collins is a one-year replacement for Bill Dunnill; Ron Kohl is the replacement for Kenneth Templemeyer.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEThe report of the October 17 Executive Committee meeting had been distributed prior to this meeting. In response to a question from the floor, Frank Leuthold stated that the Presidential Councilors will be asked to report to the Senate as well as to the Executive Committee. Their first report will be scheduled for the second meeting of winter quarter, February 13. Mr. Leuthold pointed out that the Research Council has established a committee (Jim Spencer, chairperson, Mac Simpson, Charles Reynolds, Bob Woodruff, and Jack Humphreys) to ascertain the feelings and respond on a departmental or college basis to the classified research proposal. He also noted their committee work rule which states that any item going to the Senate must be approved with a quorum present at the meeting. Mr. Leuthold reported that copies of the University By-Laws would be distributed in January as requested by the Executive Committee. In response to a question concerning the meaning of "release of faculty salary information" in item 6, Mr. Leuthold explained that it means making individual salary data available to faculty. Such information is already public, but it is not easily available.
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEDavid Ostermeier, chairperson, reported on the work of the committee to date. The committee recognizes its duty to ask the Administration to remember that fringe benefits are important and a high priority for faculty and staff. The committee this year is working in the following areas: 1) insurance improvements possibly to include group home or car policies, supplemental life insurance, larger amounts for major medical protection; 2) ways to increase communication among faculty and between the Faculty Senate and faculty members, possibly through a faculty newsletter; and, 3) grievance procedures. Frank Leuthold responded to a question by Bernard Silverstein concerning the attempt to get TIAA retirement contributions treated as tax-sheltered income by the state legislature. Mr. Leuthold stated that the bill has been pre-filed for the next session and seems to have a better chance of passing this year. He suggested that Senators go back to their respective faculties and urge them to communicate with their legislators concerning this issue. He also announced that this fall the medical and life insurance programs are being bid separately at the state level so the policies may be held by separate companies after January 1, 1978.
STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEEChairperson Charles Reynolds reported that the committee was investigating the topic of credit for extra-institutional learning. He invited any member of the Senate or faculty who has information, especially studies that have been done, to route that information to the committee for consideration. He mentioned a program at UT Chattanooga where various proficiency examinations based on life experience learning are made available through a central information scheme and central director. The program is attracting adult students back to the university.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman, chairperson, presented the report of the Council.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth, chairperson, reported for the Council. The minutes for the May 26 meeting had been distributed two weeks prior to this meeting. These minutes cover three areas: course and curriculum changes, action on English as a foreign language proficiency examinations, and approval for directing doctoral research. Mr. Roth gave some historical background or. the Council's consideration of approval for directing doctoral research. The final recommendation involves several changes in procedure: 1) a required vote of the regular department faculty recommending the person for approval; 2) at least one letter of support from another faculty member who is already approved for directing doctoral research; and 3) written support to the individual from at least two graduate students. Initial approval will be for a five-year period. After five years, full approval may be given by the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research. The actions of the Graduate Council were approved by the Senate.
REPORT FROM THE CHANCELLORChancellor Jack Reese reported to the Senate on the THEC budget recommendations for 1978-79. When asked how the faculty can exert influence to benefit higher education, he recommended that the Senate Legislative Committee continue its efforts with the Knox County Legislative Delegation and send appropriate communications to the Governor and his administration. Individual faculty members could attend the Saturday open forums of the Knox County Legislative Delegation or write a letter to urge their legislator to support the budget when released by the Governor.
NEW BUSINESSGarrett Briggs, on behalf of the College of Liberal Arts Committee on Advising, described some of the difficulties his college is encountering with implementation of mandatory advising plan. He asked the UG Council Committee on Advising to consider a three quarter program rather than the one quarter limitation, especially in the first year of operation. A review might be held at the end of the first quarter of operation. He suggested that other colleges pass on their comments to the Committee on Advising.
ANNOUNCEMENTSPauline Bayne introduced Frances Andrew, the new Senator from the College of Home Economics who is replacing Betty Beach.
MINUTESThe minutes of the October 31, 1977 meeting were approved as distributed.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEReport of the November 14 meeting.
BUDGET COMMITTEEMary Richards, chairperson, reported on current activities of the committee:
1) Final formulation of a report on the overhead recovery and retention rates at UT by Roland Bagby and Dudley Dewhirst. The conclusion was that UT has one of the lowest overhead retention rates in the Southeast. The report recommends the lowering of the recovery rate and the increasing of the retention rate. The administration was able to use figures in the report in the THEC budget presentation. The THEC approved an increased allowance for overhead retention to a rate of 25% and also gave an increased allowance for special research, one and one-half to two million dollars.
2) Work with the Task Force on Financial Resources, responding to their projections and providing them with a list of resource needs that might have been overlooked by the departmental and college reports.
3) Review of the THEC formula to suggest modifications.
4) New work of the committee will include review of the cost study and the faculty attitude survey.
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEThe report was given by Garrett Briggs, chairperson of the committee. The committee is charged to work with the administration to identify critical needs of the University and to try to influence legislators to support higher education. Another goal of the committee is to attend Saturday sessions of the Knox County Legislative Delegation. Mr. Briggs encouraged Senators to attend these meetings in order to support, to speak against, or to initiate legislation and to get to know the local legislators. The annual breakfast sponsored by the Faculty Senate Legislative Committee for the Knox County legislators, UT administrators and students, will be held on February 4 with the regular meeting to follow in the Crest Room at approximately 10:00 a.m.
ADVISING COMMITTEEThe report of the Undergraduate Council's Committee on Advising was in the hands of all Senators prior to the meeting.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman, chairperson, reported on actions of the Council and reports of its standing committees at the November 8 and December 6 meetings.
1) The Statistics Committee has reported on the number and variety of statistics courses offered by various departments. They have done no evaluation of overlapping course offerings. The report was received by the Council but no action was taken. It would be desirable to move now from the listing and description of courses to evaluation and recommendations.The actions of the Undergraduate Council were approved by the Senate.
2) The Testing and Grading Committee has recommended no change in policy on several issues: plus and minus grading for undergraduates and repetition of courses. Clearly there must be further discussion of these issues on all levels within the University concerning the grade inflation alternatives period, etc.
3) Howard Aldmon has proposed a plan for retention of academically marginal students through intensive tutorial work and has applied for a grant to fund the project.
4) Actions of the Council included approval to waiver retention rules for academically marginal students if the Aldmon project is funded, approval of variable titles for courses to be specified in student records, and minor course revisions as listed in the Council's minutes.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth, chairperson of the Graduate Council, requested that the Senate hear the report of the December 8 meeting as well as the two listed on the agenda since members had received minutes of the December meeting well in advance of this Senate meeting. The Senate voted by the required 2/3 vote to consider this report.
October 20 meeting was concerned with definition of the normal load for graduate students at 10 hours and with two appeals by assistant professors for approval to undertake PhD degrees. Their appeals were denied but a committee is studying the matter.
November 10 meeting began consideration of a readmission policy, called attention to the Senate's approval of new procedures for approval for supervision of doctoral research (the procedure's operation will be reviewed in March), and considered one appeal. Discussion of modification of the appeal process will be taken up at the January 26 meeting, 3 p.m., Austin Peay Building, Conference room of the Psychology Department. Policy and procedures for dismissal and termination will also be considered.
December 8 meeting included course changes and two major discussions. There were reports of doctoral review committees for Business Administration and Educational Administration and Supervision. At the request of the Graduate Student Council a committee will consider designation in the Graduate Catalog of the quarter in which courses are normally taught; the committee will report in March. The Graduate Council has been enlarged by a representative from the College of Nursing and the appointment of five members rather than three by the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research. The actions of the Graduate Council were confirmed by the Senate.
LIBRARY COMMITTEEHarry Rutledge, chairperson, made an oral report on the committee's activities. The committee is in the process of visiting the Main Library after having visited all of the branch libraries last spring. The committee would welcome input from Senators and faculty members as to problems that it should investigate. The committee advises the Director of the Library as representatives of the faculty and generally approves the annual departmental budget allocations for library materials. Pauline Bayne pointed out that the committee is not charged by the Faculty Senate By-Laws to approve the departmental allocations, and that this action is not binding upon the activities of the Library. Walter Herndon described the current attempt to alleviate the space problems of the Science-Engineering Library through consideration of space in Alumni Gym and further space in Dabney Hall. Study of the feasibility of various alternatives is now under way. He also mentioned the current study of the desirability of an autonomous Law Library.
MINUTESThe following corrections to the minutes for January 16, 1978 were made by the Secretary: 1) in the advising report, page 3, the first full paragraph should begin "In order to allow advising sessions to occur during pre-registration week, Charles Reynolds proposed an amendment" ..., and 2) in the Graduate Council report for October 20 replace "definition of the normal load for graduate students at 10 hours" with "definition of the minimum full-time registration for graduate students at 9 or 10 hours." The minutes were approved as distributed and corrected.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEFrank Leuthold highlighted several points from the January 30 meeting. Item 3: He hopes that the Research Council subcommittee on classified research will seriously solicit comments from the various colleges. Item 4: In regard to review of the entire Faculty Handbook draft, the Executive Committee will decide if other committees need to be involved at this point. The Senate will receive copies thirty days in advance of any vote. Item 7: The Senate needs to make a final resolution of the choice between our present quarter system or a quarter system which would include an "alternatives period". A subcommittee consisting of Lida Barrett and Russell French was created to bring this question with its background material before the Senate. Item 8: Russell French has been endorsed to begin a preliminary investigation of a possible goal of the Senate, to become involved in an instructional improvement plan or program.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE ACADEMIC CALENDARLida Barrett presented the report of the subcommittee, reviewing previous actions of the Senate on the Academic calendar. The Lusby committee (February 24, 1974) recommended that a Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Calendar be established to formulate an "early start" calendar system and that the calendar include a "Culmination Period". The recommended implementation date was Fall, 1976. Upon the May, 1976 report of the Ad Hoc University Calendar Committee, chaired by Robert Kirk, the Senate approved a 10-week summer term and a quarter system with a minimum of 600 minutes per credit hour. The Senate defeated the third motion by one vote, "that the University calendar not include an alternatives period for each term". The objective of this subcommittee is to achieve Senate reaction to a positively-stated motion. Discussion from the floor pointed out that the work of the Becker committee which occurred from 1974-1976, had been omitted from this report. A summary of the findings of that committee shall be sent to all senators before the next meeting. Bill Becker, Stan Lusby, Bob Kirk, and other members of these previous committees shall be invited to attend the next meeting when the Senate will vote on the following motion:
Be it moved that a Quarter Calendar approximately conforming to the present Quarter Calendar be established but to include the following:1. approximately 9 weeks of regularly scheduled classes (providing for 28, 50-minute sessions for a 3 credit hour course, and comparable classroom periods for 4-hour and 5-hour, etc. courses)
2. followed by a "Study Period" of one day preceding
3. a concluding "Alternatives Period" of four days during which there would be one two-hour period to be used by each class and instructor in a manner best suited to realize the educational objectives of the course.
ANNOUNCEMENTSOn March 9 the AAUP and Faculty Senate will sponsor a session on faculty grievance procedures at a noon meeting. Chancellor Reese, Frank Leuthold, and two faculty members will make presentations on the topic.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESThe report of the committee was approved. Senators Andrews, Kohl, Granade, Whiteside, Johnston, and Collins were placed on committees for the remainder of the year. Sandra Bell was replaced on the Executive Committee by Imogene Posey and on the Nominating Committee by Kermit Blank.
FRINGE BENEFITSDavid Ostermeier presented information on the planning for a pre-retirement program for academic staff. The Personnel Office would like input from the faculty on their needs in such a program. The fact sheet and questionnaire may be returned to David Ostermeier immediately after the meeting or to his campus address.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILThe report of the January 17 meeting was presented by Clark Roberts. Curricular changes included minor revisions in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Agriculture. The College of Architecture has proposed a minimum grade point average for their students; this proposal was given to the Committee on Degrees and Programs for a report to the Council. Catalog copy appears for the previously approved requirements for admission to teacher education in the College of Education. The actions of the Council were approved by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILMargaret Perry reported on the Graduate Council's January 12 meeting. There were curricular changes from two colleges, Business Administration and Liberal Arts. According to Ms. Perry many of the units are bringing to the Council descriptive titles for topics courses and seminar courses, a procedure to get those titles on student transcripts. Preliminary discussion began on a revised appeal process for students, but no action was taken. The other action was to approve a readmission policy for students returning to the university after five quarters. The procedure will be to collect the same kinds of information that is collected on students at entrance, and the department will have the opportunity to review these materials again. Transcripts will be required if the student has been at another school in the interim. The actions of the Graduate Council were confirmed by the Senate.
REPORT ON THE CONDITIONS OF THE
WALTERS LIFE SCIENCE BUILDING
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL COUNCILORSForrest Lacey presented some background information to the Senate. The Faculty Councilors to the President are composed of the heads of the governing units of the five campuses as ex officio members, one to four members of the faculty of each campus, one representative from public service and two from the Institute of Agriculture. The members are named by President Boling from recommendations of the chancellors. Meetings last from half to a full day and are rotated among the various campuses. There is an equivalent meeting with student councilors. The President and system officers are in attendance at these meetings. The agenda is derived from items suggested by the Councilors and a small presentation of the item is made by the faculty member who suggested it.
MINUTESLeRoy Graf noted that the Presidential Councilors have been meeting for more than three years. The correct length of time is eight years, since the fall of 1970. The minutes were approved as corrected.
ANNOUNCEMENTSSecretary, Pauline Bayne, asked that all senators return their committee preference polls and that committee chairpersons submit annual reports by May 8.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEReports of the February 27 and March 27 meetings had been distributed to all Senators prior to this meeting. There were no questions on the reports. The election of members of the Committee on Committees was held next, and the results will be announced at the next Senate meeting.
NOMINATING COMMITTEELeRoy Graf, chairperson, announced the slate of candidates nominated by the committee. The two candidates for President-Elect are Carl Pierce (Law) and Mary Richards (Liberal Arts). University Councilor candidates include Harvey Carruth (Liberal Arts), Donald Dessart (Liberal Arts and Education), Luther Keller (Agriculture), John Ray (Education), Charles Reynolds (Liberal Arts), and George Spiva (Business Administration). The slate was accepted by the Senate and no nominations were made from the floor. Mail ballots will be sent to Senators within the month. Results of the election will be announced on May 8.
REPORT ON ADVISINGLeRoy Graf reported on the procedures which have been designed to put the advising program into operation. The full text of this report is appended to these minutes on page 5. The Advising Committee strongly urges all colleges to take action this spring to arrange for the training of advisors.
REPORT ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAMWalter Herndon reported on the affirmative action plan and the results of its operation to date. Briefly, the plan consists of identification of vacancies, getting the vacancies known through a request to search, development of an adequate pool of qualified candidates including specific affirmative acts to find qualified minority candidates, evaluation of the pool, further screening of candidates, inviting for interviews, evaluation of the final candidates, extension of offers, and a report of all actions in the procedure. This set of procedures is designed to ensure affirmative action in our hiring of new faculty and staff at UTK. The results of all of this activity during the last six months are especially disappointing. We are not recruiting faculty in proportion to the numbers of blacks and women in the student population. We had an Increase of 19 percent in the black student population last fall but a practically stable black faculty population. We have a nice plan, but it is not working.
REPORT ON RESEARCH CENTERSGordon Sherman presented an overview of this project. Original interest was shown in the subject about three and one-half years ago when the committee of the Research Council was established to study research centers on campus and to make recommendations to the administration. The committee was chaired by Lloyd Seatz. Committee members interviewed the directors of the ten research centers identified, studied reports of the centers, etc. The report of the subcommittee was discussed and the three recommendations were endorsed by the Research Council. The important recommendation calls for the Research Council to evaluate all proposals for new center formation and to evaluate all existing centers on a systematic schedule. This report, coming as a motion from the Research Council, was passed by the Senate.
FRINGE BENEFITSDavid Ostermeier, committee chairperson, brought to the Senate a resolution for establishing a faculty newsletter. The committee felt that the lack of communication between the Senate and the faculty-at-large and between the faculty members themselves pointed toward the need for a better means of communication than we presently have. The resolution does not give implementation details but asks first for Senate approval of the idea. Discussion revealed concern for cost, evidence of real need, and the question of whether a newsletter would solve the communication problem. The Senate approved the report, therefore, the committee will pursue the idea of a faculty newsletter and come back to the Senate at a later date with a specific proposal.
ACADEMIC CALENDARRussell French, for the subcommittee of the Executive Committee, outlined the issue of clarification of the Senate's stand on the "Alternatives Period" and presented appropriate background information. The motion presented by the subcommittee last time asked that "the present Quarter Calendar be established to include the following:
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman reported on the February 14 meeting of the Undergraduate Council. One major curricular change is in the rule for admission to undergraduate programs for students whose first language is not English. Such a student would be exempted from taking the UTK English Proficiency Test and from presenting a TOEFL score of 525 provided the student has satisfied all requirements for freshman composition with a grade of "C" or better at a college or university in the United States which is accredited by a regional association. The other proposal from the Committee on Student English concerns scoring and credit details for placement tests.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth presented the report on the February 9 meeting. The main activities of the meeting were the reports on two reviews of doctoral programs, Germanic Language and Literature and Health Education. The German program was reviewed because of the general review procedure and at the request of the THEC as a low-producing doctoral program. The actions of the Council were confirmed by the Senate.
WALTERS LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING RESOLUTIONSRoland Bagby explained that this matter had been brought to the Senate as a "court of last appeal." Letters and appeals had gone to many individuals and through many channels but had not met with satisfactory response. The occupants of the building have no assurance that faults will be corrected. Chancellor Reese distributed a letter to members of the Senate which explained the process of programming a building and which responded to each item that had been identified as a problem in the building. The letter indicates that action will occur on many of the problems. Dr. Joe Johnson, who has the administrative responsibility for capital outlay on statewide programs, discussed the many compromises that are involved in every building program. Some specific suggestions and reactions surfaced during the discussion: the administration might ask occupants of recent buildings for their reactions before new buildings are begun; sophisticated buildings such as the Walters Life Sciences Building definitely need well-trained maintenance engineers to work on problems as they occur; all program committees will be chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Administration in order to achieve full communication between those who plan, construct, and occupy a building. Carl Pierce moved that this motion be postponed indefinitely. It was seconded and passed by the Senate.
MINUTESIn the discussion of the alternatives period, the reference to a 2-hour block of time actually refers to two 50-minute periods. A point of further information is that the scheduling of alternative periods will not be totally random. The schedule will be systemized so that the double period will be during the same general time of day as the original period.
ANNOUNCEMENTSFrank Leuthold made a correction to the Beacon article on the alternatives period. It was clearly stated at the last meeting that cancellation of class is not to be considered as an alternative during the alternatives period.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEItems of interest from the regular meeting on April 24 were reported by Frank Leuthold:
1. A special meeting of the Senate has been called for June 5 to discuss and vote on approval of the Faculty Handbook.On April 6, 9, 17, 24 and May 1, 8 special meetings of the Executive Committee were held to review the draft of the Faculty Handbook. Frank Leuthold outlined the procedure followed. At the end of Winter Quarter, copies of the draft were given to the Executive Committee. Thirteen review committees were appointed, each chaired by a member of the Executive Committee. The review committees met during the first week of Spring Quarter to formulate interim or final reports. Many committees met several times and reported to the Executive Committee to get further input. There were two meetings between committees and the Chancellor. On May 15 copies of the revised Faculty Handbook should be delivered to all Senators. The Handbook will be considered and voted upon by the Senate on June 5. There will be an opportunity for any Senator to meet with Frank Leuthold or other members of the Senate Executive Committee on May 29. This will be a chance for input, questions, suggestions, or clarifications. Leuthold will welcome written comments at any time. Please call Frank Leuthold or Pauline Bayne to set up an appointment time for Monday, May 29.
2. The Library Committee has been asked by the Graduate Student Council to investigate policies on faculty loans and abuses of the loan privileges.
3. The Executive Committee nominated Pauline Bayne as Secretary to the Faculty Senate for 1978-79. The Senate confirmed that nomination.
4. The Fringe Benefit recommended the appointment of a committee to be in charge of the Faculty Newsletter.
5. The results of the Committee on Committees election appear in the report of the April 24 meeting. Both nominees from Liberal Arts will serve and a third representative will be appointed.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEELuther Keller reviewed the proposed changes in the By-Laws. There will need to be a 2/3 affirmative vote of members present at the June 5 meeting to pass these proposed changes.
DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS COMMITTEEKermit Blank reported on the one meeting of this committee. The committee has acted primarily as an information receiving group in the areas of the Tennessee Tomorrow campaign and alumni publications. He suggested two areas for possible future action by this committee: development of a formula to be used as Tennessee Tomorrow funds become available for use and continued emphasis on greater faculty involvement in the alumni publications.
RHODES AND FOREIGN SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEEDavid Fox reviewed the two main functions of the committee, to publicize the Rhodes and Fulbright-Hays Scholarships and to act as an on-campus screening or interview board for the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. This year two candidates were interviewed for the Rhodes award and seven for the Fulbright- Hays. There were two finalists from UTK in the Fulbright-Hays and one winner, Mike Ledgerwood. The committee is working to increase student awareness of the availability of these scholarships. A great deal of emphasis will be placed in future interviews on the ability of the student to converse in the language of the country to which she/he is applying.
EDUCATIONAL POLICIES COMMITTEEWalter Herndon, chairperson, reported on the three quarterly meetings of this committee. The committee has discussed and responded to the following issues: the pilot project in the College of Engineering on performance funding, student withdrawals and retention, quarter banking, the mini-term program which began in December of 1977 and operated much like an evening school program, re-entry of adult students, intercampus appointments, a class size survey, and new program proposals to THEC.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILClark Roberts, Secretary to the Undergraduate Council, presented the report. The reports of committees required no Senate action. The curricular changes consisted mainly of changes in concentrations and minors. The changes in Architecture and Communications reflect the new changes in English and updates in concentrations. In the College of Education there were drop-add revisions, a reorganization of concentrations, and new requirements in Special Education for admission to the program for teaching of the hearing impaired. Home Economics requested a change in option 5: Tourism, Food and Lodging Administration to reflect the increased emphasis on this field. The cooperative program will take 4 years and 2 quarters. In Liberal Arts there were general changes In credit hours and course contact. There is a correction on page 4327: "Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts" should read simply "Bachelor of Arts." The changes in Nursing are due to the changes in the English requirements. The question whether Architecture electives require pre-requisites not provided for remains unanswered. The actions of the Council were approved by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth reported on the March 9 meeting. The College of Veterinary Medicine is in the final stage of authorizing DVM students to take up to 15 hours without going through normal request procedures. The Council received a committee report on a centralized listing of graduate courses to be taught the following year. No particular means was adopted to produce such a list, but the Council indicated support for such an action. There has been modification of the form for appointment of doctoral committees. There should not be a change in membership without the approval and signature of those involved in the change and a statement of reasons. To indicate the willingness to serve and knowledge of all members, the form requires the signature of all members of the committee. it is a totally new form. The curricular changes are self-evident in the minutes of the Graduate Council. The Actions of the Graduate Council were confirmed by the Senate.
MINUTESThe following corrections were made to the May 8 minutes by Secretary, Pauline Bayne: on page 1, section 4, the committee referred to is the Fringe Benefits Committee; on page 3, Undergraduate Council, curricular changes were in "course content" not "contact." The minutes were accepted as corrected.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEThere were no questions on the reports of the May 1, 8, and 22 meetings. Frank Leuthold reported that two other meetings on May 29 and June 2 had been held. All pertain to review of the proposed Faculty Handbook.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESRussell French reported that the committee had met on May 24 and completed its recommendations at that time. The committee chairpersons are being informed of the recommendations and asked to call all proposed members to inform them of their proposed committee assignment.
BY-LAWS COMMITTEELuther Keller reviewed the changes in the By-Laws which were recommended by his committee at the last Senate meeting. Such changes require a two-thirds vote for approval. These changes were approved unanimously by the Senate.
EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEEWalter Herndon reported on a recommendation of the Calendar Committee which the Educational Policy Committee was asked to consider. The Calendar Committee had recommended a one-day interval between classes and commencement in all quarters except spring quarter. But the Calendar Committee had been somewhat divided in making this recommendation. The Educational Policy Committee rejected the recommendation and advocated at least two days between the final day of classes and commencement.
FACULTY HANDBOOKFrank Leuthold reported that the Executive Committee met with members of the administration on June 2 to receive comments from the UT System administration concerning the Handbook. The Executive Committee recommends that two chapters (III and IX) be further reviewed by the Executive Committee and not voted upon by the Senate until the July 10 meeting.
The Head is not obliged to follow the majority recommendations of the tenured faculty. The Head is required to explain frankly and openly the decision he/she has reached. In the report to the Dean, in addition to his/her own view, the Head is expected to present the majority view of the faculty. Where his/her view differs, he/ she is expected to support his/her recommendation with reasons. The Head will give the faculty an opportunity to submit a dissenting report, if they so desire.The reasoning behind this proposed change is that the present wording implies that the Read has the power to disregard the majority will of the department faculty in making recommendations on appointment, promotion and tenure. This position places a direct barrier of an organizational sort in treating the Head as a colleague. The main thrust of this change is a strengthening of the statement as far as expectation and accountability of the Head in these recommendations. Several comments indicated that the sense of the amendment was already contained in the present wording if faculty were willing to see that the expectation is enforced. An amendment was moved and seconded (Kurth/Barrett) to instruct the Executive Committee to negotiate an elaboration of the language of the last paragraph on page 1-12 in order to strengthen it. The amendment was passed with a vote of 31 in favor and 27 opposed. The Senate voted to accept Chapter I as amended.
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEESThe motion on the by-laws change, as printed in the July 10 Agenda, was carried. Russell French presented the report of the committee, indicating that some individuals who had been nominated will be on leave; they will be replaced as necessary by the committee. A motion was made that two women be added to the Legislative Committee. Hearing no other amendments, the slate of nominees was approved by the Senate.
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEEKen Walker reported on the main activities of the committee during the year:
1) release of faculty salary information. The administration agreed to release of statistical information. The committee suggested 1 January 1979 for release of 1978-79 information.
2) Part-time faculty status. There was no change for tenure; they should be considered for fringe benefits. The Fringe Benefit Committee will take up that matter.
3) Status of department heads who return to teaching. The committee has asked the administration to consider modernization of the headship system.
4) Affirmative action for the athletic department. There has been no release of a plan from that department.
5) Status of graduate assistants who drive university vehicles. The committee has asked for a clearer policy on insurance.
6) The committee has reviewed procedures for its new responsibilities in the faculty grievance procedure.
ATHLETICS COMMITTEETom Ungs reported that the committee has been working on a joint project with the Athletics Board Committee on Faculty Relations to develop a "Faculty- Staff Information Booklet on Athletic Programs and Policy."
RESEARCH COUNCILGordon Sherman distributed a written annual report from the Research Council. The issues discussed and acted upon by the Council included: extra service pay, classified research with a final report due next year, research centers, review of faculty handbook chapters, analysis of statistics courses which will continue, nominations for research scholar awards, THEC formula funding, and the UTK Research Corporation. Copies of this report are available from the Secretary to the Faculty Senate.
UNDERGRADUATE COUNCILRalph Norman reported that the June 6 meeting included reports on continuing education and housing as well as curricular changes related to the change in the English sequence from 8 to 9 hours. New courses in Liberal Arts were approved: Anthropology courses on Northwest North America, descriptive titles for special topics courses in Art, and the curriculum and courses for a new applied music concentration, Studio Music and Jazz. The actions of the Council were approved by the Senate.
GRADUATE COUNCILEvans Roth reported on two meetings held during Spring Quarter.
|April 13:||1. The policy on UTK faculty/staff pursuing UTK Ph.D. degrees remains unchanged.
2. The graduate student appeal procedure was changed so that a standing committee will hear such appeals.
3. Another standing committee has been created to approve direction of doctoral dissertations.
4. Work is in progress on a catalog statement concerning dismissal of graduate students.
5. A college of Veterinary Medicine request to allow DVM students to enroll in UT graduate courses without admission to the Graduate School was approved.
|May 11:||1. A statement on continuation and termination of graduate students was prepared for the Graduate Catalog.
2. Consideration is incomplete on a request from the Graduate Student Council concerning conversion of incomplete grades to F after 2 quarters. Actions of the Graduate Council were confirmed by the Senate.
LIBRARY COMMITTEEHarry Rutledge reported on the efforts of this committee in response to the GSC complaint that long-term faculty charges of library materials impede graduate study and research. A computer print-out dated May 11 reveals that 275 faculty members have had 1970 books checked out and overdue for over one year; 78 books are checked out to 35 proxy ID cards; one individual has 74 books overdue. This information illustrated the problem. The committee plans to investigate the problem during Fall Quarter and to make some recommendations of appropriate action. The Senate passed a motion urging the committee to proceed to find a solution for this matter.
NEW BUSINESSFACULTY HANDBOOK. Ralph Norman outlined the changes that had been resolved between the Executive Committee and campus and systems administrations. These included changes recommended by the Senate on June 5 (segments of Chapters I, IV, and the Note) and Chapters III and IX which had not yet been presented to the Senate. An amendment was passed to make a change in Chapter III, p. 15, par. 3, second sentence so that it now reads, "Before removing pay, the Chancellor shall have the concurrence of the majority of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee." There was extensive discussion, but the Senate approved all other revisions as they were presented.