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|Kenneth Walker, Presiding||Thomas Hood, Acting Parliamentarian|
Ken Walker recognized Homer Fisher, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, who had been asked to address the Senate regarding faculty salaries. Before beginning his remarks, Fisher distributed to the full Senate the results of a study by Jim Firnberg at LSU (this study had been distributed to members of the Senate Executive Committee at the 20 September meeting). The study dealt with salary increases at major Southern Universities for the current school year, and revealed that UTK's increase of 9.1 percent was higher than most schools included in the Firnberg study.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Fisher informed the Senate that he was not presenting the position of the administration in terms of justifying faculty compensation. The administration's position on this matter is in complete agreement with the faculty position. Both agree that salaries of UTK faculty are low. In spite of this, Fisher maintained there were some inaccuracies in the AAUP salary study published in Academe in which UTK ranked last among Southern Universities. AAUP has been notified of these inaccuracies and has agreed to publish an apology along with corrections in the UTK data.
In explaining the inaccuracies in the AAUP study, Fisher stated that the report did not take into account the fact that although salary increases in 1981-82 were only 2 percent, faculty no longer had to contribute to retirement. The state non-contributory retirement plan resulted in faculty realizing a seven or eight percent take home pay increase. In addition, longevity pay was not included in the AAUP study. Allowing for these adjustments, UTK should show some improvement in rankings in terms of overall faculty compensation.
Fisher continued his remarks by providing information about salaries for the 82-83 school year. According to Fisher, and as illustrated in the Firnberg study, the average faculty salary increase was 9.1 percent. Although the state appropriation was only 5 percent, institutions were instructed by the state to contribute an additional 2 percent through payroll deductions. UTK reallocated, from within University resources, additional monies so that the 9.1 percent average was achieved. Based on this increase, Fisher speculated that UTK salaries would rise above those of Auburn, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State and the University of Alabama. Also based on these latest figures, UTK's overall compensation for faculty should exceed the SREB average. Unfortunately, Fisher was not sure when statistics would be available to substantiate his speculations.
In closing, Fisher made some observations regarding the role of the UT System administration as it relates to faculty compensation. Fisher listed several ways this administration benefits the faculty in terms of compensation. They are as follows: a) UT system administrators are involved in the THEC formula revision committee which continues to be sensitive to the needs of UTK; b) the involvement of system administrators with members of the legislature in an effort to prevent the passage of harmful legislation as it relates to the budgetary process; c) the efforts of the system administrators in fund raising campaigns and alumni giving which facilitate faculty salary improvement from non- state funds; and d) the involvement of the UT System in helping to secure the technology corridor and the management of ORNL.
Following his remarks, Fisher asked for questions from the Senate. In response to the question as to how faculty salaries could be improved, he gave the following suggestions: 1) fully fund the THEC formula; 2) reduce enrollment but continue UTK funding at present levels; and 3) have an infusion of state funds specifically designated for salaries for higher education faculty. These funds would be separate from appropriations for other state employees.
1. The Faculty Senate office is now located at 1819 Andy Holt Ave. in the same building with the Learning Research Center.MINUTES
2. A summary of initial charges to all committees had been prepared by Ken Walker and distributed to the committees and to all members of the Senate. In addition to these charges, each committee should establish additional agenda items.
3. Ken Walker has appointed a committee to study the impact of UTK's management of ORNL on academic programs. David Qualls is chair of the committee. Members are: Pauline Bayne, Kathleen Emmett, Anne Hopkins, Sid Jumper, Mike Pemberton, and Fred Venditti. This committee is a subcommittee of the Senate Executive Committee and part of the ORNL Study Task Force. In regard to the committee, Walker read a memo to the Senate from David Qualls, chair. Qualls stated in the memo that the committee would act as a sounding board for faculty concerns with respect to current or future UT- ORNL relations. The memo requested that Senators talk with their constituents about this matter and to relay concerns, in writing, by 8 November to David Qualls, Dept. of Economics, 508 Stokely Management Center.
4. Members of the Executive Committee had expressed concern that outside consultants might not be hired to assist in the design of the addition to Hoskins. Walker reported that after a meeting with Jack Reese and Joe Johnson, this was no longer a problem. Outside consultants will be hired as needed.
The following corrections were made regarding attendance at the 12 July 1982 Senate meeting: Hopkins, McInnis, Nabelek, Posey, and Townsend were present.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Other corrections:Page 1, AnnouncementsThe minutes for the 12 July 1982 Senate meeting were approved.
Page 3, line 9, preceding
Page 4, No. 2 under Executive Committee, second paragraph, next to last word, Faculty
Page 6, No. 7, third line, packet
The minutes for the 20 September Executive Committee meeting were approved.
Anne Hopkins, chair of the Legislative Committee, distributed a resolution at today's meeting which had been prepared by her committee. Full text of the resolution follows:UNFINISHED BUSINESSHopkins moved that the Senate consider the resolution.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTIONWHEREAS, higher education provides both the hope and promise for the future for the people of Tennessee; and
ON FACULTY SALARIES
WHEREAS, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the major graduate and research institution within the state of Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, the performance of the faculty is at the heart of the quality of the University and the level of faculty salaries directly affects the maintenance and improvement of a quality faculty; and
WHEREAS, the American Association of University Professor's national rankings of faculty salaries indicates a steady and dramatic decline in the relative position of faculty salaries so that its most recent ratings (1981-82) show the University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty salaries rate at the bottom of the list of all comparable southeastern state universities; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate on behalf of the Faculty, urge the Chancellor of UTK, the President of the UT System, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Commissioner of Finance and Administration, the Governor and the members of the General Assembly to support appropriate budgetary actions to bring about a speedy solution to this problem; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate actively seek through its various committees the support and cooperation of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and others for such change.
Nancy E. Lay, Secretary Kenneth Walker, President
The motion to consider passed.
A lengthy discussion followed. A major concern with the resolution, as expressed by several Senators, was that it was not specific enough. Doug Wickham, for example, expressed the view that the next to last paragraph was merely a "laundry list" and that such an approach is ineffective. Anne Hopkins responded that the purpose of the list was not to hide anything, but rather the list represented all those who need to be involved if faculty salaries are to be improved.
Tony Spiva voiced the same concern regarding the lack of specificity in the resolution. Spiva indicated that Homer Fisher's remarks about faculty compensation were disturbing to him for similar reasons. Spiva asked Fisher who, specifically, is pushing for faculty salary improvements. Fisher replied that the Chancellor has access to the Commissioner of Finance and the Governor, and that Reese is free to contact those state officials directly without going through channels. The Chancellor also meets with leaders of the state legislature in order to improve UTK funding in general and faculty salaries specifically.
The discussion then centered, once again, on the AAUP salary study. Dick Wirtz, who identified himself as being new to the Senate, raised a question about the contradictions between the recent AAUP meeting and today's Senate meeting. He maintained that at the AAUP meeting, UTK was reported to have received a ranking of five, the lowest, insofar as salary and compensation were concerned. At today's meeting, however, Homer Fisher had implied, at least to the new Senator, that UTK's ranking was high, perhaps a one or two. Fisher responded that this was not the case. UTK is still low and faculty salaries remain a major priority with the administration and an issue to be addressed by the faculty.
Tom Heffernan observed that Tennessee has a relatively good economic standing when compared to other Southern states. He stated that Tennessee ranks 8 in 14 states in per capita income and 6 in 14 in proportion of state appropriations allocated to higher education. He was concerned, based on these rankings, about the low ranking revealed in the AAUP study insofar as UTK faculty salaries are concerned.
In response to a specific question as to whether UTK would improve in salaries and compensation on a relative basis in 1982-83 as compared to other institutions in the AAUP study, Fisher indicated that there would be improvement in total compensation, but that the base salary would continue to be low.
Harvey Carruth, who identified himself as a longtime member of the Fringe Benefits Committee of the Senate, remarked that total compensation resulted in greater benefits to faculty when compared to base salary because most benefits included in total compensation were either tax exempt or tax deferred.
LeRoy Graf asked whether the faculty would continue to receive longevity pay. Fisher answered that this was not a certainty but, in his opinion, longevity pay had been institutionalized and would continue indefinitely.
At the conclusion of the discussion, Harvey Carruth commented that UTK needed a major goal for this year, to which both faculty and administrators could strive, in order to improve faculty salaries. He suggested that the goal should be full formula funding. Based on this suggestion, Carruth moved that the resolution be amended as follows: In the next to last paragraph insert after the word problem; including full THEC formula funding.
Goolsby moved to amend in the same paragraph by adding to the end of the last sentence; and in the achievement of parity with SREB institutions with respect to faculty salaries.
The next to last paragraph would then read:Be it further resolved that the Faculty Senate on behalf of the Faculty, urge the Chancellor of UTK, the President of the UT System, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Commissioner of Finance and Administration, the Governor and the members of the General Assembly to support appropriate budgetary actions to bring about a speedy solution to this problem; including full THEC formula funding and the achievement of parity with other SREB institutions with respect to faculty salaries.The amendments passed.
The resolution as amended passed unanimously.
Walker concluded the discussion on the resolution by assuring Senators that he, as President, would be actively involved in implementing the resolution.
The issue of course repetition and averaging grades in repeated courses had been postponed from the Senate meeting of 31 May 1982. Extracts from that meeting were included in the packet of materials for today's meeting.CAMPUS CHEST
The Undergraduate Council proposed the following:
On p. 16 of the 1981-82 General Catalog, revise "Repeating Courses" as follows:Up to four courses may be repeated, counting only the last grade of a repeated course in computation of the grade point average. After the four courses of repetition, all grades and hours unless otherwise specified will be counted in the computation of the grade point average. A student may not repeat a course more than twice. Each course may be counted only once when determining credit hours toward graduation. All grades are entered on the permanent record.At the 31 May 1982 Senate meeting the following amendment was passed:With regard to course repetition, all grades and hours will be counted in the computation of the grade point average. Unless otherwise specified, a student may not repeat a course more than twice. Each course may be counted only once when determining credit hours toward graduation. All grades are entered on the permanent record.However, the Senate voted to postpone action on the proposal until today's meeting.
Discussion began with remarks concerning how the original proposal and amendment differ. Walker explained as follows:
(May repeat only twice in both proposals. This is true of the repeat policy presently in effect).
Amendment Original Proposal 1. Repeat any number of courses twice 1. Repeat 4 courses counting only last grade 2. All grades count in GPA 2. After 4 repeated courses, all grades count in GPA
Walker requested that the Senate permit William Byas, Dean of Student Developmental Services to speak on this matter. The Senate voted to grant permission.
Byas spoke against having all repeated grades averaged to compute the grade point average. He felt this would be unfair to many students, particularly freshmen and sophomores. Because of this, he recommended the following: 1) Defer coming to any conclusion before all concerned have been given ample opportunity to study fully the potential impact of this proposal relative to the general student population, minority enrollment, budget, and faculty; 2) exempt all freshmen and sophomore level courses; 3) exempt all students with fewer than 90 quarter hours; and 4) consider any request for more than one "repeat" as an exception and base approval on individual circumstances applying previously established guidelines.
Gary Harmon, Student Goverment Assoc. President, spoke in support of Dean Byas.
Ken Walker asked Ralph Norman whether a statistical study had been conducted to determine the impact on those students mentioned by Byas. Norman reported that there was no thorough study, but the Senate had permitted the College of Engineering to experiment with a similar proposal. This has been in effect for two years (repeating four courses--all grades averaged) and the results, according to Norman's perception have been good. The Engineering experiment will last four years.
Marian Moffett and Jackie McInnis, members of the Undergraduate Council subcommittee which recommended the proposal, indicated in response to concern over the leniency of the UTK policy, that when compared with several other universities, UTK policy was the most liberal.
Several Senators expressed concern about the second sentence in the amendment having to do with "unless otherwise specified". William Goolsby moved to amend by adding to the phrase "in course description". The sentence would then read: Unless otherwise specified in the course description, a student may not repeat a course more than twice.
The amended amendment passed.
Ken Walker, who originally proposed the amendment, relinquished the chair to LeRoy Graf, President-elect of the Senate.
Walker commented that he was not as positive about the amendment as he had been in the Spring. He has, after talking with students and Dean Byas, concerns about the potential impact on some students. Walker expressed the opinion that some set number of courses could be repeated and the grades forgiven.
Walker moved to amend the amendment by adding the first sentence of the original UGC proposal to the amendment and specifying that this applied only to freshmen. The amendment would read:Up to four courses may be repeated, counting only the last grade of a repeated course in computation of the grade point average during the first completed 45 hours. With regard to course repetition, all other grades and hours will be counted in the computation of the grade point average. Unless otherwise specified in the course description, a student may not repeat a course more than twice. Each course may be counted only once when determining credit hours toward graduation. All grades are entered on the permanent record.Bernie Silverstein moved the following:In deference to the request of Dean Byas and the Student Government President, this issue should be postponed until the next Senate meeting in order to obtain statistical information regarding the impact of the proposal on minority students at UTK. This information should be presented to the Senate at the 1 November meeting.The motion passed.
LeRoy Graf urged Senators to Give! Give! Give! to the United Way.AGENDA SUGGESTION
Gerald Schroedl urged Ken Walker to place the Course Repeat Proposal as the first item of business for the 1 November meeting. Schroedl felt the Senate never had ample time to discuss this important issue. Walker agreed to the suggestion.The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
|Kenneth Walker, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
Undergraduate Council Proposal--Course Repetition and Grade Computation in Repeated Courses.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ken Walker recognized Ralph Norman who presented the following proposal:Course RepetitionLeRoy Graf moved to consider.Unless otherwise specified in the course description, no course may be repeated more than twice, and no course may be repeated in which a grade of C or better has already been earned. Exceptions may be allowed only after written prior permission of the student's faculty advisor and college dean.Computation of Grades in Courses Repeated
Each course is counted only once in determining credit hours presented for graduation.For courses taken during the first 45 quarter hours of collegiate study, the last grade earned in a course repeated will be counted in the computation of the undergraduate cumulative grade point average.(This Policy will apply to all students entering the university in Summer 1983 and thereafter, and will take effect for all undergraduate students beginning Fall 1984.)
Once a student has completed (i.e., passed) 45 quarter hours, all grades and hours in courses subsequently taken will be included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average.
The motion passed.
Norman stated that consideration of course repetition and GPA computation in repeated courses was concerned primarily with the following issues: 1) The economic cost which results from students repeating courses which are in high demand; 2) the academic cost which may result from students being indifferent about failing courses; and 3) the consequences of a stringent repeat policy which may adversely affect students, particularly less well prepared students, who have been admitted to the University.
Following Norman's introductory remarks, Ken Walker indicated that all amendments which had been proposed regarding the repeat policy at previous Senate meetings should be withdrawn in order to deal with the latest proposal. Goolsby, Graf, Silverstein, and Walker, Senators who had proposed amendments, agreed to withdraw them.
There was some concern about the reaction of Dean Byas, who had opposed the repeat policy as presented at the 11 October Senate meeting. Norman reported that Byas had collected some data, based on the previous proposal, and that of the 200 students included in the Byas survey, about one-fourth of them would not have been allowed to continue at UTK had the previous proposal been approved. Byas was, however, generally favorable to the most recent proposal.
Bill Cole distributed the results of a study conducted by David Qualls which detailed practices at "sister" schools in regard to repeat policies. The study indicated that the UTK repeat policy is more lenient than schools included in the report, but that thirteen of the schools surveyed have no limit on the number of courses which may be repeated. However, all grades are used to compute the GPA. Cole emphasized, in his discussion of the report, that stringent repeat policies affect not only minorities but many capable students in Tennessee who have not received adequate training for college.
In response to questions regarding transfer students and withdrawal from courses, Norman replied that transfer students would be held to the same standards as all other undergraduate students and that withdrawals would not be counted as having taken a course. Norman then reminded the Senate that a more stringent drop deadline had been approved by the Senate in the Spring of 1982. This policy stipulates that the general drop deadline will be fifteen calendar days, but individual colleges may set the drop deadline at eight days. This will go into effect in the Fall of 1983.
Following the discussion, the Senate voted to approve the proposals as presented by Ralph Norman at today's meeting.
Ken Walker made the following announcements:MINUTES1. There will be open hearings conducted by the Library and the Senate Library Committee on November 2 and 3, 1982 at 3:30 p.m. in the Shiloh Room of the University Center. Purpose of the hearings is to review proposed loan policies and to provide faculty with an opportunity to express opinions about these policies. Walker urged Senators to publicize the hearings and to encourage faculty to participate in this important matter.
2. The following actions have been taken in regard to the Faculty Senate Salary Resolution which was passed at the 11 October Senate meeting: 1) a letter, along with the resolution, was sent to President Boling. Chancellor Reese was sent a carbon of the Boling letter as well as the resolution; and 2) Ken Walker addressed the Board of Trustees meeting on this matter at their meeting of 15 October.
Corrections to the minutes of the Senate meeting of 11 October 1982 were as follows:LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEEPage 2, line 6--payroll deductions should read payroll reductions.The minutes for the Senate meeting of 11 October 1982 were approved.
Page 2, line 10--delete the sentence which reads: Also Eased on these latest figures, UTK's overall compensation for faculty should exceed the SREB average.
Page 3, under other corrections, it should be specified that the "e" in Announcements was to be added to page 1 of the Executive Committee minutes of 20 September.
Page 5, in revision to resolution, Commissioner and Governor (spelling).
Page 7, paragraph 3, lines 5 and 6, the statement in parentheses (repeating four courses--all grades averaged) does not accurately reflect the policy in the College of Engineering. The policy is as follows: The last grade in four courses is used and all other repeats are averaged to compute the GPA.
Anne Hopkins, chairperson, reported that the Legislative Committee and Ken Walker had met with System and Campus administrators (Boling, Reese, Johnson, Fly, and Fisher) to discuss University funding and low faculty salaries. As a result of the meeting, Joe Johnson had written a letter to Hopkins in which he formalized certain actions which could be taken by the Legislative Committee to encourage greater state appropriations for the University. Hopkins distributed the Johnson letter to the Senate. She also distributed a reply to the letter signed by Anne Hopkins and Ken Walker. The Hopkins-Walker letter indicated that the administrators had been most cooperative in sharing information and in encouraging broad faculty participation in public decision making concerning policies related to higher education.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Hopkins continued her report by stating that the Legislative Committee is presently working on a statement of goals. Once the goals have been established, they plan to meet with appropriate state officials. They intend to accomplish this prior to Christmas vacation.
In conclusion, Hopkins requested faculty to offer assistance in seeking access to governmental officials.
The following were corrections to the Executive Committee Minutes of 15 October:GRADUATE COUNCILPage 1, No. 3, 2nd paragraph, line 5; strike the h at the end of meeth.Ken. Walker highlighted the following announcements from the meeting:
Page 2, Senate Tax Reform Resolution, line 2; change the word delude to dilute.
Page 2, 8 Iines from the bottom; sponsor (spelling).1. A letter from Lorayne Lester, President of the local AAUP chapter, which indicated that the statistical error in the UTK data on faculty salaries was of no significance; the UTK ranking remains at 5, 5, 5, 5.Walker also mentioned another item. regarding AAUP which was reported in the Minutes. The objectives of AAUP and the Faculty Senate are similar in regard to faculty salaries. The means of reaching the objectives may differ, but the two groups are not fighting each other on this issue.2. The document entitled Expression of Interest in The Management. Operation, and Maintenance of Various DOE Facilities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Paducah, Kentucky may be reviewed in the Senate office at 1819 Andy Holt Avenue. Interested faculty may receive a personal copy by contacting Don Eastman's office at 2269.The minutes for the Executive Committee meeting of 15 October 1982 were approved.
Evans Roth presented the report of the Graduate Council for the meeting of 1-5 July 1982.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Roth mentioned two items from the Minutes.(1) The Master of Mathematics degree program will remain as is; that is, 9 credit hours required at the 5000-level or above.The Minutes for the Graduate Council Meeting of 15 July 1982 were approved.
(2) A proposal which would allow persons hired at the full professor level to be automatically approved to direct doctoral dissertation research and to teach 6000-level courses had been introduced to the Graduate Council. No action has been taken on the proposal, but it will be considered at the November Graduate Council meeting.
Ralph Norman presented the materials from the Undergraduate Council meeting of 14 October 1982.The meeting was adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
He called attention to two reports which had been presented at the meeting; the Program Review for the Vocational Technical Education Department (summary may be found on pp. 5521-5525) and the Association of American Colleges Project on the Purposes and Meaning of Baccalaureate Degrees (summary may be found on pp. 5526-5527).
In regard to curricular matters, Norman reported that there were substantial changes in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries (pp. 5528-5535) and in the College of Business Administration (pp. 5535-5558).
Specifically in the College of Business Administration there were proposed changes in Economics, Office Administration and Business Education which could affect many undergraduate students. Introductory Economics 2110, 2120, and 2130 (3,3,3) will be dropped effective Summer Quarter 1983. Introductory Economics 2510, 2520 (4,4) will be added effective Winter Quarter 1983.
Bill Cole of the Economics Department assured the Senate that the department would circulate to all departments appropriate courses of action for students affected by the change in Introductory Economics.
The College of Business Administration also proposes to drop the curricula for the programs of Office Administration and Business Education (College of Business program only) effective Winter Quarter 1983. Office Administration will be absorbed into the Department of Management as a concentration in Office Systems Management. Students in the present degree programs of Business Education and Office Administration have been notified by letter of the proposed changes. Such students will be allowed appropriate substitutions so that graduation dates will not be affected.
Another item from the College of Business Administration was concerned with stipulations for taking correspondence courses I -(P. -5559). Norman reported that the Undergraduate Council deferred action on this item since the Undergraduate Degree Requirements Committee will study correspondence work in general and make recommendations to the Council.
Norman concluded his report by stating that the curricular changes from the Colleges of Education, Home Economics, and Liberal Arts were routine in nature. These changes may be found on pp. 5560-5577 of the minutes.
The minutes from the Undergraduate Council for the 14 October 1982 meeting were approved.
|Kenneth Walker, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
Ken Walker introduced Homer Fisher who had been invited to address the Senate regarding the impact of the three million dollar impoundment of UTK funds. Fisher distributed a handout which illustrated the distribution of impoundment funds and a summary of the impact of the impoundment. The handout indicated that $1,450,000 of the impounded funds had been assessed centrally (interest earnings, state copier reserve, bookstore reserve, vending funds, plant funds). The remaining $1,615,000 had been assessed to academic and administrative units. The impact of the impoundment is reflected in the following: a) a reduction in the equivalent of 82 full- time positions; b) a reduction in more than 150 classes and sections for the remainder of the academic year; c) significant scheduling problems for students Winter Quarter; and d) deferment of the purchase of instructional and research equipment and maintenance and office supplies.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Following a discussion of the handout, Ken Walker remarked that departments had been requested to supply anecdotal information to the administration regarding the impact of the impoundment. Fisher indicated that virtually all colleges had responded to the request and that this information was being compiled and would be distributed to Deans, members of the Faculty Senate Budget Committee, the Governor, and selected members of the State Legislature.
Walker suggested to Fisher that all materials relative to the impoundment should be shared with the Faculty Senate.
1. Ken Walker announced that David Qualls, for health reasons, had asked to be removed as chairperson of the Senate ORNL Academic Input Committee. Sid Jumper has been appointed as his replacement. Bill Bugg has been added to the committee. Faculty having suggestions for the committee should contact Jumper at ext. 2148.MINUTES
2. Ken Walker distributed a list of the names of people appointed by President Boling to serve as a task force on UTK institutional assessment. The task force was appointed at the request of Chancellor Reese and is charged with studying all aspects of UTK including campus administration and governance. A report from the task force will be sent to Reese and Boling on April 1, 1983.
Members are as follows: John Prados and Charles Reynolds, co-chairpersons. Francis Gross, Glen Hall, Gary Harmon, James Haslam, Anne Hopkins, Robert Landen, John Morrow, Warren Neel, Richard Ray, Bettye Jane Reid, William Simpson, Fred Venditti, Kenneth Walker and Gwendolyn White.
The minutes for the Senate meeting of 1 November 1982 were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Walker reminded the Senate that Senators should express their views to him or to members of the Executive Committee if they disagreed with actions of the committee.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
The minutes of the 15 November Executive Committee were approved with the following correction: Sandy Echternacht was present.
The minutes of 22 November were approved with the following correction: Page 2, second paragraph, last line--governor (spelling)
The minutes of 3 January 1983 were approved with the following corrections:Page 2, number 2, line 4--Physics (spelling)
Page 2, number 3, line 4--the meeting with Howard Pollio is scheduled for 26 January rather than 20 January
Anne Hopkins, chairperson of the Legislative Committee, discussed two documents which had been distributed to Senators at today's meeting. The first document had been prepared by Ken Walker and was entitled "Chronology of Senate Action Related to Faculty Salary and Other UTK Funding". Hopkins called attention to the fact that The chronology began on 31 August 1982 and ended with today's Senate meeting. During that time numerous meetings had been held with various state officials and campus administration in an attempt to develop strategies for improving funding for UTK. Included along with the chronology were attachments of correspondence between Walker, Boling, Commissioner Sansom and the Governor's office.RESEARCH COUNCIL
The second document discussed by Hopkins was entitled "Improved Funding for UTK: A Plan". This plan, prepared by the Legislative Committee, was written for public consumption and has been distributed to various state and University officials. It is divided into four sections; The first section details UTK's unique position as the flagship institution in Tennessee, the relationship of quality faculty to such an institution, and the relationship of a quality university to economic development. The second section deals with a two year plan for funding. The funding goal for the first year is to raise UTK salaries and operating and equipment funds to the SREB average of comparable institutions. The second year goal is to raise them to the upper one-third of comparable institutions. The third section of the plan offers solutions to the funding problems. It suggests tax reform and indicates the Senate favors a progressive state income tax with a proportionate reduction in the state sales tax. The Senate, to relieve current shortfalls, also supports the adoption of a one-cent increase in the state sales tax. The final section of the plan contains calculations of the funding goals.
Other materials distributed by Hopkins along with the funding plan were: a) two tables prepared by AAUP, containing updated salary and compensation schedules, which compared UTK to other Southeastern institutions, and b) a table which illustrated changes in state appropriations for UT from 1970 through 1981-82.
Alex Van Hook, chairperson of the Research Council, discussed a report prepared by a subcommittee which dealt with research relationships with private enterprise. The report had been distributed with the packet of materials for today's meeting.DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS COMMITTEE
After some discussion of the report, it was agreed that additional guidelines were needed. Walker indicated that he will discuss this topic with the Chancellor and assured the Senate that additional guidelines will be forthcoming. Based on this promise, the Senate accepted the report.
Larry Taylor, chairperson, distributed a report from the committee. In a discussion of the report, Taylor emphasized that one of the goals of the committee was to increase the role of faculty in terms of involvement with alumni. One of the means of accomplishing this is through departmental Newsletters. Another recommendation from the committee is that all faculty receive all alumni publications. These could be sent through campus mail at no great expense. Faculty may send suggestions for the committee to Taylor at Rm. 2 G&G Bldg., ext. 2366.INSTRUCTIONAL EVALUATION
This topic was postponed until 14 February Senate meeting.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Ralph Norman presented the materials from the Undergraduate Council Meeting of 18 November 1982. He indicated the curricular changes from the College of Law and Veterinary Medicine were routine in nature (pp. 5561-5562 of the minutes). The changes from the College of Education reflect an upgrading of standards which necessitates adding courses as prerequisites for admission to teacher education (pp. 5605-5610 of the minutes).The meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
Norman called to the attention of the Senate the report of the Coordinating Committee on General Education which appears on pp. 5593-5603 of the minutes. Although Senate action is not necessary at this time, faculty should be aware of the recommendations of the committee since these may form the basis for future curricular decisions.
Norman presented a proposal from the Instructional Evaluation Committee which mandated that seniors be tested as a prerequisite to graduation. A memorandum from Trudy Banta, director of the Kellogg Project and Ohmer Milton, director of the Learning Research Center had been distributed to Senators with the packet of materials for today's meeting. The memorandum gave rationale for the testing.
Norman explained that the reason for the testing was in response to THEC instructional evaluation standards and the Kellogg Project (a grant funded project which examines means by which testing information may be used for program improvement). Norman indicated students would be taking the American College Testing programs' College Outcomes Testing Measurement Project (COMP) Test.
Debate on the proposal was concerned with whether to include mandatory testing in the major subject as well as in general education.
Ralph Dimmick moved to delete the sentence regarding testing in the major field.
The motion passed.
Anne Hopkins moved to delete the phrase, "if selected," from the original proposal.
The motion passed.
The Senate approved the following statement to be included in the UTK Catalog under the heading of Program Assessment and Improvement Through Student Evaluation:In order for the University to assess and improve its academic programs, periodic measurements of student perceptions and intellectual growth must be obtained. As a requirement for graduation every student shall participate in one or more evaluative procedures, which may include examinations in general education and/or the major field of study. The evaluative information obtained through testing is used solely to improve the quality of the educational experience for future generations of students.
Effective Spring Quarter, 1983.Norman explained that the Board of Trustees would have to approve the proposal at their February meeting in order for it to take effect in the Spring.
Clint Allison moved approval of the Undergraduate Council minutes for 18 November 1982.
The motion passed.
1. University accounts with United American Bank are not endangered. The bank is scheduled to open tomorrow.Reese then spoke in general terms of opportunities and challenges which affect the University. Among the opportunities mentioned were: a) the pre-planning funds for the expansion of the library will be approved by the General Assembly this fiscal year. Construction will begin during the 34-85 academic year; and b) UTK will not manage ORNL but the University will work to strengthen UTK's relationship with the new corporation which is awarded the contract.
2. The architect's plans and a three-dimensional scale model of the Undergraduate Library expansion will be presented on Friday, 25 February at 3:15 p.m. in the Auditorium of the University Center. All faculty are invited to attend.
The following announcements were made by Ken Walker.MINUTES1. A letter from Walker has been sent to members of the State Legislature requesting financial support for UTK. A copy of the letter was distributed to Senators at today's meeting.
2. Lew Dougherty, President of the National Alumni Association, has written a letter to alumni in the state asking them to contact the Governor and members of the Legislature requesting that the level of support for UT be raised. A copy of Dougherty's letter was also distributed to Senators at today's meeting.
3. A meeting with Governor Alexander and Finance Commissioner William Sansom has been scheduled for Thursday, February 17. Senators who will be attending are President Walker, President- elect LeRoy Graf, Past President Ken Kenney, and chairperson of the Legislative Committee, Anne Hopkins.
4. The Campus Assessment Committee continues to meet. Faculty wishing to communicate with the committee may contact one of the chairpersons, John Prados or Charles Reynolds.
The minutes for the Senate meeting of 17 January 1983 were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Walker called the Senate's attention to AAUP position papers on the arena and on tenure-track faculty decisions which are reported in the Executive Committee minutes of 31 January 1983. Walker indicated that the Senate and AAUP positions are identical on both these matters.EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
To demonstrate Senate opposition to the arena, Walker read the arena policy statement which had been approved by the Senate on 8 March 1982. The statement urged the Governor and State Legislature to appropriate the 7 million dollars toward operating and equipment budgets or to library expansion rather than the arena.
To demonstrate the Senate opposition on the tenure-track faculty matter, Walker reported that the Senate last Spring voted that reasons should be given to faculty on tenure-tracks when contracts are terminated. The administration did not agree, and consequently there is no provision for this in the Faculty Handbook revisions to be presented to the Board of Trustees. Walker reported that he will speak to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees on February 24, 1983 and urge them to include the stipulation prior to presenting the Handbook revisions to the full Board on February 25, 1983.
The minutes of the 31 January Executive Committee were approved.
Lee Humphreys, chairperson, reported that the committee is conducting a study of the semester/quarter issue. Contrary to published reports, Humphreys assured the Senate that faculty had not reached agreement in terms of support for the semester system. A statement prepared by the committee which details the strengths and weaknesses of three possible academic calendars has been widely distributed on campus. Senators and department chairpersons are among those who have been sent the statement with instructions to respond collectively and/or individually. Responses should be sent to Humphreys at 501 McClung Tower before March 11, 1983. After a compilation of the information, a full report will be given to the Senate. Ken Walker stated that there would be some sort of Senate action on this matter before the end of the academic year.FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
Henry Fribourg, chairperson of the Fringe Benefits Committee, distributed a proposal which would support enabling legislation for a group health insurance plan for UT system retirees. The proposal was initiated by the UTK Retirees Association and has the support of the Fringe Benefits and the Legislative Committees of the Senate.INSTRUCTIONAL EVALUATION
The Senate voted unanimously to approve the proposal.
Ohmer Milton, Director of the Learning Research Center and chairperson of the Committee for Instructional Evaluation, discussed two Instructional Evaluation Reports which had been presented to THEC. The reports in 1981 and 1982 are available in the Learning Research Center and the 1982 report has been distributed to all Senators. Milton explained that the reports are the result of THEC's request for performance funding criteria which stipulates that institutional quality must be assessed. The assessment is based on five variables and since UTK has scored well on the variables, there have been additional budget allocations made to the University because of these scores.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Milton stressed that the whole purpose of the instructional evaluation was to improve the quality of the education in institutions of higher learning in Tennessee generally and in UTK in particular. He expressed the view that the most important aspect of the evaluation was to use the data compiled from the assessment to make changes which will improve quality. This is THEC's goal as well as UTK's.
Evans Roth presented the Graduate Council minutes from the meetings of 4 November 1982 and 20 January 1983. Since the minutes for the 20 January meeting had been distributed late, they were not on the agenda for today's meeting. However, the Senate agreed by consensus to have them considered.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
From the 4 November meeting, Roth highlighted the fact that the Council had approved a proposal which automatically grants persons hired at the full professor level at UTK unlimited approval to teach 6000-level courses and to direct doctoral dissertations. This would be effective from 1 September 1982, but would not be retroactive.
The revisions of appeals procedure from the 4 November meeting were also highlighted by Roth. There was concern about the revisions since they removed the process whereby an attorney for the student could be present at appeals meetings.
Anne Hopkins moved to refer the matter back to the Graduate Council for further consideration.
The motion passed.
There was confusion about the intent of the motion. The chair then ruled that the present graduate appeals procedure would remain in effect until the revised one had been approved by the Senate. In the meantime, the Graduate Council was to reconsider that portion of the appeals process dealing with the rights of students to have an attorney present when appeals are being heard.
With the exception of the revised appeals procedure, the Graduate Council minutes of the 4 November 1982 meeting were approved.
From the 20 January 1983 meeting, Roth mentioned that the intercollegiate statistics program proposal, approved at the 4 November meeting, had been reconsidered. The reconsidered proposal makes it cleat that the Statistics Department has control over the admission of doctoral students to a minor in statistics, but that the department offering the course determines the instructor. The Statistics graduate faculty will approve or withdraw approval of courses for the minor based on continuing evaluation of course content, the instructor, and the students. The Statistics graduate faculty will also certify whether students complete a minor in Statistics.
The minutes for the 20 January 1983 Graduate Council meeting were approved.
Linda Tober, Secretary to the Undergraduate Council, presented the materials from the meeting of 27 January 1983. She indicated that the curricular changes were routine. She did mention, however, that the changes from the Division of Physical Education were somewhat unusual in that there would be four concentrations within the major which do not lead to teacher certification. Students enrolled in those concentrations who later decide to teach will be required to meet the criteria specified for teacher certification. The Undergraduate Council minutes for the meeting of 27 January 1983 were approved.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
|Kenneth Walker, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
Ken Walker introduced Wayne Brown, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), who had been invited to address the Senate in regard to Governor Alexander's proposed education legislation.ANNOUNCEMENTS
In reference to the Governor's four-year plan for funding higher education, Brown indicated that approval of the plan by the legislature would result in substantial increases in terms of salaries and operating and equipment budgets. Approval of the plan, according to Brown, is contingent upon a one-cent increase in the state sales tax, and the sales tax increase is tied to the Master Teacher Plan for elementary and secondary teachers. In Brown's opinion, unless some form of a Master Teacher Plan is approved by the legislature, the Governor will not support a tax increase. Brown predicted that some modification of the Master Teacher Plan would be approved.
Brown also provided the Senate with information relating to the Governor's Centers of Excellence proposal. He indicated that details of the proposal have yet to be determined, but the concept is to identify areas of study at various institutions which could attain, at a minimum, regional recognition. Brown maintained that the Governor is committed to the Centers of Excellence idea. This commitment is demonstrated by the fact that a cumulative total of $40 million has been budgeted for the centers over a four-year period.
The following announcements were made by Ken Walker.MINUTES1. Anne Hopkins and Ken Walker, at the request of the Governor, attended a meeting in Nashville on 8 March. Walker assumed the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Centers of Excellence. This, however, was not the case. The topics discussed included the status of education at all levels in Tennessee and the relationship of various educational boards. In addition to the Governor, those in attendance were members of the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents, Board of Trustees, and Faculty Senate Presidents from UTC and Memphis State.
2. The Faculty Affairs Committee of the Senate continues to negotiate with the administration on the matter related to giving reasons when tenure-track faculty are terminated. As soon as some sort of agreement can be reached, the Senate will be asked to take appropriate action.
3. Senators should disregard a memo sent from Ken Walker requesting them to secure the Task Force Report on Institutional Assessment from their respective Deans. The reports were sent by the administration directly to Senators. Additional copies were also available at today's meeting. Senators desiring extra copies should contact Sherry McBrayer at #6768.
The minutes of the Senate meeting of 14 February 1983 were approved with the following correction: Page 4 under the Undergraduate Council heading, the last sentence should read: Students enrolled in those concentrations who later decide to teach will be required to meet the criteria specified for teacher certification.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 28 February 1983 were approved.UTK-ORNL ACADEMIC IMPACT COMMITTEE
There was one correction to the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 28 March 1983. Page 3, second paragraph, line 5--latest--spelling.
Igor Nabelek requested that the Senate discuss the Marian Greenwood mural controversy which had been reported in the 28 March minutes. After a brief discussion in which LeRoy Graf explained, among other things, that the mural had been covered to protect it from further vandalism, Nabelek moved the following: The Senate should ask the administration to uncover the Greenwood mural. Mathews was the second for the motion.
The motion failed by an overwhelming voice vote.
The minutes for the 28 March 1983 Executive Committee meeting were approved.
Ken Walker announced that Sid Jumper, chairperson of the committee, would not address the Senate as had been scheduled on today's agenda. A Faculty Senate Newsletter, to be mailed tomorrow, would serve as the committee report.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Anne Hopkins, chairperson, distributed several hand-outs. Two of the hand-outs were tables prepared by the Alexander administration which illustrated an overview of the four-year budget proposed by the Governor. There were two additional tables distributed which had been prepared by Homer Fisher. These depicted UTK's share of state appropriations for higher education from the period 1978-79 through the Governor's projected four-year budget.NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Hopkins summarized the Alexander tables by stating that higher education will receive the highest percentage increase over a four- year period than any other state agency. That increase is projected at 41.55 percent. She also noted that the $25 million capital outlay funds recommended for 1984-85 represent the proposed allocation for the expansion of the Undergraduate Library.
In regard to UTK's share of the recommended higher education appropriation, Hopkins pointed out that the Fisher tables reflected a 50.7 percent post impoundment increase over the four- year period. This was in contrast to an 18.2 percent increase over the previous four-year period.
The other two hand-outs distributed by Hopkins had been prepared by the Legislative Committee. One of these gave background information concerning the Governor's proposed increase in funding for higher education. The final hand-out was a resolution to endorse the Governor's program. The Senate unanimously adopted the resolution. It is as follows:Ken Walker informed the Senate that the resolution would be sent to the appropriate state officials.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE, FACULTY SENATE RESOLUTION ONWHEREAS, improvements in the quality of education at all levels provide the promise of a bright future for Tennessee;
THE PROPOSAL FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATION
AND INCREASED TAXATION
WHEREAS, drawing on the General Assembly's Comprehensive Education Study, Governor Lamar Alexander has proposed a significant improvement in funding for higher education over the next four years that will provide major benefits to all of higher education in the state of Tennessee as well as a merit pay system for elementary and secondary education;
WHEREAS, the Tennessee General Assembly is currently considering these proposals for enhanced educational quality and the tax increase;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the UTK Faculty Senate go on record as supporting the Governor's requested appropriations for higher education and the concept of equitable merit pay for public school educators;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate, although supportive of the one-cent increase in the sales tax at this time, urges the General Assembly and the Governor to consider at the earliest possible time the adoption of a progressive personal income tax with a proportionate reduction in the sales tax;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate urges the General Assembly to add additional funds to the Governor's proposal for improved salaries for educators as well as for all state employees for the next fiscal year;
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Faculty Senate actively seek through its various committees the support and cooperation of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and others for this resolution.
Nancy E. Lay, Secretary Kenneth R. Walker, President
Harvey Carruth, chairperson, recognized the following members of the committee: Kermit Blank, Kathleen Emmett, Bernie Silverstein, and Priscilla White. He then presented the following nominations: President-elect: Henry Fribourg (Agriculture) and Fred Venditti (Education). University Councilors: Jane Dunlap (Communications) and June Gorski (Education); Clinton Allison (Education) and Marian Moffett (Architecture), and Joe Rader (Library) and Bernard Silverstein (Liberal Arts).FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
There being no nominations from the floor, the nominations were accepted by the Senate.
Carruth announced that ballots would be mailed to all Senators and that results would be made known at the 2 May Senate meeting.
Henry Fribourg, chairperson, presented three resolutions from the committee. These are concerned with retirement, insurance and longevity benefits for part-time faculty. There was some discussion about whether the resolutions would affect all part- time or the recently designated continuing part-time faculty. Another concern voiced by Senators was the cost associated with implementation of the resolutions. No definite answers were given to either of these concerns, but Homer Fisher did remark that he did not believe the cost would have a great impact on the campus budget. Fisher further indicated that the Chancellor's staff would obtain cost estimates and if the expenses were too great, the Senate would be asked to reconsider. Based on this information, the Senate approved in principle the following resolutions.BYLAWS COMMITTEE
FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEEWHEREAS, part-time faculty have been recognized as contributing substantially to the functioning of the University; and
RESOLUTION ON RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR PART-TIME FACULTY
WHEREAS, many of these part-time faculty have been employed by the University for five years or longer, but are currently without retirement benefits; and
WHEREAS, we feel that these men and women are entitled to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan on a pro rata basis;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Faculty Senate, that all part- time faculty be eligible to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (JCRS-B) and that appropriate action be sought from the General Assembly.
RESOLUTION ON INSURANCE BENEFITS FOR PART-TIME FACULTYWHEREAS, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, employs many part-time faculty members who have served the University in a professional capacity for several years and who contribute directly to the quality and continuity of the programs in which they teach, advise and/or do research;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Faculty Senate that the opportunity to participate in group insurance be sought from the State Insurance Committee for part-time faculty who are employed 25% or more.
RESOLUTION ON LONGEVITY PAY FOR PART-TIME FACULTYWHEREAS, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, employs many part-time faculty members who have served the University in a professional capacity for several years and who contribute directly to the quality and continuity of the programs in which they teach, advise, and/or do research;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Faculty Senate that the opportunity for part-time faculty to participate in the longevity pay program, on a pro rata basis be sought from the appropriate state officials.
LeRoy Graf, chairperson, presented the suggested bylaws changes which had been distributed with the materials for today's meeting. The most significant changes dealt with the following: a) permitting continuing part-time faculty to vote for Senators and to be eligible for Senate membership; and b) to abolish the University Council.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Other suggested changes were concerned with permitting observers to speak at Senate meetings and to include the immediate Past- President as a representative at large and not be counted in apportionment if the term of membership from his/her college has expired. The final change would allow the Executive Committee to have twelve elected Senators serve two year terms (six each year).
The bylaws changes were approved as distributed.
There was no report from the Graduate Council since minutes of the 10 March meeting had not been distributed.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
Linda Tober, Secretary to the Undergraduate Council, highlighted the minutes from the meeting of 3 March 1983. She mentioned that the academic program review for Biochemistry was reported and that the full report was available in the Academic Affairs Office and in the College of Liberal Arts.The meeting was adjourned at 4:58 p.m.
Tober also called attention to a report from the Coordinating Committee on General Education. This committee is proposing that an educational impact statement be included along with the usual information required of new courses. The Undergraduate Council referred this proposal back to the General Education Committee for further study.
Other reports included in the minutes are as follows: a) an interim report from the Undergraduate Degree Requirements Committee which is studying correspondence study; b) the University Studies Committee; and c) the Catalog Committee. Copies of the Catalog Committee report are available from Tober's office.
In a discussion of the curricular materials, Tober mentioned that University Studies 1000 was on a two-year approval cycle and because of this there had been a request to reapprove the course and revise the description and grading. Several Senators raised questions about the course in terms of previous Senate action. Remarks were made to the effect that the Senate was to re-evaluate the course this year. Due to the uncertainty of the wishes of the Senate, the secretary was instructed to research the Senate minutes to determine exactly the Senate's request regarding the course.
It was agreed that this section of the Undergraduate Council minutes not be approved.
Other curricular materials, according to Tober, were routine in nature.
With the exception of the University Studies Program material appearing on page 5668, the minutes of the 3 March 1983 meeting of the Undergraduate Council were approved.
|Kenneth Walker, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
A special edition of a. Campus Newsletter detailing the Chancellor's response to the Task Force Report on Institutional Assessment was distributed to Senators at today's meeting. Reese indicated that he wanted to present his response to the Faculty Senate prior to releasing it to the entire university community. Following today's presentation, the Newsletter will be distributed campus-wide.AGENDA AMENDED
In highlighting the content of the Newsletter, Chancellor Reese mentioned that the new mission statement which is included as Appendix A was the most important aspect of the Task Force report, and that the substance of his response dealt with administrative and policy changes to implement the statement. He also reminded the Senate that approval by the Faculty Senate and/or Board of Trustees would be necessary before some of the suggested changes could be implemented.
In terms of administrative changes, the Chancellor called attention to the following: a) the Office of Provost will be established. There will be a national search for the person to fill this position and an advisory search committee will be announced tomorrow; b) Vice Chancellor Homer Fisher will become Executive Vice Chancellor for Business, Finance, and Planning; c) the current Affirmative Action Coordinator will become Director of Affirmative Action and report to the Chancellor; d) graduate and undergraduate academic programs will be brought together in the Provost's office; and e) the position of Executive Director of Development will be upgraded to Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs and will report to the Chancellor.
Chancellor Reese explained that he did not follow the exact recommendations of the Task Force in regard to two other suggested organizational changes. They are as follows: 1) Graduate Studies will be housed in the Office of the Provost, but Research will remain a separate entity and will not be incorporated into that office at this time. The Chancellor has chosen to delay action on this recommendation until the new Provost is appointed and until various campus groups have been consulted. In the meantime, the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research will become the Vice Chancellor for Research on July 1; and 2) the Office of Admissions and Records will remain in Student Affairs rather than be moved to the Office of Provost.
In one year this will be evaluated based on Task Force suggested improvements in this area.
In response to a question regarding when the Provost would be appointed, the Chancellor indicated that he was striving for a September 1 appointment.
LeRoy Graf moved to amend today's agenda by inserting the election for Committee on Committees under the Executive Committee report.ANNOUNCEMENTS
The motion passed.
Ken Walker asked permission from the Parliamentarian to insert a report from the Athletics Committee as the first item of business under Committee Reports.
The Parliamentarian granted permission.
1. Larry Taylor, chair of the Senate Development and Alumni Relations Committee, announced that a Campus Newsletter, prepared by his committee, was being distributed at today's meeting. The Newsletter provided information about the effective use of departmental newsletters, and will be disseminated to the entire campus.UNIVERSITY STUDIES 1000
2. Ken Walker announced 'hat a summary of activities which had resulted from suggestions received at the open faculty meeting on 19 April had been distributed to all faculty. He called particular attention to the following: a) the legislative committee is in the process of providing a packet of information on present funding needs and future prospects which will be disseminated to all faculty; b) the Senate is exploring the possibility of providing an information room in the University Center which could assist faculty in their endeavors to seek funding for higher education; and, c) Walker, Hopkins, and Andy Hoover, recently elected President of SGA, met in Nashville on 28 April with the Governor and various members of the state legislature, including House Speaker, Ned Ray McWherter and Lt. Governor Wilder, who presides over the Senate. Walker indicated that the deluge of letters which had resulted from the open meeting was responsible for access to these officials.
3. Russell French announced that the Senate Professional Development Committee is sponsoring a series of luncheons at which the topic of evaluation of faculty and administrators is being discussed. The next session will be 9 May in the Crest Room of the University Center. For reservations call #4101 or 3103.
French also announced that the GTA seminar would be held the week of 12 September'. Department Heads have been informed, but if further information is needed, contact French at #3103.
Ski Hilenski distributed a one page summary of the evaluation of the University Studies 1000 course for the Fall quarter. This course requires re-approval every two years. The Undergraduate Council at the 3 March meeting voted to grant re-approval. However, the Senate at the 4 April meeting voted not to re-approve until an evaluation of the course had been considered.MINUTES
After a brief discussion, the Senate voted unanimously to extend approval of University Studies for a two year period and to change the grading from S/NC to A, B, C/NC.
The minutes of the 4 April 1983 Senate meeting were approved as distributed.ATHLETICS COMMITTEE
John Finger, chair, reported that the settlement of the arena suit stipulated that, upon request, full funding disclosures would be given to the Faculty Senate. Finger asked for a formal resolution to that effect. The Senate then voted unanimously to ask for full disclosure of the funding arrangements involved in the arena project.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Finger indicated that the Athletics Committee would establish the procedure for transmitting appropriate details of the funding to the Senate. Finger will present a preliminary report on this matter at the 30 May meeting.
The Committee on Committees ballot, which was approved by the Executive Committee, was distributed by LeRoy Graf, chair of the committee. Graf announced that the ballots should be returned at today's meeting. Those elected to serve would be contacted as soon as possible in order to establish a meeting date.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
Ken Walker asked the Senate to approve the New Mission Statement which had been prepared by the Task Force on Institutional Assessment. The statement had been distributed with materials for today's meeting and came to the full Senate in the form of a motion. which had been made and seconded by the Executive Committee.
The New Mission Statement was unanimously approved by the Senate. It will be submitted to the administration and subsequently to the Board of Trustees for action at the June meeting.
The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 18 April were approved.
Anne Hopkins, chair, reported that insofar as funding for UTK is concerned, the impoundment funds will be returned and an additional $390,000 will be available to UTK next year as a result of changes in the formula. The pre-planning funds for the library will also be allocated. Beyond that, funding is bleak. Hopkins was optimistic, however, that funding for higher education would be greatly improved during the next session of the legislature beginning in January. She urged the faculty to continue the letter writing campaign because she indicated it had been very effective in helping Senate leaders gain access to state officials and it informs members of the General Assembly about the severe lack of funding for higher education.EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
Lee Humphreys, chair, presented proposals from the committee which would allow the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils to be chaired by a faculty member. The proposals further specified terms of office and method of selection.BYLAWS COMMITTEE
The Senate, after some discussion, voted to approve in principle the proposals.
LeRoy Graf distributed suggested bylaws changes which would be necessary to implement the above proposals. The Senate will vote on the bylaws changes at the 30 May meeting. At that time amendments may be made to alter the suggested changes.QUORUM CALL
Anne Hopkins called for a quorum. The count was taken and it was determined that a quorum was present.GRADUATE COUNCIL
Evans Roth presented the Graduate Council minutes of the 10 March meeting. He reported that the most significant topic in those minutes was concerned with the appeals procedure for graduate students. The Senate had voted at the 10 February meeting to have the Council reconsider a revised appeals procedure whereby attorneys for the student could not be present at an appeals hearing.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
A report of the ad hoc committee of the Graduate Council which had been appointed to reconsider the procedure was included in the materials for today's meeting. The report strongly supported not having lawyers present during the appeals process. The rationale was that an academic climate should be maintained and legal proceedings are more appropriate after internal academic appeals have been exhausted.
Anne Hopkins moved that students should be allowed to have attorneys present during the appeals process.
Tony Spiva seconded the motion.
After considerable discussion, the motion failed by a standing vote of 37 to 32.
The Graduate Council minutes of 10 March. 1983 were approved, including the revised appeals procedure.
Linda Tober presented the materials from the Undergraduate Council meeting of 21 April. She stated that the curricular materials were routine, and that a summary of the program reviews for Civil Engineering and Food Technology and Science was included.The meeting was adjourned at 5:08 p.m.
The following proposals from the Advising Committee had been approved: 1) projected course offerings for the following academic year should be published in May prior to Fall quarter pre- registration; and 2) as an additional aid to program planning, the General Catalog should list wherever possible the quarter (s) when courses are normally offered.
The Undergraduate Council minutes for the meeting of 21 April were approved.
|Kenneth Walker, Presiding||Otis Stephens, Parliamentarian|
There was one correction to the minutes of the meeting of 2 May. On page 2, no. 2, line 6--disseminated (spelling).EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The minutes for the 2 May 1983 Senate meeting were approved.
Ken Walker called attention to the following items from the Executive Committee meeting of 16 May:ATHLETICS COMMITTEE1. The budget discussion presented by Homer Fisher. Fisher indicated that there would be no salary increases for administrators or faculty for FY 84, and that the unit of Business, Planning and Finance would absorb the greatest cost in order to accommodate a shortfall of around $658,000 next year.The Executive Committee minutes for the meeting of 16 May 1983 were approved.
2. Minor changes in the mission statement which had been approved by the Executive Committee.
Alex Van Hook, chairperson of the Research Council, voiced an objection in regard to this action. Van Hook indicated that the members of the Council were not pleased that the Senate had approved the statement at the 2 May meeting, without, what the Council considered, due deliberation. The concern of the Council was that the statement did not place enough emphasis on research and scholarly endeavors.
Anne Hopkins, a member of the Task Force, responded that the intent of the Task Force in writing the statement was to emphasize just those aspects of UTK's mission and if the statement was ambiguous in this regard it was reasonable to expect the members of the Research Council to be concerned.
Van Hook suggested that the Senate go on record as recommending that the mission statement be reworked to reflect more clearly the intent of the Task Force and to satisfy the concerns of the Research Council.
Although no formal action was taken on the suggestion, Ken Walker agreed to inform the Chancellor that the statement needed to define more clearly and to emphasize to a greater extent the research component of UTK's role. Van Hook was agreeable to this approach.
3. An AAUP letter requesting that the Senate and AAUP work together in attempting to have a Task Force assess the UT System similar to the Assessment just completed on the UTK campus. The Executive Committee agreed in principle to the request and will work toward having an assessment undertaken.
4. The final item highlighted was the resolution from the Executive Committee commending Gary Harmon for his contributions SGA President.
John Finger, chairperson, discussed a four page preliminary report on the arena which had been distributed to Senators prior to today's meeting. The most significant aspect of the report was that UTK had hired, following a recommendation from the Athletics Committee, a professional consultant, Don Jewell, to ascertain operating costs and projected revenues from the arena. The consultant's report should be available sometime this summer.BYLAWS COMMITTEE
The preliminary report from the Athletics Committee concluded with five recommendations. Charles Johnson moved to amend the first one to allow Jewell's report to be available to the Athletics Committee as soon as it is completed. The motion passed.
The Senate then approved the following recommendations: (1) that the 1983-84 Athletics Committee be fully informed on all aspects of Jewell's work, including his instructions and data, and that the final report be available to the Athletics Committee as soon as it is completed; (2) that the Athletics Committee maintain a continuing review of all aspects of the arena and periodically direct inquiries relating to the facility to Homer Fisher or other appropriate UTK officers; (3) that Homer Fisher, or other appropriate UTK officers, present to the Athletics Committee twice- yearly reports on the arena's finances: one when the budgets affecting the arena are being prepared, and the other at the end of the fiscal year; (4) that early in each academic year the Athletics Committee present a report on the arena to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate; and (5) that these inquiries and reports continue until such time as the Faculty Senate decides otherwise.
To a question concerning provisions for faculty and staff to obtain season tickets for seats in the arena, Homer Fisher responded that it was his understanding that existing season ticket holders would be accommodated and that any additional faculty desiring tickets would be able to obtain them.
LeRoy Graf, chairperson, presented changes in the bylaws which stipulate that the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils be chaired by faculty members, and that the Executive Secretary of the respective Councils be the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research.EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE
Other bylaws changes allow for the chairs of the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils to serve as ex-officio members of the Educational Policy Committee and the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.
The Senate approved the bylaws changes. The changes must also be approved by the administration and the Board of Trustees since they represent changes in the Faculty Handbook.
Lee Humphreys, chairperson, reported that the committee was continuing to compile data on the semester/quarter issue. A summary of the data will be presented at the 11 July Senate meeting. The committee plans to present a formal recommendation for Senate action sometime during fall quarter.FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
Henry Fribourg, chair, reported that the State Insurance Committee at a meeting on May 5, 1983 had made several changes in benefits. These changes were necessary because of a deficit of approximately $6.7 million in this year's insurance budget. The committee decided not to increase employee premiums because of the salary situation and therefore chose to balance the budget by making other changes.FACULTY AFFAIRS
Fribourg distributed a handout which detailed the 12 changes which will be effective July 1, 1983. The handout also included Fribourg's reactions and suggestions to the Insurance Committee regarding these changes. Fribourg explained that the most significant change in benefits would be a reduction in coverage for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, drug abuse and alcoholism. He urged Senators to contact members of the State Insurance Committee and/or persons in state government who could perhaps alter this particular action. Fribourg distributed a sample letter which he suggested Senators use in contacting appropriate people.
Fred Venditti suggested that in addition to individual letters, the Senate should adopt a resolution in support of Fribourg's position and send the resolution to the State Insurance Committee. Ken Walker responded that he, on behalf of the Senate, had already written a letter in which Walker asked the Insurance Committee to reconsider the reduction in benefits for the particular illnesses Fribourg mentioned. Walker explained he had done this because he was afraid that formal Senate action would be too late to make any difference in the Insurance Committee's decisions.
Doug Wickham, chairperson, reported that the Faculty Affairs Committee was responsible for collecting information regarding teaching evaluation from each unit on campus, Most of the units have sent the requested information and Wickham indicated that there is great variety among the various units in terms of evaluating teaching. He suggested that the Faculty Affairs Committee continue to oversee teaching evaluation, but that the Learning Research Center and the Senate Professional Development Committee conduct programs dealing with teaching improvement.INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Wickham reported that the Faculty Affairs Committee had dealt with Faculty Handbook issues this year primarily in the area of promotion and tenure. Procedures for both of these need to be more clearly defined. The committee will continue to work on these problems as well as continue to serve as a review committee for faculty complaints and grievances.
Jacqueline Elliott, chairperson, gave the report. She explained that the committee had been working on the following: 1) a document which details information about applying for a leave of absence for foreign study; 2) development of an inventory of courses which have international content; 3) compiling information to disseminate to faculty which will help to reduce cultural shock when traveling abroad; and 4) screening of Fulbright candidates.STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Elliott asked the Senate to approve a resolution from the International Education Committee which had been distributed prior to today's meeting. In a discussion of the resolution, several Senators expressed the opinion that the Senate should not, in the form of resolutions, single out particular programs and recommend additional funding. As a result of the discussion, Bob Landen moved to amend the last paragraph to read as follows:"Therefore, Be it resolved that, the Senate ask the Budget and Planning Task Force to examine the possibility that a greater financial support should be provided in the budget of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for furthering the development of international educational activities and overseas educational opportunities for students, teaching and administrative staff of the University."The amendment passed.
The Senate approved the resolution which follows.Whereas, the Division of International Education supports on- campus international programs, disseminates information on obtaining grants and assists students in applying for overseas study opportunity awards such as the Fulbright McClure and Rotary; and
Whereas, the role of the Division of International Education vis-à-vis domestic undergraduate students is essential for them in securing appropriate overseas studies opportunities, locating employment abroad and reduced travel fare as well as in providing them with a sensitivity to foreign cultures prior to their departure; and
Whereas, these services are in harmony with the new direction currently being undertaken by our university to internationalize its curriculum (ex. Task Force on Institutional Assessment, new curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts); and
Whereas, the Division of International Education in its evergrowing duties is looking forward to providing more extensive services as we approach the 1990s; and
Whereas, the Administration of this campus has given recognition to the value of the international education activities by establishing a Council on International Education;
Therefore, Be it resolved that, the Faculty Senate ask the Budget and Planning Task Force to examine the possibility that a greater financial support should be provided in the budget of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for furthering the development of international educational activities and overseas educational opportunities for students, teaching and administrative staff of the University.
Bruce Wheeler, chairperson, explained that the committee had been analyzing the data compiled from a questionnaire sent to faculty dealing with mandatory advising. He indicated that today's report to the Senate was a preliminary one, And that a full report would be given in December.LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
According to Wheeler, 20 percent of the faculty had been polled and of those responding, most were favorable in regard to the mandatory advising system. Problems cited were: 1) many faculty hired since 1977 had not had the system explained; 2) the purposes are not well known generally; 3) there is not equitable distribution of advisees among faculty: there are approximately 28 students per-advisor; and 4) the system needs better and tighter controls.
Recommendations from the committee in terms of mandatory advising are as follows: 1) advisors should be given better information regarding purposes and goals of mandatory advising; 2) department heads should be more supportive of the program; 3) advisees should be distributed more equitably among faculty; and 4) a checklist which details advising goals should be developed. The Advising Coordinating Subcommittee of the Undergraduate Council will work on these recommendations.
Anne Hopkins, chairperson, distributed a booklet entitled "Funding in Higher Education: A Package of Information Designed to Aid Faculty in Their Efforts to Promote Better Funding," This booklet, prepared by Hopkins and Ken Walker, will be distributed to all faculty by 'June 6. Hopkins urged faculty to read it carefully and to continue to contact legislators about the lack of funding for higher education.The meeting was adjourned at 5:03 P.M.
1. Ken Walker announced that the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate is involved in the search process for the Provost, the Dean of Admissions and Records, and the Dean of the College of Engineering.MINUTES
2. Ken Walker explained that proceeds from the sale of three pieces of property had been allocated to the arena fund because the property had been given to the University in order to obtain seat options in the new facility.
3. Ken Walker recognized Anne Hopkins, chair of the Faculty Senate Legislative Committee. Hopkins announced that a joint committee of members of the Education Committees from the Senate and House of the State Legislature would be meeting in Nashville on 12 July. Purpose of the meeting is to work on a compromise of the K-12 program which will be satisfactory to TEA and the Governor.
Hopkins also announced that she and members of the Senate Legislative Committee continue to meet with Faculty Senate leaders, student leaders and UTK administrators in order to plan and organize for lobbying efforts for funding for higher education. Most of these efforts, according to Hopkins, should occur during Fall quarter prior to the next session of the Legislature which begins in January.
4. Ken Walker called attention to a report from the Educational Policy Committee which was distributed at today's meeting. The report, containing a summary of responses from most colleges on the semester-quarter issue, was intended to keep Senators informed on this matter. A final report requiring Senate action will be considered Fall quarter.
The minutes of the Senate meeting of 30 May 1983 were approved.EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee at the 27 June meeting moved that the full Senate approve adjustments in Senate bylaws which had been recommended by Ken Walker. A letter detailing the adjustments was included in the packet of materials for today's meeting.COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
As explained in the Walker letter, the adjustments are as follows: 1) the Chancellor should designate appropriate administrators to serve as Executive Secretaries of the Graduate and Undergraduate Councils; and 2) a timetable for implementing the changes. The timetable is as follows: a) passage of revised bylaws changes 11 July 1983; b) presentation of change to Board of Trustees for approval at October 1983 meeting to become fully effective 1 March 1984; c) election of chairperson-elect of each Council at November 1983 Senate meeting after nomination by Senate Committee on Committees; d) phase-in period from 1 January 1984 to 28 February 1984 during which the old system of governance will continue, but the chairperson elect will be working closely with the administrator-chairperson; 6) assumption of Council chairs by elected faculty members on 1 March 1984; f) election of chairperson-elect for each Council during Summer quarter 1984. These persons will be nominated by the Committee on Committees and serve as elects until July 1985 at which time they will assume the chair; g) term of office for first chairpersons will be from 1 March 1984 through July 1985.
The Senate approved unanimously the adjusted bylaws changes.
The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of 27 June 1983 were approved.
In the absence of LeRoy Graf, chairperson, Ken Walker presented the Committee on Committees report. The list of committee assignments had been distributed with the packet of materials for today's meeting.UTK-ORNL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS IMPACT STUDY GROUP
Walker called attention to the fact that the Student Affairs Committee chair had not been appointed. The appointment will be made prior to the first Senate meeting in the Fall and will require Senate approval at that meeting.
The Senate approved the Committee on Committees report.
Sid Jumper, chair, presented the report. The written report had been distributed with the materials for today's meeting. Jumper submitted the following recommendations: 1) that the Chancellor be requested to designate an administrative officer as the Director of UTK-ORNL Relations; 2) that a UTK-ORNL Relationships Subcommittee be constituted as a standing subcommittee of the Educational Policy Committee of the Faculty Senate, with oversight responsibility relative to the impact of UTK-ORNL relationships upon academic programs. The membership of the subcommittee should consist of seven members of the faculty, several of whom are knowledgeable in the area of the subcommittee's responsibility, and with the Director of UTK-ORNL Relations serving as an ex-officio member; 3) that the Director of UTK-ORNL Relations, and the UTK-ORNL Relationships Subcommittee, attempt to arrange at least one meeting annually with selected ORNL directors and department heads concerning the relationships between UTK and ORNL, and means for enhancing the quality of those relationships; 4) that the duties of the UTK-ORNL Academic Programs Impact Study Group be terminated and that the Study Group be disbanded with acceptance by the Faculty Senate of item 2.FRINGE BENEFITS COMMITTEE
The report was approved by the Faculty Senate.
Ken Walker indicated that most of the recommendations are acceptable to the Chancellor and will be implemented.
In the absence of Henry Fribourg, chair, Bill Dotterweich gave the report He called attention to excerpts from the 5 May and 7 June 1983 meetings of the State Insurance Committee which had been prepared by Fribourg and included in the materials for today's meeting.UNDERGRADUATE COUNCIL
As explained by Dotterweich, the Fringe Benefits Committee is very concerned with the decrease in insurance coverage for illnesses of a psychiatric nature. Henry Fribourg presented this concern to the Board of Trustees at the June meeting and Fribourg urged the Trustees and the UT system administrators to work for improvements in coverage, particularly psychiatric coverage.
Linda Tober presented the report of the Undergraduate Council for the meetings of 26 May and 21 June 1983. From the 26 May meeting she indicated that there was a report of the Academic Program Review for Religious Studies (pp. 5724-25 of the UGC Minutes). Other committee reports highlighted from the May meeting were as follows: 1) an Admissions and Retention report dealing with, among other things, procedures for "disassociation" of students who are unable to meet requirements in a particular program and reassigning them to University Student status (pp. 5726-5732); 2) a Committee on Writing report which detailed a proposal for attendance at writing lab for those students with writing deficiencies (pp. 5733-35); 3) a report from the Undergraduate Degree Requirements Committee dealing with correspondence study (pp. 5736-5737). Action on this was deferred pending results of a study being conducted at the UT systems level; and 4) a report from the University Studies Committee which included revisions in University Studies courses (p. 5744) and the proposal for a new course entitled "University Learning Community" (pp. 5738-39).GRADUATE COUNCIL
In terms of curricular material, Tober mentioned that these were routine with the exception of a new requirement in Speech & Hearing: effective September 1, 1987 all persons seeking Tennessee certification in Speech and Hearing must complete the M.A. degree in speech pathology.
The minutes of the Undergraduate Council for the meeting of 26 May 1983 were approved.
There were two items from the Undergraduate Council minutes of 21 June which Tober called to the attention of the Senate: the implementation of the revised policy governing repetition of courses and the computation of the grade point average.
In terms of course repetition, the substance of the policy is that students having completed and passed 45 hours of course work at any institution of higher learning by Fall Quarter 1984 will have all repeated course grades averaged in their cumulative grade point average thereafter.
The revised policy restricting repeating of courses if students have already earned a grade of C or better will be effective for all students Fall Quarter 1984. Full details of the policy may be found on pp. 5749a-5749b of the UGC minutes.
The curricular materials from the College of Liberal Arts are concerned with the substance and policies of the new curriculum which will become effective Fall Quarter 1984. Details of this may be found on pp. 5761-5778.
Minutes of the Undergraduate Council meeting of 21 June 1983 were approved.
Evans Roth presented the materials from the Graduate Council meeting of 28 April 1983. He stated that the meeting had been dominated by reports of reviews of the following programs: Zoology; Biochemistry; and Child and Family Studies.There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:08 P.M.
The minutes from the Graduate Council meeting of 28 April 1983 were approved.
Roth requested that the Senate consider Graduate Council minutes from the 23 June meeting. Ken Walker asked whether there were objections to the request. There being none, Walker ruled that the request be granted.
From the 23 June meeting, Roth emphasized that there is a distinction between collateral areas and minors in terms of hour requirements. For a master's degree, 12 hours have been required for a minor whereas nine hours was recently approved under the terminology of a collateral area for a master's degree in statistics. For doctoral programs, 20-21 hours were approved as constituting a minor in statistics. The revised Doctor of Business Administration program, which was approved at the 23 June meeting, listed 12 hours under the heading of collateral area. Roth continued by explaining that minors should be included as distinct parts of the comprehensive examination for a doctoral degree and the final examination for a master's degree. Similarly, a minor should be constituted with a group of courses approved by a faculty member on the student's committee from the minor-field department.
The minutes from the 23 June Graduate Council meeting were approved.