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July 11, 1988
1. Frandsen recognized those from the UT community who had died over the summer: former President Andy Holt, and Professors Gerald LaBorde and Randall Cline.Minutes of Senate meeting 13 July, 1987 approved as distributed.
2. Frandsen presented the past president plaque to former Senate President Bernie Silverstein.
3. Remarks by Chancellor Reese, who welcomed senators back for another academic-year. Reese touched briefly on recent accusations leveled at the Athletic Department and suggested that the Senate Athletics Committee meet with Vice Chancellor Scheurer and others on this subject.
Reese mentioned that changes in dealing with students in academic difficulty (below 2.0) will require greater advising efforts by the faculty. He has appointed a committee (chaired by Marianne Woodside) to coordinate advising efforts.
Reese reported the funding of 12 chairs of excellence and the hiring of 12 distinguished scientists, and indicated his great satisfaction with the facilities in the new Hodges Library.
4. Remarks by Executive Vice Chancellor Fisher, who began by thanking the Senate Budget Committee for its work in 1986-87. In addition, Fisher touched on the following topics: a) next year UTK will be able to use its fee money more flexibly, especially with regard to faculty salaries, b) there will probably be increased money for equipment next year, c) the next capital project is the science-engineering and computer center building, although funding probably will be spread out over more than one year.
5. Frandsen reported that he invited members of the Board of Trustees to visit classes. If you would like such visitors, contact Frandsen.
|Nominations for President-Elect:|| Alexander Van Hook
1. Frandsen gave a progress report on the presidential search. A Chicago consulting firm has been engaged, advertisements have been placed, letters inviting nominations have been sent, and names of potential candidates are coming in. Beauchamp Brogan is contacting nominees to see if they are interested. If potential candidates do show interest, by writing to Brogan's office, their names become public--which Frandsen believes is unfortunate. Faculty opinion is being relayed to the search committee. Frandsen will report further on the called Senate meeting of November 30.MINUTES
2. John Bohstedt reported for the Committee on International Education. Urged faculty cooperation with the committee's efforts, especially to increase the number of fellowships for foreign study. Bohstedt invited faculty to use the "Prospects" publication to disseminate information on scholarships and fellowships, which is available from the Center of International Education (4-3177).
3. Report by Athletic Director Doug Dickey, who introduced his four academic advisors. Dickey spoke of what he referred to as a "transitional stage" in college athletics, due largely to Rule 51J of the NCAA. In addition, UTK has instituted a retention program for athletes, which he predicted will reach an 80% graduation rate within two years. Dickey then reported to the Senate on drug testing, counseling and drug education programs. Dickey urged faculty cooperation in setting up degree programs for student athletes.
a. On providing longevity pay for part-time employees, the Senate unanimously approved the resolution as amended to draft and send the resolution to the Governor and the State Legislature.4. Educational Policy Committee (report Everett)
b. The Senate approved a resolution thanking President Boling and Chancellor Reese for furnishing university employees a flexible employee benefit plan.
a. Everett reported on the proposed Honor Statement, now brought to the Senate for approval. Pierce expressed concern that faculty had the option of reporting--or not reporting--honor violations to the office of Student Conduct. There then was some discussion of differences between an honor "code" and an honor "statement". After more discussion, the Honor Statement was approved as amended (replacing the word "code", used twice on page 3, with the word "statement").5. Joint Senate-Provost Committee on Teaching Improvement (report B. Wheeler)
b. The Senate unanimously approved the Graduate Council proposal that the interdepartmental program in school psychology, formerly co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and now being discontinued from its listing there, be listed in the College of Education as a specialization within the Ph.D. program in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology.
1. Workloads and Salary Issues Reports (G. Wheeler)Meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.a. There was a very short discussion of the Workloads Report (no vote).2. Richard Penner presented the attached letter to the Senate (for information).
b. Salary Issues Report--(Frandsen noted that the Budget Committee was studying this report.)1. There was a question as to how "merit" was defined (since report recommended that all salary increases be merit increases), and a general discussion of this followed. There were also concerns expressed about the merit system itself and about the objectivity of department heads. G. Wheeler emphasized that there was a review process.
2. No vote.
1. Frandsen reviewed the Senate's January schedule. Senate will meet on January 25, with subsequent meetings for the quarter on February 15 and March 7.MINUTES
1. Minutes of Senate meeting of November 2 approved, as were the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of November 16.COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. Educational Policy Committee (report by Everett) recommended approval of a) extensive revision of the Law curriculum, b) added requirements in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and c) minor changes in the Engineering Science and Mechanics curriculum. October 29 Undergraduate Council Minutes were approved unanimously.PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH
1. Members of the Search Committee, at the outset of the process, held "listening sessions" on every campus, where a great diversity of ideas was expressed.QUESTIONS
2. There is a great deal of competition between UT campuses, which can be counterproductive and which has shown itself in the presidential search.
3. One change to the Advisory Committee was to keep all UT constituencies fully informed as to the progress of the search.
4. Johnson defended the engagement of an outside consulting firm to identify and screen candidates.
5. Tennessee's liberal "sunshine law" has acted to inhibit the search to a degree by discouraging some candidates from applying.
6. The identification of qualities and priorities has been a productive process, even though he thought response levels had been a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, Johnson was impressed with the general consensus between faculty, students and alumni as to top qualities and priorities (which was to enhance the academic reputation and accomplishments of UT).
7. Mentioned talking with Secretary of Education William Bennett, as one of a great number of people with whom the Search Committee has spoken and who have been asked for advice and to help identify candidates.
1. Responding to a question about the timetable, Johnson said there was no set timetable, but he hoped to identify and secure a new president by late spring of 1988. If an excellent person has not been secured by the time President Boling retires, the search nevertheless will go on.The Senate thanked Johnson and Haslam for visiting and talking with the Senate.
2. On whether faculty will have the opportunity to rank candidates, Johnson said faculty on the Advisory Committee will be involved in the interview process, but the ranking will be done by the 7-person Search Committee. In sum, the general faculty will not be asked to rank the candidates.
3. On the role of the consultant, Johnson said outside consultant will contact nominees to see if they are interested, explain the Tennessee "sunshine law", and try to keep quality candidates interested. The consultant alone will not screen any candidates.
4. On deadlines, Johnson said the Search Committee will accept applications "until the position is filled".
5. On competitiveness with other institutions, Johnson said that the salary and benefits at UT are highly competitive.
6. In response to one person's concern that "inside" candidates have an "inside" track, Johnson and Haslam said "geography and pedigree" had no advantage in the search.
7. Will Advisory Committee help to select the "short list" from which interviewees will come? Haslam said Advisory Committee will interact with those on the "short list".
8. Will faculty members not on the Advisory Committee be able to participate in the interview process? Johnson replied that all the interviews will "be in the sunshine", although he urged the faculty to work through faculty on the Advisory Committee.
9. On President Boling's influence with the Board of Trustees, Johnson said most Board members are pretty independent, and added that Democratic-Republican politics do not play a major role within the Board.
10. On what some perceive as the imbalance between athletics and academics, Johnson replied that it should not be incompatible to have a first-rate academic program and a first-rate athletic program. Haslam added that a strong athletic program does increase contributions to the academic programs.
1. Ms. Joan Cronan (Director of UTK Women's Athletics) is ill and will not be at this meeting. She will be at the 15 February meeting.MINUTES
2. Frandsen reported that it is likely that there will be a 7 March Senate meeting, principally to deal with curricular materials.
3. Frandsen gave the Senate a brief update on the presidential search. He reported that some trustees are sympathetic to changes in the search procedure. Presently the trustees are revising their bylaws, and Frandsen will keep in touch with that group. Lamar Alexander also told Frandsen he was concerned with the process, and also noted he would be glad to get opinions from faculty on this or other matters. Write to Alexander c/o Belmont College in Nashville.
1. Minutes of the Senate meeting of 30 November approved, with the correction of one typographical error.COMMITTEE REPORTS
2. Frandsen called for any questions with regard to the Executive Committee meeting of 11 January. There were none.a. Frandsen did say that a committee for the implementation of faculty evaluation has been set up to implement the broad policy statement passed by the Senate. Marian Moffett is the chair.
1. Budget Committee (report Stanga)NEW BUSINESS
Stanga reported on the general responsibilities of the Budget Committee, which are principally to assist in formulating broad policies dealing with allocation and spending of funds. He reported that allocation hampered by comparatively low tax incomes (tied for last in the Southeast), so "the pie" is smaller for state government to divide. Stanga then explained the THEC formula and the fiscal calendar.
Stanga spoke of the need to revise the formula for allocating funds for the Library. The UTK funding is 69% of the funding received by its selected peer institutions.
This year the Committee has set as its priorities1. funding for science-engineering-computer center buildingVice Chancellor Homer Fisher then reported to the Senate on the Governor's budget for FY89. Although not possessing complete information, he reported that $6.8 million additional money for UTK has been requested, with $5 million of that for salary increases. Separately, money ($5 million) has been allocated to begin work on science-engineering-computer center building.
2. funding for salaries of top-quality faculty members
3. funding for summer school under semesters (funding cuts--or lack of growth--have made summer school less attractive to students
4. budget priorities for colleges
5. compensation for department heads
6. student fees
On salary increases, the general average increase will be 4% for faculty and staff. Staff will be on a sliding scale, with lowest paid staff getting largest percentage increases. At present for faculty, there will be a 4% merit pool, with hopes for more. Last year was the first time that UTK declined in comparison to its peer institutions and, in response to a question, Fisher reported that this may well be the case next year as well. Increase in student fees should be around 5%.
2. Student Affairs Committee (report Pinckney)
Pinckney gave a progress report on issues before the Committee:1. Pedestrian crosswalks on Volunteer Blvd., now under study
2. Students concerned about registration matters, and these concerns are being investigated (including instructors' names in timetable, more sections in high demand courses, rumor that drop/add in semesters will be during final exam week, preferred registration for those who turn in their scan forms early)
3. Students also concerned about unavailability of minors, especially in the College of Business Administration
4. General negative feeling about COMP exam. Pinckney explained the importance of the COMP exam, especially in securing funding from THEC, and reported that the Learning Research Center was aware of the negative feelings and was working to counteract them.
5. Pinckney said there was confusion about the posting of grades. Pinckney reported that a policy of "no posting" may be coming from the Undergraduate Council. Similarly, Pinckney said students are confused about grade appeals. A joint Provost-Senate committee has been appointed to deal with this problem.
6. There is concern that summer orientation lacks a strong academic component, and that it misses approximately 25% of entering students.
7. Pre-law students have found that a Philadelphia legal information center serving law schools (LSDAS) has recomputed our B+ grades as 3.3 and NC grades recomputed as F's.
1. Carl Pierce suggested that Senators consider making more use of the opportunity to bring issues to the Senate floor as "New Business".Meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.
2. Frandsen reminded Senate of his invitation to trustees to visit faculty in classes, offices, etc. Some trustees are interested in doing so. Frandsen said be would like to set up a few visits before summer.
3. Was a brief discussion on Lamar Alexander as UT president and potential Republican vice presidential candidate.
Executive Committee (Special) 15 JanuaryApproved as distributed. Frandsen announced there probably would not be a March 7 Senate meeting.
Senate (Special Meeting) 19 January
Senate (Special Meeting) 20 January
Senate (Regular Meeting) 25 January
Executive Committee, 1 February
Chancellor Jack Reese presented the L. R. Hesler Award to Dr. Michael Fitzgerald.PRESENTATION
Joan Cronan (Director, UTK Women's Athletics) gave a presentation on the state of women's athletics at UTK. Approximately 80 athletes compete in 7 intercollegiate sports, and maintain a collective 2.78 GPA. The program has a 100% graduation rate. Student majors are in all colleges in a wide range of departments. Cronan spoke in favor of a separate women's athletic program, not merged with the men's program. In response to a question about the one-third of the student activities fee going to women's athletics, Cronan and Reese defended this, saying UTK is spending about what other universities are spending.COMMITTEE REPORTS 1. Educational Policy Committee (report Everett)
A. Undergraduate CouncilMeeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.1. Final exam week policy (see UGC minutes 28 January, pp. 9098-9099). Professor Clark of the Mathematics Department spoke against part 2 of the proposal, listing several reasons why his department opposed this part. There followed a general discussion of this part.B. Graduate Council (12 November 1987) November 12 minutes approved without discussion.
Norman moved (2nd Kovac) that part 2 of the UGC final exam policy proposals be struck. Norman then changed motion to read that part 2 be returned to the committee (2nd agreed). Motion passed.
Discussion of part 1, requiring that if a final exam is given, it must be given at the designated time in final exam week and not before. If no final exam is given, an alternative use of the time must be planned and carried out.
C. Graduate Council (21 January 1988) In response to question with regard to additional costs for a Ph.D. in Nursing, Dean Hart said Nursing would be seeking outside funding and that additional costs to UTK would be minimal.
21 January minutes approved unanimously.
1. Executive CommitteeThe meeting was adjourned at 4:15 P.M.Frandsen reported that trustees have been invited to campus and some will be visiting. Frandsen has appointed committee of Fred Venditti, Barbara Moore and himself to coordinate visits. Frandsen brought Library Development Drive resolution to the floor for discussion and vote. Passed unanimously.2. Nominating Committee (report Waller)
Frandsen announced that he would be setting up an ad hoc committee to deal with policies on outside consulting.
Frandsen said the report of the Task Force on Race Relations is something that should be read and seriously evaluated by each faculty member--in particular by Senators. Items 10, 16 and 20, although addressed to the administration, are things for which the faculty have responsibility. The Faculty Senate, through appropriate committees, or new ad hoc committees if necessary, should begin to consider appropriate responses to these suggestions. We need to seek methods of responding to these suggestions in productive ways. We should not wait for Chancellor to tell the Deans and the Deans to tell the faculty; we should begin at once.
In response to a question, Frandsen reported that Poppen's committee is investigating setting up a process dealing with student-teacher disputes which cannot be resolved by normal appeal processes.Committee recommended as nominees for President-Elect:3. Fringe Benefits Committee (report Auxier)
Tom Hood, Lorayne Lester
Ballots will be distributed and must be returned by April 22.Auxier reported that State Insurance Committee, in an attempt to hold down insurance costs, tried to encourage insured to use "approved providers", by paying 90% of "customary costs" (with maximum out-of-pocket expense of $1,000) for those physicians and hospitals while paying only 70% of "customary costs" with maximum out-of-pocket expense of $5,000). Auxier said it was his opinion that faculty were intentionally kept in the dark until this was approved, and said he believed this was not in the best interests of the faculty.4. Athletics Committee (report Reed)
After considerable discussion, Silverstein moved (seconded Sharp) that Senate authorize the Fringe Benefits Committee to do all it can to postpone implementation of this plan 60 days to learn more. Was some discussion of what good this would do, after which motion passed unanimously.Reed reported on the funding of the Thompson-Boling Arena, a charge which the committee has as a result of an agreement between the University central administration and some faculty. The final cost of construction came to approximately $40 million. Presently the Athletic Department is paying debt service on the original funds borrowed, but a number of lawsuits yet to be heard will determine who pays the remainder.
Frandsen announced that there will be a meeting of the Faculty Senate on May 23rd.MINUTES
The minutes of the April 4, 1988 Faculty Senate meeting were approved.COMMITTEE REPORTS
Executive Committee--Frandsen commented the most items from the Executive Committee meeting of April 18, 1988 were on the agenda. The minutes were approved as presented without objection.OTHER BUSINESS
Nominating Committee--Waller reported that Tom Hood is the President-Elect for 1988-89.
Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee--Auxier introduced Frank Pell who reported on an improved state plan of "medigap" for retirees (see attached). This culminates a three year effort on the part of many groups working together, and Bell thanked the various groups and individuals for their efforts.
Auxier introduced Linda Burton who presented a resolution for preventative health maintenance. Mickey Bilbrey and Ed Bunicore were introduced and gave their support for the resolution. They both stated statistics on asymptomatic mammographs that increase the survival rates of early detection. Auxier moved that the resolution be passed. Silverstein suggested a slight change in wording which was accepted by the mover and is included in the resolution (see attached). The resolution passed unanimously.
Auxier introduced Neal Wormsley who reported on insurance benefits. All benefits were grandfathered through April 30.
Also the option to join the HMO is extended to May 25. He reviewed the PPN system as it currently exists. He pointed out that covered retirees out of state were to be at an 80/20% level. Wormsley indicated the dissatisfaction of both state employees and physicians with the changes recently implemented. He outlined some of the steps taken and meetings which have occurred with the State Insurance Committee which have had to no immediate results. A consultant is to report back to the committee about where deficiencies occur across the state. What action will be taken in unclear. A more expensive program which would restore original benefits may be a possibility. A toll free number 1-800-558-6213 will tell the caller if a physician or facility is in the plan. The future of this program remains uncertain. In response to questions, Wormsley pointed out that Blue Cross only administers the plan, the premiums go into a state bank account. Also there is precedence for this kind of plan. Auxier said there are studies which indicate increased mortality rates under this type of coverage.
Advising--Frandsen introduced Marianne Woodside who discussed the implementation of the Academic Review Policy. A copy of her committee's report is in with the May 2 agenda. She touched on its high points and introduced Monique Anderson who discussed her office's part in the process. Woodside indicated that approximately 6,000 students fall into the definitions of academically deficient (overall GPA or one quarter GPA less than 2.0). An effort is being made to analyze what are the major problems of the students in this group. Approximately 4,500 of the 6,000 are freshman. Progression standards will be considered and students advised toward an appropriate major.
Educational Policy Committee--Everett went over the Graduate Council minutes from February 25. (These minutes were distributed earlier.) He noted a correction to College of Education, Special Services Education course 544. The correct number should be 554 Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education. College of Liberal Arts, Audiology and Speech Pathology course 507 should have be titled 507 Anatomy and Pathology of Hearing. An effective date was added for Nursing. He pointed out that information about which semesters a course will be offered can be put directly into the catalog without going through the councils. The curriculum matters passed without dissent.
The policies relating to graduate assistants were then discussed. Ten hours per week is the "normal" load for a quarter-time assistant. Other policies such as a teaching associate must have 18 hours in the field in which they are teaching if they have responsibilities for the grading. Many other details are in the minutes. The GSA was invited to have input during the formulation of these policies. Dissemination of this information will generally be through the departments.
Pinckney questioned whether teaching associates are receiving adequate supervision and evaluation. An annual evaluation is the minimum. Silverstein proposed an amendment that this be changed to an evaluation each semester (seconded by Grady). This is to be a written evaluation. The amendment failed. After this the entire proposal passed. Everett asked that senators bring copies of the various council meeting minutes to the Senate meetings.
Commissioner David ManningMr. Pat Hunt, new President of the Student Government Association, spoke of an increased student interest in University affairs.
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1. Frandsen announced new senator orientation meeting on September 12 and the first regular Senate meeting on September 19.MINUTES
2. Frandsen reminded senators to send in questionnaire on health insurance.
3. Frandsen reported that plans for Chancellor search had not been made, but that President Alexander had promised a national search.
1. Committee on Committees (Van Hook)Mead then called for a quorum. There were not 53 Senators (a quorum), so meeting was adjourned.Van Hook reported that all committee chairs have been contacted and are willing to serve.2. Research Council (P. Phillips)
The committee lists then were passed unanimously.a. Library--Phillips reported that the percentage of UT expenditures going to the Library have dropped to 2.2%. The Council pointed out that UTK's peer institutions average 3.5%, and only one peer institution is lower than UTK's percentage. The Council recommends at least 4.7% of budget go to Library. Phillips pointed out that UTK's Library was in danger of losing its inclusion in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). On the ARL index, UTK ranks 87th of 101 research libraries.
In response to a question on the recent faculty fundraising drive, Phillips said that would help, but would not solve the problem.
Motion made and seconded that the recommended 4.7% be changed to 3.5%, the average percentage of our peer institutions. This resulted in a discussion of whether the Senate wanted to be tied to a particular percentage. Amendment failed.
Silverstein then moved the following: That the Senate would endorse the spirit of the Research Council's resolution that more funds are needed for the Library to be competitive with peer institutions, and that the chair would appoint people to draft the wording of such a resolution. Ratner seconded Approved unanimously.
b. Research Incentives for Young Faculty--The Research Council suggested a number of ways in which young faculty could be given more incentives and opportunities to do research, including reduction in teaching load, lighter departmental duties, etc.
Mead offered substitute motion which would replace "young faculty" with 'novice researchers" throughout the document, and that "senior faculty" be changed to "established researchers' or "experienced researchers". Second Lenhart. After a short discussion, Mead moved to refer her motion and entire report back to committee (seconded). Motion to refer the item on young faculty back to the Research Council was rejected 17-19, thus returning the Senate to the Mead amendment. Amendment rejected.