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Chancellor's ReportMINUTESChancellor Snyder introduced J. Peters, the new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He then briefly noted several issues for the year and indicated that they will be considered in the context of the institution's five-year plan, which is to be revised this year. He read a proposed, two-sentence mission statement which will be distributed in various ways for discussion. He reported that he and J. Peters are working on a delineation of the roles and duties of the Chancellor's Office and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He next noted the need to study carefully and act on the recent reports on gender equity and on the first- year experience. Improving the university's environment for faculty, staff and students was identified as another task for the year, as was developing a greater external resource base. Establishing a program of self-assessment and self-improvement for administrators is another goal for the year.President's ReportG. Graber read a resolution honoring M. Peterson for her efforts as President of the Faculty Senate during the 1992-93 academic year. The resolution was approved. Graber then presented Peterson with a framed copy of the resolution and with a mounted gavel.
Graber then thanked the Senate Parliamentarian, the Senate Secretary, the Office Secretary and G. Hall for their work last year.
The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of May 3, 1993, were approved by voice vote. The minutes of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate of August 30, 1993, also were approved by voice vote.COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. Chancellor's Task Force on the First-Year Experience (report T. McClam, T. Bell)NEW BUSINESST. McClam briefly described the duties of the Task Force and then introduced T. Bell who briefly reviewed an overview (distributed at the meeting) of the Task Force's work.2. Educational Policy Committee (report M. Alligood)M. Alligood reminded the Senate of the proposed changes to the Bylaws first brought before the Senate last spring. The changes focus on expediting curricular review of certain kinds of curricular changes which normally are not controversial. There were several questions about what would be handled by the Educational Policy Committee, what would come to the Faculty Senate, and how the schedule of approval and implementation would work. The proposed changes were then approved by voice vote.3. Budget Committee (report G. Graber for G. Reed)Graber reported that the Budget Committee will continue to meet regularly and that recent budget philosophy changes approved by the THEC will receive considerable attention.4. Library Committee (report C. Craig)C. Craig reported that the Library will acquire a new on-line system. Suggestions for features desirable in the new system should be made during the next two months.
G. Graber described three resolutions (distributed with agenda) dealing with a censorship incident from last summer. F. Moffett suggested that none be site specific, but rather refer to the entire campus. A. Grady suggested that the artists be identified by their positions in or relation to the university. G. Sinkankas suggested identifying the incident more clearly. T. Davies recommended simply referencing The Daily Beacon article. An amendment to cite the newspaper article in the first resolution (regarding firm policies) was approved, as was one to give the affiliations of the two artists in the resolution addressed to them.The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
After some discussion the resolution on the establishment of firm policies was amended to refer to the entire campus, including the University Center. An amendment to replace "policies" with "policy" in the same resolution was approved. A motion to have that "policy" apply to "exhibits" was approved. All three resolutions then were adopted. Graber will report at the next meeting about the reactions to the resolutions, whose exact wording will be worked by him.
Chancellor's ReportMINUTESChancellor Snyder reported on the initiative to promote partnerships between the private sector and this campus. In his view industry today must be approached for cooperative efforts, rather than for donations. He and a "special assistant for industrial partnerships" meet with the highest possible official in a company and then invite individuals in the company to visit the campus. The visits are tailored to meet the interests of the visitors. Companies are increasingly targeting a small number of universities with which to interact in areas from research to recruiting. Approximately forty visits to companies have been made. Snyder provided two documents on this subject which will be distributed with these minutes.President's ReportGraber reported that there is increasing use of credit cards on campus by students to charge services such as copying in the library. He also noted that students are concerned about various kinds of interactions with faculty. He concluded with some comments on the Faculty Senate Budget Committee and the Planning and Budgeting Committees. Reports will be made to the Senate at future meetings.
The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of September 20, 1993, were approved unanimously by voice vote. The minutes of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate of October 4, 1993, were similarly approved.COMMITTEE REPORTS
Graber first noted that anyone with a concern about a curricular matter should notify him and the Educational Policy before the Committee meets. In this manner all matters of concern will receive the necessary attention.OLD OR NEW BUSINESS
1. Educational Policy Committee (report: M. Alligood)Alligood reported that the committee had approved minutes of the Graduate Council from April 29, July 1, and September 16, 1993, and those of the Undergraduate Council from April 22 and September 30, 1993. She next turned to the changes in the Graduate Council appeal procedure (distributed with minutes). There was no discussion. The changes were approved unanimously be voice vote.2. Undergraduate Council (report: R. Norman)Norman noted several matters to be considered by the Undergraduate Council. The Academic Review Policy has been reviewed and will be discussed further. The "extra-curriculum" also will receive attention. In that connection, the task force on the first-year experience already has raised several topics for consideration. Several groups are looking at ways to get students and faculty to "buy into" communities of learning through, for example, undergraduate involvement in research and undergraduate honors programs. Finally, the Undergraduate Council will look anew at the general matter of developing sensitivity to the diversity on campus.
Graber reported that the Graduate Student Association approved the Faculty Senate resolutions on censorship. The Student Senate passed its own versions. Individuals involved in the incidents have been talked with to assure that there will be no repetitions. A committee to consider tolerance on campus will be appointed.The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
Graber next reported on the new Compensated Outside Services Policy (distributed with agenda). He asked for comments from the floor or e-mail/hard copy comments later. S. Wallace asked what the policy is for administrators. Chancellor Snyder reported that anyone on a twelve-month appointment would have to take annual leave to perform outside services. S. Wallace then asked about the exclusion of services for the UT Institute for Public Service. Graber answered that the low level of compensation by the Institute was responsible for the exclusion. B. Creel asked about the meaning of the sentence in lines 94-95. Another question was whether 100% effort was defined. The answer was that it is not; the individual and his/her supervisor will agree on the definition. J. Kovac noted that enforcement of the policy is not explicitly addressed. Graber commented that the policy does refer to procedures in the Faculty Handbook. M. Alligood asked whether areas other than medicine have been identified relative to the paragraph in lines 26-29. D. Schumann noted the contrast between the positive tone of the first few paragraphs and the negative tone of Provision 9.
There was no new business.
President's ReportMINUTESGraber said that the First-Year Experience Task Force is making progress and may have issues for consideration in December. The Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee is operating now. Also, the annual Kentucky-Tennessee Blood Drive is underway this week. Finally, planned reports by G. Reed for the Budget Committee and by B. Creekmore on Bicentennial Plans will occur at the next meeting.
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of October 18, 1993, were approved with the following changes: the absent Peterson was M. Peterson and lines 91-93 in the discussion of the Compensated Outside Services Policy should be lines 94-95. Minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of November 1, 1993, were approved as distributed.COMMITTEE REPORTS
Graber first noted that anyone with a concern about a curricular matter should notify him and the Educational Policy before the Committee meets. In this manner, all matters of concern will receive the necessary attention.OLD OR NEW BUSINESS
1. Educational Policy Committee (report: M. Alligood)Alligood reported on the Graduate Council's proposed policy on eligibility requirements for faculty to teach courses in Master's programs. This policy was approved by the Educational Policy Committee. No action by the Senate was required.
J. Peters spoke on faculty development issues. He concurs with the Chancellor that faculty are the institution's only renewable resource. There has not been a good accounting of all expenditures at all levels for faculty development. He is working on an accounting and hopes to secure additional funds for faculty development. He wants to develop a range of faculty development programs that will meet a wide variety of needs. Peters feels that the centrally funded research incentive ($147,000) program is too small. The Graduate School also has a fund of approximately $300,000; this fund has been well used, but is also too small. Peters announced that the Research Office is to receive an additional $500,000. Expected uses include matching on grants, equipment (repair and purchase), publication costs, and graduate research assistantships. Recoveries from grants are a major source of these funds. Peters reported that he is proposing adding about $100,000 to the professional development program to assist tenuretrack faculty. He also announced a one-time program in advanced educational technology. A fund of $100,000 will be available for this purpose. Details about application procedures for these funds will be made available as soon as possible. The Academic Affairs Office will produce a brochure in the Spring 1994 with details of all faculty development programs.The meeting adjourned at 4:07 p.m.
It was announced that George Weaver of the Agriculture campus died of a heart attack this weekend.
Graber thanked T Hood for serving as acting parliamentarian. He also announced that the committee reviewing Chancellor Snyder will hold open meetings to hear comments. One is Thursday, November 18, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., and the other is Monday, November 22, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Both meetings will be in the University Center.
Chancellor's ReportCOMMITTEE REPORTSSnyder expressed his willingness to respond to questions, but there were none.President's ReportGraber reported that several faculty had gone to Nashville for activities associated with the University's bicentennial. A. Mayhew also represented the faculty in a town meeting, which was broadcast on public television. Graber announced that the Student Government Association is sponsoring an "adopt-a-journal" program to help restore journals to the library.
1. Budget Committee (report: G. Reed)The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.Reed reviewed an "Activities Summary" distributed at the meeting. In particular, the committee is collecting comparative data for the schools on the new peer institutions list. He emphasized the committee's efforts to look at questions from a campus perspective and encouraged faculty comments. He also praised R. Hamilton and his office for providing data. T. Hood asked that the committee study expenditures for part-time faculty over the last ten years.2. Educational Policy Committee (report: M. Alligood)Alligood called attention to the memo from the committee distributed with the agenda. There were several items from the Undergraduate Council Minutes dated November 4 and November 11, 1993 and they were considered separately.3. Teaching Council (report: T. Hood)a. Chancellor's Task Force on First-Year Experience (T. Bell and T. McClam)A proposal for a feasibility study on having an orientation focused on academic matters was discussed. A motion to change the wording to include cooperation with the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs was approved unanimously. A motion by F. Grimm to have the feasibility study completed and reported to the Faculty Senate by fall term, 1994, also was approved and then the amended item was approved.b. Academic Review Policy
Next, a proposal urging that the external review team make recommendations about programming for students who are undecided as to their major was discussed and approved.
Next. a proposal that the Chancellor establish a committee made up of representatives of the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to foster interaction was amended to include representatives of the Faculty Senate on the committee. The amended proposal was approved.
Next, a proposal that the Faculty Senate and the Offices of the Vice Chancellors for Student Affairs and Academic Affairs establish a committee to study the desirability of changing the timing of Rush Week was discussed and approved.
Next, a proposal concerning establishing a committee to survey tutorial services and to explore ways to encourage greater student use of them was discussed. J. Kovac observed that the proposal, as written, first endorses the idea of a Tutorial Service and then recommends a study. A motion to include the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs as an office to be involved in establishing a committee was approved and then the amended item was approved.
Next, a recommendation that each unit be responsible for encouraging its staff in the area of human relations was discussed. Several spoke against singling out first- year students as deserving especially nice treatment. A proposal to change the wording to read "...that, as with all students, first-year students are to be treated..." was approved. The amended item then was approved.
Next, a proposal to consider the issue of increasing the number and improving the quality of meeting spaces on campus was approved.
Next, a recommendation urging continued support for residence hall programs was approved.
Finally, a recommendation that letters of commendation be sent to appropriate staff in various offices for their efforts to better the first-year experience was approved.All recommendations were approved. In particular, "Committee" status will now be known as "pending academic dismissal."c. Drop Deadline and Academic Second OpportunityAfter some discussion the report on the drop policy was accepted. W. Blass asked about the value of changing an effective policy (requiring a student seeking an Academic Second Opportunity to be absent from UTK for a minimum of 3 calendar years) just to have it agree with all other state institutions (which require 4 years). It was noted that one could petition for an exception. H. Bozdogan moved that the proposal be tabled. The motion was seconded by Blass, but then the second was withdrawn. W. Blass then moved that the number of years be changed back to 3. The motion was approved and the amended policy was approved.d. Departmental Honors ProgramsThis proposal was approved without discussion.Hood reported on the Program Review of the Learning Research Center. He noted that the review is very positive, but does call for slightly de-emphasizing research and increasing efforts to help all instructors improve their teaching. There was no discussion. L. Humphreys of the Learning Research Center did report on some of the Center's activities.4. Legislative Committee (report: K. Gwinn)Gwinn asked for permission for the Legislative and Benefits Committees to prepare a resolution to be sent to legislators and the insurance committee to ask that TennCare and TPN not be so closely tied to one another. The resolution must reach Nashville before February 1, when a policy is to be made. The resolution will emphasize that state employees are suffering more than other groups in this process. A motion to give permission, provided the final document is approved by a majority of the Executive Committee, was approved.
Chancellor's ReportMINUTESSnyder reported that the Chancellor's staff has completed a reply to the Commission for Blacks study regarding race issues on campus and a report will be available soon. Response to the recent report regarding gender issues on campus also will be combined with it in a "climate paper" which will address the status of relations on campus and make some proposals for the future.President's ReportGraber noted that the handout, "Chancellor's Address to Presidents, AVTS Directors and Sub-Councils" (distributed at meeting) is the text of an address being given by the new chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, Charles Smith.
The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of November 15, 1993, were approved unanimously, as were the minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meetings of November 29, 1993, and January 10, 1994. The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of January 24, 1994, were considered next. Jordan noted several corrections: (1) the report of the Educational Policy Committee should have been numbered 2 rather than 1; (2) the first commendation under 2.a. was for residence halls (not alls); (3) item 2.b. should read:COMMITTEE REPORTSb. Academic Review Policy
All recommendations were approved. In particular, "Committee" status will now be known as "pending academic dismissal.";
(4) the one sentence under the original 2.b. should be the first paragraph of 2.c. and read, "After some discussion the report on the drop policy was accepted."; (5) in the original third line of 2.c. "toe" should be "to be," and (6) in the second line of item 4 "Committee" should be "Committees". With these changes, the minutes were approved.
1. Research Council (report: K. Walker)OLD OR NEW BUSINESSWalker reminded the senate that the Research Council had brought a document on research incentives to the Senate in 1991. After a year of reworking the document, the Research Council brought it before the Senate again at which time it was endorsed. A memorandum describing the history of this effort and information on the intended use of research incentive funds was distributed at the meeting and summarized by Walker. He noted in particular that competition for graduate research assistantships was held in December, 1993. Another competition will be held this spring. He also noted the new Exhibit, Performance, and Publication Expense Fund.2. Nominating Committee (report: P. Hamlin)Hamlin asked for nominations for president-elect of the Faculty Senate.3. Athletic Committee (report: C. Asp and G. Hall)Snyder introduced the university's athletics representative to the NCAA, C. Asp, and expressed his appreciation for Asp's efforts. Asp reviewed his credentials, some of the aspects of being a faculty athletic representative, and various aspects of NCAA activities, requirements, and issues. He also described some aspects of the Southeastern Conference and of UTK He especially noted that UTK has volunteered to be one of the first schools to undergo a "Certification Visit."4. Legislative Committee (report: K. Gwinn)
G. Hall next spoke in greater detail about the certification visit. He is the chairperson of a steering committee which is overseeing a large self-study effort. He compared the certification visit to a SACS visit. The visit will occur in February, 1995.Gwinn reported that the resolution on TennCare was delivered in Nashville. The resolution was well received. It also was reported that the previously announced extension of TPN coverage is being extended another 60 days. She encouraged everyone to write legislators. She reminded everyone that those who could decide to change coverage of state employees are also those promoting TennCare.
Graber reminded the Faculty Senate that it had approved the Chancellor's Teaching Evaluation Program (CTEP) which has now been in progress for several years. The Student Government Association would like to have a course evaluation combined with the CTEP questionnaire. The two sets of questions (as well as departmental questions) would be tabulated and reported separately. Graber distributed copies of the SGA questions.The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
K. Jost spoke in favor of having only one combined questionnaire. It was pointed out that the combined form would be distributed to all classes and that it seems appropriate for questions to be similar since the results are to be sent to different places. P. Phillips questioned whether confidentiality is still of concern to faculty. H. Bozdogan questioned whether confidentiality violates the state's "sunshine law." M. Alligood noted several difficulties with the phrasing of the SGA questions. P.Norman suggested the need for a report on how the entire (student and faculty) evaluation of teaching process is working. T. Hood moved that such a report be done; F. Grimm seconded the motion. Norman suggested that the Faculty Senate might formally encourage faculty to cooperate with the SGA in the matter of evaluations while a study proceeds. After T. Hood enumerated a number of concerns with the current evaluation system, P. Phillips spoke in favor of combining the questionnaires during a study. It then was noted that there no longer was a quorum, so the discussion was postponed until the next meeting.
Chancellor's ReportMINUTESGraber reviewed some of the events leading to Chancellor Snyder's Moratorium on Review of Administrators. Both he and the chancellor have received critical comments on the process since fall semester. He noted Snyder's support of the principle of administrator reviews first as a dean and then as chancellor. He expressed his belief that Snyder will carry through with his promises to develop a revised process.President's ReportSnyder complimented Graber on his description of what has happened. In response to a question from N. Mertz about the apparent haste with which the decision to suspend the reviews was made, Snyder reviewed how he reached his decision and reaffirmed that the review process is a joint Faculty Senate /Chancellor activity. In response to a reference by M. Alligood to the collegiality between administrators and faculty that is described in official documents and her questioning of his decision process, Snyder said he accepts individuals' judgments that he erred, but he cannot undo what was done. He believes that now we must proceed to make the review process as fruitful as possible with broad support. Several Faculty Senators stated that they were not concerned with Snyder's decision process or the decision itself. P. Phillips noted that he does not oppose reviewing and considering modifications to the administrator review process. He also observed that the major difference between the original process and the proposed one is that the proposed one will include a performance evaluation, something that was not and could not be in the original process. In response to other questions Snyder reported that reviews for which questionnaires have been distributed are proceeding and that when reports are delivered, they are reviewed by the person being reviewed and that person's supervisor. T. Davies noted that when he served on a review committee, the committee received faculty comments that he believes would not have been made if an administrator had been present. He expressed his hope that any new process allow for getting such comments.Graber reported he has a copy of the Affirmative Action Plan which he will share. He also reported that advising on campus will be reviewed in a manner similar to academic reviews. There will be open sessions March 28 at 3:15 p.m. and March 29 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fourth Floor Conference Room of Andy Holt Tower. Next, he noted that there will be an open forum on TennCare at 7:30 p.m., March 10, in the City County Building.
Snyder next reported that a document on diversity on campus is almost ready for publication in Context, the task force report for the commission on blacks is almost ready and so, too, is the report on women on campus.
The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of February 7, 1994, and of the Executive Committee meeting of February 21, 1994, were approved. Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of February 28, 1994, (distributed at meeting) also were approved.COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. Educational Policy Committee (report: M. Alligood)OLD OR NEW BUSINESSAlligood called attention to her memo distributed with the agenda and especially the new concentration in Library and Information Science, which then were approved by the Faculty Senate. She also noted that the Department of Mathematics is attempting to have its two sequences deleted from the list of courses to be dropped from the Graduate Catalog.2. Committee on Committees (report: P. Phillips)Phillips asked that anyone who cannot attend the April meeting be certain to have a proxy attend to deal with committee assignments.3. Bylaws Committee (report: P. Phillips)Phillips reviewed the committee's report (distributed at meeting). There were no questions; a vote will occur at the next meeting.
Graber reminded the Faculty Senate that its last meeting ended in the middle of a discussion of a student proposal to include a set of student-generated questions with the Chancellor's Teaching Evaluation Project (CTEP). There had been a discussion of the students' questions and the CTEP in general. S. Kinzy moved that a committee be formed to evaluate the entire CTEP process and the students' request. A. Grady seconded the motion. C. Cleland asked if the motion was intended simply to delay matters. Graber responded negatively and noted in particular that some faculty now question the need for the privacy built into CTEP. J. Kovac expressed his hope that a review would include the peer review process. T. Davies indicated his interest in knowing whether the Faculty Senators do favor a more open process. M. Alligood noted that the minutes of the preceding meeting show that a similar motion was made and seconded. D. Schumann expressed his desire for a committee to present pros and cons of an open process before having even a straw vote. B. Blass responded that a straw vote is just that and is not binding. An "uninformed" straw vote showed many in favor of an open process, none opposed, but some abstaining. Kinzy's motion then was approved without opposition.The meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
Graber next raised the question of how to deal with evaluations until the new committee reports. H. Jacobson moved that the current process continue as is until the committee reports. There were several seconds. P. Hamlin spoke against the motion and in favor of adding student questions. N. Cohen noted that if student questions were added now and deleted later, it would appear that the faculty were attempting to cover up something. It also was noted that adding student questions would be expensive. T. Davies observed that if student questions are not added, then students will have to wait another year. L. Humphreys noted that he has concerns about some of the student questions, although he does support in principle the inclusion of student questions. Several noted various difficulties with the proposed questions. F. Grimm noted that continuing the current process, but sharing the results with the students, would be another alternative. H. Jacobson expressed his concern with the current questions. The motion was then passed.
A motion to encourage faculty to cooperate with student evaluations was made, seconded and approved.
S. Wallace proposed that the Faculty Senate undertake its own review of administrators, but there was no second.
Chancellor's ReportMINUTESSnyder reported that the statement on diversity had appeared in Context but without an intended request for comments. The Commission for Blacks also is progressing with its work.President's ReportGraber noted the resignation of Dr. Norma T. Mertz from the Faculty Senate and expressed regret. He next read from a letter from the Governor's Medicaid Task Force stating that "[T]he state employees' insurance office feels that the current benefit package allows for adequate selection of providers in the TPN." The letter also states that [t]he State of Tennessee had no part in the decision to connect the TPN and the TennCare networks of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee."
The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of March 7, 1994, were approved after the statement in the President's Report that P. Phillips did not oppose the moratorium was corrected to say that P. Phillips did not oppose reviewing and considering modifications to the administrator review process. The minutes of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee meeting of March 14, 1994, also were approved with the correction that "Rom 220" should be "Room 220".COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. Bylaws Committee (report: P. Phillips)OLD OR NEW BUSINESSPhillips asked for discussion of the changes one-by-one. There was none. A. Dom moved that the changes be adopted. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.2. Committee on Committees (report: P. Phillips)Phillips asked members of the Faculty Senate to complete their ballots (distributed at meeting) for the 1993-94 Committee on Committees. He then asked members to complete their requests for committee assignments for 1994-95.3. Library Committee (report: C. Craig)Craig reported that the era of good feeling regarding the Library continues. He also reviewed matters that the committee considered this year.4. Nominating Committee (report: P. Hamlin)Hamlin reported that R. Mundy and D. Ziegler are the proposed candidates for president-elect of the Faculty Senate. Ballots will be distributed.
Graber recalled earlier actions regarding the requests of the Student Government Association for data from the Chancellor's Teaching Evaluation Program. The S.G.A. now is requesting (1) that three particular student officers be included on the committee to study revisions of the program and that the committee begin work promptly, (2) that raw data from the CTEP for academic year 1993-94 and fall semester 1994, not be destroyed, and (3) that the committee report in time for action to be taken for fall semester 1995. H. Jacobson moved that the three requests be accepted and acted upon positively. The motion was seconded and, after some discussion, approved.The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.
P. Phillips asked that current chairs of Faculty Senate committees let him know within two weeks whether they wish to continue as chairperson and if they would like to have specific committee members.
President's ReportMINUTESGraber congratulated the new president-elect Dr. Dhyana Ziegler, as did all senators and guests. Graber then made some very brief remarks about his presidency.Chancellor's ReportSnyder gave a brief report on the visit of Vice President Gore and the announcement of a new faculty chair in Environmental Sciences to be named for Gore's sister.
The minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting of April 4, 1994, were approved without change. Similarly, the Executive Committee minutes of April 18 were approved without amendment.COMMITTEE REPORTS
1. Faculty Information Service (report by Lee Riedinger)OLD OR NEW BUSINESSActing Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research, Riedinger, explained one problem faculty members encounter is multiple requests to fill out numerous forms reporting their research, publications, service, etc. The Office of Research Administration proposes one "comprehensive, fully searchable database of faculty accomplishments across the full range of activities." Graber said a policy statement on this issue will come to the Senate in the fall. An informal straw poll showed the vast majority to be in favor of an open records policy with only a few having reservations.2. Teaching Council (report by Bart Rohrbach)End-of-year report showed a busy year for the Teaching Council. Next year the council will be conducting a needs assessment survey for the Learning Research Center to help the Center allocate Lime and resources. Council has requested a line item budget from the Chancellor for FY95 of $6,000 to conduct activities, bring in speakers, etc. The Council also is in the process of setting up a "Gopher list" of faculty experienced in using multimedia in the classroom. The Council also put on programs on teaching in large classrooms and selected three faculty to receive advising awards.3. Budget Committee and Chancellor's Planning & Budgetary Advisory Committees (report by Greg Reed)Reed reported for both bodies, saying that the communication between these committees and central administration has been open, and all requests made for information by the committees have been honored. Reed reminded the Senate that this year the University was given a new set of peer institutions, and the committees are in the process of collecting budget data from those institutions. In 94-95 the Budget Committee will continue "to evaluate process and how to link budgeting to goals". Reed then presented some material on budget requests for FY95.4. Educational Policy Committee (report by Martha Alligood)Alligood reported the results of Undergraduate Council meetings of 2/3, 3/3 and 4/21, and Graduate Council meetings of 3/ 10 and 4/28, none of which required action by the Senate at this meeting.
1. Ad Hoc Committee for the Evaluation of Administrators (report by VC John Peters)The meeting adjourned at 4.53 p.m.Peters reported on committee's work, with a view to restarting the process sometime in October 1994, hopefully by October 1. Much work needs to be done (surveying those evaluated, supervisors, peer institutions, literature, etc.)2. Charge to Campus Teaching Evaluation Program (CTEP) Review Task Force (report by Glenn Graber)Graber reported that task force is about its business and has been charged to report to the Senate by January 1995.3. Proposal for Joint Senate/Chancellor Committee to Investigate Issues Related to Religion and the UTK Campus Context (report by Glenn Graber)Graber distributed copies of the charge to the committee (by Chancellor Snyder and Senate President Graber) and a sheet for senators to nominate possible committee members (faculty, staff, religious communities, alumni, others)4. Committee on Committees (report by Graber)List distributed to Senators as they left.