THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 2, 1989
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Ahmadi, C. Anderson, Bibler, Breeden, Churnet, Cochran, Darken, M. Edwards, Hiestand, Honerkamp, Ingle, Kuhn, LeWinter, Marlowe, McDonald, Noe, Pringle, Printz, Sanders, Schonblom, M. Shawen, R. Smith, Sturzer, Taylor, Thompson, M. Trimpey, J. Vallier, Venters, B. Walton
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Campa, Kleiman, Ozbek, N. Riley, Wiley
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Harbaugh, Jackson, Obear, Renneisen
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Stinnett, Summerlin
Call to Order
The meeting was convened at 3:16 p.m. by Faculty Council President Peter Pringle.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of January 19, 1989 were approved as distributed.
Election of a Member of the Committee on Committees (replacement for Professor Ken Smith)
President Pringle reminded Council that Professor Smith's replacement needed to be from Arts and Sciences. He read the names of eligible Arts and Sciences faculty. Professor Larry Ingle nominated Professor David Wiley. Professor Nick Honerkamp moved nominations cease. Professor Wiley was unanimously elected.
Committee on Committees
Professor Jocelyn Sanders, Committee on Committees Chair, presented that Committee's recommendations for membership on the ad hoc committee to examine the Chairs of Excellence appointment, financing, etc. (See Appendix A). Professor Eric Schonblom asked if the Committee had considered the suggestion made at the last Council meeting that this Committee include at least one Chairholder. Professor Sanders said they had and rejected it. They were more concerned with establishing a committee that had some degree of detachment. Professor Felicia Sturzer asked what criteria had been used to select potential members. Professor Sanders replied a spread of departments, some administrators and generally well-respected individuals, had all been considered. They wanted the appointees to be rather apolitical and objective. Professor Margaret Trimpey noted that there were really only two faculty. Professor Sanders said the Committee considered it more three and three. They looked on Professor Eileen Meagher as really faculty, even though she has some administrative duties and is a twelve-month appointee. The Committee recommendation passed with one no vote and no abstentions. Professor Sanders reminded the faculty to turn in their requests for committee assignments promptly.
Professor Sanders asked that the report from the Petitions Committee be postponed to the next meeting. The postponement was unanimously approved.
Professor Betsy Darken, Admissions Committee Chair, presented that Committee's report (See Appendix B) as an information item. Professor Darken reminded Council that come Fall 1989, the final phase of the unit requirements for admission will be in place. It will be more or less the same across the state. An audit of high school transcripts of the fall of 1988 UTC freshmen showed that 48% met all the unit requirements. She noted that the 1989 requirements have been well publicized and even more should meet them. Professor Sturzer asked if those who did not meet them were admitted as exceptions. Professor Darken said they were admitted with deficiencies that they had to make up. Chancellor Obear said that less than 10% received alternative admissions. Professor James Hiestand asked what level of math was required and Professor Darken said it was through Algebra II.
Professor Darken went on to discuss Part C of the report. She reported that the Admissions Committee felt the old requirement was "quite whopping." It was difficult to determine just where this requirement originated. The UT System has revised it. The Admissions Committee resents edicts from on high but is relieved it doesn't have to deal with the old requirement. It is currently discussing transfer policy and welcomes faculty input. Right now a transfer has to meet UTC continuation standards and be in good standing at the school he/she is transferring from. Professor Honerkamp asked what happened if a transfer student had sixty or more hours. Professor Darken replied that in such cases the high school record is not examined at all. Professor Schonblom noted that the System had asked us to add the world history/world geography requirement and we had complied. Now they are dictating policy and he felt this has set a bad precedent. Professors Darken and Jan Printz reviewed the history of the transfer policy. Professor Schonblom moved to adopt the System proposal on transfers. Professor Printz seconded. Professor Darken expressed her opposition. She thinks this policy is not workable. The Admissions Committee opposes it. She resents being informed in dribs and drabs and only by chance by the System. The Admissions Committee is working on a UTC policy. Professor Schonblom withdrew his motion. Professor Printz wanted to be sure incoming students are given adequate notice of the transfer policy when it is established. Professor Steve Lewinter asked how many transfer students there were. Professor Darken said about 3,000. Vice Chancellor Harbaugh said we admit about 900 transfers of one type or another in the course of any one year. Professor Mac Shawen asked if grade point standards were also being examined by the Admissions Committee and Professor Darken assured him that they were. Professor Sturzer noted that the System's statement really did away with transfer standards. She felt the whole policy needs to be examined. Professor Darken said the Admissions Committee was doing just that. Professor Larry Ingle asked if he was correct in saying that high school students graduating in 1990 will have to meet the requirements. Professor Darken said that was correct. He asked what the Committee's response to this problem had been. Professor Darken said the Committee was relieved not to have to deal with the old harsh requirement because of the time schedule. It can formulate an acceptable policy in less of a hurry now. Chancellor Obear noted that from `89 on, all state schools will impose virtually the same admissions requirements and that this should help us a great deal. Professor Darken said a major hole was that students could get into two-year schools without meeting the admission requirements. Chancellor Obear doesn't believe that this is so. President Pringle said he thought it was a question of the rigor with which the requirements were pressed. He and Ray Fox attended a meeting and came away with the impression that two-year schools were not likely to enforce the requirements vigorously. Professor Maurice Edwards asked if, under the System rule, transfer students who graduated prior to 1989 would be subject to any requirements. Professor Schonblom said the System had no requirements prior to 1989. Professor Darken said that if such a student meets continuation standards and is in good standing at his/her old school, the high school record would not be examined. She noted we do need a policy that considers how many hours they have, how old they are, etc.
Professor Darken, on another item, noted that the retention rate for first-time freshmen has been improving. She quoted figures compiled as of the 14th day of the Spring semester:
1986 - 80.5% were retained.
1987 - 84.4% were retained.
1988 - 86.1% were retained.
She also noted that the phase-in approach to the unit requirements that UTC took shows up well against other schools. We had 51% of our white freshmen meeting all requirements; UTK had 41%; Austin Peay had 37% and all the other state schools were even lower.
Developmental Studies: Mathematics
Responding to a request from the Executive Committee, Professor Darken presented an informational report on the status of Developmental Studies Math.
Enrollment - Math 105 which deals with arithmetic to beginning algebra has a declining enrollment. She believes this is good. 329 students in 1986; 284 students in 1988 - a 14% decrease.
Math 106 which is intermediate algebra is more or less stable and she believes it is unlikely to change much. Many of the students in this course have had Algebra II in high school but are not prepared for college. 357 students in 1986; 344 students in 1988 - a 4% decrease.
Passing Rate - Math 105 passing rate hovers around 50%. Math 106 passing rate about 55%.
Professor Darken believes these are too low. She believes an adjustment of the 106 cut-off scores will be beneficial. She noted that Math 105 will include calculators, but she doesn't expect this to help much. Many of the students are unmotivated. Professor Schonblom asked what percentage of the students repeat the course. Professor Darken replied there are many and they generally don't do well--probably 25% fail again. Dean Renneisen asked if she was seeing a change in placement scores. She provided the following data based on freshmen who took the placement test during orientation. In 1985 - 53%; 1986 - 47%; 1987 - 37%; 1988 - 34% placed in developmental math. She attributed this dramatic drop to UTC's phased-in admission requirements.
Follow-Up Courses - She believes the developmental math students do pretty well. It is hard to get exact data due to the confusion over repeaters. She believes 60-70% are making A, B or C in all math courses except Math 145. Math 145 has a 50% pass rate for developmental students and is currently being revised. Dean Roy Stinnett asked if the Math Department had any solutions to suggest for the serious problem of math achievement in elementary and high schools. Professor Darken said it had no specific action. The Department expects to work with high schools more closely. She noted that Ohio State is testing high school juniors and informing them of their standing while there is time left in high school for remediation. She believes this would be possible here and would be a good idea. Professor Marcia Noe commented that the statewide collaboratives may offer a partial answer, at least at the high school level. Professor Printz added that at Grade 8 the math scores in the City System exceeded language arts and that they precipitously declined in junior and senior high school. Professor Darken noted that math education is in dire straits all over the United States and more attention is currently being paid to it. The good news is it seems to have bottomed out and is no longer getting worse.
Report from Executive Committee
President Pringle reported two items from the Executive Committee:
1. At its meeting last week, the UT Board of Trustees received as an information item the re-designation of the Marketing and Business Law Department as the Marketing Department.
2. Representatives of the Executive Committee and of the Council of Department Heads met again last week with members of the legislative delegation. Discussions covered health insurance, the Mission Statement's inclusion of graduate studies, and the stadium.
At the legislators' request, another meeting will take place after the current legislative session. In the meantime, Senator Ward Crutchfield and Representative Paul Starnes will be working with us with an eye to effecting changes in the health insurance program.
1. Professor Marcia Noe is concerned about the 85o temperature in her office. She
wondered why classrooms don't get the same care and concern as game rooms in the
University Center. Chancellor Obear said there is no way to provide relief for 70o days in
January and February. The whole system is moved from heating to cooling on two dates and
October 1 and April 1 seems most workable. Professor Noe said it was 75o in her office in
cold weather and she has no window. Professor Honerkamp urged the removal of governors on
windows so they could be opened. Professor Schonblom commented that if you open classroom
windows, inside offices get even more heat. Dean Renneisen noted that the game room and
all parts of the University Center are paid for by student fees and should not be compared
to classrooms and offices.
2. Professor Felicia Sturzer is concerned about the unreliable elevator in Brock Hall. President Pringle said that now we know the answer to "Where was Felicia?"--she was between floors in Brock.
1. Professor Jocelyn Sanders expressed concern over insufficient course offerings especially at night. She commented that the Petitions Committee sees a lot of petitions concerning substituting courses and the 30/60 hour rule exceptions because of this.
2. Professor Steve Lewinter commented about the lack of course offerings in the summer.
3. Professor Caryl Taylor is concerned that high school students seeking dual enrollment cannot find suitable courses offered after 3:30 p.m.
4. Professor Eric Schonblom is concerned that an enrollment of forty in a day class cannot be averaged so that a night course of eight could be allowed to make.
5. Professor Jan Printz asked that the Standards Committee be asked to find all those majors that cannot be completed at night and that the catalog so state. We need truth in advertising.
6. President Pringle announced a Faculty Art Show from February 6 - 28. There will be an opening reception Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. on February 6, 1989. All are cordially invited to attend.
7. Professor Schonblom urged faculty to remember Black History Month in all courses where appropriate.
8. Professor Printz suggested that President Alexander be asked in a nice way to reinstate faculty counselors to the President. President Pringle agreed this was a good idea. Chancellor Obear said that they were discontinued because President Alexander did not ask that they be reconstituted. He urged the Council to ask President Alexander to establish some information network. He believes council would not be out-of-line to express its interest. Professor Larry Ingle suggested we put this on the agenda for the next meeting.
9. Professor Printz urged that a formal expression of appreciation to Vice Chancellor Ron Area, the Provost, the Chancellor, et al for raising $23 million be placed on the next agenda.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:18 p.m.
Faculty Council Nugget
Council has found the secret to a short meeting - keep the temperature in the Signal
Mountain Room high and the Provost out of town.