THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 7, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Lawrence Akers, Jim Avery, Will Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Ken Carson, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Lloyd Davis, Robert Duffy, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, Howard Finch, Jack Freeman, John Garrett, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, David Levine, Renée Lorraine, Loretta Prater, Mike Russell, Ossama Saleh, Greg Sedrick, Edgar Shawen, Clint Smullen, Larry Tillman, John Tinkler, Terry Walters, Ling-Jun Wang, Carolyn Wiley, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Monte Coulter, Doug Kingdon, Clifford Parten, Joe Trahan
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Richard Brown, Celeste Friend, Dick Gruetzemacher, John Trimpey
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Tom Bibler at 3:16.
Approval of Minutes
Professor Edgar Shawen said that he was "concerned about faculty abrogation of prerogative," not "abrogation of responsibility" as reported on page 3 of the minutes.
The minutes were approved as corrected.
Professor Greg Sedrick reported on changes from the Committee on Committees:
Steve White, Management, will serve as interim Chair. Add Maria Smith, Nursing.
Fran Bender, English, was elected by the full faculty (information item only).
Add Don Klinefelter, Philosophy & Religion; Ben Gross, Chemistry; Jocelyn Sanders, Music; Richard Rice, History; Eileen Meagher, English; Sarla Murgai, Library.
Professor Sedrick moved and Renée Lorraine seconded the motion to adopt these changes. They were approved unanimously.
Report from the Executive Committee
1. Faculty Council Presidents from the UT System met. They debated legal ramifications of the Distance Learning Program contracts sent to faculty members which essentially asked them to sign away their rights to the videos created, leaving them with no right to say when and where they would be used. Faculty from most campuses refused to sign, but UTC's did. Although the legal department professed to be "shocked" that there were objections, they agreed to redo the agreement. Professor Smullen asked what the consequences of not signing were. It was assumed that they could not go on the air. The legal department assured the presidents that they did not intend for the videos to be used for EDO's and the like, but the presidents did not think verbal assurances were sufficient. If you are involved in the Distance Learning Program and have questions, contact Tom Bibler or another member of the Executive Committee.
David Wiley expressed concern that we would have to start hiring our own lawyer to help us decide whether to sign forms.
Larry Ingle wondered whether faculty had had input into the Distance Learning Program.
Clint Smullen reported that those in the sciences are already aware that the University owns their "product," such as software, if it is developed at the University on University equipment.
John Trimpey asked if the distance learning courses had been approved by the Curriculum Committee. Dr. Bibler believed they had.
Acting Provost Grayson Walker explained that the release forms in question had come in at the last minute. Each student also had to sign a form that he or she agreed to be on television. A few students did not want to. To be congenial, some UTC faculty members did sign so that their students would not have to sit there in front of a blank screen. Walker, however, has the forms locked up; they have not been forwarded.
Lloyd Davis said that faculty does have rights to software; it's part of the individual's intellectual output and belongs to the faculty member.
2. Bibler also reported that the Board of Trustees and Academic Affairs Committee heard reports on the relationship between research and teaching. Their guest speakers were a UTK chemist and a UTK human ecologist. Bibler will suggest to them that research and teaching go on at campuses other than UTK and that faculty members from other institutions should be included at such meetings.
Report on Enrollment
Dick Gruetzemacher distributed several pages of tables showing various enrollment trends over the last five years and traits of currently enrolled students.
In Fall 1993, both undergraduate and graduate FTE and headcount have increased, 2.2% overall.
THEC now allows us to include as first-time freshmen students who earned college credit while they were in high school, through joint enrollment or advanced placement. Previously such students were considered transfers.
In Fall 1993, students had as many as 24 hours of AP and joint enrollment credit and yet were counted as first-time freshmen.
Counting these students as first-time freshmen will affect the "persistence to graduation" rates because these students often have higher ACT's and grades overall.
The mean GPA of entering freshmen is 3.09; mean ACT is 22.2; 43.5% are developmental; and 27% are conditional. Transfer students are up by 7%.
Questions were raised concerning who was teaching the joint enrollment courses and how we evaluate AP credits. Most of the AP and joint enrollment credits are in General Education courses.
Of those who declared a major, the top six were art; environmental sciences & biology; theatre & speech; exercise science, health, and leisure studies; physical therapy; and human ecology. On the graduate level, music had the largest increase in enrollment, followed by business administration; exercise science, health, and leisure studies; nursing; and criminal justice.
David Wiley encouraged us to promote reciprocity of tuition for students in North Georgia so that we can attract more of them.
Professor Lorraine asked if we were putting emphasis on retention, as well as recruitment, of African American students. Gruetzemacher reported that the retention rate is improving for such students. In 1993, we have the largest percentage of African American first-time freshmen since 1985, almost 15%. Our target is 16.2%.
David Wiley reported that there is feeling that we need to reconstitute AAUP here. Although the organization sometimes seems to act as a union, it is not one. Its purpose is to set standards for academic freedom, secure student rights, and establish standards for promotion and tenure.
Matters such as reciprocity need lobbyists in Nashville; AAUP has one, sponsored by other universities in the state.
Those who have been involved want younger, more energetic colleagues to join and reactivate the group. Call David Wiley for more information.
Report from Acting Provost Grayson Walker
a. Salary Adjustments
Last April the System announced that 20% of tenured and tenure-track faculty could receive salary adjustments. No guidelines were given.
At UTC, deans were asked to identify salary inequities, such as those related to merit, gender, race, twelve-month faculty if converted to nine months, those who had been bypassed for promotions and the like.
Walker then took all suggestions and sorted them into categories. After he identified about sixty people who stood out as needing adjustments, he realized that adjusting one salary creates other problems. Thus, finally seventy-five people got adjustments. Walker made the recommendations with concurrence from Chancellor Obear. He hopes that there will be another round this year which would help us to address some broader issues.
Clint Smullen asked if deans had been given any guidelines. Walker said no. One dean looked at all senior faculty; others did it differently. If another round is forthcoming, he will probably distribute more standard guidelines this year.
Walker is hopeful that there may be more money for salary adjustments because the University has been very tight-fisted elsewhere with respect to granting new lines and freezing administrative hiring.
b. Packets of Materials for Students
Walker also reported on Duplication and Distribution of Instructional Materials Prepared by Faculty (attached to the minutes).
No longer may faculty create and duplicate documents to be distributed to students to make a profit for the department.
David Wiley noted that many teachers try to publish such materials to help lower costs for students.
Clint Smullen asked if it was possible to have a lab fee. UTK tells us no.
Many professors also put such duplicated materials on reserve. What happens to the bookstore when it does not have a guaranteed number of sales? No one knew.
Larry Tillman said that the Physical Therapy Department prepares lab manuals at cost for the students. Walker replied that doing so is all right, but you must sell them through the copy center, not through the departmental office.
Martha Butterfield said that materials for spring semester would have to be to Graphic Services by November 15 to be ready for January 1994.
c. Compensated Outside Services
Homer Fisher and Bob Levy are willing to come to campus and deal with questions relating to Compensated Outside Services. Walker asks faculty to read the policy and send questions to him.
Richard Brown reported that recycling was initiated in six buildings in the Spring of 1993. We have recycled 8.15 tons of paper already.
In addition to wanting to be a leader in the community, UTC is also under a State of Tennessee mandate to reduce solid waste by 25%.
The rest of the UTC buildings are being provided with the necessary bins this week.
We collect aluminum cans and several grades of paper, which are removed to our own recycling center. The Chancellor will send out a campus-wide memo to encourage student involvement in recycling.
We have a contract with BFI to recycle. The start-up cost for all the collection bins is high, so we are not making money yet, but we hope to break even eventually.
Brown also asked that departments which were in the habit of doing their own recycling join the campus-wide effort instead.
Nick Honerkamp said that the committee met September 29. Two students fulfilled their honors requirements and graduated in April, Amy Howerton with honors and Tom Davis with highest honors.
Jack Freeman reported that he had received his United Way appeal without instructions for its return. Bibler believed that a departmental representative would be contacting him soon. Even if you should decide not to contribute, the United Way does want to get all the forms back.
There were no announcements or member concerns.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.