THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 16, 1989
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: C. Anderson, Bibler, Breeden, Campa, Churnet, Cochran, Darken, M. Edwards, Hiestand, Honerkamp, Ingle, Kleiman, Kuhn, LeWinter, McDonald, Ozbek, Pringle, Printz, Sanders, Schonblom, R. Smith, Sturzer, Taylor, Thompson, M. Trimpey, J. Vallier, Venters, B. Walton, Wiley
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Ahmadi, Marlowe, Noe, N. Riley
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Ernst, Harbaugh, Jackson, Obear
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Butler, Hicks, Pare, I. Reid, Summerlin
Call to Order
The meeting was convened at 3:17 p.m. by Faculty Council President Peter Pringle.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of February 2, 1989 were amended as follows:
Page two, Admissions Committee, paragraph two, second sentence - "She reported that the Admissions Committee felt the transfer student requirement was `quite whopping'."
Same paragraph, sixth line from bottom - "Professor Larry Ingle asked if he was correct in saying that high school students graduating in 1990 and transferring to UTC will have to meet the requirements."
Same paragraph, third line from bottom - "Professor Darken said the Committee was relieved not to have to deal with the old harsh requirement for the Fall of 1989 because of the time schedule."
The minutes as amended were approved without dissent.
Professor Jocelyn Sanders, immediate past chair of the Petitions Committee, presented a report based on her tenure on the Committee (See Appendix A). The Petitions Committee had seen what seemed to be an increasing number of appeals from suspension or dismissal from conditional students and transfers with relatively low GPA's. Professor Sanders proceeded to walk Council through the data. She noted that the years listed referred to calendar years, not academic years. There is no data available for the total number of freshmen admitted in the summer of 1987 and 1988 because the Admissions Office doesn't keep those figures. Professor Felicia Sturzer asked why conditional students dismissed at the end of a fall term were not first semester students. Professor Sanders said that conditional admits come in as if they were on probation. If they don't do well the first semester, they are suspended. A student has to be here at least two terms before he/she can be dismissed. Page three gives samples of transcripts the Petitions Committee has dealt with this academic year. Professor Sanders called Council's attention to the rather dramatic difference between the original hours these conditional students signed up for and the number they end up actually attempting. The real meat of the report is page five. The observations and recommendations are Professor Sanders' own and do not have the official concurrence of the Petitions Committee.
Observation 1 - In the fall of 1987 compared to the fall of 1988 the number of conditional students experiencing difficulty increased by 180%. The same trend is visible in the spring, though the numbers are smaller.
Observation 2 - This statement is true comparing term to term. If you compare by calendar years, there has actually been a slower increase in transfer students having difficulty than the total number of transfers.
Observation 3 - Self explanatory.
Observation 4 - The data is on page three.
Observation 5 - Is exemplified by transfer students B and C on page four.
Observation 6 - Student E on page four was enrolled at UTC for five semesters without ever being in good standing. The semesters appear consecutive because we count the summer term as the semester out. You can be suspended in the spring, sit out the summer and return in the fall.
Recommendation 1 - Success is defined as a term in good standing.
Recommendation 2 - Self explanatory.
Recommendation 3 - Will avoid the problem demonstrated by the case of Student E on page four.
Recommendation 4 - Also self explanatory.
President Pringle asked if these recommendations reflected the thinking of the Committee, and Professor Sanders said she believed they did. He then asked if they should be referred to Standards. Professor Eric Schonblom, Standards Committee Chair, said he was all for anything that would improve advising (numbers two and four), but he did not feel this was properly within the Standards Committee's province. He noted that the faculty had defeated requiring transfer students to maintain a 2.0 some years ago, but he was more than willing to have Standards reconsider this issue. President Pringle asked what Professor Sanders' expectations were for her report. She replied that she hoped it would generate some kind of activity. Professor Jim Hiestand asked if she had correlated transfers' success with the origin of the student. Professor Sanders said this had not been done, but she noted several of those in difficulty came from UTK. Professor Jan Printz noted that the 1985 retention study showed those with the poorest success rate on a percentage basis came from Southern. Professor Nick Honerkamp asked if students had been interviewed about their advising experiences. He noted some students fail to heed advice given. Professor Sanders said interviews had not been done. Professor Betsy Darken noted that recommendation one is really a part of admission standards, and she expressed the hope that the Admissions Committee will have to consider fewer exceptional cases in the future and will be better able to monitor conditional students. Professor Larry Ingle urged that something be done with this report. President Pringle suggested that the Executive Committee examine the report and come back at the next meeting with recommendations for follow-up. Professor Printz said she had heard several Petitions Committee chairs talk about the summer problem, i.e., counting the summer as the off-semester for a suspended student. She would like a recommendation in this area from the Petitions Committee. President Pringle said he would refer this to Professor DeWayne Nymann, the current Petitions Chair. Just staying out in the summer doesn't get the student's attention. Professor Darken opined that for suspension purposes spring/summer could be considered as one chunk and that suspensions could occur only at the end of summer and at the end of fall. It was generally agreed to turn the report over to the Executive Committee of Council.
Professor Eric Schonblom, Handbook Committee Chair, responding to a memo from the Provost moved that the Committee for Adjunct Faculty be renamed the Committee for Part-Time Faculty and that it be an ad-hoc committee until such time as formal changes in the Handbook are brought by the Handbook Committee. The name change is in keeping with System nomenclature and the ad hoc nature of the committee is in keeping with Council procedures. The motion passed unanimously.
Developmental Studies: Composition
Professor Verbie Prevost of the English Department presented an informational report on the composition component of Developmental Studies as requested by Council (See Appendix B). She stated that the data included on the first page were compiled through Spring 1988. The percentage of students making C or better does not include those making W. She proceeded to walk Council through the report. Professor Felicia Sturzer asked if students who made D's in either 105 or 106 were allowed to take the next level course. Professor Prevost replied that D's in either 105 or 106 had to be repeated. Roughly one-half of the students are white; one-fourth of them Black and one-fourth non-native. About three-fourths are conditional and one-fourth regular admits. Almost all of the regular admits are non-native speakers. After walking Council through all of the data, Professor Prevost called attention to the last page which shows the total picture of students in the programs over the last three years. We have gone down slightly in Eng 105 and she anticipates that this fall only one 105 course will be offered. Eng 105 will probably never be totally eliminated because of non-native students and the conditional admits. The 106 enrollment is holding fairly steady; in light of increased enrollment it has declined percentage-wise. Professor Schonblom asked about the effectiveness of these courses for the non-native speakers. Professor Prevost responded that a separate course for them would be ideal, but that because of the numbers, having a separate course seemed unlikely. She believes the non-native students have a good rate of success. They tend to do well because they are highly motivated. President Pringle asked if anything can be done to reduce the 106 enrollment. Professor Prevost expects this enrollment to remain fairly constant for the foreseeable future. Improvement of the quality of high school courses would help, but it is hard to know when this will happen. President Pringle asked how many sections of 106 were offered each semester and was told that there were eight in the fall of 1986 and nine each in the fall of 1987 and 1988. There are roughly twenty students per section. Professor Nicky Ozbek asked if the "W's" tended to be non-attendees and was told that this seemed to be likely. Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh noted that she had just been going through the grades for developmental freshmen and that many of these students are in the "melt-away group" who do not formally withdraw.
Professor Jan Printz proposed that the Faculty Council endorse the following statement:
The Faculty Council, the elected representatives of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's entire faculty, wishes to express its sincere thanks to all those individuals who made our recent fund-raising campaign such a success. We are extremely appreciative of their tireless efforts and their splendid results. It would be impossible to name all those who contributed their time and energies. Many, many members of the community were involved and demonstrated their commitment to UTC through their activities. Dr. Obear, Dr. Packard, Dr. Area, Dr. Gross, their staffs and their volunteers were conspicuous, effective leaders of this highly successful endeavor. We thank them and the many others who dedicated their time and effort on our behalf.
This statement was adopted unanimously.
Report from Executive Committee
President Pringle brought the following items to Council from the Executive Committee. He noted that last week a member concern was expressed over the discontinuation of the Faculty Counsellors to the President and he invited motions from the body on this topic. Professor Schonblom moved that this campus take the initiative and schedule a meeting on the Knoxville campus with representatives from all the UT campuses and institutes. The Committee on Committees will be asked to determine the attendees from this campus. We will hope that the other campuses will participate and that the President and members of his staff will also choose to attend. Professor David Wiley seconded and asked who was actually going to call this meeting. Professor Schonblom said the Council's Executive Committee would organize it and the Committee on Committees would name the attendees from this campus. Professor Printz asked if it would not be simpler to write President Alexander a letter asking him to consider reconstituting the Faculty Counsellors. She said she'd be willing to write such a letter. She believed it would be tough to organize a meeting. Professor Wiley said it all depends on what we judged the atmosphere to be. Professor Printz said she thought the letter was worth trying. Professor Larry Ingle wondered what sort of prerogatives we have to schedule meetings in Knoxville. Professor Schonblom said the intent was to make it as easy as possible for the System people to attend. Professor Nick Honerkamp proposed a friendly amendment suggesting that a letter from the Executive Committee to President Alexander asking for a reinstatement of the Faculty Counsellors precede the calling of the meeting as proposed by Professor Schonblom. Professor Schonblom didn't accept this as friendly. Professor Printz formally seconded the Honerkamp amendment. Chancellor Obear suggested that the amendment ought to be couched in such a way as to ask for the Faculty Counsellors or some other mechanism which would allow effective discussion among the personnel of all the units and the System. This was accepted as part of the amendment. Professor Margaret Trimpey asked if such a letter would go from UTC's Faculty Council or from all the Faculty Councils in the System. President Pringle said to get concurrence from others would slow it down considerably since we meet more frequently than most. Professor Printz said none of the others seem to care as much as we do. Professor Ingle asked if anyone knew anything about the thinking of President Alexander on this matter. Chancellor Obear said that when it was time for people to be named to these bodies, the President's Office had said they would not be reconstituted for the present. Professor Ingle asked if this was still President Alexander's wish and Chancellor Obear said as far as he knew it was. Professor Betsy Darken asked for a clarification of the amendment and the motion. This was given and then the amendment passed unanimously. The discussion then returned to the main motion. Professor Felicia Sturzer asked if we would meet in Knoxville if the other campuses weren't interested. President Pringle said this was not the intent; he could not see spending the day in Knoxville talking to Ric or Jan. The motion passed by voice vote without dissent and with only one abstention.
President Pringle is continuing to receive responses to the non-member concerns. Responses from Provost Sandra Packard and Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh are found in Appendix C and Appendix D, respectively.
Also attached to the minutes (Appendix E) is the report of W. W. Dotterweich on the State Insurance Committee meeting of January 27, 1989. At this meeting the alternate medical plan was declared dead. It attracted only 85 employees--54 from central government; 18 from UT; and 13 from the Board of Regents.
1. Professor Tom Bibler mentioned a concern voiced to him about the deplorable state of the women's shower room in McClellan Gym. You either need to do something about the cockroaches or train them better. The shower room is in need of painting, it has too few electrical outlets and only some of them work and the shower heads need to be modified so that one is not "drilled" by the force of the water. It is unfortunate to have such a nice facility and not have it properly maintained.
2. Professor Barbara Walton expressed concern over the filth in the women's restrooms in Holt, particularly on the second floor. She believes she could scrape green material from the surfaces of the sink and culture it. Mr. David Butler asked if she had noticed improvement in the past week. She said she had not and that yesterday it was in the worst state ever. Mr. Butler said they were working on it and on the gymnasium problem.
3. Professor Felicia Sturzer reported that the second floor women's restroom in Brock is also dirty. She also feels the cleaning staff for the second floor offices in Brock is not doing a very effective job.
4. Professor Larry Ingle said the men's restrooms on the second floor of the library are in horrible condition. The door to one stall is off; one stall is marked out of order and the other looks out of order. President Pringle asked Mr. Butler if he would be dispatching toilet crews in the morning.
5. Professor Jan Printz expressed a budget-facility concern. She had to order a blind for her office window and the department was charged $267. If she moves to Siskin, she is not going to give it to Dean Irv Reid. No way! (It was suggested she sell it to him.) She feels blinds ought not be charged to departments. President Pringle agreed to call this to Vice Chancellor Rudley's attention. President Pringle thought it unlikely that Dean Reid would be in the market for a $267 blind; he prefers silk.
1. Professor Jan Printz announced that faculty should be alert if they use Children's Hospital or Miller Eye Clinic. They will be billed as Erlanger, and Blue Cross will not know it should be 90% and will reimburse at 80% or less. Erlanger needs to be asked to put Children's and/or Miller Eye Clinic on the bill so Blue Cross will be alerted and pay accordingly.
2. Professor Betsy Darken asked about the status of the noise on hold on the telephone. President Pringle said the Chancellor had acted and asked him to explain his actions to Professor Darken. Chancellor Obear said under no condition would he reestablish Musak or any other kind of music on the phone. He was working to get the loud buzzing softened. Professor Printz asked if he would authorize WUTC and the Chancellor said he would not. He objects to the "misuse of music" in that way. Professor Darken said she was sorry for the secretaries who must listen to the noise. She feels it has caused a great deal of rancor. She urged the Chancellor to reconsider. The Chancellor said when the music had first been removed there was a very soft noise and many people thought they had been disconnected. The noise was thought to be preferable. The Chancellor pointed out that this was his decision and he was offended by being forced to listen to other people's musical selections when he was on hold.
3. Professor Margaret Trimpey noted that sometimes you have to call out three or four times before you can hear the person you are calling. President Pringle noted Vice Chancellor Brown is working on the phone problem. In the interim, Mr. David Butler suggested when this occurs if you hook flash 8 the phone will re-set itself.
4. Professor Darken asked about the status of the fifteen-week term calendar. President Pringle will check with Dean Ray Fox on this matter. Chancellor Obear said we are approving two-year calendars and urged that we check into this matter immediately.
5. Professor Ric Schonblom asked if anyone was aware of any place where we have promised people they might complete a degree in the evening. This went along with Provost Packard's response (Appendix C). Professor Printz asked, on this connection, if we were no longer interested in the part-time students. President Pringle promised to address this matter at the February 24th Executive Committee meeting.
6. President Pringle and Council welcomed Professor Pedro Campa who will be the new Council President as of July 1, 1989.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
Faculty Council Nugget
This Council meeting had almost everything: Professor Ingle being serious, Professor
Sturzer monitoring unnecessary trips to Knoxville, untrained cockroaches, dirty
restrooms--but no Musak.