THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 1, 1988
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Ahmadi, Bibler, Breeden, Churnet, Cochran, Darken, M. Edwards, Hiestand, Honerkamp, Ingle, Kleiman, Kuhn, LeWinter, Marlowe, McDonald, Pringle, N. Riley, Sanders, Schonblom, K. Smith, R. Smith, Sturzer, Taylor, J. Thompson, M. Trimpey, J. Vallier, Venters, B. Walton, Wiley
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: C. Anderson, Geevarghese, Noe, Printz
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Harbaugh, Jackson, Packard, Renneisen
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Gaston, O'Hagan, Pare, Stinnett, Summerlin
Call to Order
The first meeting of the Faculty Council for the 1988-89 school year was convened by President Peter Pringle at 3:15 p.m. President Pringle welcomed the new and returning members and appointed Professor David Wiley, Parliamentarian.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the organizational meeting of the Council of April 26, 1988 were approved as distributed. The minutes of the regular Council meeting of April 26, 1988 were amended as follows: page five, third paragraph from the bottom should read, "Professor Fran Bender asked why the courses were not approved before students were recruited into the program." With this one correction, these minutes were unanimously approved.
Introduction of Members
The members of the Council introduced themselves. In addition, Provost Sandra Packard introduced Paul Gaston, the new Dean of Arts and Sciences and Tim Summerlin, an ACE intern. President Pringle introduced Mike O'Hagan and Mike Pare from the News-Free Press.
Committee on Committees
Professor Jocelyn Sanders, Chair of the Committee on Committees, moved acceptance of replacement recommendations (Appendix A) and student nominations (Appendix B). Both motions passed unanimously. Professor Sanders noted that there were still two vacancies on the Curriculum Committee and that these would be dealt with later.
Faculty Administrative Relations Committee
Professor Jack Freeman presented a brief report from the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee. He noted that the Committee had consulted with one faculty member in a matter of retention. The matter was resolved through normal channels of communication. Another faculty grievance is in the investigatory stage. He commended Professors Renee Cox and Martha Butterfield for the excellence of their work on the Committee. He asked that the Faculty Administrative Relations Committee be listed on the published list of Faculty Council Committees. President Pringle assured him this would be done after the new member was elected at the first faculty meeting this fall on September 13, 1988. There were no questions of Professor Freeman and the Committee report was received unanimously.
Professor Betsy Darken presented the report of the Admissions Committee (Appendix C). She emphasized the table at the end of the handout. The Admissions Committee denied ninety-six students all of whom have the right to appeal to the Chancellor. Of this number, twenty-two did appeal and the Chancellor admitted seven. Professor Jim Hiestand asked why the data was broken down by race. Professor Darken said this facilitated showing compliance with the court order desegregation ruling for Tennessee institutions of higher education. The report was received unanimously.
A report on the fall enrollment was presented by the Dean of Admissions, Ray Fox. He reported that fall enrollment seems to be up. Freshmen and transfer students will exceed last year's. He said the Admissions Office had six people conducting a phone campaign to contact those students who had not yet paid fees. Attempts are being made to find financial aid for them when possible. After 5:00 p.m. on Friday all those who have not paid fees will be cancelled. Dean Fox believes that the quality of UTC students, as well as the number, is on the rise. He cited the Admissions Committee report showing that more students were meeting regular admission requirements. The exact enrollment figures will be available after the fourteenth day. Professor David Wiley asked if other institutions were experiencing the same increase. Dean Fox said MTSU is purportedly up 12% over last year; UTK is up some; ETSU is up; as is Chattanooga State; UTM is expecting to be about the same as last year; only Memphis State is going to have to stretch to meet last year's figures. Professor Wiley asked why this was true. Dean Fox said the number of students graduating from high school is down, but more of those graduates are going to college. Transfers are increasing from Chattanooga State because of our articulation agreements. (We will soon complete a similar agreement with Cleveland State). In addition, more adults are returning to college. Professor Nick Honerkamp asked about minority enrollment figures. Dean Fox said he didn't know these figures because enrollment was still in flux. President Pringle thanked him for being at Council.
Mission Statement Draft
Provost Sandra Packard pointed out that while the draft of the mission statement distributed in the minutes packet was labeled Draft One, it was really the result of many revisions. A "second draft" will be available for the called meeting next week. It is the work of a second panel which included some members of the first panel, plus members from the U.C. Foundation, the Alumni Council, the Chancellor's Roundtable and the community at large. The panel made its revisions based on the input it has received. Provost Packard urged Council members to study the drafts and to submit suggestions. The new draft has revised language and has redressed what was seen as a "down-playing" of research in the first draft. Some of the critical decisions are based on the nine questions the Tennessee Higher Education Commission asked be addressed. The Provost identified persons present who had worked on the drafts: Peter Pringle, Eric Schonblom, Grayson Walker and Tim Summerlin. She expressed confidence that new UT President Lamar Alexander would help us fulfill our mission as we determine it. She then asked for questions.
Professor Larry Ingle asked just what we were to do with the drafts. Do we make comments? Do we approve? The Provost said that since the statement was still in the process of formulation approval would be premature. The panel would appreciate input. For example, the Council might wish to aid in the definition of categories (cf. to those used by the Carnegie Commission) used to describe UTC. President Pringle emphasized the desire for input with regard to Draft Two.
Professor David Wiley asked if the second draft would be notably more specific. Professor Schonblom replied it would be some more specific, but not a lot because we only have two pages. President Pringle commented that the language needs to be vague enough to maintain flexibility.
Professor Wiley asked who will read the statement and what level of academic sophistication will they bring to the document.
Provost Packard said that was a good question. Usually a mission statement shows the institution at its very best. Part of what's in this statement has been dictated by the THEC questions and some of this is usually found in the description of the university rather than in the mission statement. This statement will eliminate the role and scope statement and therefore deals more with future goals than it otherwise might. Professor Wiley said the first draft had a "celebratory tone" not usually found in catalog copy. The Provost suggested that perhaps the statement needed strengthening. Should we be more specific about aspirations? Professor Wiley asked how much jargon was appropriate. Provost Packard said it's often hard to tell just what is jargon. She has found editing advice to be very helpful and mentioned Carey Hanlin on the second panel as being good at cutting through the jargon.
Professor Felicia Sturzer asked about the reference in the last paragraph of page one to international experiences. She said that few of the international attempts we have made have worked. Dean Grayson Walker said the reference was to the School of Business's England venture, the School of Nursing's project in England and the Japan Project. Professor Sturzer wondered why only the professional schools have seemed to succeed. She urged better advising and financial aid for international efforts. The Provost commented that in the second draft this part has been moved from description to goals. Dean Renneisen commented that international projects would benefit from a consortium approach. We don't have to do them on our own.
Professor Margaret Trimpey asked when the second draft would be available to Council. President Pringle at first said next Monday. He was reminded of the holiday and corrected himself to Tuesday.
Professor Habte Churnet asked if the second draft would devote more space to the library and to computing. Professor Schonblom reminded him of the role of the THEC questions. He said computers will be there but only briefly. Professor Nick Honerkamp urged that more be said about the library and that the present sentence not be dropped.
Professor Ingle asked again about the use of the document. He suggested that the nine THEC questions be answered and we leave it at that. Provost Packard replied that a well-designed mission statement has many uses. It is helpful in our negotiations with the State. It will go in the Bulletin to be read by students, potential donors and the public. It shapes the direction of the University. It helps the University allocate funds and effort. It shapes high level decisions. She agreed the library needs to be included, but it's difficult to know exactly where to put it. Professor Ingle said it was apparent that this was to be a political document and needed to reach a variety of people. He believes it would be folly to omit the library and computing. The Provost asked him to work on wording their inclusion and send it to the panel.
Professor Churnet asked about the essential nature of the fourth paragraph on page one. He was told it answered one of the THEC questions. Professor Jeannette Vallier expressed a desire for a copy of the THEC questions. The Provost said these had been sent to the faculty on two occasions, but if another copy was needed, it might be obtained from Sandy Mebane in her office.
Professor Churnet then asked about paragraph two on page two and was told it had been moved to goals in the second draft. In that same context, Professor Betsy Darken asked what "fully qualified" meant. She feels that personalized advising is more of a goal than a description of current practice. Professor Schonblom agreed, but said we were doing a better job than many others. Professor Honerkamp suggested we simply say we do advising better than UT-Knoxville. Provost Packard said the statement regarding small class size is accurate in comparison to other state institutions. She believes we do care about students and we do advise them better than lots of places. She urged Council to offer improved wording.
Professor Jim Hiestand asked if Draft One downplayed research. Provost Packard replied that in the effort to emphasize teaching, research was unintentionally de-emphasized. In Draft Two research and teaching are both painted up.
Professor Sturzer asked what off-campus sites were referred to in the last paragraph of page two. Provost Packard replied that there were courses offered off-campus at eight sites last year. There are fifty off-campus courses offered this fall and there will likely be one hundred in the spring. She cited the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program as an example of one that has capitalized on off-campus opportunities. She also mentioned the Criminal Justice program as one with a long history off-campus. We are not attempting to establish branch campuses, but rather to meet specific needs. We will offer more regular courses through continuing education and fewer "recreational" ones like tole painting.
Professor Ingle, commenting on page one, paragraph three, asked if all universities did this. Dean Walker replied they all do and it's an important concept. The second draft will reflect its importance. He also noted that the panel has not yet found a good synonym for "betterment." They are considering offering a prize.
Report from Executive Committee
President Pringle attached to the minutes a summary of the August 4 meeting of the State Insurance Committee (Appendix D). One of the items discussed at that meeting was the development of an optional alternative medical plan to reflect benefits similar to those available prior to April 1. State Insurance Committee staff are working on that plan, which is expected to be available to employees by January 1, 1989.
President Pringle reminded Council that (a) there will be a special meeting of Faculty Council next Thursday, September 8 to review the second draft of the Mission Statement, and (b) the first university faculty meeting of the academic year will take place on Thursday, September 13, at 3:15 p.m. As is customary, the meeting will be preceded by a reception in the foyer of Grote Hall.
President Pringle noted with regret that he had received the resignation of Professor P.K. Geevarghese from the Council. Professor Nick Honerkamp will need to conduct a new Behavioral Sciences election to replace him.
1. Professor Schonblom thanked the Physical Plant for the renovation in Grote. It was well handled. Mr. David Butler thanked Professor Schonblom for his kind words.
2. Professor Ken Smith noted that the English Department has moved to Holt Hall. He complained that some faculty had no phones and that there was inadequate space. He feels more space is essential. Mr. Butler replied that he no longer does phones. There is a deteriorated cable between the gym, Arena and Village which will be replaced in the next two to three months. The main problem is that the main switch has reached capacity. We will need $1.5 million to replace it.
3. Professor Darken asked that permanent signs be placed in the Brock and Math Buildings' lobbies directing students into the other building. Mr. Butler said he would do so.
4. Professor Honerkamp announced the Behavioral Sciences would meet right after the special Faculty Council meeting for purposes of their election.
5. Professor Neil Riley asked if the guard in Lot I was to be full-time. Mr. Butler replied he is directing visitors and that the signs were misleading. He will be replaced eventually by an automatic arm.
6. Building Sergeant Roy Stinnett announced that Hunter Hall now has a working elevator.
7. Professor Sturzer requested that the elevator in Brock be repaired.
8. Professor Robert Marlowe requested repairs for the elevator in Grote. Mr. Butler said he would call and have both elevators taken care of.
9. Provost Packard mentioned that the mentor program was off to a good start and thanked the participants.
10. Echo editor, Khaled Mattawa announced that Mike O'Hagan will be covering Faculty Council for the Echo.
11. Professor Maurice Edwards urged that we act on the items on page fourteen of the minutes of April 26, 1988. President Pringle said we were awaiting a report from the Budget and Economic Status Committee. Professor Edwards urged that we carry out the minutes we had approved.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.
Faculty Council Nugget
When asked what Dean Fox's report on fall enrollment ("It's up.") would mean for next year's faculty salaries, Provost Packard said, "There will be a raise in salary." [You may not find this humorous, but the size of this year's raise was certainly laughable.]