THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 31, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Rick Callaway, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, Delores Craig, Betsy Darken, George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Peter Pringle, Edgar Shawen, Mary Tanner, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Paul Watson, Donald Weisbaker, Robert Wilson
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Robert Dardenne, Steve LeWinter, Gail Meyer, Lyn Miles, Tapan Sen, Gavin Townsend, Colbert Whitaker, David Wiley, Terry Zivney
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Sandra Packard, John Rudley
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: James Bell, Paul Gaston, Doug Kingdon, Roy Stinnett, Larry Tillman
Summary of Action Items of Today's Meeting
A package from the Curriculum Committee was approved.
Proposals from the Academic Standards Committee were
A recommendation for the 1992 Academic Calendar was
A report from the Budget and Economic Status Committee
Call to Order and Approval of Minutes
The meeting was called to order by President Pedro Campa at 3:15 pm. The minutes of the 17 January 1991 meeting were accepted as submitted by a unanimous voice vote (motion by Bibler, seconded by Bell).
Schedule of Faculty Council Meetings
President Pedro Campa explained that today's meeting (which is not on the first or third Thursday, as specified in the Faculty Handbook) was called primarily to deal with curriculum matters that need to be approved before the 1st of February. His understanding is that the 1st of February is the last date for any changes to be in the 1991-92 Catalog.
President Campa further said that since the next regularly scheduled meeting would be in only one week, he was cancelling that meeting. He also pointed out that the first scheduled meeting in March is during Spring Break and that he is cancelling that meeting. Thus, the schedule of regular meetings for the remainder of the school year is 21 February, 21 March, 4 April and 18 April.
Doug Kingdon, chair of the Curriculum Committee, came forward with a package which included six items. They include information items and proposals concerning Freshman Seminar, Physical Therapy, Foreign Languages, Economics, Art and Military Science. The Committee's package is described in Attachment A. [The 35 pages of supporting documentation is not being included with the minutes. Anyone interested may obtain those documents from the Curriculum Committee.]
A motion was made by Don Weisbaker and seconded by Tom Bibler to approve the package.
The Freshman Seminar item was seeking approval for Brenda Davis to make the many changes in the catalog necessitated by the addition of Freshman Seminar to the curriculum. Jim Hiestand inquired as to whether the uniqueness of the Engineering Freshman Seminar was recognized and would be properly handled. Brenda Davis assured him that it would.
John Trimpey pointed out that the Physical Therapy items included a choice of Psychology 201 as a "General Education Math" course. He pointed out that Psych 201 is not a General Education course. Larry Tillman, speaking for Physical Therapy, explained that the Physical Therapy people are mostly new to UTC and did not realize the sacredness of the term "General Education." He said that what they intend should be described rather as a choice among "Major and related courses." Carney suggested, as a friendly amendment, that this change be made. This was done with no objections.
Several members expressed concern about the new courses, Foreign Language 101r, 102r, 213r, 214r. [See Attachment B.] These courses can be studies of any modern spoken language, not just Spanish, as implied by the Curriculum Committee's memo. The concern was that a student beginning this sequence might not be able to complete the B.A. requirement of two years of the same foreign language due to insufficient demand to offer the second year courses. To avoid this occurence, a statement will be put in the catalog that students need to be wary of planning to meet their two-year foreign language requirement with these courses.
Edgar Shawen expressed concern about the grading method proposed for PHYT 490. Since the Academic Standards Committee was to report on that matter later in the meeting, it was moved, seconded and unanimously approved to amend the motion to approve the Curriculum package except for the PHYT 490 item.
The motion to approve (with the exception) then carried unanimously.
Tom Bibler, chair of the Academic Standards Committee, brought forth four items [Attachments C, D and E]. The items deal with Physical Therapy and Military Science.
Bibler moved, Margaret Trimpey seconded, to approve the Physical Therapy items [Attachment C]. Larry Tillman passed out additional information on the PHYT 490 course [Attachment D]. Shawen stated that his earlier concerns were allayed by the description of the criteria for grading in this additional information. The approval was unanimous.
One of the Physical Therapy items was to allow PHYT instructors to give IP grades in certain courses. This prompted Betsy Darken to ask if any department could come with a request to give IP grades. The answer was yes.
Bibler moved, Weisbaker seconded, to approve the Military Science item. This item has to do with "disenrolling" (sic) cadets from officer candidacy [Attachment E]. James Bell, speaking for Military Science, explained the policy as being an Army regulation and does not refer to a student's being removed from a Military Science course. The item was approved by voice vote with one abstention.
Curriculum Committee (return)
With the clarification on PHYT 490, Weisbaker moved, Wilson seconded, that the PHYT 490 item in the Curriculum Committee package be approved. This passed with a unanimous voice vote.
Committee on Committees
Tom Bibler, chair of the Committee on Committees, announced committee appointments that were necessitated by resignations. They are Colbert Whitaker to the Continuing Education Committee and Gene Vredeveld to the Research Committee. These were approved unanimously.
Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Academic Calendar
Betsy Darken, chair of the ad hoc Committee on the Academic Calendar, brought information again about the academic calendar for 1992 (and beyond). The committee has organized the "calendar problem" in graphic form and provided a concise summary of the facts and alternatives for a 1992 academic calendar. The committee's material is included as Attachment F.
Darken moved, Bibler seconded, that the academic calendar for 1992 be as described in the fourth alternative, detailed in Attachment F.
Jim Hiestand moved to amend the motion by adding a statement that the reading day in the Spring term be used as a make-up day for any lost school days at the discretion of the Chancellor. Mawata seconded. Provost Sandra Packard reminded us that the Student Government Association had requested, some time ago, that the reading day be retained in the academic calendar. This amendment carried unanimously.
Darken mentioned that she had learned that the number of days between the end of the term and commencement could not be reduced because of the Records Office's not getting grades on time from some of the faculty. There was some anecdotal faculty bashing then by some administrators present. George Helton eloquently defended the overworked faculty member who has much grading of many important late-in-the-semester papers and exams.
An option was discussed for allowing a student to participate in commencement exercises, and not receive a diploma, in the event of grades not reported on time. The sense of the Council was that such a practice would be okay.
The motion for approving the calendar suggestion passed unanimously.
Darken brought up the point that in her calendar workings she had uncovered some problems and discontent about the traditional final exam schedule. As a result, she and her committee were empowered by the Council to continue work, now focusing on improving the scheduling of final exams. Presumably it will named be the ad hoc Committee on the Final Exam Schedule.
Budget and Economic Status Committee
President Campa introduced Martha Butterfield, chair of the Budget and Economic Status Committee and new president-elect of the Faculty Council. Butterfield brought to Council a report suggesting ways to cut expenditures in the non-instructional areas of the Academic Affairs Division [Attachment G]. The report also included several ideas for producing income. Two items, 3-l and 3-m, refer to instructional areas.
Jim Hiestand asked how much commencements cost the University. Chancellor Fred Obear said that they cost $4000.
Someone suggested selling the Arena and some applause broke out.
In the section dealing with athletics, Chancellor Obear pointed out that the cost to remain in NCAA Division I-AA would not be as expensive as the report mentioned. Paul Watson verified this. Watson also said that UTC actually makes money by being in the Southern Conference ($10,000 - $20,000 per year), so the suggestion to abandon conference athletics would not save money. Shawen moved, Bibler seconded, to delete those two items dealing with athletics [items 1-b and 1-c in Attachment G]. The motion carried unanimously.
Provost Packard was obviously upset by the penultimate sentence in the report which implied that administrators take a pay cut. She came armed with statistics which show that high salaries are received by more faculty than by exempt staff (administrators) in the Academic Affairs Division [Attachment H]. Provost Packard read the statistics to the Council. Sensing some delicacy on this point, Darken moved, Weisbaker seconded, that that sentence be deleted from the report. This carried unanimously.
Weisbaker moved that the Council receive the (revised) report and commend it to persons who can act on the suggestions. It passed unanimously.
Dean Roy Stinnett asked if the retirement incentives that were available last year would be available again this year. John Rudley said that the incentives were still available.
Butterfield reported that Thor Hall, in his continuing efforts to educate the Legislature about transferability and cashability of TIAA/CREF annuities, has been particularly successful in getting his message across recently. He and the Committee are encouraged and think that the Legislature's restrictions in this matter may be rescinded.
Betsy Darken asked if the rumors are true about a pay cut for next year. Chancellor Obear said he had heard nothing that would indicate such a thing. In fact, Obear said, "Preliminary indications are that there will be state funds provided for salary adjustments."
The meeting adjourned at 4:37 pm on a motion by several members.