THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 7, 1991
Chattanooga Room C
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Dave Anderson, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Joe DePari, Arlie Herron, Debbie Ingram, Irene Loomis, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Fred Nixon, Tapan Sen, Edgar Shawen, James Stroud, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Donald Weisbaker, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, Robert Duffy, George Helton, Anne Hunt, Betty Pickett, Peter Pringle, Marea Rankin, David Shepherd, Gavin Townsend, Ken Venters
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Ralph Moser, Fred Obear
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Gene Bartoo, Roland Carter, Brenda Davis, Leroy Fanning, Ray Fox, Doug Kingdon, Danette Littleton, Bob Norred, Jim Poston, Roy Stinnett, Bob Swansbrough, Dr. Gregory Reed (President, UTK Faculty Senate)
Summary of Actions
Approved curriculum proposals for degree changes in Music Education and three
new concentrations in Exercise Science, Health and Leisure Studies.
Designated Professor Pratt as an alternate on the Honor Court.
Elected Professor Byrd to the Handbook Committee.
Approved 1992-93, 1993-94 calendars but with the proviso that a Fall break be
included as soon as possible.
Recommended abandoning Maclellan Gym registration beginning in January.
Call to Order
President Butterfield called Faculty Council to order at 3:18 p.m. in Chattanooga Room C.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the October 31 meeting would be distributed with those of November 7. No minutes were maintained for the discussion meeting on Halloween.
President Butterfield introduced Dr. Gregory Reed, President of the UTK Faculty Senate, visiting to observe faculty governance at UTC.
Professor Meyer (chair) reported on the question of limiting admission of transfer students presenting a GPA below 2.0. Two groups of students were examined; the first, a group of students who did not meet the continuation standards in Fall `90 or Spring `91 and were admitted on probation after appealing their rejection and submitting to an interview with UTC Admissions. Of this group of thirty-seven, twenty-nine exhibited UTC GPA's above 2.0 with no apparent correlation between entering and subsequent GPA. The second group consisted of the sixty-three students who were admitted in Fall `90 who met continuation standards but had entering GPA's below 2.0. Of this group, thirty-four exhibited a UTC GPA of 2.0 or better, twenty-nine were below 2.0. Again, the correlation between entering GPA and UTC GPA was very weak. Based on this limited sample, the Admissions Committee has no recommendation to make at this time.
Motion 1: Acceptance of the report from Admissions. Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor M. Trimpey. Motion 1 passed unanimously.
Professor Kingdon presented proposals from the Departments of Music and from Exercise Science, Health and Leisure Studies. The Music proposal consisted of new degree requirements for the Instrumental and Vocal specialization in Music Education. EHLS proposed three new concentrations (Adult Fitness, Sports Administration, Leisure Studies) and three supporting courses. In addition, it was requested to change the HPER prefix to EHLS on all pertinent courses.
Motion 2: Approval of both sets of curriculum proposals. Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Stroud.
In discussion of the Music proposals, Professor J. Trimpey observed that the constrained General Education requirements were very unusual at UTC. Also, moving several music courses into the liberal studies area mandated by TERPI dilutes that area and reinforces the professional studies area. Professor Stroud argued that the music courses in the humanities area are musicological rather than professional courses, and this degree provides a much broader background than the prior program. Professor Bartoo observed that the TERPI formula has and will force more specification of General Education course choices. However, UTC has limited the problem of shifting discipline area courses into liberal studies with a guideline of allowing no more than twice the number of courses currently allowable in a discipline. Professor Roland Carter pointed out that the Music Department was forced to meet accreditation guidelines for NASM, TERPI guidelines and was also trying to bring the total hours to a more reasonable level. Professor Herron noticed that business administration already constrains some general education courses. Finally, Professor Littleton stated that Music Education can't focus on either elementary or secondary education, but must prepare every major for the K-12 gamut.
Motion 2 passed (17-2-1).
President Butterfield reviewed a luncheon meeting on November 7 with the executive committee of department heads and the Hamilton County legislative delegation. Issues raised included health insurance, cashability of retirement benefits, but focused on UTC's fiscal problems after three years of budget cuts. The legislators also indicated that letters to the editor and columns in the newspaper by faculty opposing funding for education have not helped the cause. A summary handout was presented to the legislators and is included with these minutes. Senator Ray Albright and the remainder of the delegation expressed little optimism about the budget prospects for the remainder of this year and for next year. Higher education is likely to be particularly hard hit. An emergency sales tax increase or a surtax is under consideration. THEC and the Board of Regents may remove spouse and dependent tuition reductions as well as eliminating free attendance of Senior Citizens on a space available basis. In subsequent discussions, Chancellor Obear noted that spouse and dependent tuition relief is fully funded within the UT System and doesn't involve the state. The two other programs--one for state employees and one for children of K-12 teachers--have not been fully funded by the state and elimination of these programs would provide insignificant savings to the State. Professor Herron observed that closing down the senior citizens program is a mean approach to sharing resources in areas that are not overloaded by the definition of the program. Professor Swansbrough asked if the legislators had suggested any strategy. President Butterfield responded that the only strategy proposed was to continue making the public and the legislature aware of our problems. Professor Weisbaker asked about the possibility of an income tax. President Butterfield said that the legislators felt that the pressure was to not buy an income tax.
Reporting on a prior meeting between the Faculty Council Executive Committee and UT System President Johnson, President Butterfield listed several UTC concerns raised, including UTC's perception that we are a system stepchild, salaries, retirement cashability, phased retirement and appointment of a faculty representative to the UT Board of Trustees. Dr. Johnson was cordial, listened carefully and has informed President Butterfield in a subsequent letter that he is following up on pertinent concerns. Professor Eric Schonblom has been appointed to a system-wide committee for compensated outside services.
Honor Court - Professor Pratt will serve as an alternate on the Honor Court.
Motion 3: Professor Byrd was nominated for the second College of Arts and Sciences position on the Handbook Committee. Moved by Professor Carney, seconded by Professor Herron. This election replaces Professor Renee Cox, who was unable to serve.
Motion 3 passed unanimously.
A replacement for Professor Townsend is required on the Graduate Council. The replacement must be a member of Faculty Council who is in a department that does not grant graduate degrees. No sacrificial lamb being immediately discovered, the matter was referred to the Committee on Committees.
Proposed academic calendars for 1992-93 and 1993-94 were presented to Faculty Council by the Provost for review.
Motion 4: Acceptance of the proposed calendar. Moved by Professor Stroud, seconded by Professor Weisbaker. After discussion of the benefits of a Fall break, an amendment to the motion was offered.
Amendment to Motion 4: That a Fall break be implemented as soon as possible, together with an agreement to set each semester at fourteen class weeks (70 days). Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Margaret Trimpey. The amendment passed unanimously. Motion 4 as amended also passed unanimously.
Motion 5: Recommending that registration in Maclellan Gym be abandoned starting in January. Moved by Professor Herron, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.
After discussion of the costs involved in this registration process, it was determined that most of the labor costs come out of the hide of the supporting organizations and the departments, only security overtime represents an identifiable additional cost.
The motion was withdrawn, then replaced on the floor by Bibler, seconded by Carney. Motion 5 passed (12-5-2).
1. Dr. Gregory Reed brought greetings from the UTK Senate. He expressed pleasure at seeing the active debate on the floor of Faculty Council, and noted that we are in the "...best of times and the worst of times," urging us not to lose sight of the overall accomplishments of the University. He cited the need for developing areas of common purpose where the faculties and administrations of all four UT campuses can pull together. His current visit represents an effort by the heads of the UT faculty governing bodies to learn more about the character of each campus. The UTK faculty is particularly concerned about library cuts, class sizes and cancellations, equipment non-funding, athletic budgets and salary equity. He noted that there are many common concerns, and hoped that an opportunity for improvement exists if all the faculties can work together. He suggested that concerns suitable for common action should be expressed to President Butterfield.
2. In further announcements, there will be a memorial service for Dr. Earl Davis sponsored by the CAP students in the Siskin Auditorium at 2:00, November 13th.
3. The general faculty meeting will also be on November 13th at 3:15 in the Arena.
4. The Political Science series on education in Tennessee will conclude with an open forum with local legislators in the Signal Mountain Room at 12:00 noon on November 14th. Please attend.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:58 p.m.
T. M. Carney