|THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 17, 1991
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT:
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT:
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT:
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT:
Summary of Actions
Council tabled a recommendation from the Academic Standards Committee on
Call to Order
President Martha Butterfield called the meeting to order at 3:20 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meeting of October 3, 1991, were approved as distributed.
Academic Standards Committee
Motion 1: To approve the recommendation. Moved by Professor Meyer, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.
Professor John Trimpey wanted to know how students in developmental courses could do so well in regular courses to earn Dean's List honors. Professor Cunningham replied that they were not enrolled in "traditional" three-hour courses.
Professor McMahon opposed the recommendation. He asserted that some students may have trouble with math, for example, yet do very well in their major courses. Professor Weisbaker wondered if approval of the proposal would eliminate perks for affected students. Associate Provost Harbaugh opined that it would not.
Professor Pringle claimed that the University's image would be tarnished if students with superior academic attainment were excluded from the Dean's List in any semester in which they were enrolled in a developmental course. Professor Cunningham observed that the intent was to have students complete their developmental courses early. Professor Helton noted that some students enroll in developmental courses voluntarily.
Professor Townsend wanted to know which courses were considered "developmental." President Butterfield recited a list. Professor Nixon wondered why students were taking such courses. President Butterfield explained that enrollment usually resulted from performance on a variety of placement tests.
Professor Zivney argued that it was unfair to place some students in developmental courses and, at the same time, to exempt those over 20 or 21 years of age. Professor Meyer responded that those older students could be required to take a placement test.
Professor Carrithers asked if the committee had statistics on the number of students who had been named to the Dean's List while enrolled in developmental courses. Professor Cunningham replied that he did not. He had reports on two students, one from the spring 1991 semester and the other from spring 1988.
Professor Anderson wanted to know if Dean's List honors were reserved for students enrolled in six or more hours of regular courses. Professor Cunningham said that they were not. Provost Packard observed that Records Office staff do not have the autonomy to discriminate among courses in which grades are earned.
Professor McMahon repeated his opposition to the recommendation, adding that it was based on two transcripts brought to the committee's attention by one faculty member.
Motion 2: To table the recommendation to provide an opportunity for the committee to gather additional data. Moved by Professor McMahon, seconded by Professor Townsend.
Motion 2 passed.
President Butterfield asked members to contact Professor Cunningham with their concerns about the recommendation.
1. To delete English 397 from the cross-listed course English 397/Music 397 (Music, Poetry, and Ideas).
2. To cross-list English 257 with Humanities 257 (The Romantic Experience).
3. To replace English 161 (Writing and Study Skills for Foreign Students) with English 161 (English as a Foreign Language I) and English 162 (English as a Foreign Language II).
4. To add Geology 123 (Environmental Geology).
Motion 3: To approve the proposals. Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Anderson.
Motion 3 was approved unanimously.
Motion 4: To name Professor Ingram to the Handbook Committee. Moved by President Butterfield, seconded by Professor Carrithers.
Motion 4 passed unanimously.
Professor Nixon wanted to know what had led to the denial. Mr. Brown replied that Vine Street was said to be a main corridor from downtown. He told members that it would be helpful if they would express their views on the closure to their elected City Council representatives.
President Butterfield reported that the Faculty Council Executive Committee and the Executive Committee of the Council of Department Heads would be meeting with the local legislative delegation on November 7. Funding for higher education would be one of the items discussed. The Executive Committee also would be meeting with UT President Joe Johnson during his visit to campus next week.
Professor Pringle suggested that one of the committee's alternate members be named to regular membership and a replacement alternate be elected.
President Butterfield asked Professor Rankin if she would be willing to fill the regular member slot. She said that she would, and the Council concurred.
President Butterfield requested nominations for an alternate member. Professor Weisbaker nominated Professor Irven Resnick (Philosophy and Religion). Professor Zivney nominated Professor Leila Pratt (Economics). President Butterfield said that she would determine the nominees' willingness to serve, if elected, and would report to the Council.
Academics and Athletics
He said that his goal was to produce the best mid-level school in its division. How? By combining success with integrity.
In intercollegiate athletics, success is defined as winning. "I'm talking about winning 100 percent of the time. That's what you prepare to do," he said.
The recruiting of student athletes, their performance in the classroom, graduation rates, and their preparation for a worthwhile career--all should be characterized by integrity.
He drew attention to MACS (Moccasin Athletes for Community Service), a program that has involved student athletes in the work of Habitat for Humanity, and with children and the elderly.
The greatest injustice in collegiate athletics, he continued, is in career development. He wondered how many student athletes pursue majors that promise a rewarding career.
If properly conducted, the athletics program could make a contribution to the University. But it must validate its worth. "If we do this, student athletes will have a great experience," he said. "If we succeed, we shall have a significant effect on enrollment."
Professor Meyer asked Mr. Farrell what he thought about the recruitment of student athletes who do not meet UTC admission standards. He said that he hoped we were not telling lies. Recruiters, however, try to paint the brightest picture.
Professor Campa asked what the graduation rate of student athletes should be. Mr. Farrell replied: "100 percent." He wanted to believe that all athletes recruited had the potential to graduate.
Professor Campa also wanted to know how UTC's athlete graduation rate compared to that of other schools. Mr. Farrell characterized it as "adequate." He suggested that the comparison should be made with the rest of UTC. If that were done, it would be discovered that the graduation rate of student athletes was higher than the overall rate. Chancellor Obear noted that there had been an improvement in the graduation rate of student athletes at UTC over the past ten years. The two sports in which we are furthest from our goal are men's basketball and wrestling. The poorest rate had been achieved by the baseball program.
Professor Swansbrough observed that soccer had been used as an argument for a new stadium. There was a lot of local interest in that sport. What hope was there of introducing soccer at UTC? Mr. Farrell replied that existing programs are dramatically underfunded. However, he hoped that he would be able to get them in shape and to consider expansion in the future.
Citing the decrease to zero in the number of student athletes enrolled in his courses, Professor Townsend asked if the Athletics Department had a "professor non grata" list. Mr. Farrell replied that he had not heard of such a list.
1. Professor Carrithers announced three programs co-sponsored by the School of Education and the Pre-Law Club on educational reform and funding in Tennessee. Senator Ray Albright, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, would speak on October 21. A discussion on Chancellor High's decision on public school funding would take place on November 8. On November 14, members of the local legislative delegation would answer questions. All programs would begin at noon.
2. President Butterfield announced that a Faculty Council meeting had been scheduled tentatively for October 31 to consider proposals from the Curriculum Committee. Even though the committee had advised her that it had no items for consideration, the Council would meet on that date in the Signal Mountain Room for an issues forum related to the budget. Discussion would enable members to express their values and priorities for the University. Other groups on campus would be having similar meetings.
3. Provost Packard announced that Faculty Honors Day would take place in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on November 8.
4. Professor Bykat thanked the secretary for getting Council materials to the Center of Excellence for Computer Applications (CECA). He was concerned that a position had been created and filled in that department without consultation with the faculty. The principle of collegiality had been violated arrogantly. Should not the Faculty Handbook policy be followed?
Provost Packard pointed out that CECA is not an academic department. It is an administrative unit. Accordingly, it follows the selection process for administrators. Professor Campa wondered if that meant that administrative appointments need not be collegial. Provost Packard repeated that administrative and academic procedures differ.
President Butterfield advised Professor Bykat to follow established University procedures with his concern.
Council adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Peter K. Pringle