THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 19, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Dave Anderson, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Joe DePari, Robert Duffy, George Helton, Arlie Herron, Anne Hunt, Debbie Ingram, Irene Loomis, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Fred Nixon, Betty Pickett, Peter Pringle, Marea Rankin, Tapan Sen, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Donald Weisbaker, Terry Zivney
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Stephanie Bellar, Renee Cox, Gavin Townsend, Robert Wilson
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Ralph Moser, Sandra Packard, Charles Renneisen
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Barbara Andersen, Michele D. Baum, Richard Brown, Alex Bykat, Jim Cunningham, Paul Gaston, Bob Vallier, Marilyn Willis
Summary of Actions
Council approved modifications in the admission and progression standards for
registered nurses pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
Council approved revisions in the continuation and graduation standards of the
Department of Physical Therapy.
Council approved the granting of "In Progress" grades in clinical education
courses in the Department of Physical Therapy.
Call to Order
President Martha Butterfield called the meeting to order at 3:18 p.m.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the meeting of September 5, 1991, were approved as distributed.
Academic Standards Committee
Professor Jim Cunningham (chair) presented one item from the School of Nursing and two from the Department of Physical Therapy. (Attachment A)*
The School of Nursing proposed modifications in the admission and progression standards for registered nurses enrolled in the so-called "Gateway Program." The Department of Physical Therapy proposed (1) revisions in its continuation and graduation standards and (2) the granting of "In Progress" (IP) grades in clinical education courses. The Academic Standards Committee had approved all three proposals unanimously.
Motion: To approve the proposals. Moved by Professor McMahon, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.
Professor Zivney said that it was unclear what substantive changes were being proposed by the School of Nursing. Professor Barbara Andersen replied that the proposal did not represent a substantive change. The goal was to identify more clearly in the Catalog the requirements that applied to registered nurses.
Professor Zivney observed that the continuation and graduation proposals advanced by the Department of Physical Therapy suggested a retreat in standards. He asked if the current standards were typical of those in similar programs at the time they were introduced. Professor Ingram responded that the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) had noted a conflict in the current wording and that the proposal was an attempt to remove ambiguity. Changing the required grade point average from 2.5 to 2.0 was a reduction, but the department had no problem permitting students earning "C" grades to continue.
The motion was approved unanimously.
President Butterfield reported that Provost Packard had referred several recommendations of the SACS Reaffirmation Committee to Faculty Council committees. The Faculty Research Committee and the Academic Standards Committee each would be considering one recommendation. The General Education Committee and the Curriculum Committee, jointly, would be addressing two recommendations.
The Reaffirmation Committee had recommended development of criteria for the evaluation of public service. President Butterfield announced that she had named Professor Ed Cahill to chair a special committee for that purpose. Professor Bill Butterfield would be a member of the committee and other members would be named later.
President Butterfield reported that the Executive Committee had charged the Admissions Committee with the evaluation of the continuation grade point average for transfer students and had requested recommendations by November 7, 1991. In answer to questions, she indicated that the Executive Committee was particularly interested in examining the GPA of entering transfer students and how it was achieved. She would welcome the cooperation of the Academic Standards Committee in the deliberations. Professor Shawen suggested that the inquiry should also examine the method by which exceptions to transfer student admission policies are granted. President Butterfield noted his suggestion.
President Butterfield announced that Chancellor Obear had forwarded to her a report from the Faculty Relations Committee of the UTC Athletics Board. As a result of one of its recommendations, she would extend a special invitation to Faculty Council meetings to Athletics Director Ed Farrell. She noted that Council meetings are open to everyone. The report also contained a proposal to hold a University faculty meeting in the Arena, to be preceded by an "Open House." She suggested November 13, 1991, the date of the next scheduled meeting. There were no objections.
President Butterfield announced two changes in current travel policies: (1) Expenses charged to restricted accounts would be exempt from the freeze on international travel; (2) Out-of-state travel would have to be justified on the grounds that it was essential to the mission of the University.
President Butterfield asked Professor John Trimpey, chair of the General Education Committee, if he had any comments before Council heard the General Education Institute Report. He said that the committee would be obtaining from UTC participants in the institute details of their experiences and would be calling on them as resource personnel.
General Education Institute Report
A report titled The University of Tennessee at CHATTANOOGA at the Asheville Institute on General Education June 7-13, 1991 had been distributed. (Attachment B)
Dean Paul Gaston, of the College of Arts and Sciences, presented the report. He said that five representatives of the University had attended the institute: Kay Chitty, Jim Hiestand, Sandra Packard, Richard Rice and himself. The purpose of the report was to provide a point of departure for general education discussion on the UTC campus.
UTC was one of 20 institutions selected to participate from about 200 applicants. Through their participation, representatives hoped to learn about general education developments, reflect on general education at UTC, and return with some thoughtful proposals to stimulate consideration of where we are and where we are going. The five representatives would provide additional information and support to the General Education Committee.
There was confusion on how to refer to the UTC institute participants. Were they a committee? No, according to Professor John Trimpey. A clearinghouse for the General Education Committee, perhaps? Dean Gaston attempted to resolve the problem. He suggested "the gang of five."
Despite President Butterfield's announcement that she had allotted 30 minutes for discussion of the report, no additional comments were forthcoming and she moved to the next agenda item.
Freshman Seminar Student Advising
Professor Meyer said that she had failed to realize that students enrolled in the freshman seminar would no longer be advised in their major department. No seminar instructor could be familiar with the requirements of all major programs. It was desirable for some departments to continue advising their freshmen and she requested that a system be devised whereby students in such departments would continue to have their registration form signed by an advisor in their major.
Associate Provost Harbaugh said that such an arrangement already existed, with the School of Nursing, for example. She would be happy to accommodate others and invited interested departments to send her a memorandum so that they could be added to the list.
Professor John Trimpey inquired when the requirement that freshmen in certain programs be advised in their major department had been discontinued. Associate Provost Harbaugh replied that faculty approval of the freshman seminar had occasioned the change.
Dean Marilyn Willis, of the Division of Continuing Education, distributed the two-page document Off-Campus Enrollment Driven Salary Plan. (Attachment C) She said that its contents were designed to address two problems: (1) pay scales for off-campus instructors and (2) the sharing of profits with departments and schools.
Professor John Trimpey asked what was meant by a "cohort program" (page 2). Dean Willis replied that it referred to a group of students who proceed lock-step through a degree program.
Professor Zivney wondered why a different pay scale applied to on- and off-campus instruction. Why could not off-campus courses constitute part of a faculty member's regular teaching load? Dean Willis said that the plan did not deal with regular teaching loads. It addressed extra service pay.
Professor Herron asked how "extra service" work differed from a course overload. He could see no difference. Further, he could not understand how a full-time faculty member could accept responsibility for courses beyond the normal teaching load, no matter what term was used. Dean Willis observed that if UTC did not take its courses off campus, UTK, the University of Missouri and other institutions would be offering courses in Cleveland and Athens.
Professor John Trimpey wanted to know if all off-campus offerings covered by the plan were regular, credit-bearing, formula-funded courses. Assistant Vice Chancellor Moser confirmed that they were.
Professor Alex Bykat suggested that faculty participation in off-campus courses should not hinge on the attitude of department heads. He proposed that a policy be developed to apply uniformly across the campus. Professor Carney advised that the Faculty Handbook permitted faculty members to spend eight hours a week in any way they wish.
1. President Butterfield announced that she had been appointed to a one-year term on the Academic Affairs Committee of The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.
2. President Butterfield announced that the faculty retirement dinner would take place on April 7, 1992. Both 1991 and 1992 retirees would be recognized.
She said that it would be desirable to set a date certain for the event to avoid schedule conflicts from year to year. She asked if the first Tuesday in April would be appropriate. There were no objections and she said that she would make that recommendation to Chancellor Obear.
3. President Butterfield announced that Student Honors Day would be held on April 14, 1992.
4. President Butterfield reminded members that the deadline for submitting agenda items for Faculty Council meetings was the Thursday preceding meetings.
5. Professor Campa announced that a colleague had received a call from the University mailroom inquiring if a piece of correspondence was official University business. He termed the call "insulting." Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Brown replied that, periodically, calls were made to determine if mail in non-University envelopes was official business so that the postage cost could be charged to the appropriate department.
6. Professor Herron, for a constituent, asked if anything could be done to encourage attendance at University faculty meetings. The constituent was "ticked off" to hear that someone was not at the most recent meeting because they were "working at home."
7. Professor Carney announced that he wanted to meet with members of the Handbook Committee at the conclusion of the meeting.
Council adjourned at 4:42 p.m.
Peter K. Pringle, Secretary
*As an economy measure, materials distributed to Faculty Council members in their packets will not be included with their minutes.