THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 20, 1994
Signal Mountain Room
ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Valarie Adams, Jim Avery, Will Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Ken Carson, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Robert Duffy, Howard Finch, Jack Freeman, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Doug Kingdon, Clifford Parten, Loretta Prater, Mike Russell, Ossama Saleh, Greg Sedrick, Edgar Shawen, Clint Smullen, Larry Tillman, Terry Walters, Ling-Jun Wang, Carolyn Wiley, David Wiley, Sally Young
ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Lawrence Akers, Lloyd Davis, Aniekan Ebiefung, Fritz Efaw, John Garrett, David Levine, Jim Stroud, John Tinkler, Joe Trahan
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Fred Obear, Charles Renneisen, John Rudley, Grayson Walker
AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Deborah Arfken, Richard Brown, Linda Hendy, Peri Meadows, Lyn Miles, Lynn Ourth, Anna Panorska, Edward Rozema, Roy Stinnett, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Jeff Waskey
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 3:20 p.m. by President Tom Bibler.
Approval of Minutes
Mike Russell said the minutes should be corrected to read that his report showed that there are currently ninety faculty and staff spouses interested in enrolling in graduate classes; only nine are currently enrolled.
Fritz Efaw was present at the December 2, 1993 meeting.
The minutes were approved as corrected.
Tom Bibler presented this as an information item. Professor Mike Russell, a representative from Humanities, is going on sabbatical. Since we have no real procedure to handle finding a replacement, Professor Russell has asked Professor Richard Rice to replace him until the organizational meeting. If Humanities faculty members wish to change that, they may.
Graduate Council Report
Professor Lynn Ourth presented a requested change from Nursing. They want to change their Nursing 599r from a required 6-hour course to a variable credit 1- to 6-hour course. Professor Kingdon moved and Professor Jack Freeman seconded the motion to approve Nursing's request. The motion passed unanimously.
Curriculum Committee Report
Professor Ken Venters presented one information and five action items to the Council. Professor Nick Honerkamp moved and Professor Doug Kingdon seconded the motion to accept the proposals. Professor Larry Ingle questioned why HECO 322 begins with 1500. Professor Jim Avery said that it was the traditional date.
Professor Edgar Shawen asked the Curriculum Committee chair if the syllabus statement "Missed exams may not be made up" was widespread. Professor Venters did not know. The Curriculum Committee had no problem with it. Professor Avery responded that in that course, class participation, including taking examinations on schedule, is important. If the student has a real emergency, provisions will be made for make-up tests; the department does, however, want to state that policy.
Professor Shawen also had a question about the title of Math 420, which appears both as "models" and "methods." Professor Rozema clarified that it should be "methods."
The motion passed with one abstention.
President Bibler then welcomed officially our new provost, Grayson Walker.
Healthcare Insurance Discussion
Of the many people contacted to speak concerning health careincluding Neal Wormsley, local physicians, and Blue Cross representativesPeri Meadows was the only one who could come.
President Bibler introduced the resolution in the packet as a starting point for the discussion.
Ms. Meadows began by reviewing the changes after TennCare became effective January 1, 1994. The State no longer pays out; it uses managed health care organizations to do so, of which Blue Cross is one. Blue Cross told the physicians who were part of the Preferred Provider Network that they would have to accept TennCare patients. Because physicians did not like Blue Cross's offer, they refused to sign, and Blue Cross dropped them. Between January 1 and February 28, Blue Cross will continue to pay 90% of the usual and customary charge to physicians who had been in the network. After that, they will pay only 70% of the usual and customary charge. If the charge is greater, you may pay more than 30%. Hospitals in the network have not been affected.
Martha Butterfield said that approximately 40% of the Preferred Provider physicians have dropped out. Blue Cross has made some changes in the contract they first offered physicians, including the "give-back" provision which doctors found particularly objectionable.
David Manning was on campus Tuesday. When Professor Butterfield explained to him that faculty see this change as a breach of contract because it is a major reduction in benefits and that only Chattanooga and Martin have no choices except Blue Cross while the other campuses do, Manning reportedly replied, "We all have to suffer sometime."
Professor Russell asked to poll the Council to find out how many members had lost physicians so far. Twenty-one knew that their physicians had dropped out, and five either had not inquired or still had physicians in the network.
Dean Renneisen said that the University Center has Manning's talk on tape, and departments can request it.
Ms. Meadows also noted that the deductible is the same whether you use TPN or non-TPN physicians.
Another feature of our plan is that if you need a specialist and there is no doctor of that specialty in the network, you may go to a non-TPN provider and be paid at 90%.
Professor Ingle noted that while we have directed much of our criticism against the doctors, he believes that Blue Cross is also responsible for tying TennCare patients to Preferred Provider patients.
We do not yet have an updated list of providers. President Bibler noted that Blue Cross had told him they would have a list by February 1, but that it would not be accurate.
A bill may be introduced to keep Blue Cross from tying TennCare to Preferred Provider Network physicians.
Professor Ingle wondered if the fact that total implementation is delayed to March 1 meant that a compromise may be planned.
Ms. Meadows said no, that the State Insurance Commissioner had ruled that the change could not take place before then.
Professor Avery moved and Professor Honerkamp seconded the motion to send the resolution to the people listed. Professor Butterfield offered a friendly amendment, which was accepted, that the resolution also be sent to the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation, the Insurance Commission, and John Arriola.
Professor Jack Freeman asked what the real problem was, doctors, Blue Cross, or Medicare? Professor Bibler responded that it was the tying of the Preferred Provider Network to TennCare.
Dean Renneisen remarked that 85% of the State budget goes to four areas: education, corrections, highways, and health care. Our state constitution must be balanced, so if we do not raise taxes, we must cut costs. TennCare is supposed to do that.
Professor Butterfield thought David Manning had contradictory figures. She believes the TennCare proposal was hurried through without enough thought.
John Rudley asked how many more Tennesseans would be covered by TennCare. Professor Butterfield believed about 300,000.
The motion passed unanimously.
Campus Networking Update
Richard Brown reported that the first phase of the Fiber Optics plan is complete. This phase brought new wiring to Holt, Brock, Grote, Hunter, the University Center, and the Library and cost about $300,000.
Phase Two will include the complete renovation of the internal wiring in these buildings using level 3, 4, and 5 wiring, which is costly. This phase will also cost from $250,000 to $350,000.
Phase Three will connect the rest of the campus to the "information highway."
Professor Duffy asked if there was a timetable. Mr. Brown replied that we had the specifications, but funding was needed. We hope to finish it in about a year.
Professor Russell inquired if they planned to update connection to Gandolf. He is often disconnected.
Mr. Brown answered yes.
Jeff Waskey from the bookstore discussed some of the problems the bookstore has been having because of the weather. With many of the publishers being in the North, shipments have been delayed because of impassable highways.
They have kept fourteen registers open, so students wait less than four minutes to check out. They have given over $67,000 in refunds since school started because students have dropped the course or purchased the wrong text. Now the bookstore is requiring a receipt to get a refund to help discourage shoplifting and to teach students responsibility. Of the 1,583 titles ordered, 1,570 are in the store.
Someone asked what the average cost of a text was. The national average is about $45.00 new and $37.50 used, but it does vary from campus to campus.
Used books cost about 25% less than new books.
Professor David Wiley is concerned about the cost of texts and tries to avoid requiring students to buy one. He wonders if we are losing students because of the cost of textbooks. Mr. Waskey is also worried about costs. He notes that Prentice-Hall, which supplies many texts, has had regular price increases in the past year. Publishers prefer that you do not buy used books, because they lose money, but Waskey purchases used books because with them, he does not have to pay freight.
Mr. Waskey also suggested custom publishing as a way to avoid text costs. Barnes and Noble can get all the copyrights and photocopy the materials so that you can use parts of several texts without having the students buy them all. However, he cautions that the bookstore cannot "publish on demand" so please place a realistic order. The bookstore loses money if you request 30 and only 13 students purchase them.
Larry Tillman asked what the mark-up on these custom texts was. Waskey replied, "25%."
Professor Russell noted that students have a persistent complaint about the amount they receive during buy-back. Mr. Waskey reported that they buy back at 50% of the new book price. If students do not come in during the regular buy-back days, then the bookstore is authorized to offer only wholesale because ordered book shipments have already been received.
Dean Renneisen noted that another problem was frequently revised editions of books, some of which involved nothing more than changing the preface. Yet bookstores then must buy new books. Mr. Waskey agreed. He encourages students to write publishers and complain.
Professor Honerkamp noted that the Executive Committee had wanted Mr. Waskey on the agenda because many professors had complained that their textbooks and packets were not there when needed. As an example, he has a steady enrollment in Anthropology 208 and wonders why the number of books he requested had not been ordered.
Mr. Waskey replied that he did have some problems and made some mistakes. Spring is difficult to order for because there is not much turnaround time. Publishers are closed most of the month of December. If professors continually order too many books each semester, he will cut their order. However if a professor writes DO NOT CUT on an order form, he will not cut the order.
He noted that 48 book orders have come in since the first day of classes. He received 153 orders between December 20 and January 7 when the publishers are closed. He can sometimes get used books. After the first day of classes, twenty-three courses changed, involving over 1,000 copies. Getting books on the shelves is labor-intensive, involving unpacking, marking, and shelving. He encouraged faculty to be careful about what they ordered. One faculty member ordered a text; after the course started, he was dissatisfied and ordered another text, requiring the return of the first.
Professor Larry Tillman asked if the bookstore could inform faculty if their books had not arrived by the first day of classes. Mr. Waskey said that would not be easy in the Spring. He plans to change the order form next semester to make it more detailed. He also asked people to call him directly at extension 5113 if they were not receiving satisfactory answers from the bookstore staff about their orders.
Professor Howard Finch asked if a teacher ordered 30 books, how many would the bookstore order. Mr. Waskey said that the first time they would order 30 books; if 30 were not enrolled, they would still order 30 books the second time the course was offered and that many books were requested. The third time, however, if both times the course did not have 30 enrolled, they would order fewer books. As an example, if the course had 15 students both times, they would order 20 the third time. He reiterated, however, that if the professor wrote DO NOT CUT on an order, he would not cut it.
Professor Duffy asked if students were penalized in textbook resale if the course is offered only in the fall or in the spring. Mr. Waskey said yes. If it is offered only in the fall, when buy back occurs, he is buying for spring and will offer wholesale price, which is lower. He often encourages students to wait until Spring to sell the book back, because then he will be buying for fall when the course is offered again.
Mr. Waskey also said he would be willing to attend departmental meetings and welcomes the communication. Further, if he has made a mistake in an order, he will pay air freight charges to get the books here quickly.
Professor Nick Honerkamp noted that the Faculty Council had extensively discussed wording of the new criteria for granting tenure and passed it at its November 18, 1993 meeting. It also passed at the December 8, 1993 meeting of the full faculty. At that time, other reservations were expressed about the wording. Both the Chancellor and the Provost were concerned about the feelings of the faculty with regard to the wording. Professor Honerkamp urges anyone who does not like the wording to suggest appropriate ways to reword the section. His committee welcomes such suggestions.
He also noted that Professor Randy Walker wants to include a new appointment termed "Volunteer Faculty." In Health and Human Services, there are people who regularly volunteer. If they were included as "Volunteer Faculty," they could receive faculty benefits such as use of the library and gym because they would have a faculty ID card.
Professor Tillman noted that the UT System has this classification already, but UTC does not. These individuals are specialists who come in to give a couple of lectures in a course. In Physical Therapy, the faculty members are unhappy because they cannot identify them and acknowledge their contributions. They are not paid. If they are like term part-time, then really library privileges are the only factor. The Volunteer Faculty would be given a title and rank, but not be tenurable.
There was no old business.
There was no new business.
There were no announcements.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.