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THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES

January 16, 1997
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

Elected Members Present: Martha Butterfield, Robert Duffy, Joe Dumas, Fritz Efaw, Marvin Ernst, Gene Ezell, Jim Hiestand, Bruce Hutchinson,Tom Kozubowski, Craig Laing, RenŽe Lorraine, Deborah McAllister, Bob Marlowe, Gail Meyer, Judy Miler, John Phillips, Verbie Prevost, Bill Prince, Barbara Ray, Farhad Raiszadeh, Mike Russell, Dave Shepherd, Joyce Smith, Jim Stroud, Kristin Switala, Larry Tillman, Margaret Trimpey, John Trimpey, Bruce Wallace

Elected Members Absent: Ralph Anderson, Tatiana Bilgildeyeva, Mary Brabston, Leroy Fanning, Larry Tillman, Shela Van Ness

Ex-Officio Members Present: Jane Harbaugh, Charles Renneisen, George Ross

Among the Guests Present: Richard Brown, Herb Burhenn, Brenda Davis, Ralph Moser, Greg Sedrick, Gene Schlereth, Carolyn Mitchell

Important Announcements and Actions

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*The Council will meet next on January 30 at 3:15 in Grote 129. The following meeting will be on February 20 in the Signal Mountain Room.

*Committee Chairs should submit a report to the Faculty Council before the end of the semester. Major action items should be submitted to the Executive Committee by March 26, 1997.

*The Humanities Division will meet after the Jan. 23 Faculty meeting to elect a replacement for Council member Joe Trahan.

*The Council passed curriculum proposals from Accounting and Nursing and voted to abolish the major in American Studies.

*Council voted to use the "WF" grade only internally at UTC; an F will appear on transcripts and rap sheets.

*A new inclement weather policy is now operational.

*The Council voted to require that 50% of the credit hours required of Business majors in a particular Business concentration be elected at UTC.

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Processional music was " Russian Medley" and "O Sole Mio" by the Quartetto Gelatto.

Call to Order

President Gene Ezell called the meeting to order at 3:16 p. m.

Approval of Minutes

Professors Marvin Ernst and John Trimpey moved and seconded approval of the minutes. The minutes were approved as written.

Committee Reports

Executive Committee

President Gene Ezell announced that a) although the Council generally meets the first and third Thursday of each month, conflicts have necessitated changing the February 6 Council meeting to January 30, 1997, in Grote 129 at 3:15 p.m.; b) Major action items for the Council should be submitted to the Executive Committee no later than March 26, 1997; and that c) Professor Joe Trahan has resigned from the Council due to an internship. President Ezell asked Professor Verbie Prevost of the Humanities Division to hold an election to replace Professor Trahan after the Faculty Meeting on January 23. Finally, President Ezell moved on the behalf of the Executive Committee that the Handbook Committee be charged with changing the distribution deadlines for the Faculty Council minutes. The proposed change is that the "minutes shall be distributed to members of the Faculty Council no later than 48 hours before the next Faculty Council meeting," and would appear in the Handbook under the section on "Faculty Council Minutes" (p. 16). The motion passed unanimously.

Faculty Evaluation of Administration

Due to recent discussions with and requests from the General Education Committee, Professor Dave Shepherd asked that the Faculty Evaluation of Administration report be tabled until the next meeting.

Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee Chair Gene Schlereth moved approval of four items: a proposal to delete CPSC 111 for Accounting majors, a proposal to eliminate the major in American Studies, a proposal to add CHEM 168 as an optional course to meet requirements in Nursing, and information items on changing course numbers in Music. There was no discussion, and the motion passed unanimously. Clearly pleased with the Council's handling of his motion, Professor Schlereth remained to enjoy the rest of the Council's deliberations. (Council members might take note of how easy it is to make Professor Schlereth happy.)

Administrative Reports

Budget Report

Vice Chancellor George Ross reported that campus budget hearings will be held from January 27 through February 14. He also announced that the Budget and Economic Status Committee will be addressing Summer School concerns and will make recommendations to the Council. The Vice Chancellor distributed a Comparative Analysis of State Formula Recommendations for 1996-7 and 1997-8 (see addendum). He noted the increase of $3 million from the actual 1996-7 formula expenditures to the preliminary 1997-8 formula expenditures. He stressed that the $36.5 million recommended state appropriation for 1997-8 may not be fully funded; this year only 93.65% of the recommended state appropriation was approved. He then commented on the persistent rumors about an impoundment. Although there is no official word yet from the Governor, an impoundment of 2-3% is expected for this year and of 3-4% for next year. (Each percentage point would equal about $335,000, so over $1 million of the UTC budget could be impounded this year.) The Governor should make a decision on this matter by February 10. An impoundment would involve significant revisions of the budget; faculty members are invited to use administrative channels to express concerns and recommendations.

Professor Martha Butterfield inquired about the retirement rate change (see addendum). Vice Chancellor Ross responded that the retirement rate changed from 10% to 11% of the base salary last year. (In response to an inquiry from Professor Joe Dumas, he added that the rate will remain at 11% in the future.) Professor Margaret Trimpey asked if the 11% figure applies to TCRS, and Assistant Vice Chancellor Ralph Moser responded affirmatively. Professor Butterfield asked if fee waivers are taxable income, and the Vice Chancellor replied that fee waivers at the graduate level were determined to be taxable income in early 1995. (The policy took effect in Fall of 1996). Professor Mike Russell asked for clarification on the matter of fee waivers. Fee waivers waive fees for classes taken by faculty members or their spouses or dependents; only faculty members themselves may have fees waived at the graduate level. Taxes must also be paid on fee waivers for classes audited at the graduate level. Professor Russell intimated that perhaps there was a more informal way of attending classes that would not involve paying taxes, but it was not clear how serious he was about this point. Professor Russell then asked why the THEC formula recommendation is not fully funded. Vice Chancellor Ross answered that the state legislature has traditionally been disinclined to do so. (No schools in the state of Tennessee were fully funded last year.) Professor Bruce Hutchinson asked if performance funding was included in the $50 million and $34 (or 32) million dollar figures on the [addendum]. Vice Chancellor Ross responded affirmatively, and added that performance funding is $1.4 million for 1996-7 and will be $1.351 for 1997-8. Professor Hutchinson then argued that the performance funding dollars should be separated in some way from the formula expenditures in that unlike other state appropriations, performance funding is earned by UTC. [UTC makes performance funding money the old fashioned way. We earn it.] Assistant Vice Chancellor Moser reported that unfortunately, THEC does not believe that performance funding monies belong in a special category. On a topic related to the budget, Professor Martha Butterfield reported that she has designated a specific amount to be deducted from her paycheck each month for TIAA-CREF, but that the last few months the amounts deducted have varied widely. She invited other faculty members to check their pay stubs for similar discrepancies. Vice Chancellor Moser indicated that something like this could happen if an individual were in the first of two different plans offered by TIAA, but that the first plan would be used only by faculty and staff who have been here a good long while, like Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh. (Associate Provost Harbaugh handled this comment quite gracefully.) The amount deducted should be the same each month in most cases, and Professor Butterfield's anomalies will be investigated.

Report on WF Grades

Director of Records Brenda Davis reported that the UT legal staff had approved the use of "WF" for students receiving Title IV financial aid who have withdrawn unofficially from the University, but that they had recommended WFs should be used only internally and should not appear on transcripts or rap sheets. (WFs would appear "on line" at UTC and on other internal documents.) Professor Marvin Ernst stressed that the grade WF is really an F, and should be interpreted to mean "With Flag." Professor Bruce Wallace asked how students would know if they received a WF, and Director Davis responded that ordinarily they wouldn't. Professor Wallace then asked if students would know that a refund would be in order if they were to drop out, and Director Davis answered that ordinarily they would. There was renewed concern about how faculty members were to figure out exactly when a student stopped showing up for class (see previous minutes), and Director Davis reminded the Council that only one date (the last recorded attendance, assignment, exam or whatever) is needed from only one of the "WF" student's professors . A slightly bemused Associate Provost Harbaugh urged faculty members to "Just give us a date."

Professor Butterfield amended the original motion on WF grades (from the last Council meeting) to read that the grade of F will be changed to WF for internal use only. Professor Hutchinson amended the amendment to also have the motion stipulate that the grade of F will be reflected on all public documents; Professor Joe Dumas's suggestion that we add "including transcripts and rap sheets" after "public documents" was accepted by Professor Hutchinson. Both the amendment's amendment and the amendment passed unanimously. The motion to be presented to the full faculty will now be "To authorize the grade of WF for students who are receiving Title IV financial aid and who have stopped attending UTC classes without withdrawing officially. WF would be the equivalent of an F for all academic purposes. The grade of F would be changed to WF by the Records Office for internal use only. An F would be reflected on all public documents including transcripts and rap sheets."

Old Business

Inclement Weather Policy

Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Brown reported that the new inclement weather policy had been fondly embraced by the Chancellor's staff and is now official policy. The new guidelines have already been put to some use and are working beautifully. [Upon hearing the news, University Echo reporters looked radiant.] Vice Chancellor Brown also reported that the Facilities Division is now well equipped to deal with safety concerns. On the topic of reopenings, he explained that on TT, students should report to the class they would normally be attending at the stipulated reopening time. Professor Gail Meyer suggested that professors with special situations, such as late afternoon labs, might want to develop an inclement weather policy for a particular class or lab. Professor Wallace asked if information about inclement weather could be communicated through the UTC home page on the web. The response was that this was indeed possible, and the general consensus on the suggestion was favorable. Professor Wallace suggested that if the web were used it would be necessary to use it consistently.

School of Business

Professor Farhad Raiszadeh made a motion to remove from the table the motion that business majors be required to elect 50% of their business credit hours at UTC. (See previous minutes.) The motion was seconded by Professor Shepherd and passed unanimously. Professor Raiszadeh relayed that he had spoken with Assistant Dean John Fulmer and a representative of the AACSB, and was able to answer questions raised about the proposal at the last Council meeting. He explained that the 50% requirement applies to credit hours rather than courses. Even if a student transferred in with numerous business hours, half of the business hours required in a particular degree program would have to be taken at UTC. Professor James Stroud asked whether the 50% rule applied to all courses taken in the School of Business. Professor Raiszadeh replied that the requirement would apply to a particular concentration (such as Marketing). The proposal to require business majors to take at UTC at least 50% of the credit hours required in their particular concentration passed unanimously.

30/60 Hour Rule

Professor Margaret Trimpey asked if the Council would hear more from the Standards Committee about the proposal from last Spring on the 30/60 hour rule. President Ezell responded that he was consulting with Standards Committee Chair Charles White about this matter.

New Business

Committee on Committees chair Verbie Prevost announced that Ms. Michelle Baker had resigned from the Student Conduct Board and that Student Affairs had recommended Ms. Kimberly Toney to replace her. Professor Prevost moved and Professor Kristin Switala seconded the motion to appoint Ms. Toney to the position. Professor Butterfield asked if the Student Conduct Board is under the purview of the Faculty Council. Dean Charles Renneisen explained that the Faculty Council is responsible for appointing two members to the Student Conduct Board. He added that Ms. Toney is a conscientious student, which is important because the Student Conduct Board is responsible for parking appeals. Professor Wallace attempted to determine Ms. Toney's philosophical position on parking violations, but his attempts were unsuccessful. The motion to appoint Ms. Kimberly Toney to the Student Conduct Board passed unanimously.

Announcements and Adjournment

President Ezell reminded committee chairs that they must present a report to the Council before the final Faculty Council meeting. Parliamentarian Jim Hiestand stated that he had an important announcement about Eric Schonblom's dog. Said dog is boarding with Professor Hiestand while Professor Schonblom is away, and recently became disturbed when one of Professor Hiestand's chairs was moved to another area of his house. Professor Schonblom observed to Professor Hiestand that the canine would make a bad parliamentarian, because "a good parliamentarian would not defer to the chair." (Of Professor Hiestand and Professor Schonblom's dog, Hiestand is clearly the superior parliamentarian.) After the Council regained its composure, Professor Prevost asked if the "Perspectives" lecture by Jonathan Kozol would conflict with the Faculty Meeting on January 23. Dean Renneisen responded negatively, explaining that Mr. Kozol will be holding group discussions for students in the afternoon and a formal lecture at night. Dean Renneisen recommended highly all three lecturers in the Perspectives series, who will speak January 21-23. There were no more announcements, and President Ezell indicated he would entertain a motion to adjourn. The request was met at first with silence, as Professor Leroy Fanning, who had moved adjournment at all previous Council meetings, was absent due to a conflict. Quickly ascertaining the need for positive action, Professor Stroud moved adjournment with conviction and resolve. The meeting was adjourned at 4:19 p.m.

Cartoons dedicated to the School of Nursing

Respectfully submitted,

 

Renee Cox Lorraine

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