THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA

FACULTY COUNCIL MINUTES

January 18, 2001 Signal Mountain Room

University Center

Elected Members Present: Tom Bibler, Roland Carter, Beth Craig, Linda Cundiff, Susan Davidson, Joe Dumas, Fritz Efaw, Steve Eskildsen, Diane Farone, Dawn Ford, Phil Giffin, Ron Goulet, Zibin Guo, Lee Harris, Jim Hiestand, Michael Jones, Mike Long, Irene Loomis, Claire McCullough, Gail Meyer, John Mies, Sarla Murgai, Burch Oglesby, Oralia Preble-Niemi, Verbie Prevost, Ed Rozema, Mike Russell, Valerie Rutledge, Ken Smith, Steve Underwood, Judith Wakim

Elected Members Absent: Rob Bailey, Charles Knight, Mac Smotherman, Chris Stuart, John Trimpey

Ex-Officio Members Present: Bill Berry, Richard Brown, Sheila Delacroix, Bill Stacy

Among the Guests Present: Herb Burhenn, Judy Fry, Bruce Hutchinson, Debbie Ingram, Mary Tanner, Sandy Zitkus

Call to Order:

1st Vice President Roland Carter called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

An additional item was added to the agenda. A report from the General Education Committee will follow the report from the Curriculum Committee.

Approval of the Minutes of November 16, 2000

Without further ado, the minutes were approved as distributed.

Report from Curriculum Committee

Professor Bruce Hutchinson gave the following report: Faculty Council members should have received a copy of the "Suggested Format For Course Syllabus" and "Guidelines For Curriculum Proposals" (undergraduate). This information is going out to all faculty from the Curriculum Committee to give them ideas as to what the committee is looking for when proposals are submitted for approval.

There were four proposals submitted by the Curriculum Committee for approval. One from the College of Arts & Sciences, one from Physical Therapy, one from the School of Nursing and one from the Chemistry Department.

Although he clearly stated he had no objections to any of the proposals, Professor Mike Russell did however raise a question (and some eyebrows) concerning the School of Nursing proposal. The question had to do with the wearing of "appropriate attire" during on campus nursing lab practice sessions in the physical assessment course. The attire in question gives students permission to wear swimsuits, halter tops and shorts during practice sessions. An explanation was given which appeared to satisfy Professor Russell's question. Also, an invitation was extended to Professor Russell to attend the class to satisfy his curiosity.

The proposal from the College of Arts & Sciences passed 24-0-1.

The proposal from Physical Therapy passed 24-0-0.

The proposal from the School of Nursing passed 25-0-0.

The proposal from the department of Chemistry passed 25-0-0.

Report from General Education Committee

Professor Jim Hiestand gave the following report. A document was distributed that the UTC General Education Committee recommends that courses specifically meeting common general education category requirements at Tennessee public institutions satisfy the comparable general education category requirements when transferring to UTC. Required competencies and unmet requirements still must be satisfied.

A lengthy discussion followed seeking clarification on what this document means. Some expressed that we were already doing this, so why did we need a document. Chancellor Stacy stated that THEC is required to establish an articulation agreement with all public institutions of higher education in Tennessee. Provost Berry concurred with the Chancellor's statements and stated that the sooner we act the better in responding to this legislative mandate. According to Professor Hiestand, it is unclear at this point how this agreement will affect the 60-hour rule. Several members expressed concerns that they were not comfortable voting in an agreement they had not had time to review. Professor Russell asked if we would be undermining our gen ed requirements by agreeing to this? Professor Hiestand stated that course transfers and substitutions would still be reviewed by department heads. A history course wouldn't be substituted for a math course. The student would still have to meet our gen ed requirements. Professor Burhenn stated that the purpose is to make transfer from one public institution to another less cumbersome and smoother for everyone without compromising the quality of the education. This can also be viewed as a public relations tool to attract more students to UTC. TBR is going to a common course numbering system, which will make life easier. Provost Berry stated that the general direction is to bring us closer to TBR schools transfer policies so that hours will transfer easier. Students are getting conflicting advice on transfer credits, the student gets angry and frustrated, the TBR schools get angry, etc. On our own campus, we are not consistent in how we advise our students. It would be beneficial to attract more students to our institution. Professor Russell expressed that perhaps more students would decide to go to Chatt State first for their gen ed now that transfers will be easier. Professor Prevost stated that we need to continue to attract these top students from the community colleges by offering transfer credits. Professor Hiestand reminded the council that students can already go to the community colleges for their gen ed but they still must satisfy our gen ed requirements. Professor Claire McCullough suggested that perhaps we have more of a public relations problem because of the difficulty in transferring. We need to be selling the strengths of the institution. Professor Gail Meyer brought up the concern of students taking science courses without a lab. Does this mean they can transfer to UTC without having had a lab science course? She suggested that students cannot take only the lab science portion at UTC. They must also take the corresponding theory course. The total number of hours needs to be the same. Provost Berry stated that the TBR schools science courses include lab courses. Additional discussion followed with members expressing concerns on the impact to UTC both pro and con. The proposal was modified to state: "The UTC General Education Committee recommends that courses specifically meeting common general education category requirements at Tennessee public institutions satisfy the comparable general education category requirements when transferring to UTC. Required competencies including laboratory science and unmet category requirements still must be satisfied." Voted on by voice vote with the ayes carrying the vote.

Administrative Reports

Chancellor

Dr. Stacy thanked everyone for the past semester performance which included several accreditation visits, searches, etc. A special thanks for the great effort put forth by everyone on campus but in particular to Dr.'s Brodsky, Ezell, Berry, and Harbaugh for the preparation for the upcoming SACS visit. The visitors will arrive on Sunday, February 18, visit the campus extensively on Monday and Tuesday and then finally on Wednesday will have the exit interview. This exit will be open to everyone involved and available to attend.

Budgeting cycle will begin at the end of January; we have reversed the 3% decline from the fall to only a 1% decline in the spring. Another item is that Vice Chancellor Margaret Kelley and others in the Development office are doing fund raising for the Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Building with a goal of $10 million to raise extra money for equipment, scholarships, professorships, etc. The formal campaign will be announced at the groundbreaking ceremony. Currently they have $2.5 million in hand or pledged towards this goal.

The Chancellor stated he had noticed in the past some apartment rental information posted on Raven and he would now be paying closer attention to these postings. Professor Bibler suggested that the Chancellor consider buying a fraternity house close to campus. This raises the question on possible changes the Chancellor would make in hosting social events at his new residence.

Professor Judy Wakim asked if self-study reports would be available prior to the SACS visit for faculty to review. Provost Berry said they would be available the middle of next week.

Provost

Dr. Berry stated we are anticipating recommendations at the exit interview of the SACS visit. Dr. Berry gave the example of FSU recently had received 22 recommendations from their visit.

Dr. Berry offered to sublet his basement to the Chancellor if he is unable to find other options.

Professor Mike Russell asked how many people will be on the team? Dr. Berry stated that about 15 will visit and can stop and talk to anyone. He expressed we needed to be hospitable and charming in responding to the visitors questions.

Vice Chancellor

Mr. Richard Brown gave the following report. He stated that the university is in good fiscal health. The compensation plan is working and people are deciding to stay around. The budget plan needs to focus on enrollment and the articulation agreement vote will help by sending a strong message across the state. The county commission has approved our acquisition of Engel Stadium. This issue will now go before the city council in 30 days. We need this area for our expansion plan. The south campus project is about 40% complete and should be open in August. This additional housing should help with enrollment. Mr. Brown encouraged everyone to participate in the budget process when possible.

Old Business

None

New Business

Professor Bruce Wallace requested the council members to hear his issue. He had already requested assistance from the Executive Committee at the beginning of the fall semester. He was referred to the Administrative Relations committee. This committee referred him to Faculty Council. His question is, "Should schools continue to use computer technology in courses beyond Computer Science 110?" Many departments on campus continue this throughout their curriculum. Professor Wallace' department does not want to incorporate computer technology beyond a few basic courses. He is concerned that he is spending more time teaching computer technology than the actual course objectives. Professor Russell asked for clarification in that whether or not students had competency and access to computers. Professor Wallace stated that both of these were his concerns. After some discussion it was suggested that this was a department issue. Professor Jim Hiestand stated that each department can have their own technology requirements. Computer science cannot cover everything there is about computers. Professor Wallace is concerned that he is being told to not include any further computer technology. Professor Carter thanked Professor Wallace for coming today and stated that he would turn this matter over to Professor John Trimpey and the Executive Committee.

Adjournment

Professor Mike Russell in a theological motion and in a state of rapture moved that the meeting be adjourned at 4:10 p.m.

Submitted with a heavy sigh,

 

Susan Davidson

Secretary