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April 18, 1991
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Michael Bell, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, Betsy Darken, George Helton, Jim Hiestand, Chris Mawata, Gary McDonald, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Lyn Miles, Edgar Shawen, Mary Tanner, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Paul Watson, Donald Weisbaker, David Wiley, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Rick Callaway, Delores Craig, Robert Dardenne, Steve LeWinter, Peter Pringle, Tapan Sen, Colbert Whitaker

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Marvin Ernst, Jane Harbaugh, Jim Henry, Joe Jackson, Sandra Packard, Charles Renneisen

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Deborah Arfken, Barbara K. Andersen, Fran Bender, Richard Casavant, Gene Ezell, Leroy Fanning, Stan Fjeld, Nancy Fogle, John Fulmer, Paul Gaston, Salin Geevarghese, Doug Kingdon, Bob Norred, Festus Obiakor, Verbie Prevost, Marlo Ross, Roy Stinnett, Caryl Taylor, Grayson Walker, Charles S. White

Summary of Action Items from Today's Meeting

Council approved the report from the Faculty Research Committee.
Council approved the report from the Departmental Honors Committee.
Council approved a package from the Curriculum Committee.
Council approved a package from the Graduate Council.
Council received a report from the Admissions Committee.
Council received a report about the Freshman Seminar.
Council approved an item from the Standards Committee.
President Campa announced a Task Force Committee on the role of UTC.

Call to Order and Approval of Minutes

The meeting was called to order by President Pedro Campa shortly after 3:15 pm.
It was moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the April 4, 1991 meeting. The minutes were approved unanimously.

President Campa announced, with regret, the death of Dr. Norbert Koch, Professor Emeritus in Engineering. Norbert came to the University in 1947. President Campa announced the family visitation and burial arrangements.

Faculty Research Committee
Fran Bender, Chair of the Faculty Research Committee, brought two items to the Council. The first item, an information item, is the changing of the application date for Provost's Student Research Award from April 1 to January 15. This allows students who are applying for Departmental Honors (on March 1) to learn the outcome of their Provost's application prior to submitting their Honors application.

The other item was to raise the amount of the summer fellowships to $2500 and $5000 from $2000 and $4000, respectively. The old dollar amounts have not been changed for years. It is proposed for the change to become effective in the Summer of 1992. Tom Bibler moved and Don Weisbaker seconded the motion to approve this item and refer it to the Handbook Committee. Terry Zivney asked if it would have any effect on the number of awards given. Chair Bender said that the Provost had requested $9000 more from the UC Foundation to cover the additional amounts for the same number of awards to be given. The motion passed unanimously.

Departmental Honors Committee
Caryl Taylor, Chair of the Departmental Honors Committee, presented four items: Completed projects for May graduation, new projects, permission to conduct business in the summer with a quorum of five members and permission to approve completed projects for August graduation without returning to Council. [See attachment A.]

Weisbaker moved and John Trimpey seconded the motion to accept all the recommendations of the Departmental Honors Committee. It passed unanimously.

Taylor mentioned that the committee had prepared a Departmental Honors Handbook that clearly lays out the requirements of Departmental Honors for students and faculty. Taylor singled out the Chemistry Department for thanks for their diligence in guiding their students through the Departmental Honors projects. Six of the fifteen Departmental Honors projects for May graduation are from the Chemistry Department.

Curriculum Committee
Doug Kingdon, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, brought forward three pages of recommendations from that committee [Attachment B]. Proposals were brought from Nursing, Special Education, Social Work, HPER, Human Ecology and Criminal Justice; an information item was brought from EDCI (Earth and Space Science Secondary Education concentration) and a procedural proposal was brought from the Curriculum Committee itself. Weisbaker moved and David Wiley seconded the motion to accept all the recommendations of the Departmental Honors Committee.
Zivney asked about the Earth and Space Science Secondary Education concentration which had been sent back to committee from Council some weeks back. Rock Wilson clarified the point by explaining that the Geology faculty thought that the earlier curriculum had too much environmental aspect and too little geoscience aspect. It was adjusted to give more of a geoscience flavor (since geoscience is the earth).

Zivney also asked about the Curriculum Committee's proposal to handle information items. The proposal does not explicitly mention the role of faculty in the so-called "minor curricular changes." Betsy Darken mentioned that in Curriculum Committee they had in fact added a phrase which brought the faculty into the process. Kingdon agreed and apologized for having omitted that. The omitted phrase was added to point #2 in the "Procedural Proposal." Point #2 now reads:

2. The department heads are to respond to the memo items by returning the information required to the Chair of the Curriculum Committee before the end of the Fall semester and the information must be accompanied by the tally of the vote of the departmental faculty.
The motion to approve the package passed unanimously. President Campa thanked Professor Kingdon for his excellent services to the Faculty Council and the faculty and the academic community as the chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Graduate Council
Jim Macomber, Chair of the Graduate Council, brought three items from the Council [Attachment C].
The first item clarified a limitation on acceptance of transfer credit. The motion to approve was made by Weisbaker and seconded by Ken Venters. The motion carried unanimously.

The second item was a proposal for a new concentration in the MBA program, Organizational Management. The motion to approve was made by Tom Bibler and seconded by Mary Tanner. In response to a question by Weisbaker, Macomber pointed out that the courses in the new concentration are not new, it was the packaging of the courses in a concentration that was new. The motion carried unanimously.

The third item was a proposal for a new Master's Program in Accountancy. After some discussion about the proposed program, Terry Carney moved to approve and someone seconded the motion. J. Trimpey expressed his philosophical concern about the way we approve new programs without fiscal resource guarantees. The motion to approve carried by a show of hands: 17 in favor, 2 opposed and 4 abstaining.

Admissions Committee
Gail Meyer, chair of the Admissions Committee, first moved to allow the Admissions Committee to have a reduced quorum of five members during the summer. Someone seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. She then brought a report from that committee [Attachment D].

The report was designed to address Darken's expressed interest in knowing how the Admissions Committee makes it decisions. Meyer explained that whereas the committee doesn't have a cut and dried list of qualifications that it goes through in making its decisions, there is, nevertheless, some pattern discernable in the committee's decisions. Of students from the pool being considered, the categories "Consistently Admitted" and "Consistently Denied" help show the pattern of the committee's decisions. The characteristics of those categories are described in the report.

Darken brought up the quandary of students applying to (or through) the CAP program. Meyer gave assurances that the Admissions Committee and the CAP program now have a clear understanding with each other about admitting students who want to be in the CAP program. Darken moved to receive the report; Bibler seconded the motion. It carried unanimously.

Freshman Seminar
Verbie Prevost, Director of Freshman Seminar, presented a report on the first semester's experience with the Freshman Seminar [Attachment E]. Prevost mentioned that a committee was studying the Freshman Seminar in detail and her report here was only preliminary. The report gives attrition rates for all students taking Freshman Seminar (7.1% attrition) and for all students not taking Freshman Seminar (23.4% attrition).

Prevost expressed her own skepticism about the comparative attrition statistics in this report because the freshmen that did not take the Freshman Seminar are those that come for the final orientation and were prevented from enrolling in the Freshman Seminar due to all sections being closed. Her inclination is to agree with the assumption that those students are the weaker students and therefore more likely to be in a higher attrition group.

In response to a question by Mac Shawen about the GPA of the students involved, Prevost stated that the average of Freshman Seminar grades was 3.14 as compared with the mean GPA of students who completed the Freshman Seminar was 2.861.

Wiley moved to receive the report and Weisbaker seconded the motion. It carried unanimously.

Standards Committee
Tom Bibler, Chair of the Standards Committee, brought one item [Attachment F]. Bibler moved approval and Gavin Townsend seconded the motion. With minimal comments it was approved hastily and unanimously.

Banking Plan
President Campa asked for a clarification about whether a person with a 9 hour load by contract is allowed to bank hours. Provost Sandra Packard said a faculty member with a reduced load would be eligible for banking hours under the new plan consistent with the recommendations of the department head and the dean and with fairness to all concerned. [A copy of the Provost's memo about the Banking Plan is in Attachment G.]

Carney expressed his opinion about how embarrassing the banking plan is in its statement that we acknowledge one hour's credit to the faculty member for eight hours' of advising work. President Campa agreed and said it was one small step.

Executive Committee Report

President Campa announced his appointment of a Task Force Committee to explore the role and identity of UTC within the UT system [Attachment H]. In addition to the members listed in Attachment H, the committee includes Mr. Myron Jones, Mr. Anderson Johnson and Mr. Nick Jessen. The committee membership represents community, alumni, students and faculty. Administrators were knowingly excluded to avoid any conflict of interest.

President Campa announced the next meeting of Council at 1:00 PM on April 23 and the need for completion of elections of members by that time.

Member Concerns
Wiley distributed an AAUP flyer about a THEC proposal wherein THEC could, by itself, terminate any academic program in a state university [Attachment I]. He expressed dismay at this possibility and asked for support in contacting legislators about this proposal.

President Campa announced the plans for a retirement dinner to be scheduled on May 2 or May 4. The retirees will include Professors George Cress from Art and Arthur Rivituso from Music.

Provost Packard mentioned that there is now a RAP sheet for graduate students. She said there have been 70 applicants for the Distinguished Teaching Professorships. She said a letter from Chancellor Obear about the fiscal situation of the University was in the mail to all faculty and staff.

Facilities Concerns
Grote: Meyer mentioned the dirty look of the "back door" of Grote. She said it has been remarked that some service stations have less dirty looking dumpsters.

Brock: Wiley mentioned that the blackboard in Brock 201 is again destroyed. McMahon suggested using the (destroyed) blackboard to build a fire to raise the temperature above freezing in Brock.


The meeting was adjourned at about 5:00 on a motion by Weisbaker.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Henry, Secretary

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