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January 16, 1992

Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: Dave Anderson, Stephanie Bellar, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Stan Byrd, Terry Carney, Joe DePari, Robert Duffy, George Helton, Arlie Herron, Debbie Ingram, Irene Loomis, Ed McMahon, Gail Meyer, Fred Nixon, Peter Pringle, Marea Rankin, Edgar Shawen, James Stroud, Gavin Townsend, John Trimpey, Margaret Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Ken Venters, Donald Weisbaker, Robert Wilson, Terry Zivney

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Anne Hunt, Betty Pickett, Tapan Sen, David Shepherd

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Fred Obear, Sandra Packard, Charles Renneisen

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Jim Avery, Richard Brown, Jim Cunningham, Brenda Davis, Paul Gaston, Doug Kingdon, Leland Robinson, Eric Schonblom, Roy Stinnett, Mary Tanner, Grayson Walker, T.C. Ware, David Wiley

Summary of Actions

Council approved a request to consider sociology, anthropology, and geography as separate disciplines with respect to the 42-hour rule.
Council approved curriculum changes in the Department of Human Ecology.
Council named Professor James Stroud chair of the Continuing Education Committee.
Council approved the establishment and membership of an ad-hoc committee to consider the practice of allowing certain categories of students to register early and to make recommendations.
Council agreed to pursue the recommendation to terminate centralized registration in Maclellan Gymnasium.
Council approved amended proposals from the General Education Committee on its Role and Function and on the Addendum to Exceptions and Explanations to Requirements and, pending faculty approval, their implementation in fall 1992.

Call to Order

President Butterfield called the meeting to order at 3:18 p.m.

She wished those present a Happy New Year. Thereupon, Ms. Janet Wixson, of CECA, paraded around the room offering what she termed "a long-term plan for education in Tennessee." Appropriately dressed in black, she sported a T-shirt bearing the message "WILL TEACH FOR FOOD" and carried a plastic bag containing discarded aluminum beverage cans. Amid laughter, President Butterfield urged members to donate their cans to Janet!

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the meeting of December 5, 1991, were corrected, as follows: 1. Remove Jeannette Vallier from the list of elected members absent and add her to the list of elected members present (page 1); 2. Add "as a Category G course" after "credit" in line seven of the first paragraph under Motion 1 (page 2).

The minutes, as corrected, were approved.

Committee Reports

Academic Standards Committee
Professor Jim Cunningham (chair) reported the committee's unanimous recommendation of a request to consider sociology, anthropology, and geography as separate disciplines with respect to the 42-hour rule applicable to the B.A. degree (Attachment A).

Motion 1: To approve the recommendation. Moved by Professor Carney, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.

Professor Zivney inquired if there was any reason not to use the same policy for other disciplines that are grouped into one academic department for administrative purposes. Professor Cunningham responded that the committee had not received any other requests.

Professor Leland Robinson, head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography, pointed out that the request, if approved, also would permit a student to complete a major and a minor within the department.

Motion 1 was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Curriculum Committee
Professor Doug Kingdon (chair) reviewed information items from the departments of Criminal Justice and Human Ecology and proposals from Human Ecology (Attachment B).

Motion 2: To approve the proposals. Moved by Professor Weisbaker, seconded by Professor Carney.

Professor Carney asked if changes in major programs of study should come from the Academic Standards Committee, not the Curriculum Committee. The answer was "no."

Motion 2 was approved, with 23 votes in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention.

Committee on Committees
Professor Bibler (chair) announced that Mary Beth Cunningham Clark had resigned as chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Professor Stroud had agreed to fill out her term.

Motion 3: To name Professor Stroud chair of the Continuing Education Committee. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.

Motion 3 was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Professor Bibler reported that, in response to a request by Provost Packard, the committee recommended the appointment of an ad-hoc committee to consider the current practice of allowing certain categories of students (e.g., Brock Scholars, athletes) to register early. The committee would be charged with (1) reviewing the "early" registration issue to determine which categories of students are allowed to register early; (2) ascertaining from individuals whose students are allowed to register early what basis there is for the practice, what problems produced the practice, and what problems would be created if the practice were ended; (3) presenting recommendations to Council by March 1, 1992.

The committee recommended that the ad-hoc committee comprise the following: Professors Terry Walters, chair (MATH), Don Klinefelter (PHIL/REL), Mo Ahmadi (BMGT), Betty Pickett (EHLS), and Maurice Edwards (BIOL), and Ms. Brenda Davis, director of advisement, records and registration.

Motion 4: To approve the recommendations. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker.

Motion 4 was approved unanimously by voice vote.

Executive Committee
President Butterfield reported that she had received responses from Chancellor Obear on a proposed date certain for the annual faculty retirement dinner and on a commitment to ecumenism at formal University events (Attachment C).

She reminded members that Council had recommended the termination of centralized registration in Maclellan Gymnasium. Did Council wish to pursue the matter? Professor Weisbaker asked for an additional reminder: What was the reason for the recommendation? President Butterfield replied that there had been concerns about the costs involved. Further, some academic departments had concluded that it was not a wise use of faculty time. On the plus side, it was a convenience for students.

Motion 5: To pursue the recommendation to terminate centralized registration. Moved by Professor Carney, seconded by Professor Bibler.

Motion 5 passed unanimously by voice vote.

President Butterfield said that the Handbook Committee's proposed revisions to the Faculty Handbook would constitute the chief order of business at the Council's meeting of February 6, 1992. She would like to place on the same agenda the proposal for a possible fall break. Professor Carney volunteered to work with Dr. Ray Fox and Ms. Brenda Davis on that proposal.

Old Business

General Education Committee
Motion 6: To approve the committee's proposals on its Role and Function and on revisions to the wording for the Addendum to Exceptions and Explanations to Requirements, as amended. Moved by Professor Carney, seconded by Professor Margaret Trimpey.

Professor John Trimpey, chair of the committee, distributed two documents, titled "Current status of wording on general education proposal" (Attachment D) and "General Education credit for transfer students: Procedure" (Attachment E).

Professor Tom Ware, head of the Department of English, spoke to the proposed item 5 in the Addendum: "Students with scores of 4 or 5 on the English Advanced Placement Exam will be excused from the Category A requirement." He observed that the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam covers mostly literary criticism. AP courses of study do not treat the content of English 122. Currently, the department gives credit for English 131 or 133 and 121 for AP achievement.

Ms. Brenda Davis asked Professor John Trimpey if the committee proposed to excuse students from the Category A requirement or to give them credit for their AP work. Professor Trimpey responded that the committee did not want to take away credit from students if they were already receiving it. Ms. Davis pointed out that credit would have to be given for English 121 and 122.

Professor Ware reiterated that the skills taught in English 122 are not taught in AP programs. He suggested that the Council review the AP curriculum before taking action.

Professor Carney wanted to know if we were saying that every student must take English 122. Professor Meyer wanted to know who makes the decisions on whether Advanced Placement credit in other subject areas counts. Associate Provost Harbaugh responded that the appropriate departments are consulted. Ms. Davis added that the departments notify the Admissions Office.

Professor John Trimpey argued that the fact that AP students are not tested on English 122 material does not mean that such material is not included in their studies.

Amendment 1: to change item 5 in the Addendum to read: "Students with scores of 4 or 5 on the English Advanced Placement Exam will be awarded credit for English 121 and English 131 or 133." Moved by Professor Herron, seconded by Professor Bibler.

In support of his amendment, Professor Herron noted that the credits he proposed matched what students are tested for on the AP exam.

Associate Provost Harbaugh raised a procedural concern. It would be wise, she said, for such a proposal to originate with the customary source, in this case, the English Department. Council would be setting a dangerous precedent if normal procedure was not followed. Professor Weisbaker concurred. Professor Herron replied that he was merely proposing the practice currently followed by the department.

Professor McMahon asked if the full faculty would dictate AP policy in English, but leave to appropriate departments decisions on other AP programs. He cautioned that there should not be different procedures for different departments. Professor Zivney observed that English is different, since specific courses are mandated for Category A.

Amendment 1 failed, with 9 votes in favor, 8 opposed, and 5 abstentions.

Professor McMahon expressed his opposition to item 5. Many students enter UTC without English 122 skills, he warned.

Amendment 2: To eliminate item 5 in the Addendum from consideration. Moved by Professor Margaret Trimpey, seconded by Professor Duffy.

Amendment 2 passed, with 20 votes in favor, 3 opposed, and 0 abstentions.

Council voted to close debate.

Motion 6, as amended, passed, with 20 votes in favor, 2 opposed, and 2 abstentions.

President Butterfield asked when the changes could be implemented. Ms. Wixson responded that programmatic problems would not permit information to be included on students' RAP sheets until fall 1993. Provost Packard noted that the proposals represented substantial issues and would require two readings at University faculty meetings. She urged that implementation not take place until fall 1993.

A discussion of procedural problems followed.

Motion 7: To implement the proposals, if approved by the faculty, in fall 1992. Moved by Professor DePari, seconded by Professor Zivney.

Motion 7 passed, with 10 votes in favor, 4 opposed, and 4 abstentions.

New Business

Draft Statement, UT Conflict of Interest Policy
President Butterfield asked members to relay to Provost Packard by January 24 reactions to the draft statement (Attachment F). The Provost noted that the item would appear on the agenda for the February 5 meeting of the UT Board of Trustees.

Department Head Evaluation
President Butterfield announced that consideration of this item would be postponed to a later date.


President Butterfield reminded members of Chancellor Obear's forum, to be held on Friday, January 17.


Council adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter K. Pringle

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