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October 1, 1992
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Terry Carney, Don Cassell, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Larry Ingle, Debbie Ingram, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Bob Marlowe, Gail Meyer, John Nixon, Betty Pickett, Marea Rankin, Ossama Saleh, Edgar Shawen, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Larry Tillman, Gavin Townsend, Joe Trahan, John Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: Pedro Campa, David Carrithers, Nick Honerkamp, Carolyn Wiley

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS PRESENT: Jane Harbaugh, Joe Jackson, Charles Renneisen, Grayson Walker

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Bill Aiken, Deborah Arfken, Walker Breland, Bill Butterfield, Latonya Dargan, Paul Gaston, Anne Lindsey, Jeff Patchen, Debbi Pringle, Marlo Ross, Mary Tinkler, Paul Watson

Summary of Actions

Council approved members of the Faculty Rating of Administration Committee as recommended by Committee on Committees.

Council approved Art 340, Mus 340, and THSP 340 as presented by the Curriculum Committee.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Butterfield at 3:18 pm.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of September 17 approved as circulated.

President Butterfield reminded the Council that voting would be Yes, No, and Abstentions, but Abstentions would not count as either Yes or No votes. Motions must pass with a majority of those present and voting.

Committee Reports

Handbook Committee

Faculty approved Chapters 2 and 3 on September 22. There has been some miscommunication with Katie High, Vice President for Academic Affairs, from the System and so it will not make the next board meeting.

Committee on Committees

Motion 1: To approve the following appointments to the Faculty Rating of Administration Committee. Moved by Professor Bibler, seconded by Professor Weisbaker. Approved by voice vote.

Faculty Rating of Administration Committee:

David Wiley, Chair (on sabbatical fall '92) Mary Tanner (convener fall '92)

Stephanie Bellar Bill Butterfield

Jim Cunningham Ben Gross

Larry Tillman Jim Ward

The committee will reproduce a new committee list with all changes made up to this time.

Athletics Committee

Professor Walker Breland presented a lengthy report outlining the charge of the committee, the difficulties faced in scheduling travel dates, and the committee's efforts at evaluating the impact of playing sports on the student athlete (see attached). Both Professor Breland and Mary Tinkler stressed that absences for sports are a part of a professor's allowed class absences, not in addition to them and that the athletes are told this. They also urged faculty who encountered student athletes who did not do work in advance and make appropriate arrangements to call the athletics department.

A discussion followed on the graduation rate of our student athletes. Professor Breland described the exit interview which is now in place and "which will be administered to every student athlete in each team sport at the end of each sport's season of play." This, he said, is the first step in addressing graduation rates. Professor Carney believed that more should be done.

Curriculum Committee

Professor Weisbaker presented the report for Professor Venters.

Motion 2: To approve Art 340, Mus 340, and THSP 340 as presented by the committee. Moved by Professor Kingdon, seconded by Professor Bibler. Approved 29-0-1. The course is unusual in that it is one 3-hour course with 5 weeks in each discipline. Questions about drop date, partial credit, etc., have yet to be answered.

Speakers and Special Events Committee

Professor Bill Butterfield announced a luncheon to be held on November 19 for SGA and Faculty Council members. The focus of the committee this year will be on student/faculty relations. Two students and two faculty will begin a discussion on multicultural education at this luncheon. Marlo Ross, President of SGA, said that a larger forum on more issues will be held at a later date.

Old Business

President Butterfield mentioned that all groups on campus should have received a questionnaire from Chancellor Obear concerning budget priorities. Professor Ingle was concerned about its use. Dean Gaston stated that it was not meant to serve as a directive but rather a measure of constituency values for the Chancellor. Some departments have not yet seen the questionnaire.

New Business

Discussion of the Americans with Disabilities Act was postponed due to the absence of Ed Smith.

A. Plan for Executive MBA

Acting Provost Grayson Walker discussed tentative plans for such a program. This would be offered on weekends with lots of enrichment.

1) Course content same as an MBA.

2) Regular University faculty used.

This program is already being offered in Chattanooga by other schools (Vanderbilt, e.g.) UTK is also proposing such a program. UT System is now deciding whether to allow the surcharge in tuition which would be necessary to fund the program. Provost Walker stressed that no promises have been made to students currently enrolled in prerequisite courses.

If the program is judged to be a different program than the current MBA, the program will have to proceed through the normal channels for new programs: Curriculum Committee, Graduate Council, Faculty Council, UT Board of Trustees, THEC.

Date to begin program, incentives for weekend teaching, other issues have not been decided. The first step is to determine if the tuition surcharge will be allowed.

B. Performance Funding

Associate Provost Bill Aiken introduced the new College Base exam which will replace the ACT-Comp given to all graduating seniors. This will be used in the new five-year Performance Funding cycle. He urged that faculty encourage students to take the exam seriously and to perform well. This exam is required for graduation. It is scheduled for October 26, 27 and 28 for December graduates.


1. President Butterfield: There will be a system-to-campus visit October 7. January is the deadline for entries in next year's catalogue.

2. Professor Freeman: Fifth Street has become more dangerous with the closing of Vine Street. He suggested posting speed limit signs, etc.

Homework assignment (This met with the same enthusiasm as one would expect from freshmen and elicited the same kinds of sounds!): President Butterfield urged each member to speak with his constituents about a new smoking policy being developed for campus. Where would designated smoking areas be in each building? Should we have non-smoking buildings? Get feedback.


Council adjourned at 4:52 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail M. Meyer


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