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February 18, 1993
Signal Mountain Room
University Center

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: William Bertin, Tom Bibler, Martha Butterfield, Pedro Campa, Terry Carney, David Carrithers, Don Cassell, Monte Coulter, Neal Coulter, Susan Davidson, Joe DePari, Jack Freeman, Arlie Herron, Nick Honerkamp, Larry Ingle, Debbie Ingram, Doug Kingdon, Irene Loomis, Gail Meyer, Marea Rankin, Ossama Saleh, David Shepherd, James Stroud, Larry Tillman, Joseph Trahan, John Trimpey, Jeannette Vallier, Terry Walters, Don Weisbaker, Carolyn Wiley

ELECTED MEMBERS ABSENT: John Nixon, Betty Pickett, Edgar Shawen, Gavin Townsend

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

AMONG THE GUESTS PRESENT: Eugene Bartoo, Richard Brown, Brenda Davis, Bob Norred, Roy Stinnett, Felicia Sturzer, Bob Swansbrough, Ken Venters

Summary of Actions

Council approved curriculum proposals from EHLS, Women's Studies minor, and EDCI.

Council approved the new final exam schedule.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Butterfield at 3:22 pm.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of 2/4/93 were approved as circulated.

Committee Reports

Curriculum Committee - Professor Venters

The Curriculum Committee presented three proposals from EHLS, the Women's Studies Minor, and EDCI (see enclosed). The motion to accept was made by Professor Bibler and seconded by Professor Weisbaker. There being no discussion, the three proposals were approved unanimously (30-0).

Executive Committee - President Butterfield

President Butterfield informed the Council that sexual harassment on campus is still a problem and that current policy is insufficient to deal with the problems. Therefore, Acting Provost Walker is creating a special committee to look at our policy and those of other campuses and develop recommendations for policy change and grievance procedures, specifically for Academic Affairs. The committee will include some members of the Women's Committee and additional members from other areas.

New Business

1) Professor Honerkamp, Chair of Grade Appeals Committee

He reminded Council that students have the right to see their exams, and he recommended that exams be kept for at least one full semester after the grade is given. He also reminded Council that written midterm grades are to be given students and that faculty should make no verbal promise to students about grades.

Old Business

1) Final Exam Schedule - Professor Walters

Motion to accept by Professor Walters, seconded by Professor Kingdon. Discussion centered on two issues: a. Will this schedule increase the number of students having three exams on one day? Associate Provost Harbaugh urged a study to see. b. Is there an overlap at TT 1:40 (this time is listed in two locations on the schedule)?

Friendly amendment - Since the first TT 12:15-1:40 is to indicate any class starting in that time frame up to 1:40, that it be recognized that on hyphenated times it is classes beginning up to and infinitesimally close to the second time slot.

Brenda Davis said an effort will be made to incorporate the principles of the schedule into the Fall 93 schedule.

Motion passed 22-6-1.

2) President Butterfield distributed a summary sheet of "scores" by faculty in the Fall of 1991 on three items of the Student Evaluation of Faculty. The items were:

I have learned a lot as a result of this course.

My instructor is an effective teacher.

I would enjoy taking another course from this instructor.

The Faculty composite score on the three items (using the mean) was then compared to a campus-wide distribution. Professor Butterfield and others had received this with their Fall 1992 evaluation results. When did this begin? How is it used?

Acting Provost Walker responded that this is a first step in responding to questions about statistics on faculty evaluations. He urged that no one place much significance on this, that it is an initial pass at attempting to assess teaching. This table was prepared for the deans and has never been used.

Professor Trimpey added that many departments often mention "above average evaluations in teaching" when presenting candidates for promotion and tenure, so someone must be making some comparisons.

President Butterfield will be appointing a committee to look at other means of evaluation. Provost Walker stated that student evaluations are just one piece of the pie, but often they are the only evidence submitted pertaining to teaching. Professor Shepherd commented that the School of Business is investigating other means of evaluating teaching.

President Butterfield felt the entire matter was a communication problem. Professor Herron reminded Council that "in the beginning" student evaluations were to be used as a consultation instrument between the faculty and department head with no "final score" calculated. He feels the present instrument does more harm than good.

The SGA is wanting to have the results of students ratings published. (Some of us remember when that was done before, too! So the wheel turns. Seemed okay when we were students!)


1. Professor Herron — April 1-3 - The Southern Literature Conference will be in Chattanooga.

2. President Butterfield — Only three Council meetings remaining this year(!). All committee reports are due by April 1.

3. Gratitude was expressed for the crosswalks on 5th Street.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail M. Meyer


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