October 19, 2000                                                    Signal Mountain Room

                                                                                    University Center


Elected Members Present:            Rob Bailey, Tom Bibler, Roland Carter, Beth Craig, Susan Davidson, Joe Dumas, Steve Eskildsen, Dawn Ford, Phil Giffin, Zibin Guo, Lee Harris, Michael Jones, Mike Long, Irene Loomis, Claire McCullough, John Mies, Oralia Preble-Niemi, Verbie Prevost, Ed Rozema, Mike Russell, Chris Stuart


Elected Members Absent:            Linda Cundiff, Fritz Efaw, Diane Farone, Charles Knight, Gail Meyer, Sarla Murgai, Burch Oglesby, Valerie Rutledge, Ken Smith, Mac Smotherman, John Trimpey, Steve Underwood, Judith Wakim


Ex-Officio Members Present:            Bill Berry, Richard Brown, Jane Harbaugh


Among the Guests Present:            Herbert Burhenn, Jim Hiestand, Bruce Hutchinson, Lanny Janeksela, Phil Kazemersky, Charles Nelson, Mary Tanner


Call to Order


1st Vice President Roland Carter called the meeting to order at 3:02 p.m.


Approval of the Minutes of September 21, 2000


Professor Mike Russell made the motion with great enthusiasm that the minutes be approved as distributed.


Report from the Death Benefits Committee


Professor Tom Bibler reported he was concerned that this is an ad hoc committee. This committee was started as a mechanism to provide funds immediately to the survivors of a faculty member that has died. Three trustees comprise the membership of the committee and one of these has left the university. Professor Bibler recommended that Professor Gail Meyer be appointed as the replacement. Professor Bibler also recommended that the committee be "regularized" since it is neither an administrative committee nor a Faculty Council committee. Professor Bibler suggested the committee be listed and defined somewhere in the handbook so that everyone will know about the committee and its purpose. Faculty are notified in the fall that the dues are $20 and that a beneficiary needs to be named. Professor Tom Bibler and Professor Ed McMahon are the two remaining trustees. Professor Gail Meyer has agreed to serve if appointed. The current fund is $1510.14.   Professor Verbie Prevost suggested that the Executive Committee discuss this issue and bring a recommendation back to the Council. Professor Jim Hiestand asked about making annual donations. Professor Bibler stated that the dues are annual.


Report from the Curriculum Committee


Chair Bruce Hutchinson reported on the following curriculum items. Proposed curriculum changes for the B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Environmental Science includes 3 new courses: Biology 251, Biology 320, and Biology 458 (see attached proposals) The motion carried 21-0-0.

Professor Hutchinson proposed to the Council that curriculum proposals be submitted to the Curriculum Committee by January 15, 2001 in order for the changes to be in the new catalog. It was determined that Professor Hutchinson notify faculty via email on raven as an information item from Curriculum Committee.

 Professor Hutchinson reported the Curriculum Committee had some concerns about the final disposition of curriculum items and proposals after approval was obtained from Faculty Council. The Curriculum Council unanimously recommended that the Chair of the Curriculum Committee be charged with the responsibility of final disposition of these approved items and proposals. When a curriculum item or proposal is approved by Faculty Council, the following documents will be sent to Associate Provost Jane Harbaugh's office: final version of the item or proposal, cover sheet with appropriate signatures, copy of Curriculum Committee minutes that granted approval, and a copy of the Faculty Council minutes that granted approval. These documents would be kept in Associate Provost Harbaugh's office during that fiscal year in order for the Faculty Council President to add their signature. At the end of the fiscal year the documents would then be transported to the library for archiving purposes. Professor Mike Russell raised the question, "Does anyone look at these archived documents in the library?" Professor Hutchinson responded with a resounding "Yes, according to the librarian and they also would like to look at the Faculty Council minutes where the proposal was approved." Dr. Harbaugh responded that people are interested in seeing how the process works and what it looks like on paper. It formalizes the process. The notebooks for curriculum proposals are already kept in Dr. Harbaugh's office so adding the additional documents would not be difficult. Dr. Harbaugh stressed we need to be clear that this pertains to the undergraduate curriculum. Professor Hutchinson recommended that this recommendation go to the Handbook Committee for inclusion. The motion carried 21-0-0.

Professor Hutchinson recommended that the new wording be included in the curriculum guidelines for this year. The new wording states that the Curriculum Chair be responsible for the final disposition of the curriculum item or proposal, not the originating department. The motion carried 21-0-0.


Report from the Graduate School


Professor Barbara Ray reported on several items from the Graduate Council:

  1. A proposal from Professor Kim Gee, Executive Director of Graduate Programs, to increase the number of graduate credit hours accepted in the College of Business Administration from six to nine.
  2. A request to change the program admission requirements for the Masters in Nursing from the GRE to the MAT with a minimum score of 40.
  3. Two proposals from the College of Engineering for certificates in Engineering Management.

The Graduate Council unanimously approved all requests.

Professor Ed Rozema asked a question concerning the engineering certificate courses. "Can all the graduate students in engineering take these courses?" Professor Phil Kazemersky responded yes. Professor Mike Russell noted that he is curious about certificates having credibility outside in the community is this being done in other university settings.

Provost Berry – I don't have current figures or numbers but many Universities are offering certificate programs. We will see more. Traditionally UT had set an unusual standard for certificate programs in that they had to have 24 or more hours, so a person might as well get a masters degree. National averages for certificate programs are 9-18 hours with the most common offered 12-15 hours. One year ago UT lowered the hours to a minimum of 9 hours. These certificate programs tend to be in professional areas where people are looking to upgrade specific skills such as Allied Health areas, computer technology, teacher education, etc. We have several certificate programs that were approved last spring.

Professor Mike Russell – For example, if there is a certificate in history, will this have credibility with the Hamilton County school board?  Is there an advantage in taking certificate courses over taking courses for graduate credit?

Dean Mary Tanner - A certificate program would not necessarily increase a teacher's pay or be a particular endorsement unless it was specifically designed for that purpose. A teacher might want to participate in a certificate program to bone up on courses that would simply increase their skills.

Dean Mary Tanner - We are currently thinking about an ESL certificate program for teachers to add to their credentials, it would not be for an increase in pay.

Professor Mike Russell –These proposals state no additional cost or necessary support; we need more resources!!!!

Provost Berry - We need more students to have more resources.

Professor Oralia Preble-Niemi – Offered an editorial change for the Credit for Portfolio based Experiential Learning document. Under Recommended change, Step 5, line 2 delete the word "will" after member.

Professor Mike Russell - raised a question about the Millers Analogy Test minimum score as proposed by Nursing.

Professor Barbara Ray - responded to the rationale for setting a minimum score.

Professor Mike Russell -  do other departments on campus require a specific test with a specific minimum score?

Professor Verbie Prevost - stated that in the English department taking the test is required, but no minimum score is required. The MAT shows the ranking of students according to your particular field.

Professor Barbara Ray -  discussion occurred in Graduate Council about not including a cutoff, but the department decided to keep the cutoff because of the number of students applying and it turns into a waste of paper.

Professor Mike Russell applauded Nursing for sticking to their standards.

Associate Provost Harbaugh interjected a procedural suggestion to Professor Oralia Preble-Niemi that her editorial change be a recommendation from the Faculty Council rather than an amendment so we do not supersede the Graduate Council.

Approval for all Graduate Council items carried 21-0-0.


Administrative Report



Provost Berry commented on this being the "year of accreditation".

SACS Progress Report -  we are down to the wire in getting the report ready; committee reports are in good shape; hope to have the additional materials by the end of the day or tomorrow; copies will then go to the relevant supervisory personnel; Faculty Council will get a copy of the draft on the faculty section; reminder that the on-site visitors will be here February 19-22, 2001; our finished self-study must be sent off at the end of November; problems with getting reports done; haven’t made sufficiently the transition to a SACS model that requires data, data, data, and then documentation; however, lots of good people have done a lot of good work.

NCATE - site visit will occur in the College of Education; faculty and staff are working hard; feeling pressure;visit in 3 weeks; good teacher prep programs will shine through.

ABAT- College of Engineering program evaluation; this week had a focused visit; had given us previously "show cause" which means it questioned why should we continue accreditation; came into to look at 5 deficiencies; all 5 have been removed so the show cause should disappear; board will officially meet in July, but it looks good.

Round of applause to the College of Engineering.


Associate Vice Chancellor of Operations, etc., etc, etc. Richard Brown


Associate Vice Chancellor Brown reported on projects and in getting ready for the various accreditation visits. Praised the College of Engineering for the excellent work they have done in preparing for the accreditation visit. The Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building is coming along; have acquired the Phillips Temple Church which means now we can prepare for groundbreaking. The south campus expansion is moving; web site info line will be up and running next week so everyone can see the progress; a private developer is really moving along with the building; Hunter Hall is moving along and hope to have the College of Education back home next fall. MacClellan Gym is moving along; capitol outlay budget has $7 million in projects for next year; a lab science building has made the list for the future.


Old Business




New Business






Remember Fall Break!




Professor Mike Russell moved with even greater enthusiasm that the meeting be adjourned at 3:44 p.m.


Not as Humbly Submitted,



Susan Davidson




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