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University of Tennessee, Knoxville Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange SACSCOC Documentation Office of the Provost Realignment of the PhD Program in Audiology and Speech Pathology
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University of Tennessee, Knoxville Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange SACSCOC Documentation Office of the Provost Realignment of the PhD Program in Audiology and Speech Pathology (UTK Notification) University of Tennessee Knoxville Follow this and additional works at: Recommended Citation University of Tennessee Knoxville, Realignment of the PhD Program in Audiology and Speech Pathology (UTK Notification) (2011). SACSCOC Documentation. This Correspondence is brought to you for free and open access by the Office of the Provost at Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. It has been accepted for inclusion in SACSCOC Documentation by an authorized administrator of Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange. For more information, please contact VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND STUDENT SUCCESS May 6, 2011 Dr. Belle Wheelan President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools RE: Substantive Changes at The University of Tennessee Dear Dr. Wheelan: Please consider this letter notification from The University of Tennessee of substantive changes at the institution. The University of Tennessee recently elected a new President, Dr. Joseph A. DiPietro, and I assumed the position of Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success in the fall of As Interim Vice President, I am the SACS liaison for The University of Tennessee, succeeding Dr. Bonnie Yegidis, who left the University last summer. Because of the transition in leadership, I am submitting these changes to ensure the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has received all the necessary documentation from The University of Tennessee. It is possible that SACS has been informed previously of some or all of these changes. 1. Shift in reporting of Men s and Women s Athletics Programs In 2010, Interim President Dr. Jan Simek charged a task force to review the administrative structure to determine the best and most logical alignment between the Men s and Women s Athletic programs at The University of Tennessee. The task force, composed of both athletic directors, trustees, students, faculty and staff, ultimately recommended UT Athletics should report to the of UT Knoxville. Several factors were considered in making this recommendation. No other BCS athletics department reports to a state-wide administration. The provost of UT Knoxville oversees the admissions, enrollment, financial aid, and course registration for UT Knoxville s 500-plus athletes. The provost supervises those who hear academic dismissal cases and work in the Thornton Center for student-athletic academic advising. Two full-time employees in the UT Knoxville Office of the Registrar devote 100 percent of their time tracking student-athlete academic eligibility. All judicial affairs cases involving student-athletes are administered by the UT Knoxville Vice for Student Affairs. Finance and administration daily operations of athletics are supervised and performed by UT Knoxville administrators. The operation of athletic facilities is directed by the UT Knoxville Vice for Finance and Administration. 821 Andy Holt Tower Knoxville, TN Phone: 865/ Fax 865/ Letter to Belle Wheelan Page Two May 6, 2011 The UT Athletics Department budget is imbedded in the UT Knoxville budget. The Knoxville campus is responsible for the financial obligations of men s and women s athletics and any budget deficits that were to occur in the athletic departments are the responsibility of the campus. Transfer of athletics to the Knoxville campus would streamline various fiscal reporting requirements and eliminate duplication of effort and confusion. The UT Knoxville Faculty Senate expressed strong support for moving the reporting line to UT Knoxville. The UT Knoxville signaled his clear support for the move, citing that the current reporting line prevented him from attending regularly scheduled meetings of the SEC chief executive officers, all of whom are campus leaders. Athletic directors would benefit from regular meetings with campus officials to hear the concerns of campus leaders and to lend their experience and expertise to discussions of campus governance. The task force report stressed that transfer of the reporting line should not alter the fact that the President of the UT System is ultimately in charge of all the campuses and their officers. President Simek accepted the task force recommendation and proposed it to the UT Board of Trustees, who approved the reporting change in June Organizational charts depicting the changes are attached. (Attachments 1A and 1B) 2. Shift in Reporting of The University of Tennessee Space Institute The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate degree unit of The University of Tennessee. Faculty at UTSI are members of an academic department at UT Knoxville and UTSI faculty also serve on the UT Knoxville Faculty Senate. Until recently, UTSI was headed by a Vice President who reported to the President. The Vice President left to assume another position, and the administrative structure was studied to determine the best and most logical fit. It was determined that UTSI should be headed by a Chief Operating Officer who should report to the of UT Knoxville. The change, endorsed by the leadership of UT Knoxville, and the President, was approved by the UT Board of Trustees in June (Attachment 2) 3. Realignment of the Ph.D. Program in Audiology and Speech Pathology The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology was recommended for phased closure by UT Knoxville in response to an $11 million budget cut in However, working together, UT Knoxville and the UT Health Science Center developed a mutually satisfactory solution that allowed the program to remain open. Historically, the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at The University was housed administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences at UT Knoxville. In 2009, rather than close the program, the Department was moved administratively to the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) and tuition and clinical rates will be aligned with other health science programs, thus easing the strain on the budget. 821 Andy Holt Tower Knoxville, TN Phone: 865/ Fax 865/ Letter to Belle Wheelan Page Three May 6, 2011 Undergraduate students who declared their majors in audiology and speech pathology by August 2010 are completing their program. After 2010, all courses will continue to be offered through UT Knoxville s College of Education, Health and Human Services, and students will be able to earn a degree in special education with an emphasis on communication sciences and disorders. Students can also take these courses as prerequisites to graduate work or as components of other majors. The graduate degree programs offered by the department were transferred to the College of Allied Health at UTHSC. The transfer of the graduate programs advances the strategic priorities of both UTHSC and UT Knoxville. These graduate programs are an outstanding fit with the mission and focus of the College of Allied Health Sciences and will benefit from the current infrastructure there that supports clinical education research. This move will continue to enhance the state of Tennessee by providing graduate students who are critically needed to service the state and its citizens and by providing access to low cost clinical services by the students in the clinical educational program. No curricular changes were made to the graduate programs. The master s degree designation was changed from M.A. to M.S., which is appropriate to the health sciences disciplines. Information regarding the transition was posted on UT Knoxville and UTHSC websites and students received written notification of the change. The transition had minimal impact on faculty. Faculty report to their department head and Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences. Physically, the faculty, staff and students remain in Knoxville on the campus of UT Knoxville. UT Knoxville agreed to continue to provide space, utilities, custodial services and routine maintenance at no cost to UTHSC. Any renovations are handled by UT Knoxville with UTHSC assuming financial responsibility. UTHSC will bear the cost of any growth space, including utilities, custodial services and maintenance. Graduate students are provided with UT Knoxville student ID cards and have full access to the programs and services of UT Knoxville, including parking, housing, and food services. Financial Aid is handled through UTHSC. Students who had graduate assistantships in other departments at UT Knoxville retained their existing appointments and were not negatively impacted. This transition was agreed to by UT Knoxville and UTHSC and was approved by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 4. Closing of MSW Course Offerings in Memphis, Tennessee The University of Tennessee College of Social Work offers the BSSW, MSSW and PhD programs throughout the state and maintains a physical presence in Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. In spring 2008, all academic units at The University of Tennessee were instructed to prepare for a significant permanent base budget reduction. As the College of Social Work sought to cut costs, several factors were taken into account. The University of Memphis had notified the Council on Social Work Education that they were planning to develop and implement an MSW program. 821 Andy Holt Tower Knoxville, TN Phone: 865/ Fax 865/ Letter to Belle Wheelan Page Four May 6, 2011 The UT MSSW program in Memphis had a long tradition of accepting students from Arkansas under the joint Academic Common Market agreement between Arkansas and Tennessee. In 2007 Arkansas discontinued their Academic Common Market agreement with Tennessee and the number of applicants from Arkansas plummeted. UT enrolled a substantial number of students from Mississippi. At approximately the same time, The University of Mississippi (just across the state line from Memphis) developed and began offering an MSW program. Union University in Jackson, Tennessee (about 45 minutes from Memphis) began offering an MSW program. As applications to the UT Memphis MSSW program declined, it became apparent that the Memphis area could not sustain two master s in social work programs. The College of Social Work, with approval of the campus and system leadership and the Board of Trustees, moved to consolidate the UT College of Social Work Memphis faculty and resources into the Nashville and Knoxville programs and discontinue offering the MSSW at the Memphis site. The College of Social Work will continue to offer the MSSW program to the Memphis area through the distance education MSSW program. 5. Title Change of Head of Institute of Agriculture Until June, 2010, the chief executive officer of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture held the title of Vice President. The duties of the Vice President for Agriculture include chief administrative oversight of campus based academic programs and statewide outreach and research programs. Responsibilities include planning, implementing, and leading strong, progressive research, teaching, and extension programs. Components of the Institute of Agriculture include UT Extension, the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. In the spring of 2010, a request was made by Interim President Jan Simek to the Board of Trustees to change the title of the head of the Institute of Agriculture from Vice President to. Justifications for the title change include: The duties of the Vice President for Agriculture are in large measure identical to those holding the title (see Responsibilities Matrix Attachment 5A). A change in title will eliminate any possible ambiguity about the authority of the Vice President for Agriculture to make decisions in comparison to those holding the title of. Problematic from time to time are those decisions regarding oversight of academic programs and policies governing academic freedom, responsibilities, and tenure of faculty. A change in title will provide greater focus regarding the duties of the Vice President for Agriculture regarding campus and academic programs. The proposed change of title from Vice President for Agriculture to of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture would add needed clarity regarding the position s authority. The title change is in better alignment with the duties and role of the position. 821 Andy Holt Tower Knoxville, TN Phone: 865/ Fax 865/ Letter to Belle Wheelan Page Five May 6, 2011 The Trusteeship Committee of the UT Board of Trustees approved a Bylaws amendment changing the title of the head of the Institute of Agriculture from Vice President to. The Committee directed that the record reflect its intention that this is a nominal change and should not be construed to authorize the creation of a separate infrastructure or otherwise change the existing operational relationship between the Institute of Agriculture and UT Knoxville. On June 24, 2010, the full Board of Trustees approved the Bylaws change. (Attachments 5B and 5C) I trust this letter satisfies the responsibility of The University of Tennessee to notify the Association of substantive changes. Please contact me at should you have any questions. Sincerely, Katherine N. High, Ed.D. Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success C: Dr. Steven Sheeley President Joseph A. DiPietro Jimmy Cheek Interim Buddy Mitchell Steve Schwab Provost Susan Martin Vice Cheryl Scheid Assistant Vice Mary Albrecht 821 Andy Holt Tower Knoxville, TN Phone: 865/ Fax 865/ January 29, 2010 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of the Attachment 1A UT Knoxville Organizational Chart prior to reorganization. Interim President Jan Simek Jimmy G. Cheek Debra Thomas Administrative Coordinator Megan Venable Smith Executive Assistant Vice for Human Resources* Linda Hendricks (Sherry Sims) Chief Information Officer** Scott Studham (Marilyn Butler) Vice for Research & Engagement Brad Fenwick (Rachel Bowers) Provost and Senior Vice for Academic Affairs Susan Martin (Lindsay Melton) Vice for Finance & Administration Chris Cimino (Karen Valero) Vice for Development & Alumni Affairs Linda Davidson (Carol Yates) Vice for Student Affairs Tim Rogers (Sherry Matthews) Vice for Communications Margie Nichols (Betsy Alpers) Executive Director UTSI** Buddy Moore (Madge Gibson) McClung Museum Jeff Chapman (Tiffany Manes) Betsy Adams Budget Director Offices of & Provost Office of Equity & Diversity Marva Rudolph (Angelia Roach) Clif Woods Associate to the Rita Geier Associate to the Baker Center for Public Policy Carl Pierce (Carrera Harris) *also reports to the UT System President **also reports to the Executive Vice President February 9, 2011 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Office of the Attachment 1B UT Knoxville Organizational chart after athletics administrative reporting changed. President Joe DiPietro Jimmy G. Cheek Administrative Coordinator Debra Thomas Executive Assistant Megan Venable Smith Chief Information Officer** Scott Studham (Johnathan Sturgis) Interim Vice for Research & Engagement Wes Hines (Rachel Bowers) Men s Athletic Director Mike Hamilton (Rita Wilson) Provost and Senior Vice for Academic Affairs Susan Martin (Philippa Satterwhite) Vice for Communications Margie Nichols (Betsy Alpers) Vice for Development & Alumni Affairs Linda Davidson (Carol Yates) Vice for Finance & Administration Chris Cimino (Karen Valero) Vice for Human Resources* Linda Hendricks (Sherry Sims) Vice for Student Affairs Tim Rogers (Sherry Matthews) Women s Athletic Director Joan Cronan (Suzy Sutton) Associate to the Clif Woods Associate to the Rita Geier Director, Baker Center for Public Policy Carl Pierce (Carrera Harris) Director, Office of Equity & Diversity Marva Rudolph Budget Director, Offices of & Provost Betsy Adams Director, McClung Museum Jeff Chapman (Tiffany Manes) Executive Director UTSI** Buddy Moore (Diane Chellstorp) Director of the CIRE Lee Riedinger *also reports to the UT System President **also reports to the Executive Vice President UTM UT HSC UTC UTK VP for Agriculture Attachment 5A Duties of Vice President of Agriculture compared to s Responsibilities Approval and management of faculty appointments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Program development and review Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Interface and contact with faculty and faculty senate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Interface and contact with students Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Supervision and interface with staff Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes HR Officer report Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Promotion and/or tenure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Revocation of tenure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Termination of tenure track/probationary faculty Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Approval of new academic programs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Discontinuance of academic programs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Research performance and metrics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Academic dean reports Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Confer degrees No Yes Yes Yes Yes Student services/admissions Yes/No Yes Yes Yes Yes Approval of International Agreements/MOU's Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Marketing and Communications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Development and Fundraising Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Equity and Diversity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Government Affairs and External Relations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unit Level Strategic Planning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Approval tuition costs/changes Yes/No Yes Yes Yes Yes State funding for formula units No Yes Yes No Yes State funding for Non-formula units Yes Yes No Yes No Facilities, operations and Maintenance Yes/No Yes Yes Yes Yes Capital outlay, maintenance and construction project management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes IT infrastructure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes External grans and contract approval and performance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Federal formula funds Yes No No No No Federal earmark solicitation and approval Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Staff employee relations and personnel actions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Regional and county based outreach and youth development program Yes No No No No Statewide system of Research and Education Centers Yes No No No No Campus Representative to UT System Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Direct Campus Oversight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 6/10/2010 1:10 PM Matrix VP Ag s Attachment 5C UT System Organizational Chart after title change to, UT Institute of Agricultre April 2011 Administrative Assistant Board of Trustees President Audit Committee Executive Assistant to President General Counsel & Secretary UTK UTM UTC UTIA UTHSC Chief Operating Officer UTSI Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Success Chief Human Resources Officer Vice President IPS Vice President Public & Gov t Relations Executive VP/ VP Research & Econ Dev/ORNL Relationships Vice President Equity & Diversity Vice President Development & Alumni Affairs Sr. Vice President & CFO vacant Chief Information Officer Treasurer & Chief Investment Officer Interim CFO Executive Director Audit & Consulting Services
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