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The Minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of May 11, 1998, published below, are included in its Documents and Proceedings. They are also included in the Documents and Minutes of the General Faculty for the information of the members.


John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty

MAY 11, 1998

The eighth meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 1997-1998 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, May 11, 1998, at 2:30 p.m.


Present: Mark I. Alpert, Jay L. Banner, Gerard H. Behague, Kirsten L. Belgum, Roger D. Bengston, Harold W. Billings, Roger T. Bonnecaze, Carolyn P. Boyd, Oscar G. Brockett, Ralph W. Cain, Loftus C. Carson II, Alan K. Cline, Steven R. Cooke, Ann Cvetkovich, Patrick J. Davis, James T. Doluisio, Robert A. Duke, John R. Durbin, John S. Dzienkowski, Wendy E. Erisman, Larry R. Faulkner, Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Marye Anne Fox, Alan W. Friedman, Karl Galinsky, Susan H. Gamel, Teresa Garcia, James D. Garrison, John C. Gilbert, Lawrence E. Gilbert, Aditi Gowri, Michael H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, Lisa C. Henken, Martha F. Hilley, David M. Hillis, Manuel J. Justiz, H. Paul Kelley, Michael L. Lauderdale, Brian P. Levack, William S. Livingston, Raul G. Longoria, Alvin H. Meyer, Stephen A. Monti, Kimberly Nixon, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Alba A. Ortiz, Shelley M. Payne, Theodore E. Pfeifer, Pedro Reyes, Gretchen Ritter, Thomas D. Russell, Edwin R. Sharpe, Jr., Janet Staiger, Alexa M. Stuifbergen, Teresa A. Sullivan, Peter Trubowitz, Bruce Walker, Patricia Witherspoon, Paul B. Woodruff, Jacqueline D. Woolley.

Absent: Patricia A. Alvey (excused), Joel W. Barlow, Frank D. Bean, Jr. Daniel A. Bonevac, Julie H. Burnett, Harry M. Cleaver, Jr., David L. Deming, Kenneth R. Diller, David S. Dolling, Edwin Dorn, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, William L. Fisher (excused), G. Charles Franklin, Julie Hallmark (excused), E. Glynn Harmon, Thomas M. Hatfield, Joseph M. Horn, Sharon H. Justice (excused), Kerry A. Kinney, William J. Koros, Stefan M. Kostka, Desmond F. Lawler (excused), Cindy Y. Lo, Reuben R. McDaniel, Jr., Robert G. May (excused), Lisa L. Moore, Dean P. Neikirk (excused), Donald P. Newman, Patricia A. Parker, Robert G. Paterson, Robert A. Prentice, Mary Ann Rankin, Johnnie F. Ray, Dolores Sands, M. Michael Sharlot, James Sidbury, Lawrence W. Speck, Patricia A. Stout (excused), Ben G. Streetman, James W. Vick, Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White (excused), Marlen D. Whitley.

Voting Members: 48 present 25 absent
73 total
Non-Voting Members: 18 present 13 absent
31 total
Total Members: 69 present 38 absent
107 total



The Secretary said that four members had resigned from the 1998-1999 Council after the election results were first announced, all because of leaves of absence. They had been replaced on the membership list by the appropriate alternates.


The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of April 20, 1998 (D&M 22256-22259/D&P 16864-16867) were approved by a voice vote.


Chair John C. Gilbert (Chemistry and Biochemistry) welcomed Larry R. Faulkner to his first Council meeting as President of the University.

A. Awards

President Faulkner's remarks to the Council were preceded by a presentation of awards sponsored by the University Cooperative Society. The awards were made by Marye Anne Fox (Vice President for Research) and Teresa A. Sullivan (Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies). A brief statement was made about the worthiness of each recipient.

Career Excellence Research Awards
Thomas M. Cable (English)
John E. Rouche, Jr. (Educational Administration)

Best Research Paper Awards
Ian W. D. Dalziel (Institute for Geophysics)
Brian R. Leiter (Law and Philosophy)

Research Subvention Grants
Vance R. Holloway (Spanish and Portugese)
Sara E. Kimball (English)
Bernth O. Lindfors (English)
Sidney Monas (Slavic Languages)
Timothy J. Moore (Classics)
Adam Z. Newton (English)
J. Patric Olivelle (Asian Studies)
Gunther W. Peck (History)
Esther L. Raizen (Middle Eastern Studies)
Margaret A. Syverson (Rhetoric and Composition)
Helena Woodard (English)
Hamilton Book Awards

Grand Prize Winner
Neil Foley (History)

Additional winners
Desley Deacon (American Studies)
Kenneth Foote (Geography)
Denise Schmandt-Besserat (Middle Eastern Studies)

Textbook Award
Dee Silverthorn (Zoology)


B. Comments by the President

The President's comments were in the form of the following prepared statement.

On April 29, 1998, the following inquiry was forwarded to me by the secretary of the Faculty Council on behalf of Professor Gerard Behague (music), who posed it for formal response at the May 11,1998, meeting of the Faculty Council.

"A first-page article in the Austin American-Statesman (Sunday, April 19, 1998) titled 'UT SPORTS INCORPORATED' prompts me to seek your views on the seemingly inordinate significance placed on athletic programs at UT. The article raises the issue "How can the Horns afford new coaches while still paying the old ones? With ease. Fueled by football mania and TV money, this outfit feels no financial pain."

1. Are you in any way concerned by this public perception of UT sports, namely a "financially independent sports entertainment company?"

2. Should college athletic coaches be paid those astronomical figures (a total payroll of $1,755,000 for UT football 1998 staff) when faculty and staff salaries are so low by comparison?

3. What, if anything, do you believe can be done to change this public image of our University?

Please let me respond to each question in turn:

Are you in any way concerned by this public perception of UT sports, namely a "financially independent sports entertainment company?"

It is an idiosyncrasy of American life that large sports programs with great public appeal have developed within the nation's universities, including nearly all of its most distinguished institutions. This affiliation is deeply rooted in American culture and is not likely to change.

On balance, I believe that the athletic programs have been beneficial for American universities, for they have shown unmatched power for building a sense of community among an institution's broad base of constituents, most of whom do not have a continuing presence on the campus. They have helped to establish the universities more fully and more centrally in the life of city, state and nation. They have also provided venues where young people can test themselves and learn useful lessons of life in a constructive competitive atmosphere. And they have provided financial support for the academic education of thousands of students.

Of course, any force with the power to motivate also has the power to corrupt. My concern with the nature of intercollegiate athletics in its modern form is in this direction.

So much money, so much public interest, and so much prestige are now at stake. We face a concomitant danger that the University's integrity will be compromised from any of several directions, including breaches of honesty in the operation of the programs themselves or corruption of the University's fundamental purposes and standards in pursuit of athletic success.

While I serve as president here, I will place utmost emphasis on the preservation of the University's integrity in all of its aspects, including intercollegiate athletics. At Texas, we


  have an admirable record of competing with integrity in our sports programs. Moreover, we have done so over many years at a very high level of achievement. In the men's programs, we have also done so within a self-financing program that does not burden the University's resources from state appropriations, tuition or fees. Finally, Texas has competed with honor and integrity in a period when the University has made great strides toward academic leadership at the top level. Very few other universities, even among elite private institutions, can make the same statements. I am deeply committed to seeing that they remain true when I depart f rom this office.

Should college athletic coaches be paid those astronomical figures (a total payroll of $1,755,000 for UT football 1998 staff) when faculty and staff salaries are so low by comparison?

As I have indicated above, I believe that the University reaps many important benefits from sponsoring a nationally competitive program of intercollegiate athletics. If it is to continue, it must recruit talent that can support excellence with integrity. Doing so requires that we pay competitive salaries, just as in all other fields of concern to us.

Certainly, I can appreciate that the salaries in some of these posts seem breathtaking by comparison to all others paid in the University. However, they seem to me a clear consequence of the fundamental decision to compete at the level established within the heritage of the University. It is important to recognize several things about these salaries: First, it is not possible for a single university to change the nationwide customs and market. Second, the salaries are derived from funds generated by the programs and the coaches themselves. Third, a significant part of the compensation of the head coaches comes from product endorsements and media contracts, the income from which is not independently budgetable by Men's Intercollegiate Athletics.

Finally, let me add that I consider the recent decisions concerning coaching appointments and salaries of coaches to have been made very responsibly in the light of the legitimate interests of the University.

What, if anything, do you believe can be done to change this public image of our University?

I believe that it is important for the public, especially public officials responsible for higher education, to understand the nature of contemporary intercollegiate athletics. Consequently, I do not see the recent publicity about our program as harmful. Nor do I believe that we are at risk of being perceived in the state of Texas or in the nation as a "sports school." Our academic programs offer enormous value and are not in danger of being overshadowed by athletics. Therefore, I do not see a need to change our image. I do see a need for us to be ever vigilant about our integrity.

C. Questions to the President

In response to the President's prepared statement, Alan K. Cline (Computer Sciences) said he realized the University could not "achieve unilateral athletic disarmament," but he suggested that the University could take a leadership role rather than just waiting "for the disaster to happen." President Faulkner replied that "there are things to worry about and I do not personally believe that the structure of intercollegiate athletics, as it now exists, is indefinitely stable in this country." He said that "actions will be taken over years to try to bring it to a more stable state, but that will have to be done within established governance organizations and by universities and university officers collectively." He said his comments were meant to show the


  emphasis he placed on integrity in the University's programs, and said "that emphasis will be played out in my participation in national councils that exist on this subject."

Professor Behague asked for clarification about recent decisions regarding staff salaries. The President responded by summarizing the main points in a recent Compensation Advisory Committee's report.


Chair Gilbert thanked the administration for its support during 1997-98, and said the Council Executive Committee would meet with the President and other members of the administration during the summer. Gilbert expressed appreciation to Vice Presidents Marye Anne Fox and Edwin Sharpe, who were leaving the University, for their contributions over the years.


On behalf of the Council, Vice Chair Shelley M. Payne (Microbiology) thanked Professor Gilbert for his service as Chair. She also announced the results of the elections held during the preceding meeting of the 1998-1999 Council, which may be found in the minutes for that meeting.




A. Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointments to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women and to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D&P 16868-16869).

The Council approved the following slates of nominees recommended by the Nominating Committee: Rosalie Ambrosino (Social Work), Alan Friedman (English), Michael Granof (Accounting), Ruth McRoy (Social Work), and Patricia Stout (Advertising) for the Men's Athletics Council; Mia Carter (English), Lucia Gilbert (Educational Psychology), Susan Heinzelman (English), William Kibler (French and Italian), and Philip Schmidt (Mechanical Engineering) for the Women's Athletics Council; and Sue Greninger (Human Ecology), Roderick Hart (Speech Communication), and Martha Hilley (Music) for the Board of Directors of the University Co-op. [Secretary's remark: President Faulkner subsequently appointed Ruth McRoy to the Men's Athletics Council, Mia Carter to the Women's Athletics Council, and Martha Hilley to the Board of the University Co-op.]

B. Report of the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women.

The annual report from the Men's and Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Councils was presented by Waneen Spirduso (Kinesiology and Health Education) and Beverly Hadaway (Finance), chairs of the two councils. Their report showed improvement in academic achievement by athletes. It also covered athletics and


  community service as well as the departments' special program Personal Responsibility in Developing Excellence. A copy of the written report is on file in the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22. Also on file is a copy of an academic integrity self-study by the University, done as part of the accreditation process for the Southern Association of Colleges and for certification by the NCAA.

C. Report on Health Benefits.

Robert Molloy from the University of Texas System reported at length on anticipated changes in the health benefit packages for 1998-1999, and the reasons behind those changes. He addressed questions from Melvin E. L. Oakes (Physics), Mark I. Alpert (Marketing), Shelley M. Payne (Microbiology), Kirsten L. Belgum (Germanic Languages), Sue A Greninger (Human Ecology), and Gretchen Ritter (Government). Molloy said that preliminary information on the new packages would soon be posted on the web.

D. Report on Preliminary Enrollment Data.

N. Bruce Walker (Associate Vice President for Student Affairs) updated the Council on enrollment projections for the fall of 1998. As of May 11, it was expected that the size of the Freshman class would decrease to approximately 5800 from approximately 6600 for 1997. Walker also discussed projections for different racial and ethnic groups. In response to a question from Michael H. Granof (Accounting), Dr. Walker and Stephen A. Monti (Provost ad interim) discussed the effect of the ten-percent rule on current and projected enrollment, with Provost Monti emphasizing that the percentage of students admitted from the ten percent was remaining fairly constant. Monti said that the University had become more attractive to a larger number of talented students and it would not be able to admit them all.

E. Report on Task Forces on Diversity.

Vice President Edwin Sharpe reported to the Council on the UT Austin Diversity Initiative, which was originated by a group of University faculty, students, and staff. It had then evolved into five task forces, which had begun reporting to President Faulkner. Sharpe said that the President expected this initiative to continue.


A. Change in Number of Staff on Parking and Traffic Panel (D&P 16841-16842). (Approved)

The Council endorsed a recommendation to increase the number of staff on the Parking and Traffic Panel from two to ten. The panel also contains at least eighteen faculty and ten students. Linda Ferreira-Buckley (English), Chair Elect of the Committee on Committees, explained that the increase would make it easier to find members to consider appeals.

B. Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council (D&M 22252/D&P 16943).

By not objecting, the Council agreed to the Chair's cancellation of its summer meetings subject to call if a need arose.





The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.


John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty

Placed on the Faculty Council web site on September 3, 1998. Paper copies available on request.