DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
The minutes of the General Faculty meeting
of October 27, 1998, published below, are included in its Documents
for the information of the members.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF
THE GENERAL FACULTY FOR 1998-1999
The regular meeting of the General Faculty
for the academic year 1998-1999 was held on Tuesday, October 27, 1998,
at 4:00 p.m. in Flawn Academic Center, Room 21. President Larry R.
|APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
The minutes of the regular meeting of the General Faculty
for 1997-1998, held on October 28, 1997 (D&M 22507-22514) were
OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL - John R. Durbin.
This report has been published as D&P 17078-17113/D&M 22602-22637.
ANNUAL REPORT - None.
|QUESTIONS TO THE
See Item X.
|SPECIAL ORDERS - None.
|PETITIONS - None.
|UNFINISHED BUSINESS - None.
|REPORTS OF THE
GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
||Committee to nominate a candidate for
Secretary of the General Faculty.
||The members of the nominating committee were
William F. Lasher (educational administration), chair, John
C. Gilbert (chemistry and biochemistry), and Shelley M. Payne
(microbiology). On behalf of the committee, Professor Lasher
nominated John R. Durbin (mathematics).
|Election of the Secretary of the General
There were no other nominations, and Professor Durbin was elected Secretary of
the General Faculty for the year beginning January 1, 1999, by acclimation
|Changes in the Rules of the General Faculty
and the Faculty Council.
On behalf of the Rules Committee, David L. Huff (finance),
chair of the committee, introduced three recommendations
designed to clarify the rules for all-University
and college and school elections, to facilitate an electronic voting process,
and to improve, but not substantially change, the basic method for counting votes
(D&P 25518-25525). The three recommendations were approved by voice vote.
|Comments by the President on recent and
pending developments affecting UT Austin.
President Larry R. Faulkner gave his State of the University address at an academic
convocation celebrating his inauguration as President, on the 115th birthday
of the University, October 6. The text of the October 6 speech is attached (D
55-61). He made the following additional remarks at the October 27 meeting of
the General Faculty.
The President emphasized that his overriding concern was for the University
to focus consistently on quality. That cannot be done from the top, he
has to be done in every department and program and college, by selective application
of resources and design of initiatives and curriculum." He said that because
our resources are limited, we must see that they tell for the quality of the
Faulkner said he had spoken to many audiences about the value of a large
distinguished University. From our own view, "the reward is certainly in the
satisfaction we are able to achieve as an institution; but it is also in the
services we can render to those who support us."
He repeated, from his recent address, four particular areas in which he felt
the University could concentrate to great benefit: enhancement of the undergraduate
program, emphasis on programs relating to Latin America, contributions to the
improvement of K-12 education in Texas, and support for the new knowledge-based
economic sectors in Texas. However, he made clear that the highest priority must
be quality, whatever we do.
Moving to resources, Faulkner said "we have entered a competitive environment
for talent and achievement that is at the top level, but I also believe that
we are under-funded for the challenges that we face." He said one of the most
serious problems is misunderstanding about the available fund, the income from
the permanent university fund. He had sought to represent the available fund
as a substitute for state appropriations, pointing out that the available fund
is not sufficient to make up the difference between our state funding and that
of other leading, public institutions. Viewed in this way, the University's support
is not as large as many imagine. The private endowment is at about the average
of that of other large, distinguished public universities, while our enrollment
is larger than most
Because we spend less per student than our competition, we must be effective
in taking our case to the legislature, Faulkner said. At this time the state
has resources; it is a question of
||how they will be used. His fear was not that we might
be viewed negatively, but that other priorities might receive more
focus. Thus it is essential to continually remind the legislature
and the public of the value of an institution like ours.
||REMAINING QUESTIONS TO THE
Donald Davis (Graduate School of Library and Information Science) asked
about recent student protests relating to the Hopwood decision. The President
said the students and administration had had useful talks about the issues
involved, and he expected a constructive outcome.