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DOCUMENTS AND MINUTES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
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DOCUMENTS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL

The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of April 19, 1999, published below, are included in its Document s and Proceedings. They are also included in the Documents and Minutes of the General Faculty for the information of the members.


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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council

MINUTES OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
APRIL 19, 1999

The fifth meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 1998-1999 was held in Room 212 of the Main Building on Monday, April 19, 1999, at 2:15 p.m.

ATTENDANCE.

Present: Urton L. Anderson, Efraim P. Armendariz, Jay L. Banner, Carolyn P. Boyd, Richard A. Cherwitz, Richard L. Cleary, Alan K. Cline, Robert A. Duke, John R. Durbin, John S. Dzienkowski, Catharine H. Echols, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Linda Ferreira-Buckley, Alan W. Friedman, Karl Galinsky, James D. Garrison, John C. Gilbert, Linda L. Golden, Edmund T. Gordon, Lawrence S. Graham, Michael H. Granof, Sue A. Greninger, Thomas A. Griffy, E. Glynn Harmon, Roderick P. Hart, James L. Hill, Martha F. Hilley, Manuel J. Justiz, Terry D. Kahn, William J. Koros, J. Parker Lamb, Michael L. Lauderdale, Desmond F. Lawler, Steven W. Leslie, William S. Livingston, Richard S. Markovits, Cynthia Marshall, Reuben R. McDaniel, Jr., Lisa L. Moore, David A. Nancarrow, Dean P. Neikirk, Kimberly Nixon, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Patricia C. Ohlendorf, Shelley M. Payne, Theodore E. Pfeifer, Wayne A. Rebhorn, Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza, Gretchen Ritter, Victoria Rodriguez, Juan M. Sanchez, James Sidbury, Michael P. Starbird, Alexa M. Stuifbergen, Teresa A Sullivan, Michael C. Tusa, James W. Vick, Karin G. Wilkins.

Absent. Patricia A. Alvey, Katherine M. Arens (excused), Neal E. Armstrong (excused), Victor Arnold, Joel W. Barlow, Joseph J. Beaman, Harold W. Billings, Roger T. Bonnecaze, William D. Carlson, Jere Confrey (excused), Ann Cvetkovich, Patrick J. Davis, Edwin Dorn, G. Charles Franklin, Susan H. Gamel (excused), Teresa Garcia, Denise Gobert, Stuart L. Goosman, Julie Hallmark (excused), Thomas M. Hatfield, Annie L. Holand, Sharon H. Justice (excused), Paul H. Kelley (excused), Kerry A. Kinney, Judith Langlois, Brian P. Levack, Vincent A. Mariani, Robert G. May (excused), Thomas G. Palaima (excused), Randall M. Parker (excused), Robert A. Prentice, Mary Ann Rankin, Johnnie D. Ray, Daron K. Roberts, Jaclyn Roberson, Charles A. Roeckle, Harriett D. Romo (excused), Thomas D. Russell, Dolores Sands, M. Michael Sharlot, Lawrence W. Speck, Ben G. Streetman, Owen R. Temple, Bruce Walker, Ellen Wartella, Barbara W. White (excused), Stacie C. Wright.

Voting Members:
Non-Voting Members:
Total Members:
46 present
13 present
59 present
29 absent
18 absent
47 absent
75 total
31 total
106 total



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I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D&P 17050-17053).

After discussing the written report, the secretary moved, on behalf of the Council's Executive Committee, that item X.A be approved without objection, and that items IX.A and IX.B on the agenda be considered before item VIII.A. These motions were approved.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

The minutes of the Faculty Council meeting of March 22, 1999 (D&P 17054-17059/D&M 22572-22577) were approved by a voice vote.

III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

A. Comments by the President.

President Faulkner used his time to address questions.

B. Questions to the President.

Tuition waivers

In a follow-up to a question raised at the Council's meeting in March, Tom Palaima (Classics) asked for more information about out-of-state tuition waivers. Faulkner said that 1,549 out-of-state waivers were available in the fall term, with 893 allocated to graduate students, 526 to undergraduates, and 130 unused. The question at the March meeting had concerned the number awarded to athletes, and there were 89 of those in the fall. Faulkner said the allocations reflected requests from deans and unit directors and were made by the Provost's Office. After hearing from Carolyn Boyd (History) and Mike Starbird (Mathematics) that some requests made to and by deans for waivers had been denied in the past, Provost Ekland-Olson suggested that the requests be made more vigorously next year.

Budget prospects

President Faulkner also addressed questions from Professor Palaima about rumors of a hiring freeze and about the University's ability to convey its achievements to the legislature. After discussing possible appropriation outcomes, Faulkner spoke to the reported rumors: "If, indeed, we arrive at the point that it becomes necessary to restrict replacement hiring, the restrictions will be manifested first as budget reductions assigned to the colleges, schools, and major administrative units. It will be up to the deans, directors, and unit executive officers to devise, in concert with their normal advisory bodies, specific plans for realizing the needed savings. We will not freeze hiring by order from the top (that is, neither I nor the Provost will do so), nor will we mandate layoffs. The process will be as orderly and thoughtful as we can make it. I wish I could also say that it will be painless, but it is impossible for me to go that far."

The University's message

The President said that because higher education in Texas is funded through a formula, the story must often be told in the aggregate and in the abstract, rather than in terms of the accomplishments of individual institutions. This is difficult, but the University will continue to try. He said that the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that in the previous five years


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  the appropriations for higher education in Texas had compounded at a rate of 2% per year, compared to a rate of 5% for the nation at large. He said that the commitment the legislature was making during its current session was important and did deserve recognition..

Expert testimony

Karl Galinsky (Classics) asked whether the UT System had taken a position on proposed legislative action concerning faculty expert testimony against state agencies. Vice President Ohlendorf said the System had given no public testimony, but that there had been contact with the legislature on the issue. With regard to limits on the amount of outside employment, she thought that if the proposed legislation did pass it would not impose an extra requirement on faculty members beyond what was currently being done. She said faculty members were limited to a 20% overload for outside employment, and this was fairly standard for comparable institutions.

IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.

Chair Shelley Payne invited nominations for various positions to be voted on at the regular and special council meetings in May. She thanked the Secretary for introducing electronic voting in General Faculty elections. She commended Professor Palaima for his excellent rationale for increased funding in higher education, which had appeared as a guest editorial in the previous Thursday's Austin American-Statesman. She noted with regret the death of Professor Robert M. Crunden (History), who had been a member of the Council.

V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT

Chair Elect Martha Hilley urged members to express their preferences for committee assignments for 1999-2000.

VI. SPECIAL ORDERS — None.

VII. PETITIONS — None.

VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.

A. Report from the ad hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (D&P 17000-17034) — Michael H. Granof.

(As noted in the report of the Secretary, this item was considered after Items IX.A and IX.B, which follow.)

The full text of the report of the ad hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics is available at the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.utexas/faculty/council/) or on request from the Office of the General Faculty. Michael Granof (Accounting), a member of the committee, introduced the report on behalf of the committee at the March 22 meeting of the Council (D&P 17057/D&M 22575). At that meeting, the Council voted to adopt the report with the understanding that it would be free to amend the report before forwarding it to the President.


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  At the March 22 meeting Alan Friedman (English) introduced a list of recommendations for Council action on the committee's report (D&P 17058/D&M 22576). Those recommendations were not considered for lack of a quorum. At the April 19 meeting, Professor Friedman introduced the following five motions in place of the recommendations he submitted on March 22.

Motions introduced by Professor Friedman:

Motion I. That the report's recommendations be revised as follows:

A. Revise the committee's first recommendation (D&P 17025), as follows:

We recommend that those with responsibility for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics always bear in mind that [there are philosophical differences among the faculty and other UT constituencies about the place of athletics] most faculty believe that intercollegiate athletics are overemphasized at UT, and that they take this view into account when decisions about athletics are being made.

B. Revise the committee's second recommendation (D&P 17026), as follows:

We recommend that every effort be made to keep the faculty and other University communities fully informed about the athletics programs, and that elected faculty representatives be included in all major decisions.
C. Revise the committee's fourth recommendation (D&P 17028), as follows:

We recommend that the two Athletics Councils and the administration give further consideration to this idea, and find means to implement it if at all possible.

Motion II. Change "Underlying Principles" (D&P 17023-17024) as follows:

Although their special athletic talents may be taken into account, they should be admitted to the University primarily on the same criteria used to assess other candidates.

There should be no special degree programs or courses designed primarily for those participating in intercollegiate athletics, and the goal for athletes, as for all students, should be [graduation] education and preparation for life beyond the University.

Motion III. To establish a standing faculty committee on academics and athletics (elected by the General Faculty or the Faculty Council) to serve a continuing evaluative, monitoring, and reporting role. The charge to the Committee to include but not be restricted to:


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1. Examining the feasibility of changing the "Underlying Principles" to Recommendations.

2. Providing a statement of specific information on what University resources and personnel, if any, were diverted from other projects for the stadium renovation and what steps have been taken to prevent such diversion from happening in the future (see D&P 17018).

3. Providing a clear and specific statement on the "many important benefits" that the University reaps from intercollegiate athletics and the costs, if any, to the success of the academic enterprise (see D&P 17020).

4. Providing a statement in response to the Report's challenge that "If we were to redesign our system of intercollegiate athletics it would look nothing like that which we now have." (See D&P 17033.) Statement to answer the questions: "What might it look like?" and "What leadership could UT offer (short of 'unilateral disarmament') that might help to move the current system of intercollegiate athletics in that direction?"

5. Implementing Motion IV.

Motion IV. This report shall be sent to the faculty senates at other Division I-A universities and to the NCAA for their consideration in the hope of stimulating a national dialogue on this important subject.

Motion V. That the rules of the Faculty Council be revised as follows: "All committees (both Standing and Ad Hoc) that produce reports considered major by either the Council or the committee shall, before submitting its final version, offer a draft of the report to members of the Council and opportunity for their input. The committee shall meet to address the responses it receives, and either incorporate them into its final report or include as part of its rationale a statement for its not doing so."

 

Chair Payne ruled that Friedman's third and fifth motions should be considered by appropriate standing committees. With no objection, Payne referred Motion III to the Committee on Committees and Motion V to the Rules Committee.

Professor Granof offered the following motion as a substitute for Friedman's motion. Granof said his motion would assure that the report of the committee was forwarded as a report of the committee rather than as a report of the Council by virtue of a few minor changes.

Motion introduced by Professor Granof:

  • To transmit the Report of the ad hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, as sent to the Council, to the President, along with the following resolution.

    The Faculty Council endorses the recommendations of the committee and urges that they be implemented immediately. We further recommend that the administration give high priority to realizing the objectives set forth in the report.


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  • The Faculty Council is profoundly troubled by the overemphasis on athletics at UT. We believe the administration should be concerned with assuring that our academic departments are as highly rated as our sports teams. Moreover, it should place as much emphasis on competitive salaries for faculty and staff as for coaches. When establishing alliances with other universities it should give as much consideration to how they affect our academic programs as they do our athletic programs.

    We recognize the value of athletics in building constituent support for the University. However, our expenditures on athletics are leading to the widespread perception that we are directing our resources to frills rather than to education. They are thereby undermining public confidence in the University and its administration.
Gretchen Ritter (Government) spoke in favor of Granof's motion, but not because she agreed with the committee's report. She said that the Council should confront the fact that the athletics program was having a negative effect on the University and that the Council should think seriously about what could be done about that.

John Gilbert (Chemistry and Biochemistry) spoke in support of Granof's motion. He said the committee had broad representation, and had benefited from a wide range of opinion on the problems of intercollegiate athletics and on the mission of intercollegiate athletics at the University.

Reuben McDaniel (MSIS) also spoke in favor of Granof's motion, stating that he thought the Council would maximize its opportunities by allowing the report to stand and by then adopting a separate resolution expressing the deep concern of the Council about intercollegiate athletics.

Professor Galinsky spoke against Granof's motion, arguing that the Council should not adopt a "take it or leave it" attitude about a committee report. Alan Cline (Computer Sciences) thought the committee's report was totally inadequate and unsalvageable. Professor Friedman defended his motion, along the lines implied in the motion.

The Council then voted 14 to 13 in favor of Granof's motion to substitute his motion for Friedman's. Granof's motion then passed by a voice vote.

IX. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.

A. Report from the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men — Waneen W. Spirduso (see IX.B.).

B. Report from the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women — Beverly L. Hadaway.

The reports from the athletics councils summarized academic performance by the councils during the year. Included were figures for the fall semester showing that eight men and nineteen women athletes had 4.0 GPAs, and that the average GPAs for men and women athletes were 2.68 and 3.00, respectively. The full reports are available in the Office of the General Faculty.


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  Professor Cline expressed concern about the academic performance of some athletes and also about the use of creatine by athletes.

Michael Starbird (Mathematics) expressed the opinion that the amount of time the Council spent discussing the academic performance of athletes was completely out of proportion to the number of students involved. He believed the Council should be more concerned with the core purposes of the University.

Edmund (Ted) Gordon (Anthropology) expressed concern about the return that black athletes were getting from the University, especially in football and basketball, the revenue-producing sports.

C. Report from the Core Committee for the Advancement of Minorities — James L. Hill.

Vice President Hill gave a progress report from the committee, which was appointed by President Faulkner to advise on issues associated with increasing the number of minority faculty, senior staff, and administrators at the University. A copy of the report, as distributed at the meeting, is available in the Office of the General Faculty.

X. NEW BUSINESS.

A. Schedule for Meetings of the Faculty Council in 1999-2000 (D&P 17062) — John R. Durbin (See Item I.)

B. Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson (D&P 17040-17043) — Janet Staiger.

The proposal was approved by a voice vote.

XI.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

XII.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XIII.
ADJOURNMENT.