DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
RESOLUTION FROM THE FACULTY BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE SPRING
John C. Gilbert (professor, chemistry and
biochemistry) submitted the following resolution on behalf of the Faculty
Building Advisory Committee. The secretary has classified this resolution
as general legislation. The Faculty Council will take action on the
resolution at its meeting on February 18, 2002.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
RESOLUTION FROM THE FACULTY BUILDING
ADVISORY COMMITTEE SPRING 2002
Whereas a primary mission of The University of Texas at Austin
is the education of almost 50,000 students, and
Whereas the main campus of the University has limited opportunities
for new and renovated buildings, and
Whereas the current inventory of general-purpose classrooms
is woefully inadequate for our present needs,
Therefore the Faculty Building Advisory Committee resolves that
all future building and renovation of academic facilities on the main
campus of The University of Texas must include a minimum of 15% of
the assignable space in the form of general-purpose classrooms. Any
to this must be approved by the president, following advice from the
Faculty Building Advisory Committee and the Facilities and Space Council.
For the past several years, The University of Texas at Austin
has been engaged in an aggressive building program on the main campus.
expansion reflects newly identified needs resulting from research and
teaching initiatives and recognition that the campus was under-built.
At the same time, available building opportunities on the main campus
are restricted and have taken place within its existing footprint.
A characteristic feature of this building program has been construction
of new buildings that do not include general-purpose classrooms. The
Moffitt, Connally Dispute Resolution Center, Seay, Wet Lab, and the
Blanton Art Museum buildings are all recent examples. The trend continues
in the recent and planned renovation projects such as the Gebauer,
Batts, Mezes, and Benedict buildings that further reduce the inventory
classrooms. The notable exception is the North Office Building, which
had classrooms added as an afterthought to a design that does not
them well; these classrooms are projected to be only a temporary modification
in any case. The failure to include classrooms in building and renovation
projects has taken place despite a universal recognition among faculty
and staff that there is a serious shortage of general-purpose classrooms.
Efforts by the Faculty Building Advisory Committee to address this
issue in their project reviews have not been effective. In addition,
is a general sentiment that buildings dedicated solely to classrooms
should not be built because it is academically more effective to integrate
classrooms with other academic activities such as research and departmental
administration. Given the shortage of future building opportunities
construction or renovation of an academic building that lacks a space
devoted to general-purpose classrooms should not be authorized for
main campus except under the most extraordinary circumstances.
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site
on February 12, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the
Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.