2001-2002 Legislative Status

vertical divider

PENDING COORDINATING BOARD

  • (D 1140-1142).

    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 21, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 9, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on March 12, 2001. Approved and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 11, 2001. Approved by the executive vice chancellor and transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on November 30, 2001.

  • Proposed Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Major in Sport Management in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. (D 1625-1626).
    Provost Ekland-Olson transmitted the document to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on July 31, with the request that it be forwarded to the appropriate officials at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The proposal was approved by the executive vice chancellor on April 12, 2002, under The Proposed Changes to the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, (D 1611-1636), and approved by the Faculty Council on January 22, 2002. On August 19, 2002, a letter of inquiry regarding legislation status was sent to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. On August 26, the Office of the General Faculty received a letter dated August 9, 2002, from the executive vice chancellor of academic affairs to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommending approval.

    Creation of a Major in Urban Studies for the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Plan I, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002 (D 1896-1897)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 21, 2002. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 29, 2002. Transmitted to the president through the provost on April 1, 2002. Approved by the president through the provost on April 4, 2002. Transmitted to the vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 9, 2002. Transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on July 15, 2002.

PENDING UT SYSTEM

  • Recommendation for a Change in Regents' Rules Concerning Suspension of a Faculty Member with Pay (D&P 16517-16519).

    . Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 8, 1997, and transmitted to the president on December 9, 1997. Transmitted to the chancellor by the president on January 20, 1999, with these comments: "This legislation was discussed among my office, the Office of the Provost, and members of the Faculty Council Executive Committee. It puts into the Regents' Rules what has been the practice at The University of Texas at Austin. Confidential consultation with a faculty committee regarding a possible suspension is guaranteed, but the final determination is made by the president. This process has worked well on our campus. I recommend your favorable consideration of the proposed change." The president's office is currently attempting to determine the status of this item.

  • Tuition Remission for Graduate Research Assistants (D 1202-1203)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 12, 2001. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council on April 16, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on April 17, 2001. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on October 2, 2001.

  • Proposed Changes to the School of Architecture Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. (D 1571-1579).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 3, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 14, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 17, 2001. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 9, 2002.

PENDING PRESIDENT
  • Report and Recommendations from the Faculty Grievance Committee, 1999-2000. (D 582-585).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 3, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on May 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president on May 9, 2000. Comment by the provost on November 10, 2000: "Under review." The president's response is in preparation. In a memorandum dated August 19, 2002, the provost made the following comments:

    "The President has replied to the report in a letter dated May 28, 2002. A group of faculty has responded to his letter, and a meeting was held with the President and Provost on August 14, 2002, to further discuss the issues. A follow-up meeting with faculty is being scheduled."

  • Resolution from the Faculty Building Advisory Committee — Spring 2002. (D 1691)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 12, 2002. The resolution was approved by the Faculty Council on February 18, 2002. Transmitted to the president on February 19, 2002.

PENDING GENERAL FACULTY

No legislation pending at this time.

PENDING FACULTY COUNCIL

No legislation pending at this time.

ITEMS UNDER RECONSIDERATION

  • Changes in Policies Concerning Grades Awarded with Credit by Examination (D 77-81).

    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 29, 1999. Approved by Faculty Council on November 15, 1999. Transmitted to the president on November 16, 1999. Comment by the provost on November 10, 2000: "The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost continues to explore various options. A final decision has not yet been reached." In a letter dated October 12, 2001, President Faulkner made the following comments:

    "A close reading of our current credit by examination policies, as well as the proposal, raises several concerns.

    "In supporting the removal of letter grades earned in credit by examination from the UT Austin grade-point average, the proposal itself comments that credit by examination does not reflect a student's performance in coursework at UT Austin. Beyond that issue is a question about inconsistency between the way in which a final grade is normally determined in coursework at UT Austin and the way in which the grade is determined in credit by examination. In coursework, the final grade is almost always the result of multiple factors (tests, papers, attendance, participation, etc.). In credit by examination, the grade is the result of a single test.

    "These and other issues still need to be considered as regards the granting of credit by examination. I am asking the Executive Vice President and Provost to appoint a special committee to address the issues and prepare a report. I will hold the current proposal (Documents of the General Faculty 77-81), pending the report of that committee."

    "There is, however, an inequity in our current policies that I believe must be addressed now. For the final grade in coursework at UT Austin, the student must choose between a letter grade or "Credit" (for pass/fail) by the mid-semester drop deadline, i.e., well before the final grade is determined. For credit by examination, however, the student is permitted to delay the choice of letter grade or "Credit" for an indefinite period until he or she knows the grade and knows how that grade might affect the grade-point average.

    "To eliminate this inequity, I am considering the following changes in policy:

    "1.
    Beginning September 1, 2002, a student attempting credit by examination through a University of Texas at Austin test will be required to make the choice of letter grade or "Credit" prior to taking the examination (i.e., where that choice has been made available by the department offering the examination).

    "2.
    This policy alone would give an advantage to a student earning credit by examination off campus when that student retained the choice of letter grade or "Credit" until after the examination was completed. Therefore, beginning September 1, 2002, the University will accept credit by examination earned off campus as CR ["Credit"] only."

    In a memorandum dated August 19, 2002, the provost made the following comments:

    "Rather than convene a new committee, a decision was made to refer this issue to the Educational Policy Committee. Professor Robert Duke, as chair of the Committee, was asked to draft a proposal for consideration by the President and Provost. The draft proposal is to be ready for review in September 2002."

  • Policy on Teaching Continuity and Restructured Faculty Workload upon the Birth or Adoption of a Child (D 938-940).
    UT System disapproved this legislation. (See Secretary's Report D 1566-1569.) In February 2002, referred by Chair Bruce Palka to the Faculty Welfare Committee for possible revision.

COMPLETED/CLOSED