Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty
Council meeting of September 23, 2002.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING
September 23, 2002
The first regular meeting of the Faculty Council
for the academic year 2002-2003 was held in Room 212 of the Main
Building on Monday, September 23, 2002, at 2:15 P.M.
Present: Lawrence D. Abraham,
Kamran S. Aghaie, Gerard H. Béhague, Daniela
Bini, David G. Bogard, Jennifer S. Brodbelt, Joanna
M. Brooks, Neal M. Burns, Michael J. Churgin, Alan
K. Cline, Melba M. Crawford, Ann Cvetkovich, Donald
G. Davis, Andrew P. Dillon, John R. Durbin, Sheldon
Ekland-Olson, Larry R. Faulkner, Linda Ferreira-Buckley,
Kenneth Flamm, Alan W. Friedman, Charles N. Friedman,
James D. Garrison, John C. (Jack) Gilbert, Michael
H. Granof, Lita A. Guerra, Marvin L. Hackert, Julie
Hallmark, Kurt O. Heinzelman, James L. Hill, Archie
L. Holmes, Sharon D. Horner, Raymond Bert "Rusty" Ince
III, Julie R. Irwin, Judith A. Jellison, Martin W.
Kevorkian, Katherine Ann King, Anastasia "Stacey" Kounelias,
Elliott W. Kruppa, Amarante L. Lucero, Arthur B. Markman,
Dean P. Neikirk, Melvin E. L. Oakes, Edward W. (Ted)
Odell, Melissa L. Olive, Eric C. Opiela, Bruce P. Palka,
Theodore E. Pfeifer, Elmira Popova, William C. Powers,
Anna Coons Pyeatt, Esther L. Raizen, Linda E. Reichl,
David J. Saltman, Diane L. Schallert, M. Michael Sharlot,
Mark R. V. Southern, David B. Spence, David W. Springer,
Janet Staiger, Salomon A. Stavchansky, Sharon L. Strover,
Sarah Elizabeth Tierney, James W. Vick, John M. Weinstock,
Mary F. Wheeler, Darlene C. Wiley, James R. Yates,
Michael P. Young.
Absent: Phyllis R. Akmal,
Urton L. Anderson (excused), Begona Aretxaga, Brigitte
L. Bauer (excused), Glen S. Baum, Harold W. Billings
(excused), Daniel A. Bonevac, Teresa Graham Brett,
Johnny S. Butler, Patricia L. Clubb, Edwin Dorn,
John D. Downing, Robert Freeman, George W. Gau (excused),
Sue A. Greninger (excused), Carl T. Haas (excused),
Donald A. Hale, Barbara J. Harlow (excused), Thomas
M. Hatfield, Kevin P. Hegarty, Joseph M. Horn, Manuel
J. Justiz (excused), Richard W. Lariviere, Steven
W. Leslie, William S. Livingston, Patricia C. Ohlendorf
(excused), David M. Parichy, Mary Ann R. Rankin,
Johnnie D. Ray, Charles R. Rossman (excused), Juan
M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, Frederick R. Steiner,
Ben G. Streetman, Janice S. Todd (excused), Jarrad
Allen Toussant, Daniel A. Updegrove, N. Bruce Walker,
Ellen A. Wartella, Barbara W. White.
1 Attendance record corrected on October 21, 2002.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
There were no questions about the written report (D
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
Minutes of the Special Faculty Council Meeting
of May 6, 2002 (D
1987-1988) were approved by voice vote.
Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council Meeting
of May 6, 2002 (D
1989-1991) were approved by voice vote.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
Comments by the President.
President Faulkner gave a formal address on the state of the
University at the September 18 convocation celebrating the
institution’s 119th birthday. The text of that address
is in Appendix A of these minutes.
At the Council meeting the president said he would soon appoint
a special task force to review the University’s enrollment,
in light of the enrollment figure of 52,273 on the twelfth
class day. He had expressed concern about increasing enrollment
in his address on September 18.
Questions to the President.
Professor Michael Churgin (law) submitted the following question
before the meeting: "Please comment on the story, which
appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, August
27, 2002, 'Student Loans 101: Ignore Schools' Advice,' as it
pertains to UT Austin and the statement made by Larry Burt,
Director, UT Austin Student Financial Services." The complete
text of the Journal story is in Appendix
B of these minutes.
president asked Vice President for Student
Affairs James Vick to address this question
since Dr. Burt was out of town. Vice President
Vick discussed the background of the story,
and indicated that the questions it had
raised could be attributed to the story’s
omissions and misleading statements. Dr.
Burt brought these issues to the attention
of the editor of the Wall Street Journal in
two letters, both of which are reproduced
in Appendix C of these
In follow-up remarks, the president praised Dr. Burt’s
dedication to the improvement of student financial support,
and said he had told various audiences that he did not believe
there was a better financial aid director in the country.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
Chair Michael H. Granof (accounting) thanked members for agreeing
to serve on the Council and on the various committees to which they
had been appointed. He also urged committee chairs to bring any business
requiring Council action to the Council as early in the year as possible.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
Chair Elect Marvin L. Hackert (chemistry and biochemistry) announced
that the annual joint meeting with the Faculty Senate of Texas A&M
would be held on our campus on February 24.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS — None.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS,
AND COMMITTEES — None.
Report from the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for
Men and for Women.
DeLoss Dodds, director of intercollegiate athletics, said that
a recently completed strategic plan had five objectives: to
continue to improve academic performance for all UT athletes
in all sports; to improve the competitiveness of Longhorn sports,
and interest in and attendance at Longhorn sporting events;
to improve the relationship and communication between UT athletics
departments and other segments of the University community;
to become a national leader in reforming college athletics;
and to maintain and enhance the solid long-term financial backing
for UT athletics. He talked about construction and renovation
at the Erwin Center, for which the athletics departments are
now responsible. He also said it is hoped that the subsidy
the University has given women’s athletics since the
mid-70s could be retired over the next five or six years.
Christine Plonsky, interim women’s athletics
director, talked about the progress the University has made
in women’s athletics since the initiation of Title IX
and after Donna Lopiano became the director of the women’s
program in 1975. She talked about the opportunities given to
women athletes under Title IX, and about efforts being made
to increase financial independence by the women’s program.
Professor Shelley Payne, chair of the women’s athletics
council, reported that the overall cumulative GPA for female
athletes is now 3.01, compared with 3.06 for all undergraduates.
She said that the graduation rate is 96% for female athletes
who complete their eligibility. She expressed special appreciation
to Dr. Randa Ryan, associate athletics director, for her contribution
to this success.
Brian Davis, assistant athletics director, said that the overall
cumulative GPA for male athletes is now 2.7, and the graduation
rate is 77% for male athletes who complete their eligibility.
Professor Alan Cline (computer science) said that he had three
questions based on his experience on a Faculty Senate committee
approximately ten years ago. He first asked for the definition
of academic “in good standing” as applied to athletes.
Vice President Vick said that an athlete could be enrolled
but not in good standing and therefore not be eligible to compete.
He said the definition of “in good standing” for
athletes was the same as it was for membership in student organizations,
and that in this context a student could be in good standing
with less than a 2.0 GPA.
Professor Cline then said that the NCAA requires 24 hours of
progress per year, and asked if developmental (remedial) courses
could be counted in that 24 hours. Vice President Vick said
that a developmental or prerequisite course could count in
the 24 hours, but only during the freshman year.
For his third question, Professor Cline asked about academic
dismissal for athletes. From his earlier experience, he was
aware that athletes qualified for academic dismissal were in
fact not dismissed; he wondered if that is the current norm.
Vice President said that, based on his experience as a student
dean, academic dismissal decisions are very difficult—sometimes
the decision made turns out to be correct and some times it
does not. Brian Davis added that at the end of the fall semester
of 2001, three football student athletes were dismissed from
the College of Liberal Arts.
Professor Jack Gilbert (chemistry and biochemistry) said
he did not understand the rationale for incentive bonuses for
coaches based on the academic success of their student athletes—it
seemed this should be considered part of the job. DeLoss Dodds
said the practice was based on the belief that coaches and
others performed better when their compensation was based on
their level of success. He said the practice might be good
or bad, but it is the practice now in effect.
Professor Salomon Stavchansky (pharmacy) said a recent story
in The Daily Texan made him curious about whether
the University (Longhorn) logo could be used by student and
academic organizations, or just by the athletics department.
President Faulkner said he had appointed a committee consisting
of Vice Presidents Ekland-Olson, Hale, Ohlendorf, and Vick
to look at this question and to recommend a consistent policy
on the use of the logo.
Recommended Name Change for the Graduate School of Library
and Information Science (GSLIS) to the School of Information
This item had been circulated to members of the Council on
a no-protest basis. A protest was then filed by the secretary
2148), so the item was put before the Council for discussion
in the form of a motion to approve the proposal.
Dean Andrew Dillon of GSLIS presented the case for approval.
He indicated that library professional education has changed,
due largely to developments in information and information
technology. He argued that the school and its graduates would
benefit from a name that could encompass new areas outside
of traditional library science and information science. He
also offered assurance that the faculty was committed to educating
future generations of librarians and serving the library as
a great public institution. The basic arguments are covered
in the original proposal (D
2127-2132a) and in an email message which is reproduced
in Appendix D of these minutes.
The secretary then summarized his reservations about the proposal,
influenced in part by conversations with others (D
2148). The secretary added that he was concerned about
the strategic goals for the school, as published on the GSLIS
Web site. He felt they suggested a move too far in the direction
of information technology at the expense of some of what is
most valuable about traditional libraries.
President Faulkner said that the central question for the Council
should be whether “there is a compelling institutional
reason why that proposal should not be accepted.” He
also said that the Council should not attempt to edit the name;
if the name was not acceptable, then it should go back to the
school for reconsideration.
Donald Davis (GSLIS, member of the Council)
read a statement raising points he felt
should be on the public record. He said
that the school “will need to make
extraordinary efforts to assure … that
it stills cares deeply about libraries
and the preparation of new generations
of professionals who will want to serve
them.” He also said “the school
will run the risk—a risk that is
real—that the significance of libraries
will appear to be minimized.” Professor
Davis’s statement is reproduced in Appendix
E of these minutes.
Professors Philip Doty, Ron Willis, and Glynn Harmon (GSLIS,
not members of the Council) all spoke in support of the proposal.
Harold Billings, director of the general libraries, who was
unable to attend the meeting, provided a written statement
in support of the proposal; it is repoduced on D 2131 as part
of the original proposal.
Professor Daniela Bini (French and Italian) believed the current
name (GSLIS) was more comprehensive and included “information” in
the title. She was skeptical that the proposed change would
give the graduates a better advantage in the job market. Professor
(physics) believed the proposed name was too broad and general.
She said “the whole of modern society is based on information” and
said she believed the name needed another word.
Kurt Heinzelman (English) had originally filed a protest to
the proposal, but then had withdrawn it. He joined Professor
Reichl in believing the name was missing a word, but felt the
decision should be left to the school. He said he supported
the proposal. Professor Miksa (GSLIS, not a Council member)
argued that to add anything to the proposed name would make
it too narrow to fit the broad goals of the school.
Professor Larry Abraham (College of Education) asked if the
school intended to add an undergraduate degree, and if the
school had in mind any programs that would conflict with programs
in other schools or colleges. Dean Dillon said the answer to
both questions was No.
The proposal was then approved by a show of hands.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS — None.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR — None.
The meeting adjourned at 4:00 P.M.
Distributed through the Faculty Council web site
on October 16, 2002. Copies are available on request from the Office
of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
ADDRESS ON THE STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY
LARRY R. FAULKNER
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
SEPTEMBER 18, 2002
Forty years ago, in November, 1962, the citizens of
Texas elected John Connally as Governor. He was a visionary, and he
was persuasive. He changed Texas, and in so doing, he changed the nation
and the larger world. John Connally had been on the national stage
and was coming home. He was ambitious for Texas, but he had learned
that Texas would have to improve its own competitiveness to share fully
in the America of the future. On his first day in office, he set the
tone by saying this:
The talisman of this new age is education.
Throughout history, man has always searched for the uncommon
ingredient or objective, whether it be new lands, gold and silver,
or oil. Today, this uncommon ingredient is brainpower, the coin
of the realm of this new age.
Governor Connally had served as Secretary of
the Navy for the two years before his return to Texas. While
in Washington, he observed that many federal contracts were
going to states without the natural resources and advantages
of Texas. This puzzled him. "Probing deeper," he
would later write, "I found that an assured supply of
skilled workers and technicians, and the proximity of research
centers which drew leading scientists and scholars, were the
deciding factors. In short, a concentration of brainpower
spelled the difference."
And so, as governor, he made education a major focus of his administration.
He challenged the educational leaders of Texas and the state legislature
to join in partnership with him to raise the state's standard of learning
to the nation's most competitive levels. There was a lot of work to
be done in our state in 1963. But it was a cause that John Connally
embraced and promoted vigorously until the end of his governorship. "All
that we seek to do for Texas," he said, "must rest on a basis
of excellence in education."
It was in higher education that his leadership had the most lasting
impact. He began by broadening the public's understanding of the critical
role that universities play in our society. Under his leadership, Texas
developed a master plan for higher education, established a formula
funding system to improve consistency, created the Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board, originated a state-operated student loan program,
raised faculty salaries from below the national average to among the
highest in the country, and, for the first time in Texas history, focused
serious attention on libraries and research. He had a vision of a more
productive, better educated Texas, and he won the confidence of political
and educational leaders across the broad spectrum of our state. With
adequate funding, new loan programs, and the lowest tuition of any
of the 50 states, John Connally opened the doors of higher education
to generations of young Texans.
The story of John Connally's mere six years at 10th and Colorado is
a reminder that individual leaders matter and that they can exercise
tremendous leverage, for good or ill, on the future of generations
unborn. Governor Connally was, to be sure, aided by able allies and
supporters, but in the perspective of decades, his personal leadership
seems to have become bolder, not fainter, on the backdrop of history.
There can be little doubt that his choices and his skill brought into
being a Texas far more prosperous, far more diversified in its economy
and its cultural life, far more influential on the national stage,
and far better equipped to face the challenges of its own complex present.
John Connally gave Texas indispensable tools with which to meet the
future. And it was because he believed, fundamentally, that brainpower
would be "the uncommon ingredient."
When Governor Connally began his work to improve
the colleges and universities of Texas, the conditions were
not ideal. Here is what he said to a group he had commissioned
to develop a plan:
Higher education in Texas faces tremendous problems. Enrollment
is increasing enormously. The frontiers of knowledge are expanding
fantastically, creating problems of what and how to teach.
is a relative shortage of teachers, and we face ever-increasing
costs. As never before, these factors and problems endanger the
quality of our entire educational process.
His words could have been spoken yesterday. Forty years
later, we are facing many of the same challenges that Texas
faced then. Rising operating costs, expanding enrollment,
new frontiers of knowledge and research that demand our immediate
attention, our best thinking, and our financial support. One
might ask why we now face again the problems of the 60's,
after all of the progress in the intervening decades. It is
a good question. The answer is that the earlier successes
in building better institutions supported a much larger and
more sophisticated Texas, with a vastly enlarged economy and
population and a much greater understanding of the power of
knowledge and developed intellect. Success bred the problems
we now face. Now it is our turn to meet them on behalf of
those who will come in the decades after us.
We are a state with grand ambitions and tremendous pride, but these
are tough times. Current projections warn us of an impending budget
deficit, more uncertainty in the markets, and an atmosphere of slow
growth and belt-tightening. We've been here before—as recently
as the Texas depression of the 80s and 90s. But if we take a page out
of history and look at what John Connally accomplished in six years—and
the partnerships he forged—then perhaps we will succeed as he
did in using the power of higher education to strengthen our state.
Under his formula for success, challenge becomes opportunity. And opportunity
seized with shrewdness and wisdom leads to progress. I am convinced
that if we use our existing resources wisely and if the institutions
of higher learning in our state work effectively with the Governor,
the Legislature, other state officers, corporate leaders, and private
supporters, we can advance the cause of education in Texas and, in
the process, gain the regard of the nation.
The University of Texas at Austin continues to play its
role as a great public research university through outstanding
teaching and research and through our commitment to serve
all the people of Texas and society at large. And we have
had a very good year.
In academic year 2001-2002, we set ambitious goals for student progress
in retention and graduation rates. Freshman retention is a major success
story. It increased to 92 percent last year. Our freshmen succeed at
rates that are now superior to the norm for the nation's top public
universities. The four-year graduation rate has increased from 29.4
percent in 1995 to 36.5 percent last year, but it remains far too low.
The six-year graduation rate rose above 70 percent for the first time,
up by 2 percent over the year before.
To help improve our four-year graduation rate, a flat-rate pilot program
was authorized by the Legislature and has now been implemented in the
Colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences. Students who take more
than 12 hours will get those extra hours free of charge. If we are
successful in encouraging students to take more hours per semester,
the result will be more openings for new students in the future and
significant cost reductions to students and their parents.
The Coordinated Admissions Program was inaugurated last year in cooperation
with five other UT System campuses. Under the terms of this successor
to the old Provisional Admission Program, a student is offered admission
to UT Austin upon completion of 30 hours of course work, with a minimum
grade point average of 3.0, at a participating UT component. In the
summer of 2001, some 500 students enrolled, most at UT Arlington and
UT San Antonio. Of those, about 170 transferred to the Austin campus
this fall. This program is an effective way to preserve our tradition
of allowing motivated graduates of Texas high schools to "earn
their way in," but in a way that enables the University to manage
the overall total of new students.
The Donald Harrington Fellows Program was launched with the appointment
of four faculty fellows and nine graduate fellows. Mrs. Sybil Harrington,
whose generosity enabled this opportunity, set her sights on creating
a fellowship program competitive with the most famous worldwide. The
Harrington Fellows Program has already taken great steps toward that
goal. For this academic year we have appointed two faculty fellows
and 20 new graduate fellows. The level of talent is extraordinary,
as is the opportunity presented to the each appointee.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering came into being and was immediately
successful in competition for large-scale support from the Whitaker
Foundation. This unit has been built by some of the most talented faculty
members in the College of Engineering and it involves a strong, exciting
collaboration with colleagues and
programs at M. D. Anderson and the UT Health
Science Center, Houston. The department has already attracted
several hundred new majors.
Also gaining momentum last year was the Center for Nano and Molecular
Science and Technology, led by Paul Barbara, which is positioning
itself strongly in a burgeoning new field, and the Institute for
the Humanities, led by Evan Carton, which is creating a new forum
for intellectual activity on the campus.
The University of Texas at Austin, Just for the Kids, Inc., and the
Education Commission of the States formed a partnership to create
the National Center for Educational Accountability, which is based
at UT Austin. This partnership, chaired by Tom Luce, will help educators,
policymakers, and the public to identify and to expand the use of
effective educational practices aimed at improving schools. A superb
national board was recruited and convened, and the list of engaged
states has now grown to include California, Michigan, and Massachusetts.
The Center is ideally positioned to play a large, constructive role
in the efforts to improve educational performance nationwide.
Compensation of our faculty and staff remains a focus of concern.
It is now pretty clear that we have been able to gain ground against
our employment markets in all categories in each of the last three
years. For the fiscal year 2002-2003, we provided a 3.25 percent
centrally-funded pool for faculty and staff, which, with additional
local funds, produced average raises of about 4 percent for all groups.
This result may not be high enough to actually gain further ground,
but it probably will allow us to hold our own
Also, we launched a very successful premium sharing program to neutralize
increases in health care insurance for employees.
The first Staff Council was elected last year and had a productive
first year of operation. Frank Simon offered excellent leadership
and continues now for a second year as Chair.
I congratulate Associate Vice President Kyle Cavanaugh and his staff
for the national acknowledgement they will be receiving this fall.
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources
recently awarded UT's OHR the National Recognition for Excellence
in Human Resource Practice Award, the highest accolade in the field
of higher education. Congratulations to Vice President Pat Clubb,
Kyle Cavanaugh, and their entire team for being the best in the country.
A major accomplishment was the development of a 5-year comprehensive
financial plan for the University, which has helped us to make important
decisions about operations, repair and renovation, and strategic
investments. Creating the capacity for more effective financial planning
has been a major goal of mine and was a particular target in the
recent administrative reorganization. I am quite pleased with the
progress. The Provost's office is now taking the lead on strategic
allocation of resources, and the new Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer, Kevin Hegarty, is providing much enhanced financial forecasting
and modeling. The University Budget Council has become a strong,
A significant contribution to our strategic planning was the completion
of two building-by-building surveys of our physical plant, one focused
on fire and life safety and the other on the condition of building
systems. These efforts, undertaken by Vice President Pat Clubb's
organization, give us a much clearer view of our requirements.
An outgrowth of the financial plan was the creation of a Task Force
on Efficiency, which is now at work under the leadership of Randy
Diehl. All corners of the campus are finding ways to reduce costs
and improve efficiency in our operations. It is in our own interest,
because we cannot otherwise meet our strategic needs. Besides, in
the coming era of state budget reductions, we will be judged by how
wisely and efficiently we make use of existing resources. We cannot
expect the state to provide additional support unless we demonstrate
our ability to run a lean and cost-effective organization.
I will say more on budgetary issues later.
In the spring we reached the $1-billion mark in the We're Texas Campaign.
This was a tremendous milestone. At the celebration ceremony we announced
the largest gift in the history of the University, from John A. Jackson
of Dallas, which is valued at approximately $150 million and will
ensure our preeminence in the geosciences and the study of the environment.
The Campaign exceeded its seven-year goal
in less than five years. Total contributions as of August
31, 2002 amount to $1.25 billion. This success is the result
of hard work by folks across the campus, and especially
our outstanding Resource Development staff—led by
Vice President Johnnie Ray. I am grateful to them, to all
of you, and to the wonderful donors and volunteers who have
helped to make this an exceptional campaign.
We are not done yet. Our emphasis for the final two years is "Value
and Connection." That is, to illustrate and to enhance the University's
value to the people of Texas and to strengthen our connections to
every citizen in the state.
We also have, within the Campaign, a focus on building our private
endowment to a value equal to the UT Austin share of the Permanent
University Fund. This is a long-term goal that will outlive the Campaign.
But when we achieve it, we will have two powerful engines for excellence
for this university--the Permanent University Fund and a matching
private endowment. There is progress to report. When the Campaign
began in September, 1997, our private endowment was valued at 62%
of the UT Austin share of the PUF. Now, with pledges included, the
value is assured to reach almost 89%.
For the most part I have talked about facts and figures, finances,
initiatives, and organizational improvements. These are important
parts of the UT success story of 2001-2002, but they don't show the
human face that makes this a special place in which to work and learn.
Our members distinguish themselves and their university every day
through their contributions to the academy and the world at large.
When Professor George Georgiou of biomedical and chemical engineering,
and Professor Brent Iverson of chemistry, strive to develop a potential
anthrax antibody, we all benefit. When Professor King Davis in the
School of Social Work serves on a presidential commission on ethnic
and racial disparities in mental health, the nation listens to his
wise counsel. When Gerald Torres is elected president of the American
Association of Law Schools, we share his honor. When Helen Lee, a
graduate student in Radio -TV-Film, wins the Student Academy Award
for Best Narrative Film from the Academy of Motion Pictures, we applaud
her rare and wonderful achievement. When our law school team wins
three national titles in moot court competitions, we light the Tower
orange. When anthropology grad students Lev Michael and Chris Beier
and linguistics grad students Mark Brown and Lynda de Jong travel
to the Peruvian Amazon to help revive the Iquito language and build
a language center, we salute their courage and selfless endeavor.
When Longhorn Athletics has its best year in a proud and storied
history -- winning national championships in baseball and men's swimming
and diving, finishing 5th in the nation in football, and being rated
by the Sears Cup committee as second in the nation in overall sports
achievement -- we show up early, get loud, and wear burnt orange.
And when Kay Sewell, George Cogswell, and Joe Lucas and their administrative
services support staff in the General Libraries do the quiet work
of moving 90,000 volumes during a library renovation, we lift our
hats to them -- and to the tens of thousands of other staff members,
students, and teachers who perform a little magic every day to meet
the challenges that come their way.
Of special interest during the year was the
infrastructure charge that I had proposed—and the
Board of Regents had enacted—as a means for addressing
the impending needs for repair and renovation. It is appropriate
for me to report now on the current status of these matters.
In early summer, the Attorney General provided a fairly intricate
ruling concerning the Board's authority to impose such a fee. Even
though it did seem legal for the University to proceed with the infrastructure
charge in a modified form, I judged that it was inappropriate for
us to go forward on the basis of the technicalities of the ruling,
because broad understanding and acceptance of the action could not
have been gained. In consequence, we are not levying the charge this
year, but the obligations still lie before us.
It is important for everyone to understand that this issue is not
at all about a large backlog of repairs left irresponsibly undone.
It is largely about a looming, predictable rise in the need for repair
and renovation that will come about because of the ages of the structures
on our campus. To a much smaller degree, it is about changes in standards
concerning environmental health and about requirements for special
academic facilities in evolving technical areas.
The critical point is that we will not be able to dodge these demands; "irresponsible" is
the label that we will deserve if we even attempt to do that. We
have inherited a physical plant that builds opportunity and
advancement every day for millions of Texans. It is
the center of our activity, an indispensable enabler of
the scale and quality of our contribution. Generations
before us put it here. Generations after us will depend
on its being here for them. In the wake of the Attorney
General's ruling, we must engage the Governor and the
Legislature to help us to work out a permanent solution,
but we cannot exit the summer of 2003 without one. It
is the most urgent item on the University's agenda.
In the meantime, the University Budget Council has developed a
plan for addressing what we can with what we have in the current
year and beyond. Here are the main points:
The annual repair and renovation budget
will be funded for the next three years at the level
of the last couple of years—about $13 million
The following, most critical, capital
projects will be continued or begun:
Fire and life safety improvements
for the Erwin Center
The first year of planned fire
and life safety improvements elsewhere on the campus
The completion of the Biology Wet
Lab Building now under construction.
Reconstruction of half of the Experimental
Science Building to accommodate the program in nanoscience
Construction of the first building
of the Blanton Museum
The renovation of two thirds of
Batts, Mezes, and Benedict Hall
To accomplish these ends, we are committing
two thirds of the University's cash reserves. Moreover,
we are dedicating $8 million per year of tuition income
to 20 years of debt service for bonds that will be issued
to finance the capital projects. These steps leave us
vulnerable to unexpected developments of all kinds,
but I believe that we have chosen the lesser evil by
taking action on infrastructure to the maximum possible
There is no more money in sight
to address anything else. We know that we will
be underfunding annual repair and renovation
by about $20 million per year for each of the
next three years, but we have no alternative.
Nor do we have the capacity to do anything about
the second phase of the Batts-Mezes-Benedict
renovation, the second phase of reconstruction
of the Experimental Science Building, the upgrading
of air handling in laboratories, or other pressing
matters. These are the reasons why we cannot
exit the summer of 2003 without a long-term
solution to our infrastructure requirements.
Higher education is a tough, competitive business. Every
year, UT Austin is sized up by agenda-setters everywhere,
both inside and outside our state, to see if we have the
brainpower, the skill, the facilities, the organizations—the
competitiveness—to contend at the highest levels.
I believe we are competing effectively. Our people and
the quality of their work are impressive and admirable
by any standards. But this is another academic year, another
hurdle to cross, and we have work ahead of us.
My personal attention will be dedicated in the coming year to these
The legislative session opening in
The Commission of 125
The Knowledge Gateway project
Financial planning through 2006-2007
The Task Force on Enrollment strategy
Efforts to build minority participation
among our faculty staff and students
The We're Texas Campaign
Enlarging the national presence of
Developing academic initiatives critical
to our future
Continued emphasis on Latin America,
improved public education, and the changing economy
Resumed expansion of the faculty with
the intent of reducing our student/faculty ratio
New targets for student progress
Continued improvement of administrative
structure and practice
Further improvement of the employment
Let me briefly amplify six of these topics.
First, the legislative session: Our goals are two. We must emerge with
a solution to the urgent needs concerning infrastructure, and we must gain
a better capacity to invest for the future. Since I have already
covered the infrastructure issue, I need say no more about that,
but I do want to comment on our capacity to invest.
One of the weakest aspects of our competitiveness is the paucity of resources
with which to handle startup costs for new faculty members, to provide
matching funding for federal grant proposals, and to seed new programs,
especially if they require special facilities. These actions determine
the quality and quantity of talent that we can recruit, and they relate
critically to the University's ability to develop a commanding presence
in fields that will become a part of the economic future of Texas. State
leadership needs to help. There are practical solutions, including changing
current State policy to allow universities to retain 100% of recovered
Next, let me highlight the Commission of 125, which will soon begin a two-year
process of examining the current state of the University and setting goals
and priorities for the next two decades. This is the third time that we
have convened a commission of citizens for such purposes. The earlier work,
undertaken on the occasions of our 75th and 100th anniversaries, paid tremendous
dividends. Our graduate programs, libraries, and collections were strengthened
immensely in the decades after the work of the Committee of 75. And the
quality of our faculty—and its national reputation—soared as
the initiatives of the Centennial Commission were implemented in the 1980s.
The new commission will be chaired by Mr. Kenneth M. Jastrow II, Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Temple-Inland, Inc. He is among the ablest
and most dedicated supporters of higher education in Texas, and he will
provide strong, imaginative leadership for the Commission of 125. I am
grateful for his willingness to make this special commitment to Texas.
We are in the process of recruiting state and national leaders to serve
on the Commission of 125, which will begin work in February. Delivery of
the final report is scheduled for the University's birthday in September
The Knowledge Gateway is third among items that I wish to highlight for
the coming year. The vision is to find innovative electronic means to project
the University's wealth of holdings and services to all citizens of Texas.
This university began 119 years ago as The University of Texas; the idea
of the Knowledge Gateway is to make more real than ever before the very
idea of our being a university for all of Texas.
The project is being led jointly by Vice Presidents Johnnie Ray and Dan
Updegrove and will be developed vigorously during the year ahead. The target
is to make the first services available by the end of next summer. The
initial focus will be on materials and services for teachers and students
in the public schools. Through this first effort alone there is enormous
potential for the University to make a powerful new contribution to the
citizens of Texas, and even to people well beyond the borders of our state.
Let me turn now to the need for financial planning over a five-year horizon.
I choose it simply to emphasize that we can succeed with the natural and
proper mission of this university only with shrewd use of our financial
resources. Without fear of error, I make one point for every member of
our community to hear: In the next five years, it will not be possible
for us to finance our highest priorities—reduction of the student/faculty
ratio, investment in critical new academic programs, development of special
facilities, competitive compensation of faculty and staff—without
redeploying existing resources in serious measure. In other words, we must
find every improvement in efficiency that we can, and we must make decisions
to stop doing some things in favor of doing others. The year 2002-2003
will inevitably be the time when we map out the scope of the requirements
and the possibilities for realizing them.
We also need a fresh look at our policies concerning enrollments. Because
of rapidly rising demand for admission and improved retention of students
who enter our programs, our enrollment continues to grow, and it is now
well beyond the avowed target of 48,000. In fact, we are at present one
full Rice University beyond that target. But the reality is that we do
not have any explainable basis for the target. We do not know the financial
implications or the educational consequences of becoming smaller or larger,
and we do not understand, in any explicit way, the capacity of our educational
spaces and tools. Consequently, I will shortly appoint a Task Force on
Enrollment Strategy to examine all of the relevant issues and to recommend
policies for the admissions cycle just beginning and for management of
the size of the University in the years ahead.
My final comments about goals for 2002-2003 are about the progress of students.
I continue to lay high personal priority on improving the indices of success.
We can be very proud of the wonderful steps forward in
the past few years, but better results are possible.
This university is good enough, and our students are talented
enough, to expect freshman retention to reach 94% and perhaps
even 95%, the four-year graduation rate soon to reach 40% on
the way to 50%, and the six-year graduation rate to reach 72%
on the way to 75%. We will be a better university overall, a
better value to our students, and a more powerful servant of
Texas when these goals are reached. They are worthy of close
Time is not available here for me to comment, even briefly, on the remaining
eight items in my list for 2002-2003. All are nonetheless important to
the future of The University of Texas at Austin. It will require our
whole community to make progress across the broad front of efforts through
which we build a stronger, more valuable, more worthy institution. I
thank all members of our community for their dedicated work to make us
And so we arrive at this moment in September
2002 with pride in what the University was able to accomplish
last year, despite national tragedy and economic downturn, and
with confidence that the coming academic year will bring inspiration
and transformation to 52,000 young minds and opportunity to
countless other citizens. We can be confident that many accolades
will come to our faculty, students, staff, and programs, and
we can expect that some stunning achievement will punctuate
the year. Thus, I can assure our friends and supporters that
the UT experience will remain the remarkable adventure it has
There are formidable challenges to running the largest university in
America, but I am reminded of John Connally's wise determination to turn
challenge into opportunity. What he said in a speech to the Economic
Club of New York in April 1964 could be our call to action in the year
2002: "States such as Texas—with a booming population, rapid
industrial growth, a wealth of resources—must be the pacesetters
in educational and economic achievement rather than the laggards who
must always catch up."
This is sobering advice. And the truth is, Texas still has some catching
up to do. UT must continue to support the best ambitions of Texas by
competing nationally with the best, while at the same time exploring
ways in which to present new value to the people of Texas. In the months
ahead we must build a more effective relationship with the Governor and
the Legislature in order to gain fuller support for higher education
in Texas. This will mean working with lawmakers to make our state a leader—a
pacesetter—in the competitive world we face. As Governor Connally
said in the 1960s, "The time has come for Texans to elevate their
vision beyond institutional, community, and regional limits toward much
wider horizons of state and national greatness—and choose the course
that takes us there."
I am optimistic about the progress that can be made, even in the year
ahead. Thank you all for your support, your commitment, and your attention
The Wall Street Journal
Copyright (c) 2002, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Student Loans 101: Ignore Schools' Advice
Colleges Tout 'Preferred Lenders' On Their Web Sites, but There Are Better
Bargains; How to Find Them
By Anne Marie Chaker
Like many colleges these days, the University of Texas at Austin has put
together a list of "preferred lenders" to guide students seeking
student loans. No. 1 on the list: Nellie Mae, a lender in Braintree, Mass.
But does Nellie Mae have the best deal around? Hardly. Anyone who ignores
the university's list can find far better packages, such as a $15,000 loan
from Mohela, a nonprofit lender in St. Louis, that could save a student
about $1,200 over the full term of the loan compared with Nellie Mae.
With families' college savings taking a hit in the stock-market slump,
more students are seeking financial aid. But the preferred-lender lists
posted on many universities' Web sites often don't include anything close
to the best deal.
The universities say the listings are intended as a convenience to students,
to help them choose a lender that offers superior service over the decade-long
life of the typical undergraduate loan, and they don't claim to list the
best bargains. But their criteria for picking the lenders are murky. Part
of the reason Nellie Mae landed on the University of Texas' list, says
Larry Burt, director of financial aid, is that it gave his department free
software. He says he "thought it was appropriate."
Students clearly rely on the lists. Financial-aid offices at the University
of Texas and the University of Cincinnati, for instance, say that more
than 90% of students select lenders that appear on their lists.
But a review of the lists nationwide shows that college-recommended lenders
rarely offer the best deals. Seeking loans from lenders that weren't on
the preferred lists, in fact, can net big savings, from about $1,000 for
a typical undergraduate to more than $18,000 for a graduate student, according
to Versura Inc. The company, an independent financial-aid consultant in
Washington, analyzed data at The Wall Street Journal's request using publicly
September 4, 2002 1
Dear Mr. Bartley,
I have just read a copy of the “Student Loans 101” article
written by Anne Marie Chaker. She indicated to me her article was to
be written about the creation and use of preferred lenders by educational
institutions across the country. I was interviewed quite extensively
by Ms. Chaker, and in fact gave her my home telephone number so that
if she had questions I could assist her in insuring accuracy in the article.
She did not call me at home, the article contains errors. She apparently
was not interested in the preservation of accuracy in her article.
In her reference to the creation of the lender list at the University
of Texas I provided an extremely lengthy and detailed response indicating
the importance of the level of service, the use of local lenders, multiple
secondary markets, the use of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
(our state guarantee agency), a high level of electronic capability and
other factors as well. In addition I provided information regarding how
we advise students on our "Choosing a FFELP Lender" page (http://finaid.utexas.edu/sources/loans/programs/federal.html).
You will note none of those items were included in her article as important
factors used by me or any of the other financial aid professionals interviewed.
Indeed, she described the criteria as "murky." While her recollection
of the facts may be murky the information provided was anything but.
Ms. Chaker's article reads as an advertisement for Mohela, the ALL Student
Loan Group and Versura, pointing out discounts that are available through
those entities while failing to mention the majority of lenders across
the country (and all those listed by the University of Texas) also offer
some form of discounts. In my lengthy conversation with Ms. Chaker I
explained the differences between the various benefits that are available
to students. Again it appears as though she was only interested in promoting
the ALL Student Loan Group and Mohela. In fact her reference to Mohela
as a lender is inaccurate. They are a holder and servicer of student
loans not a lender. The ALL Student Loan Group only provides loans to
California residents or non-residents enrolled in California, an important
fact to note given the national scope of her article and your newspaper.
Ms. Chaker indicates that "part of the reason Nellie Mae landed
on the University of Texas list said Larry Burt Director of Financial
Aid is that it gave his department free software." This is not a
factual representation of my statement. I informed Ms. Chaker that Nellie
Mae had been on the UT lender list and proved itself to be an excellent
lender, providing superior service to the students and to the institution.
Nellie Mae performed all the functions required for lenders to be on
the lender list in an exemplary fashion. Further, I indicated in quite
some detail that the University of Texas investigated several different
electronic award letter presentation software possibilities and that
Nellie Mae's software fit most closely to the award letter presentation
that we felt was necessary at the University. Use of the software is
free to the University of Texas just as it is for any educational institution,
without any strings attached. It was my decision, based on all the characteristics
that Nellie Mae brought to the University as well as going the extra
mile by producing software that significantly eases students' access
to financial aid, that some recognition was in fact appropriate. Ms.
Chaker took my comments, altered them and abbreviated them to such an
extent that they are factually inaccurate as she presented them. Frankly,
Ms. Chaker should print a retraction and apologize for her inaccurate
article and the misstatements attributed to me. I am disappointed that
such a prestigious entity as the Wall Street Journal would use such duplicitous
techniques and that publishing the facts now appears optional.
Lawrence W. Burt
1 The original letter was sent by Dr.
Burt, director of student financial services, to Mr. Bartley,
editor of the Wall Street Journal, by e-mail in late
August after failed attempts at faxing. A hard copy was sent
by postal mail on September 4.
September 4, 2002
Attn: Robert L. Bartley
The Wall Street Journal
4300 Route 1 North
South Brunswick, NJ 08852
Dear Mr. Bartley,
Attached you will find the correspondence that was emailed to the Wall
Street Journal. This correspondence is in regards to "Students Loans
101" article written by Anne Marie Chaker. I also attempted to fax
the document to the Wall Street Journal on virtually an hourly basis
over 2 days and was never able to get through. I have yet to receive
a response nor have I seen that the letter has appeared in your publication.
In the time since I have written the letter I have obtained additional
information that Ms. Chaker's journalistic integrity is even worse than
I originally imagined. I have found that my assumptions that she did
not check her sources well and/or did not understand the topic she was
writing about when she referred to Mohela as a lender was not correct.
What I found out was that Mohela told Ms. Chaker quite specifically they
were not a lender. Her response to this information was that it "would
be too complicated to explain to her readers". I guess if the truth
is complicated the Wall Street Journal has chosen to print non factual
Other information obtained reflects directly to the heart of her article
which is that better deals are available when families do not rely on
lender lists. In fact Ms. Chaker goes on to chide UCLA for its use of
only Sallie Mae lenders. Again Ms. Chaker is playing fast and loose with
the facts indicating that the ALL Student Loan Group is an example of
a lender that provides low cost options when in fact they are on the
UCLA lender list.
I am very disappointed that the Wall Street Journal employs an individual
that appears to be devoid of professional integrity. I am not interested
in contacting my attorney to deal with the less than accurate quotes
printed in your publication, however, given the nature of Ms. Chaker's
carelessness with the truth you may wish to be prepared for others who
exhibit litigious tendencies.
Lawrence W. Burt, Director
From: Andrew Dillon <email@example.com
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 18:10:22 -0700
Subject: The name issue
I have followed the discussion of the name change with some interest
and want to make a few observations and hopefully reassure some of
you who have worries about where the School is going.
Despite what others may say, I want to assure you that we, as a faculty,
are committed to educating the future generations of librarians and
serving the library as a great public institution. The name change
is not a bandwagon-jumping attempt to become trendy, nor is it a signifier
that we are becoming some second rate I.T. School. That will not happen
here. It is easy for others to paint the issue in those extreme terms
because that plays on people's insecurities and concerns but I can
assure you these were not aspects of the discussions we had as a faculty.
Instead, the name is a very real choice that we have made to raise
the profile of the school and to gain attention for our skills, our
values and our research across the university, the state, and beyond.
For many reasons, the current name does not help us get our message
across to many people who need to know more about us. The direct consequences
of this are a loss of employment opportunities for students, a lack
of competitiveness in gaining grants, and a perception among many people
in this university and elsewhere that we have little to contribute
to certain areas of work that we ourselves consider central to our
My personal view is that our field offers the best hope for a better
web, a better school system, a better public information policy, a
better national archive, a better way of harnessing information technology
- a way that truly serves people, not machines or big companies. We
have the ideas, the methods, the skills, and, very importantly, the
values that matter for people and society. But all this amounts to
far less than it could do if others ignore us, stereotype us, or fail
to see our relevance. The LIS field has spent years trying to get people
to understand better what we do. We have failed to change public perception,
which is why most people do not know that librarianship requires a
masters degree, can be highly technical, or can add so much value to
an organization or culture (see e.g., Harris and Wilkinson, 2001) The
choice then facing us is clear. If we cannot make the world use the
library word as we use it and understand it, then we should find a
way of communicating what we do in language others do understand. Most
of us believe the new name helps us to do just that. It is but one
part of our growing effort however, and success or failure will not
hinge solely on this.
Historically the School has not been strongly positioned or supported
at this University, and one of my first tasks when I became Dean was
to make central administration aware that we are here, we are valuable
and we warrant investment. The name change is part of that process.
Others who were here before me can tell you what they tried to do,
I can only speak of events since January this year.
When President Faulkner announced the creation of a Knowledge Gateway
at UT (http://www.gateway.utexas.edu) I was immediately pressing for
our involvement as The School on this campus with the natural intellectual
skills to enable his vision to become a reality. Others were skeptical
of our involvement for no good reason other than our name which conveyed
little to them of what we could provide and accomplish in such an undertaking.
I can assure you that people, upon learning of the name change, now
take more interest in us, or at least give us their attention for longer
than they otherwise might. I have been at meetings all over this campus
and beyond discussing this, talking about what we do and how our graduates
can help. We have not changed. Our curriculum has not changed. We have
not changed our graduates. It is others' perceptions of us that are
changing, and this is opening doors. Could we have done this without
changing the name? Perhaps, but I do not believe so. The history of
previous attempts by others in the field seems to support that view.
Since my arrival here many students have expressed to me their dissatisfaction
with aspects of the the program. I am committed to addressing these
concerns and working with faculty on improving the quality of the program
for all our students. I want us to train the best librarians in the
nation. I want us to offer high quality education
to those who come here. I do not want us to be the biggest
School (how un-Texan of me, I know), I just want us to be
the best. But we don't only educate librarians. We have
students who have many motivations, many ambitions, many
career plans. Some have asked for a new MLS, some for a
separate PCS degree, a new Archives degree, some for an
Info Architecture degree etc. The new name is deliberately
chosen to be inclusive of these diverse interests, all of
which are part of the great mosaic of themes and careers
in the information world.
Some of you do not like the new name. Some of you love it. Some hate
the current name, others love it. That is the way with change, there
is no single name that everyone will love. The goal is inclusion, not
narrowing or phasing out. We will continue to graduate librarians,
a great many of them I hope, regardless of the name of the school because
being a librarian is more than just a label or a title, it is a set
of skills and a set of values; skills and values that I assure you
we cherish; skills and values that will provide to equip people to
work in a variety of contexts, for a variety of employers, including
libraries. These skills and values are what we must keep alive, refine,
grow, and communicate to others through our work. Now these are issues
worth fighting for, and this School is committed to that fight.
Dean and Professor
Ref: Harris, R. and Wilkinson M. (2001) (re)Positioning Librarians:
How young people view the information sector. Journal of Education
for Library and Information Science. 42,4, 289-307.
Remarks on GSLIS Name Change
Donald G. Davis, Jr.
A proposal to change the name of the Graduate
School of Library & Information to the School of Information
has come up for discussion at the Faculty Council meeting
of 23 September. The full eight pages, containing the
proposal and supporting documents, are included at the
Faculty Council website. Since I do not recall having
seen these documents in advance of their posting on 30
August 2002, I hope you have taken time to read them.
I speak to remind my colleagues of the significance of
Whether the degree of consensus of the GSLIS faculty is as complete
as the GSC vote on 5 March 2002 reflected is only a matter of conjecture
now. Just two years earlier, however, the GSC agreed to retain the
name of the School, but to change the title of the master’s
degree. But this Spring the pressures for conformity were understandably
enormous. The litany of arguments for retention and change is lengthy.
Prestigious schools and trendy labels are not always congruent. It
is the quality of the programs that are important. This forum, however,
is not the venue to discuss in detail the relative merits of various
Though the arguments for change appear persuasive to many, possibly
most, members of the Faculty Council, they are troublesome to at
least a few. Though all professional schools are a blend of practice
and theory, the creative tension between practice and theory is called “an
unhappy marriage,” by the proposal. “Information Science,
which focuses on information as computational but very human process” has
been the primary locus for “theory building in the field over
the past 40 years.”—words not calculated to support the
value of practice or put it in a positive light. To be sure, the
comforting words—“umbrella function,” “diversity,” and “inclusive” appear—as
do the challenging words—“energizing mechanism,” and “re-positioning.”
So while the proposal is called a “Nonsubstantive Administrative
Change Request,” one can see clearly the agenda of the School
to engage new priorities and emphases in funding, recruitment, etc.,
as reflected in the name School of Information and the supporting
rationale. Now no one doubts that change and relevance are necessary,
but will the School, in fact, continue to be faithful to its longest
and most loyal constituencies? The question arises, “Will these
continue to receive the support they have received in the past?” The
commercial information industry is a powerful engine, to be sure,
and eager to assist in driving the curriculum. But who supports and
prepares practitioners for the not-for-profit, broadly-based, library
and archival service professions that, in fact, continue to employ
the majority of our master’s graduates and will likely do so
for some time to come? I trust it will continue to be our School,
under whatever name it adopts. That is the assurance one expects.
While I do not intend to stand in the way of “progress,” I
cannot let this moment pass unnoticed. With almost every change there
is something to be gained, but something to be lost. The name change
is less important in itself than what may be signified,
or perceived as significant, by the change. I would be remiss if
I did not suggest that the word “Library”—rather
than being considered by some to be hopelessly traditional, sadly
limited, and narrowly antiquarian—is an honorable one with
a great tradition about which this University, nor its administrators,
need not be ashamed. It has served particularly well the liberal
arts ideal of higher education. It should not be jettisoned without
a slight pause or at least a footnote.
Will a renamed School, for example, find room in its curriculum for
discussion of the new scholarship on the social nature and act of
reading, a human behavior that libraries continue to facilitate in
growing numbers each year? Will it provide room for discussion of
the uses to which increasing numbers of visitors put the cultural
space libraries supply? (Ironically, circulation rates and numbers
of visitors to all types of libraries have increased faster in the
past decade than database reference transactions.) I trust that it
The very word “information” is
a ubiquitous one that is used by many, but defined by
few. It is a high-energy word in our time that many invoke.
However, in isolation, and without a context, it is ambiguous
and meaningless. Unless it has environmental or social
boundaries, it does little to define, by itself, the realistic
domain that a professional school claims. Nor does it
communicate to the public, legislative bodies, or funding
agencies what a school does. It may have boundless appeal
in some quarters, but it is so broad as to be an enigma
An example illustrates this. Despite the fact that librarians in
public schools in Texas changed their name to the more sophisticated
term, “learning resource specialists,” a number of years
ago, they recently reverted to calling themselves “school librarians” because
that was commonly understood by the constituencies supporting them.
Another, though perhaps an imperfect, comparison will underscore
my point. One apparently would not suddenly change the name of the
School of Nursing to the School of Auxiliary Health Practitioners,
or some such term, simply because of the advances that that profession
has made in the past generation—or the past decade. I suspect
that there is a great deal of affection and loyalty invested in the
title and name. The word “Library” evokes similar feelings.
Members of the Faculty Council, as a faculty member in my 32nd year
at this great university, I will do my best to explain the new name,
and the intent of the name change, to our 4,000 alumni—the
vast majority of whom have made a life commitment to libraries and
related institutions. They and others will likely want to know that
libraries—as well as archival administration, preservation
and conservation—are still welcome and valued parts of the
School’s domain. But it may take more than an image of a card
catalog and a person shelving books prominently displayed on the
School’s new and improved website to do this. It will require
all of us in the School, with the University’s support, to
articulate regularly and enthusiastically support for libraries and
librarians and what they have meant, and continue to mean, to our