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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
January 27, 2003

I.
COMMENTS — None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT — None.

III.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 2365-2366 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Wilson M. Hudson, Jr.
D 2367-2368 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Max Roger Westbrook, Sr.

IV.
CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Associate Professor Begoña Aretxaga (anthropology) passed away on December 28, 2002. Associate Professor Michael P. Harney (Spanish and Portuguese) will complete her term of service.

V.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 1140-1142 Proposal to Create a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science, Option I: Middle Grades Teaching in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. 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. 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. Disapproved on December 18, 2001, by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board because it did not meet Coordinating Board requirements. Notice of non-approval was received in the Office of the General Faculty on January 15, 2003. A copy of the letter with reasons for disapproval is on file in the Office of the General Faculty.

B. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS — None.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD — None.

D. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR.

D&P 16517-16519 Recommendation for a Change in Regents' Rules Concerning Suspension of a Faculty Member with Pay. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 8, 1997, and transmitted to the president on December 9, 1997.


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  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. On August 19, 2002, a letter of inquiry regarding legislation status was sent to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

E. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

D 1691 Resolution from the Faculty Building Advisory Committee — Spring 2002. 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.

D 2360-2362 Procedures for The University of Texas at Austin Administrative Investigations of Policy Violations Alleged Against Faculty Members. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 11, 2002. Approved by the Faculty Council and transmitted to the president through the provost on November 18, 2002.

F. ITEMS UNDER RECONSIDERATION.

D 77-81 Changes in Policies Concerning Grades Awarded with Credit by Examination. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 29, 1999. Approved by the 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.


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  "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."

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."

D 938-940 Policy on Teaching Continuity and Restructured Faculty Workload upon the Birth or Adoption of a Child. 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.

VI. 
LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE GENERAL FACULTY — None.

 
VII. 
LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

 
 
D 2384-2385 Proposed Change to The University of Texas Handbook of Operating Procedures, Chapter 1, Page 4. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 15, 2003. To be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on January 27, 2003.

D 2386 Faculty Council Resolution Endorsing the Recommendations from the Task Force on Assembly and Expression. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 15, 2003. To be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on January 27, 2003.

VIII.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION NOT APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

A. ITEMS DISAPPROVED, TABLED, OR WITHDRAWN — None.

B. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY STANDING COMMITTEES — None.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY OTHER COMMITTEES — None.

IX.
SPECIAL COMMITTEES APPOINTED — None. 




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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council

Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 15, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.