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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
March 17, 2003

I.
COMMENTS — None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On February 14, 2003, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Charles Wilson Hackett, Jr., professor emeritus, finance: Keith Brown (chair), Stephen P. Magee, and Lewis J. Spellman.

On February 14, 2003, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Carl F. Hereford, professor emeritus, educational psychology: Gary Manaster (chair), Deborah Tharinger, and Barbara Dodd.

On February 17, 2003, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Everett F. Spruce, professor emeritus, art and art history: Gibbs Milliken (chair), Kenneth J. Hale, and Vincent Mariani.

On March 5, 2003, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Willa E. Stewart-Setseck, professor, music: Martha M. Deatherage (chair), Lita A. Guerra, and Rose A. Taylor.

III.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 2463-2464 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Joe Overton Ledbetter.
D 2485-2486 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Leon O. (Tom) Morgan.

IV.
CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Victoria Rodriguez replaced John Dollard as Vice President and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies in December 2002.

Assistant Professor David Parichy (integrative biology) replaced by Assistant Professor Joshua Dever (philosophy) effective January 27, 2003.

Professor Joseph Horn (psychology) replaced by Associate Professor Mark C. Smith (American studies) effective January 30, 2003.

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

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. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 27, 2003. Transmitted to the president on January 28, 2003. Approved by the president on February 2, 2003.


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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. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 27, 2003. Transmitted to the president on January 28, 2003. Approved by the president on February 2, 2003.

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

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD.

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. On February 10, 2003, notice was received from the College of Natural Sciences that the Coordinating Board was reconsidering its disapproval. On the Coordinating Board's Web site, the proposal is listed as pending <http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/uhri/proposals/search.cfm>.

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. 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.


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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.

D 2395-2397 Proposed Curriculum Changes to the Undergraduate Program in the School of Nursing Chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 27, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on February 10, 2003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on February 13, 2003.

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.

"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."


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  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 2465-2478

Proposed Catalog Changes in the College of Fine Arts Chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The following six documents were posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003, on a no-protest basis. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by noon on March 17, 2003, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its March 17 meeting.

  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Music, Orchestral Instrument Performance Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2465-2466).
  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Music, Composition Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2467-2468).
  • Proposed Creation of a Major in Jazz Composition for the Degree of Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2469-2470).
  • Proposed Creation of a Major in Jazz Performance for the Degree of Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2471-2472).
  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art, Studio Art Major and Art History Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2473-2475).
  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art Major, Design Major, and Visual Art Studies Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2476-2478).


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 D 2479  Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003. To be considered at the Faculty Council meeting on March 17, 2003.

 D 2480-2482  Recommendation for Change in the Residency Requirements in The UT Austin Undergraduate Catalog. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003. To be considered at the Faculty Council meeting on March 17, 2003.

 D 2483-2484  Proposal to Modify Instructional Responsibilities Policy. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003. To be considered at the Faculty Council meeting on March 17, 2003.

 D 2487  Resolution in Support of “The Texas Compact: Local Control of Tuition and Tuition Assistance Plan.” Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 11, 2003. To be considered at the Faculty Council meeting on March 17, 2003.

 D 2488-2493  Final Report President’s ad hoc Committee on Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 11, 2003. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 17, 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 (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on March 13, 2003. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.