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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
November 18, 2002

I.
COMMENTS — None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On October 8, 2002, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for G. V. Desani, professor emeritus, Philosophy: Ignazio Angelelli (chair), and Stephen Phillips.

On October 11, 2002, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for William W. Robertson, professor emeritus, physics: Manfred Fink (chair), Austin M. Gleeson, and Melvin E. L. Oakes.

III.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 2184-2188 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Kathryn G. Wambach.
D 2189-2191 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Anna Marie Stengel.
D 2192 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for William L. Rutherford.


IV.
CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL — None.

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 1625-1626 Proposed Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Major in Sport Management in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. 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. Approved by the Coordinating Board and implemented effective August 26, 2002.

D 1896-1897 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. 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


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  through the provost on April 4, 2002. Transmitted to the vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 9, 2002. Approved by the executive vice chancellor and transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on July 15, 2002. Approved by the Coordinating Board on October 28, 2002.

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.

D 2127-2132a Recommended Name Change for the Graduate School of Library Information Science (GSLIS) to the School of Information. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on August 30, 2002. Protest received on September 13, 2002. Approved by the Faculty Council on at its meeting on September 23, 2002, show of hands. Transmitted to the president through the provost on September 25, 2002. Approved by the president and the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. Transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on October 16, 2002.

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.

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."

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
 

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  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 2203-2359 Narrative Report and Recommendations from the Task Force on Assembly and Expression. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 1, 2002. To be discussed at the Faculty Council meeting on November 18, 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. To be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on November 18, 2002.

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 November 11, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.