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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
RESOLUTION REGARDING THE JACKSON SCHOOL OF GEOSCIENCES
Professor John C. (Jack) Gilbert (chemistry and biochemistry and Faculty Council member) submitted the following resolution regarding the Jackson School of Geosciences. On April 11, 2005, the Faculty Council discussed the resolution and endorsed it by count of hands, 22 to 6. 1
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council
Resolution Regarding Jackson School of Geosciences
• Whereas the goal of The University of Texas is to foster excellence in teaching and research
• Whereas one approach to achieving this goal is by organizing undergraduate and graduate programs according to commonality of disciplines within a single administrative unit
• Whereas developing interdisciplinary programs, which may involve both teaching and research, is possible across colleges and schools, it is most readily accomplished within a single administrative unit
• Whereas the purpose of the bequest by John A. and Katherine G. Jackson to pursue sustained leadership and highest distinction in “the subjects of geology; geophysics; energy, mineral, and water resources; as well as the broad areas [emphasis mine] of the earth sciences, including the Earth’s environment,” topics that are closely correlated with a number of teaching and research disciplines of academic units currently embedded in the College of Natural Sciences
• Whereas there should be compelling reasons for creating new colleges and schools in terms of the benefits that will accrue to the teaching and research programs of the entire academic enterprise of The University
Be it therefore resolved that it is not in the best long-term interests of The University of Texas to separate the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences from the College of Natural Sciences.
1 Count corrected from "22 to 11" to "22 to 6" on April 20, 2005.
Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 12, 2005. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.