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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT

November 15, 2004

I. COMMENTS — None.

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

III. MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED — None.

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 3239-3242
D 3260-3268
Proposed Changes to the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site  on May 3, 2004. Approved by the Faculty Council on  a no-protest basis on May 7, 2004. Transmitted to the Provost on June 14, 2004. Approved by the provost and  transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic  affairs on June 15, 2004. Approved by the executive  vice chancellor for academic affairs on July 11, 2004. Confirmation of approval received on October 15, 2004, from the vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 3239-3242).
Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 3260-3268).

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.


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

D 3276-3277 Resolution on the Legislative Requirement. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 4, 2004. Approved by Faculty Council on May 10, 2004. Transmitted to the provost on May 12, 2004. See D 2826 for background information. Approved by the president and transmitted to Chancellor Mark G. Yudof on June 3, 2004.
 
E. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

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."

The committee returned the proposal to the president and provost without change.

D 3208-3209 Recommendation for Change in the Handbook of Operating Procedures Concerning Disciplining of a Faculty Member. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 8, 2004. Approved by Faculty Council on April 12, 2004. Transmitted to the president on April 13, 2004.


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D 3281-3282 Proposed Revision of The Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.18 Regarding Discovery and the Rights of Parties when a Formal Hearing is to be Held. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 4, 2004. Approved by the Faculty Council on May 10, 2004. Transmitted to the president on May 12, 2004.

F. ITEMS REFERRED BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE PROVOST FOR REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION.
D 2517-2519 Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on a no-protest basis on May 7, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 16, 2003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on May 20, 2003.

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

VII. LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL — None.

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

A. ITEMS DISAPPROVED, TABLED, OR WITHDRAWN

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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Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 9, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.