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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT

January 23, 2006

I. COMMENTS — None.

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

III. MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 4283 In Memoriam, Joseph Henry Wilkinson. .
D 4323-4324 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Karl K. Klein.

D 4325-4326 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Gerard H. Béhague.

IV. CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Mike Allen replaced Ted E. Pfeifer, registrar, who retired effective December 31, 2005.

James B. Steinberg replaced Admiral Bobby Inman, interim dean, effective January 1, 2006.

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

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."

"There is, however, an inequity in our current policies that I believe must be addressed now. For the final grade in coursework at UT Austin, the student must choose between a letter grade or "Credit" (for pass/fail) by the mid-


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semester drop deadline, i.e., well before the final grade is determined. For credit by examination, however, the student is permitted to delay the choice of letter grade or "Credit" for an indefinite period until he or she knows the grade and knows how that grade might affect the grade-point average.

"To eliminate this inequity, I am considering the following changes in policy:

"1. Beginning September 1, 2002, a student attempting credit by examination through a University of Texas at Austin test will be required to make the choice of letter grade or "Credit" prior to taking the examination (i.e., where that choice has been made available by the department offering the examination).

"2. This policy alone would give an advantage to a student earning credit by examination off campus when that student retained the choice of letter grade or "Credit" until after the examination was completed. Therefore, beginning September 1, 2002, the University will accept credit by examination earned off campus as CR ["Credit"] only."

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.

At the Faculty Council meeting held December 12, 2005, President Faulkner offered the following modifications, which were subsequently approved by the Council:

"1. For students who earn credit by examination, The University of Texas at Austin will record that credit only with the symbol "CR" ("Credit).
"2. This policy will be effective as of the thirteenth class-day of the fall 2006 semester.
"3. Students of The University of Texas at Austin who have earned credit by examination prior to the thirteenth class-day of the fall 2006 semester, but who have not yet made the choice of letter grade or "CR," must officially make their choice through the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment prior to the first class day of the fall 2007 semester."

President Faulkner has directed the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Office of the Registrar to implement the policy that was proposed above and that was approved by the Faculty Council on December 12, 2005.

D 3787-3788 Educational Policy Committee Proposal Recommending the Continuation and Expansion of the Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) as an Interdisciplinary Certificate Program. The following item was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005, and presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. The legislation appeared on the Council's April 11 agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, the presentation of the proposal was postponed until the Council meeting on May 9, 2005, at which time it was approved. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. Recommendation to approve the legislation was transmitted to President Faulkner on October 12, 2005, and approved by the president on November 1, 2005.

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

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


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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.

D 4160-4161 Addition to the Options of Required Courses in the Degrees Chapter of The Law School Catalog 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 19, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on October 28, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 1, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 16, 2005.

D 4162-4163 Changes to Allow Undergraduate Foreign Language Courses to Count toward the JD Degree in the Degrees Chapter of The Law School Catalog 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on October 19, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on October 28, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 1, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 16, 2005.

D 4208-4209 Changes to the Special Requirements in the Bachelor of Business Administration in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 3, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 11, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 14, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 22, 2005.

D 4210-4212 Changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Requirements in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 3, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 11, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 14, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 22, 2005.

D 4213-4215 Proposed Changes to the Business Foundations Program in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 3, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 11, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 14, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 22, 2005.

D 4216-4217 Changes to the Business Honors Program Degree Requirements in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 3, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 11, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 14, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 22, 2005.

D 4218-4219 Changes to the Requirements for a Business Minor in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog,


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  2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 3, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 11, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on November 14, 2005. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 22, 2005.

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

 
D 3719-3720 Revised Proposal for Revision of The Handbook of Operating Procedures Regarding Discovery and the Rights of Parties when a Formal Hearing is to be Held. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 18, 2005. Approved by Faculty Council on February 21, 2005. Transmitted to the president on February 24, 2005. Letter dated June 14, 2005, from the president states that the proposal is "under review to determine whether necessary revisions address all substantive, legal, and terminological issues satisfactorily, and to determine whether the revised text corrects references to the Regents' Rules and conforms to the new format for the Handbook of Operating Procedures." Endorsed by President Faulkner and transmitted to the Office of General Counsel, UT System on August 12, 2005, for review.

D 3721-3722 Proposal for Language to be added to The Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.18 addressing Provost's Role in Grievance Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 18, 2005. Approved by Faculty Council on February 21, 2005. Transmitted to the president on February 24, 2005. Letter dated June 14, 2005, from the president states that the proposal is "under review to determine whether necessary revisions address all substantive, legal, and terminological issues satisfactorily, and to determine whether the revised text corrects references to the Regents' Rules and conforms to the new format for the Handbook of Operating Procedures. "Endorsed by President Faulkner and transmitted to the Office of General Counsel, UT System on August 12, 2005, for review.

 
 
D 3734-3746 Revision of the Recommendation for Change in TheHandbook of Operating Procedures Concerning Disciplining of a Faculty Member. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 8, 2005. This legislation replaced D 3208-3209 and was approved by the Faculty Council on March 21, 2005. Transmitted to the president on March 23, 2005. Endorsed by President Faulkner and transmitted to the Office of General Counsel, UT System on August 12, 2005, for review.

 
D 3789-3790 Educational Policy Committee Resolution Endorsing the Recommendation from the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy Limiting Undergraduate Students to Ten Semesters In Residence. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005, and presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. The legislation appeared

on the Council's April 11 agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, the presentation of the proposal was postponed until the Council meeting on May 9, 2005, at which time it was approved. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. In a letter dated November 11, 2005, Provost Ekland-Olson made the following recommendation for approval with comment:

I recommend approval of the recommendation by the Faculty Council that the provost establish a task force.


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D 3796-3805 Recommendations from the Educational Policy Committee and the Admissions and Registration Committee. The following items were posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005, and presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. On April 11, 2005, the items appeared on the Council's agenda as action items. However, due to lack of time, they were addressed and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. Recommendations to approve the following legislative items were transmitted to President Faulkner on October 12, 2005.
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in the Readmission after Second Dismissal Policy (D 3796-3797).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendation for Change in the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) Policy (D 3801-3803).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Increasing the Number of Transfer Credit Required for Admission from Twenty-four to Thirty (D 3804-3805).
D 3838-3844 Educational Policy Committee Proposals. The following items were posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 11, 2005. Archie Holmes, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, was to present the following proposals to the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. However, due to lack of time, the presentations were postponed until the Council meeting on May 9, 2005, at which time each item was approved. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. Recommendations not to approve the following legislative items were transmitted to President Faulkner on October 12, 2005, with the following comments:
  • Educational Policy Committee Proposal to change the definition of University Honors (D 3838-3840).
  • "I do not recommend approval of this item that the Faculty Council voted to approve. The number of hours chosen for honors should not be tied to fourteen hours to make it consistent with the current basis for flat-rate tuition. Not only is the number fourteen unrelated to the actual hours that students' take, but also under flat-rate tuition, enrolling in more hours works in students' favor."

  • Educational Policy Committee Proposal to require 15 or more hours for merit-based scholarships (D 3843-3844).

    "I do not recommend approval of this item, consistent with the recommendation of the Faculty Council."

    In a letter dated November 21, 2005, President Faulkner made the following statement:

    "In its final report (p. 9), the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy commented, 'If the University is going to improve the rate of time-toward-degree for undergraduates, then the average undergraduate course load must increase.' I agree with that statement and believe that we must find ways to induce undergraduates to carry higher course loads. However, the Educational Policy Committee has raised concerns about potential problems with implementation of the aforementioned

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recommendation of the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy. Therefore, in receiving the Faculty Council resolution, I ask Dr. Juan Gonzalez, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Dr. Larry Burt, Associate Vice President and Director of Student Financial Services, to look further into this issue and to provide the President and Provost with a report about the feasibility of implementing this policy for certain types of awards. In committing this to Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Burt, I note that the university's transition to a flat-rate affects some of the financial reasons that caused concern about this proposal."

D 3841-3842 Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Restrict the Number of Times a Student can Apply for an Internal Transfer. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 11, 2005. Archie Holmes, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, was to present the legislation to the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. However, due to lack of time, it was addressed and approved at the meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. In a letter dated November 11, 2005, Provost Ekland-Olson made the following recommendation for approval with comment:

"I recommend approval of this item, as recommended by the Faculty Council. I further recommend for purposes of clarity that the phrase, the student has completed four or more semesters, be changed to read, the student has completed four or more long semesters."

 
F. ITEMS REFERRED BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE PROVOST FOR REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION.

D 3791-3800 Recommendations from the Educational Policy Committee and the Admissions and Registration Committee. The following items were posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005, and presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. On April 11, 2005, the items appeared on the Council's agenda as action items. However, due to lack of time, they were addressed and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005.Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. As of October 12, 2005, the following legislative items are still under review:
  • Educational Policy Committee Recommendation that University Grade Point Average be Based on In Residence Grade Point Average (D 3791).
  • Educational Policy Committee Recommendation to Eliminate the Table of Scholastic Standards and to Change the Criteria for Probation and Dismissal (D 3792-3795).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in Enrollment as a Nondegree Seeker (D 3798-3800).

D 3835-3837 Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Improve Course Availability for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 11, 2005. Archie Holmes, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, was to present the legislation to the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. However, due to lack of time, it was addressed and approved at the meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. As of November 11, 2005, the legislation was still under review.

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D 4220-4222 Proposed Changes to the Management Program in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 21, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 2, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on December 5, 2005.

D 4235-4237 Proposed Changes Regarding Concurrent Enrollment in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 21, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 2, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on December 5, 2005.

D 4238-4240 Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 21, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 2, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on December 5, 2005.

D 4241-4243 Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 21, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 2, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on December 5, 2005.

D 4244-4246 Proposed Changes to the Professional Program in Accounting in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 21, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 2, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on December 5, 2005.
D 4247-4249 Addition of a Supply Chain Management Major in The Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 21, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 2, 2005. Transmitted to the provost on December 5, 2005.

D 4250-4253 Final Report and Recommendations from the ad hoc Committee to Study Course Instructor Surveys (CIS). Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 18, 2005, in portable document format and subsequently numbered on November 30, 2005. The Faculty Council approved the recommendations as amended at its meeting on November 21, 2005. (Also see D 4133-4135)

D 4301-4302 Changes to the Admission Section in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.

D 4303-4307 Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.


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D 4308-4313 Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.

D 4314-4316 Changes to the Middle Grades, Secondary, and All-Level Teacher Certification in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.

D 4317-4318 Changes to the Correspondence and Extension Courses Section in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.

D 4319-4320 Changes to the General Requirements Section in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.

D 4321-4322 Changes to the Admission to the Professional Development Sequence Section in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 15, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 6, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on January 9, 2006.

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— None.

B. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY STANDING COMMITTEES — None.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY OTHER COMMITTEES — None.

IX. SPECIAL COMMITTEES APPOINTED — None.


Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 19, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.