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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT

April 17, 2006

I. COMMENTS — None.

II. MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

March 2, 2006, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Stephen Lee McDonald, professor emeritus, economics: Vincent J. Geraci (chair), Douglas C. Dacy, and William P. Glade.

March 30, 2006, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for John C. Maxwell, professor emeritus, geological sciences: Earle McBride (chair), Mark P. Cloos, and William R. Muehlberger.

III. MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 4466-4467 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for James William Tankard Jr.

IV. CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Soncia Lilly replaced Juan C. González, interim dean of students, effective April 17, 2006. On December 31, 2005, Interim Dean of Students Juan C. González replaced Teresa Graham Brett who resigned from the University.

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

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 March 22, 2006. Final approval given by the provost and an informational copy was transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on March 22, 2006. No further action is required.

D 4355 Motion to Recognize Temporary Disabilities Caused by Pregnancy and Childbirth for Graduate Students. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 14, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council for discussion at its meeting on February 20, 2006. The motion was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 20, 2006, and forwarded to Chair Janet Dukerich, Graduate Assembly, on March 21, 2006. No further action is required by the Faculty Council at this time.

D 4379-4387 Changes to the School of Architecture Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008.
Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 24, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on March 6, 2006. Final approval given by the provost and an informational copy was transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on March 22, 2006. No further action is required.


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D 4388-4407 Proposed Catalog Changes in the College of Fine Arts. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 24, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on March 6, 2006. Final approval given by the provost and an informational copy was transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on March 22, 2006. No further action is required.
  • Proposed changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4388-4389).
  •  Proposed changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4390-4392).
  •  Proposed changes in the requirements for the Dance Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4393-4395).
  •  Proposed changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4396-4397).
  •  Proposed changes in the requirements for the Theatre Studies Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4398-4400).
  •  Proposed changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4401-4407).
D 4408-4433 Proposed Catalog Changes in the College of Communications. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 24, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on March 6, 2006. Final approval given by the provost and an informational copy was transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on March 22, 2006. No further action is required.
  • Changes to the requirements in the Bachelor of Science in Advertising in the College of Communication Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4408-4411).
  •  Changes to the College of Communication Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4412-4418).
  • Changes to the requirements in the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies in the College of Communication Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4419-4421).
  • Changes to the requirements in the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Communication Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4422-4423).
  • Changes to the requirements in the Bachelor of Journalism in the College of Communication Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4424-4429).
  • Changes to the requirements in the Bachelor of Science in Public Relations in the College of Communication Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4430-4433).
B. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS — None.

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

D 4434-4440 Proposed Catalog Changes in the College of Liberal Arts. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 24, 2006. Approved by the Faculty

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  Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on March 6, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on March 22, 2006.
  • Addition of a major in Classical Archaeology for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4434-4435).
  • Deletion of the concentration and addition of a major in European Studies for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4436-4438).
  • Addition of a major in Rhetoric and Writing for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4439-4440).
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 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, 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,


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  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 4235-4249 Proposed catalog changes from theRed 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. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on December 19, 2005.
  • Proposed Changes Regarding Concurrent Enrollment in the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4235-4237).
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4238-4240).
  • 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 (D 4241-4243).
  • Proposed Changes to the Professional Program in Accounting in the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4244-4246).
  • Addition of a Supply Chain Management Major in the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4247-4249).
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 3734-3736 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


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  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 3791 Educational Policy Committee Recommendation that University Grade Point Average be Based on In Residence Grade Point Average. 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, it appeared on the Council's agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, it was 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. On January 19, 2006, transmitted to the president with the recommendation for approval.

D 3792-3795 Educational Policy Committee Recommendation to Eliminate the Table of Scholastic Standards and to Change the Criteria for Probation and Dismissal. 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 item appeared on the Council's agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, it was 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. In a letter to the president dated January 19, 2006, the provost did not recommend approval and provided the following comment:

"Academic advisors who work with students report that they do not find the table confusing. They are the primary clients. No need for change is deemed necessary. More importantly, the recent decision to exclude Credit by Exam (CBE) from students' cumulative GPA will have some impact on students' GPA in the early years of their undergraduate career. Making the proposed change at the same time we put the CBE policy into effect is likely to have an adverse effect on student retention and on students' opportunity to succeed and graduate from UT Austin in a timely fashion. This is a proposal we may want to revisit in three to five years once we have a chance to determine the impact of the CBE changes. For now, I would recommend that we take a wait-and-see-stance. There is no evidence that the proposed changes will have a significant effect on class availability."

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. Transmitted to the president from the provost on January 19, 2006, with the following recommendations:

"I recommend approval of Sections 1 and 3.

"Section I recommends the creation of a new symbol, N, to be used when a student drops a course for documented non-academic reasons. Section 3 requires that faculty provide a syllabus with specified information. I recommend adding to Section 3 that the syllabus also provide a description of the course, an outline of the weekly topics, and faculty and TA office hours. In addition, I recommend that we ask faculty to include the statement, The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate

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  academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY,

"I also recommend the approval of Section 5, which limits the number of Q drops, but with a modification. The proposed legislation recommends that a student who has received 3 Qs must have documented, non-academic reasons for any additional drops after the 12th class day. The limitation on Q drops is a very good idea. Based on the data provided by the Registrar's Office and consultation with academic advisors, however, I recommend that the recommended number be increased to 4. The purpose underlying the Faculty Council's proposal is maintained, and student progress is not reduced.

"I do not recommend approval of the proposed Sections 2 and 4.

"Section 2, which proposes changes to the current add and drop procedures, significantly shortens the period of time students have to add and drop courses each semester. Data prepared by the Registrar's Office indicate that these changes would have minimal impact on course availability and would be costly to implement. In addition, because students would have less time to attend meetings of a course and thus consider whether a course is suitable for them, it is projected that the likelihood of adds and drops would increase substantially. In my opinion, this would not be a healthy outcome for the institution.

"Section 4, which addresses course repeat policy, puts restrictions on the number of times a student may register for the same course. Colleges and schools currently handle these restrictions quite successfully internally. They are in the best position to determine the most effective practice for the courses they offer. I recommend that college/school level discretion be continued."

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

D 3798-3800 Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in Enrollment as a Nondegree Seeker. 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, it appeared on the Council's agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, it was 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. As of January 19, 2006, this item is still under review.

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).

4462-4463 Changes to the Graduation Section in the College of Communication chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web on March 30, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on April 7, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on April 7, 2006.

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D 4464-4465 Addition of a Concentration in Western Civilization and American Institutions for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 30, 2006. . Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on April 7, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on April 7, 2006.

D 4468-4470 Deletion of the Concentration and Addition of a Major in Women's and Gender Studies for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 30, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on April 14, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on April 17, 2006.

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

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

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.




Sue A. Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 13, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.