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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

RECOMMENDATION TO UPDATE THE FUNCTION OF THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE

On behalf of the Calendar Committee, Professor Kenneth Ralls (mechanical engineering and committee chair) submitted the following changes to the function and composition of the committee. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation, which will presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.

 

Sue Greninger's signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General Faculty

 

RECOMMENDATION TO UPDATE THE FUNCTION OF THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To make recommendations to the Faculty Council and to the president concerning the calendar. The Calendar Committee will review the Principles for the Development of the Academic Calendar each year. If changes are needed, the committee will submit a recommendation to the Faculty Council in time for consideration at the council’s April meeting. If no changes are needed, the committee will confirm in its annual report that it reviewed the principles and recommended no changes.

Rationale: These modifications to the committee’s function is a result of a proposed revision to the Principles for Development of the Academic Calendar (D 5314-5315), which was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 19.

COMPOSITION: [Five] Four members of the General Faculty,1 two staff members, one graduate student, and two undergraduate students. Student members shall be appointed by the president in the fall from [a] panels of names submitted by the appropriate student governing bodies2 and shall include one representative from Student Government, one from the Senate of College Councils,3 and one from the Graduate Student Assembly. [One of the faculty members and one of the student members shall also be members of the Faculty Council.]4 In addition, every year the chair of the Faculty Council shall appoint two members of the Faculty Council for one-year terms as members of the committee. The committee shall elect its own chair and vice chair, who shall be members of the General Faculty. A representative of the Office of the Registrar shall serve as administrative adviser without vote.

Rationale: 1 It make more sense to have two new faculty members every year, each holding a two-year term, rather than to have three new members one year and two new members the next. There will, of course, also be two new faculty members appointed each year by the Faculty council who serve a one-year term.

2This modification ("student governing bodies" rather than "student committees") was submitted by Berkley Scroggins. This is an editorial change that has more accurate wording.

3The current number of student members is appropriate. Inclusion of a student member from the Senate of College Councils is desirable because their Constitutional purpose is "(1) the representation of the students of The University of Texas in academic affairs; (2) the coordination and representation of the various student councils of the Colleges and Schools of The University of Texas at Austin; (3) to be a medium for exchange and presentations of the ideas and opinions of the student bodies of the various councils of The University of Texas at Austin; (4) the administration of funds collected through the Student Services Fee." Kate Nanney (chair, Senate of College Councils) has talked to Linda Golden (chair, Faculty Council) about the desirability to


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have student members on several of the standing committees of the General Faculty, including the Calendar Committee, because the Senate "represents students in academic affairs."

4 This statement needs to be deleted, because two faculty members of the Faculty Council are appointed by the chair of the Faculty Council each year. Having one student member as a member of the Faculty Council may or may not serve a useful purpose.



Distributed through the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.