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PENDING COORDINATING BOARD

  • Addition of the Jackson School of Geosciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4686-4710).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2006, and approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Approved by the provost and an informational copy was transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approved by the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 27, 2006. Approved by Dr. Pedro Reyes, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment, on March 15, 2007, and transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  • Changes in Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Asian Cultures and Languages and Asian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4711-4714).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2006, and approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approval given by the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 10, 2006. Approved by Dr. Pedro Reyes, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment, on March 15, 2007, and transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  • Proposed changes to the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4735-4738).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2006, and approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approval given by the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 10, 2006. Approved by Dr. Pedro Reyes, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment, on March 15, 2007, and transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
    • Deletion of the Intercollege Major in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4735-4736).
    • Deletion of the Intercollege Major in Kinesiology and Health for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4737-4738).

  • Final Version of the Amended Motion on Curricular Reform (D 5155-5163)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 22, 2006. The Faculty Council approved related legislation D 5097-5105 and D 5109-5114 at its meeting on November 20, 2006. The legislation resulting from the approval of these items was presented to the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on November 27, 2006, and approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on December 8. Transmitted to the president on December 12, 2006. See D 5154 for notice of no-protest procedure. Endorsed by the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor ad interim on February 19, 2007. Final approval received March 5, 2007, from the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. The legislation was forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for their information.

    In a letter dated March 12, 2007, President Powers wished "to congratulate the Faculty Council on the thorough deliberative process it used to consider this substantial undergraduate curricular reform." He also directed the provost to work with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the other academic deans to implement the necessary degree changes.

    In a letter dated March 15, 2007, to Joseph Stafford, assistant commissioner for academic affairs and research at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Pedro Reyes, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment, requested “approval to modify the core curriculum,” and later, “UT Austin has not yet developed specific University-wide lists of courses that will satisfy the new and modified core component areas, but we seek your approval to begin the process of amending degree plans to implement the new core, with the understanding that course lists will be developed and submitted for your approval as soon as possible.”

PENDING UT SYSTEM

  • Revised proposal for revision of The Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.18 regarding discovery and the rights of parties when a formal hearing is to be held (D 3719-3720).
    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 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. On May 11, 2007, Provost Steven Leslie transmitted the legislation to President Powers with recommendation for approval. On May 25, 2007, President Powers transmitted the legislation with recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor ad interim.

  • Proposal for language to be added to The Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.18 addressing provost’s role in grievance procedures (D 3721-3722).
    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 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. On May 11, 2007, Provost Steven Leslie transmitted the legislation to President Powers with recommendation for approval. On May 25, 2007, President Powers transmitted the legislation with recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor ad interim.

  • Revision of the Recommendation for Change in The Handbook of Operating Procedures Concerning Disciplining of a Faculty Member (D 3734-3736)
    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. On May 11, 2007, Provost Steven Leslie transmitted the legislation to President Powers with recommendation for approval. On May 25, 2007, President Powers transmitted the legislation with recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor ad interim.

  • Proposed Addition of a Music Business Major to the Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010 (D 5117-5118).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 7, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 14, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on November 15, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 28, 2006.

  • Proposed Addition of a Recording Technology Major to the Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010 (D 5119-5120).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 7, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 14, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on November 15, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 28, 2006.

  • Natural Science Requirement of the Core Curriculum for all Undergraduate Students at UT Austin (D 5189-5190).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 11, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on February 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president for approval as General Faculty legislation on February 19, 2007. The president referred the legislation to the provost for review and recommendations. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the president on March 7, 2007. Approved by the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs ad interim on March 20, 2007. See D 5226 for notice of no-protest procedure.

PENDING PRESIDENT

  • Faculty Welfare Committee Recommendations Concerning University Family Friendly Policies (D 5183).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 6, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Transmitted to the president on January 23, 2007. On March 8, 2007, the president referred the legislation to the provost for review and recommendations. On July 2, 2007, Provost Leslie sent a letter to the president recommending approval.

  • Proposal to Revise the Principles for Development of the Academic Calendar (D 5314-5315).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 16, 2007. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 19, 2007. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 2007. In a letter dated May 3, 2007, the president asked Provost Leslie for written recommendations. In a letter to President Powers dated August 1, 2007, Provost Leslie recommended approval.

  • Recommendation to update the Function of the University of Texas Libraries Committee (D 5319).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 2007. In a letter dated May 3, 2007, the president asked Provost Leslie for written recommendations. In a letter to President Powers dated August 1, 2007, Provost Leslie recommended approval.

  • Recommendation to Update the Function of the Calendar Committee (5320-5321).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 2007. In a letter dated May 3, 2007, the president asked Provost Leslie for written recommendations. In a letter to President Powers dated August 1, 2007, Provost Leslie recommended approval.

PENDING PROVOST

  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in Enrollment as a Nondegree Seeker (D 3798-3800).
    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.

  • Proposal to Improve Course Availability for Undergraduates (D 3835-3837).
    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 it's 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 Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate 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."

    In a letter to Provost Leslie dated March 13, 2007, President Powers states "Because of the significance of this proposal and the effect on the academic policy which you oversee, I am returning all five recommendations of D 3835-3837 to you for review, comment, and recommendation."

    In a letter dated April 10, 2007 to President Powers, Provost Leslie recommended disapproval of items 2 and 4. Regarding items 3, he suggested "further modifications that serve to include the list in the original legislation that should be included on the course syllabus. This list is as follows:

    Course name and number;
    Faculty member name;
    Faculty member office location and office hours;
    TA name, office location and office hours if course has a TA;
    Overview of course, including course prerequisites;
    Grading policy for course, including whether class attendance is used in determining the grade;
    Dates during semester for examinations and assignments that count 20% or more of the total course grade;
    Final exam date and time;
    Required materials for the course (textbooks, supplies, packets, etc.);
    Course web site;
    and statement:

    The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-6441 TTY."

    The provost also agreed with the "recommendation to approve item 5 with the modification that limitation in Q drops be increased to four rather than three as suggested in the legislation."

    In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger (secretary, Faculty Council), President Powers responded to Provost Leslie’s recommendations of April 10, 2007, with the following:

    Section1: Before taking action on the recommended approval, President Powers is “asking Provost Leslie to work with Mr. Shelby Stanfield, Registrar, to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review.”
    Section 2: President Powers concurred with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove this item.
    Section 3: President Powers approved the provost’s recommendation for approval with modifications.
    Section 4: President Powers agreed with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove the item.
    Section 5: Before taking action on the recommendation for approval, the president is “asking Provost Leslie to work with the Registrar to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review.”

    In summary, sections 1 and 5 are pending further review and recommendations from the provost; section 2 and 4 have been disapproved; section 3 has been approved with modifications.

  • Revised Motion to Change the Definition of University Honors (D 4779-4780).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 4, 2006. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Also see D 4524.

  • Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudspersons (D 5191-5194).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 11, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on January 23, 2007.

  • Addition of a Nursing Honors Program in the School of Nursing Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010 (5280-5282).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

  • Deletion of the Music Theory Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010 (D 5283-5285).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

  • Changes to the Jazz Composition Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010 (D 5286-5288).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

  • Changes to the Jazz Performance Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010 (D 5289-5291).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

PENDING GENERAL FACULTY

No legislation pending at this time.

PENDING FACULTY COUNCIL

No legislation pending at this time.

PENDING GENERAL FACULTY STANDING COMMITTEES

No legislation pending at this time.

ITEMS UNDER RECONSIDERATION

No legislation pending at this time.

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