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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SEVENTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2007-2008

The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building, Room 212
Monday, March 24, 2008
2:15 p.m.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 6135-6145 )—Sue Alexander Greninger.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council meeting of January 28, 2008 (D 6100-6117).
B. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council meeting of February 18, 2008 (D 6146-6169).

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT—William Powers Jr.

A. Comments by the President.
B. Questions to the President.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR—Doug C. Burger.

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—David Hillis.

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS.

A. Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Add an Honorary A+ to the Grading System (D 6088)— Desmond Lawler (professor, civil, architectural, and environmental engineering and committee chair).

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.

A. Reports from the General Faculty Standing Committees.
1. Faculty Grievance Committee—Alan W. Friedman (professor, English and committee chair).
2. Recreational Sports Committee—Liz Cullingford (professor, English and committee chair).
3. Admissions and Registration Committee—Alvin H. Meyer (associate dean, engineering and committee chair).
4. University of Texas Libraries Committee—Richard D. Hazeltine (professor, physics and committee chair).
5. Parking and Traffic Policies Committee—Gordon S. Novak (professor, computer sciences and committee chair).
6. Research Policy Committee—John W. Kappelman (professor, anthropology and committee chair).
7. Information Technology Committee—Desiderio Kovar (associate professor, mechanical engineering and committee chair).  
8. Commencement and Academic Ceremonies Committee—Yolanda Padilla (professor, social work and committee chair).

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. Proposed Policies on the Recognition of Undergraduate Academic Certificate Programs on Official University Transcripts (D 6128-6130)—Desmond Lawler (professor, civil, architectural, and environmental engineering and committee chair)..


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IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. Breakfast meeting with the President, April 1, 7:00-8:30 at the Campus Club on Guadalupe.
B. Standing Committees should elect a chair elect to serve as chair beginning the first class day of fall 2008. Please provide that information to the Office of the General Faculty ASAP.
C. General Faculty college voting phase for election to the Faculty Council begins March 31 and runs through April 11.
D. Next Faculty Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 14 at 2:15 in Main 212.
E. Nominations for Civitatis Award due in the Office of the General Faculty by Friday, April 18.
F. Annual Reports of the General Faculty Standing Committees are due in the Office of the General Faculty no later than April 18. Please turn these in on time so your Faculty Council Executive Committee (FCEC) and FCEC+ can focus on any matters that you might have that can be acted on this academic year (up to and including our May 5th meeting).
G. The Standing Committees should submit any motions and/or reports for action by the Faculty Council at the April 14th and May 5th meetings no later than March 24 and April 21, respectively.
H. Breakfast meeting with the President, May 1, 7:00-8:30 at the Campus Club on Guadalupe.

I. UT Remembers, Friday, May 2: An annual day of remembrance honoring members of The University of Texas at Austin community who died in the previous year.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.


signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on March 21, 2008. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.