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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

FIRST REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2007-2008

The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building, Room 212
Monday, September 17, 2007
2:15 p.m.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 
I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 5562-5574)—Sue Alexander Greninger.

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

A. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council Meeting of May 7, 2007 (D 5447-5459).
B. Minutes of the Special Faculty Council Meeting of May 7, 2007 (D 5460-5462).
C. Minutes of the Special Faculty Council Meeting of May 16, 2007 (D 5463-5467).

III.
NEW BUSINESS.

A. AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (EECC) Presentation—Will Shepherd (senior project manager, The University of Texas System).
B. Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)—Connie Deutsch (director, Employee Assistance Program).

IV.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT—William Powers Jr.

A. Comments by the President.
B. Questions to the President.
1. The Austin American Statesman has made repeated references to plans for a new medical school at UT Austin. Has this decision already been made? If so, when and how will UT Austin faculty be involved in the implementation process?
2. The Daily Texan reported on 4 September that the "...undergraduate studies department would change to the College of Undergraduate Studies." Has this decision already been made? If so, when and how will UT Austin faculty be involved in the implementation process? 
3. The faculty and staff merit raise pools were well below the rate of inflation this year (the merit pool for non-administrative faculty in my college was 1.67% this year, for example). In addition, college budgets had to be cut across the board to fund existing initiatives. What do you see as your relative priorities for existing programs and faculty compared to the development of new administrative units such as the College of Undergraduate Studies? 
4. The Daily Texan also reported that the new freshman signature course will cost $5 million per year. Is this figure accurate? If so, and given our current lean fiscal situation, have you considered delaying this initiative until we have raised an endowment to pay for it?

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR—Doug Burger.

A. Goals and issues for the year.
B. Academic Leadership.
C. eCIS issue.
D. Salary Compression.


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VI.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—David Hillis.

A. Report on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA).

VII.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.

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

A. Report from the Office of Undergraduate Studies—Paul Woodruff (dean).

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.

A. State of the University Address, Wednesday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium in Rainey Hall.
B. Annual Faculty Council photograph, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. on the south steps of the Main Building.
C. Annual meeting of the General Faculty, October 15 at 2:15 p.m. in Main 212.
D. Faculty Council meeting, October 15, immediately following the General Faculty meeting.
E. Faculty Council breakfast with the president, October 2, 2007, Campus Club.

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 September 13, 2007. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

 

 


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