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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE TO THE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC CALENDAR COMMITTEE

On behalf of the Calendar Committee, Professor John R. Allison (information, risk, and operations management and committee chair) submitted the following proposal to change the name of the Calendar Committee to the University Academic Calendar Committee. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation, which will presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on November 12, 2007.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General Faculty

PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE TO THE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC CALENDAR COMMITTEE

FUNCTION: To make recommendations to the Faculty Council and to the president concerning the calendar. The University Academic 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.

COMPOSITION: Four members of the General Faculty, two staff members, one graduate student, and two undergraduate students. Student members shall be appointed by the president in the fall from panels of names submitted by the appropriate student governing bodies and shall include one representative from Student Government, one from the Senate of College Councils, and one from the Graduate Student Assembly. 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: The committee recommends the proposed name change because the current committee name has led to confusion about the committee's role. There are many calendars with which the University community is familiar, such as the Texas Union calendar, but the Calendar Committee has responsibility only for the official academic calendar of The University of Texas at Austin. Adding of the word “Academic” to the committee name will more clearly reflect the precise function of the committee.

In addition, the committee found that several other units on campus, such as the Law School and the LBJ School, have “Academic Calendar Committees,” so the committee also recommends that its name begin with “University.” The committee believes that “University Academic Calendar Committee” is the most descriptive name.


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on November 8, 2007. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.