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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
Following are the minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of April 14, 2008.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and Faculty Council
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
April 14, 2008
The eighth regular meeting of the Faculty Council for the academic year 2007-2008 was held in the Main Building, Room 212, Monday, April 14, 2008, at 2:15 p.m.
Present: Lawrence D. Abraham, Mark I. Alpert, Judy Copeland Ashcroft, Christopher J. Bell, Daniel J. Birkholz, Gary D. Borich, Douglas C. Burger, Virginia G. Burnett, Linda J. Carpenter, Elizabeth Cullingford, Molly E. Cummings, Alan W. Friedman, Brian C. Gatten, Linda L. Golden, Juan C. González, Edmund (Ted) Gordon, Michael H. Granof, Darlene Grant, Sue A. Greninger, Bretna M. Hackert, Kenneth J. Hale, Ian F. Hancock, Kevin P. Hegarty, James L. Hill, Martha F. Hilley, David M. Hillis, Klaus O. Kalthoff, Karrol A. Kitt, Robert C. Koons, Desiderio Kovar, Dominic L. Lasorsa, Desmond F. Lawler, Steven W. Leslie, Reid Long, Carol H. MacKay, Raul L. Madrid, Robin D. Moore, Joan A. Mullin, Stephen Myers, Jon E. Olson, Alba A. Ortiz, Thomas G. Palaima, Domino R. Perez, Keshav Rajagopalan, Kenneth M. Ralls, Soncia R. Reagins-Lilly, Gretchen Ritter, Brian E. Roberts, Paul R. Shapiro, Shannon Speed, Janet Staiger, Vincent S. (Shelby) Stanfield, Mary A. Steinhardt, Nikita Storojev, Pauline T. Strong, Nicole E. Trinh, Jeffrey K. Tulis, Jeffrey Vaaler, Clark R. Wilson, Sharon L. Wood, Paul B. Woodruff, Patrick Woolley.
Absent: Kamran Ali, Urton L. Anderson (excused), Efraim P. Armendariz, Matthew J. Bailey, Eric J. Barron, Tawny L. Bettinger (excused), Hans C. Boas (excused), Lisa J. Cary, Patricia L. Clubb, Miles Lynn Crismon, Gustavo A. De Veciana (excused), Douglas J. Dempster, Randy L. Diehl, Andrew P. Dillon, John S. Dzienkowski, Richard B. Eason, Sherry L. Field (excused), Kevin M. Foster, Luis Francisco-Revilla, Jeanne H. Freeland-Graves, George W. Gau, Linda V. Gerber (excused), Donald A. Hale, Roderick P. Hart, Fred M. Heath, Neville Hoad, Manuel J. Justiz (excused), Nancy P. Kwallek, Wayne Lesser, Robert P. Lieli, Michael J. McFarlin, John H. Murphy (excused), Patricia C. Ohlendorf (excused), Cynthia Osborne (excused), Shirley Bird Perry, Elizabeth C. Pomeroy (excused), William C. Powers (excused), Mary Ann Rankin, John H. Richburg, Victoria Rodriguez, Lawrence Sager, Juan M. Sanchez, Dolores Sands, Andrew C. Solomon, James Steinberg, Frederick R. Steiner, Ben G. Streetman, Gregory J. Vincent, N. Bruce Walker, Barbara W. White, Travis W. Witherspoon, Stacy Wolf (excused).
Voting Members: 45 present , 32 absent, 77 total. Non-Voting Members: 8 present, 29 absent, 37 total. Total Members 53 present, 61 absent, 114 total.
I. REPORT OF THE SECRETARY.
The written report appears in D 6186-6196. Secretary Sue Greninger (human ecology) reported that a number of legislative items involving curriculum changes had reached closure during the past month. However, Vice Provost Terri Givens returned the legislation (D 3798-3800) recommending limitations and other changes in the enrollment status of nondegree seekers to the Admissions and Registration Committee for reconsideration. Since the proposal to add an honorary A+ to the grading system did not gain Graduate Assembly approval and the Faculty Council’s legislation (D 6088) was contingent on the adoption of a single grading system for graduate and undergraduate students, the Council’s legislation was not forwarded to the administration.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council meeting of March 24, 2008, were delayed to allow time for members to review them; approval of the minutes will occur at the next meeting on May 5, 2008.
III. COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.
A. Comments by the President—None. B. Questions to the President—None.
IV. REPORT OF THE CHAIR.
Chair Burger (computer sciences) reported that he had attended one of the luncheon round-table discussions at Bellmont Hall between athletics department officials and faculty members. He said that one of the topics of considerable interest was how faculty might become involved in assisting the athletics department to recruit outstanding athletes who are also academically strong students. He said this discussion was a follow-on to Coach Brown’s comments at a recent Faculty Council meeting, where it was mentioned this type of cooperation had occasionally occurred at UT, and potential recruits sought information about the national ratings of departments and programs in which they are interested in being enrolled. To be successful in the keen competition between major universities to attract these high quality student athletes is challenging; however, the benefits to the University and the student body would be significant and rewarding. Chair Burger invited Council members to send him their comments and questions because he was hoping to get work started on this before his term as chair is over.
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
Chair Elect David Hillis (integrative biology) invited Council members to send him any recommendations or nominations for membership on the University’s standing committees and for candidates for next year’s chair elect and executive committee members of the Faculty Council.
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS.
A. Proposed Policies on the Recognition of Undergraduate Academic Certificate Programs on Official University Transcripts (D 6128-6130).
VII. REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
A. Report from Undergraduate Studies.
B. Reports from the General Faculty Standing Committees.
VIII. NEW BUSINESS.
IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
A. Next Faculty Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 5 at 2:30 in Main 212, immediately following the special meeting of the 2008-2009 Faculty Council. B. Nominations for Civitatis Award due in the Office of the General Faculty by Friday, April 18. C. 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). D. Nominations for 2008-2009 Faculty Council Officers due April 21. E. The Standing Committees should submit any motions and/or reports for action by the Faculty Council at the May 5th meeting no later than April 21. F. Breakfast meeting with the President, May 1, 7:00-8:30 at the Campus Club on Guadalupe. G. 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. H. 2008-2009 Faculty Council members’ preferences for Standing Committee appointments due May 5.
X. QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR—None.
Chair Burger adjourned the meeting at 3:40 p.m.
Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 2, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.