Prior to the first meeting of the Calendar Committee (as it was then titled), Michael Allen, associate registrar, distributed a packet that contained the following:
||members of the 2007-08 Calendar Committee
||composition of the Academic Calendar
||Academic Calendars for 2006-07 through 2008-09
||Coordinating Board regulations concerning the common calendar
||principles for development of the Academic Calendar
||projected Academic Calendars for 2009-2010
||vertical calendar for 1999 through 2010
The committee members were as follows:
Appointed members: John R. Allison (chair), Kenneth M. Ralls, Holly A. Williams
Faculty Council appointees:
Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, Paul R. Shapiro
Joshua Ogden-Davis, Keshav Rajagopalan, Kurstin Runnels-Hamilton
Staff: Susan K. Brown, Lisa A. Vera, Cynthia M. Sanchez
Administrative adivser: Michael D. Allen
The committee held two meetings during the year, in addition to having extensive e-mail correspondence among members. The two meetings were held on September 14, 2007, and February 23, 2008.
: The committee held its first meeting on September 14, 2007, at which it elected Holly A. Williams as vice-chair. At this meeting, Professor Ken Ralls moved that the name of the Calendar Committee be changed to the University Academic Calendar Committee because of confusion that had been created by the existing name. The committee studied the matter and ultimately voted to propose this change in the name of the committee. The rationale for the proposed name change was as follows:
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.
The Faculty Council approved the name change, after which the committee voted to change the reference on the University’s web site from Calendar Committee to University Academic Calendar Committee.
: The committee held its second meeting on February 13, 2008. At this meeting, the committee voted to elect the Ken Ralls as chair elect for the upcoming 2008-09 academic year.
Professor Ken Ralls noted that, during the previous academic year, 2006-07, the committee had considered a proposal from Keshav Rajagopalan, representing the Student Government, to explore the possibility of having a Fall Break. During 2006-07, the committee exhaustively studied the question and concluded that, at The University of Texas at Austin, a Fall Break was so impracticable as to be impossible. Professor Ralls observed that, because the question of whether the University should have a Fall Break would probably arise again in the future, it would be worthwhile for this year’s committee to restate its conclusion and rationale from the previous year. Following is the statement of this year’s committee reiterating the impossibility of having a Fall Break at the University.