SECRETARY’S REPORT
February 18, 2008

VI.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

F. ITEMS REFERRED BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE PROVOST FOR REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION.

D 3798-3800 Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in Enrollment as a Nondegree Seeker. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 10, 2005, and presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. On April 11, 2005, it appeared on the Council's agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, it was addressed and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005.

D 3835-3837 Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Improve Course Availability for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 11, 2005. In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger (secretary, Faculty Council), President Powers disapproved sections 2 and 4, and he approved section 3 with modifications; sections 1 and 5 are pending further review and recommendations from the provost. Following is the historical tracking of the legislation to date.

Archie Holmes, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, was to present the legislation to the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. However, due to lack of time, it was addressed and approved at the meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. Transmitted to the president from the provost on January 19, 2006, with the following recommendations:

"I recommend approval of Sections 1 and 3.

"Section I recommends the creation of a new symbol, N, to be used when a student drops a course for documented non-academic reasons. Section 3 requires that faculty provide a syllabus with specified information. I recommend adding to Section 3 that the syllabus also provide a description of the course, an outline of the weekly topics, and faculty and TA office hours. In addition, I recommend that we ask faculty to include the statement, The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

"I also recommend the approval of Section 5, which limits the number of Q drops, but with a modification. The proposed legislation recommends that a student who has received 3 Qs must have documented, non-academic reasons for any additional drops after the 12th class day. The limitation on Q drops is a very good idea. Based on the data provided by the Registrar's Office and consultation with academic advisors, however, I recommend that the recommended number be increased to 4. The purpose underlying the Faculty Council's proposal is maintained, and student progress is not reduced.

"I do not recommend approval of the proposed Sections 2 and 4.

"Section 2, which proposes changes to the current add and drop procedures, significantly shortens the period of time students have to add and drop courses each semester. Data prepared by the Registrar's Office indicate that these changes would have minimal impact on course availability and would be costly to implement. In addition, because students would have less time to attend meetings of a course and thus consider whether a course is suitable for them, it is projected that the likelihood of adds and drops would increase substantially. In my opinion, this would not be a healthy outcome for the institution.

"Section 4, which addresses course repeat policy, puts restrictions on the number of times a student may register for the same course. Colleges and schools currently handle these restrictions quite successfully internally. They are in the best position to determine the most effective practice for the courses they offer. I recommend that college/school level discretion be continued."

In a letter to Provost Leslie dated March 13, 2007, President Powers stated "Because of the significance of this proposal and the effect on the academic policy which you oversee, I am returning all five recommendations of D 3835-3837 to you for review, comment, and recommendation."

In a letter dated April 10, 2007, to President Powers, Provost Leslie recommended disapproval of items 2 and 4. Regarding item 3, he suggested "further modifications that serve to include the list in the original legislation that should be included on the course syllabus. This list is as follows:

Course name and number;
Faculty member name;
Faculty member office location and office hours;
TA name, office location and office hours if course has a TA;
Overview of course, including course prerequisites;
Grading policy for course, including whether class attendance is used in determining the grade;
Dates during semester for examinations and assignments that count 20% or more of the total course grade;
Final exam date and time;
Required materials for the course (textbooks, supplies, packets, etc.);
Course web site; and statement:
The University of Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-6441 TTY."

The provost also agreed with the "recommendation to approve item 5 with the modification that limitation in Q drops be increased to four rather than three as suggested in the legislation."

In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger, President Powers responded to Provost Leslie’s recommendations of April 10, 2007, with the following:
Section1: Before taking action on the recommended approval, President Powers is “asking Provost Leslie to work with Mr. Shelby Stanfield, Registrar, to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review.”
Section 2: President Powers concurred with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove this item.
Section 3: President Powers approved the provost’s recommendation for approval with modifications.
Section 4: President Powers agreed with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove the item.
Section 5: Before taking action on the recommendation for approval, the president is “asking Provost Leslie to work with the Registrar to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review.”

D 5191-5194 Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudspersons. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 11, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on January 23, 2007. In a letter dated May 21, 2007, the provost indicated his willingness to approve the creation of an assistant faculty ombudsperson position but would like to revisit whether there is a pressing need.

D 5918-5966 Proposed Changes to the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The following items were classified as legislation exclusive to a single college or school and were posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 10, 2008. They were approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 17, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 24, 2008.
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Arts in Biology (D 5918-5920).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (D 5921-5923).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (D 5924-5925).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences (D 5603-5930).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology (D 5931-5932).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science (D 5933-5936).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Biology (D 5937-5944).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (D 5945-5953).
The following items were classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school and were posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 10, 2008. They were approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 24, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 25, 2008.
  • Changes to the Elements of Computing Program (D 5954-5956).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (D 5957-5961).
  • Addition of a Masters Option in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences (D 5962-5966).


D 5967-5993
Proposed Changes to the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The following items were classified as legislation exclusive to a single college or school and were posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 10, 2008. They were approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 17, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 24, 2008.
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Psychology (D 5967-5971 ).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Arts in Classical Archaeology (D 5972-5974).
  • Changes in the Requirements for the African and African American Studies Concentration (D 5975-5977).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Arts in Scandinavian Studies (D 5978-5979).
  • Changes to the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II Honors Program (D 5980-5985).
The following items were classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school and were posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 10, 2008. They were approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 24, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 25, 2008.
  • Addition of a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies Degree and Honors Program (D 5986-5988).
  • Creation of the Bachelor of Science in Geography and the Environment and of the Departmental Honors Program (D 5989-5993).

D 5994-5996 Changes to the Business Honors Program in the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010.Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 10, 2008, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 17, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 24, 2008.

D 5997-6000 Changes to the Business Foundations Program in the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 10, 2008, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 24, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 25, 2008.

D 6070-6079 Proposed Changes to the Architecture Degrees in the School of Architecture Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 29, 2008, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on February 12, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on February 13, 2008.

D 6080-6081 Proposed Changes to the Graduation Completion Time Period in the Law School Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 29, 2008, and classified as legislation exclusive to a single college or school. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on February 5, 2008, and transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on February 6, 2008.

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