MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
May 11, 2009

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

A. Comments by the President.

President Powers summarized the status of bills under consideration by the Texas Legislature in the waning days of the 2009 session that had impact on the University as follows:

  • He reported that the handgun bill is still pending and being closely monitored by the University administration and the UT System; he said he thought the vote “could go either way.”
  • He reported that a top 10% bill has received Senate approval, and the House is scheduled to vote on its legislation on May 15; if the House version differs from that of the Senate, a conference committee will have to reconcile the differences and submit a new bill to both bodies for reconsideration.
  • He said he thought a tuition freeze was unlikely, and the bills being discussed vary in the level of constraint that might be imposed; he expected the tuition legislation to be considered within the next 7-10 days of the session.
  • He said the University’s budget depends on a number of factors, including the amounts from general revenue and competitive knowledge funds as well as from tuition and hold-harmless provisions that have not yet been determined. Although challenging, he expected the budget will be “up year-over-year,” but he said he thought the University would not face the level of financial difficulties occurring in institutions in other states.

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