MINUTES OF THE REGULAR FACULTY COUNCIL MEETING OF
January 24, 2011
V. REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT.
Chair Elect Alan Friedman (English) reminded members that the annual joint meeting our UT Faculty Council with the Texas A&M Senate will be held on March 7 in the UT Austin Alumni Center. He said the meeting would begin at 11:30 with lunch and remarks by presidents and provosts of both institutions. He said the main agenda items would be the legislative and budgetary situation; efforts were underway to invite one or two legislators to attend and address the group. In addition, there will be breakout discussion sessions, and he welcomed suggestions for topics. He said the following topics have been suggested and are under discussion: faculty productivity and accountability; the new committee on faculty excellence; how faculty and administrations can work together effectively to deal with the current crisis in higher education and to enhance excellence; financial exigency, which has been a matter of a great deal of discussion among faculty and the administration in recent months; the Texas Public Policy Foundation; and questions regarding formula funding. Chair Elect Friedman said invitations to the meeting will sent to Council members fairly soon; he explained that members will need to RSVP to the Office of the General Faculty and Faculty Council so plans for the luncheon can be arranged.