2014-2015 Legislative Status

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PENDING COORDINATING BOARD


Request to Add a UTeach Natural Sciences Secondary Teaching Option Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10332-10342).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 26, 2013, and classified as general legislation. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 29, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On September 5, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on September 9, 2013. On October 28, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On August 21, 2014, UT System recommended approval and transmitted the legislation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 26, 2013, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 3, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 4, 2013. On October 16, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On November 1, 2013, UT System granted approval. On June 12, 2013, required new degree program paperwork was retransmitted to UT System. On July 2, 2014, UT System transmitted the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommending approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Update to the Core Curriculum Course Lists for the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10727-10732).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 8, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The proposed changes to the core course lists were reviewed and approved by Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee during its meetings on May 20, June 3, August 22, September 17, and October 24, 2013. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 6, 2013, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 18, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the amended legislation, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 19, 2013. On November 19, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On March 13, 2014, UT System granted approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

Request to Add a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the Cockrell School of Engineering Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10875-10881).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On December 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and transmitted it to the provost on behalf of the president on December 9, 2013. On February 14, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On June 19, 2014, UT System transmitted its recommendation of approval to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Proposal to Create a Health and Society Degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11327-11330).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 5, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On June 3, 2014, the provost’s office transmitted additional paperwork related to the proposed legislation. On July 2, 2014, UT System granted approval and transmitted the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

PENDING UT SYSTEM

Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 3, 2010, and classified as general legislation. On November 15, 2010, the Faculty Council approved the proposal, and it was transmitted to the president on November 16, 2010. On November 22, 2010, President Powers asked Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice Presidents Patricia Ohlendorf and Kevin Hegarty for written recommendation regarding the legislation. On December 7, 2010, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the legislation. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf responded with concerns stating that the proposed change would involve the Budget Council (or other departmental or non-departmentalized college/school governance body) in all hiring decisions with the chair (or non-departmentalized dean) and that it may not provide the flexibility to meet immediate teaching needs and/or to make changes at year end. She also expressed that she did not think that the modifications in paragraph 5 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures provision were needed, but that there was no legal objection to them. On October 3, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. On August 29, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposal to President Powers recommending approval. On September 3, 2014, President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Request to Add an Evidence and Inquiry Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10343-10347).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 26, 2013, and classified as general legislation. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 29, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On September 5, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on September 9, 2013. On October 28, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Request to Add a Pre-Health Professions Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10348-10355).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 26, 2013, and classified as general legislation. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 29, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On September 5, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on September 9, 2013. On October 28, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Global Track in the Business Foundations Certificate Program in the McCombs School of Business Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11281-11283a).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 27, 2014.  On August 6, 2014, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management David Laude transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Skills and Experience Flags in the School of Undergraduate Studies Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11321-11323).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On February 24, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the College of Liberal Arts Section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11397-11402).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposals were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.
  • Proposed Changes to the Rhetoric and Writing Honors Program (D 11397-11399)
  • Proposed Changes to the BA of Science and Arts Degree (D 11400- 11402)
Proposed Changes to the Electrical Engineering Degree Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11403-11406)
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposal was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

PENDING PRESIDENT

Proposal from the University Academic Calendar Committee to Extend the Thanksgiving Break (D 11508-11512).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2014, and classified as legislation of major interest to the General Faculty. On May 5, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the proposal, which was submitted to the General Faculty members on a no-protest basis with a protest deadline of May 19. Forty-nine protests had been received by the deadline; therefore, on September 15, 2014, a special meeting of the General Faculty was held to consider the matter, but there was not a quorum. Consequently, the legislation was returned to the Faculty Council, which met immediately following the adjournment of the special General Faculty meeting. Following discussion of the legislation, voting members of the Faculty Council approved the legislation by a show of hands, twenty-seven in favor and nineteen against. On September 16, 2014, the legislation was transmitted to the president. Final approval resides with the president with notification to UT System.

PENDING PROVOST

Proposed Changes to the Degrees and Programs Section in the School of Business Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10674-10685).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 21, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 22, 2013. In a memoranudm April 8, 2014, to Sr. Vice Provost David Laude, Dean Thomas Gilligan requested that the third writing flag be rolled back. Final approval resides with UT System.

Faculty Educational Benefit Proposal from the Faculty Welfare Committee (D 11169-11170).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 16, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the proposal at its meeting on January 27, 2014, and it was transmitted to the president on January 29, 2014. On March 12, 2014, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves, Vice President for University Operations Patricia Clubb, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty, and Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia Ohlendorf. Final approval resides with the president.Final approval resides with the president.

PENDING FACULTY COUNCIL
No legislation pending at this time.
PENDING GENERAL FACULTY
No legislation pending at this time.
PENDING GENERAL FACULTY STANDING COMMITTEES
Proposal to Align Q-Drop and OTE Drop Policies: Encourage Students to Speak with Professors Before Dropping a Class (D 11519-11520).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 8, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council will discuss the proposal at its meeting on April 14, 2014. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

2014 Resolution in Support of Consistent Enforcement of the Foreign Language Pre-Requisite Requirement (D 11569-11570).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 24, 2014. The Faculty Council was unable to consider the legislation due to lack of time. The Council may consider it on September 15, 2014. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

OTHER ITEMS UNDER RECONSIDERATION
No legislation pending at this time.
ITEMS COMPLETED/WITHDRAWN/CLOSED

Proposal to Delete the Texas IP Certificate Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11230-11232).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. On March 3, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On September 15, 2014, UT System granted final approval and transmitted formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Proposed Changes to the Applied Learning & Development Degree Program in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11233-11235).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11248-11250 and D 11255-11257).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014.  On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 21, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Health Promotion Degree Program (D 11248-11250).
  • Proposed Changes to the Middle Grades, Secondary, and All-Level Teacher Certification Programs (D 11255-11257).
Proposed Changes to the Sport Management Degree Program in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11251-11254).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014.  On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 21, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the Language Requirements in the BA Plan I and II Degree Programs in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11275-11280).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014.  On February 24, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the Flags in the College of Fine Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11284-11292).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. .  On February 21, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the Department of Art and Art History (D 11284-11286).
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the Butler School of Music (D 11287-11289).
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the Department of Theatre and Dance (D 11290-11292).
Proposed Changes to the BS in Computer Science Integrated Program in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11293-11297).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On March 31, 2014, UT System granted approval and transmitted the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On July 2, 2014, UT System followed up with an additional transmission granting approval with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On August 28, 2014, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the BA Plan I, BS in Psychology and BS in Environmental Science Degree Programs in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11298-11300).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. On February 24, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the Admission and Registration Section in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11324-11326).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 21, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Requests to Create Certificate Programs in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11331-11350).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the additions on February 5, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. On March 6, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval resides with UT System.
  • Request to Add an African Studies Certificate Program (D 11331-11334).
  • Request to Add a Creative Writing Certificate Program (D 11335-11338).
  • Request to Add a History and Philosophy of Science Certificate Program (D 11339-11344).
  • Request to Add an LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies Certificate Program (D 11345-11350).
Proposed Changes to the Admission, Transfer, and Pass/Fail Policies in the Law School Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11407-11411).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposal was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval..

Proposed Changes to the External Transfer Admission Requirements in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11492-11494).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 24, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change at noon on March 24, 2014, and forwarded it to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 28, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on April 2, 2014. On August 6, 2014, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management David Laude transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On August 20, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Change the Twenty-four of the Last Thirty Semester Hours Rule in the General Requirements Section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-1016 (D 11521-11523).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 10, 2014, and classified as legislation of major interest to the General Faculty. The Faculty Council approved the legislation at is meeting on May 5, 2014. It was submitted to the General Faculty members on a no-protest basis with a protest deadline of May 19; however, only four protests were received, and therefore, it was considered to have been approved by the General Faculty. On May 22, 2014, the legislation was transmitted to the president. On July 11, 2014, President Powers granted final approval with formal notification to UT System being transmitted on July 16, 2014. On August 8, 2014, UT System Granted final approval.

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Regarding the Conferral of Degrees (D 11877).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 3, 2014. The Faculty Council endorsed the resolution at its meeting on September 15, 2014, it was transmitted to the president on September 16, 2014. No further action is required.