2010-11 Faculty Council Regular Meeting. Agenda. Report of the Secretary. Proposals from the Faculty Committee on Committees Affecting Terms of Service, Term Limits, Chairs, and Chair Elects ( D 7976-7978 ):
Proposal from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Recommending Changes to the Parliamentarian Language in the Rules and Regulations (D 7979 )
Provost recommended disapproval with a suggestion for resolving the conflict by retaining the first sentence of HOP C.1, Sec I, D.4., and striking the second sentence, which would then read as follows:
Handbook of Operating Procedures for The University of Texas at Austin
Chapter 1: Faculty Governance, Section I: General Faculty
4. “The Parliamentarian shall be appointed annually by the President upon the advice of the Faculty Council, and may be reappointed.”
Provost recommended disapproval with the following comment; the president concurred:
“I am concerned that this legislation departs substantially from UT System guidelines. It reduces excessively the decision-making authority of the president as it relates to selection of the faculty committee, and I recommend that this legislation no be approved.”
Proposal to Change the Function and Composition of the C-13 Information Technology Committee (D 8074-8075).
Returned for reconsideration with the following recommendation from Provost Leslie:
…if the proposal to extend standard term limits from two to three years (D 7976-7978) is approved…
”then for this legislation the president should be given a slate which includes four members of college IT committees, of whom two will be selected each year. With staggered terms, two of the six IT committee representatives will roll off each year and need to be replaced.”
From the Faculty Council Executive Committee.
VP FTE Comparison FY 00 to FY 10 (A&P and Classified Full-Time Equivalent)
Faculty Council's resolution calls for College/School Educational Policy Formulation Structures to meet at least these three criteria:
1. It holds an annual College/School meeting
2. It has an Educational Policy Formulation Committee that is elected by faculty, or, if chairs or the dean appoint the committee members, curriculum changes are circulated to the full college faculty for approval or protest.
3. The college/school's voting faculty have recently approved the governance process.
Colleges/Schools in which their Educational Policy Formulation Governance meets all three criteria:
Colleges/Schools in which their Educational Policy Formulation Governance appears to meet the first two criteria but the process has not been approved recently by the college/school's voting faculty.
For these plans we will assist the FC college representatives in an effort to gather faculty comments on their governance procedures.
College/Schools in which their Educational Policy Formulation Governance does not meet any of the three criteria.
POTENTIAL RESOLUTIONS ON UNIVERSITY BUDGET ISSUES
A financial crisis should not be addressed by doing harm to those who are most vulnerable by firing and wage reductions of low paid faculty, staff, and graduate students. Providing a living wage with health benefits for all UT employees should be supported.
In response to budget reductions, slowing or cutting new construction and administrative salaries and positions, rather than reducing staff or faculty, should take place first.
Cont. next slide.
VII. Reports of the General Faculty, Colleges, Schools, and Committees—None.
RESOLUTION FROM THE FACULTY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REGARDING THE CREATION OF COLLEGE TUITION AND BUDGET ADVISORY COMMITTEES
“RESOLVED: That every college and school create a College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee (College TBAC) consisting of an equal number of faculty and students from the current college and school governance bodies. The college’s Faculty Council (FC) representatives will usually serve as the faculty members of the College TBAC. If more FC representatives want to serve than are needed, the representatives will be chosen by lottery from among them. If too few exist, an election by voting faculty in the college will be held to determine the other members of the committee.
The College TBACs shall make recommendations concerning college priorities, budget allocations and cuts, and tuition in the college. The committee shall submit written reports and recommendations at least once a year. The committee shall maintain transparency with the college or school community by holding open meetings and forums both before and after issuing a written report, by soliciting input from faculty, staff, and students, and by communicating with them as frequently as possible.”