University of Texas System
Faculty Advisory Council
Minutes: December 3 - 4, 1998
- The meeting
was called to order on Thursday, December 3, 1998 at 10:00 by UT Faculty
Advisor Council Chair Ivor Page (U.T Dallas).
Approval of the minutes of the October 8-9, 1998 meeting was postponed
to allow members to study the draft minutes being circulated (see item
letter to Commissioner Don Brown of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board regarding Dr. Bill Sanfords actions at the October 9,
1998 Faculty Advisory Council meeting was received by him. A response
from Commissioner Brown included his regrets.
letter to Vice Chancellor Mario Gonzales regarding proposed Distance
Learning policy was received. Included in the letter was the following
resolution passed electronically on November 5, 1998:
have an interest in, and must exercise oversight over, the quality
of all educational materials developed by their faculties or presented
to their students. This principle applies equally to traditional,
distance-education, and all other formats of instruction:
courses, course-sequences, and programs of study developed by
faculty of a particular academic unit, or presented to students
of that unit, must gain the approval of, and be monitored by,
the appropriate faculty curriculum committee(s) following the
procedures which are standard at the university.
all courses, course-sequences, and programs of study developed
by faculty from two or more universities must be approved and
monitored by the appropriate curriculum committee(s) on each contributing
externally developed courses, course-sequences, and programs of
study adopted by a University of Texas System component must be
approved and monitored by the appropriate faculty curriculum committee(s).
courses, course-sequences and programs of study made available
through the University of Texas Telecampus may be used for credit
toward academic degrees offered by a particular component institution
only if they have been approved by the appropriate faculty curriculum
committee(s) at that component. All such courses will be subject
to monitoring as described above.
discussion with the vice chancellor indicated a favorable response.
Further comments are expected from him.
letter to Chancellor William Cunningham and to the Board of Regents
regarding Senate Bill 148 has received no formal response.
5. Our letter to Chancellor Cunningham regarding receiving draft copies
of intended changes to UT System policies and having 90 days to offer
responses has received no written answer.
letter to Chancellor William Cunningham and to the Board of Regents
regarding FAC participation on Board committees has received a negative
Nelson (U.T. Dallas) offered advice to the chair that when messages
do not receive response they should be resent. Page indicated this action
would be considered.
Irma Rangel (Chair of Texas House Committee on Higher Education) is
ill and will not be able to attend our meeting.
action in response to SB 148, Page reported that he took a day off to
travel to Austin and to visit with Sen. Teel Bivens (Chair of the Texas
Senate Committee on Education). Also present at the meeting were Marshall
Hill and Terry Flack of the Coordinating Board. Sen. Bivens registered
an objection that press coverage of our comments regarding SB 148 had
preceded informing him of those complaints. He also added that many
legislators will not discuss legislation with state employees. Nevertheless,
he did carry on this discussion. Page addressed the different missions
and curricula of the various state-supported higher educational institutions.
Sen. Bivens asked what could be done to "fix" SB 148. Such "fixes" as
changing "shall"s to "may"s and excluding research universities were
regarding SB 148, Page reported on the meeting the previous day with
Coordinating Board staff. Present at the meeting from the FAC were Betty
Travis (U.T. San Antonio), Jim Bartlett (U.T. Dallas), Shelley Payne
(U.T. Austin), and Alan Cline (U.T. Austin). At that meeting, Marshall
Hill was pessimistic regarding efforts to "fix" SB 148.
added that the committees formed by the Coordinating Board will have
few representatives of larger and more research oriented universities.
Gaulden (U.T. Permian Basin) suggested that we speak to campus presidents
regarding appointments to the committees.
added that there the time frame is brief.
inquired about the specific fields in the "fields of study". Payne
did not know but said she expected transfer activity.
Dunnington (U.T. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) asked about the required
degrees for teaching in community colleges. He was told that faculty
are required to have masters degrees with at least 18 graduate credit
hours in a subject to teach it. Dunnington suggested that we work
with the Texas Faculty Association (TFA).
Brazier (U.T. Pan American) said that committees cannot guarantee
that their efforts will be approved by the Coordinating Board.
wondered how we had gotten into this predicament and why we had not
recommended following the electronic "Larry Judd Report" of legislative
responded that Gwen Grigsby was to have done this and asked if Vice
Chancellor Sharpe should do it in the future.
added that even the regents seemed unaware of the ramifications of
SB 148. Nelson agreed, recalling the meeting the FAC Executive Committee
had had with the regents.
said that, according to Marshall Hill, Cunningham testified on SB
148 and asked how we could get a copy of his testimony.
asked if the Coordinating Board wanted the FAC to become more political.
said that at the upcoming legislative session there may be more money
for education and that the administrators may ignore SB 148 in an
effort to get greater funding.
Siciliano (U.T. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) asked "what are we going
to do about this?".
answered that we should meet with campus presidents and ask them if
they are fighting it.
said that the presidents may not be happy with the FAC and not inclined
to work on SB 148. This caused the general question of FAC relations
with campus presidents to arise.
of Vice Chancellor Sharpe:
At this point Sharpe was asked to address the question of FAC standing
with the System and with the presidents. He began by saying he had been
on the job only six months but has a general sense from the presidents
and from his own attendance at FAC meetings that there is ambiguity about
the role of the FAC. He said it would be useful to talk about how the
FAC is perceived by presidents, administrators, and regents.
from Travis: Should there be a joint meeting with the presidents?
Sharpe responded that he should meet with the FAC Executive
Committee. Does the FAC see itself as a faculty governance organization?
If so, there is nothing about that in the Regents Rules. But if
not, what is the FAC role. Two key players in this will be the chair
of the board of regents and the chancellor.
said that he thought it would not be too unwieldy to have this discussion
with the entire FAC. He added that the System administrative structure
was too top-heavy. As the FAC has matured, the administration is hearing
of it for the first time. He believes the presidents should "lighten
asked the group what should be done about SB 148. Should a committee
dealing with that be named?
Knopp (U.T. Brownsville) said that he was not uncomfortable with the
executive committees role.
(returning to the SB 148 issue) said he would find out the administrations
attitude toward SB 148.
Vega (U.T. San Antonio) said that the chancellor should support the
FAC on this issue.
Hilley (U.T. Austin) asked if Vice Chancellor Sharpe had concerns with
respect to SB 148.
responded by asking, "Is there going to be a proposal to change 148?
Is it feasible to modify it?. If not, he said we should deal with
the Coordinating Board.
asked Sharpe "At the Presidential Retreat, was there discussion of SB
responded "My sense is that the presidents are concerned. They discussed
it but not at this retreat."
said that the Coordinating Boards interpretation of "core curriculum"
was determined by chats with the staff of Sen. Bivins.
said that Sanford had told us that the Coordinating Board staff had
removed the "venom" from the SB 148 language and, therefore, might be
able to help now.
asked if minutes were taken at the Presidential Retreats.
Health Center Tyler:
"Director" of the Center now will have the title "President". Other
administrative titles may change as well.
will be a special committee to seek a new president, although the only
present candidate is the interim president.
Centers faculty want to pursue the consideration of a tenure policy.
grievance policy is undergoing study.
Student Health Center is being set up with U.T. Tyler.
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center:
center is enjoying some fiscal health: a building program, more beds,
and a 17% greater budget than FY 98.
President convened a Committee on Faculty Peer and Grievance Review
to study the fairness of reviews, credentialing, promotion and tenure
review, appointment review and Regents Rule 6.35, and appeal and
Committee made recommendations including that "the institution implement
a more balanced approach in keeping with our values and culture" with
respect to Rule 6.35.
Klostergaard (U.T. M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) commended the administration
for pursuing these issues and Siciliano added that none of this would
have happened without the action of the UT System FAC.
Heath Science Center San Antonio:
new building projects are underway including a new research facility.
loss of income (i.e. $17.2M) caused by the settlement of the Medicare
fraud allegations is having its affects on the campus.
South Texas health activities are being initiated. The number of medical
students from South Texas has increased 300-400% since 1997 to 1998.
implementation of a "fully integrated electronic curriculum" for the
Dental School has been postponed.
Heath Science Center Houston:
faculty satisfaction survey is being analyzed. One aspect to be studied
is the attitude toward post-tenure review (PTR).
ad hoc committee addressing teaching effectiveness, evaluation, and
reward continues to meet.
impact of SB 148 on this campus is being examined. Perhaps only the
School of Nursing is affected.
campus is satisfied with their grievance policy.
search is underway for a new dean of Biomedical Sciences.
Ferid Murad was a recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Medical Branch Galveston:
Faculty Senate at UTMB now exists. The officers will attend the March
1999 UT System FAC meeting.
review has begun on the campus. Each school is determining its own review
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas:
Faculty Senate will be considering a resolution on SB 148 similar to
that passed at UT Austin.
second round of PTR will occur in January and February 1999. It is expected
that fewer faculty than last year will surrender their tenure rather
than undergo review.
policy has changed so that UTSW faculty may receive honoraria when they
speak at university-wide seminars.
Board of Regents has approved facilities for U.T. Tyler at Longview.
Campus Health Clinic has been established with the cooperation of the
U.T. Health Center Tyler.
Faculty Senate passed a resolution in support of the Texas Council of
Faculty Senates Resolution to amend SB 148.
announcement will be made soon of the short list of presidential candidates.
Faculty Senate has passed a resolution in opposition to the "model"
forum was held to discuss a possible restructuring of the academic units;
in particular, the replacement of divisions with departments.
ad-hoc Committee on Evaluation of Administrators is working with the
interim provost in expectation of an evaluation by faculty to be held
in the upcoming spring semester.
ad-hoc Committee on Women Faculty Issues has been formed to study family
leave, teaching evaluation, and salaries.
addressed the System-wide Committee on the Advancement of Women which
has recommended that womens issues committees be established on
each campus. The question was asked "Why is this System level committee
dominated by administrators?". The Chancellor has responded that these
individuals have the power to act. Page suggested FAC members determine
who are their own campus representatives on the System committee and
to see if these should be replaced by more active representatives. Page
also said that the environment may be improving at U.T. San Antonio.
said he found the grievance structure at UT San Antonio appalling. Consistency
with the Regents Rules is all that is to be considered when the
Office of General Counsel (OGC) evaluates these policies. If the OGC
role is greater, then we should be told what it is.
said his president wants a side-by-side comparison of the UT San Antonio
grievance policy with those at the other campuses.
said that Susan Bright had contradicted herself on the matter of the
role of OGC.
of the Permian Basin:
first phase of PTR has been completed. An "administrative" phase is
underway. Some administrators were included in the group undergoing
problems with the 42 hour core curriculum are nor foreseen at this time.
A resolution regarding the amendment of SB 148 has not been addressed.
internal study of faculty salaries is underway.
faculty workload (without research release time) is to stay at 12 hours
resolution pertaining to the "Fields of Study" portion of SB 148 was
passed the Faculty Senate.
have been difficulties with the implementation of PTR.
policy of evaluation of administrators is no longer simply informal
it now has been placed into the Handbook of Operating Procedures.
grievance policy approved by the Faculty Senate was reviewed by OGC and
returned with objections. The matter is now being studied.
core curriculum is being reexamined in light of SB 148.
Faculty Senate resolution opposing SB 48 is to be considered at the December
concern in the Senate is the large number of administrative posts filled
without faculty input.
of the faculty evaluation of administrators are expected to be ready by
experiment of sending revisions of policy to OGC for comment but without
"the weight of mandate" has been so far unsuccessful because no response
from OGC has been received.
Faculty Senates authority with respect to revisions in the Handbook
of Operating Procedures has been incorporated into the handbook itself.
resolution dealing with the Fields of Study provisions of SB 148 was passed
by the Academic Senate and is being circulated. An attempt will be made
to get positions on the Coordinating Boards committees.
new set of course evaluation form from the University of Washington are
to be used.
university has expanded by enrolling lower division students.
new partnership with local school districts will allow high school students
to be enrolled concurrently at U.T. Brownesville and to college credit
for some courses taken at high schools.
administrators are to undergo PTR in the sixth year.
appears to be proceeding without major problems.
(specifically greater than anticipated unreimbursed expenses) have been
reported regarding the new health insurance plans.
resolution in opposition to SB 148 was approved by the Faculty Council.
campus Committee on the Advancement of Women has formed three subcommittees
and has begun to make recommendations. A similar campus Committee on the
Advancement of Minorities has had an organizational meeting
Faculty Senate passed a resolution reminding the administration of the
important role of faculty governance.
be considered at the December Faculty Senate meeting is the discussion
of the administrations identification of instructors of certain "gate-keeping"
courses for "special attention" on the sole basis of grades in those courses.
resolution in opposition to SB 148 was approved by the Faculty Senate.
Faculty Senate has approved a revised policy on the evaluation of administrators.
At 2:00, the general meeting was adjourned and the council met in committees.
The Friday, December 4, 1998 session was called to order at 9:00 AM.
After corrections from Nelson and Dunnington the minutes of the October
8-9, 1998 meeting were approved.
with Mr. Tom Scott,
U.T System Office of Governmental Relations: Scott indicated his focus
was on the appropriations process. He pointed to two limits on spending:
a "pay-as-you-go" policy of the comptroller and a "rate of growth" limitation
that specifies that spending should not exceed the rate of growth of the
Texas economy. The rate of growth limitation has not been a factor previously
but may be now.
Office of Governmental Relations has been planning for the upcoming
legislative session since the 1997 session ended. There is a plan to
join with other institutions in search of the common goal of increased
funding for higher education. There were some major changes in the funding
formulas in 1997 including greater weights for student retention and
for using tenure track faculty in undergraduate instruction. It appears
that there will be no growth in the total number of U.T. System component
semester hours (possibly a 2% loss) but the Systems share of the
statewide number of semester hours is constant.
Coordinating Board has recommended that greater weight be given to the
preparation of teachers and that there be an allowance for more indirect
costs to be retained by the institutions.
respect to health institutions, Scott said they have requested a funding
formula for them. He added that some money from the tobacco settlement
might be used for "general excellence" endowments for the health schools.
he said the System had requested $634M for the academic institutions
and $200M for health. The council then turned to questions of Scott.
was asked how the formula will be applied to the health components.
He responded that every major function of the schools has been examined
and per student values were computed and weighted by areas. In addition,
some small supplements have been included for applied health and for
asked if there was any talk of imposing a tax on managed care organizations.
Scott said he was not aware of any such discussion.
asked if the legislature was addressing shortages in certain professions.
Scott said that there would be extra funding for engineering, computer
science, and information science.
said that when the funding formulas have changed, some institutions
(e.g. UT Pan American) have fared worse and then asked if there were
an effort to ameliorate this. Scott said yes.
commented that there is a contradiction in legislative goals if they
want more senior faculty to teach undergraduates but, via SB 148, divert
more students to community colleges.
was asked about salaries and responded that they had requested a 5%
increase for faculty and staff salaries but doubted this will be successful.
said a 5% increase for staff salaries will not make them competitive
and asked if "we will be outbid by Pennys?". Scott responded that the
legislature has been asked for greater flexibility with respect to staff
salaries but desires uniform rates.
this point, questions were addressed to Vice Chancellor Sharpe.
asked what would be happening with tuition. Sharpe said some in the
higher education coalition do not favor total institutional tuition
control and it is hard to say what will happen. Tuition control will
likely not be a part of the coalition plan but possibly U.T. Austin
and Texas A&M will be allowed greater tuition control. This may
be a major hurdle to get through the Texas House, however.
asked if the System was indicating its priorities to the legislature
and will the 5% salary increase be a priority. Sharpe said there is
enthusiasm for this.
wondered what happens if there is a mandate for a 5% increase for state
employees. Are our increases independent of such mandates? Sharpe said
that sometimes the mandates do not apply to faculty.
asked what the System was doing about non-appropriations type issues
such as SB 148. Sharpe said the administration needs to keep us informed
said there needs to be a network to keep us alerted and Sharpe agreed.
said he does not see a plan that reflects interest in salaries and that
the salaries at some schools are appalling. He asked why can't this
problem be sold to the legislature and to the public. Sharpe said that
the higher education coalition has made a commitment to use private
money for public relations purposes for senior colleges.
added that this may be our fault - that possibly we, the faculty, do
not sell ourselves to the public.
said Texas A&M has produced a document describing why teachers teach
the number of hours they do per week and that this document explains
a great deal. This is something the System could circulate. Addressing
Sharpe, he said that yesterday Sharpe had said we need to do an analysis
of the effects of SB 148. Nelson asked if Sharpe could have this done
also addressing Sharpe, said that he had indicated that the legislature
was concerned with salary equity yet the faculty had been excluded from
the $100 bonus in 1997. She asked why can't there be a push for salaries
independent of the equity thinking. Sharpe said that typically the legislature
has not gotten into this sort of detail.
said that previously Gwen Grigsby came to the FAC with lists of bills
relevant to higher education but wondered if we must now do that for
ourselves. Travis added that possibly the FAC should have a governmental
said the state itself does some of this but wondered if it were possible
for the FAC to keep track of all of the relevant bills.
said we must be pro active.
asked if faculty salary increases are not somewhat set by the institutions.
Sharpe responded that the coalition may help with the salary problem
but has not been asked.
returning to the question of the need for a governmental relations committee
said possibly a committee is needed. We need to understand what the
System is doing as well as TFA and TACT. The "Larry Judd Report" gives
some of this information
wondered how the FAC could influence priorities.
said that we must do this and a committee might be able to have this
as its responsibility.
said a standing committee could also monitor the coordinating board.
He made the following motion, seconded by Hilley:
The FAC Chair should establish an ad hoc committee for governmental
relations and charge the Governance Committee with investigating whether
this should become a standing committee of the FAC.
said that the Academic Affairs Committee had already been moving in
wondered why we were going to overextend ourselves by taking on this
task since the System administration and TFA already do the same thing.
We should improve relations with TFA.
said the committee could do that.
Peterson (U.T. Health Center Tyler) said effectiveness will depend
upon relations with the System administration and asked if those in
the System's Office of Governmental Relations would have time for us.
said we needed buddies in that office.
said we don't need buddies - it should be a professional relationship.
said we are small and are defining our role. The FAC took on a new activity
in 1997 with respect to post tenure review. We will be speaking to Sharpe
about what the FAC's mission will be.
Discussion with Mario Gonzales, Vice Chancellor for Telecommunications
and Information Technology: Gonzales indicated that he would respond to
our resolution of November 5, 1998. He prefaced this with the statement
"If the meaning of the resolution is that the curriculum is the responsibility
of the faculty, we agree with that.". Page requested that Gonzales respond
to each of the four points of the resolution separately. (For clarity,
those points are reproduced below.)
courses, course-sequences, and programs of study developed by faculty
of a particular academic unit, or presented to students of that unit,
must gain the approval of, and be monitored by, the appropriate faculty
curriculum committee(s) following the procedures which are standard at
said "that's great".
Further, all courses, course-sequences, and programs of study developed
by faculty from two or more universities must be approved and monitored
by the appropriate curriculum committee(s) on each contributing campus."
said "This normally is no problem". Knopp asked what had happened regarding
the on-line MBA program and Gonzales responded that the courses still
have to go through the regular committees for approval.
Similarly, externally developed courses, course-sequences, and programs
of study adopted by a University of Texas System component must be approved
and monitored by the appropriate faculty curriculum committee(s)."
said "we have no opposition to that".
Finally, courses, course-sequences and programs of study made available
through the University of Texas Telecampus may be used for credit toward
academic degrees offered by a particular component institution only
if they have been approved by the appropriate faculty curriculum committee(s)
at that component. All such courses will be subject to monitoring as
said that as long as the phrase "for academic degrees" were present
he saw no problem with this. He indicated that occasionally teachers
might construct courses that would not be used for degrees.
Liguori (U. T.- El Paso) asked about currently existing courses covering
the same material as those available from the Telecampus and will courses
taken from the Telecampus be transferable? Gonzales said that academic
advisors will be involved in this - that students should not take these
courses without prior approval from advisors. He said that if institutions
do not approve of courses being transferable, they should inform his
asked how long it would be until the 16th campus (i.e., a totally
electronic system component) were established. Gonzales said that someone
will be hired for a phase 2 study of this and that there are many additional
questions to be answered such as should there be a virtual university,
how would a student visit such a school, and how much would it cost. He
ended by saying there would be some answers to these questions within
the first three months of 1999.
Temporary Adjournment: At 11:00, the general meeting
was adjourned and the council met in committees. At the noon the general
Special Item: Page recognized the imminent wedding of Travis. Comments
were made regarding the benefits of finding a spouse at a nursing home.
- The committee
is trying to determine what the grade changing policies are on the campuses
and asks the FAC representatives to bring policy statements to the next
- The FAC
bylaws would have to be changed if a new committee on Governmental Relations
was established. In fact, the bylaws need to be altered to allow amendments.
- The following
resolution was submitted by the committee.
University of Texas Board of Regents has recognized and endorsed in
Regents Rules Chapter III Section 37.3 the necessity of academic freedom
for faculty that tenure provides in order to fulfill the missions of
each University of Texas System component. At the October 1998 meeting
of the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council (UTSFAC),
the representatives from two University of Texas components, Tyler Health
Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center, pointed out that academic freedom
for the faculty at those institutions was not protected by tenure, in
contrast to the lifetime tenure in force at all other UT components.
The UTSFAC therefore unanimously passed a resolution asking that procedures
be initiated for establishing lifetime tenure at Tyler Health Center
and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
that post-tenure review has been legislated and has become System policy,
the rationale for term appointments at MD Anderson Cancer Center and
one-year contracts at Tyler Health Center is obviated; therefore, we
request timely modification of Regents Rules in order to establish a
uniform lifetime tenure policy throughout the UT System.
- Page wondered
if the word "immediate" was appropriate.
said this would inspire greater awareness from administrators.
moved to amend by striking "immediate". The motion passed.
Silver (U.T. Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas) moved to amend by
inserting "timely" where "immediate" had been. The motion passed.
- The resolution
was approved as amended.
- The committee
also offered the following proposal for the disposition of FAC resolutions:
UTSFAC Governance Committee recommends that the following procedures
be adopted as part of a policy for sending resolutions that require
action forward to the Chancellor and the Board of Regents:
- All resolutions
be categorized by the UTSFAC as either institutional resolutions (i.e.,
resolutions that need to be considered and handled on the local university
level) or systemic resolutions (i.e., broader resolutions that require
actions by the System, OGC, etc.).
- The resolutions
be forwarded to the Chancellor in the form of a letter (copied to the
Vice Chancellor and to the members of the UTSFAC) asking for a response,
if possible by the next general UTSFAC meeting.
status reports on all out-standing resolutions be given by the Chancellor
or Vice Chancellor at each FAC Executive Committee meeting.
- The responses
come either in the form of a written letter or as part of a discussion
at the next general FAC meeting.
- In the
case that a response does not come forward, a subsequent letter be sent
to both the Chancellor and the Board of Regents.
- The proposals
are to be considered at the March 1999 FAC meeting.
- The following
resolution on distance learning, slightly altered from the one approved
Nov 4, 1998, was offered by the committee.
have an interest in, and must exercise oversight over, the quality of
all educational materials developed by their faculties or presented
to their students. This principle applies equally to traditional, distance-education,
and all other formats of instruction.
- All courses,
course-sequences, and programs of study developed by faculty of a particular
academic unit, or presented to students of that unit, must gain the
approval of, and be monitored by, the appropriate faculty curriculum
committee(s) following the procedures which are standard at the university.
all courses, course-sequences, and programs of study developed by faculty
from two or more universities must be approved and monitored by the
appropriate faculty curriculum committee(s) on each contributing campus.
externally developed courses, course-sequences, and programs of study
adopted by a University of Texas System Component must be approved and
monitored by the appropriate faculty curriculum committee(s).
only courses, course-sequences, and programs of study that have undergone
the approval and monitoring processes described above can be made available
for academic credit by the University of Texas Telecampus.
- The new
version of the resolution has the phrase "made available for academic
credit" in the fourth point. This phrase is to mean, "cannot be announced
until approved" as well.
- It was
asked if there is something new in this policy. The answer was that
the resolution is consistent with current institutional practice but
is not formal policy. It is the intent that the resolution be forwarded
through Vice Chancellor Gonzales to Chancellor Cunningham and the Board
of Regents recommended as regental policy.
- The resolution
- A second
resolution was offered in draft form for the Council's information.
tenure is not linked to any particular level of financial compensation,
it entails a financial commitment from the institution to the tenured
faculty member. The institution will provide the tenured faculty member
with an appropriate base salary that will not be subject to reduction
except in cases of financial exigency or disciplinary action as defined
in Regents Rules.
- It was
suggested that the resolution should receive further consideration prior
to the March 1999 meeting.
- The Committee's
discussion focused on posture/response of the FAC to various aspects
of SB 148 . The law is very tightly worded and probably not easily subject
to suggestions for modification at this time.
- The Committee
recommends that the Faculty Advisory Council charge its Executive Committee
with taking several items into its consideration. Furthermore, it asks
the FAC to permit the Executive Committee to decide on the proper disposition
of the following items.
we suggest a rewrite of Section 5.401c of Subchapter S of the Education
code to read: "This subchapter applies specifically to academic courses
and degree programs, and does not apply to courses or degree programs
of a technical or professional nature."
2. Get clarification
to the following question:
where an upper division course is currently included as a major requirement
and a course with a similar basic description is included as a lower
division course in a Field of Study, will the senior institution be
required to redefine the course as a lower division course with an attached
3. Is the
legislature prepared to discuss funding of outside advice on the components
of Fields of Study?
Are lawmakers willing to discuss postponement of development of Fields
of Study until we are able to work out some of the kinks in the General
- Seek advice
from Vice Chancellor Sharpe on the suggested addition of the following
language to line 3-12 of SB 148. "... that offers degrees in the Field
committee recommends that a formal study of transfer problems be funded
and undertaken with the registrars within the UT System.
- The following
resolution was offered by the committee.
UTSFAC requests that the System office undertakes a formal study of
the "transfer problem" by, for example, contacting all registrar requesting
specific answers regarding numbers, retention rates, complaints, grievances,
non-transferable credit hours, repeated courses, etc. by students transferring
between state institutions.
Cooley (U.T. Health Science Center - Houston) said the problem needs
to be investigated in order to address the problem.
said the resolution implies that the registrars have these data.
Sykes (U.T. Health Science Center - San Antonio) asked if we shouldn't
do the data gathering ourselves first.
said we need to know how many transfer students have these troubles.
Rodriguez (U.T. El Paso) asked if there were any similar data at the
- The resolution
Buroff met with the committee to discuss health insurance. Possibly
there will be a new health plan next year. The health insurance cards
should have had telephone numbers on them - they did not. A new CIGNA
booklet has not been produced but should be by February, 1999.
five years of state employment (and 90 days of UT System employment)
and at age 55, employees may get health insurance benefits. Many people
are unaware of this. The legislature will consider changing this to
10 years state employment or 3 years within the U.T. System.
- The committee
also met with Vice Chancelor Mullins and Mr. J. B. Pace. Among the issues
discussed was whether the academic or corporate model of administration
structure was being used at the health components. Also discussed was
the conflict of interest of employees at health components as both providers
and consumers He said the roles must be separated.
meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM. A short meeting of the executive committee
was held immediately afterward.