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  University of Texas Faculty Advisory Council
APPROVED MINUTES: December 6-7, 2007

Ted Pate-Chair

UTHSC Houston

Dennis Reinhartz-Past Chair

UT Arlington

Mansour O. El-Kikhia-Chair elect

UT San Antonio

James Bartlett-Secretary

UT Dallas

Larry Ellzey

UT El Paso

Sandy Norman

UT San Antonio

John Sargent

UT Pan American

Barbara Haas

UT Tyler

Karen Fuss-Sommer

UT Brownsville

Dora Saavedra

UT Pan American

William Engle

UT Southwestern

Marilyn Kaplan

UT Dallas

Murray Leaf

UT Dallas

Kieth Krolick

UTHSC San Antonio

Pamela Berens

UTHSC Houston

Jeffrey Mountain

UT Tyler

Douglas Burger

UT Austin

Daniel Formanowicz

UT Arlington

James Eldridge

UT Permian Basin

Amy Jaspersan

UT San Antonio

Thomas Albrecht

UTMB Galveston

Joel Dunnington

UT MD Anderson

James Galizia

UTHSC Tyler

Bobbette Morgan

UT Brownsville

Jim Klostergaard

UT MD Anderson

David Vines

UTHSC San Antonio

Linda Golden

UT Austin

John Priest

UT Arlington

John Wiebe

UT El Paso

 

 

Thursday, December 6, 2007

 

10: 00 AM FAC Chair Dr. Ted Pate, Introductions & Review of November Board of Regents Meeting

 

Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) Chair Ted Pate reviewed actions and events at the November BOR meeting, describing the background and qualifications of the three new BOR members. His Powerpoint (exported to WORD) is in the Appendix. His main observations are listed below:

Executive Vice Chancellor Shine gave a report on diversity to the Student, Faculty and Staff Life Committee.

The Finance and Planning Committee reported on (a) key financial indicators, as well as (b) a new contract for an online effort reporting system with the Hebron Group, and (c) revisions to UTIMCO compensation plan

The Facilities Planning and Construction Committee reported on six new projects that are underway.

At the Health Affairs Committee meeting, Dr. Shine gave an overview of the practice plan policy but his remarks were fairly global and he did not ask for approval of the policy by the BOR. The committee reported that a new code red report will come out in March, and that we will be getting input regarding code red from other States. In addition, 12 distinguished teaching professors have been named across the health campuses. Finally, there was discussion of opportunities afforded by the new Cancer Fund that was approved by voters.

The Academic Affairs committee approved an expansion of degree planning authority on five U. T. System campuses. It also approved revised mission statements from three campuses and Dr.Pate noted that these mission statements appear to be shrinking in size.

Dr. Prior reported to the BOR on enrollment management, touching on many things that former FAC Chair Dennis Reinhartz covered in his presentation before the BOR last year.

The Audit Compliance and Management Review committee reported that UTMICO passed an audit from Deloitte and Touche. Mr. Charles Chaffin reported on the U. T. System compliance program and also on compliance issues at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He also reported on system-wide internal audit activities. Computer program security continues to be a concern at System.

At the open meeting of the BOR, Regent Caven was elected as the new Chair. Regents Rowling and Huffines were elected as vice chairs. Richard Holland gave historical presentation on Frank C. Irwin, jr., Chancellor Yudof presented a quarterly report on activities at System and Vice Chancellor McDowell reported on research and technology transfer.

Five amendments to Regents Rules were approved, and the BOR accepted and approved a final report from the Task Force on Doctoral Education and the Post Doctoral Experience.

In the afternoon, members of the public commented on the Breckenridge Track task force which is very controversial. A web cast of the discussion is available on the BOR website.

 

10:45 AM

Catherine Parsoneault, Program Director, Instruction & Academic Affairs Unit of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

Dr. Parsoneault noted that though she was here to talk about policies regarding dropping courses, she wished to put the issue in context. She invited the FAC to read the actual statutes relating to THECB activites in this area. She passed around a handout with URLs on important topics such as the 120 SCH rule, limits on numbers of repeated courses, and “academic fresh start.”

The development of the new policies dates back to the 2005 legislative session. The goal was to save money. Representative Fred Brown filed a bill (Bill 116) which would put a limit on dropped courses, but it did not get out of committee. THECB reviews bills such as this to check the costs to the THECB of proposed legislation. After conferring with other organizations, the THECB reported that the legislation would work against the closing-the-gaps initiative, and that, moreover, there would be huge upfront costs because it would be necessary to track the coursework (and drops) of students who attend different campuses, and different campuses have different record keeping programs. The bill died, but at the last night of the session, Representative Zaparhini picked the old Bill 116 up and attached it to her bill (Bill 131), and it became law. So Representative Brown got his bill.

Dr. Parsoneault checked to find if universities across the state already have drop policies. Some do (e.g., Texas Tech), but others do not. She has also learned that the percentage of credit hours that were dropped or not completed averaged only 7%. UT Austin, which does not have a rule regarding limits on dropped courses, has a drop/noncompletion rate even lower than that. Notwithstanding, the law requires a 6 dropped-course limit throughout a student’s undergraduate career regardless of institution switching. The TEHCB is very put off by the law but must abide by it.

On June 26, members of the THECB had a meeting with people from TACRAO (Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) to implement the law. The plan is for each institution to implement a policy on their own campus first.

Dr. Parsoneault noted there are four reasons for a student to be exempted from the limit on dropped courses, including one referring to “other good cause,” which allows some flexibility. She also noted that Chancellor Wright Lassiter of the Community College System is arguing that the law was not meant to apply to them and is trying to get his arguments officially accepted. The community college system’s non-completion rate is 14% and so they will be the most affected by the law.

Representative Brown said in an interview that he intended the rule to apply only to open admission universities and so UT Austin, Texas Tech and Texas A&M would be exempted (he may think all the rest of the public institutions have open admission)

TACRAO has several committees looking at different aspects of the law. For example, they might create some sort of master list that would allow them to trace the drop history of any student. Such ideas raise significant FERPA-related issues that must be dealt with.

In answering a question Dr. Parsonault stated that the law applies to students registered in Fall 2007, and it applies to all Bachelors degrees (including nursing)

In response to a question about how exceptions will be granted, she stated that THECB’s position is that we trust every institution to do what is appropriate. . . . if they do not, we will be getting worse legislation. She also noted that no penalty for an offending institution is stated in the law, but that the penalty for students is severe.

In response to other questions, Dr. Parsoneault stated that (1) students who transferred in with dual credit would fall under exemption 6 in the policy, (2) TACRAO recommends that if student transfers, the new institution does not question what prior institution did, and (3) the law applies to all public institutions, not private ones.

Turning to the topic of academic fresh start, Dr. Parsoneault stated that the program does not remove information from a student’s transcript. Rather, the program means that the institution being applied to does not consider coursework completed before the fresh start was evoked.

In response to a question about the 120 semester-credit-hour-limit statute, Dr. Parsoneault stated that the statute allows institutions to implement the policy before the graduation of those students who were scheduled to graduate in 2008. The THECB holds that you need a process on your campus to show a compelling academic reason that you should require more than 120 hours for a degree. If an institution proceeds in a consistent way, then it is possible to have some exceptions to the 120 hour limit. The THECB is allowed to review individual programs for compliance. The way they will proceed will be to look at programs requiring more than 120 hours and ask for justification.

 

 

 

11:55 AM

Review of the minutes

The minutes of the October 12-13 FAC meeting were approved without correction

 

12 PM

Dan Stewart, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Employee Services

Mr. Stewart began by noting that things are looking much better than in past years. However, the legislature is tired of dealing with so many different groups regarding health insurance, and at a recent meeting, they asked him why the state should continute the U. T. benefits system instead of folding it into something covering other state employees. The meeting was tense, but he has heard nothing about consolidation since. As things stand, state employees and higher education employees are funded differently. Higher education employees have been funded at only about 90%, which means that the legislature thinks it costs less than it does to provide insurance for higher education. As a result of the last legislative session, we are now being funded at about 95% which is huge in terms of dollars. So, it was a very successful

Session

Mr. Stewart continued by informing the FAC of several emerging and continuing issues involving the legislature.

Something that might be on the horizon is a pharmacy management program, some sort of mail-order system for people on maintenance drugs. However, retail pharmacists don’t like this and are working on ways to keep their business.

Another live issue is health coverage for students. A bill requiring proof of insurance failed in the last session but the issue will not go away. The System does offer a plan for students in medical facilities, but this plan is not as good a deal as many students can get. Thus, it works as a coverage of last resort.

The Legislature will also be looking at ways to help graduate students who are working on campus obtain health coverage.

A unique aspect of of the UT System is that we provide a kind of service delivery related to research, and lately we have provided information on wellness research. There was a successful symposium on wellness last year.

Research suggests that, today, the largest proportion ever of children aged 0 to 18 yrs will not live as long as their parents. There are very low percentages of people engaging in significant physical activity. 80% of all students in higher education exercise less than 20 minutes a day

The largest functional causes of death are smoking, lack of exercise and other lifestyle factors. Our job at the UT System is not just to save money but to change our health, a matter of changing attitudes and perceptions.

The UT System was left out of legislation that allows 30 minutes of activity during workday for state employees. However, we may be able to be covered by this legislation.

Mr. Stewart then turned to the topic of retirement, extending the comments of Faye Godwin at the prior FAC meeting in October. The prior system needed changing as it costs money to have so many providers with high fees. With our new system, we have gone from 120 odd vendors to only 6, and yet we still have many investment options. Further we have created an online system allowing faculty to track how well you are doing in your funds versus other funds.

Mr. Stewart’s office is now trying to preserve health coverage in retirement, but there is no guarantee we will succeed. Faculty should think about voluntary programs . . . these could be our health insurance.

The new trend in health insurance is to restrict eligibility for coverage, and we should prepare for that. Mr. Stewart’s office is trying to make sure that any such changes are done on a prospective basis (so that people are told of the situation when they are hired)

In response to a question about smoke-free campuses, Mr. Stewart stated that he would like this to happen, and there is a team being assembled to see if this can be done. However, this will be a campus issue. The most the UT System will do is encourage campuses to do things like this.

In response to a question about the 90 day rule, Mr. Stewart stated that, about five years ago, the legislature was looking for ways to save money and determined that this was a way. The rule will be reviewed but overturning it will be a hard sell. Slightly less than half of the public institutions are covering the 90 days. A problem is that you cannot provide the coverage just for faculty or just for graduate students, it must cover everyone.

In response to other questions, Mr. Stewart stated that we cannot give lower premiums to nonsmokers, and he discussed the long-term negative effects of not getting the best people because of insurance factors. He also discussed research on incentives for wellness, how different incentives work for different people. In fact, Mr. Stewart is trying to get a wellness coordinator on each campus and he wants to initiate a wellness newsletter. He is also trying to construct our websites so that information on health benefits for faculty or students are no more than two clicks away. He also noted that, later in the day, there will be a presentation on enhancing the dental program at UT System.

The session closed with a discussion to the effect that, in assessing our retirement program, we need to monitor individual financial advisors, not just companies

 

 

1 PM

Campus Reports (see Committee and Campus Reports)

2 PM

Committee Meetings

Friday, December 7, 2007

 

9 AM

Committee Meetings

 

10 AM

Campus Reports (cont’d)

11 AM Representative Diane Patrick, Arlington

Dennis Reinhartz introduced Representative Patrick to the FAC, recalling that she had been on the faculty at UT Arlington in the Department of Education, and had run a highly successful campaign for her current position in the House. Representative Patrick noted that she had worked for years in public school education, earned her PhD after her children were grown, joined the faculty at UT Arlington, and then perceived that education in Arlington needed better representation, and decided to run for the House. After winning her seat, she had to resign her position at UT Arlington (as people are not allowed to serve two state institutions), but does some teaching at Texas Christian University.

Representative Patrick began her remarks by noting that the House includes 150 representatives (81 Republicans) and while there are 31 senators (20 Republicans). She serves on both the Higher Education Committee and the Public Education Committee of the House, so she is involved with education, K through 16.

The most divisive issues concerning education in the session involved the rural versus urban perspectives. Over half of the school districts in the state have less than 1000 students and it is difficult to write laws that work for these districts as well as larger urban districts.

The total $150 billion budget had a surplus, but it was necessary to compromise on how much money to set aside for a rainy day fund. As it happened, 2.5 billion was set aside. There was a 2.6 billion increase in higher education funding to make a total of 21.8 billion.

UT Arlington was facing a 16.5 million shortfall due to changes in the funding formula for engineering, nursing and education (other campuses had similar problems). Representative Patrick worked hard on this problem, arguing that these are critical fields, and some money was restored by the end of the session. There is also future incentive funding for graduates in engineering , nursing and math science education, and increases in financial aid programs. Further, the Texas Tomorrow Fund – a prepaid tuition program allowing students to lock in today’s tuition rates – was restored.

Representative Patrick also noted that 8.3 million was allocated for advanced research funding (doubling the previous allocation). This is not enough but does represent incremental progress.

Other outcomes of the legislative session included a 145% increase in funding for the professional nursing shortage program, and a 70% increase in funding for the joint admissions medical program.

There followed a number of comments (C) and questions (Q) from the floor. These comments and questions, and Representative Patrick’s responses to them, are paraphrased below.

C: The allied health area has other shortages besides those you discussed.

A: good point; there are many competing priorities. The legislature heard much about nursing but not allied health. You need to communicate with legislators and do this between sessions when things are not so crazy. Have a legislator come to your campus and see where the money is going.

C: Campus Presidents do not support such efforts

A: Back to the real world.

Q: Have people considered legislators taking the intiative?

A: I have a great relationship with UT Arlington so I am not aware this is a problem. There is a shortage of engineers, but there is an engineering scholarship program and engineering recruitment programs to address this. There is also a program to “bridge the gap” with the goal of high school graduates being college ready (an especially big problem in rural areas). I am also interested in dual enrollment programs, and in replacing the TAKS test with a new test that will reduce the motivation to “teach to the test.” However, the fix is restricted to the high school portion. The phase-in of the new program will begin for 9 th grade students in the 2011-2012 school year in the fields of english math, science, social studies.

Q: Why is the new program a move away from teaching to the test?

A: There will be a better alignment with what will be done in the course. Also, teachers will serve on committees that develop the tests.

C: The truly crazy thing about the TAKS tests is that they were used to punish schools that need help

A: I will be on a committee dealing with the whole a accountability problem. Previously, there was too much emphasis on a single measure.

Q: Why not have a rotating group of teachers develop the test?

A: There is a need to worry about technical aspects of test development (e.g., validity) that teachers do not know about. However, there is a need for teacher involvement.

Q: What about writing?

A: It is absolutely critical, and part of the TAKS test does assess writing.

Representative Patrick then discussed an initiative on education in the workforce, pointing out the need to help people who do not go to college. We need programs for careers that do not require college degrees.

Representative Patrick Introduced her staff person Julie. . and encouraged us to call her.

Q: The Texas Faculty Association (TFA) told us that a science textbook reviewer got fired from TEA over an issue concerning creationism.

A: People need to pay attention to State Board of Education. That is where the authority lies. Decisions are being made in a highly political environment. Also we have state-wide adoption of textbooks, so textbook writers write for all of Texas.

C: At the health campuses, we have an issue of payment for indigent care. The legislature has done nothing about the problem and counties are not being forced to pay up. At UTMB, the money from the state does not match the costs of indigent care.

A: I am aware of problem, and we need to address this.

C: The new six-course limit on drops of college courses is a serious problem. It will be logistical nightmare to keep track of the relevant data and, besides, there are lots of legitimate reasons that people drop courses

A: I know about nontraditional students and we need to consider their needs.

 

 

12 PM

Richard St. Onge, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Mr. St. Onge presented an overview of the UT System Strategic Initiative for a Supply Chain Alliance. The initiative is designed to address long-term challenges faced by the System in the purchase and delivery of equipment, services and supplies to support the core System missions of education, patient care and research. The goal is that, “ . . . through collaborative and shared efforts and adoption of best practices, we will improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, and create value” (this quote is from Mr. St. Onge’s powerpoint which can be obtained from his office).

Several of Mr. St. Onge’s more important points are listed below:

The Initiative involves a close collaboration among the six Health Institutions in System.

The business model involves the integration of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs)

We currently lack good data on what we are spending and part of problem is to integrate several different data systems. Thus, the whole point of the initiative is to negotiate better contracts that save money and to keep track of our spending.

We will create “spend councils” in five areas: Business administration and products, facilities, information technology, medical/surgical supplies, and research.

We already have launched a pilot project involving equipment used in research laboratories, and achieved hard savings approaching on million and some soft savings too (soft savings include things such as guaranties that are not based directly on cash flow).

Strategic sourcing has been practiced at MD Anderson for five years. The Initiative can be viewed as simply expanding on this process.

Contracts will be written for the whole System so that any campus can access it.

There followed questions and comments to the effect that we have had bad experiences with System contracts in the past, involving, for example the purchasing of subpar equipment and outdated computers. Mr. St. Onge commented on the need for precise specifications in these contracts so that we are sure that we get what need.

Mr. St. Onge also commented that money is often spent within departments, creating a need for partnerships among corresponding departments on different campuses to communicate with System.

In response to another question, Mr. St. Onge stated that he will be looking into maintenance agreements.

 

 

1 PM

Committee Reports

Health Affairs:

Karen Foss-Sommer reported that Health Affairs is working on insurance and is attempting to get a pamplet on insurance coverage connected with international travel. They are also examining dental benefits and the lack of state supported health coverage for new university employees’ first 90 days of work. The committee will collect data on which universities are paying for this and will share this information for the benefit of campuses that want to initiate such coverage.

The committee will also investigate mental health benefits.

Finally, the committee provided the telephone number of Laura Chambers, the Manager of Insurance Benefits (512-499-4624) for anyone who has questions/concerns to bring up with her.

Governance (see minutes on Committee and Campus Reports):

There was extensive discussion of the most recent (October 23) letter to Dr. Ted Pate from Dr. Ken Shine regarding the Faculty Practice Plan Bylaws under development. This culminated in a resolution passed unanimously by the FAC:

The FAC does not approve the practice plan guidelines as we now understand them to be.

 As a minimum, the guidelines should include the following:

 For each practice plan on each campus, the original practice plan and all subsequent changes to the practice plan should require the approval of two thirds of the participants in the plan.

 The procedures for approving the practice plan, including obtaining the vote of approval on the practice plan, should be approved by the governance organizations of the respective health campuses, and should be described in the Handbook of Operating Procedures of those campuses.

 There should be clear provisions for open and transparent financial accountability of the officers to the members of the plan.

Dr. Leaf (Co-Chair of Governance) then reported on the committee’s progress in two additional areas:

  1. Faculty Regent proposal: A revised wording of the qualifications for the position has been developed, with removal of the requirement of that the Regent must be either an Associate or Full Professor.
  1. The Regulatory Overreach document: Governance plans to contact people in California and Michigan and get broader backing for a resolution in this area. The FAC was unanimous that Goverance should proceed with this effort.

 

  1. There is also a new policy on recorded courses. Murray Leaf will distribute this to the FAC..

Faculty Quality: Marilyn Kaplan reported that the committee is awaiting some “to-do list” items pertaining to their work.

 

 

2 PM

Meeting adjourned

Appendix

Board of Regents Meeting November 8 & 9, 2007

Meeting Highlights

BOR Meeting Agenda

Thursday, November 8, 2007

8:30am Oath of Office Ceremony

10:00am Student, Faculty and Staff Campus Life Committee

11:00am Finance and Planning Committee

12:00pm Recess for Lunch

12:30pm Facilities Planning and Construction Committee

1:30pm Health Affairs Committee

2:30pm Academic Affairs Committee

3:30pm Meeting of the Board in Executive Session

5:30pm Recess

BOR Meeting Agenda (Cont’d)

Friday, November 9, 2007

9:00am Audit, Compliance, and Management Review Committee

10:00am General Meeting of the Board in Open Session

12:30pm Recess for Lunch

1:30pm General Meeting of the Board in Open Session

4:00pm Adjourn

Oath of Office Ceremony

Three new Regents were given the oath of office

Mr. James Dannenbaum – Houston

Mr. Paul Foster – El Paso

Mr. Printice Gary - Dallas

Student, Faculty, and Staff Campus Life Committee

The officers of the UT System Employee Advisory Council presented their annual report to the Regents. They summarized past and present activities.

Executive Vice Chancellor Shine gave an update on student diversity at UT System Health Institutions. The Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) is helping to increase minority students in our medical schools, but dental schools are having difficulty getting minority applicants into the pipeline.

 

Finance and Planning Committee

Dr. Kelley reported on the key financial indicators for the UT System.

A contract with Huron Consulting Group was approved to support an online effort reporting system. UT Austin will be the first campus to use it.

Mr. Aldridge presented the Fiscal Year 2007 Energy Utility Task Force Report

Revisions to the UTIMCO compensation plan were approved.

Mr. Zimmerman the administrator for UTIMCO presented performance summary and investment reports for the fiscal year and quarter ended August 31, 2007.

Facilities Planning and Construction Committee

The Board amended six projects that were part of the FY 2008-2013 Capital Improvement Program

Approved parking garage for UTA South Campus

Approved phase two of a Computer Science building for UT Austin

Approved the Houston Research Center Warehouse Addition for UT Austin

Approved an Indoor Tennis Facility for UT Austin

Approved the renovation of the EP Schoch Building on the UT Austin campus

Approved the Phase I finish out of the Biotechnology Development Complex at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Facilities Planning and Construction Committee (Cont’d)

Approved a renovation project for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at UTHSC Houston

Approved a Library and Artifact High-Density Repository at UT Austin

Approved additional parking levels for the San Antonio Garage at UT Austin

Approved a Student Living/Learning Center at UT Dallas

Approved phase I of a Biotechnology Development Complex at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Approved a Center for Targeted Therapy Research Building at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Approved a Student Activity Center for UT Austin

Health Affairs Committee

Authorized UT MD Anderson to purchase 28,195 sq ft of unimproved land and 24,829 sq ft of land and improvements for future use for campus administrative and support functions

Approved a deferred compensation plan for UTMB for use with certain administrators

Approved a revised mission statement for UTHSC San Antonio

Approved a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program at UTHSC San Antonio

Dr. Shine reported on the governance of the faculty practice plans

 

Health Affairs Committee (Cont’d)

Dr. Shine reported on health issues, including:

A new Code Red Report will be issued in March

He noted that $1.8 billion has been authorized to provide dental and medical care to the children of Texas

They are developing ways to utilize the $5 million for Health Science Education

12 Distinguished Teaching Professors have been named

Significant opportunities will be provided by the new cancer fund approved by the voters

 

 

Academic Affairs Committee

Approved a request for expansion of degree planning authority on 5 campuses

UT Arlington, UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio and UT Tyler

Approved revised mission statements for UT El Paso, UT Permian Basin and UT Tyler

Authorized UT Arlington to purchase 0.93 acres and improvements for initial use as parking

Authorized UT El Paso to ground lease 0.73 acres to the City of El Paso for construction and operation of a transit terminal

Academic Affairs Committee (Cont’d)

Authorized UT El Paso to purchase 4.6 acres and improvements for the relocation of UT El Paso’s child care center

Authorized UT Pan American to purchase 4.5 acres for UT Pan Am’s Starr County Upper Level Center

Dr. Prior reported on enrollment management including potential changes in admission standards, retention and graduation rates

Audit, Compliance, and Management Review Committee

Auditors from Deloitte & Touche reported that UTIMCO received a clean audit

Bruce Brown from UTHSC Houston gave a report on Environmental Health and Safety at UT System Institutions

Mr. Chaffin from UT System and Mr. Reeves from UTMB gave the Annual Report on the System-wide Compliance Program and Institutional Compliance at UTMB

They noted that hotlines are available on each campus and that the majority of calls involve H&R issues

Audit, Compliance, and Management Review Committee (Cont’d)

Ms Barrett reported on the UT System Financial Statements Audit

There are no significant variances or internal control problems

Computer program security continues to be a concern

Mr. Chaffin from UT System and Ms. Salvador from UTHSC San Antonio reported on the System-wide internal audit activities and Internal Audit Department report for UTHSC San Antonio

Open Meeting of the Board

Election of officers

Regent Caven was elected chair

Regents Rowling and Huffines were elected as vice chairs

Mr. Richard Holland from UT Austin presented a historical perspective of former Board Chairman Frank C. Erwin, Jr

Chancellor Yudof gave his quarterly update

Vice Chancellor McDowell gave the annual report on research and technology transfer

Open Meeting of the Board (Cont’d)

Five amendments to the Regents’ Rules were approved

Concerning veteran’s employment preferences

Concerning UT System-wide discipline and dismissal of classified employees

Related to private development campaigns

Concerning restrictions on credit card marketing

Regarding special interest projects

Accepted and approved the final report from the Task Force on Doctoral Education and the Postdoctoral Experience and authorized implementation of the recommendations

Open Meeting of the Board (Cont’d)

Authorized the chancellor to submit a report concerning designated tuition

Approved the list of individuals authorized to negotiate, execute, and administer classified government contracts

Approved additional funds for the Dell Pediatric Institute

Approved all standing committee recommendations

Provided opportunity for public comment and discussion on the Brackenridge Tract Task Force Report

 

 

 
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