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UT System Faculty Advisory Council Meeting
May 22-23, 2008
Committee and Campus Reports

I. Committee Reports

Governance Committee Report

Murray Leaf and Amy Jasperson elected as cochairs for 2008-2009.

Committee discussed its two main projects: sanction creep and the BOR presentation. Dora Saavedra will head the effort on the BOR presentation, Amy Jasperson will head the effort on sanction creep. Murray Leaf will coordinate.

The committee also looked ahead to the possibility of being concerned with a change in Regents Rules to create a formal involvment of the governance organizations in the development and implementation on academic dishonesty. We agreed that for the present, everyone will be sent copies of everything. If we are asked to propose legislation, Murray Leaf will take the lead in drafting it, but will, again, communicate with everyone before submitting anything in final or near final form.

II. Campus Reports (UTSW, UTHSC San Antonio, MD Anderson, UTHSC Houston, UT Brownsville, UT Tyler, UT Austin, UTEP, UTPB)

UT Southwestern

  • The search for a successor to President Kern Wildenthal continues, and several candidates have visited the campus. A decision is expected in the relatively near future.
  • Voting is taking place this week for members of the Advisory Committee on Faculty Salaries. The Faculty Senate is electing a member to serve on this committee.
  • The annual Faculty Assembly will be held on May 28, 2008 at 4 pm. The panelists are:
    • Mr. John Roan, Executive Vice President for Business Affairs
    • Dr. Willis Maddrey, Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs
    • Dr. John McConnell, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs
    • Dr. Alfred Gilman, Executive Vice for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean
    • Dr. Kern Wildenthal, President
  • Topics for discussion include:
    • Presidential Search
    • NIH Budget
    • Faculty Retention
    • Departmental Mentoring
    • Time to Tenure
    • Protected Research Time
    • Sabbaticals (Reassignment of Duty)
    • Non-Compete Clauses
  • Main actions or issues discussed by Senate in 2007-08
    • Survey of chairs regarding faculty retention
    • Panel discussions with members of the promotion and tenure committee and with chairs of basic science and clinical departments regarding faculty development and retention
    • Discussed issues regarding faculty sabbaticals (Reassignment of Duty) with faculty who had benefited from this experience
    • Discussed issues related to non-compete clauses; voted against a resolution to abolish non-compete clauses but moved to pursue possible modifications in their structure
  • Plans for 2008-09
    • Recycling….can UT Southwestern green-up?
    • Clarification of Faculty Senate role in faculty grievance process
    • Revise the HOP to better describe the time-frame for an informal grievance process

Campus Report – May 2008
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Faculty Compensation Plan

Dr. Thomas F. Patterson, Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, chair of an all-faculty task force appointed by President Cigarroa and composed of representatives from all UTHSCSA schools, presented the Faculty Senate with the task force’s progress with regard to writing a draft compensation plan. The plan delineates strategies and over-arching principles designed to provide strategic guidelines for achieving a process that guarantees faculty compensation that is internally consistent and equitable, and externally competitive. The goal has been to develop a clear and transparent system of expectations regarding relationships among compensation/salary, faculty productivity and faculty commitment to institutional missions. The plan also provides guidance to the five schools as they develop well-defined criteria for defining details to be included in school-specific compensation plans for their faculty. The meeting with the Senate was highly constructive and encouraging. The compensation plan will soon be presented to the faculty-at-large at a town hall-styled meeting for further discussion and widespread input, before being forwarded to the President’s Executive Committee, and then to UT System, for consideration.

Faculty Input into HOP Policies

Our procedures for providing faculty input into the review and approval of new and revised HOP policies that directly affect faculty has recently been re-structured. With the cooperation of the administration, the primary change implemented is that input from the faculty is invited prior to review by the Executive Committee and the President. This is a two-tiered faculty review; first a small committee of 4-6 members (including members of the Faculty Senate) perform an initial review and report back to the originator of the proposed or revised policy. Then, following necessary discussion and negotiation, the policy is forwarded to the full membership of the Faculty Senate for their comments and/or endorsement. The policy is then sent on to the President’s Executive Committee.

Faculty Satisfaction Survey

Dr. Pedro L. Delgado, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professionalism, School of Medicine, overviewed a 115-item, 9-theme faculty satisfaction survey. Ten Medical Schools in academic health campuses were chosen in this initial pilot survey program. The survey was administered in March 2007 by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in partnership with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The response rate at UTHSCSA was 37% (293 of 794) which was comparable to other participating institutions. Basic Science Faculty were relatively more satisfied than clinical faculty in most areas; some disparity was noted when data was selected from minority faculty. A few examples of survey findings include:

70% or more were satisfied or very satisfied with regard to : Quality of mentoring received; Collegiality of faculty; Retirement and health benefits; Appreciation for work shown by immediate supervisor or students/residents; Quality of patient care provided; Able to work autonomously.

30% or more were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with regard to: Overall compensation and incentive compensation (such as bonuses); Communication between physicians and senior administrators; Quality of equipment and space provided for clinical practice; Opportunities for physician input in management decisions; Criteria for promotion that is consistently applied to faculty across comparable positions; Value medical school appears to place on teaching/education in comparison to clinical service and research.

Wellness Trail

A newly-formed UTHSCSA Running Club, composed primarily of UTHSCSA students, approached the Faculty Senate for its endorsement regarding the building of a jogging/hiking trail around our campus (in a recently renewed spirit of promoting/sustaining wellness by university personnel). The paved trail would be 6.2 miles in length, paved with materials suitable for running, and available for use by all university personnel as well as residents of the surrounding community. The proposal also includes lighting for nighttime use, would be patrolled by UTPD, and would have emergency call boxes installed, appropriately signed at crosswalks, mile markers, etc. The students are raising funds from community donors and stress that student fees would not be used for any portion of the cost. The Faculty Senate did, in fact, endorse the students efforts and provided a letter of support.

Vice President for Human Resources hired Mary L. Maher

After a substantial search, including efforts made by members of the Faculty Senate, Mary L. Maher, M.A., was hired to fill a newly created Vice President for Human Resources position. She has served as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at the UT Health Science Center in Houston since January, 2006, and will assume her new role here in June 2008. It is hoped that Ms. Maher will create an organization that is more interactive with faculty and staff, and with other administrative offices.

Dean search for the Graduate School Continues

The search continues for a new dean for the Graduate School. Dr. Merle Olson is scheduled to step down at the end of August and every effort is being made to identify a replacement by then.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Campus Report

1. Cost Sharing – After having received assurances that research cost sharing at our institution would be discontinued, the administration back tracked and have continued the policy. There are exceptions for the SPORE grants and the Institutional CORE Grant. Faculty can also apply for exceptions. We are unsure how many have faculty have been granted exemptions. Our research affairs committee is looking into the problem. We believe that taking money out of the pockets of researchers to give to administrators does not help the faculty.

2. Gift- The Duncans gave MDACC $35,000,000 for Prevention. They did not require us to grow it to $350,000,000, like Pickens.

From: Berens, Pamela D
Subject: UTHSC Houston Report 3/08

1) New President named, Dr. Larry Kaiser to begin 8/1/08.

2) Faculty Satisfaction Survey has been completed.  Data has been compiled and summary report generated and posted on web. The report is being divided into 3 components and sent to subcommittees. The plan is for each group to suggest and rank 5 constructive interventions to address concerns from that particular portion of the survey and return to IFC. The plan is for presentation at the IFC meeting for overall ranking of suggested interventions by 9/08. The top overall interventions will then be brought forward for the IFC to the new President.

3) COI policy was revised prior to the last meeting and the IFC representative to the committee to oversee the implementation of the COI policy was selected (Dr. Castriotta).

4) HOOP review committee established which has IFC representation. Multiple HOOP policies have been reviewed. Those pertaining to faculty have been forwarded to IFC for comment with subsequent revision and approval. This process is ongoing.

5) The Medical school faculty senate has been actively developing a pharma policy. This policy has been circulated additionally to the other Houston schools for consideration as it may impact them as well in the future.

6) Mission statement approved.


May 2008 Meeting FAC


  • SAP- satisfactory academic progress
    1. Instituted in the fall 2007
    2. 2.0 and 70% completion rate
    3. 425 students suspended this spring
    4. Estimate another 600 for fall
    5. Many discussions as to how
  • Ongoing Wall controversy
    Congressional hearing at the campus April 28, 2008
    House Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Subcommittee
    National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee
  • SACS
    1. Onsite visit April 7-11
    2. QEP
    3. Several recommendations
    4. Institutional effectiveness
  • TB investigation on campus
  • Senate
    1. New elections
    2. Hoop Policies
    3. Governance structure
    4. Faculty welfare issues
      • Salary compression
      • Salaries
      • Workloads
      • Adjunct salaries
      • Looking at lecturers
      • Health insurance recommended

UT Tyler
Report to FAC

  • UT Tyler was pleased to host the Board of Regents meeting last week.
  • A new Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Peter Fos, has been selected and begins June 2. Dr. Fos is currently Dean of the College of Health at the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • A new Vice-President for Student Affairs, Dr. Howard Patterson, was selected and has assumed the role. Dr. Patterson was the previous Assistant VP for Student Affairs and has been serving as interim this past academic year.
  • Several other searches for Department chairs and faculty have been successfully completed.
  • Emeritus guidelines were revised and approved by the president.
  • A doctorate in Human Resource Development was approved by the Coordinating Board in April. The start date for the program is being negotiated with SACS.
  • SACS preparation continues (visit in 2010). The QEP has been recommended by a faculty/staff committee and approved by the provost / vice-provost. Revisions are underway prior to submitting it to the president for final approval.
  • Senate business has been completed for the academic year with all university committees submitting reports for consideration by the Senate.
  • All college senators and at-large senators have been elected and begin serving in August.

The University of Texas at Austin Campus Report
Prepared by Doug Burger, 07-08 Faculty Council Chair

Major campus activities:

  • President includes faculty, departments, and colleges in fundraising and development efforts/initiatives.
  • Continuing discussions about long-term strategic planning on President’s Policy Advisory Council (PPAC)
  • Work continues on AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center ( EECC) — construction to be completed in late summer/early fall.
  • Work continues Football stadium renovation
  • Strategic Competitive Funds created
  • Report on salary compression and gender equity in preparation
  • New list of core courses to satisfy state requirements, new set of freshmen signature courses planned for next year pending Coordinating Board approval.
  • Faculty Council proposes to recognize Undergraduate Academic Certificate Programs on Official University Transcript
  • New Faculty Ombudsperson (Mary Steinhardt, professor, kinesiology and health education) named.
  • Plus/minus grading for undergraduates approved by Faculty Council
  • Proposed revision of the Handbook of Operating Procedures 4.03, Teaching Assistants and Assistant Instructors grievance procedures to be brought inline with faculty grievance procedures.

UTEP Report to UT System Faculty Advisory Council

A record 2,100 students graduated in the spring semester this year requiring two ceremonies of two and a half hours each. It will be necessary to go to three ceremonies next fall. Attached below are the stories of ten graduates told by President Natalicio at spring commencement. These stories are representative of UTEP students and show how different much of the student body is from the so-called traditional model.

The biennial faculty evaluation of academic administrators was a success this year. The results are given to the administrators and their supervisors with whom they are discussed. Both President Natalicio and Provost Jarvis believe they are helpful and worth doing.

Considerable effort was put into increasing summer enrollment this year, evidently successfully.

In curricular matters, most departments have met the 120 hour rule except for engineering who are bringing their proposals to the curricula committee next week. Computer science have reduced their degree plan to 120 hours, while electrical engineering and others are requesting an eight or nine hour extension. These proposals should reach the Senate on June 10.

We are working to establish a Core Curricula Assessment Committee to report to the Faculty Senate and to work with the Provost’s office. This is to comply with the SACS accreditation process.

Ten Student Success Stories

At each Commencement, we tell the stories of outstanding students who represent the collective excellence of their class. It is my pleasure to share with you today the stories of several members of the Class of 200 8 .

Miguel Alamillo, BS/Electrical Engineering

When engineering student Miguel Alamillo enrolled at UTEP in 2003, he was, in his words, “eager to discover a world of knowledge and excitement.” Five years later, Miguel’s delight in discovery continues, supported, he says, by the UTEP professors who prepared him to compete successfully for admission into top research programs.

In 2006, Miguel was one of only ten students in the U.S. selected to participate in a National Science Foundation summer research program at Cornell University. Miguel’s research project generated important new knowledge about the potential for using light instead of electricity to transmit computer signals. The development of such a system would enable data to travel between computers at literally the speed of light.

Miguel’s research experience at Cornell was immediately followed by a semester working for IBM in New York as a digital circuit designer. In 2007, Miguel was among the select few chosen to participate in Raytheon’s electrical engineering co-op program in Dallas.

Miguel Alamillo’s academic accomplishments are all the more exceptional because he has, for most of his UTEP career, also held a part-time job with UTEP’s Department of Planning and Construction.

Last fall, Miguel was awarded the prestigious Louis Stokes AMP Scholarship and with it, he joined the research team at UTEP’s cutting-edge NanoMaterials Integration Lab, where’s he’s working to develop solar cells as an affordable and efficient energy source.

Miguel graduates today with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and a 3.7 GPA. Congratulations on a job well done!

Russell Lynn Williams, BA/Communication, minor in bilingual electronic media and Guadalupe Williams, BA in Spanish

For an ever-increasing number of students, enrolling at UTEP has become a family tradition. Today, I am pleased to share with you the success stories of first-generation college students Russell Lynn Williams and his mother Guadalupe Williams.

As a kicker for the Miner football team, Russell knows the importance of hard work and persistence in achieving success in athletics. A communication major, Russell also gives 100% in the classroom: his high grades have earned him Conference USA’s Outstanding Student-Athlete award; and he has consistently made the dean’s list. The recipient of a debate scholarship, Russell is a member of UTEP’s award-winning speech and debate team. And as he pursues his goal to be a Spanish-language journalist, Russell has completed an internship at Channel 26.

Although Russell has always been in the UTEP spotlight, he says that it is his mother Guadalupe who deserves the attention. In Russell’s words, “My mother has always made education a priority for her children. Because she wanted my brother and me to learn about our Mexican heritage and perfect our Spanish language skills, she enrolled us in a private elementary school in Juárez. When I was younger, I didn’t fully appreciate how hard it was for her to make that long daily commute between home and school.”

When Russell graduated from Hanks High School, it was his turn to encourage Guadalupe to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a Spanish teacher. In 2003, both mother and son enrolled at UTEP. A year later, inspired by his family’s enthusiasm for college life, Russell’s older brother Randy decided to pursue his degree in accounting at UTEP.

Guadalupe Williams has excelled in her UTEP studies, while holding a full-time position as a teacher’s aide at Hanks High School. She has been honored by UTEP as this year’s Top Student in Spanish and Top Student in Education. Says Guadalupe, “I’ve always felt like a teacher in my heart and I am grateful to UTEP for helping me realize my dream. I can think of no better gift to receive than a good education.”

Today, Guadalupe Williams graduates with a BA in Spanish and a 3.9 GPA. Russell Williams graduates with a BA in communication with a minor in bilingual electronic media and a 3.7 GPA. We congratulate Guadalupe and Russell Williams for all that they have achieved together.

Abril Ramirez , BS/Chemistry

Our next graduate illustrates the very important role that scholarship donors play in creating opportunities for UTEP students.

Born in Juárez, Abril Ramirez came to the United States with her family in 2001. Although she spoke only a few words of English when she started school in El Paso, three years later Abril graduated from Eastwood High School in the top ten percent of her class. Although a utomatically eligible to enroll at any public university in Texas, Abril chose UTEP. At the time, however, her father was seriously ill and there was, says Abril, “no family money for college.” But there were scholarships, from among others, the Southwest Association of Hispanic American Physicians.

Once she was on the UTEP campus, Abril again hit the ground running. Through UTEP’s Minority Access to Research Careers program, she is studying the ways in which nanoparticles bind to metals to transport DNA. Ultimately, this knowledge could be used to develop gene vaccines that target specific cells that cause cancer and other diseases.

Earlier this year, Abril was one of only 30 students in the entire United States selected to present her research results at MARC’s biennial intercultural conference in Washington, D.C. She was one of only six of these outstanding students selected to receive a MARC award for research excellence.

Abril has always dreamed of becoming a physician, and this fall she will enroll at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. As she prepares for the next exciting chapter in her life, she is grateful to the people who helped her begin this journey. In Abril’s words, “I look forward one day to establishing a scholarship at UTEP to honor those donors who made my education possible. Thanks to the generosity of my scholarship donors—people who never met me—I am about to graduate from UTEP and go on to medical school.”

We also thank those donors for investing in the future of Abril Ramirez and so many other talented UTEP students.

Abril receives her bachelor of science degree in chemistry with high honors. Congratulations!

Ruben Reyes, BMS

In 1985, Ruben Reyes dropped out of UTEP to pursue a highly successful career in the emerging computer industry. Ruben’s lack of a college degree wasn’t a problem until 2001, when his lucrative job as a senior software programmer for DuPont was outsourced to India. After months of searching for a new position in a highly competitive job market, Ruben and his wife Candelaria decided it was time to restart their interrupted UTEP education.

Ruben says, “Like many students with children, we soon discovered that it’s quite a juggling act to coordinate school and family life. But I’m proud of us. Candy and I have become a little team; we share the UTEP parking pass, we switch off on childcare, we even study together. Our children have grown up watching my wife and me work hard to finish college. I think we’ve been pretty good role models for the importance of higher education!”

Ruben’s progress toward completing his degree was greatly enhanced when the university launched its bachelor’s degree program in multidisciplinary studies. The BMS option enabled Ruben to combine all of the course credits he’d earned over the years into a degree that fits his new career goal: becoming a teacher.

Midway through his UTEP studies Ruben accepted a management position in the hotel industry. This time he chose to remain in school, supported, he says, by a UTEP culture that serves the needs of working students.

Today Ruben Reyes graduates with a BMS and a GPA of 3.5.

We congratulate Ruben for the hard work and commitment that have led him to this day, and wish him continued success in the future.

Laura Sariñana, BA/Communication - double major in electronic media and public relations

We are pleased to see that many of you are wearing “ Class of 2008 ” medallions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these medallions has been used to establish the Medallion Endowed Scholarship in honor of your achievements. As members of the UTEP alumni family, you have already begun to create opportunities for students who will follow in your footsteps.

This year’s recipient of the Medallion Scholarship is Laura Sariñana, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in communication with a double major in electronic media and public relations. The first in her family to graduate from college, Laura plans to put her education to work in El Paso’s non-profit sector. We are delighted to welcome Laura Sariñana into the distinguished ranks of UTEP alumni.

Dalila Salazar, MBA/Marketing and Management

When a high school history teacher told Dalila Salazar that she’d never pass his advanced placement course, she suddenly remembered a line from her favorite Adidas commercial: “Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare.”

Dalila accepted that dare. She aced the AP course. And when she graduated from Canutillo High in 2002, Dalila was awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship for academic achievement.

Courted by colleges and universities across the United States, Dalila Salazar chose UTEP because she valued the learning and research opportunities created by its border setting. In her words, “What other university provides students with access to such unique resources and cultural richness? I’d match the quality of my UTEP education against that of any Ivy League school.”

In 2006 Dalila received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration with honors.

Graduating today with an MBA in marketing and management, Dalila Salazar has been honored by the College of Business Administration as this year’s Outstanding Graduate Student.

Dalila is the first in her family to graduate from college and the first to earn a graduate degree. She is also the first woman in her family to finish high school.

Not content to rest on her laurels, Dalila is looking forward to returning to UTEP in the fall to begin a doctoral degree in international business.

Congratulations, Dalila, on a job well done!

Staff Sergeant Robert Dubowitz, Bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, minor in primary grades education

Although Staff Sergeant Robert Dubowitz has spent more than 15 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, he says, “Few experiences in life provide as many challenges as those created by walking into a classroom filled with high-energy eight-year olds.”

At 41, this father of three is completing his internship at Canutillo Elementary School. Says Robert, “Facing your students for the first time, that’s when you discover the strength of your commitment to the teaching profession. My students are a lively bunch, but they’re eager to learn.”

“Eager to learn” also describes Robert Dubowitz’s commitment to higher education. After retiring from active military service in 2004, Robert enrolled at UTEP. A first-generation college student, he decided to study early childhood education because, in his words, “I want to provide youngsters, especially boys, with a positive male role model. I want all of my students to grow up knowing that it’s okay to like school and that it’s important to set goals. You can tell young people that they have options, but that message is even more effective when they can see it in action.”

Robert’s National Guard Unit will deploy to Iraq sometime this summer. When he comes home, he looks forward to being, in his words, “Mr. Dubowitz, the teacher—and the tallest person on the playground.”

Staff Sergeant Robert Dubowitz graduates today with a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies with a minor in primary grades education. He receives his degree with honors.

We congratulate you, Robert, for all that you have accomplished. And, we thank you for your commitment to creating opportunities for the next generation.

Bertha Lorena Contreras, BS/Nursing

Our next graduate proves that midlife accomplishments can often be among the sweetest.

When Bertha Lorena Contreras’s marriage ended in 2001, she made the painful decision to leave her home in Mexico in search of a better life for her children.

Arriving in El Paso, Bertha immediately found a job and enrolled in English classes. Not long after that, she enrolled at El Paso Community College. Says Bertha, “This is what you do: you set your goals and you keep pushing forward. Learning a new language is not an obstacle when you have a dream. For a long time it was very hard for us financially, but I would tell my children, ‘we’re sacrificing now so that we can all have a better future.’”

Bertha graduated from EPCC with high honors, earning both an associate of arts degree and an associate of applied science degree in computer information systems. With a grant from Project Arriba, she enrolled in the UTEP nursing program in 2006. Excelling in her studies, Bertha consistently made the Dean’s List.

Despite the many challenges of managing family and student life, Bertha says, “I loved every class, every test, every night that I struggled to stay awake and study. These things proved that I was making progress. I received a great education at UTEP, and to be starting this new life at 42 is wonderful. I’m also very proud to be a good role model for my daughter and three sons.”

Bertha says by earning her degree, she pays tribute to her role model: her late mother, Bertha Valencia, who supervised a kindergarten in Mexico.

Earlier this month, Bertha accepted a position with Sierra Medical Center, where she will work as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.

Bertha Contreras graduates today with a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a 3.4 GPA.

Congratulations, Bertha, and best wishes for the future.

Denise Ramirez, BS/Clinical Laboratory Science

This year, more than 300 students across the United States applied for the highly competitive Dale Behring Scholarship from the American Society of Clinical Pathology. UTEP’s Denise Ramirez was one of only 34 students to receive this prestigious award, ranking her among the top clinical laboratory science students in the nation.

Despite holding a part-time job to help pay for her education, Denise has consistently excelled in complex and rigorous coursework. In addition to the Behring award, Denise is the recipient of the LULAC Scholarship, the Providence Memorial Scholarship, and the Del Sol Medical Auxiliary Scholarship. She has appeared on the Dean’s List every semester since enrolling at UTEP in 2003, and has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society. Denise is vice president of the Clinical Laboratory Science Student Association at UTEP; mentors students through the CLS youth outreach program; and donates her time to numerous health fairs, diabetes screenings and other health-related events.  

UTEP CLS instructor William Lewis commends Denise for “displaying the qualities that make a clinical laboratory scientist successful. She is dependable, motivated, and displays the curiosity of a scientist.” He adds in parentheses “the CSI curiosity.” Although Denise says that the popular TV series did introduce her to the world of forensic science, she has no plans to become a professional crime-fighter. Earlier this year, Denise joined the staff of Thomason Hospital as a medical technologist.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Denise credits her parents with giving her the dedication to succeed: “They always told me that big dreams require hard work.” Denise’s next big dream is to become a pathologist. We wish her continued success in all that she undertakes.

Denise Ramirez graduates today with a bachelor of science degree in clinical laboratory science and a 3.9 GPA.


UT-Permian Basin
Campus Report

The university began construction on the New Science Building. Due to an approximately 20% rise in construction costs, a presidential committee had to review the original plans to determine what areas of the building could be removed or reduced to stay within the original TRB. Through a combined effort of “value” engineering between the committee, the president, and the architects, all wings of the building will be built however several shall only remain as shells until we can find additional funding. The General Education subcommittee completed the review of all courses currently approved as general education requirements. The report to the faculty senate suggested removal of several courses because they do not meet TCBHE requirements.

SACS, SACS, and more SACS!!! The faculty senate is in full swing reviewing compliance issues associated with the faculty in an effort to meet SACS requirements for the 2009 offsite review.

A preliminary review of entrance exam data revealed that 19% of our incoming freshmen read below the 10 th grade level. This concerns many of the faculty, so the Academic Affairs subcommittee of the faculty senate has added this item to their priority list for discussion and recommendations to be presented in the fall.

The Student Affairs subcommittee studied pedestrian traffic activity surrounding the campus buildings. Recommendations from the subcommittee included cross walks, signage, and flashing lights for the north campus entrance between the General Academic buildings and the mesa buildings. This area happens to be at the point of exit from the faculty parking lot, whose view is semi obstructed by a large fence.

For the final meeting of the Spring semester, the faculty set the agenda for the 2008-2009 academic year. Issues for the upcoming year include a review of the pay grade steps from assistant to associate professor and from associate professor to full professor. The faculty affairs subcommittee will complete a faculty morale survey, and finally a discussion on how to identify and intervene with students who are unable to adequately read above a 10 th grade reading level.












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