Chairman James Huffines, Board of Regents, member since 2003 and reappointed by Governor. Selected as Chair by peers for the next six years.
Personal comments to new Regents always includes appreciation of faculty and recognizes your commitment to the institution.
This is a very good time for opportunity. Stars Recruitment money, $150,000,000 and just added $40,000,000 to hire and move toward greater excellence.
Teaching awards for 73 faculty members presented in August. $2,000,000 was given out. Awards were from $15,000 to $30,000 to recognize good teaching.
Recruitment is a priority.
Pan-Am is in the process of selecting a new President. Strong leadership teams are in place on all campuses.
$12-!5 billion shortfall in the legislature is projected for the next session. We are preparing now-18 months before the next session. We want to work for your benefit.
Handguns legislation -we did not support. Huffines did not receive support from any other universities in the state. Our Chancellor and representatives worked very hard to keep the bill from passing. The bill will be back next legislative session.
Tier One development-on ballot in November. We need to get support to send a message that Higher Education is an important issue.
System budget was flat versus last year. Downsizing was done at the System level. The Endowment Fund is down. We are doing better than many. UT Austin is the only one in the UT System that depends on endowment funds. We still have a Triple A rating for UT Austin. Many institutions across the nation have lost the status with the economic down turn.
No smoking policy on all campuses has been recommended from the FAC. We have not heard of response from the Regents. Chairman Huffines will do some research on the issue.
Brachenridge issue at UT Austin: field lab, decisions will not be voted on for 6 years. Any money generated goes to employees, faculty and students for 100 years.
MD Anderson: Reduction in force, -10% of budgets, do not meet definition of Financial Exigency. Chancellor has appointed a Task Force to review this issue.
Tenure: Anticlimatic—no notification from the Board of Regents. Response: There needs to be a clear instruction from the Board.
Representation on the Board of Regents: FAC representatives to join the BOR serve as a resource. No micromanaging. Perhaps a small group of faculty can meet with a couple of BOR members on a regular basis. Chairman Huffines volunteered to meet with us on a yearly basis.
Chairman Huffines asked for each institution to share their issues:
Tyler Health Sci.-Hiring
UT Dallas-Funding, effectiveness of FAC, partnership, BOR extends the partnership, we aren’t as strong as the Calif. System., Tier One and becoming a traditional campus and not a commuter campus
Proposition 4 (Tier One Institutions proposed) November.
UT Arlington-Tier one push, compliance with evaluations and syllabi
UT Southwestern-growth and expansion, connectivity problems and safety issues. Health care reform is being watched very closely.
UT San Antonio: FAC presented information on costs of SACS. Costly and complex process. Micromanaging of legislators the campuses become stressed out.
Huffines: Legislature funds 17% of UT System budget. 150% control wanted.
MD Anderson: financial health of institution has helped to weather the downturn-research monies have been rerouted. Non-revenue generating is a new definition of research.
UT Pan-Am: We need a new President.
Health Sci. Center San Antonio: Retirement and recruiting are issues. Keeping new faculty is a problem. Tranfer from one institution to another –a task force exists to review this.
UT Permian Basin: Relying on lecturers and adjuncts because of rapid growth.
UT Austin: Brachenridge is a concern. Diversity and addition of faculty. Go after Star Professors. Requiring colleges to cut money. Increase faculty student ratios is being expected and needs to occur rapidly.
UTMB: A lot of distress that faculty have been rifted over the last year. How much influence does faculty have? Crime issues have increased. Nursing faculty shortage and legislature demands to increase graduates.
UT El Paso: Things are going well. Infrastructure additions are appreciated. Pressure to move to alternative forms of course delivery is occurring. Dual enrollment has been in the community college—and competition is to move it to other institutions. Increase stipends for graduate assistants.
UT Brownsville: Dual Enrollment, gender equity issues, lack of information available. Pedro Reyes can make available the information---also in terms of gender, diversity, etc. Heaf vs Puf.
Cost of Living---we do not receive. Pedro Reyes will provide information. Salary compression is an issue.
Huffines: Affordibility, improve graduation rates, course sequencing, accessibility, money to better communicate with academic , diversity, biggest issue is funding for the coming year. Lots of changes coming—especially for the medical schools.