Thursday, January 24 – ASH 208
Regent Robert L. Stillwell
His view is that the regents work for the faculty and that the faculty does not work for the regents. He wants to know what we need to do our jobs.
Q- Can you give us insights to the upcoming changes on the board?
Q- Do you think the changes to the Senate Higher Ed committee will impact the approval process of the new regents?
Q- What do you see as the priorities of the Health sciences side of UT for the future?
Q- What has to happen politiallcy to allow PUF funds to go to the school in the valley?
Q- We passed a resolution at UTB supporting the motion that you made.
Q- We passed a similar resolution at UTPA yesterday.
Q- The Coordinating Board appears to be hostile towards higher education. Is this going to continue?
Q- Who else can push back?
Q- There has been public perception that faculty do not work a lot of hours. The faculty have support of the public because the reaction was too extreme. The process is very cyclical.
Q- The challenge is to have true data that represents what we really do for our workload. There are so many things that we do that are very hard to capture.
Q- Judge Lewis encouraged us to talk to the legislature so they understand what we do. We have to be careful not to lobby.
Q- Take a citizen to work day would help people understand how hard we work everyday.
Q- The Regents Teaching award really supports the faculty for their teaching.
Q- The regents teaching award at the health institutions really helps support the faculty and encourage teaching
Q- The emphasis on the commercialization of research might push research in arts and the humanities out. What are your thoughts?
Q- What is the role of philanthropy in the funding model.
Q- We cannot know what research is going to pan out to commercially viable. We use research to teach students to think and problem solve.
Q- The Coordinating Board has a designation that the people on the board are not in education, we don’t appoint people to the supreme court who are not familiar with the law. Why don’t we have people who have a background in higher ed? There is value in “hobby research” even if it has no commercial value. It is hard to put numbers on what we do.
Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa
Thank you for doing the work. The role of the chancellor is to be the best spokesperson for the work that the faculty staff and students do.
The legislative session is moving very quickly. Reinforcing the role of formula funding for supporting the growth in the institutions. We will be promoting a new type of funding for the health institutions to help fund the growth on our campuses. Excellence funding for the health intuitions based on outcomes, to increase the overall funding of the health campuses.
Texas Grants continue to be an issue that we promote. The need for capital infrastructure for the campuses continues to be an issue that we promote.
The establishment of a new university for the Rio Grande Valley is being promoted. The region is profoundly underserved in terms of medical professionals and other metrics. The school of medicine in the valley was supported by the regents and legislature. Meanwhile UTB had an issue with unwinding the partnership with Texas Southmost College and UTPA did not have the resources available. Not having PUF funds has limited both UTB and UTPA. This new university will be PUF eligible.
Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment new Regents rule. That rule changed in August. The model HOP needed to be developed. Now there is UTS Policy 180 that replaces the old policies. The new things are requirement to disclose the range of compensation, and the development of a public database of the reports regarding the conflict of interests or perceived conflict of interest.
Institute of Transformational Learning lead by Steve Mintz there were 23 proposals 9 bubbled to the top regarding MOOC’s. They are working with EdX on this. Regent Hall is working on a business plan for MOOC’s.
President of UT Arlington search committee has narrowed down to a list of candidates for interviewing in Feb or Mar.
Q- The ranges of compensation really allows preapproval for issues that arise throughout the year.
Q- Some faculty see the range of compensation issue as confidential information. Does this issue have to be in the HOP policy. The amount of money that one makes shouldn’t be in a public database.
Q- If your supervisor declines the request for the conflict of interest. Can we add language about a grievance procedures.
Q – How do you see the move to online education change higher ed in the upcoming years.
Pedro Reyes, Executive Vice Chancellor, Dan Sharphorn, Assoc Vice Chancellor & Deputy General Counsel, John Hayek, Assoc. Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff
Outcomes funding looks like it will pass. 10% of the current formula for funding outcomes funding. UT is hoping that the money will come from outside the formula.
Guns on campus looks like it will pass. We need your help on this issue and framing the policies.
Organizational analysis on four institutions to see how to reduce redundancies. UT Tyler, MD Anderson, UT Dallas and UTMB. Independent consultants are looking at the campuses they will consult with faculty and staff to gather information.
College level reviews are going to be looked at in terms of student success. Particularly looking at those colleges that do not have their subject matter accreditation.
Reviews of PhD programs across all institutions as the state law requires.
Rules for Department Chairs are being rewritten. The chancellor is reviewing it right now and when that is done then it will be sent to the FAC. Department chairs vary dramatically across the system. The idea is to make sure the leadership role is strengthened for department chairs. Balancing administrative duties with faculty advocacy for the job. There also will be training for the leadership role and development of mentoring skills.
Q- We are concerned about the Low Producing Programs that the Coordinating Board has eliminated or is planning on eliminating. How will the change that the Coordinating Board wants to increase the thresholds.
Q- To what extent can we count on support from the Regents
Q- How much latitude is there on the campus policies. How firm is the Feb 1 deadline.
Q- How were the ranges developed?
Q- The idea that I have to ask permission is bothersome. What is meant by the word permission? Is there another word that we can use?
Q- The language regarding service on boards is inconsistent. Can we fix this?
Q- Can we adjust the amounts that we declare midyear? What is our time what is your time? Do we need to get permission for what we do over the summer?
Discussion on Low Producing programs
Review of December BOR Meeting – The board voted to combining UTB, UTPB, the RACH – San Antonio and RACH – Houston and the South Texas Medical School into a new multi-campus university that will be PUF qualified.
Approval of minutes of meeting of August 2012 – motion: Tom Cole seconded: Derek Catsum Approved.
Senator Kel Seliger – Chairman of the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee
The legislature mostly talks money in terms of higher education. The outlook is positive for the funding of the state this year.
He is an advocate for higher education in Texas. He is impressed with the quality of leadership in the higher ed systems throughout the state.
The PUF is one of the biggest assets that the universities have. The drilling continues to increase thus the PUF continues to grow.
Texas Grants are also important to helping student go to school. There is a proposal to limit the Texas Grants to $5K.
Outcomes based funding is a big topic. It looks like 10% is manageable for colleges and universities. This needs to be designed to supply funding not deny funding.
There cannot be governance through the Coordinating Board. There needs to be clear lines of authority.
Concealed Carry legislation – does not know how it will fair in this legislative session.
Q- The faculty at UTB have passed a resolution in support of the forming of the new university in the Rio Grande Valley.
Q- What is your vision for addressing the issues with the coordinating board.
Q- Students are coming to college without preparation. Dual credit and expectations are making students appear to delay their graduation. They just aren’t prepared for our expectations.
Q- Thank you for your support of Graduate Medical Education (residency programs) funding. Formula funding has gone down over the years. If we take some out for outcome based funding.
Q- Thank you for your statements in support of low producing programs. We want to encourage you to keep your train of thought in regard to mainaing these programs.
Q- The Coordinating Board just tabled the decision on increasing the thresholds on low producing programs. A member of the coordinating board cannot have an appointment at an educational institution. Having a percentage of the membership have a background in higher education would help.
Q- The low producing program issue is not just for STEM fields. The teachers with masters degrees really enhance the quality of high school education.
Q- The coordinating board is putting limits on what we include in the curriculum of some programs which impact the quality of the product.
Committee Meetings, ASH 208 and 202
James Cox, Attorney – Office of General Council, Copyright and Trademark
There are no plans to change the Regents Rules regarding intellectual property. The rule is 90101 Section 4.
Q- Does this apply to our research notes and research data?
Q- There is a clause that says that use of my course material can be continued for 1 year after employment. What happens if they continue to use my content?
There can be a copyright in the compellation of data. There is a point where the data completion when it is creatively organized. The facts cannot be copyrighted but the creatively organized set can be. The notes on the results of the sorted data are probably copyrightable.
Q- We if we are doing analysis of data on our computers then there are data on our computers that we own and not the university.
Q- Are there any issues about us owning our data?
Q- What is the role of creativity in the copyright in the data collection?
Stephanie Huie, Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives, ad interim
Dashboard updates – Completed sections - Student Success, Faculty Productivity, Research and Tech transfer, Finance and Institutional Profiles.
SAS Visual Analytics – is an iPad app. Web version is coming later. The app has data from the dashboard.
Academic Analytics measures research/scholarly productivity at the faculty, program and department levels.
Every UT Academic Campus uses Academic Analytics. The launch will be in Feb.
Errors in Academic Analytics can be corrected contact your campus rep. The list will be emailed out to all of us.
Student Success after Graduation
Q- Will this include tracking of people who go into graduate school or the military? The point should be how they are contributing.
Q- Are you looking at graduates or all students?
Reporting of Outside Activity
Q- Ranges of compensation defined for research are different from those in the Conflict of interest.
Q- This is going to be managed by system and not campus by campus.
Q- The ranges are very broad. Is there something we can do about it?
Q- Will data about family members be on the web?
FAC Executive Committee Meeting