Current Legislation

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Legislation for 2018-2019

LEGISLATION COMPLETED, WITHDRAWN, OR CLOSED in 2018-2019

Update to the Core Curriculum Course Lists for the 2018-2019 General Information Catalog (D 15557-15562).       
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on November 7, 2017, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On November 20, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On November 27, 2017, it was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for her information. The School of Undergraduate Studies transmitted the legislation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for final approval. On April 8, 2018, the THECB informed The University that fourteen of the proposed additions to the list of courses in the core curriculum would require additional documentation.  On May 8, 2018 a response was sent by the School of Undergraduate Studies providing the requested additional information.  As of September 27, 2018, no further response from the THECB has been received.

Resolution on Academic Analytics from the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility (D 15879-15881).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on January 19, 2018. On January 22, 2018, the Faculty Council unanimously endorsed the resolution and it was transmitted to the Provost on January 23, 2018. The Provost, in consultation with Steven D. Hoelscher, formed a faculty working group to develop guidelines for the use of Academic Analytics and to advise on its use, including how the service can assist UT Austin with strategic planning. The first meeting of this working group took place on February 9, 2018, followed by another on March 21 and May 9. The Faculty Council awaits the report of the investigating committee on which Faculty Council Chair Charlotte Canning serves. On December 10,  2018, the Task Force recommendations and guidelines were posted on the Faculty Council’s website.

Report of The Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women (D 16265-16266). 
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 20, 2018. On March 26, 2018, the Faculty Council approved the panel by no-protest. The nominees for the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men were Lynn A. Baker, Professor, Law; Pamela S. Buchanan, Lecturer, Kinesiology and Health Education; Louis Harrison, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction; and Stephen H. Marshall, Associate Professor, American Studies. The nominees for the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women were Gayle J. Acton, Associate Professor, Nursing; Daniel J. Birkholz, Associate Professor, English; Anthony L. Brown, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction; Neville Hoad, Associate Professor, English; and Tasha S. Phiilpot, Associate Professor, Government. On March 27, 2018, the panels were transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his consideration. On September 17, 2018, the President’s office informed the Faculty Council Executive Committee that the two Intercollegiate Athletics Councils (IAC) had been merged. The merging of the IACs reduced the number of faculty from ten to eight; however, it increased the percentage of members who are faculty to 61% (from 50%).

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Regarding Conferral of Degrees (D 16734).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on August 31, 2018. On September 7, 2018, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution on a no-protest basis. No further action is required.

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Concerning Fields of Study Requirements Promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (D 16797-16799).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on October 1, 2018. Emended on October 4, 2018. At its meeting on October 8, 2018, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution. On October 15, 2018, the resolution was transmitted to the President. No further action is required

Resolution in Response to the Trump Administration's Initiatie to Redefine Gender (D 16831).
 Distributed through the Faculty Council website on November 7, 2018 and unanimously endorsed by the Faculty Council at its meeting on November 12, 2018. The resolution was transmitted to the President on November 16, 2018. No further action is required.

Resolution to Redesign Student Course Exit Surveys and Reinvent the Evaluation of an Instructor’s Impact on Academic Learning and Engagement (D 16845-16846).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on November 27, 2018. On December 10, 2018, the Faculty Council unanimously endorsed the resolution. The Faculty Council unanimously endorsed the resolution at its meeting on December 10, 2018. The resolution was transmitted to the President and Provost on December 17, 2018. The formation of the resolution’s two task forces by the Education Policy Committee has been completed. The membership lists are available from the Office of the General Faculty.

Proposed Changes to the General Faculty Standing Committees in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1050-PM, 2-1060-PM, and 2-1060-PM (D 16888-16915).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on January 18, 2019, and classified as legislation of general interest. On February 8, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On February 12, 2019, the legislative items were transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for consideration with a request to submit her recommendations for approval or disapproval to President Gregory L. Fenves.  The Provost’s office provided feedback recommending changes. Revisions to Proposals D 16888-16894b, D 16895-16909a, and D 16910-16915 were distributed through the Faculty Council website on April 2, 2019 on a no-protest basis with a deadline of April 15, 2019. The Secretary classified the reivisons as legislation of general interest . For reference see D 16976-16984D 16985-17002, and D 17003-17008

  • Handbook Of Operating Procedures 2-1050-PM Standing Committees of the General-Faculty Affairs Committees (D 16888-16894b)
  • Handbook Of Operating Procedures 2-1060-PM Standing Committees of the General-Institutional Policy or Governance Committees (D 16895-16909a)
  • Handbook Of Operating Procedures 2-1070-PM Standing Committees of the General-Student Services and Activities Committees (D 16910-16915)

Addition of New Instructor Titles to the Criteria Used to Determine Voting Members of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1010, General Faculty Membership (D 16925-16927).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on February 11, 2019, and classified as legislation of general interest. On February 25, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On February 26, 2019, it was transmitted to the Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for review and recommendations to the President. On February 28, 2019, Provost McInnis transmitted the legislation to President Gregory L. Fenves recommending approval. On March 6, 2019, President Fenves granted final approval.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D 16955).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on March 14, 2019, and classified as legislation of general interest. On March 26, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the panel by no-protest. On March 27, 2018, it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his consideration. On April 4, 2019, President Fenves appointed Professor Diane Bryant (Special Education) for a four-year term from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2023.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Council (D 16956).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on March 14, 2019, and classified as legislation of general interest. On March 26, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the panel by no-protest. On March 27, 2018, it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his consideration. On April 10, 2019, President Fenves appointed Gayle J. Acton (Associate Professor, Nursing), and John M. Gonzalez (Professor, English) to the Intercollegiate Athletics Council each for a four-year term beginning September 1, 2019, and lasting through August 31, 2023.

Cancellation of 2019 Summer Meeting of the Faculty Council (D 17009).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on April 2, 2019, and classified as legislation of general interest. On April 15, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the cancellation of the summer meetings on a no-protest basis. On April 16, 2019, it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his information. No further action is required.

Schedule for Meeting of the Faculty Council in 2019-2020 (D 17010).
Distributed through the Faculty Council website on April 2, 2019, and classified as legislation of general interest. On April 15, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the meeting schedule on a no-protest basis. On April 16, 2019, it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his information. No further action is required.