Promoting academic integrity
WFAA/Channel 8 reported
on efforts by UT Arlington to curb what appears to be a rising trend in
college cheating nationwide. The University is hiring an assistant
director for academic integrity and intends to ask students to sign new
honor codes. “It reminds them to be a student of character and I think
that translates into positive ways in our community,” said Frank Lamas,
vice president of student affairs.
The Austin American-Statesman
reported that University of Texas System Regents are expected to
tighten rules on faculty evaluations. The Faculty Advisory Council for
the system approved a revision of the post-tenure review rules in
December that was more in line with current rules. But Chancellor
Francisco Cigarroa and Pedro Reyes, interim executive vice chancellor
for academic affairs, met with the panel last month and sought
consideration of a version developed by a task force of faculty members
and system officials. The advisory council voted overwhelmingly to
rescind its December vote and approve the task force version, which is
the one the regents will consider, said Dan Formanowicz, a biology
professor at UT Arlington, past chairman of the council and a member of
the council's executive committee. "In my opinion, this proposal gives
the faculty sufficient control of the process in cases where remediation
or termination may result," he said.
Budget cuts impact on teacher morale
In a story about the impact of Texas budget cuts on teachers’ morale, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted
that this fall, The University of Texas at Arlington saw a slight
decrease in the number of people who want to become teachers. Overall
undergraduate enrollment in the College of Education and Health
Professions was down about 500 students from a year earlier, although
enrollment in graduate programs rose
Is 'Amasia' the next big supercontinent?
An animation by Christopher Scotese, recently retired professor of earth
and environmental sciences at UT Arlington, was featured on the National Public Radio website.
The animation accompanied a story about a Yale researcher's theory
about the next big supercontinent, Amasia. Scotese's illustration
demonstrates 850 million years of continent movement in just over one
The Green at College Park
The Sustainable Sites Initiative has certified the first three
projects under its new rating system that evaluates the sustainable
design, construction and maintenance of built landscapes, Green Building News.com reported. The Green at College Park of The University of Texas at Arlington is among the three projects honored.
New 'home' a good fit for basketball team
WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen
noted the now 14-game winning streak by the UT Arlington men’s
basketball team and speculated that the new College Park Center is
boosting team confidence. The team is 18-5 heading in to Saturday’s
homecoming game vs. Texas State.