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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CHAPTER
OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000

Robert G. May, Dean of the College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of Business, filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below for changes in the College of Business Administration chapter of the University of Texas at Austin Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. The proposal was approved by the faculty of the College of Business Administration by the circulation method the week of October 11, 1999. The dean approved the changes October 26, 1999. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on November 16, 1999. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by December 13, 1999.



<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 30, 1999. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGES TO
THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CHAPTER
OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 1998-2000

  1. On page 42 of the section Admission and Registration, under the heading Requirements for Admission to the College of Business Administration, under the heading Students in Other Divisions of the University, please make the following changes:

    Students enrolled in other degree programs at the University who wish to enter a degree program described in this chapter must submit an application for a change of major to the Undergraduate Dean's Office by June 1 to be considered for admission in the following fall semester. [The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of college coursework by the end of the spring semester to be eligible for consideration.] The minimum requirements for admission are

    • Completion of twenty-four semester hours in residence on the letter-grade basis by the end of the preceding spring semester
    • Completion of Mathematics 403K or 408C or the equivalent
    • Completion of at least one of the following courses: Mathematics 403L, 408D, Economics 304K, 304L
    • Completion of the foreign language proficiency requirement of two years of a single foreign language in high school or one year of the same foreign language in college.

    Admission is granted on a space-available basis and may not be possible if instructional resources are not compatible with enrollment demands. A student with a grade point average of less than 3.00 is unlikely to be admitted to the college.

Rationale:
The current catalog does not reflect the actual criteria used for evaluation of students for transfer into the College of Business Administration. The changes update the catalog to be consistent with current procedures.

  1. On page 46 of the section Degrees, under the heading Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Requirements, please make the following change:

4.e.
Three hours of anthropology, psychology, or sociology chosen from courses approved by the College of Business Administration; courses dealing primarily with statistics or data processing may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Rationale:
This requirement was established to provide business students with a basic understanding of human behavior or the social/cultural processes, organization and interaction of humans. Some anthropology courses have content that will fulfill this requirement.

  1. On page 47 of the section Degrees, under the heading Program Degree Requirements, under the heading Professional Program in Accounting, please make the following changes:

    The accounting faculty has designed [four] three concentrations within the PPA: [accounting/information management,] auditing/financial reporting, managerial accounting/control, and taxation.

Rationale:
The strength of the PPA program lies in the Accounting sequence courses, which should be the major focus of the students. Those students who are interested in information


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systems may augment the PPA degree by completing the established MIS minor sequence.

  1. On page 50 of the section Degrees, under the heading Program Degree Requirements under the heading Finance, please make the following change:

    [5. Three semester hours in an upper-division elective.]
    [6.] 5. Additional elective coursework if necessary to provide a total of at least 120 semester hours.

Rationale:
The Finance major is the only one within the College of Business Administration that specifies an upper-division elective. This is being dropped to allow for more consistency and easier transitions between the majors.

  1. On page 51 of the section Degrees, under the heading Program Degree Requirements, under the heading Honors Program, under the heading Continuance, please make the following change:

    A student who enters the Honors Program as a freshman must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 at the end of the first year to continue in the program. After the freshman year, each student, whether admitted as a freshman or as a sophomore, is dismissed from the program if his or her overall or business grade point average drops below [3.00] 3.25. Exceptions are granted only by the Honors Program Committee.

Rationale:
The minimum of 3.00 has been in place since 1976 and grades have risen considerably due to the higher admission standards to the College of Business Administration. The 3.00 is below that of Texas A&M, Ohio State, Indiana, and UT Engineering.

  1. On page 51 of the section Degrees, under the heading Program Degree Requirements, under the heading Honors, under the heading Graduation please make the following change:

    To graduate under the Honors Program, the student must earn a University grade point average of at least [3.00] 3.25 and a grade point average of at least [3.00] 3.25 in business courses.

Rationale:
The minimum of 3.00 has been in place since 1976 and grades have risen considerably due to the higher admission standards to the College of Business Administration. The 3.00 is below that of Texas A&M, Ohio State, Indiana, and UT Engineering.

  1. On page 51 of the section Degrees, under the heading Program Degree Requirements, under the heading Honors, under the heading Degree Requirements please make the following change:

    [5. Two semester hours of Business Administration 179, taken during the sophomore year.]
    [6.] 5.  Additional elective coursework if necessary to provide a total of 120 semester hours.

Rationale:
There is currently some overlap in the content of the BA 179 classes and the BA 101/102 sequence that is required of all business students. The special Honors sections of the BA 101/102 will be redesigned to include the additional content of the BA 179 classes. By dropping the BA 179 courses, the minimum requirement for the program will be closer to the minimum requirement of 120 hours for a Bachelor of Business Administration.