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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY


RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
IN THE UT AUSTIN UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG


Wallace T. Fowler (aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics), chair of the Educational Policy Committee, has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the recommendation set forth below.

The Secretary has classified this recommendation as general legislation. Notice is hereby given that this report will be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on March 20, 2000.



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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council




Posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on March 14, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
IN THE UT AUSTIN UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG

The Educational Policy Committee recommends the following changes in the undergraduate General Requirements for Graduation requirements in chapter 1 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.


(The catalog is on the web at http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/ug98-00/index.html.)


On page 16, in chapter 1, section "GRADUATION," subsection "GENERAL REQUIREMENTS," make the following changes:


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To receive an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin a student must fulfill all requirements for the degree as set forth in a catalog under which he or she is eligible to graduate and any special requirements of the college or school and department offering the degree, as well as the following minimum general requirements:

[No changes in number 1.]

2.
A student must fulfill the following requirements regarding coursework taken in residence. Residence credit includes only courses taken at the University of Texas at Austin; it does not include credit by examination or courses taken by extension or correspondence. Additional requirements imposed by a college or school, if any, are given in the college's chapter of this catalog. It is the intent of this requirement that the student who receives a degree from the University of Texas at Austin should have taken a significant portion of the major coursework at the University. In the normal case, a student should complete at least 2/3 of the upper division semester credit hours in the major at the University.
a. The student must complete in residence at least [two long-session semesters, or an equivalent period, and at least thirty] sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.
b. In the normal case, a student should complete at least 2/3 of the upper division semester credit hours in the major at the University. [Twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours counted toward the degree must be completed in residence.] However, among components of the University of Texas System, a student may transfer additional coursework to the degree-granting institution with the approval of the appropriate dean. A student seeking such a transfer must file a written petition at the degree-granting institution with his or her academic dean, who may approve the transfer of additional credit.
c. [At least six semester hours of advanced coursework in the major must be completed in residence.] With the prior approval of the appropriate dean, courses taken in a Study Abroad program can count toward meeting this requirement. A student seeking to count such coursework toward meeting this requirement must file a written petition with the appropriate dean and have that petition approved beforehand to ensure receiving credit toward this requirement for Study Abroad courses.

[No changes in numbers 3 and 4.]


Rationale:
To be provided by the committee at the Faculty Council meeting on March 20, 2000.