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ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

2001-2002


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 B-3  Committee on Student Affairs

James W. Vick submitted the following report on behalf of the committee and its chair, Dean Bredeson:

Several new projects or recent gains in well-established programs are worthy of mention when assessing the state of Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin over the 2001-2002 academic year.

Retention Data
All first-time, full-time freshmen returning after year 1:
For students entering fall of
1996: 87.9%
1997: 88.0
1998: 89.3
1999: 90.3
2000: 92.0

The entering class of fall 2001 was quite diverse although we remain concerned regarding the enrollment of underrepresented groups, particularly African Americans. The percentage of whites dropped to an all-time low of 60.6% and the enrollment of African Americans dropped slightly to 3.3%. At the same time, Hispanic enrollment rose to 14% and Asian-American enrollment reached 19.3%.

Admissions
The modification of the Provisional Admissions Program completed its first full cycle in 2001-02. Our three level admission process consists of regular fall admission, summer admission, and the Coordinated Admissions Plan in which students must first complete thirty hours of prescribed work with a 3.0 average at one of our System campuses.

FALL
2001
2002
Applications:
20,047
21,863

Admits:

10,987
11,711

SUMMER
2001
2002
Admit offers:
1,588
1,450
Actual enrolled:
906
818

COORDINATED ADMISSION PROGRAM:
2001
2002
Offers:
2,074
3,361
Contracts returned:
618
976

BREAKDOWN OF CONTRACTS RETURNED:
2001
2002
UTA:
250
330
UTSA:
334
591
UTEP:
18
23
UTPA:
9
26
UTPB:
7
6

We expect 177 students to enter UT Austin in fall 2002 after satisfactorily completing the Coordinated Admissions Program in 2001-2002.

FIGs
Now completing its fourth year, the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) Program continues to grow. In fall 2001 there were 120 FIG clusters with more than 2800 students—approximately 40% of the freshman class. The residential FIG program expanded to 120 students in special housing clusters. The spring offerings expanded from 24 to 30 clusters, and summer FIGs were offered for the first time. Overall, the combined programs reached approximately 4,000 students in 2001-02. Students who participate continue to have higher GPAs and better retention statistics than non-participants.

Scholarships
The Longhorn Opportunity Scholarship program continues to expand. We were quite successful in the Terry Scholarship competition (82 freshman recipients), the Gates Millennium Scholarships (48 awarded students), and the National Hispanic Scholarships (125 recipients, and 183 have paid their enrollment deposit for fall 2002). On a national scale we slipped from second to third (behind Stanford and Harvard) in the number of new National Merit Scholars on campus, and although no official comparison are available, it is likely that we have the largest number of new National Hispanic Scholars.

Housing
The fire and life safety changes in the residence halls continued to be ahead of schedule. The success of San Jacinto Hall has provided additional impetus to construction of more housing. The University has acquired the Scarbrough property at the corner of Guadalupe and 27th Streets and initial plans are underway for a residence hall on that site. The Bevo Bucks program was launched, allowing students the opportunity to use a debit card on and off campus at participating merchants.

Texas Student Publications
In the face of a significant economic down-turn, TSP worked diligently to cut expenses and increase revenue. At the same time the TSP Board completed a detailed proposal for a revision of their handbook, including a proposed new name, Texas Student Media.

Texas Union
The student-run programming body of the Union completed a successful transition to the Student Events Center (SEC) from the former Program Council structure; the result has been broad participation and emphasis on programs with wider appeal. Plans for speakers this fall include former President Clinton, Spike Lee, and Dr. Patch Adams. Late night programming has been expanded to offer alternatives to bars and clubs.

University Health Services
This year produced re-accreditation of University Health Services by both AAAHC and CME, the latter being quite rare across the nation for a campus health center. An interactive voice response system has been installed in the pharmacy producing a significant improvement in the efficient use of time for both physicians and pharmacists.

Recreational Sports
Surveys showed that 88% of students participate in some way through the programs and facilities of the Division of Recreational Sports. The renovation and expansion of the Gregory aquatics complex continue through the design stages, but progress has been slowed by delays in movement of staff from some facilities and the concern over the consequences of the decision regarding the infrastructure charge. Student support remains strong, and it is hoped that the project will soon be in the construction phase.

Technology
Innovations in the use of technology continue to improve service and reduce cost. The registrar’s office has moved to issuing final grades electronically, its degree audit system is in wide use on and off campus, and its transcript server processes electronic transcripts for colleges from Florida to the west. Imaging documents in admission and student records has made a dramatic difference in processing data. Financial Aid packages record amounts of awards and transfers funds quickly and efficiently, providing students earlier information and access to resources.

In general, the division of student affairs provides excellent service to students through its highly professional staff and fine facilities.

  Dean A. Bredeson, chair


This document was posted on the Faculty Council Web site, www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on July 29, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.



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