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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ENGINEERING HONORS PROGRAM IN THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

Dean Ben Streetman of the College of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the engineering honors program in the College of Engineering chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the department and the dean approved the proposed changes on February 10, 2004. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on January 30, 2004. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on March 10, 2004, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 15, 2004. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 6, 2004, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

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 noon on April 16, 2004.


<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 8, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE ENGINEERING HONORS PROGRAM IN THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006

On page 130 under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES in the section HONORS in the College of Engineering chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


[FIRST-YEAR ENGINEERING HONORS PROGRAM]

[This program is designed to recognize students whose high school records and scores on college entrance examinations indicate that they have an excellent chance of becoming Engineering Scholars. Although all students follow the same basic curriculum, special sections taught by outstanding teachers usually are arranged for students in the First-Year Engineering Honors Program. Eligibility for the program is determined by the applicant’s scholastic rank in high school, SAT I or American College Testing Program score, scores on the SAT II: Subject Test in Mathematics, Level I or Level IC, and on the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing, and written comments submitted by high school teachers. Additional information and an application form are available at http://www.engr. utexas.edu/students/stay/honors.cfm.]


RATIONALE: Replaced by the new Engineering Honors Program.


ENGINEERING HONORS PROGRAM

[To be eligible for the Engineering Honors Program, a student must be enrolled in the College of Engineering, must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework, and must have completed at least twenty-four semester hours of coursework in residence. The student must also have a grade point average on coursework completed in residence that is in the top 10 percent of those in his or her classification and degree plan. The student may be required to meet other criteria established by the Engineering Honors Program Committee.

To continue in the program, the student must maintain the academic standards established by the Engineering Honors Program Committee.
]

The Engineering Honors Program (EHP) is designed to provide an intellectual challenge, opportunities for leadership development, and social interaction for students who have distinguished themselves academically and in leadership roles outside the classroom.

Admission to the program is limited to a small number of exceptional students who are chosen on a competitive basis by the Engineering Honors Program Committee. Most students enter the program when they enter college; selection is based on class rank, standardized test scores, leadership roles, academic extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, essay related to engineering, and faculty review.

Engineering students may also apply for admission to the EHP when they have completed at least twenty-four hours of coursework in residence to be counted toward the degree. To apply, the student must have at least sixty hours of coursework remaining in the degree program and must have an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.50. Selection is based on the student’s rank in his or her degree plan class, in-residence grade point average on courses to be counted toward the degree, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation from faculty members, essay related to engineering, and faculty review.

To remain in the EHP, the student must maintain an in-residence grade point average of at least 3.50. The grade point average is evaluated each year after grades for the spring semester have been awarded.


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To earn Special Honors in Engineering and to have that designation placed on the transcript, the student must complete the undergraduate honors thesis course in his or her discipline.

Additional information is available from the Engineering Office of Student Affairs.


RATIONALE: The proposed new Engineering Honors Program (EHP) is based on input from the Engineering Honors Council and is recommended by the EHP Faculty Committee and the Degrees and Courses Committee. It changes the acceptance process to include faculty input, and the student accepted to the EHP remains in the program as long as he/she maintains an in residence GPA of at least 3.5. This will provide more continuity to the program.