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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE HOURS UNDERTAKEN AND
REPETITION OF COURSES 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 hours undertaken and repetition of courses 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 HOURS UNDERTAKEN AND
REPETITION OF COURSES IN THE
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On pages 128-129, under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, in the College of Engineering chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, make the following changes:


GRADE POINT AVERAGE FOR ACADEMIC DECISIONS

In the College of Engineering, the grade point average used in all academic decisions is the average of grades the student has earned in residence in courses applicable to the degree. Academic decisions are decisions about academic probation, academic dismissal, internal transfer (change of major), admission to the major sequence, admission to the Engineering Honors Program, designation as an Engineering Scholar, and eligibility for graduation, for graduation with Engineering Honors, and for graduation with University Honors.


RATIONALE: Basing academic decisions on the in-residence G.P.A. in courses applicable to the degree will allow the college to consider the same factors for every student. Decisions will be more consistent and more fair and will be based on more relevant information. The college will also be able to identify students in academic difficulty earlier and more accurately.


QUANTITY OF WORK RULE

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN THE LONG SESSION

[1. As used in (2) and (3) below, “coursework” includes correspondence courses, extension courses, nonrequired electives, physical activity courses, and courses for which the student is registered concurrently at another institution.

2. An engineering student may register for no more than seventeen semester hours of coursework a semester, unless he or she files an Irregular Student Petition as described below.

3. No student may register for more than twenty-one semester hours of coursework during any long-session semester.]

As used in (1) and (2) below, "coursework" includes correspondence courses, extension courses, nonrequired electives, physical activity courses, and courses for which the student is registered concurrently at another institution.

1. An engineering student may not register for more than seventeen semester hours of coursework without an approved application to do so. The application is published at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/students/applications/more-than-17.cfm.
2. No student may register for more than twenty-one semester hours of coursework during any long-session semester.


RATIONALE: Clarification.

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MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN THE LONG SESSION

A normal course load in the College of Engineering is fifteen to seventeen hours a semester; the suggested arrangement of courses for each degree program is based on this load. An engineering student may not enroll in fewer than fourteen semester hours of coursework except with the written approval of the dean. Twelve of the fourteen hours must be applicable to the degree. All elective courses counted toward the twelve hours applicable to the degree must be on the lists on pages 134-135 or be approved by the departmental undergraduate adviser. Physical activity courses may not be used to meet these requirements. To register for fewer than fourteen hours, the student must [file an Irregular Student Petition as described below] have an approved application to do so.

{No changes to “Rules for the Summer Session.”}

[IRREGULAR STUDENT PETITION]
APPLICATION TO REGISTER FOR FEWER THAN FOURTEEN OR MORE THAN SEVENTEEN HOURS

A student may request permission to register for fewer than fourteen hours or for more than seventeen hours by filling out an [Irregular Student Petition at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/student/stay/isp_workletter.cfm] application to do so at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/students/applications/. The student may not register for fewer than fourteen or more than seventeen hours unless the [Irregular Student Petition] application has been approved by an engineering adviser.


RATIONALE: The term “Irregular Student Petition” is no longer used because it was confusing to students.


{No changes to “Combined Work-Study Load.”}

REPETITION OF A COURSE

An undergraduate in the College of Engineering may not enroll [more than once] in any course required in his or her engineering degree plan more than once without written consent of an adviser in his or her department. If the student registers for a course without having received consent, his or her registration may be cancelled. If the student is denied approval to repeat a required course, he or she will be placed in the undeclared major code and must consider other degree options.

A student who is denied approval to repeat a course in residence at the University will also be denied approval to complete the course by transfer, extension, correspondence, or distance education and then count it toward the degree.

Except in unusual circumstances that can be documented, it is unlikely that an engineering student will be given consent to enroll in a required course more than twice.

To be “enrolled” is to be registered for the course as of the twelfth class day in the fall or spring or the fourth class day in the summer. If the student drops a course or withdraws from the University after the this date, the student is considered to have been enrolled.

A student in the College of Engineering may not repeat for a letter grade a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.

The application to repeat a course is submitted on-line at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/students/handbook/policies/pol_repetition.cfm.


The official grade in a course is the last final grade reported. If a student repeats a course and has two or more grades, all grades and all semester hours are used in calculating the University grade point average, in

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determining the student’s scholastic eligibility to remain in the University, and in determining the student’s academic standing in the College of Engineering. [A student in the College of Engineering may not repeat for a letter grade a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.]


RATIONALE: This section is changed to state more clearly what constitutes “enrollment.” The intent is that a student will routinely be allowed to repeat a course once, unless the student has a history of repeated courses and is not likely to be successful in completing the degree plan. Only in rare circumstances will an engineering student be allowed to repeat a course a second time. If the student repeats a course without approval, the penalty will be applied upon discovery.