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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE
TEXTILES AND APPAREL PROGRAM
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council proposed addition of requirements for admission to the textiles and apparel program in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006. The faculty of the college approved the changes on May 29, 2003. The dean approved the proposed changes on January 20, 2004, and submitted them to the secretary on January 21, 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 22, 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 an 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 April 30, 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 23, 2004. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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ADDITION OF REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE
TEXTILES AND APPAREL PROGRAM
IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2004-2006


On page 400, under the heading ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION after the section ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCES in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in The Undergraduate Catalog, 2002-2004, add the following:


ADMISSION TO THE TEXTILES AND APPAREL PROGRAM

The number of qualified students who want to major in textiles and apparel exceeds the number who can be adequately instructed by the faculty and accommodated within available facilities. The following policies have has been adopted to provide the best possible educational experience for qualified students. Freshman and transfer applicants to the University who plan to major in textiles and apparel students should for admission as human ecology majors. When they have met the requirements described below, students may apply for admission to the textiles and apparel degree program. Students in the human ecology major have priority to register for Textiles and Apparel 205 and 105L. Students who are not in the human ecology or textiles and apparel major may register for textiles and apparel courses if space is available.

ADMISSION TO THE MAJOR IN TEXTILES AND APPAREL

To apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel, option I or option II, students first must earn a grade of at least C in each of the following basic sequence courses: Mathematics 305G or 408K, Chemistry 301, Textiles and Apparel 205 and 105L; at least six hours of coursework must be completed in residence at the University. The student must also have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in coursework taken in residence at the University. Also included in the admission process for the apparel design specialization within option I is an assessment of basic machine sewing and construction skills. These requirements apply both to students with a major in human ecology and to other University students seeking admission to the textiles and apparel degree program. Students should consult advisers in the Department of Human Ecology for information about the application process and deadlines. Application materials are available from the department.

Applications for admission to the textiles and apparel degree programs are evaluated each long-session semester by the Textiles and Apparel Admission Panel. Students whose applications are denied may reapply. Admission decisions are based on the student's grade point average in the basic sequence courses, his or her University grade point average, and other factors. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the difficulty of the student's course load, course repetitions, life experiences, and performance on an assessment of apparel construction and design skills.

Admission to the textiles and apparel major is highly competitive; students may be denied admission even though they meet the coursework and grade point average requirements for application. Grade point averages required for admission vary from semester to semester. Students who plan to major in textiles and apparel should have an alternate degree plan in mind, such as the Bachelor of Arts with a major in human ecology, in case the application for admission is denied.

ADMISSION TO THE FIELD EXPERIENCE PROGRAMS

All textiles and apparel students must complete a field experience. Admission to the field experience programs is subject to the approval of the faculty admissions panel. Option I, apparel design and conservation, includes a three-semester-hour field experience, the Apparel Design or Conservation Internship Program, offered as Textiles and Apparel 352D; students usually complete the internship during the senior year. The student must apply for admission to the internship program the semester before he or she plans to enter it. Application forms are available from the Department of Human Ecology. Before they apply, students must complete the following

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courses with a grade of at least C in each: Textiles and Apparel 205, 105L, 212K, 212L, 316L, 319, 126, 226L, 164K (Topic 1: Flat Pattern), and 264L (Topic 1: Flat Pattern).

Option II, retail merchandising, includes a nine-semester-hour field experience program, the Retail Merchandising Internship Program, offered as Textiles and Apparel 315K, 352M, and 355P; students normally complete the internship during the senior year. The student must apply for admission to the program the semester before he or she plans to enter it; materials, information about deadlines, and directions for application are available from the Department of Human Ecology. Before they apply, students must complete the following courses with a grade of at least C in each: Textiles and Apparel 205, 105L, 212K, 212L, 316Q, 319, and 376; Marketing 320F or Advertising 318J; Accounting 310F; Mathematics 305G or 408K; Mathematics 316, Statistics 309, or Educational Psychology 371; and Communication Studies 306M. Before beginning the internship, students must successfully complete competitive interviews with representatives from participating retail establishments.


RATIONALE: This policy was approved by the TXA faculty on November 8, 2002, amended on January 16, and amended and approved by the human ecology faculty on January 17, 2003. The textiles and apparel degree has had a large increase in enrollment over the past several years. Currently the department is unable to accommodate the numbers of students requesting enrollment in TXA courses, and it is believed that this policy will assist in reducing the large number of majors in the program. With the new enrollment policy, the goals are

1. To provide a leveling and orientation period for all prospective majors,

2. To increase student access to required TXA courses by restricting the number of times the course is repeated, in conformity with the College of Natural Sciences policy,

3. To decrease time to graduation for TXA majors, and

4. To better utilize faculty and facility resources.