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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION COMMITTEE PROPOSED RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGE IN THE COORDINATED ADMISSIONS PROGRAM (CAP) POLICY


On behalf of the Admission and Registration Committee, Professor Urton Anderson, (accounting and committee chair) submitted the following recommendation for change in the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) Policy.

The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It will be presented to the Faculty Council for discussion at its meeting on March 21, 2005.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council




Posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on March 10, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION COMMITTEE PROPOSED RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGE IN THE COORDINATED ADMISSIONS PROGRAM (CAP) POLICY


RECOMMENDATION:

1. That whenever the admission through the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) exceeds 60% of the total external undergraduate transfer admissions, the GPA, course load and curriculum requirements for admission through CAP to be reviewed.


(The current catalog is available on the Web at http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/catalogs/gi04-05/index.html.)

On pages 13-14 in chapter 2 of the General Information, 2004-2005, under the heading UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION, make the following addition:

COORDINATED ADMISSION PROGRAM

A Texas resident who graduates from high school with the required units listed in the section "High School Preparation" and who completes an application for admission by the required deadline, but is not offered regular admission for the summer of fall, is eligible for admission through the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). CAP students spend their freshman year in residence at a University of Texas System component institution other than UT Austin. Students choose from a list of participating institutions when they sign a CAP contract.

If the student satisfies the CAP requirements below, he or she is guaranteed admission to the University of Texas at Austin in the fall semester of the following year as a regular student. Students are guaranteed admission into the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences. Those who wish to be admitted to a liberal arts or natural sciences program with enrollment restrictions, or to a program in another college or school, are considered in comparison with other students seeking to enter that program.

If the student does not meet the requirements below, he or she no longer is guaranteed admission to UT Austin; if the student still wishes to enter UT Austin, he or she may apply as a transfer student, and the application will be evaluated as part of the competitive transfer pool.

Nonresidents are not eligible for the Coordinated Admission Program.

Whenever admissions through the CAP exceeds 60% of the total external undergraduate transfer admissions, a review of the CAP requirements for entry to UT Austin will be conducted and new requirements established as appropriate.

RATIONALE:  The Coordinated Admission Program is in its fifth year and has had an increasing number of students.


2001 182
2002 326
2003 652
2004 873


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This growth has resulted in the CAP program students taking an increasing proportion of the transfer spots each year. The undergraduate transfer spots are currently set at about 1,700. CAP students must only meet a minimum grade point average of 3.0 whereas the other transfers now need a grade point average of about 3.7. Last year the Admission and Registration Committee increased the requirements for admission through the CAP to a grade point average of 3.2 and required that students complete 15 credits each semester (excluding mini-mester courses).

While it is expected that the change made last year will significantly reduce the number of students qualifying for admission through CAP, the committee agreed with the Admissions Office assessment that over time the CAP/total transfer admission proportion will rise. Thus, to maintain a balance between CAP admissions and regular external transfers, the committee proposes that the grade point average, course load and curriculum requirements for admission through CAP to be reviewed whenever the percent of CAP admissions (CAP/total external undergraduate transfer admissions) exceeds 60%. The concern was that other students as well as the CAP students have an opportunity to enter the University’s undergraduate programs at points other than initial freshman admissions.

When the 60% trigger is reached, it is likely that the percentage of admissions through CAP would exceed 60% in the subsequent year since offers of CAP are made in April and May but the actual number of those entering UT through CAP are not know until August.

This proposed change in effect requires students to complete two 15-hour semesters before becoming eligible for transfer consideration. This change makes the transfer requirements consistent with the requirements for admission through CAP. As of 2005-2006, CAP required completion of 30 hours during the fall and spring semester (this change to the CAP was approved during the last academic year).

Admissions will take application from students enrolled whose total credit hours completed in the fall semester along with any prior credits (e.g., advance placement) and enrolled hours in the spring semester are 30 or greater. Applications needing spring course work to meet the 30-hour minimum will be reviewed once the spring semester transcripts are received.