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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF TIMES A STUDENT CAN APPLY FOR AN INTERNAL TRANSFER

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Archie Holmes (associate professor, electrical and computer engineering and committee chair) submitted the following proposal to restrict the number of times a student can apply for an internal transfer. The secretary has classified this resolution as general legislation. The Faculty Council will discuss the proposal at its meeting on April 11, 2005.


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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



Distributed through the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on April 11, 2005. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.

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EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT THE NUMBER OF TIMES A STUDENT CAN APPLY FOR AN INTERNAL TRANSFER

Motion: The Educational Policy Committee recommends that the following policy be adopted for currently enrolled undergraduates interested in transferring from one College/School to another (internal transfers):

An undergraduate will not be permitted to apply for a transfer to another College/School at UT once any of the following conditions are met:

  • The student has completed 60 hours of coursework in residence
  • The student has completed four or more semesters in residence.

A student who has completed more than 60 hours of coursework in residence or has been at UT Austin for more than four semesters must petition the Dean of the College into which the student desires to transfer in order to get an exception to this rule.

Background and Rationale: In the fall of 2004, the provost asked the Educational Policy Committee to review a number of recommendations from the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy. This motion is based on the recommendation below:

Allowing enrolled students to apply only once for transfer into restricted programs

Given other legislation recommended by the Educational Policy Committee, we believe that changes in the way that internal transfers are handled at the University is needed. However, we also believe that students should not be restricted to just one attempt. The above proposal is meant to allow students some time to determine an appropriate degree plans for themselves. However, the limit is also meant to ensure that the students have time to finish their degrees in a timely manner if they are unsuccessful in transferring to another College/School. The exception has been added to address the needs of a student who is far along in one degree plan but can transfer to another one and still graduate in a timely manner.