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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION COMMITTEE PROPOSED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE IN ENROLLMENT AS A NONDEGREE SEEKER


On behalf of the Admission and Registration Committee, Professor Urton Anderson, (accounting and committee chair) submitted the following recommendations for change in enrollment as a nondegree seeker.

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 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE IN ENROLLMENT AS A NONDEGREE SEEKER


RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Each college would establish with Admissions the college’s policy with regard to degree holding nondegree-seeking students.   Entry would be limited to two long semesters.  At the end of the second long semester, a student would need to be reviewed by the college and approved for an additional semester.  After two long semesters, college review would be required for additional enrollment under this status after each semester.

2. The number of degree holders nondegree seekers in each college be reported each semester to the respective dean’s offices.

3. The two-semester limit would not apply to the staff educational benefit.  A distinct code needs to be developed for staff degree-holder nondegree seekers.

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



On page 27 in the ADMISSION chapter, under the heading ENROLLMENT AS A NONDEGREE STUDENT, in General Information, 2004-2005, make the following changes:


ENROLLMENT AS A NONDEGREE STUDENT

The following rules apply only to undergraduate nondegree students. Information about admission to the Graduate School as a nondegree studentis given [on page 30] later in this chapter.

A student, who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, including the University, may apply for admission as a nondegree student in one of the undergraduate colleges or schools. If admitted, the student is subject to the rules that apply to other undergraduates.  The student may, with the approval of the director of admissions, change to degree-seeking status in an undergraduate college if his or her grade point average is at least 3.00. For a student with a bachelor's degree from another college or university, only transferable coursework is used in computing the grade point average.

With the approval of the instructor and the graduate adviser, a nondegree student may take any graduate course for which he or she meets the prerequisite. However, the student may not later count toward a graduate degree any course he or she took while enrolled as an undergraduate nondegree student.

Application for the nondegree option is made by completing an admission application form and submitting it with an official transcript showing the awarding of at least a bachelor's degree. Materials must be submitted by the deadline to apply for undergraduate admission.

Enrollment as degree holder nondegree seeker is contingent on grade point average and other requirements identified by the respective colleges and is limited to two long semesters. Enrollment can be extended an additional long semester only after the review and approval of the dean of the respective college. At the discretion of the respective colleges, these limits do not apply to degree holder/ nondegree seekers enrolled under the UT staff educational benefit.

{No changes made to Exchange Students.}

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RATIONALE:
The number is small (admission was 58 in 2003 and 78 in 2004). However, once admitted, it is not known how many semesters these nondegree seekers stay in this status. Over time, if people continue to register, this could represent a significant number. There are two groups in this category the committee did not want to limit: (1) degree holders returning to get teaching certificates and (2) staff using the recently added staff benefit of being able to take a course a semester.

The committee decided that it was best to give the colleges control over some admissions and continuation policies regarding degree holders/non-degree seekers. However, the colleges would be able to allow admission only for two long semesters, at which time the college would have to review the person for continuation of additional semesters. Degree holders/nondegree seekers would have a bar placed on their record, which will bar them from being able to register after two long semesters from their entry date. Following the two long semester period, a review would take place each semester.

This would not apply to staff using the staff benefit. To make this operational, a distinct code needs to be developed for staff degree holder/nondegree Seekers.

There is also need to track the current number of students enrolled each semester under this status. Currently this information is not provided to the colleges, only the number of new entries in this status is currently reported.