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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION COMMITTEE PROPOSED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE IN THE READMISSION AFTER SECOND DISMISSAL POLICY


On behalf of the Admission and Registration Committee, Professor Urton Anderson, (accounting and committee chair) submitted the following recommendations for change in the readmission after second dismissal 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 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE IN THE READMISSION AFTER SECOND DISMISSAL POLICY


RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. Admission of students returning after second dismissal requires the approval of the dean of the student’s respective college.  The college deans should approve admission only if the student presents a realistic plan for the successful completion of the degree.  If the student’s plan is to transfer to another college, the dean should not admit the student without consultation with the prospective college that the student’s plan for transfer is realistic.

2. The third dismissal is final.  A student dismissed for the third time may not apply for readmission.

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

On pages 86-89 in the ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES chapter, under the heading SCHOLASTIC PROBATION AND DISMISSAL, in General Information, 2004-2005, make the following changes:


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

{No changes made to 1-7.}

8. Length of scholastic dismissal.

  a. First dismissal — one long-session semester and any intervening summer session.
  b. Second (and subsequent) dismissal — three calendar years; readmission must be approved by the student's dean. A student dismissed for the third time [will not normally be readmitted] may not apply for readmission. [A student dismissed for the fourth time may not apply for readmission.]

{No additional changes made.}


RATIONALE:
Students returning from probation or dismissal make up a significant portion of all readmitted students. In 2002 this was 726 students, and in 2003 it was 542 students, representing 62% and 44% of readmitted students respectively.  In 2003 about half of these students were returning from first or subsequent dismissals (274 students).

Review of first dismissal process with the committee and the various colleges deans' offices indicated that the first dismissal readmission process worked.  The majority of colleges had in place specific advising programs to work with these students.  Although members of the Admission and Registration Committee question the need for allowing students to be readmitted after a second dismissal, discussion with the various dean's offices indicates support for continuing readmission after the second dismissal under the condition that the student had developed a plan that had a reasonable chance of success.  While each college had different views on what would demonstrate a successful plan, these approaches seemed to reflect differences in the respective educational objectives.  All colleges agreed that this readmission should not be automatic (i.e., you just sit out your three years and you can come back) but should require that the student has addressed the problems that caused the initial academic failure. 

Both the committee and the deans' offices agree that there should be no readmission after the student had been dismissed for a third time.