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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

EDUCATIONAL POLICY COMMITTEE PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF UNIVERSITY HONORS

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Archie Holmes (associate professor, electrical and computer engineering and committee chair) submitted the following proposal to change the definition of University honors in the General Information, 2004-2005 catalog. 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 CHANGE THE DEFINITION OF UNIVERSITY HONORS

Motion: The Educational Policy Committee recommends that the following change be made to the definition of University Honors and Distinguished College Scholars (additions are underlined/bolded and deletions are crossed out):

University Honors:

Each semester, undergraduates who complete 14 or more hours [a full course load] and earn outstanding grades are recognized by inclusion on the University Honors list. Each time a student is included on the list, his or her official record also shows the award of University Honors for that semester. The list is compiled at the end of the fall and spring semesters but not at the end of the summer session. To be included, a student must have completed at least 14 hours, [must earn at least forty-five grade points, and] must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.50 on courses completed in residence, and must have no incomplete grades (symbol X).

Students are notified on the semester grade report of their inclusion on the list.

Distinguished College Scholars:

To be designated a Distinguished College Scholar, a student must meet the following requirements:

1. The student must be registered as an undergraduate for at least fourteen [fifteen] semester hours of coursework, unless he or she lacks fewer than fourteen [fifteen] hours to complete degree requirements. Students who hold an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

2. The student must have completed at least fourteen [fifteen] semester hours of coursework in either the spring or the fall semester of the previous calendar year.

3. The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework at the University, excluding credit by examination, and at least sixty semester hours of college coursework, including transferred work and credit by examination.

4. The student must have an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.80.

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:

Students must carry at least 15 hours for certain honors and honors programs

There are a number of different honors at UT? Austin. They are listed below:
  • College Scholars
  • University Honors
  • Honors at Graduation

We are proposing to change the Distinguish College Scholars definition to use 14 instead of 15 hours. Educational Policy believes that honors at graduation do not need to be changed, due to Educational Policy's recommendation to limit students to 10 long semesters in order to complete a baccalaureate degree. Educational Policy also believes that Honors Programs at UT ?Austin should be allowed to create their own eligibility requirements.
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Change to the Definition of College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars Recognized at Honors Day

On Honors Day each spring, the University designates outstanding students as College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars. Students who are eligible for recognition receive invitations to the Honors Day convocation about three weeks before Honors Day.

To be designated a College Scholar, a student must meet the following requirements:

1. The student must be registered as an undergraduate for at least twelve semester hours of coursework, unless he or she lacks fewer than twelve hours to complete degree requirements. Students who hold an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

2. The student must have completed at least twelve semester hours of coursework in either the spring or the fall semester of the previous calendar year.

3. The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework at the University, excluding credit by examination, and at least sixty semester hours of college coursework, including transferred work and credit by examination.

4. The student must have an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.50.

To be designated a Distinguished College Scholar, a student must meet the following requirements:

1. The student must be registered as an undergraduate for at least fifteen semester hours of coursework, unless he or she lacks fewer than fifteen hours to complete degree requirements. Students who hold an undergraduate degree are not eligible.

2. The student must have completed at least fifteen semester hours of coursework in either the spring or the fall semester of the previous calendar year.

3. The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework at the University, excluding credit by examination, and at least sixty semester hours of college coursework, including transferred work and credit by examination.

4. The student must have an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.80.