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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN THE LONG SESSION IN THE
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean Ben Streetman of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed change to the minimum number of hours in the long session in the School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on April 23, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on September 12, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 14, 2008, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on April 23, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 16, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN THE LONG SESSION IN THE
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN THE LONG SESSION
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
This does not change any degree program; it is an academic policy change. We will allow physical activity courses to count toward the twelve applicable degree hours when students are applying to enroll in fewer than 14 hours.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 136 and 144.

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
This part of the rule was seldom being enforced and allowing the use of physical activity courses will give the student and the advisers a little more flexibility.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: April 11, 2007
College: yes Date: April 23, 2007
Dean: yes Date: September 12, 2007



MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS IN THE LONG SESSION
A normal course load in the [College] Cockrell School of Engineering is fifteen to seventeen hours a semester; the suggested arrangement of courses for each degree program is based on this load. An engineering student may not enroll in fewer than fourteen semester hours of coursework except with an approved application to do so. Application is made online [at http://www.engr.utexas.edu/current/policies/pol_min-hours.cfm]. Twelve of the fourteen hours must be applicable to the degree. All elective courses counted toward the twelve hours applicable to the degree must be on the lists presented [on page 143] later in this chapter or be approved by the departmental undergraduate adviser. [Physical activity courses may not be used to meet these requirements.]