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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ELIMINATION OF THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS
IN THE LONG SESSION POLICY IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012 AND IN THE
GENERAL INFORMATION BULLETIN, 2010-2011


Dean Gregory Fenves of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following change to eliminate the minimum number of hours in the long session policy in the School of Engineering chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the changes on September 9, 2009, and the dean approved the changes on August 27, 2009. 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 December 2, 2009, 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 for 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 February 17, 2010.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on February 12, 2010.


ELIMINATION OF THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF HOURS
IN THE LONG SESSION POLICY IN THE
COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012 AND IN THE
GENERAL INFORMATION BULLETIN, 2010-2011


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):All Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degrees

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Eliminate the Minimum Number of Hours in the Long Session Policy:
A normal course load in the Cockrell School 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 to take fewer than fourteen hours is made online. Twelve of the fourteen hours must be applicable to the degree. All elective courses counted toward the twelve hours on the lists of approved electives in this chapter or be approved by the departmental undergraduate adviser.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 154 and page 79 in the General Information Catalog

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The fourteen-hour rule was implemented in fall 1996 (1996-1998 Undergraduate Catalog). Flat rate tuition for engineering students was implemented in fall 2005, which has resulted in students enrolling on average in more hours.

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 Approval Date: June 13, 2009
College Approval Date: September 9, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 27, 2009

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.