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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE HONORS DAY POLICY IN THE GENERAL INFORMATION CATALOG

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Professor Janet Staiger (radio-television-film) has submitted the following proposal to modify the Honors Day policy in the General Information catalog. On December 2, 2011, the Educational Policy Committee unanimously endorsed the proposed change.

The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school and is being put forward to the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis. 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 January 23, 2011.

The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval resides with UT System.
SAG signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

 

Distributed through the Faculty Council website on January 12, 2012.

 

PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE HONORS DAY POLICY IN THE GENERAL INFORMATION CATALOG

Honors Day and School of Undergraduate Studies Students

According to current University rules in the General Information catalog under College Scholars, page 105:

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

  1. The student must be registered as an undergraduate in the current semester. Students who hold an undergraduate degree or are registered in-absentia are not eligible.
  2. The student must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework in residence at the University, and at least sixty semester hours of college coursework, including transferred work and credit by examination.
  3. The student must rank in the top 20% of their class in each college or school in which he or she is pursuing a major, based on in-residence cumulative grade point average.
  4. The student must have an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.50.

The Educational Policy Committee proposes the following addition to item 3:

  1. The student must rank in the top 20% of their class in each college or school in which he or she is enrolled or pursuing a major, based on in-residence cumulative grade point average.

Rationale

On October 24, 2011, Associate Dean Larry Abraham (School of Undergraduate Studies) wrote the following to Vice Provost Gretchen Ritter:

Last spring we were surprised to discover two students who had transferred to UT and enrolled in UGS and met all the criteria for being recognized at Honors Day.  They were selected, however, because the instructions provided to the Registrar's Office staff were to only consider students in the other undergraduate schools.  They were already accepted to transfer into their desired majors after the spring semester (and had chosen to finish out the spring in UGS because they felt they were getting exceptional academic advising).  Paul [Woodruff] and I felt that there was no reason the outstanding academic performance of these students should not have been recognized at the Honors Day ceremony, and Paul arranged with Susan Claggett for them to receive the gold honor cords.  It appears to me that you are in the best position to ask the Registrar's Office to include UGS in their scan to identify students who qualify for recognition on Honors Day.  There will never be many, since we encourage students to move into other programs within two years, but there may occasionally be a few who transferred in with two years of coursework and we think all undergraduates should be held to the same standards and eligible for the same level of recognition.  Can you help?

Thanks!
Larry