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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Gregory Fenves of the Cockrell School of Engineering has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college approved the changes on March 30 and September 9, 2011, and the dean on March 13 and September 19, 2011. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on October 5, 2011, 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 October 13, 2011.


Greninger Signature

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


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on October 6, 2011.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
 
1. Graduation: Special Requirements of the Cockrell School
Modifying the sentence: Students in the Cockrell School of Engineering must also have an in-residence grade point average of at least 2.00 in the major area of study and in required technical courses.

2. Transfer to an Engineering Major (Internal Transfer)
Change the wording “who wants to transfer to a major in the Cockrell School must meet the following requirements” to “who wants to transfer to a major in the Cockrell School must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for consideration:”

a) Raising the minimum in-residence GPA requirement to be eligible for consideration from 2.5 to 3.0.
b) Add deadlines: December 1 and May 1.
c) Eliminate: No more than 10 percent of internal transfer students may be non-Texas residents. Information on Texas residency is available in General Information.

3. Pass/Fail Option
Engineering students cannot take any degree requirements on a pass/fail basis.

a) Remove sentence in policy that states: “All other courses required for the degree, and Mathematics 305G, Chemistry 304K, and Physics 306, if taken, must be taken for a letter grade.”

4. Repetition of a Course
a) Change policy from one to two attempts to complete a required course.
b) Apply policy to students who have not entered the major sequence.
c) Adopt Natural Sciences’ policy that a symbol of Q or W counts as an enrollment unless it has been approved by the dean’s office for nonacademic reasons.
d) Change policy from C to C- in the following statement: A student in the Cockrell School may not repeat for a letter grade a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.

5. Requirements

Included in All Engineering Degree Plans Updating the number of flags students will receive in the curriculum: one independent inquiry, one quantitative reasoning, one ethics and leadership flag, one global cultures flag, one cultural diversity in the United States flag, and two writing flags.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

Pages 163, 164, 165, 167, 168, 170, 171


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
1. It reinforces the current policy that states: In the Cockrell School of Engineering, the grade point average used in all academic decisions is the average of grades the student has earned in residence in courses applicable to the degree. Academic decisions are decisions about engineering probation, engineering dismissal, internal transfer (change of major). Admission to major sequence, admission to Engineering Honors Program, designation as an engineering scholar, eligibility for graduation, and eligibility for graduation with University Honors.

2. The current wording is misleading.

a) The GPA’s of the students who are earning admission are 3.0 and greater. Listing a 2.5 is misleading.
b) Deadlines should be stated in the catalog.
c) This was a misinterpretation of a state law.

3. Students cannot take any core curriculum courses on a pass/fail basis. Therefore, there are not any courses that can be taken on a pass/fail basis that count toward an engineering degree

a) Engineering students no longer take M 305G, CH 304K or PHY 306:
• Calculus Readiness Admissions Requirement (engineering students must be eligible to begin in M 408C)
• CH 304K is no longer taught as a preparatory course for CH 301.
• PHY 306 is no longer offered.

4.
a. Change policy to reflect current practice. All departments agree that a second enrollment will automatically receive approval.
b. Applying the policy to students who have not entered the major sequence reinforces the original intent of the policy, which is early identification of students who do not have the aptitude to perform academically in engineering.
c. Adopt Natural Sciences’ policy that a symbol of Q or W counts as an enrollment unless it has been approved by the dean’s office for nonacademic reasons. It is assumed that students who have to drop or withdraw for nonacademic reasons have not had an opportunity to perform to the best of their academic ability.
d. This will align the policy with what is stated in the 2010-2011 General Information catalog. It will also keep it consistent with the C- prerequisite requirement.

5. Implementing the course flag requirements to fulfill the University’s core curriculum requirements.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

No


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

 


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  Yes

If yes, explain:
 
We are implementing additional course flags to fulfill the core curriculum requirements for the School of Engineering.

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

If yes, explain:
   


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: N/A
College:
Yes
Date: March 30, 2011 (items 1-4);
September 9, 2011 (item 5)
Dean:
Yes
Date: April 13, 2011 (items 1-4);
September 19, 2011 (item 5)

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