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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF CLARIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSFER OF CORE COURSES FROM STATE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE SCHOOL OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

On behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC), Dean Paul B. Woodruff has submitted the following changes in the School of Undergraduate Studies Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The proposed changes have been approved by the dean and the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC) on August 26, 2011. The Secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one 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. At its meeting on October 21, 2011, the Educational Policy Committee recommended approval to the Faculty Council. 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 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 November 4, 2011.


Sue Greninger signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on October 25, 2011.




ADDITION OF CLARIFYING INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSFER OF CORE COURSES FROM STATE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IN THE SCHOOL OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  Undergraduate Studies


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:
 
Add clarifying language under the core curriculum section regarding students who transfer courses to UT that they took at another institution while holding degree-seeking status at UT Austin. A fundamental coordinating board rule requires that courses fulfilling a core component area at any other Texas public institution must transfer and substitute for UT’s core requirements. This only applies to courses taken while a student does not hold degree-seeking status at UT Austin. However, when a student is degree-seeking at UT Austin, courses taken to fulfill core requirements must be those that are on our core course list. We have based this language based on communication UGS has had with the coordinating board staff regarding transferring coursework among institutions.

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

 

Pages 16-18


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
The new language is not a change in official policy, but rather, it is a change in interpretation many that people thought was already in practice. UGSAC agreed that this is the direction that UT wants to take in order to maintain autonomy for our core curriculum and to ensure that UT students take coursework that UT Austin has deemed appropriate for the core curriculum.

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:
 

This change does not require any changes in individual college or school degree requirements. While it will affect many students across campus, this change has been broadly supported by the members of UGSAC and addresses specific concerns of some colleges about core course transfers that do not align well with the UT Austin core requirements.


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

  Yes

If yes, explain:
 

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

If yes, explain:
   


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
UGSAC:
Yes
Date: August 26, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: August 26, 2011

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

 

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