||Proposed General Information Catalog Language on Internal Transfers as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee (D 10290-10292).
Professor Mary Rose (sociology and committee chair) discussed the background and rationale for the proposed policy change, which she said was primarily targeted toward improving graduation rates. She added that a special task force had recommended ways to achieve this important objective, and a provost-level subcommittee was established to assess the feasibility of specific policy enactment. After these development steps, the proposed policy had been submitted to the Educational Policy Committee (EPC) for review.
Professor Rose noted that internal student transfers between colleges/schools have been common occurrences across the UT Austin campus. Due to restricted entry to most units on campus, many students apply to one unit on campus with the intention of eventually transferring to another unit. She explained that these transfers do not affect graduation rates when they happen early in a student’s academic career; however, when a decision to transfer occurs later on, graduation rates are impacted. Although the General Information catalog (GIC) currently contains language to restrict transfers, Professor Rose noted that these GIC restrictions have generally not been enforced. She said the proposed legislation would limit the number of transfer applications a student could submit to two times per college/school with limited space for internal transfers. In order to transfer to non-restricted colleges, students would have to apply within the first four long semesters of their tenure at UT Austin. In addition, the proposed policy clarifies that the petition approval process must take into account the student's ability to graduate within four years of entering the University, with a footnote exception added for the degree programs that currently require more than four years of enrollment to complete. Professor Rose noted that the proposal received unanimous support from the EPC. There being no further questions or comments about the proposed legislation, the vote was called, and the Council unanimously approved the legislation by voice vote.