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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CLARIFICATION OF THE ACCEPTABLE MINIMUM GRADE FOR CORE CURRICULUM COURSES IN THE CORE CURRICULUM SECTION IN THE SCHOOL OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Dean Brent L. Iverson in the School of Undergraduate Studies has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Undergraduate Studies section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The dean approved the changes on March 29, 2013. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 22, 2014, 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 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 February 21, 2013.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014.



CLARIFICATION OF THE ACCEPTABLE MINIMUM GRADE FOR CORE CURRICULUM COURSES IN THE CORE CURRICULUM SECTION IN THE SCHOOL OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016


Type of Change Academic Change
  1. 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

  2. EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE:
    The 2012-14 catalog states that the minimum acceptable grade for courses used to fulfill core curriculum requirements is a D-. Since a grade of CR could mean D- or better, The Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC) agreed that additional language should clarify that courses must be taken for a letter grade in order to receive core credit. This language change articulates and clarifies a policy that has already been in practice.

  3. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how? All UT Austin students follow the University wide core curriculum requirements. However, there should not be any effect on students since this language clarifies a policy that has been in practice for years.
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    See answer for question 2.
    Yes
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    N/A
    If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with: Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee
    Date of communication: Ongoing discussions throughout the 2012-13 academic year.
    Response: Voted in favor of the language change.
    All UT Austin students
    d. Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
    If yes, explain: This change is about the core.

    If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
    Person communicated with: : N/A
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
    Yes
    e. Will this proposal change the number of hours required for degree completion?
    If yes, explain:

    No
  4. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Department approval date: n/a
    College approval date: March 29, 2013
    Dean approval date: March 29, 2013

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