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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE FLAGS 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. On June 3, 2013, the college and the dean approved the changes. 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 29, 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 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, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


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



PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE FLAGS 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 UGSAC added the minimum grade standard language to make the core curriculum and flag requirements parallel. Since many of the flagged courses are earned through degree required coursework, the general campus perception was that students were required to earn a letter grade in flagged courses so this additional language agrees with advisor and students understanding.

    The UGSAC agreed that since flags have been implemented university-wide to a significant extent beyond what was true in the 2012-14 catalog, this should be represented in the catalog language.  For the colleges that have not yet achieved full flag implementation, we are retaining the language that refers students to their academic advisers and degree chapters to learn which flags they are required to earn.
  1. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how? Flags are part of all degree programs offered at UT. To earn flag credit students will be expected take the class for a letter grade and to earn a minimum grade of D-.  However, the effect of this added clarification should be minimal since this language clarifies a minimum grade policy that most on campus already thought was happening.
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, then how?  Flags are required for all undergraduate students, as specified in the individual college chapters of the catalog.
    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 12-13 and 13-14 academic years.
    Response: Approved language change.

    Person communicated with: Academic Counselors Association
    Date of communication: April 9, 2013
    Response: Received response from advisors in School of Business and UGS degree auditors and business degree auditor worked through a plan to help the few students who might be affected.
     
    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 revises the catalog description of the flags and clarifies the minimum grade requirement for flag courses.

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

    No
  2. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Addition of minimum grade standard clarification
    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.