October 2011

Meeting Date: 
October 12, 2011


ACA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


SSB Glenn Maloney Room

8:15 Breakfast and Social Time

Sponsored by the Business Foundations Program (Thank you!)


8:30 Business Foundations Program (BFP)

Regina Hughes thanked the ACA membership for promoting BFP to students and gave tool boxes as gifts. She distributed a brochure for the Haliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute Program and gave an overview of the curriculum and application process. The BFP office is happy to speak to FIGs, student groups, or other interested organizations about BFP and the Halliburton program. Interested parties can contact the BFP office.

BFP Trivia

How many students take BFP courses in any given year? 4,000

What is the total seat count for BFP classes? 10,000

How many students actually complete the BFP certificate? 1,000 (They have increased from 900 last year)

What year did BFP start? 1993

Business Foundations Certificate Program

BFP has two tracks: General and Global. With the Global track, the student must study abroad and achieve fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language (note: the study abroad experience and language do not have to be related). In order to complete the certificate in either track, students must achieve a 2.0 overall GPA in all of their BFP courses. (An “F” grade in a BFP course does not affect the overall BFP GPA, but the student must repeat the course for credit).

Students can begin taking BFP courses at any point in their undergraduate career and may complete the certificate up to one year after graduation. Certification must be completed through UT, and many requirements cannot be fulfilled by courses taken outside of UT. In a study abroad situation, the BFP office may evaluate the course to determine if the course fits the program.

Regina invited ACA members to considering serving on a committee that would evaluate courses currently on the equivalency lists for the MIS302F and statistics BFP requirements. She shared that many departments offer courses that can fulfill these requirements, but that the current list is outdated due to recent changes. ACA members interested in serving on the committee are encouraged to contact Regina.

Business Summer Enhancement Program

Traditional business courses are open to non-business majors for summer only. Note: Regular business courses do not replace any of the BFP courses, with the exception of ACC 311 and 312, which together can be substituted for ACC 310F.

Haliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is a rigorous program where students take 15 hours of BFP coursework over an 8-week period. Students need an overall GPA of a 3.0 in order to apply.

The summer program includes IB 320F instead of the LEB 320F, so students may choose the global or general track option. LEB faculty serve as guest lectures in IB 320F, so students are still exposed to some business law.

The program has a strong focus on career development and features guests from Google, Microsoft, and other companies to conduct mock interviews with students.

The program costs $4,500 (including textbooks) and is financial aid eligible, but all of the classes in the summer institute are considered out of residence since they are taken through University Extension.

The BFP office is currently accepting applications and a deposit for accepted students is due in February.


8:50 Office of Student Financial Services

Veronica Castro covered the updates to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies in the Office of Student Financial Services. The OSFS PowerPoint is available on the ACA slideshare account. Changes to SAP took effect July 1, 2011 and were initiated by the Federal government to prevent ensure that students being awarded financial aid are making adequate academic progress. SAP will now be measured by looking at a student’s GPA and hours, as well as adhering to a maximum timeframe.

The required GPA did not change, students still must achieve a 2.0 or above. OSFS is no longer utilizing the strike system regarding students who fall below full time.

OSFS will now monitor students’ academic progress by calculating “pace.” A student’s pace can be calculated by dividing a student’s cumulative number of hours successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours a student has attempted, to come up with a percent. To be making satisfactory academic progress, current students should have 67% or better. Cumulative number of hours successfully completed includes claimed credit by exam credits, transfer courses, UT Extension courses, passing grades in courses at UT, CR courses, and courses completed while studying abroad. Cumulative number of hours attempted includes Q drops, failed courses, Incompletes, temporary delay of completion (X), No Credit course (NC), and withdrawals. Remedial coursework does not count toward pace.

Maximum timeframe: Current students get 180 hours to complete undergraduate program. Students will have to appeal if they go over this total number and want to receive financial aid. Incoming freshmen have a maximum timeframe of 160 hours. SAP will be evaluated at the end of each semester starting Fall 2011. 

If students are not meeting pace then they will be placed on one of the following financial aid statuses: warning, probation, probation with academic plan, and suspension. If students are not meeting pace requirements of a 2.0 and 67% or better, then they will receive a financial aid warning. The warning lasts one semester, during which students have the opportunity to raise their GPA and hours percentage to meet pace. Students are then reevaluated at the end of the warning semester, and if they still do not meet pace, then they may appeal to be placed on financial aid probation and continue to receive aid. If appeal is approved, then students may continue with a plan to receive aid for a semester but they are expected to attempt to meet pace by the end of the semester. If students do not meet pace requirements at the end of the semester, they will be placed on financial aid suspension. Students may not apply to receive aid until they meet pace. If and when they do meet pace, then they may apply for financial aid.


9:20 Bridging Disciplines Program

Lauren Campbell introduced all the BDP team members: Christine Anderson, Lauren Campbell, Erin Thomas, Rose Mastrangelo, and Katie Matteson

All BDP areas are 19 credit hours each, and students may apply to do more than one. Students may participate in a BDP and the Business Foundations Program. Some BDP 101 forum seminars are only offered once a year, so if a student doesn’t see the one they want on the course schedule, then it will typically be offered the next semester. Students do not have to be a BDP student to take a BDP 101 course, however if they are not 1st or 2nd year, or a BDP student, they will be asked why they are taking it. These seminars are for students pursuing the BDP program, and are not intended to be used to fulfill certain hour requirements (like for graduation purposes). Apply to BDP: extended deadline is October 17th at 5pm.


9:35 Updates from the First-Year Experience Office

Patty Micks gave announcements concerning the First Year Experience Office. The FIG office is currently accepting FIG mentor applications for next fall, which are due November 7 at 5pm.

There are certain signature courses (UGS 302/303) with seats for transfer students and students with upper division standing. Patty will be sending a PDF with the details to the ACA membership. A total of 3,000 seats are being held for this student population. Students must call the Signature Course Office (512-471-4421) during their registration access time to be hand-added to the signature course. It is highly recommended these students call during their first registration access period. Otherwise, they could risk not getting a spot. Signature course advisors cannot add a student to a closed course. The courses are restricted to “true freshmen” and first-year UT students. Several signature courses will be offered in the summer and many will contain writing flag.

Patty explained that according to surveys, students mostly enjoy the UGS signature courses, but there are some who assume the signature courses are going to be easy. The Signature Course Office asks for the help of advisors on campus to educate students about signature courses and explained that they are not easy, but rather are demanding college level classes that aim to prepare them to succeed at the college academic level.

Reminder: Petitions for core requirements should be directed to the Center for Strategic Advising in FAC 338.

A new course UGS 303 “The Ethics of Art and Giving” will be offered in the spring and student are encouraged to apply by October 14th. This opportunity was made possible by an anonymous $100,000 donation and aims to teach students about generosity. 


9:45 Announcements

The Professional Development Day will be held February 9, 2012 in the Student Activity Center.

A survey is being sent to the ACA membership regarding the 4-year graduation rates. The ACA executives are meeting with the provost on November 1st and need to collect important information for the meeting.

FUNdraising Committee will be doing goodie bags for the November meeting, so please bring money so you can send bags to your co-workers!

Next Meeting: November 9th 8:15-10:15 am, Union 3.304, Quadrangle Room

This meeting is sponsored by the Study Abroad Office as a part of a full day of events with the UT Study Abroad Symposium. Please RSVP by October 24th -- you will be given the option on the RSVP to indicate which sessions you will be attending.