February 2012

Meeting Date: 
February 8, 2012

ACA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

8:15-10:00am

SSB Glenn Maloney Room

 

8:15  Breakfast and Social Time

Sponsored by McCombs School of Business's Master of Science in Finance program (Thank you!!)

 

8:30  Master of Science in Finance program in the McCombs School of Business

Jay Hartzell and Katie Stephens, the MSF Program Coordinator, introduced McComb's new Master of Science in Finance program. It's currently going through the approval process but they expect it to be official soon. It is a one-year program designed for non-business students just out of an undergraduate program. Applicants are not expected to have any work experience, unlike most MBA programs. This program is not intended for business majors; students from a variety of non-business backgrounds will be accepted. Applicants need strong quantitative aptitude and ideally should have taken a statistics course. Applicants who have completed Business Foundations Program will be looked upon favorably. 

Program Details: Student will earn five hours in the summer (four weeks) and then 31 hours spread over subsequent fall and spring semesters. A practicum providing “read-world” experience will be taken in their final semester. Tuition is expected to run about $43,000.00, but McCombs plans to offer merit based financial aid to academically strong students. MSF will be holding information sessions throughout the semester. Please refer interested students to these, or to the MSF program coordinator, Katie Stephens.

 

8:55  Business Foundations Program

Regina Hughes spoke about BFP's two new courses which will be piloted this summer and offered online through University Extension: BA 320F and FIN 320F. A flyer with an overview of the courses has been provided to ACA and is available on the Slideshare account. The BA 320F is a course designed to help students get internship credit, and will be offered on a pass/fail basis. Students will be required to keep a journal and must clock 160 hours or more.

The purpose of the course is to help students gain real-world experience and relevant job skills. Students are responsible for finding their own internships, but if they are struggling, they can contact Regina for assistance. Although it must have some sort of business aspect to be approved, the BA 320F course will not substitute for a listed BFP certificate course. Here is a listing of all BFP summer courses available. 

The Haliburton Business Foundations Summer Institute is full and has a waitlist. Advisors should soon be receiving forms, from their students regarding residency, since the courses associated with the Institute are considered out of residence. Added two courses to the summer institute, BA 320F and MAN 337. The MAN 337 course is not counted toward the certificate but assists students with learning how to job search effectively.

 

9:00  Bridging Disciplines Program

Lauren Campbell updated and reviewed ACA on the Bridging Disciplines Program. Students who want to participate in a BDP must be enrolled as a degree-seeker for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school. BDP applications are reviewed each fall and spring semester. Although there is no minimum GPA requirement, faculty reviewers look for strong students with genuine intellectual interest in the BDP topic. Note: The program is no longer accepting applicants for the Film Studies BDP. Students should be redirected to either Cultural Studies or Digital Arts and Media BDP.

All BDP certificates are 19 hours each. Students must be seeking a degree in order to complete a certificate. Students may apply to do more than one. Students may pass/fail only one course counting toward the certificate. Students may also participate in the Business Foundations Program while pursuing a BDP.

Forum Seminars: BDP 101 forum seminars are typically only offered once a year, some in the fall and some in the spring. They are intended for first or second year students, those exploring a BDP or those actually pursuing a BDP. They are not meant to meet 1 single hour for graduation purposes.

The connecting experiences component is considered one of the most valuable portions of the BDP. This is where students participate in either research or an internship. All must be preapproved and are overseen by faculty mentors for academic credit.

The office is currently updating the curriculum sheets which will be posted to the website as well as sent to the advising centers.

 

9:20  Texas Success Initiative

Joseph Schaub, the new TSI Program Coordiantor, updated ACA on TSI. TSI is a state mandated college readiness program where students demonstrate their readiness for college-level courses through tests is math, reading and writing. For those students who do not meet these basic skills, then they are required to take developmental courses.

Changes happening with TSI: Beginning in the fall 2012, there is a plan to eliminate the ACUUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET tests and only accept scores from the THEA, which UT offers through Student Testing Services at CTL. In addition, the plan calls for raising the minimum acceptable scores on the THEA by 20 points in each area. The new minimum acceptable scores will be:

Math – 250/300, Reading – 250/300, and Writing 240/300. The changes could result in more TSI bars during registration and the number of students needing developmental courses. For more information about TSI, visit this site.

 

9:30  Wayfinder update

Kristin Tommey, the new project manager for Wayfinder, presented some changes and updates to the site.

Wayfinder was founded in 2009 and funded by a grant from the AT&T Center. The website houses information for nearly every major and certificate program at UT Austin. The Wayfinder website has a new login feature where students can save information, including self-assessments and the majors they are currently exploring. Wayfinder is partnering with UT Admissions with the goal of reaching out early to prospective and newly admitted students and encouraging them to participate in major exploration. Kristin has also created a Wayfinder social media presence (via Facebook, Twitter, and Wayfinder Blog) as another way to dispense major and career exploration content to students. She also aims to post the internal transfer information on Wayfinder for consistent student/advisor access.

 

9:45  Fundraising Committee update

Angie Martinez and Alejandra Zamorano are collecting slips and donations for goodie bags for the “Month of Love” fundraiser. Jay Guevara also announced that ACA will match the donated amount to help boost the total and encourage people to give.

Update:

This ACA Scholarship fundraiser raised $225!

Last semester's fundraiser brought in $247!

Add in the $300 matching donation from the ACA Executive Committee for a grand total of:  $772

 

9:50  Awards and Recognition Committee update

Rose Mastrangelo announced the 2012 Vick Award winners and UT Austin's nominees for the NACADA awards. 

Announcement of Vick Award winners: Congratulations!!

Jay Brown - Dept. of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

Megan Conner - College of Liberal Arts

Tom Griffith - Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

Kristen Boyd Kessel - School of Social Work

Sarah Kitten - Cockrell School of Engineering

 

UT Austin NACADA nominees: 

Pacesetter Award: Dr. Gretchen Ritter, Vice Provost – Executive Vice President and Provost

Outstanding Advising Award - (Primary Role): Monica Malhotra, International Advisor II – International Office

Outstanding New Advisor Award – (Primary Role):  Sarah McKay, Assistant Academic Advisor – School of Undergraduate Studies

Outstanding Advising Award - (Administrator): Elizabeth Hastings, Academic Advising Coordinator – College of Liberal Arts

Outstanding Advising Award - (Faculty):  Dr. Paul Adams, Associate Professor – Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts

Outstanding Advising Program Award:  Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP)

Technology in Advising:  STAR Program – College of Communication

 

9:55  Announcements

Kristen Anton announced the ROAD committee is meeting soon to discuss creating a professional development event this semester. Expect a notice soon.

Jay Guevara reminded Professional Development Day participants to remind their respective departments to pay for the conference.

                

Spring Semester Highlights

February 9 - ACA/APSA Professional Development Day (8:00-4:00, SAC)

February 15 - ACC/UT Marketplace  (ACC’s Rio Grande Campus)

March 7 - ACA Monthly Meeting (8:15-10:00am, Glenn Maloney Room)

April  - ACA Monthly Meeting (8:15-10:00am, Glenn Maloney Room)