4. Academic Policies and Procedures
Classification of Students
Undergraduate students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors based on the number of semester credit hours accumulated and accepted by the University, whether or not the hours are applicable toward a degree. Semester hours used to determine classification include coursework completed in residence, transferred credit, and credit by examination, extension, and correspondence. A student is a freshman until thirty hours have been accepted, then a sophomore until sixty hours have been accepted, a junior until ninety hours have been accepted, then a senior until graduation. Freshmen and sophomores are referred to as lower-division students, juniors and seniors as upper-division students.
Texas Academic Skills Program
The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. The two components of the program are: (1) the TASP Test, to assess basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing, and (2) developmental instruction, to strengthen those academic skills needing improvement.
All students entering Texas public colleges and universities are required to take the TASP Test or show proof of exemption prior to enrollment. Transfer students must submit official documentation to the TASP Office showing compliance with TASP regulations before registering at the University. Temporary students pursuing degrees from private or out-of-state institutions are not required to take the TASP Test, including transient students, reciprocal exchange students, students fifty-five years of age or older, and non-degree-seeking students who are not United States citizens.
Nonexempt students who score less than 230 on the reading or mathematics subtests, or less than 220 on the writing subtest (including omitted subtests and canceled scores) are required to enroll in developmental studies each semester until their skills reach the state standard in all three areas. Students who have below passing scores may not enroll in upper-division courses if such enrollment would give them a total of sixty or more semester hours of credit, including transfer credit.
Students who qualify for exemption from TASP requirements must provide documentation of any one of the following criteria to claim exemption:
An exemption may not be based on SAT or ACT scores earned more than five years ago or TAAS scores earned more than three years ago. Exempting scores must be obtained in a single test administration.
Students seeking Texas teacher certification are required to pass all three TASP subtests unless exempt on the basis of SAT, ACT, or TAAS scores. Nonexempt blind students are required to take the TASP Test with appropriate accommodations; nonexempt deaf students are required to take the Stanford Achievement Test.
TASP Test Schedule
The TASP Test is offered six times a year at test centers throughout Texas, including the University of Texas at Austin. Alternative tests prescribed by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board may also be made available on campus prior to registration. A computer-administered TASP Test (CAT) is typically offered several times a week at some test centers in Texas for a fee of $85.
To register for the TASP Test, an official registration form must be mailed to National Evaluation Systems (NES) with a check or money order. The TASP Test Registration Bulletin is available from most Texas public high schools and colleges. Late and emergency registration must be initiated by calling NES at (512) 927-5398. Information about the computer-assisted test is available at (512) 927-5101. For information about accommodations for students with disabilities, consult the TASP Test Registration Bulletin or contact the UT Austin TASP Office.
Registration materials may be obtained on campus from the TASP Office, Flawn Academic Center, Room 33; the Measurement and Evaluation Center, 2616 Wichita Street; the General Information and Referral Service, Main Building, ground floor; and the Office of the Dean, College of Education, George I. Sanchez Building 216. Information is available at http://www.utexas.edu/academic/tasp, and inquires may be directed to the UT Austin TASP Office P O Box 7636, Austin, Texas 78713-7636, (512) 471-8277, fax (512) 471-4990, or firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
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