4. Academic Policies and Procedures
The University of Texas at Austin conducts a large, field-based educator preparation program leading to certification for future teachers, administrators, and educational support personnel. This program is assessed each year by the State of Texas and, beginning in 2001, by the federal government. The results of these evaluations attest to the high quality of educator preparation at UT Austin. For the academic year 1999-2000 (the latest complete data available), there were 963 students enrolled in educator certification programs. Teacher preparation required an extensive supervised practice teaching experience, averaging forty-one hours per week for at least one semester, for 498 students. These students were supervised by thirty-four faculty members, yielding a student-faculty ratio of 14.6:1 during this intensive field experience. Of the 482 students from UT Austin who took an educator certification exam in 1999-2000, 96 percent passed. This passing rate ranks in the highest quartile for all educator certification programs in Texas (the statewide average pass rate was 88 percent). Based on certification exam pass rates for all applicant demographic groups, the Texas State Board for Educator Certification rated the University of Texas at Austin educator preparation program "accredited," its highest rating.
The University of Texas at Austin is authorized by the State Board for Educator Certification to recommend students for teacher certification. To be recommended for a certificate to teach in elementary, middle, or high schools, an undergraduate student must earn a degree as well as complete an approved teacher certification program. The following requirements for approved programs are to be completed in conjunction with degree requirements:
For students who hold a bachelor's degree, the certification programs have postbaccalaureate programs leading to teacher certification at all levels. Program requirements may be different from the undergraduate certification programs.
For more information about teacher certification programs, students should see a certification adviser in the dean's office of the College of Education, George I. Sanchez Building 216.
There is no centralized placement service at the University, but placement offices have been established in the Colleges of Communication, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, and Pharmacy; the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Geological Sciences; the Schools of Architecture, Business, Law, and Social Work; the Graduate School of Library and Information Science; and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The College of Fine Arts provides career services through the Office of the Dean; the School of Nursing, through the Student Affairs Office. In addition, a number of departments have placement advisers.
With proper identification, a student may purchase an official transcript in person, by mail, by telephone, or through the Web for $10 a copy. A transcript may be ordered by telephone, provided the caller's identification can be established, for $10 a copy. The transcript includes only the academic record accumulated at the University of Texas at Austin. Unofficial copies of transcripts from other institutions are furnished by the registrar in accordance with the Texas Open Records Act, for a fee of $5. A transcript is a comprehensive record of an individual's academic progress at the University; it contains all the significant facts about a student's admission, academic level, and scholarship. No partial or incomplete record (e.g., with grades of F omitted) will be issued. A student who owes a debt to the University may not be able to obtain an official transcript until the debt is paid. Additional information about requesting a transcript is available at http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/transcripts/.
Texas law provides criminal penalties for forgery of a transcript or similar document.
A graduate of the University may purchase a diploma to replace one that has been lost or destroyed. If purchased more than one year after the original diploma was issued, the replacement will bear the reissue date below the date the degree was awarded. The signatures of University and University of Texas System officials may not be the same as those on the original diploma since the signatures of former officials are not maintained on file. Additional copies of an original diploma also may be purchased at the time of issue. Orders should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar with a $10 fee for each diploma.
A student who requests a new diploma based on a change of name must pay the fee unless the name change was submitted by the deadline set by the registrar or a postponement of the deadline was granted.
Name change. University policy is to maintain educational records under the student's full, legal name. Official documents such as diplomas and transcripts will not be issued bearing any other name.
A currently enrolled student may change the name on his or her permanent academic record by presenting a certified copy of the appropriate documentation to the registrar. To correct the spelling or the proper sequence of the name requires a copy of the student's birth certificate. To change the name, the student must present a notarized request and a copy of the signed court order showing the new legal name. To assume the spouse's name following marriage, a student must present a notarized request and a copy of the marriage certificate. A student who wishes to discontinue use of the married name and resume use of the original family name, or another name, must present a divorce decree or signed court order showing restoration of the original, or other, name.
The University maintains student records under the name the student had when last enrolled. A former student may not change the name on his or her permanent academic record except by presenting a notarized request and a certified copy of the signed court order showing the authorized name change.
Change of address and/or telephone. The student must give correct local and permanent addresses and telephone numbers to the Office of the Registrar and to the office of the student's dean and must notify these offices immediately of any changes in address or telephone number. Official correspondence is sent to the address last given to the registrar; if the student has moved and failed to correct this address, he or she will not be relieved of responsibility on the grounds that the correspondence was not delivered.
A summons to the office of any administrative officer must be observed. Failure to respond to a summons may result in suspension from the University. In most colleges and schools a summons to the dean is sent by mail, so it is important that the student keep both the dean and the registrar informed of current address information.
Students are expected to attend to business matters with the University during regular working hours, Monday through Friday. A student who is unable to conduct business personally should contact the appropriate office by mail or telephone. For purposes of proper identification and clarity, written communications should include the student's name, student identification number, and local address (if applicable).
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19 August 2002. Registrar's Web Team
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