4. Academic Policies and Procedures
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, then 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.
The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) is a statewide program authorized by section 5.1036 of the Texas Education Code. In May, 2003, the Legislature approved amendments to section 51.306 that replace TASP with a new program called Success Initiative. Current information about the new program is published by the University's TASP Office.
The two components of TASP are the TASP Test, to assess basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing; and 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 that shows compliance with TASP regulations before they register at the University. Transient students who are pursuing degrees at private or out-of-state institutions are not required to take the TASP Test. Also exempt are reciprocal exchange students, nondegree students who are fifty-five years of age or older, and nondegree 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 the exemption:
Students seeking Texas teacher certification should contact their certifying agency regarding the TASP requirement. Nonexempt blind students are required to take the TASP Test with appropriate accommodations; nonexempt deaf students are required to take the Stanford Achievement Test.
The TASP Test is offered six times a year at test centers throughout Texas, including the University. Alternative tests prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board are available on campus prior to registration.
Information and registration materials for the statewide administrations are given in the TASP Test Registration Bulletin, available from most Texas public high schools and colleges, and at the National Evaluation Systems Web site.
Registration materials are available 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 published on-line by the TASP Office, and inquires may be directed to The University of Texas at Austin, TASP Office, P O Box 7636, Austin TX 78713-7636, (512) 471-8277, fax (512) 471-4990, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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12 August 2003. Office of the Registrar
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