The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly




The Undergraduate Assembly met in a special called session on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at 2:15 p.m. in 101 College Hall.  Interim President Charles A. Sorber presided.








Charles A. Sober




Dana Dunn




Pam Haws




Michael Moore




Evan Anders




Susan Beckham




Karen Bullis




Bill Carroll




Jinny Choi




Theresa Daniels




William Dillon




Richard Dodge




James Epperson




Victoria Farrar-Myers




Perry Fuchs




Jeanne Gerlach




Susan Grove




Andy Hansz




D.L. Hawkins




Jay Henry




Santos Hernandez




Melinda Hiemenz




Dan Himarios




Jeannine Hirtle




Richard Jimmerson




Karen Johannesson




Lon Johnston




Peter Lehmann




Dennis Marynick



Fred McDonald

Don McConnell




Robert McMahon



Karl Petruso

Jim Munch




Tabitha Padilla




Lynn Peterson




Jo Pinkerton




Elizabeth Poster




Syed R. Qasim




Steve Quevedo




Peggy Quinn




Dennis Reinhartz




K. Jamie Rogers




Craig Slinkman




Neal Smatresk




Gina Thames




Patricia Turpin




Kimberly van Noort




Josh Warren




Tom Watts




Alisa White




Tom Wilding




Paul Witt




Beth Wright




Kai Yeung




Abu Yilla





Report of the Academic Standards Committee. Committee Chair David Gray presented a proposal to increase admission standards for incoming freshmen.   The proposal was presented in two parts. 


1.  Proposal to Increase Admission Standards for Entering Freshman.  This proposal states that UTA freshman admission requirements are currently lower than those at many state institutions including UNT, UTD, UT and UH.  Our current admission standards undermine efforts to improve UTA’s  reputation in the community, and discourages top caliber students from giving UTA serious consideration as their college choice.  Approval of this proposal to raise admission standards for first time freshmen and freshman transfer students does not mean that UTA is abandoning its commitment to affordable education, public access, or to closing the gaps in higher education.  The following standards, which are comparable with UNT’s standards, were presented:


Proposed Automatic Admission Standards for First Time Freshmen and Freshman Transfers

Start Date:  Fall 2004




Current Standards

Proposed Standards

Impact of Proposed Standards




Class Rank



Minimum Acceptable SAT    Score



Minimum Acceptable ACT  Score



Minimum Acceptable SAT    Score



Minimum Acceptable ACT  Score

# of Fall 2002 FTF Cohort Affected by Proposed Standard

% of Fall 2002 FTF Cohort Affected by Proposed Standard

% of Fall 2002 UTA Students Affected

Top 10%

No minimum score, but students must submit scores

No minimum score, but students must submit scores

No minimum score, but students must submit scores

No minimum score, but students must submit scores




Next 15% of the top quarter



No minimum score, but students must submit scores

No minimum score, but students must submit scores




2nd quarter








3nd quarter








4rd quarter



Individual review

Individual review




Class rank unavailable

Individual review

Individual review

Individual review

Individual review






Professor Evan Anders expressed concern about the timing of raising admission standards now when the sluggish economy could possibly create a declining enrollment crisis.  Interim Provost Dana Dunn stated that we are at a point where our focus on growth may need to be moderated due to space and capacity issues.  Professor Jay Henry felt that minimum SAT and ACT scores should be required for the next 15% of the top quarter of high school students.  Student Congress President Josh Warren voiced unease about implementing admission standards changes to become effective just when a new central administration might have to deal with the aftermath of this decision.  President Sorber explained that this would have no impact on a new president, and if it would benefit the University, it should be done without any bearing on the presidential search.  Provost Dunn suggested that the modest increase should make the campus more attractive to the caliber of president we seek.  Also, if this proposal is not approved in time to get on the docket for the next Board of Regents’ meeting, new standards could not go into effect until Fall 2005.  A motion to amend the proposed standards to include a minimum SAT score of 1000 and the appropriate minimum score for the ACT for the next 15% of the top quarter was made by Professor Henry.  Impact data were not available at the meeting to determine if this amendment should be made, and the motion died for lack of a second. 


The Assembly approved the proposal for increased admission standards as presented without objections.


2.  Future Changes in the SAT and ACT Test.  This proposal involves adding a writing section to the SAT and ACT tests to be scored on the same metric as the current math and verbal sections.  Fall 2006 incoming freshmen will be taking the revised tests.  Universities across the country are currently deciding whether to require scores from the writing test.  The Committee recommends that UTA require the writing test for at least three reasons:  (1) we want to be perceived as having the same high standards as other ‘best’ universities in the nation that will require the test; (2) this requirement will send an important signal to area high schools that writing is important and it should be emphasized in high school curriculum; and (3) the writing test scores have the potential to be used for placement and diagnostic purposes. 


The Assembly approved the proposal to require writing test scores effective Fall 2006 without objections.


Remarks by the President.  President Sorber stated that he is happy to be at UTA.  He feels UTA is a great place and we ought to be proud of it.  He also feels that today’s actions of the Assembly have enhanced the institution.


Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.




Pam Haws