The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly

Minutes

 

The Undergraduate Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 2:15 p.m. in the UC Rio Grande B. Provost Dana Dunn presided.

 

Attendance.

 

Member

Present

Excused

Absent

Alternate

Dana Dunn

 

 

 

Michael Moore

 

 

 

Amy Ables

 

 

 

Susan Beckham

 

 

 

Karen Bullis

 

 

 

Bill Carroll

 

 

 

Jinny Choi

 

 

 

Tom Christie

 

 

 

Theresa Daniel

 

 

 

William Dillon

 

 

 

James Epperson

 

 

 

Donald Gatzke

 

 

 

Michael George

 

 

 

Jeanne Gerlach

 

 

 

Karen Given

 

 

 

James Grover

 

 

 

Todd Hamilton

 

 

 

Andy Hansz

 

 

 

D. L. Hawkins

 

 

 

Jay Henry

 

 

 

Santos Hernandez

 

 

 

Melinda Hiemenz

 

 

 

Dan Himarios

 

 

 

Karen Johannesson

 

 

 

Lon Johnston

 

 

 

Peter Lehmann

 

 

 

Carl Lovely

 

 

 

Dennis Marynick

 

 

 

Don McConnell

 

 

 

Robert McMahon

 

 

 

Sung Seek Moon

 

 

 

Jim Munch

 

 

 

Paul Paulus

 

 

 

Lynn Peterson

 

 

 

Karl Petruso

 

 

 

Elizabeth Poster

 

 

 

Syed R. Qasim

 

 

 

Peggy Quinn

 

 

 

Dennis Reinhartz

 

 

 

Lana Rings

 

 

 

Gerald Saxon

 

 

 

Marilee Schmelzer

 

 

 

Richie Stuart

 

 

 

Saibun Tjuatja

 

 

Andy Kruzic

Casey Townsend

 

 

 

Patricia Turpin

 

 

 

Mike Ward

 

 

 

Alison White

 

 

 

Beth Wright

 

 

 

Kai Yeung

 

 

 

Lara Zwarun

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Minutes. The minutes of the regular meeting on November 2, 2004, were approved as published.

 

Report of the Registration, Calendar and Scheduling Committee. Michael George presented two proposals.

 

The committee asked that the 2005-2006 academic calendar be reconsidered. The change proposed was driven by the implementation of the MyMav Student Information system. The proposal is to change the date Current and former student registration begins for Maymester & Summer from April 3 to April 17. A motion was made and seconded to accept the amendment to the 2005-2006 academic calendar. The motion was approved unanimously.

For the 2006-2007 academic calendar, the committee explored the issues of delaying the start of the fall semester a week to give two weeks after Thanksgiving before the last day of class and to reinstate Good Friday as a holiday in the spring semester.

The Regents Rules and Regulations dictate to the components what the holiday schedule is. To accommodate Good Friday as a holiday, one of the optional holidays (winter holidays) would have to be deleted. The other concern was that if the university honored Good Friday, there would be other religious holidays that would have to be considered as well. The committee recommends not scheduling Good Friday as a holiday.

Concerning the start date, the current formula is that the first day of the fall semester starts on the fourth Monday of August and that dictates the calendar for the remainder of the year. If the start date is moved too far into August, it raises contractual issues with faculty appointments. There is also the concern of the dates being too far apart from the Arlington Independent School District calendar. If the date was delayed, there would a major overlap of semesters. Winter session starts the Monday after the end of the fall semester. The committee, therefore, recommends the calendar attached below be adopted as originally proposed in November. A motion was made and seconded to adopt the 2006-2007 academic calendar as originally proposed. The motion was approved unanimously.

 

Academic Calendar 2006-2007 [new]

 

Fall Session, 2006 Regular Fall Semester

Registration for Fall Semester for all students June 29 - August 27

First day of classes August 28

Late registration August 28-September 1

Labor Day holiday September 4

Census date September 13

Last day to drop with automatic W (undergraduate) October 6

Midsemester October 20

Current and former student registration begins

for Winter Session & Spring Semester October 30

Last day to drop courses November 17

Thanksgiving holidays November 23 26

Winter Session & Spring registration begins for

all students November 30

Last day of classes December 8

Final exams (some dept. exams given Dec.2) December 9, 11-15

Commencement ceremonies December 14-17

 

Winter Session, 2006-2007

Late registration December 18

Winter Session classes, Monday-Thursday December 18-21

Census date December 19

Last day to drop with automatic "W" (undergraduate) December 21

Classes continue, Tuesday - Friday January 2-5

Last day to drop courses January 8

Classes continue, Monday-Wednesday January 8-10

Winter Session final exams January 11

 

Spring Session, 2007 Regular Spring Semester

Registration for Spring Semester for all students November 23 - January 15

Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday January 15

First day of classes January 16

Late registration January 16-19

Census date January 31

Last day to drop with automatic W (undergraduate) February 23

Midsemester March 9

Spring vacation March 12-18

Current and former student registration

begins for Maymester & Summer April 2

Last day to drop courses April 13

Maymester & Summer registration begins

for all students April 26

Last day of classes May 4

Final exams (some dept. exams given May 5) May 5, 7-11

Commencement ceremonies May 11 - 13

 

Maymester, 2007

Late registration May 14

Maymester classes, Monday-Saturday May 14-19

Census date May 15

Last day to drop with automatic "W" (undergraduate) May 17

Last day to drop courses May 23

Classes continue, Monday-Friday May 21-25

Maymester final exams June 1

 

Summer Sessions, 2007 1st Five Week Eleven Week 2nd Five Week

Registration for Summer Sessions for all students April 26-May 28 April 26-May 28 April 26-July 4

Memorial Day holiday May 28 May 28

Classes begin May 29 May 29 July 5

Late Registration May 29-May 30 May 29-May 30 July 5

Current and former student registration begins for Fall June 4 June 4

Census Date June 4 June 4 July 11

Last day to drop with automatic W (undergraduate) June 11 June 25 July 18

Midsemester June 13 July 4 July 20

Fall registration begins for all students June 28 June 28

Last day to drop courses June 21 July 23 July 31

Last day of classes June 28 Aug 6 Aug 6

Final examination dates July 2 Aug 7-8 Aug 7

Fourth of July holiday July 4

Commencement exercises Aug 11-12 Aug 11-12 Aug 11-12

 

 

Report of the Academic Standards Committee. David Gray presented two proposals.

After much discussion, a motion was made and seconded to approve the following amended proposal on Schedule Changes. The motion passed unanimously.

 

I. Schedule Changes (Add/Drop)

 

A.Proposed Rule

 

Effective Fall 2006 adds and drops may be made through late registration either by SAM, eSAM, or in person in the academic department offering the course. Drops may continue in person until a point in time two-thirds of the way through the semester, session, or specific course offering period. Students are responsible for adhering to the following regulations concerning adds and drops.

 

  • A student may not add a course after the end of the late registration period.
  • No grade is posted if a student drops a course before the Census Date of that semester.
  • A student entering the University for the first time in Fall 2006, or thereafter, may accrue no more than a total of 15 semester credit-hours of coursework with a grade of W during his or her enrollment at the University.
  • A student may drop a course with a grade of W until the two-thirds point of the semester, session, or course offering period. A student may drop a course after that point only upon approval of the appropriate official.
  • Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances. Under such circumstances, approval must be received from the instructor, department chair, dean, and the Office of the Provost.
  • Students wanting to drop all courses for which they are enrolled must withdraw from the University. (Students should follow the procedure in the Withdrawals section.)

Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances. Under such circumstances, approval must be received from the instructor, department chair, dean, and the Office of the Provost.

 

B.Current Rule

 

Adds and drops may be made during late registration either by SAM, by the Web or in person in the academic department offering the course. Drops may continue in person through the 12th week of class. Students are responsible for adhering to the following regulations concerning adds and drops. These rules apply to regular semesters and to equivalent time limits in summer sessions as noted on the summer session calendar.

 

  • A student may not add a course after the end of late registration.
  • No grade is given if a student drops a course before the Census Date of that semester.
  • A student may drop a course with a grade of W during the first six weeks of class.
  • From the seventh week of class through the 12th week of class, a student may drop a course with a grade of W if passing or a grade of F if failing.
  • A student may not drop a course after the 12th week of class.
  • The dean of the college or school in which the student is majoring may require a student to drop a course at any time upon the recommendation of the instructor and the concurrence of the department chair.
  • Students wanting to drop all courses for which they are enrolled must withdraw from the University. Students should follow the procedure below in the Withdrawals section.

 

David Gray presented the second proposal on Grade Exclusion. After much discussion, a motion was made and seconded to table the Grade Exclusion proposal. The motion failed.

After further discussion, a motion was made and seconded to approve the amended proposal listed below. The motion passed with 22 for and 4 opposed.

 

II. Grade Exclusion

A. Proposed Rule

 

An undergraduate student, entering UTA for the first time in Fall 2006 or thereafter, may elect to have grades of D or F for courses taken during his/her first 30 semester credit hours at UTA excluded from the undergraduate cumulative GPA calculation. This action will be subject to the following conditions:

 

1.1. This rule may be applied to a maximum of three 1000 or 2000 level courses. Of the courses excluded, no more than one may be at the 3000 or higher level.

2. Exclusion of a grade removes course credit but the course hours will still be counted as attempted (towards the floating 45 hour policy and the two attempt rules, etc.)

3. This rule does not apply to courses in which the grades of D or F resulted from disciplinary action.

4. This rule applies only to courses taken at this university. An excluded course may be repeated for credit only at this university, unless approved by the students dean.

5. Once a course has been excluded, a student may not later have the exclusion removed.

6. Grade exclusion may only be used for a first D or F in a course.

7. Excluded grades will be included in a calculation of GPA for Latin Honors.

8. Students seeking grade exclusion must receive counseling from the following as appropriate:

 

a. Academic Advisor to determine effect on completion of degree requirements and probation requirements.

b. Financial Aid Office if receiving a scholarship or financial aid administered by that office.

c. Athletic Department if a student athlete.

d. International Office if an international student.

 

Grade exclusion requests must be done using a grade exclusion form. The request must be approved by the academic dean. Individual colleges and schools may limit this policy.

 

B. Proposed Companion Rule Dealing with Repeatability

 

Undergraduate students who have received a grade of F in a course at this university may repeat the course for credit. Undergraduate students who have received a grade of D in a course at this university may repeat the course for credit only upon the recommendation of the authorized representative of the dean or director of their enrollment unit. Additional courses may be repeated if approved and determined to be essential for maintaining the academic integrity of a students degree program. The semester credit hours for a repeated course shall in no case be counted more than once in meeting graduation requirements. When a student repeats a course, both grades appear on the students record and both are used in computing the grade point average. Note: This rule does not apply to Graduate students enrolled in either undergraduate and/or graduate courses.

 

C. Current Rule

 

Upon receiving a grade of D or F in a course, a student may, after filing intent to do so, replace the grade by repeating the course. The second grade earned, whether higher or lower, will be used in calculating the grade point average unless the second grade is a W. This policy applies only the second time a course is attempted. Both grades received will be shown on the students transcript. This policy will apply to a maximum of 10 credit hours at U.T. Arlington. Students must file their intention to replace a grade with the registrar by the Census Date of the semester in which the student is repeating the course. All withdrawals after the Census Date will be considered an attempt, and the initial grade will be used. This policy will not apply to courses that may be repeated for credit or to courses taken on a pass/fail basis. This policy is not applicable to Nursing and Graduate students and is not retroactive in that a grade in a course taken prior to adoption may be replaced, but a grade earned in a course prior to adoption (fall 1995) may not be used as a replacement. Individual colleges and schools may limit this policy. Students may not apply this policy to grades of D or F which result from disciplinary action.

 

Report of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Kimberly van Noort first presented items approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

 

Agenda Items Approved by the University Curriculum Committee

February 8, 2005 and February 21, 2005

 

College of Business

Adds: INSY 3303, 3304, 4310, 4311, 4311, 4312

Changes: INSY 3300, 3305, 4305, 4306, 4315, 4325,

MARK 4311, 4322, OPMA 3306, 3310

Deletes: INSY 3301, 4302, 4304

 

College of Education

Catalog Text Change: Change to text for Bilingual Education to reflect the name change from TOPT to Target Language Proficiency Test in Spanish

Course Changes:

BEEP 4305, 4306, 4311, - to update prerequisites

BEEP 4314, 4319, 4687 to align concurrencies and curricula

BEEP 4382 minor course clarification

Department Kinesiology

Course Adds: EXSA 0163, 0164, HEED 4357

Course Changes: KINE 1400- addition of two lab hours; course credit remains at 4.

KINE 2120, 2130, 2301, 3130, 3131, 3315, 3325, 3388, 4130, 4131, 4320, 4336 prerequisite change

KINE 3304 Change in course title and inclusion of prerequisite

KINE 3333 minor course description change

KINE 4321 - adding of course fee

LIST 4326 change in course title (Secondary Reading); change in course content to conform to state requirements

 

College of Engineering

Catalog text to reflect minor requirements.

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Catalog text to clarify course requirements in Pre-professional and professional programs; insertion of text concerning admission to the professional program; updating of faculty listing.

Course Changes:

CE 3161, 3261, 3302, 3341, 3343, 4324 - change in course descriptions to include prerequisites

CE 4350 - change in course title

Department of Computer Science Engineering

Course Changes:

CSE 1301- change in equivalency course listing

CSE 2340 - addition of course prerequisite

CSE 4316 minor course description change

Department of Electrical Engineering

Course Changes: EE 1104 change prerequisite information

EE 1105 to correct grammar mistake

EE 3310, 4348 minor course description change

Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering:

Catalog text change to reflect deletion of CE 1350 from program course requirements

Course Changes: IE 3301, 3314, 4315, 4339, 4350, - change in course description

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Course Changes: MAE 3302, 3303, 3314, 3316, 4321 change in prerequisites

MAE 4188 and 4351 minor course change

MAE 2360, 3360, 4344 title change to better reflect course content

Course Deletes; MAE 2322

 

Honors College

Change in catalog text to reflect tightened policies, clarifications and updates, deletion of sample curricula, and the addition of several new brief subsections.

Course Adds: HONR 3305 - Honors Scientific & Technical Writing

Course Changes: HONR 2103 - Add "P" to accepted grades

HONR 2300, 4103 title and description change

HONR 1100, 3103, 3202, 3303, 3374, 3390, 4310, 4394 minor course description change

HONR 4144, 4244, 4344 prerequisite change

HONR 4300, 4320 change in title to better reflect course content

Course Delete: HONR 3190

 

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Art and Art History

Catalog text change

Listing of course sequences required for Art majors.

Course Adds:

ART 3111 - Directed Screenings

ART 3112 - Directed Screenings 2

ART 3113 - Directed Screenings 3

ART 3305 - Early Christian and Byzantine

ART 3384 - Cinematography

ART 3385 - Sound and Post Production

ART 3386 - Directing Workshop

ART 4303 - Roman Art - to reinstate drop from inventory and add prerequisites

ART 4304 - The Etruscans - to reinstate drop from inventory and add required prerequisites

ART 4314 - Topics in 20 c Art - to reinstate drop from inventory and add required prerequisites

ART 4383 - Independent Film/Video Production

Course Changes:

ART 1310 - Art of the Western World - adding course fee

ART 3302 - Art of Antiquity - adding required prerequisites

ART 3306 - Byzantine and Medieval Art - adding required prerequisites

ART 3307 - The Early Renaissance - adding required prerequisites

ART 3308 - High Renaissance - adding required prerequisites

ART 3310 - Film as Art - adding required prerequisites

ART 3311 - American Art - adding required prerequisites

ART 3312 - Neo-Classicism and Romanticism course clarification and adding required prerequisites

ART 3313 - Backgrounds of Modern Art - adding required prerequisites

ART 3314 - Modern Art - adding required prerequisites

ART 3315 - Impressionism - adding required prerequisites

ART 3320 - Art of the Ancient Americas - adding required prerequisites

ART 3325 - Studies in the Baroque - adding required prerequisites

ART 3331 - British Art - Change in course title and content; adding required prerequisites

ART 3341 - Sculpture - adding "repeatable"

ART 3389 - Contemporary Art - Minor course description change and adding required prerequisites

ART 3391 - History of Photography - adding required prerequisites

ART 3392 - History and Aesthetics - adding required prerequisites

ART 4301 - Art and Gender - adding required prerequisites

ART 4302 - Greek and Roman Painting - adding required prerequisites

ART 4306 - Mid-Renaissance - adding required prerequisites

ART 4312 - Topics in Nineteenth C Art - adding required prerequisites

ART 4315 - Aspects of Contemporary Art - add required prerequisites

ART 4317 - The Art of Nonwestern Traditions - add required prerequisites

ART 4330 - Eighteenth Century Art - change in description and add prerequisites

ART 4341 - Advanced Sculpture - Reinstatement of course dropped from inventory

ART 4390 - Conference Course - add prerequisites

ART 4396 - Special Studies in Art History - add prerequisites

Department of Communication

Course Adds:

COMM 3350 - Web Site Communication renumbering from COMM 3305

COMM 4323 - Interactive Media Authoring

COMM 4331 - Interactive Website Communication

COMM 4350 - Advanced Web Site - renumbering from COMM 4327

Course Deletes:

COMM 3305 - replaced by COMM 3350

COMM 4327 - replaced by COMM 4350

Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Catalog Text Change

Correction of text to reflect additions and deletions of courses listed under the Criminology on-line degree program.

Course Adds:

CRCJ 3385 - Women and Crime

CRCJ 4350 - Social Science & Mental Health Forensics

CRCJ 4365 - Capital Punishment

Course Changes:

CRCJ 3336 Police Management & Administration - course title better reflects current practice

Department of English

Catalog Text change: to reflect addition of two new courses

Course Adds:

ENGL 3347 Topics in Multicultural Literatures

ENGL 4350 Topics in Film and Literature

ENGL 4399 Senior Seminar

Course Changes:

ENGL 3344, 3355; 4301 title change to better reflect course content

Department of Military Science

Course Add: MILS 3495 - Nursing Advanced Summer Training

Department of Music

Course Changes:

MUSI 0110, 0114, 0117, 0119, 0120, 0122, - change course type from lab to practicum

MUSI 0116 and 0123 - change in course title

MUSI 3103 - Vocal Pedagogy - change in course description & add prerequisite

Department of Philosophy & Humanities

Course Changes:

PHIL 4385, 4386 - clarification of prerequisites

Women's Studies

Course Adds:

WOMS 3385 - Women and Crime (to cross list with CRCJ)

WOMS 4301 - Art and Gender (to cross list with ART)

 

College of Nursing

Course Adds:

NURS 3147, 3247, 3347, 3447, 3547 Specialized Topics in Nursing variable credit

NURS 3137, 3237, 3337, 3437, 3537, and 3637 Independent Study variable credit

Course Changes:

NURS 3321, 4223, 4350, 4351, 4361, 4431, 4441, and 4581 change pre-requisites

NURS 3420, 3532, 3581, 3647 change lecture/lab hours

NURS 4362 change in hours and prerequisites

 

College of Science

Department of Math

Course Adds:

MATH 1301

Course Changes:

MATH 1308, 3321, 3335 prerequisite change

Department of Physics

Course Adds: PHYS 2315

Course Changes:

PHYS 1443 prerequisite change

PHYS 3316 allow to take P/F and minor wording change

 

The following items were approved unanimously.

 

Agenda Items Approved by the University Curriculum Committee

For Consideration by the Undergraduate Assembly

 

College of Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course Changes:

Renumbering CE3311 to CE 2313 changing from junior level to sophomore level, as it is a pre-CE course and to correspond to MAE 2312.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies Program

Change in Catalog Text:

Raising applicant GPA requirements from 2.0 to 2.25.

 

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Art and Art History

Course Changes:

ART 3331 English Art: 18th and 19th Centuries; changing name to British Art, and changing course description.

Department of Communication

Course Changes:

COMM 3320 Internet Graphics renumbering from COMM 4307 to help establish proper course sequence

Department of English

Course Changes:

ENGL 4356 Literary Criticism II change in course description to include more recent critical methodologies

ENGL 4371 Advanced Argumentation change in course description to show relationship between ENGL 3371 (Advanced Composition) and to better define course content

Department of Music

Course Changes:

MUSI 3103 Vocal Pedagogy inclusion of science of voice culture in teaching healthy, effective vocal production

 

College of Science

Department of Math

Course Adds:

MATH 1301 Elementary Mathematical Modeling addition of problem-solving course as an option to the traditional college algebra course

Department of Physics

Change in catalog text:

To the BA Degree in Physics Increasing the number of physics hours in basic courses; increasing the number of mathematics hours from 10 to 14; language requirement being reduced from 14 to 8 hours and a requirement for a minor in Liberal Arts or in other unspecified field has been added. This increases overall the required hours from 125 to 129.

To the BS Degree in Physics Elimination of PHYS 4185 and MATH 1323 as requirements. Overall hours remain at 129.

To the BS Degree in Physics with Medical School Preparation - Adding 3 required hours of CSE courses; reducing 3 hours of Biology courses

New Proposed Catalog Text:

To institute a new BS Degree in Physics with Engineering Minor to allow a physics major to obtain a minor in engineering with courses being chosen for the minor by the College of Engineering.

 

International Baccalaureate Credit Proposal. Michael Moore presented the following proposal on behalf of a task force appointed to explore the program. The proposal was passed unanimously.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Proposal

POLICY:

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) awards credit for successful performance in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. This program, a rigorous pre-university course of study, is offered through certain high schools. Starting with the 2005-2006 academic year, any student admitted to the University of Texas at Arlington may earn college credit for IB work in one of two ways:

1. UTA will award 24 credit hours to students who earn the IB diploma with a minimum score on each exam of four (4) and an overall score of 24 or higher. The Office of Assessment Services will award credit for the appropriate courses based on IB courses completed and the IB test scores. Students earning an IB Diploma with overall scores higher than 24 and individual test scores of at least 4, may receive additional course credit as determined by the Office of Assessment Services.

 

2. For students who either do not earn the IB diploma or earn an IB diploma but do not achieve the minimum requirements above, UTA will award course credit following the Office of Assessments published IB equivalency table in effect at the time the student completed the IB tests.

 

Subject to the minimum exam-score levels set forth above, the standards for the awarding of course credit (including determining what thresholds must be met, for which courses credit shall be provided, etc.) shall be determined by Office of Assessment following the recommendations from the appropriate academic departments . Any credit granted under this policy that does not receive corresponding course credit shall be treated by UTA as elective credit.

 

No tuition will be charged to the student for credit hours earned under this IB policy, and no grades will be granted for any course credit earned as a result of IB performance. Students cannot earn credit for AP and IB exams on the same topic. Further, UTA does not provide credit for overlapping courses; and no credit shall be awarded or accepted in transfer that duplicates other credit being awarded or accepted in transfer.

 

Other Business.

 

Dana Dunn said a member of the academic standards committee has expressed interest in looking at proposed class schedule times. One schedule in particular offers Monday-Thursday and Tuesday-Friday courses, each an hour and twenty minutes, and using Wednesday for predominantly three-hour course blocks. She would like to put together a task which would have at least one representative from each college or school to explore the options. Anyone interested in serving on the task force was asked to contact her.

 

Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 3:58 p.m.

 

Michael K. Moore

Secretary