The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly

Minutes

 

The Undergraduate Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at 2:15 p.m. in the UC Rio Grande B. Provost Dana Dunn presided.

 

Attendance.

 

Member

Present

Excused

Absent

Alternate

James Spaniolo

 

 

 

Dana Dunn

 

 

 

Michael Moore

 

 

 

Evan Anders

 

 

 

Susan Beckham

 

 

 

Karen Bullis

 

 

 

Bill Carroll

 

 

 

Jinny Choi

 

 

 

Tom Christie

 

 

 

Theresa Daniel

 

 

 

William Dillon

 

 

 

James Epperson

 

 

 

Perry Fuchs

 

 

 

Donald Gatzke

 

 

 

Michael George

 

 

 

Jeanne Gerlach

 

 

 

Susan Grove

 

 

 

Andy Hansz

 

 

 

D. L. Hawkins

 

 

 

Jay Henry

 

 

 

Santos Hernandez

 

 

 

Melinda Hiemenz

 

 

 

Dan Himarios

 

 

 

Jeannine Hirtle

 

 

 

Karen Johannesson

 

 

 

Lon Johnston

 

 

 

Peter Lehmann

 

 

 

Dennis Marynick

 

 

 

Don McConnell

 

 

 

Robert McMahon

 

 

 

Jim Munch

 

 

 

Tabitha Padilla

 

 

 

Lynn Peterson

 

 

 

Jo Pinkerton

 

 

 

Elizabeth Poster

 

 

 

Syed R. Qasim

 

 

 

Steve Quevedo

 

 

 

Peggy Quinn

 

 

 

Dennis Reinhartz

 

 

 

Lana Rings

 

 

 

K. Jamie Rogers

 

 

 

Craig Slinkman

 

 

 

Neal Smatresk

 

 

Krishnan Rajeshwar

Gina Thames

 

 

 

Patricia Turpin

 

 

 

Josh Warren

 

 

 

Tom Watts

 

 

 

Alisa White

 

 

 

Tom Wilding

 

 

 

Paul Witt

 

 

 

Beth Wright

 

 

 

Kai Yeung

 

 

 

Abu Yilla

 

 

 

 

Approval of Minutes. The minutes of the regular meeting on November 4, 2003, were approved as published.

 

Report of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Committee Chair Kimberly Van Noort presented the following proposals, which were all approved by the Assembly.

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Interior Design

Change: INTD 4395 Selected Topics in Interior Design

 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Department of Accounting

Change: ACCT 3311 Financial Accounting I

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Change: EDUC 2330 Student Leader Effectiveness Training

Department of Kinesiology

Add: KINE 2120 Introduction to Athletic Training Lab

Changes:

HEED 1230 First Aid/CPR

KINE 1230 First Aid/CPR

KINE 2320 Introduction to Athletic Training

KINE 4219 Integration of Fitness Principles in an Instructional Setting

KINE 4320 Teaching Secondary Physical Education

KINE 4321 Teaching Elementary Physical Education

KINE 4647 all-Level Teacher Preparation Residency for PE

 

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

 

Department of Art

Rewriting the departmental section of the catalog to more clearly define the requirements of the various options, including specifications for minors in different areas of discipline. There are no changes in requirements.

Adds:

 

 

ART 4368 Digital Alternative Photographic Techniques

 

 

ART 4369 Concept to Exhibition

 

 

ART 4370 Staged Environments

 

 

Changes:

 

 

ART 1306 Three-Dimensional Design

 

 

ART 1307 Drawing Fundamentals

 

 

ART 2304 Digital Design

 

 

ART 2350 Introduction to Narrative Screenwriting

 

 

ART 2354 Graphics: Typography

 

 

ART 2355 Graphics Layout

 

 

ART 2359 Introduction to Photography

 

 

ART 3351 Graphics: Illustration

 

 

ART 3354 Graphics Sign and Symbol

 

 

ART 3355 Graphics: Methodologies

 

 

ART 3356 Graphics: Electronic Design

 

 

ART 4100 Senior Exhibition

 

 

ART 4346 Graphics - Portfolio

 

 

ART 4347 Graphics - Brochure Design

 

 

ART 4350 Documentary Film/Video

ART 4351 Commercial Film/Video

ART 4352 Narrative Film/Video

ART 4354 Advanced Narrative Screenwriting

ART 4355 Graphics: Application

ART 4356 Graphics: Professional Preparation

 

 

ART 4361 3-D Animation

 

 

ART 4362 Advanced Film/Video

 

 

ART 4366 Graphics - Online Design

 

 

ART 4391 Independent Study

 

 

Delete:

 

 

ART 4358 Graphics: Computer Graphics

 

 

Department of Communication Change in catalog text under Broadcast Management

to reflect the deletion of BCMN 4319 from the requirements (it will be incorporated into COMM 4318 Media Sales).

Changes:

COMM 2300 Internet Communication

COMM 4307 Internet Graphics

COMM 4318 Media Sales and Promotion

COMM 4321 Advanced Web Authoring

Delete:

BCMN 4319 Broadcast Communication

 

Department of Music - Change in catalog text to clarify entrance requirements.

Department of Philosophy & Humanities

Add: PHIL 3330 Social and Political Philosophy

 

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE

 

A Dual Degree Proposal for a BS in Biology and Master of Environmental Science and Engineering.

Department of Biology

Add: BIOL 3316 Astrobiology (BIOL 3316, GEOL 3316, & PHYS 3316 Crosslisted)

 

Department of Geology

Add: GEOL 3316 Astrobiology

Department of Physics

Add: PHYS 3316 Astrobiology

Change: PHYS 3455 Electronics

 

Selection of University Program Review Committee Representative. Dennis Marynick was nominated and elected to serve as the new representative on the University Program Review Committee.

 

Other Business. Denny Bradshaw, representing the Academic Standards Committee, presented a proposal for increasing transfer admission requirements and adjusting application deadlines. After a brief discussion, the following proposal was approved.

 

  1. Advance the transfer application deadline 30 days to May 1 and November 1 for the Fall and Spring terms respectively, and April 1 for Summer.

 

  1. Increase the minimum grade point average for acceptance from 2.0 to 2.25.

 

Justification for Changes

As part of the ongoing university effort to improve incoming classes of students, to ensure the academic success of students, to better match resources with enrollment, to protect the quality of the classroom experience, and to strengthen the public perception of the university, we recommend an increase in transfer admissions requirements for Fall 05 as well as an earlier transfer application deadline.

 

A modest increase in admission requirements signals that the university values academic strength. Higher expectations for student performance prior to transfer are consistent with the higher performance expectations for first time freshmen and admission to academic majors.

 

An earlier application deadline requires students to act sooner thus providing more time for the delivery of important services such as course evaluation, academic advising, financial aid, and orientation; in effect, more time for the things that support student success. Furthermore, a revised deadline signals that attending the university cannot be considered a last minute plan.

 

An indication of the possible enrollment impact of the increased transfer grade requirement is as follows:

 

Enrolled Transfers Spring 2003 and Fall 2003 by Admission GPA

 

Admission GPA Range

 

Less than 2.24 2.25 2.49 2.50 or higher Total

 

 

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Sp03

198

15%

153

12%

924

72%

1275

100%

Fall03

307

12%

348

13%

1970

75%

2625

100%

Total

505

13%

501

13%

2894

74%

3900

100%

 

 

The impact can be effectively managed through the exception admission decision process. Based on prior experiences, it is estimated that approximately 250 students would be admitted under the exception admission process leaving a net impact of this new policy at a decrease of 255 students. Academic units are urged to review their separate admissions policies/requirements for transfer students to determine if any adjustments are necessary in light of the recommended changes in the university standard.

 

Provost Dunn thanked Pam Haws, Michael Moore, Dale Wasson, and the Academic Standards Committee for their work on the proposal.

 

Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:42 p.m.

 

Michael K. Moore

Secretary