Resolution 17-20: RESOLUTION 17-20

Number 17-20
Description UTA having more graduate classes take place in a traditional classroom setting.
Authored by Budhyant Venepalli
Sponsored by Tarun Reddy Nukala
Date Submitted Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Date Considered Wednesday, January 1, 1000
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Other
Result n/a
Whereas The minimum student enrollment for a course to be offered is now 10 students at the graduate-level and 15 students at the undergraduate-level, which is an increase of 5 students in each category; and
Whereas This policy change in the minimum student enrollment in a course increases the probability that a course will be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment; and
Whereas In order to meet full-time enrollment, many graduate students then must register for an available course that may not match their interests or field of study; and
Whereas This can be frustrating for graduate students as they may have to wait a full semester or longer to enroll in advanced courses in their field of study; and
Whereas Waiting to enroll in advanced courses has the potential to delay students’ degree completion; and
Whereas Some faculty have attempted to ease the burden that this policy change places on students by offering cancelled courses as ad hoc independent study courses, this is unsustainable and unfair to faculty, whom are not compensated for this work.
Be It Further Resolved That The University of Texas at Arlington explore alternative options to make it possible for graduate students to take specialized courses in a traditional classroom setting, irrespective of the number of students interested in that topic.