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ACA Monthly Meeting                          Wednesday, October 12, 2011                                8:15-10:00am      ...
Regina invited ACA members to considering serving on a committee that wouldevaluate courses currently on the equivalency l...
Maximum timeframe: Current students get 180 hours to complete undergraduateprogram. Students will have to appeal if they g...
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October 2011 ACA Meeting Minutes


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October 2011 ACA Meeting Minutes

  1. 1. ACA Monthly Meeting Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:15-10:00am SSB Glenn Maloney Room8:15 Breakfast and Social Time (Sponsored by the Business Foundations Program)8:30 Business Foundations Program (BFP) (Regina Hughes)Regina thanked the membership for promoting BFP to students and gave ACAmembers tool boxes as gifts. She distributed a brochure for the HaliburtonBFPprogram and gave an overview of the curriculum and application process. The BFPoffice is willing to speak to FIGs, student groups, or other interested organizationsabout BFP and the Halliburtonprogram. Interested parties can contact the BFPoffice.BFP TriviaHow many students take BFP courses in any given year? 4,000What is the total seat count for BFP classes? 10,000How many students actually complete the BFP certificate? 1,000(They have increased from 900 last year)What year did BFP start? 1993BFP has two tracks: General and Global. With the Global track, the student muststudy abroad and achieve fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language (note:the study abroad experience and language do not have to be related). In order tocomplete the certificate,students must achieve a 2.0 overall GPA in all of their BFPcourses. (An “F” grade in a BFP course does not affect theoverall BFP GPA, but thestudent must repeat the course for credit).Students can begin taking BFP courses at any point in their undergraduate careerand may complete the certificate up to one year after graduation. Certificationmust be completed through UT, and not many courses transfer to UT that areequivalent to the BFP courses. In a study abroad situation, the BFP office mayevaluate the course to determine if the course fits the program.
  2. 2. Regina invited ACA members to considering serving on a committee that wouldevaluate courses currently on the equivalency lists for the MIS302F and statisticsBFP requirements. She shared that many departments offer courses that can fulfillthese requirements, but that the current list is outdated due torecentchanges.Business Summer Enhancement ProgramTraditional business courses are open to non-business majors for summer only.Note that regular business courses do not replace any of the BFP courses, with theexception of ACC 311 and 312, which together can be substituted for ACC 310F. Business Foundations Summer InstituteThe Summer Institute is a rigorous program where students take 15 hours of BFPcoursework over an 8-week period.Students need an overall GPA of a 3.0 in order to apply.The summer program includes IB 320F instead of the LEB 320F, so students maychoose the global or general track option. LEB faculty serve as guest lectures in IB320F, so students are still exposed to some business law.The program has a strong focus on career development and features guests fromGoogle, Microsoft, and other companies to conduct mock interviews with students.Cost: $4,500 (includes textbooks) and is financial aid eligible, but all of the classesin the summer institute are considered out of residence since they are takenthrough University Extension.Currently taking applications and deposit is due in February. would like anyone who is interested in being involved on the equivalencycommittee to contact her!8:50 Office of Student Financial Services (Veronica Castro)Veronica covered the updates to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policiesin the Office of Student Financial Services. The OSFS PowerPointis available on theACA slideshare account. Changes to SAP took effect July 1, 2011 and were initiatedby the Federal government to prevent ensure that students being awarded financialaidaremaking adequate academic progress. SAP will now be measured by lookingat a student’s GPA and hours, as well as adhering to a maximum timeframe.The required GPA did not change, students still must achieve a 2.0 or above. OSFSis no longer utilizing the strike system regarding students who fall below full time.OSFS will now monitor students’ academic progress by calculating “pace.”Astudent’s pace can be calculated by dividing a student’s cumulative number ofhours successfully completed by the cumulative number ofhours a student hasattempted, to come up with a percent. To be making satisfactory academicprogress, current students should have 67% or better. Cumulative number of hourssuccessfully completed includes claimed credit by exam credits, transfer courses,UT Extension courses, passing grades in courses at UT, CR courses, and coursescompleted while studying abroad. Cumulative number of hours attempted includesQ drops, failed courses, Incompletes, temporary delay of completion (X), No Creditcourse (NC), and withdrawals. Remedial coursework does not count toward pace.
  3. 3. Maximum timeframe: Current students get 180 hours to complete undergraduateprogram. Students will have to appeal if they go over this total number and want toreceive financial aid. Incoming freshmen have a maximum timeframe of 160 hours.SAP will be evaluated at the end of each semester starting Fall 2011. If students are not meeting pace then they will be placed on one of the followingfinancial aid statuses:warning, probation, probation with academic plan, andsuspension. If students are not meeting pace requirements of a 2.0 and 67% orbetter, then they will receive a financial aid warning. The warning lasts onesemester, during which students have the opportunity to raise their GPA and hourspercentage to meet pace. Students are then reevaluated at the end of the warningsemester, and if they still do not meet pace, then they may appeal to be placed onfinancial aid probation and continue to receive aid. If appeal is approved, thenstudents may continue with a plan to receive aid for a semester but they areexpected to attempt to meet pace by the end of the semester. If students do notmeet pace requirements at the end of the semester, theywill be placed on financialaid suspension. Studentsmay notapply to receive aid until they meet pace. If andwhen they do meet pace, then they may apply for financial aid.For more details: Office of Student Financial Services Contacts (SAP committee):Veronica Castro (presenter, and Financial Aid Officer), Saje Johnson (AssistantDirector), and Lauren Moore (Financial aid Officer)9:20 Bridging Disciplines Program (Lauren Campbell)Lauren introduced all the BDP team members: Christine Anderson, LaurenCampbell, Erin Thomas, Rose Mastrangelo, and Katie MatesonAll BDP areas are 19 credit hours each, and students may apply to do more thanone.Students may participate in a BDP and the Business Foundations Program.Some BDP 101 forum seminars are onlyoffered once a year, so if a student doesn’tsee the one they want on the course schedule, then it will typically be offered thenext semester. Students do not have to be a BDP student to take a BDP 101course, however if they are not 1st or 2nd year, or a BDP student, they will be askedwhy they are taking it.These seminars are for students pursuing the BDP program,and are not intended to be used to fulfill certain hour requirements (like forgraduation purposes). to BDP: extended deadline is October 17th at 5pm.9:35 Updates from the First-Year Experience Office (Patty Micks)Announcement for FIG mentor applications and flyer:November 7 at 5pm is thedeadline.There are certain Signature Courses (UGS 302/303) for transfer students andstudents with upper division standingand Patty will be sending a PDF with thedetails to the ACA membership. A total of 3,000 seats are being held for thisstudent population and they must call the signature course office (471-4421)during their registration access time to be hand-added to the signature course. It ishighly recommended these students call during their first registration accessperiod. Otherwise, they could risk the course closing. Signature Course advisors
  4. 4. cannot add a student to a closed course. The courses are restricted to “truefreshmen” and first-year UT students. Several signature courses will be offered inthe summer and many will contain writing flag.According to surveys, students mostly enjoy the UGS signature courses, but thereare some who assume the signature courses are going to be easy. The signaturecourse office requests the help of advisors on campus to educate students aboutsignature courses and explained that they are not easy, but rather are demandingcollege level classes that aim to prepare them to succeed at the college academiclevel.Reminder: Petitions for core requirements should be directed to the Center forStrategic Advising in FAC 32A new course UGS 303 “The Ethics of Art and Giving” will be offered in the springand student are encouraged to apply for it. Made possible by an anonymous100,000 donation to help students learn the ways of giving. AnnouncementsThe Professional Development Day will be held February 9, 2012 in the StudentActivity Center.A survey is being sent to the ACA membership regarding the 4-year graduationrates. The ACA executives are meeting with the provost on November 1st and needto collect important information for the meeting.FUNdraising Committee will be doing goodie bags for the November meeting.Next ACA meeting will be in the TX Union and will be sponsored by the StudyAbroad office. Please RSVP below.Next Meeting: November 9th 8:15-10:15 am, Union 3.304, Quadrangle RoomThis meeting is sponsored by the Study Abroad Office as a part of a full day ofevents with the UT Study Abroad Symposium. Please rsvp by October 24th at: will be given the option on the RSVP to indicate which sessions you will beattending.Descriptions of all sessions can be found here: