|UT Tyler Announces New Academic Policies for Fall 2006
Beginning in Fall 2006, students at The University of Texas at Tyler will be able to take some of their elective courses on a Pass/ Fail basis. The new grading policy is one of several important changes that will be in effect when students return in the fall, according to Dr. Rick Osburn, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Additional new policies approved by the faculty for the coming fall semester include a requirement that all students declare a major by the end of their sophomore year, a limit on the number of grade replacements and a limit on the number of times a student can return to UT Tyler after being suspended. The new policies will appear in the 2006-2008 UT Tyler catalog and can be found on the University’s Web site (http://www.uttyler.edu).
The Pass/Fail policy allows students to take up to three elective courses and have a grade of Pass recorded if the final grade in the class is a “D” or above.
“Students are very conscious about their grade point average and often are reluctant to explore courses in areas they are unfamiliar with or feel unprepared for. The Pass/Fail grade makes it possible to take an elective without the fear of a “C” or “D” grade impacting their overall GPA,” said Dr. Donna Dickerson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students must have their advisor’s approval to take a course by Pass/Fail. Dickerson added the warning that any student planning to go to law school should not take any course on a Pass/Fail basis. Law school admissions offices, explained Dickerson, typically calculate a “Pass” as a “C” or “D” no matter how well the student actually did in the course.
The new grade replacement (or grade forgiveness) policy will allow undergraduates to replace a grade of “D” or “F” only three times, and graduate students to replace a “C,” “D,” or “F” twice. The previous policy allowed an unlimited number of grade replacements.
“This policy brings us in line with other quality universities around the state and country. It also reflects the faculty’s concern that our academic policies should reflect the high quality of students that UT Tyler attracts,” explained Osburn.
There is no limitation on the number of times an undergraduate student can repeat a “D” or “F” grade; the limitation is only on the number of times a failing grade can be “forgiven” by a higher grade. After a student has used up three grade replacements, any additional course repeat grades will be averaged in with the original grade. Students must fill out a form within the first week of classes to indicate they want a course they are repeating to replace a previous grade earned in the same course.
The grade forgiveness policy, according to Candice Garner, associate dean of enrollment management, affects all students repeating a course in Fall 2006 and thereafter, no matter when the course was originally taken. However, the grade replacement limit is not applicable to courses already repeated.
Faculty also approved a requirement that all students must declare a major by the end of their sophomore year.
“We would like all students to declare their major when they enter UT Tyler,” said Osburn.
“However, we know that some students don’t know that early what they want to major in.
Students who have not declared a major by the end of their second year too often wander around taking courses they do not need, and they are less likely to graduate on time.”
Under UT Tyler’s new suspension policy, a student will be permanently dismissed after a third suspension and will not be eligible to return to UT Tyler, said Garner.
Academic Policies as They Will Appear in the UT Tyler 2006-08 Catalog