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November 5, 2007

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UT Tyler Offers Contract to Ensure Timely Graduation

The University of Texas at Tyler has developed an agreement that will help students graduate on time and receive a $600 tuition rebate, Dr. Richard Osburn, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced.

UT Tyler’s timely graduation contract is designed to help first-time freshmen meet requirements for graduation in a four-year period. Students who satisfy all of the conditions of the contract and graduate on time will be guaranteed a one-time $600 graduate-on-time tuition rebate.

Freshmen who choose to enter into the agreement must enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credit hours each fall and spring semester, maintain an overall C average, be willing to enroll in specific courses even if they are not offered at preferred times and attend summer school if the degree requires more than 120 hours or if they fall behind in academic progress.

“Our goal is to help students stay on track, so they will be required to consecutively enroll in and successfully complete their minimum 15 hours each semester, complete a degree plan by the end of their second semester, meet with academic advisors at least once a semester and declare a major by the end of their second semester,” said Dr. Muthukrishnan Sathyamoorthy, UT Tyler associate provost for academic affairs.

The timely graduation contract is based on the first declared major, so changing majors may result in a student not being able to meet the time requirements of the contract.

“We want students to successfully complete their degree plan, so we’ve also pledged to do what we can to ensure that they are not delayed by unavailability of courses,” Sathyamoorthy added.

UT Tyler agrees to substitute a course or courses or an independent study course, as determined by the advisor, for an unavailable course.

The university also may waive the required unavailable course as long as it doesn’t cause the student to fall below the required 120 hours for graduation.

If neither of those options is possible, UT Tyler will allow the delay of graduation and pay the designated tuition and fees, excluding the mandatory state tuition, for the student to take the course the next time it’s offered.

For more information, contact the UT Tyler Office of Academic Advising, 903.565.5718.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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