FALL 2013 SCHEDULE
Statement of Equal Opportunity
Statement of Sexual Harassment
Any student who objects to the release of all or any part of the directory information on file in his or her name must notify the Admissions Office in writing that he or she does not wish to have such information released. This request will be honored, and all of the information will be held confidential.
Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA. the name and address of the office that administers FERPA is Family Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
*SOAR – STUDENT ORIENTATION, ADVISING AND REGISTRATION
Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) for Freshmen or Tranfers with fewer than 30 hours is a two day program that was designed to guide each new student at A&M-Texarkana to success. SOAR is required for all new students entering Texas A&M University-Texarkana. While at SOAR students meet other new students, get advice from current students, meet with an advisor, register for classes, learn A&M-Texarkana traditions, stay in a residence hall, and HAVE FUN!!!
Dates for SOAR for Freshmen and Transfers with fewer than 30 hours:
Fall 2013 Admits ONLY: (Start time Day 1: noon, End time Day 2: 3pm)
· *Thursday, June 13-Friday, June 14, 2013
· *Thursday, June 27-Friday, June 28, 2013
· *Thursday, July 18-Friday, July 19, 2013
*This is a 2-day orientation which requires an overnight stay in our residence hall.
Transfer students with 30 Credits and above:
These students will have the option of attending an Overnight SOAR Session or a 1-Day Advising and Registration Session accompanied by an Online Orientation. SOAR TNT is designed to accommodate the lives and schedules of our transfer and non-traditional students. We know you’ve been to college before; we just want to help you be successful at A&M-Texarkana. While at SOAR you will:
• Meet other new students and get advice from current A&M-Texarkana students
• Meet with your academic advisor
• Register for classes
• Learn A&M-Texarkana traditions
• Learn about A&M-Texarkana resources and departments
Advising and Registration Dates for Transfer Students with 30 hours or more are:
Fall 2013 Admits ONLY: (3pm-6pm)
• College of Business
-Tuesday, July 2, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
-Tuesday, July 23, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
-Tuesday, August 13, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
• College of Education and Liberal Arts
-Tuesday, June 25, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
-Tuesday, July 16, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
-Tuesday, August 6, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
• College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
-Tuesday, July 2, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
-Tuesday, July 23, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
-Tuesday, August 13, 2013-University Center Library (3rd Floor)
NTCC Students: August 13th and 14th
Contact Carmen.Shurtleff@tamut.edu for more information.
Online Course Accounts for Students
Login Name = (First 4 letters of last name) + (Last 4 numbers of CWID) (Campus-Wide Identification)
Password = CWID number (no dashes)
For All Students that Pre-Register, a Student account will be available the first day of classes and not before.
For New Students that Register on or after the first day of classes, a Student login account will be available within 24 business day hours of registering.
Accessing Your Online Course
Access the Blackboard website at http://blackboard.tamut.edu.
Login using your account information.
For Blackboard Training go to http:llwww.tamut.edu/training/Students
Contact Julia Allen at (903)223-3154 or Technology Services at (903)223-3084.
You can also submit a “trouble ticked” at http://www.tamut.edu/techde/support.htm
Students who attempt a course three or more times at
A&M-Texarkana since Fall 2002 will be charged an additional $50.00 per
credit hour for the repeated course. The bill you receive after you register
may not accurately reflect the additional tuition and fees for the courses
attempted three or more times. A&M-Texarkana reserves the right to adjust
the student's tuition as a result of registering for the third or more time.
1. Thesis or dissertation courses
2. Courses that may be repeated for credit because they involve different or more advanced content each time the course is taken
3. Independent Study courses
4. Special Topics and Seminar courses
5. Continuing education courses that must be repeated to retain professional certification
LIMITATION ON IN-STATE TUITION RATES
New undergraduate students enrolling in an institution of higher education in Fall 1999 or afterward are subject to the conditions of Senate Bill 345 passed in the 76th Legislative session. The law states that a resident undergraduate student whose attempted hours exceeds, by at least 45 semester credit hours, the number of hours required for completion of the degree program may be charged tuition at a higher rate. The higher rate will not exceed the rate charged to non-resident undergraduate students. A resident student is one who pays the in-state rate for tuition purposes. For students who enroll in college for the first time Fall 2006 or afterward, the excessive hours limit changes to 30 semester credit hours.
LIMITATION ON DROPPING COURSES
Under section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, "an
institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than
six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another
institution of higher education." This statue was enacted by the State
of Texas in spring 2007 and applied to students who enroll in a public
institution of higher education as first-time freshmen in fall 2007 or later.
Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six-drop limit if "(1)
the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or
incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student's transcript indicates or will
indicate that the student was enrolled in the course; and (3) the student is
not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution." Some
exemptions for good cause could allow a student to drop a course without
having it counted toward this limit, but it is the responsibility of the
student to establish that good cause.
Semester grades are posted to Web for Students at the end of the term. They are NOT mailed. Students should log on to Web for Students to obtain grades (instructions are listed above). If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at (903)334-6601.
AWARDING OF DEGREES AND COMMENCEMENT
In order for a student to receive their degree and participate in commencement, a student must have completed all degree requirements and have a zero balance on their account by Friday one week prior to the graduation ceremony.
Please visit the Office of Admissions website, www.tamut.edu/admission for requirements and procedures for all student types.
Adult Learners (special category)
Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), as of Fall 2003 (Texas Education Code §51.3062) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.
NOTE: TSI assessment is changing for students who enroll August 26th or later. For information on the new TSI assessment, please contact the Admissions Office.
Which students must take a TSI exam?
Unless exempt, students who are entering a Texas college or university must take a TSI exam and receive a passing score in order to enroll in credit bearing courses. Students may be exempt from taking a TSI exam by achieving any of the requirements below:
ACT Exam: Achieve a composite score of 23 or higher with at least a 19 on both the English and Math sections.
SAT Exam: Achieve a combined verbal and math score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on both the verbal test and math test.
TAKS Exam: Achieve a minimum score of 2200 on both the English and/or math sections with at least a 3 on the writing component of the 11th grade TAKS (for a period for 3 years from the date of testing).
Military: A student who is currently serving as and, for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; or a student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from:
(A) active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or Texas National Guard; or
(B) service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
Transfer: Transfer from a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution. A Grade of C or better is required on specific courses that are used to meet this exemption.
Degree: A student who
has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from a regionally
accredited Texas public institution of higher education.
Texas Institution Exemption: Satisfied all readiness requirements at another public Texas institution of higher education and has provided official documentation of the status.
When do students take a TSI exam?
Students must take a TSI exam and have scores on file before they can enroll in college-level classes. Each college and university offers a different exam. A student must take the exam required by the college or university he/she will be attending.
What TSI exams are available to students?
The exams currently authorized to satisfy TSI are:
What TSI exams do I have to take?
To establish a status for TSI, you must have a test score in the reading, mathematics, and writing sections of one of the above listed exams. Please note that you must have both a writing AND essay score for the writing section of TSI. Please make sure that you choose a testing center that provides both sections PRIOR to testing.
The following exams offer multiple sections in mathematics. You must take one of the exams listed below. this is the ONLY section that can be used to determine your TSI status for the mathematics section of TSI:
Please contact the Registrar’s Office at (903) 334-6604 for minimum passing scores for the above exams or any additional questions regarding TSI. Our testing center offers the and ACCUPLACER. You may contact the Testing Center to sign up for either of these exams by phone at (903) 223-3072 or by email at email@example.com.
Developmental Education Program
What happens if a student does not pass all parts of a TSI exam?
Students who do not pass one or all parts (English, mathematics, and writing) of a TSI exam must enroll in an appropriate developmental education course before the student may enroll in a credit bearing course for the subject in which he/she did not meet state standards. A student may retake an exam instrument at any time, subject to availability, to determine the student's readiness to perform freshman-level academic coursework.
Please contact the Success Center at (903) 334-6721 for more information.
THEA Quick Test and Accuplacer Test
Students who have not satisfied the Texas
Success Initiative (TSI) may take the Texas Higher Education Assessment
(THEA) Test or Accuplacer to satisfy this
requirement. Students must contact the Testing Center at (903) 223-3072 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to take the THEA Quick Test or Accuplacer. (NOTE: Students may take the THEA Quick Test
only once every 30 days.)
The cost for taking the Accuplacer is $15.00 for one exam, $30.00 for 2 exams or $34.00 for ¾ exams payable to Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The Accuplacer test is given daily, but requires 24 hour notice. Contact the Testing Center to schedule an appointment to take the test.
The TOEFL iBT is a computer-base and measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. And it evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks. Students from non-native English speaking countries will be required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT Test prior to enrolling at A&M-Texarkana. Minimum scores are 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test and 79 on the internet-based test. Students with degrees from postsecondary institutions in English speaking countries, or who have successfully completed two years (48 SCH) of study in which English was the language of instruction, will be exempt from the TOEFL test.
You must register online to take the TOEFL iBT. The cost to take the TOEFL iBT is $180.00. Click on TOEFL iBT for additional information. If you require additional information, you can call the Testing Center at 903-223-3072 or email@example.com.
Major Field Tests for Arts & Sciences Graduates
Comprehensive Final Exams for Graduate Students
Comprehensive Final Exams for masters level students who plan to graduate in December 2013 to be announced.
ACT Residual Test (ACT-R)
The ACT Residual Test (ACT-R) is a college admissions exam that tests the areas of English, Math, Reading, and Science. The ACT-R is scheduled once a month and by appointment only. Examinees are required to call the Testing Center at 903-223-3072 or register at firstname.lastname@example.org to register to take the exam. The cost for taking the ACT-R is $60.00 payable to Texas A&M University-Texarkana. ACT-R is for students who 1) are enrolled, 2) have been admitted, or 3) are in the process of applying to the university and cannot test on a national test date. ACT-R scores are ONLY reported to A&M-Texarkana and cannot be transferred to another university. Scores except for writing are available approximately 4 weeks following the test administration.
FALL 2013 FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Costs include tuition, student service fee, student center fee,
recreational sports fee, records fee, traffic safety fee, international
education fee, library fee, student endowment scholarship fee, technology
fee, advising fee, health fee, college enhancement fee, and green fee. The
following are only minimum figures. Parking fees, course fees, lab fees and
distance education fees are not included.
Tuition and fee statements will be available ONLINE ONLY. Students will receive an email notification when statements are available.
Credit Card Payment
Tuition and fees may be paid by charging to MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and/or American Express over the Web, by mail with a check/money order, or in person with a check, cash or credit card. Please follow these instructions to pay on the web:
Access A&M-Texarkana's web site at http://www.tamut.edu
PAYMENT OF TUITION AND FEES
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition and Fee Schedule for Fall 2013
*The Intercollegiate Athletic fee was approved by a student body referendum in the spring of 2012. The fee is still pending in the Texas Legislature and signature by Governor Perry. If approved, students will pay $9 per SCH up to 12 semester credit hours or $108 per semester beginning with the fall of 2013. The fee will be used to initiate intercollegiate sports and build sports facilities.
TUITION AND FEES INSTALLMENT PLAN
The installment plan is now available ONLINE ONLY. Students may sign up for the installment plan by logging into Web for Students.
Students attending A&M-Texarkana shall be allowed to pay all tuition and mandatory fees during the fall and spring semesters using the installment payment alternative described in Section 54.007, Education Code, as amended.
Installment Payment Plan Terms:
A. Students electing the installment payment plan option shall be obligated to pay the full amount of all tuition, mandatory fees and incidental fees specified in this installment plan agreement.
B. The installment payment plan option selected may not be changed after a student's fee schedule has been produced.
C. The first installment payment shall be due at the time of registration and shall be equal to 1/4 of all tuition and mandatory fees due for the semester, plus the full amount of the processing fee.
D. Failure to make any installment payment by the end of the semester shall not cancel the obligation to pay the total installment payments and late payment fees.
E. According to State Law(Texas Education Code 54.007), a student who fails to make full payment of tuition and fees, including any incidental fees, by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made. A student who fails to make payment prior to the end of the semester may be denied credit for work done that semester. The university shall notify a student of any delinquent tuition or fee payment as soon as practicable. University records may be adjusted to reflect the student's failure to have properly enrolled for that semester. Expenses incurred in collecting the amounts due under this agreement, including but not limited to collection fees, attorney fees, and court costs will be the responsibility of the student. If the student fails to make payments as specified, the student will be held responsible for any and all collection costs in addition to the required payment.
F. A student seeking reinstatement to the university after withdrawing from the university without paying the full amount of tuition and fees, or having been dropped from the rolls of the university for failure to make installment payments when due, shall pay all past due installment payments and applicable late payment fees before reinstatement will be processed.
Processing and Incidental Fees:
A student paying tuition and required fees in four (4) installments shall pay a processing fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
To sign up for a payment plan:
1. Log on to Web for Students
2. Click on Touchnet Payment Gateway
3. Click on box “Click for Current Account Status”
4. Click on Tab “Enroll in a Payment Plan” and follow instructions
A student making an installment payment after the due date shall also pay a late payment fee; each installment payment must be received at the University Cashier's Office by the due date specified in the installment payment plan agreement.
Installment Due Dates
*$25.00 late fee will be assessed for each late installment
OUTSTANDING FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
· If a student fails to make payment by the specified due dates, the student agrees to pay A&M-Texarkana costs for collection, including any and all late fees, late registration fees, collection fees, attorney fees, court costs, judgment interest and any other allowable charges in accordance with state regulations. The student agrees to receive phone/cell phone calls from The University or its agents, subcontractors or independent contractors using any type of telephone equipment. The University reserves the right to report my account to the Credit Bureau.
· In order for a student to receive their degree and participate in commencement, a student must have completed all degree requirements and have a zero balance on their account by Friday one week prior to the graduation ceremony.
WEB/DISTANCE EDUCATION FEE
A $30 per credit hour fee will be charged to all web based courses, web enhanced courses, face to face courses not taught in the Texarkana city limits or at NTCC, and TTVN courses not taught/received in Texarkana or at NTCC.
WAIVED FEES FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN
DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES ONLY
Effective Fall 2013, the Distance Education Fee Waiver is no longer available.
All students attending A&M-Texarkana and parking a vehicle on campus are required to purchase a parking permit. Permits may be purchased Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Business Office. Rates are as follows:
· $25.00 September-August
· $20.00 January-August
· $12.00 May-August
· $5.00 – One Additional Parking Permit
REFUND OF FEES
Refunds for drops or withdrawals are based on the total tuition being paid. Students who drop or withdraw are responsible for any remaining tuition payments.
Refund Schedule for Dropped Courses
Refunds for courses dropped by a student who later withdraws are calculated according to the withdrawal schedule below. If a scheduled course fails to materialize because it lacks the required number of students, all fees for that course will be refunded.
Refund Schedule for Withdrawals
Withdrawal refund for students paying in installments are calculated as follows:
100% means you will receive 100% refund of tuition paid
FINANCIAL AID REFUNDS
All Financial Aid refund checks will be mailed to the student's current address on file in the Admission's Office unless the student has elected for direct deposit.
FINANCIAL AID STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW FROM ALL CLASSES
Students who have received financial aid that withdraw from A&M-Texarkana on or before the 60% point in the semester must repay a portion of his/her financial aid as specified by the Federal formula. The student is only eligible to maintain the amount of financial aid he/she has earned at the time attendance ceases. The student will be required to repay both the Federal programs and A&M-Texarkana for institutional charges. A&M-Texarkana will use the Federal formula in determining the amount the student must repay. All financial aid students must contact the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from classes in order to understand the adverse effects of his/her withdrawal.
Financial Aid Students Who Drop Classes
Financial Aid Students and Non-Attendance
Students should apply for the teacher preparation program the first semester of their junior year while taking ED 321. Students will participate in program orientation and receive program admission advising in ED 321. Student must complete an application for admission and meet other requirements no later than Oct. 1/Mar. 1.
1. Application for admission is found at https://tamut.tk20.com and includes the following:
· Certification seeking
· Teacher Preparation Orientation Quiz
· Disposition Survey
· Code of Ethics Reflection Statement
· Cumulative GPA of 2.70
· 12 content hours in area seeking certification:
Grades 4-8 or 8-12 certification must have 12 sh from content area (no grade below “C”)
Grades EC-6 must have 12 sh from the list below (no grade below “C”)
· 3 sh from Eng prefix (not Engl 1301 or Engl 1302)
· 3 sh from Math prefix
· 3 sh from Govt or Hist prefix
· 3 sh from Bio, Phys, or Chem prefix
2. Other components student is responsible for submitting by Oct. 1/Mar. 1:
· Writing Sample – to be completed in ED 321
· 2 Oral Language References from face-to-face instructors from ED 321, ED 311, SPED 410 or RDG 350. Students should formally request reference from instructor via ACE email.
· Demonstration of College Skills: Passing scores for education students are as follows:
Reading: 240 Reading Comprehension: 84
Math: 230 Elementary Algebra: 63
Writing: 220 Sentence Skills: 80
Essay: 5 Essay: 5
Please contact the Testing Center to schedule exam dates and times. A&M-Texarkana is a test site for the THEA Quick Test (QT) and Accuplacer. Please see the Test section in this schedule for test dates and times.
3. The above requirements will be cleared by teacher certification office. Upon clearance, the student will be contacted to arrange an interview with certification advisor. Student must be cleared by teacher certification office and meet with certification advisor prior to full admission. Students will not be approved for further education coursework unless admitted into teacher preparation program.
For more information regarding the Teacher Preparation Program please contact Debbie Hopkins at 903-223-3044 or Debbie.Hopkins@tamut.edu.
A&M-Texarkana produces an annual Campus Crime Report that can be viewed on our web site at Campus Safety. The Campus Crime Report provides information on campus security, crime prevention practices, reporting crimes, drug and alcohol information, sexual assaults, and crime statistics showing the amount of crime occurring on campus over the last three-year period. A paper copy of the Campus Crime Report can be obtained by calling the University Police Dept. at (903) 223-3114.
SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires
institutions of higher education to advise the campus community where law
enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex
offenders may be obtained.
COMPUTER LAB ACCESS
Access to computers is available during all university operating
hours with a lab assistant available in the open lab during posted hours. A
computer account is required to utilize computers both in classes and in the
open lab. Computer accounts at A&M-Texarkana are available to all
enrolled students for use in university classes and are generated automatically
for current students. This account will be valid as long as the student
continues to enroll in classes.
1. Password/account information must not be shared with others.
2. Only current A&M-Texarkana students and authorized personnel are permitted in the computer labs.
3. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or placed on vibrate. No phone calls can be taken in the computer lab. Students must leave the lab if necessary to make or answer a call.
4. Students must be considerate of others and keep the computer labs quiet.
5. No food, beverages, or tobacco may be consumed in the computer labs.
6. Contact Technology and Distance Education, ext 3083 for information or to report problems in the computer labs.
The University offers a brand new residence hall in Bringle Lake Village. Rooms are equipped with cable TV and Internet connections, as well as a combination refrigerator/freezer with a microwave unit along with an LCD TV. Bringle Lake Village offers FREE laundry facilities and hall desk to assist students. Hall staff is available to provide students with the assistance they need to succeed socially and academically.
Housing applications are available from the Office of Residence Life or the Office of Admissions. Applications are also available on the Residence life website. A $100 deposit must be submitted with all applications. Applications are processed in order of the date they are received. Contact the Office of Residence Life or visit the website at http://tamut.edu/Student-Life/Bringle%20Lake%20Village/apply.html for more information related to residence halls or the application process.
On-Campus Housing Requirement
A&M-Texarkana is committed to the success of each student. Due to the fact that the University believes that living on campus plays a significant role in the success of students, the University requires all students to live in University housing, unless the students:
1. Has reached the age of 21 prior to the first day of class each fall or spring semester, or
2. Has accumulated 60 or more credit hours by the first day of class each fall or spring semester, or
3. Is enrolled in fewer than nine credit hours for the fall or spring semester.
Students may file for an exemption to this requirement for the following reasons:
· Living with parents (no more than 30 miles from campus).
· Married or have a dependent child.
It is recommended that students not arrange to live off campus until their request for exemption has been approved through the Office of Residence Life. Exemptions are granted for one academic year and must be renewed if still applicable. Contact the Office of Residence Life (903)223-1355 or housing @tamut.edu) or visit the website for more information related to the housing requirement.
Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
The 82nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, revised existing statutory requirements for higher education students related to vaccination against bacterial meningitis. The revision now requires all entering students to show evidence of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to, the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution. An entering student includes a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education and includes a transfer student, or a student who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester. For more information, please see http://tamut.edu/Admissions/What%20You%20Need%20to%20Know/Bacterial%20Meningitis.html.
Meal Plan Requirement and Options
The University offers various meal plans specifically designed to meet the needs of students. All plans offer meals in the University Center. The University requires all students residing on campus to purchase the 11, 13 or 17 meals per week option. Contact the Office of Residence Life or visit the website at http://tamut.edu/Student-Life/Bringle%20Lake%20Village/requirements.html for more information about the meal-plan requirement.
7 meals per week which includes $70 to use at the grill= $960.00
11 meals per week plan which includes $100 to use at the Grill =$ 1,425.00
13 meals per week plan which includes $100 to use at the Grill =$ 1,490.00
17 meals per week plan which includes $50 to use at the Grill =$ 1,600.00
The meals themselves will be served in the university center on the first floor.
Breakfast (7:30 am – 9:30 am)
Lunch (11:00 am to 1:30 pm)
Dinner (5:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
Brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday (11 am – 2pm).
The Grill will be available weekdays from 10 am – 7:30 pm and weekends from 11am to 6 pm.
If you are interested in a meal plan or housing, please contact Nichole Couch at email@example.com or 903-223-1355.