Faculty Handbook: Academic Responsibilities of Faculty
Faculty members typically have shared responsibility for advising undergraduate and graduate students at all levels of study including the preparation of honors and graduate theses. Assignments differ among programs and levels of study, but the number and kinds of advising duties assigned to faculty members and staff are reflected in their workload assignments, and their accomplishments and those of their students reflected in their merit evaluations. Training and developmental opportunities are made available to faculty and staff assigned to advising duties. Awards for outstanding advising are made each year commensurate with those for teaching, research and other service assignments. The institution has established a continuing process for the monitoring and identification of issues related to advising and the design of solutions. Those involved in the everyday practice of advising students have a key role in this process. Two pieces of recent legislation also address faculty and institutional responsibilities toward students, and faculty members should be familiar with these responsibilities.
Consistent with Act 1014 of the Arkansas General Assembly of 2005, qualified degree-seeking freshman must be given the opportunity during their first registration to enter an eight-semester degree completion program or to decline to do so. Such programs exist for the great majority of areas of study at the University of Arkansas and full information is available on line. http://catalogofstudies.uark.edu/
Similarly, consistent with Act 472 of 2007, entering undergraduate students must be informed during registration of the opportunities provided by the Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS). This system specifies course transferability among Arkansas public institution of higher education and its provisions may be viewed on line. http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/academicaffairs/Pages/aa_acts_faqs.aspx
Also, consistent with Act 672 of 2005, the U of A may not require a transfer student who has credit for an equivalent course (as reflected in the ACTS) to repeat that course on this campus.
Beginning in 2010, Arkansas will be implementing Act 182 which establishes additional restrictions on courses that may be required of students transferring into degree programs at the U of A with Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees from Arkansas public institutions. Courses taken in fulfillment of the requirements of these transfer degree programs (except those with grades of D) will generally be transferred.