Public Access to Course Information (HB 2504)
Pursuant to HB 2504, The University of Texas at Austin is required to make available to the public on its website certain undergraduate course information.
To implement the legislation related to undergraduate course information, rules were developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The Board’s rules state that for each undergraduate classroom course offered for credit, the following information will be made available to the public:
- A syllabus which must include a brief description of each major course requirement (including each major assignment and examination), learning objectives for the course, a general description of the subject matter of each lecture or discussion, and any required or recommended readings;
- A curriculum vitae for the instructor(s) of record which summarizes their career and qualifications, including at a minimum all institutions of higher education attended with degree(s) earned, all previous teaching positions including the names of the institutions, the position(s) beginning and ending dates, a list of significant professional publications relevant to the academic positions held including full citation data for each entry. The departmental operating budget from the most recent semester or other academic term during which the institution offered the course including detail for the most recent academic year for which data are available, income from all sources, and a summary by functional categories such as salaries and wages, travel, etc.; and
- Instructor end-of-course student evaluations for each undergraduate classroom course.
Course Syllabi and instructor-of-record CVs are due in the departmental office or dean’s office (in non-departmentalized schools/colleges) by that semester’s (Spring, Summer 1 & 2, Fall) first day of classes. They must be uploaded to the Access Syllabi and CVs system no later than seven days after that semester’s first day of classes.
Upload Syllabus to Canvas
We ask you also please upload your syllabi to Canvas, if you use it to support your course. This is where students most frequently look for their course information.
Undergraduate Classroom Courses
The Coordinating Board rules define undergraduate classroom courses to:
- Include any lower – or upper-division credit course offered to five or more students;
- Include on-campus, off-campus, distance education, and dual-credit courses (including those taught on high school campuses);
- Include Maymester, Study Abroad Summer Faculty-led programs
- Exclude courses with highly variable subject content that are tailored specifically to individual students, such as Independent Study and Directed Reading Courses; and
- Exclude laboratory, practicum, or discussion sections that are intrinsic and required parts of larger lecture courses and are directly supervised by the same instructor(s) of record for those large courses.
A list of requirements, recommendations, and discretionary syllabus content can be found on this page.
CVs are to be prepared and submitted for the Instructor(s) of Record for an undergraduate classroom course defined as the primary instructor or co-instructors of a course who are responsible for the course content and the assignment of final grades. This includes tenured and tenure-track faculty, lecturers, adjuncts, and graduate assistants (who are not working under the supervision of an instructor of record). It does not include guest lecturers or others who may be brought in to teach less than fifty percent of the class sessions.
The Coordinating Board intends the CV to contain a summary of the faculty member’s career and qualifications, including at a minimum:
- all institutions of higher education attended with degree(s) earned;
- all previous teaching positions including the names of the institutions, the position(s), beginning and ending dates; and
- a list of significant professional publications relevant to the academic positions held including full citations (in whatever format/style is appropriate for the instructor’s discipline) for significant professional publications such as books, chapters, refereed articles, juried performances, works of art, and other scholarly work the faculty judge relevant to the academic positions they held (note: “citation” refers to the publication source of each entry, not a citation index).
Use the Syllabi and Instructor CV Upload website to submit the required information.Upload here
Public search tool for course syllabi and instructor of record CVs for undergraduate courses offered at UT Austin.Search here
Course syllabi and instructor-of-record CVs due in departmental office or dean’s office
First class day
Summer 2022 — June 2, 2022 (first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes)
Summer 2022 — July 11, 2022 (second-term classes)
Fall 2022 — August 22, 2022
Spring 2023 — January 9, 2023
Summer 2023 — June 1, 2023 (first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes)
Summer 2023 — July 10, 2023 (second-term classes)
Documents uploaded to Access Syllabi and CVs system
Seven days after first class day
Summer 2022 — June 9, 2022 (first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes)
Summer 2022 — July 18, 2022 (second-term classes)
Fall 2022 — August 29, 2022
Spring 2023 — January 16, 2023
Summer 2023 — June 8, 2023 (first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes)
Summer 2023 — July 17, 2023 (second-term classes)