On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee, Professor
Paul Woodruff (philosophy) submitted the following resolution on the
legislative requirement. For additional background information, see the
, which was presented to the Faculty Council on January
26, 2004, by Professor Archie Holmes, co-chair of the Educational Policy
Committee. Also, see the minutes of that meeting (D
The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It will be
presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on May 10,
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council
Posted on the Faculty
Council Web site
on May 4, 2004. Paper copies are available
on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
Resolved that the University request the legislature
to allow universities in Texas to set their own requirements in history
and government, in order to prepare students for good citizenship,
subject to approvals by the Coordinating Board.
Background. The current 12-hour requirement is
for 6 hours of American history and 6 hours of American government,
The rigidity of this requirement delays graduation rates and impedes
efforts at curricular reform.
||The world for which we are preparing students is increasingly
complex. There is so much to learn now that few major universities
outside of Texas have requirements as restrictive as those
now in force here under legislative mandate. Some measure of
deregulation is in the best interests of students. In addition,
more flexible legislative requirements will allow each college
and university to adjust its degree requirements to meet new
educational goals, as they develop, without adversely affecting
||More flexible requirements will lead to better graduation
rates, as students will be able to select from a wider array
of courses that meet their time constraints or satisfy other
special requirements of their degree programs.
|| More flexible requirements will also lead to a higher
degree of portability for satisfying degree requirements. They
will be better able to transfer credit from AP and IB courses
taken at high school, and from courses taken at other colleges
or universities inside or outside Texas. This too, will lead
to faster graduation rates.