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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE
BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM IN
THE RED MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008



Dean George Gau of the Red McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Business Foundations Program in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school approved the proposed changes on April 29, 2005. The dean approved the proposed changes on May 4, 2005, and submitted the changes to the secretary on May 6, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on October 13, 2005, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on October 13, 2005. The committee returned the legislation to the college on October 17, 2005, and the changes with revision were resubmitted to the committee on October 25, 2005. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on November 2, 2005, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on November 11, 2005.

<signed>

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 3, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE
BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM IN
THE RED MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF

THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


On pages 47-48, under the heading ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, in the Red McCombs School of Business chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following change:


BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

The Business Foundations Program (BFP) is designed to provide a foundation in business concepts and practice for students in other majors. Any non-business students with a University grade point average of at least a 2.00 may take any BFP courses for which he or she meets the prerequisites. No admission process is required.

Nonbusiness students who wish to build a business course concentration may request certification in the BFP. Students who complete the following certification requirements in either the general track or the global trackand submit a request to the BFP director receive a certificate and a letter verifying completion of the program.

BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

General Track

The certification requirements are

1. The following prerequisite courses:
a. Economics 304K or 304L or the equivalent.
b. Mathematics 303D or 305G or the equivalent.

2. The following courses, completed in residence:
a. Accounting 310F[,]; or both Accounting 311 and 312.
b. Management Information Systems 311F[,]; or [Management Information Systems 310 and] Statistics 309 and either Management Information Systems 301 or 310.
[c. Finance 320F.]
[d. Legal Environment of Business 320F.]
[e. Management 320F.]
[f. Marketing 320F.]

3. Finance 320F.

4. Three of the following four courses: International Business 320F, Legal Environment of Business 320F, Management 320F, Marketing 320F.

5. Two of the four courses taken to fulfill requirements 3 and 4 above, with the exception of Legal Environment of Business 320F, may be taken in an approved study abroad program. A list of approved programs is available in the business Undergraduate Programs Office.

[3.]6. The student must complete the [eight courses listed in requirements 1 and 2] courses used to fulfill requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on the letter-grade basis. He or she must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in these [eight] courses.

[4.]7. The student must complete at least two long-session semesters in residence.

Global Track

The certification requirements are

1. The following prerequisite courses:
a. Economics 304K or 304L or the equivalent.
b. Mathematics 303D or 305G or the equivalent.

2. Proficiency in a modern foreign language, demonstrated by earning: nine semester hours of credit beyond course 507 or the equivalent in the language. Three of these hours must be in an upper-division course in


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grammar and composition.

3. Completion of at least one semester in an approved study abroad program. A list of approved programs is available in the business Undergraduate Programs Office.

4. The following courses, completed in residence:
a. Accounting 310F; or both Accounting 311 and 312.
b. Management Information Systems 311F; or Statistics 309 and either Management Information Systems 301 or 310.

5. International Business 320F. This course must be completed in an approved study abroad program. A list of approved programs is available in the business Undergraduate Programs Office.

6. Finance 320F.

7. Two of the following three courses: Legal Environment of Business 320F, Management 320F, Marketing 320F.

8. Two of the three courses taken to fulfill requirements 6 and 7 above, with the exception of Legal Environment of Business 320F, may be taken in an approved study abroad program, A list of approved programs is available in the business Undergraduate Programs Office.

9. The student must complete the courses listed in requirements 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 on the letter-grade basis. He or she must earn a grade point average of at least 2.00 in these courses.

10. The student must complete at least two long-session semesters in residence.


RATIONALE:

Including an international track will allow language majors and other non-business students with a strong language background to tailor this program to their abilities and career goals. Since many language majors undertake study abroad in their junior/senior years and we recognize the value of international experience, the policy allowing nine hours of the required BFP courses to be taken in affiliated programs as specified was set so that students know in advance that their hours will fulfill their requirements.

We recognize that many students without a strong language background can benefit from a background in international business and that they may also participate in study abroad programs. With that in mind we are adding the IB 320F to the general track as an optional course. Initially this course will only be taught abroad; however, eventually we hope to have the resources to teach the course in residence so that it will be even more widely available to non-business students. Since this is not specifically an international track only two of the required upper-division courses may be taken abroad.

MIS 310 is no longer taught at UT, it has been replaced by MIS 301; however, students can still transfer MIS 310; either course can be used for the BFP in combination with the STA 309.