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Subject: Change of Degree Requirements
Date: December 8, 2006 4:19:09 PM CST

This is to protest the Motion to Change the Degree Requirements for All Undergraduate Students at UT Austin.

The Commission of 125 noted the following:

The success of UT graduates throughout the disciplines indicates that they have received a generally sound education, and on its face, UT's curriculum would seem to be doing a good job of keeping up with the times... But the Commission believes that while the current system offers students myriad courses of study, it fails to equip undergraduates with a core body of knowledge essential to a well-balanced education. For too many degree plans, the current curriculum resembles little more than a vast a la carte menu.

In the first sentence the Commission seems to say that we are doing a good job. So for want of something better to do, we should Change the Degree Requirements for All Undergraduate Students. After reviewing the new degree requirements, it seems to me that this proposal burdens our students with twelve extra required hours from "a vast a la carte menu" without any "thematic strands" except a potpourri of pet topics arrived at by who knows what procedure. Furthermore, it does not equip our undergraduates with "a core body of knowledge essential to a well balanced education". This proposal only places an extra burden on all students and especially those that have a clear vision of their intellectual pursuits.

I do not believe that it is in the best interest of our students to pass this legislation.

P. R. Antoniewicz
Professor of Physics

P.R. Antoniewicz, Professor
Department of Physics
The University of Texas at Austin
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Austin, Texas 78712-0264

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