Subject: protest to Motion to Change the Undergraduate Degree Requirements with link to legislation
Date: November 27, 2006 2:43:21 PM CST
I protest very strongly for the following reasons
1) I object to centralized control of the curriculum. I think curriculum should be the sole responsibility of the faculty in each department.
2) I have had a major role in the accreditation process in our department, which we will continue to do. It an extremely expensive undertaking, and I think the resources can be better applied. Having to do it twice will diminish quality of our program.
3) I think the idea of the core classes is really bad. Quality comes from relevance, accountability and choice.
Jonathan W. Valvano
Department of Electrical Engineering, C0803
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712
Research Lab ENS619, phone 512-471-7323 web site: www.ece.utexas.edu/~valvano