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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
IN THE MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


Dean George Gau of the McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Bachelor of Business Administration in the School of Business chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college approved the changes on October 4, 2007, and the dean approved the proposed change on October 5, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 7, 2007, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

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 an 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 20, 2007.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 12, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
IN THE MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1) The text is being changed to make reference directly to the proposed Undergraduate Studies chapter of the catalog as the source for information regarding the University Core Curriculum required of all UT students. This chapter will contain the acceptable University proscribed courses for the University’s basic education requirements, the First-Year Signature Course and the Skills and Experiences Flag courses. In the few instances that McCombs requires specific courses (mathematics and economics) from a Core area, reference is made to the particular Core area that is fulfilled by completing the courses.
2) The addition of an upper-division statistics course to the undergraduate program requirements.


Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Pages 50-51

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
1) These changes are being made to bring the McCombs School into alignment with the changes to the University Core Curriculum that result from the implementation of the recommendations of the University Educational Policy Committee.
2) In September 2006 Dean George Gau charged the Undergraduate Programs Committee with the task of reviewing the undergraduate program in its entirety and to make recommendations to increase the rigor of the program and also to address the development of non academic skills including ethics, leadership, and communication; the goal being to improve the undergraduate program and to produce graduates with the tools necessary to become effective and competent leaders in the world.
As part of the process the committee designed a faculty survey and the student representative created a student survey to solicit input from those two groups. The surveys were run in January 2007. The results of both surveys as well as anecdotal evidence gathered in departmental meetings and at the Dean’s luncheon indicated the need for more quantitative/statistical background in the program. Additionally, there is serious demand from consulting companies and financial institutions for better skills in this area.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
No.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A
Person Communicated With: N/A
Date of communication: N/A

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
Yes, the addition of the First-Year Signature Course will increase the hours on the BBA degrees in Engineering Route to Business and International Business to 124 and 123, respectively, because those majors have no elective coursework. The other BBA majors will lose 3 hours of elective with no change in total hours.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.
Yes, the changes will expand the acceptable science fields for BBA students to include Physical Science 303 and 304 and decrease the acceptable fields for the Fine Arts/ Humanities to just the Fine Arts as prescribed by the University-wide Core curriculum.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: September 10, 2007
College: yes Date: October 4, 2007
Dean: yes Date: October 5, 2007