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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM
IN THE MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


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 Red McCombs School of Business chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. The faculty of the college on November 28, 2007, and the dean approved the changes on November 28, 2007. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 9, 2008, 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 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 January 24, 2008.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 10, 2008. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


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CHANGES TO THE BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM
IN THE MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2008-2010


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM
EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1) Change the required math course to a statistics course.
2) Change the required lower-division management information systems class.


Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made. Page 48

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR THE CHANGE(S):
The current required mathematics course is of a more advanced content than the math required for many BFP students. This has proven to be a deterrent for those students to qualify for certification. For instance Liberal Arts requires “three hours of math”. Many students take a math before deciding to pursue the BFP and then have to take an additional math. Other programs such as engineering, psychology and sociology have a required statistics course, which currently cannot be used toward BFP.
By requiring a statistics class instead of the math, the MIS class can be redesigned to be a true MIS class with an emphasis on technology strategy and data management. The new class will be more beneficial to the students and there will be a greater availability of good instructors since the MIS class will be a single discipline.
SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
Yes. There will be some impact as students who do not otherwise need a statistics class for their degree will seek a class to fulfill that requirement. However, as stated earlier many majors already require a statistics class so the impact will be mitigated. Also, the new Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation will be bringing in line a suite of statistics courses that will fulfill this requirement.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. The three colleges with the greatest student representation are liberal arts, communication, and engineering. There will be no impact on the engineering students, and deans in liberal arts and communication were consulted. The mathematics department and Statistical Computation Center were consulted regarding classroom capacity and flexible course offerings. 
Assistant Dean Kimberly Krieg of liberal arts supports change to the BFP; notes little impact to statistics class enrollments in that many liberal arts students are already required to take statistics in their own degree plans. Those that are not will take the stats class in lieu of the previously required math class. October 26, 2007.
Dr. Ray Heitmann of the mathematics department is in support and agrees that statistics is more applicable to the program. As student demand gravitates toward the statistics class, he is agreeable to modify class size and the number of offered sections. October 29, 2007.
Dean Richard Mattingly of Education is agreement with the change. The majority of education majors that participate in BFP have degree plan flexibility so the change will have little impact.  November 2, 2007.
Dean Mark Bernstein of Communications confirmed that many of their majors are already required to take statistics as a degree requirement. He agreed the change will be an appropriate one to encourage additional students to seek certification. He will discuss with the individual chairmen. November 2, 2007.
Dean Catherine Stacy from the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation supports the change and believes the new center will be able to offer alternative stat courses for all students. October 26, 2007.

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain. No.

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain.Yes, it is possible that some of the courses acceptable for the statistics requirement will fulfill the math portion of the University core.


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COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:

Department: yes Date: November 5, 2007
College: yes Date: November 28, 2007
Dean: yes Date: November 28, 2007

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.