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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REQUEST TO RECOGNIZE THE BRIDGING DISCPLINES PROGRAM ON THE OFFICIAL UNIVERISTY TRANSCRIPT


Dean Paul Woodruff of the School of Undergraduate Studies has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the request to recognize the Bridging Disciplines Program on the official university transcript. The change will appear in the in the School of Undergraduate Studies chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The dean approved the change on December 16, 2008. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to the university.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review approved the request on a no protest basis on February 17, 2009, 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 March 4, 2009.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 18, 2009. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.


REQUEST TO RECOGNIZE THE BRIDGING DISCPLINES PROGRAM ON THE OFFICIAL UNIVERISTY TRANSCRIPT


UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG TEXT
Pages 21-22.

BRIDGING DISCIPLINES PROGRAMS

The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) support students in becoming versatile thinkers with the skills to collaborate across disciplines and cultures. The BDPs are designed to complement a student's departmental major with an interdisciplinary specialization in one of the following areas:Each BDP is overseen by an interdisciplinary faculty panel that sets policy, approves courses, and selects students. Within each broad area, students choose a specific strand of specialized courses, which are drawn from disciplines across the University. Students are encouraged to use the BDP theme to select and integrate degree requirements; to this end, courses taken to fulfill core curriculum requirements, courses fulfilling major requirements, and electives may also count toward a BDP. Participation in undergraduate research and internships is also central to the design of the BDPs.

All degree-seeking undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin are eligible to apply [to] for the BDPs. With careful planning, a BDP can complement most degree plans. However, because the BDPs build on area requirements and electives, students are encouraged to start early in their University careers. For more information, see http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/bdp/.

Students who complete the requirements for the BDP receive a certificate upon graduation and will have the certificate recognized in their official transcript from the University. The BDP certificate must be completed in conjunction with or within one year of completion of an undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin; students pursuing an integrated undergraduate/graduate program must complete the requirements for the BDP certificate within one year after completing the undergraduate requirements of their program. A maximum of nine credit hours counting toward the BDP certificate may be taken after completion of the undergraduate degree. Students must fulfill the following requirements:

1. At least nineteen credit hours of coursework. The distribution of these courses varies by BDP specialization, [but all students must complete the following:] and students should consult the BDP office for the requirements of each program. For all BDP specializations, the coursework requirements consist of:
a. Foundation Courses: One to ten hours of foundation courses that introduce key concepts and methodologies related to the interdisciplinary concentration.
b. Connecting Experiences: Three to nine hours of undergraduate research, internships, and/or independent creative project courses that connect students’ interdisciplinary concentration to [the student’s major] their major field. For more information about Connecting Experiences, visit the BDP office or go to http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/bdp/.
c. Courses in a Strand: Six to twelve hours of courses in a strand [within the concentration.] which allow students to focus their remaining BDP course work. [The courses in each strand are listed on the BDP Web site.] Individual course listings for BDP strands are located on the BDP web site at http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/bdp/.
2. A [short] 3-4 page integration essay in which students reflect on what they have learned and accomplished through [the] their BDP experience. [Essays are] These essays will be reviewed by members of the BDP faculty panel. For additional guidelines, consult a BDP advisor.
[3. The requirements of a major.]
[4.] 3. [A grade of at least C in each course counted toward BDP requirements.] Students must earn a grade of C [keep as is] or above in each of the courses taken to fulfill BDP requirements. All but one of the courses [used] taken to fulfill BDP requirements must be taken on the letter-grade basis.
4. At least half of the required course work in the BDP certificate must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.
5. Completion of the requirements of a major.