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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS SECTION FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Roderick Hart of the College of Communication has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the Special Requirements Section for the Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies in the College of Communication Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the change on April 1, 2010, and the dean approved the changes on March 30, 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as exclusive interest to one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 6, 2010, 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 for 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 April 12, 2010.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on April 7, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS SECTION FOR THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
IN THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Communication Studies

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
There is no change to the degree program. The college is requesting to make an editorial change to the Communication Studies Special Requirements section of the catalog to correct an omission. The text should state that CMS course work taken in summer sessions may be exempt from the rule limiting non-majors to nine hours of CMS course work.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
page 90

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The University is trying to encourage enrollment in summer courses, and the College of Communication has been active in that initiative. However, the Department of Communication Studies is hampered in this effort by its nine-hour limit for non-majors, which is in place in order to prevent students from accruing large numbers of semester credit hours in CMS coursework without actually becoming a major. We need to keep the nine-hour policy (which is essential for our management of the internal transfer process), but we would be willing to exempt CMS courses taken in the summer, as an incentive to attract non-majors to our summer offerings. We would simply not count summer courses against the nine-hour rule. This should make the CMS summer courses more attractive to students who are contemplating internal transfer into CMS, without removing the general control afforded us by the nine-hour limit in the first place. Our analysis of the scenario does not suggest any significant downside to this action. We had intended for this provision to be included in the new catalog, but it was inadvertently omitted.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?No.
If yes, have the other colleges/schools been informed of the proposed changes? If so, please indicate their responses: N/A

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)? If yes, please explain: No.
If yes, has the School of Undergraduate Studies been informed of the proposed changes? If so, please indicate their response: N/A

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


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: 3/29/10 (Brummett-department chair)
College Approval Date: 4/1/10 (Department chairs in the college)
Dean Approval Date: 3/30/10 (Hart)

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