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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II degree. The faculty of the college approved the change to the writing component on July 10, 2009, and the dean approved the changes on October 12, 2009. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the change to the special requirements section on August 14, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive interest to only one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 4, 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 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 noon on November 20, 2009.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on November 10, 2009.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Arts, Plan II

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Add wording explaining criteria for academic dismissal from the Plan II Honors Program.
Writing
area: We are adopting the description of the writing flag requirement as listed in Chapter II of the undergraduate catalog, and removing the “or substantial writing component” language.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
pages 330-332

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The current language in the “Special Requirements” section of the Plan II Honors Degree section is vague and needs to be clarified. The proposed new language provides more specific guidelines for both students and program administrators to follow. The minimum grade point average requirements explained in the new language provide students with a clearer idea of the academic expectations of the program. It also gives administrators more support in upholding the academic integrity of the program, while allowing for flexibility in exceptional situations.
We are adopting the writing flag requirement, with the competencies listed by Undergraduate Studies for this “skills” requirement, into the prescribed work required of all L.A. undergraduate degrees and for the Bachelor of Arts degrees in both COLA and CNS. This will replace the current allowance for “either writing flags or substantial writing component courses” and we will no longer be soliciting substantial writing component courses from our faculty. (Please note that in practice, courses already certified as SWC and taken in previous semesters will be allowed to count, but no future SWC courses would be. Both of our colleges are no longer approving substantial writing component courses.

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

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. No.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: July 1, 2009
College Approval Date for Writing: July 10, 2009
Dean Approval Date for Writing: July 10, 2009
College Approval Date for Special Requirements: August 14, 2009
Dean Approval Date for Special Requirements: August 14, 2009

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