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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I AND THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II DEGREES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER AND THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES 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 following changes to the foreign language instruction for the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I in the College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012 and the Bachelor of Art, Plan II in the College of Liberal Arts chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on October 7, 2009. The College of Natural Sciences Course and Curriculum Committee approved the changes on October 5, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as emergency major legislation.

The majority of the members of the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on October 7, 2009, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The legislation will be presented to Faculty Council at its meeting on October 26, 2009, and will then be forwarded to the General Faculty for approval on a no protest basis. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on October 8, 2009.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION IN THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I AND THE BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN II DEGREES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER AND THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

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

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Foreign language requirement:
  • changing from “four semesters in a single foreign language” to “1) language courses 601C and 611C; 2) language courses 601C, 312K, and 312L; or 3) demonstrated equivalent proficiency;”
  • adding a “departmentally approved placement exam” requirement for all students who have taken a foreign language in high school or have any other knowledge in a foreign language
Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 316-317, 331, and 497

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The college is implementing a model of foreign language instruction that replaces the two-year series of four courses, usually completed in 16 to 18 hours, with a two-year 12-hour model consisting of: 1) First-year 601C, a one-semester-long first-year course, and 2) a second year, consisting either of a 611C, a one-semester-long second-year course, or two second-year one-semester-long courses. Students with any knowledge of a foreign language, however attained, will now be required to take a departmentally approved placement exam to determine which course the student may enroll in.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes, we share the Bachelor of Arts degree with the College of Natural Sciences, and their B.A. majors will be affected. In addition, several undergraduate colleges have varying levels of foreign language required for designated degrees and majors.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response.
Person communicated with: Associate Dean David Laude
Date of Communication: September 25, 2009
The College Course and Curriculum Committee in the College of Natural Sciences approved the change on October 5, 2009.

All undergraduate colleges have been informed that there will be a change in our foreign language instruction. Associate Dean Richard Flores is sending a final communication to undergraduate deans about the specific changes now that they have been vetted by the College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural Sciences faculty.

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:
College Approval Date: October 7, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 7, 2009

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