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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EARNING LIBERAL ARTS HONORS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
PLAN I MAJOR 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 in requirements for earning liberal arts honors for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a Plan I Major in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on August 14, 2009. 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 November 23, 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 January 12, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on January 6, 2010.


CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EARNING LIBERAL ARTS HONORS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A
PLAN I MAJOR IN THE
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Liberal Arts Honors Program

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
For the Liberal Arts Honors Plan I Freshman Program, we now specify the two classes that we require students to take during the first year: LAH 102H The Idea of the Liberal Arts and an honors lower-division writing component. Also, the description now clarifies how admissions applications are evaluated, stating that the student’s commitment to studying the liberal arts is considered.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 305

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
The changes for the 2010-12 catalog make our freshman admissions process more transparent and clarify our expectations of incoming first year students. In terms of the admissions process, we now include “commitment to the liberal arts” as one of the criteria when evaluating admission applications for the LAH Freshman Program. When reviewing applications, priority is given to students dedicated to receiving a liberal arts education. Adding this statement into the catalog makes our admissions process more transparent to prospective students.

The description of the Liberal Arts Honors, Plan I, First Year Program now mentions specifically that we expect students to take our LAH 102H The Idea of the Liberal Arts and one LAH lower-division writing component as part of our program. Historically, first year LAH students have always taken LAH 102H. This course, taken only on a credit/no credit basis, gives students an overview of the liberal arts through lectures from various faculty members and strengthens writing skills through weekly essay assignments. The first year LAH students are matched with writing tutors - carefully selected upper-class LAH students - who provide feedback on writing technique and style. The second required course is a designated honors lower-division writing component, which first year students have been encouraged to take for the past several years. We are formalizing these requirements in the catalog to clarify our program expectations and to affirm our program’s mission of developing strong writing skills.

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:
Departmental Approval Date: October 2008
College Approval Date: August 14, 2009
Dean Approval Date: August 14, 2009

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