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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN URBAN STUDIES AND IN THE URBAN STUDIES HONORS PROGRAM 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 degree with a major in Urban Studies and in the Urban Studies Honors Program 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 BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN URBAN STUDIES AND IN THE URBAN STUDIES HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
1. Bachelor of Arts with a major in Urban Studies
2. Urban Studies Honors Program

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. The Urban Studies degree will now permit either Mathematics 316 (M 316) or Statistics and Scientific Computation 305 (SSC 305) to satisfy the required semester of statistics. The grade cut-offs for satisfactory completion of statistics and calculus will be set at C- instead of C.
2. The Urban Studies Honors program will no longer require a defense of the honors thesis, and the two-semester honors thesis course (URB 679H) will now be allowed as a substitute for the one-semester senior project course (URB 370) required of all majors. The grade cut-off for satisfactory completion of the honors thesis (URB 679H) will be lowered from A to A-. In addition, we have removed the grade requirement (A in each course) for core courses URB 360 and 370 from the honors program.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. pages 329-330 and 313

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. The new requirements reflect the new plus-minus grading system and attempt to replicate the same stringency that was built into the previous requirements. Adding SSC 305 Statistics in Policy Design as an option to satisfy the required semester of statistics gives URB majors an alternative to the standard statistics course offered through the math department. The two courses are considered equivalent.
2. The current requirements for graduation with honors are overly stringent and relaxing them will encourage students to try to graduate with honors, thereby increasing student motivation to excel in the program. In addition, allowing honors students to substitute the two-semester honors tutorial course, which requires research and creation of an honors project culminating in an honors thesis, for the URB 370 Senior Project eliminates a redundant requirement; the senior project is essentially a non-honors research and thesis requirement.


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.
1. Yes. The change was made so that our undergraduate seminar class would conform to the core curriculum requirement that each U.S. History must have a specific course number. The School of Undergraduate Studies has mandated these changes.
2. No.


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Departmental Approval Date: April 3, 2009
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.