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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITION OF THE ALEKS EXAM REQUIREMENT IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012 AND TO THE
GENERAL INFORMATION CATALOG, 2010-2011


Dean Mary Ann Rankin of the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of the ALEKS exam requirement in the College of Natural Sciences chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012 and in the General Information Catalog, 2010-2011. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on October 16, 2009. The secretary has classified this proposal as general interest to more than one college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on March 31, 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 9, 2010.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on March 31, 2010.


ADDITION OF THE ALEKS EXAM REQUIREMENT IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER IN THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012 AND TO THE
GENERAL INFORMATION CATALOG, 2010-2011


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Prerequisite for statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus courses (impacts all CNS majors)

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
Require the ALEKS exam as a prerequisite for statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus courses.

Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made. page 492, under Academic Policies and Procedures, “Calculus Placement”
Indicate pages in the general information catalog where changes will be made. pages 17 and 88

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
In previous catalogs, students have had to obtain a minimum score on the SAT Math Level I or II test to be placed in a pre-calculus or calculus course offered in the college. Scores on this placement exam have not been found to correlate well with student success in these Mathematics courses. The college has adopted a new assessment exam called ALEKS (an on-line math assessment) that has proven effective at The University of Illinois and other similar peer institutions. ALEKS is significantly less expensive for students, offers a built-in remediation/review package, and has been shown to provide a more reliable measure of students’ math-readiness. All statistics, pre-calculus, and calculus courses will now carry a revised prerequisite statement that references the need to obtain a minimum ALEKS score as opposed to a minimum SAT Math Level I or II score.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes. All students seeking to enroll in a statistics, pre-calculus or calculus course will need to meet the minimum ALEKS cut score. In the past, these students needed to meet the minimum SAT Math Level I or II cut score.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. Yes. Associate Dean David Laude and Assistant Dean Mike Raney have communicated with the associate deans in Liberal Arts, Engineering, Communication and Nursing to inform them of this change. All colleges were supportive of the change. Communication and Nursing questioned whether their students would be prepared to meet the minimum ALEKS cut score for statistics. The minimum ALEKS score for statistics will be set at 30 (as opposed to 70 for calculus). Students will be able to meet this cut score if they have a basic knowledge of algebra, an essential math skill for successful completion of statistics. It is not necessary to be proficient in trigonometry, logarithms, or pre-calculus concepts to obtain a score of 30. Should students need to refresh their algebra skills, they can remediate in ALEKS if necessary.

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: October 9, 2009
College Approval Date: October 16, 2009
Dean Approval Date: October 16, 2009

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