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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER IN THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Dean Alexa Stuifbergen of the School of Nursing has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the School of Nursing chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. The faculty of the college approved the change on October 17, 2008, and the dean of the college approved the request on July 30, 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 October 28, 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 November 9, 2009.



Greninger Signature

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


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on October 29, 2009.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER IN THE
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S): Bachelor of Science in Nursing

EXPLAIN CHANGE(S) TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
1. The text has been changed to reference Chapter 2 for the core curriculum, and courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing that meet core requirements are identified.
2. Flag requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing have been added, and required courses within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program that have permanent flags are identified.
3. N 309 Global Health has been added as a required preprofessional course. The three credits for this course are coming from the three credit hours saved by having the required statistics courses meet the core math requirement (this change was approved last year but not yet implemented).
4. Deleted EDP 371 and Psychology 317 as options to meet the introductory statistics requirement.
5. For admission into the professional sequence of nursing (p. 583), students must have a grade of at least C- in each prerequisite course.
6. For the standards of nursing performance section (p. 585), the rule that students must earn a grade of at least C in each nursing course will remain as is.


Indicate pages in the undergraduate catalog where changes will be made.
pages 583, 585, and 590

GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):
1. Implements the approved core curriculum requirements of The University of Texas at Austin.
2. Flag requirements from the University are ready to be implemented and will enhance students’ educational experience.
3. Global Health (N 309) has been added to meet the global cultures flag requirement and to strengthen our students’ background in public health from a global perspective.
4. Since EDP 371 and Psychology 317 are not on the core course list to meet the core requirements for math, they were deleted.
5. This change is consistent with Faculty Council legislation moving to plus and minus grades.
6. Keeping the criteria to at least a C, rather than C- is needed to continue the rigorous standards required in nursing to safe guard the public and ensure competence. The School of Nursing does not plan to use plus and minus grades at this time and what is defined as meeting C criteria is addressed in each course syllabi. The use of plus and minus grades becomes increasingly difficult when student performances are evaluated in clinical settings.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how? Yes, it impacts the College of Education. Nursing students will no longer be taking EDP 371 and Psychology 317. This change has a very small impact on the EDP department. Only 14 prenursing majors were enrolled in EDP 371 during the 2008-09 school year. Psychology 317 is not currently taken by prenursing students at UT; it is occasionally found on the transcripts of transfer students. The vast majority of prenursing students already take the SSC courses (303, 304, 305 or 306) or M316 to meet their statistics requirement.

Has the other college(s)/school(s) been informed of the proposed change? If so, please indicate their response. N/A.
Person Communicated with: Ed Emmer, professor, education psychology
Date of Communication: 7/9/09
Dr. Emmer indicated that this change would not be a problem for the EDP department.

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, this proposal is consistent with the core curriculum and flag requirements.

COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department Approval Date: 10/17/08
College Approval Date: 10/17/08
Dean Approval Date: 7/30/09

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