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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED ADDITION OF THE INNOVATION, CREATIVITY, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP BRIDGING DISCIPLINES CERTIFICATE AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPT

Dean Paul Woodruff of the School of Undergraduate Studies has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposed addition of the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Bridging Disciplines Program certificate and the request to recognize it on the University transcript. The dean of the college approved the changes on October 9, 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 with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 ADDITION OF THE INNOVATION, CREATIVITY, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP BRIDGING DISCIPLINES CERTIFICATE AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPT

If the administrative unit requesting to recognize the certificate on the University transcript, please see the Minimum Criteria for Certificate Recognition on the Transcript section. The criteria in that section must be incorporated into the catalog language and included in the proposal.

1. Type of Proposal: new program

2. Official Certificate Name: Undergraduate Certificate: Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Bridging Disciplines Program

3 Proposed Implementation date: Fall 2010

4. Administrative Unit Awarding the Certificate: Bridging Disciplines Programs, School of Undergraduate Studies

5. Statement of Objective (Include pages in undergraduate catalog where changes will be made).
The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) teaches students about the entrepreneurial process and the history of innovation in the United States and around the world. Through an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from business, communication, engineering, fine arts, liberal arts, and natural sciences, students will learn how ideas, inventions, talents, and skills are developed and transformed into commercial and social ventures. At the same time, the program asks students to learn about creativity and the creative process within their own disciplines or fields. With its focus on creativity in all fields, from the sciences to classical music to chemical engineering, this BDP can complement a wide range of majors, teaching students about the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to turn ideas and talents into ventures, and providing them with social and historical perspectives on innovation and its impact on economies, cultures, and societies.

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship faculty panel works with students to tailor their course work to fit their interests and to identify research and internship opportunities.

BDP certificates combine courses that fulfill core requirements, electives, and a limited number of courses counting toward students’ majors with unique research and internships. With planning, the BDP should not add time to students’ UT careers. Rather, the BDP certificates are designed to help students choose the courses they already have to take in an integrated way, giving them the opportunity to develop a secondary area of specialization.

Our goal is to have the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship BDP approved for recognition on students’ official transcripts. We would like to begin recognizing the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship BDP on transcripts for students who graduate in fall 2010. The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship BDP certificate has been approved by the BDP Steering Committee, the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee, and the associate dean and dean of undergraduate studies.

This change affects pages 21-22 of the 2008-10 Undergraduate Catalog.

6. Number of students expected to receive the certificate each semester:Approximately five to fifteen, once the program has been operating for several years.

7. Number of hours required for completion (Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours): A minimum of 19 credit hours is required for completion of the certificate.

8. List faculty who are on the certificate program faculty committee. (For inclusion on transcripts, the faculty committee must have a minimum of five members and at least 2/3 of the committee must be tenured or tenure-track.) Note with an asterisk those faculty who are tenured or tenure track. Please also note the program chair, who will be responsible for authorizing the students’ certificates. Specify changes to the committee membership by noting those no longer on the committee and those added to the committee.
Name of Faculty Member College/Department Title at UT Austin Highest Degree and Awarding Institution
*William Cunningham (committee chair) Business/Marketing Professor Ph.D., Michigan State University
Michael Brandl Business/Finance Senior Lecturer Ph.D., University of Houston
*John Butler Business/Management and Liberal Arts/Sociology Professor Ph.D., Northwestern University
*Melissa Graebner Business/Management Assistant Professor Ph.D., Stanford University
Peter Hall Fine Arts/Art and Art History Senior Lecturer B.A., Hull University
*Bob Inman Public Affairs Interim Dean/Professor B.A., University of Texas at Austin
*Art Markman Liberal Arts/Psychology Professor Ph.D., University of Illinois
*Steve Nichols Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Professor Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
*Bob Peterson Business/Marketing Associate Vice President for Research/Professor Ph.D., University of Minnesota
*Glenn Richter Fine Arts/Music Professor M.M., University of Texas at Austin
Jeanette Herman (ex officio) Undergraduate Studies Assistant Dean Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin


9. Academic course requirements:
Course Abbreviation and Number
Course Title
SCH
BDP 101 Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
1
MAN 337 or MAN 3XX Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Foundations of Entrepreneurship
3
Various 3 credit hours additional foundation course (see number 10 below for details)
3
Various 3 credit hours connecting research and internship experiences (see number 10 below for details)
3
Various 9 credit hours additional courses in a strand (see number 10 below for details)
9


10. Other certificate requirements:
All students are required to complete the following requirements:
1. At least nineteen credit hours of course work, to be distributed as follows:
a. Foundation Courses: Seven credit hours of foundation courses that introduce key concepts and methodologies related to the interdisciplinary study of Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Students take one course in each of the following categories:
i. Forum Seminar (one credit): BDP 101: Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship; or another course approved by the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship faculty committee.
ii. Entrepreneurship Foundation Course (three credits): MAN 3XX (course under development): Foundations of Entrepreneurship; MAN 337: Entrepreneurship and Innovation; or another course approved by the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship faculty committee.
iii. Other Foundation Course (three credits):
1. Students in majors other than Business take one of the following: BDP 301: Principles of Business; MAN 320F: Foundations of Management; MKT 320F: Foundations of Marketing; or another course approved by the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship faculty committee.
2. Students in a Business major take one of the following: ADV 316: Creativity and American Culture; COM 309: Communication Technology and Society; UGS 302: Art in Engineering; UGS 303: Creative Problem Solving; UGS 303: Energy, Environment & Society; or another course approved by the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship faculty committee.
b. Connecting Experiences: Three credit hours of undergraduate research and internships that connect students’ Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship BDP to their major field. Connecting Experiences are designed to be individualized based on the student’s interests and goals, and a variety of course numbers offered through the BDPs (BDP 310, 311, 320, 321) and in departments across the University may be used. All students must write a 3-5 page essay reflecting on the experience, in addition to the academic requirements specified by the faculty member supervising the student and assigning a grade.
c. Courses in a Strand: Nine credit hours of approved courses in a strand that allow students to focus their remaining BDP course work. Students should choose their strand coursework in consultation with their BDP advisor. One strand course must focus on Creativity in the student’s discipline or area of focus, and the remaining two courses should focus more broadly on Innovation and Entrepreneurship across disciplines. Only one strand course may be taken from the student’s major department; at least one strand course must come from a department outside the student’s college or school. The faculty committee for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship approves new courses that may count toward the certificate each semester, and the committee may also approve student petitions to count unlisted courses on a case-by-case basis.

2. A 3-4 page integration essay in which students reflect on what they have learned and accomplished through their BDP experience. These essays will be reviewed by members of the BDP faculty panel.
3. Students must earn a grade of C or above in each of the courses taken to fulfill BDP requirements. All but one of the courses taken to fulfill BDP requirements must be taken on the letter-grade basis.
4. At least half of the required course work in the BDP certificate must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.
5. Completion of the requirements of a major.


11. Give a detailed rationale for change(s):
The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship certificate is a new addition to the Bridging Disciplines Programs, and it will begin accepting applications from students in spring 2010. Each of the existing nine BDPs has received approval to be recognized on student transcripts beginning in Fall 2010, and we would like to have the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship certificate also recognized.

The Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship certificate was developed in response to students expressing the need for a certificate focusing on entrepreneurship, as well as the understanding of faculty interested in such a program that it should reflect and engage creativity across disciplines. The goal for this program is to help students across the university to understand entrepreneurial process and the history of innovation in various fields, while allowing them to ground their certificate with an exploration of creativity within their own field or discipline. We expect this certificate to be particularly valuable for students outside of the Business School who might be interested in connecting their own interests and skills with commercial ventures.

College/School Approval Process:
Approver: Lawrence D. Abraham on October 9, 2009
Title: Associate Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

Approver: Paul B. Woodruff on October 9, 2009
Title: Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

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