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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BBA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS IN THE MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Thomas Gilligan of the McCombs School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the McCombs School of Business Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty and the dean of the college approved the changes on September 23, 2011. 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 12, 2011, 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 UT System 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 December 12, 2011.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on December 1, 2011.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BBA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS IN THE MCCOMBS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  BBA Degree Requirements – all majors


IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS YES, THE COLLEGE MUST CONSULT NEAL ARMSTRONG WHO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER SACS-COC APPROVAL IS NEEDED.:
• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM:
  1. Require the cultural diversity flag.

2. Remove requirement 6c three hours of coursework in public speaking generally satisfied by CMS 306 or an equivalent course.

3. Remove requirement 5e that requires “three additional hours” in approved areas.

4. Allow students to seek admission for summer.

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.

 

Pages 49, 54


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  1. We propose introducing this requirement to advance the University’s goals of incorporating flags into all areas of study.

2. Since the requirement was established, changes to degree plans and courses including the introduction and fine-tuning of McCombs’ own required core course, BA 324, Business Communications, have led the Undergraduate Program Committee (UPC) to recommend removing CMS 306M from the list of degree requirements. The consensus among committee members was that while the CMS course offers value, BA 324 is more targeted to the specific presentation and communication needs of business students. Furthermore, as a co- or prerequisite to all upper-division coursework at McCombs, students often take BA 324, before they fit CMS 306M into their schedules, and thus move in reverse from the more specific, upper-division course to the more general, lower-division course. Feedback from students suggests they find a high degree of redundancy. With space in undergraduate plans at a premium, the UPC reasoned that removing the CMS requirement would open space for electives for some BBA students and reduce overall required hours for others. A chart under 5c shows the impact and resulting action for each major program as a result of the changes proposed here and in point 3 below.

3. Originally a required second course in fine arts, over time this requirement has grown amorphous. Rather than continue to allow some courses and not others, the requirement will be replaced by a free elective where possible, a non business elective where necessary to maintain a balance of 60 non-business hours with six at the upper-division level, and reduce overall hours to 120 for others. A chart under 5c shows the impact and resulting action for each major program as a result of the changes proposed here and in point 2 above.

4. Currently students may only seek admission to the fall semester. This move will allow students greater flexibility and more time within the four-year window to complete degree requirements.

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
 

Yes


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
 

Person communicated with: Jeanette Hermann, UGS
Date of communication: May 19, 2011
Response: There is sufficient capacity in US history and performing arts courses bearing the cultural diversity flag to accommodate this change.

The number of business students taking CMS 306 is expected to drop significantly.
Person communicated with: Roderick Hart, Dean, College of Communication
Date of communication: April 14, 2011
Response: The Dean did not contest the proposal.

Persons communicated with:
Darrell Rocha, Assistant Dean, College of Communication
Richard Mattingly, Assistant Dean, College of Education
Rachel Martin, Assistant Dean, College of Fine Arts
Kim Krieg, Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Mike Raney, Assistant Dean, College of Natural Sciences
David Spight, Assistant Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Date of communication: September 15, 2011
Response: There was no protest raised by those contacted and most expressed enthusiasm for the proposed summer admissions.


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?

  Yes

If yes, explain:
 

The McCombs School will be incorporating an additional flag into the requirements for the BBA degree, with a goal of adding the remaining flags in the next catalog.

Person communicated with: Jeanette Herrman, UGS
Date of communication: May 19, 2011
Response: Jeanette provided a schematic that showed which flags we have implemented, which we could add with ease, and those that need further changes to our degrees and/or capacity in other university courses before they could be added. The cultural diversity flag was in the easy category, and Jeanette encouraged Paula Murray to consider adding it for 2012-2014.


Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
  Yes

If yes, explain:
 

It will reduce the number required by the International Business major to 120 hours, and in conjunction with other curricular changes, it will reduce the hours required for the renamed Management of Science and Technology (known in earlier catalogs as Engineering Route to the BBA) to 120.

Hours by Major after Removing Public Speaking and "Three Additional Hours" Requirements

Major

Remaining Overall Hours

Business Hours

Remaining Non-business Hours (NB)

 Remaining Upper-division NB Hours

Change to Major

Accounting (BBA)

115

55

60

6

add 5 hrs free elective

Accounting (iMPA)

114

57

57

7

add 3hrs NB elective, 3hrs free

Business Honors

115

50

65

6

increase free electives from 9 to 14

BBA in Science and Technology Management

117

48

69

6

add 3 hrs free elective

Finance

114

55

59

6

add 3 hrs NB elective and 3hrs free elective

International Business

120 -124

49

71-75

15-17

Add nothing; min. hours equal 120

Management

114

52

62

6

add 6 hrs free elective

Management Information Systems

114

55

59

6

add 3 hrs NB elective, 3hrs free

Marketing

115

53

62

6

add 5hrs free elective

Supply Chain Management

114

52

62

6

add 6 hrs free elective

 



COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: September 9, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: September 23, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 23, 2011

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