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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE PLAN II HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Randy Diehl of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Liberal Arts Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on April 27, 2011, and May 19, 2011, respectively. 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 September 28, 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 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 October 16, 2011.


Greninger Signature

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


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council website http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/ on October 6, 2011.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE PLAN II HONORS PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  PLAN II HONORS PROGRAM


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:
 
We are simplifying and clarifying the language used in the catalog related to course substitutions for the requirements of the Plan II major.

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

 

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GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 
Addition - Substitutions do exist for some of the requirements outlined below; each Plan II student should meet with a Plan II Academic Advisor to discuss her/his individual academic plan.
Rationale - We are simplifying and clarifying the language used in the catalog related to course substitutions for the requirements of the Plan II major. In lieu of listing the many possible substitutions, we have added a statement that students need to meet with a Plan II Academic Advisor to discuss possible substitutions applicable to their individual academic plans. We hope to avoid confusion and encourage all Plan II students, but most especially dual degree seekers, to meet regularly with a Plan II Academic Advisor.

Deletion - Students with credit for Mathematics 408C and 408D; 408K, 408L, and 408M; or 427L are exempt from this requirement.
Rationale - We are simplifying and clarifying the language used in the catalog related to course substitutions for the requirements of the Plan II major; specifically we are removing the courses listed as M 310P substitutions. Removing the specific course substitutions from the catalog allows both the Plan II major and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office to remain fluid regarding approved substitutions as new courses are created by different academic units (i.e. the new calculus sequence for Natural Science majors). As with other Plan II requirements that have approved substitutions (i.e. logic/modes of reasoning), the Plan II Honors Program will work directly with the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office to formalize the approved substitutions via memoranda, which can be updated easily and more frequently than the undergraduate catalog as new courses become available.

Deletion - In place of Biology 301E, students may complete Biology 311C and 311D. In place of Physics 321, they may complete six hours of upper-division coursework in chemistry or physics; the following courses may not be used: Chemistry 368, 369K, 371K, 375K, and 475K, and Physics 370C.
Rationale - We are simplifying and clarifying the language used in the catalog related to course substitutions for the Natural Sciences requirements of the Plan II major; specifically we are removing the courses listed as BIO 301E and PHY 321 substitutions. Removing the specific course substitutions from the catalog allows both the Plan II Major and the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office to remain fluid regarding approved substitutions as new courses are created by different academic units (i.e. the new calculus sequence for Natural Science majors). As with other Plan II requirements that have approved substitutions (i.e. logic/modes of reasoning), the Plan II Honors Program will work directly with the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office to formalize the approved substitutions via memoranda which can be updated easily and more frequently than the undergraduate catalog as new courses become available.

Addition - A three-hour course in astronomy, chemistry or geological sciences designated for Plan II students may be taken in place of Physics 321.
Rationale – In past undergraduate catalogs a similar statement to the above was included and Plan II would like to add it back this language back into the 2012-2014 catalog. The Plan II Honors Program would like to have the flexibility to develop additional science courses that would serve as alternatives to the Plan II Physics course (PHY 321).

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

No


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

 


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

  No

If yes, explain:
   

Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.
  No

If yes, explain:
   


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: April 27, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 19, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: June 2, 2011

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