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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEGREE PROGRAM IN NURSING IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

Dean Alexa Stuifbergen of the School of Nursing has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Nursing Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on May 2, 2011, and September 14, 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 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 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 DEGREE PROGRAM IN NURSING IN THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CHAPTER IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  NURSING


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. Delete N226, Mental Health Aspects of Health Care, based on redundancies identified with other courses.

2. Move N264, Nursing Research, from pre-nursing to 1st semester of upper division.

3. Change name of N278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge, to Contemporary Nursing Practice. N278 will become the 3rd writing flag course.

4. Move N278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge, to the 1st semester in the senior year in place of N377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care, which moves to the 2nd semester in the senior year.

5. Raise the minimum cumulative and science GPA required for students in other colleges to be eligible for an internal transfer (change of major) into prenursing from 2.50 to 2.75.

6. Raise the minimum cumulative GPA for UT courses, prerequisite courses, and science courses required to apply to the upper division professional nursing sequence from 2.50 to 2.75.

7. Require students in the nursing honors program to take an N337, Independent Study, with their faculty mentor as their nursing elective (N347, Specialized Topics in Nursing).

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

 

Pages 621, 622, 625, 628, 629


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

  1. Reduces redundancies in the program and reduces degree plan hours to 126-127 hours, moving toward the Coordinating Board recommendation of 120 hours.

2. Content in N264 (Nursing Research) will be more meaningful to students who are concurrently learning about nursing care in the upper division. Also, prenursing students who are not accepted into upper division will avoid taking a course that may not transfer or apply to their degree if they change majors.

3. The name change will prevent students from having preconceived expectations about course content. With the current course name, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge, students expected that the course entailed a review for the licensure exam. Also, since the course is being revised to include the 3rd writing flag, renaming it is appropriate. Content from this course, which focuses on synthesizing theoretical, evidence-based and clinical knowledge lends itself to writing assignments.

4. Since N278, Synthesis of Nursing Knowledge, will carry the writing flag, it was moved to the semester, which has a lighter workload for students. Additionally, student comments from exit surveys suggest that the N278 content would be better placed earlier in the curriculum. The content for N377, Leadership and Management of Nursing Care, will be more personally relevant for students during their last semester when they are searching for jobs since it covers interview skills and resumes.

5. Raising the internal transfer GPA requirement to 2.75 will send a more realistic message to prepare students for the competitive admission into the upper-division nursing program where GPAs generally average between 3.4 and 3.6. This will help students who are unlikely to be successfully admitted find another major more quickly and avoid taking prenursing courses that will not transfer or apply to their degree.

6. Raising the minimum GPA to apply to upper division nursing to 2.75 will send a more realistic message to prepare students for the competitive admission. This will help students who are unlikely to be successfully admitted find another major more quickly.

7. Since many honors students already take the N337, Independent Study, with their faculty mentor, requiring it for all honors students will provide a more consistent experience and will provide students with a more realistic view of the work load involved with their honors project.

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:
 

Fewer students will be able to transfer to prenursing (mostly from natural science). Since these students were not competitive for admission into upper-division nursing, it will help students reduce unnecessary course work.

Person communicated with: Cathy Stacy, Assistant Dean Office of Academic Records & Initiatives College of Natural Sciences

Date of communication: 9/9/11

Response: Positive


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

  Yes

If yes, explain:
  This proposal adds a third writing flag to the curriculum.

Person communicated with: Larry Abraham, UGS

Date of communication: 8/26/11

Response: Positive

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

If yes, explain:
  The number of hours for the degree will be reduced by 2 credit hours from 128-129 to 126-127.


COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: May 2, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: May 2, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 14, 2011

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