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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

Dean Barbara H. White of the School of Social Work has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Social Work Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on April 4, 2011, and September 1, 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 November 9, 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 November 20, 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 November 10, 2011.


CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK IN THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

NAME OF DEGREE PROGRAM(S):
  BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK


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.   Changes due to implementation of University core

In the new University core curriculum, there are six flags that must be fulfilled. In the 2010-2012 catalog, the School of Social Work requires that undergraduate students complete three writing flags, one cultural diversity in the United States flag, and one ethics and leadership flag. The following flags will be added to the required coursework for undergraduate students in the 2012-2014 catalog year:

1.   Global cultures flag – three hours; the global cultures flag will replace an elective course. SW 460K (Topic: Roots of Social and Economic Justice – England) has been approved as class-level global cultures flag.

2.   Quantitative reasoning flag – three hours; SW 318 is required of all BSW students and has been approved as a quantitative reasoning flag.

2.   Changes to the internal transfer standards

Currently, any undergraduate student at the University who meets the regulations set out in General Information is eligible to transfer into the School of Social Work as a pre-major. The School of Social Work will tighten these standards through the following means:

1.   Requiring completion of at least twelve semester hours of coursework in residence at the University prior to transfer.

2.   Requiring that, if social work coursework is completed prior to transfer, the student have a minimum social work grade point average of 2.50.

3.   Qualifying that admission as an internal transfer student is offered, as space is available, to the students who are best qualified.

4.   Encouraging students with over ninety hours completed to consider other options.

3.   Additions to acceptable coursework to fulfill School of Social Work requirements

The following courses will be added to the list of acceptable courses to fulfill School of Social Work requirements:

1.   Addition of BIO 301L and BIO 311C to the list of acceptable courses to fulfill the three-hour human biology course requirement.

2.   Addition of upper-division Applied Learning and Development, Kinesiology, and Social Work 360K courses to the upper-division social and behavioral science requirement.

4.   Revision of maximum number of hours completed in social work.
Students are currently allowed to complete a maximum of fifty-four hours in social work coursework. In the 2012-14 catalog, students will be allowed to complete a maximum of sixty hours in social work coursework.


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

 

Pages 664-665, 669-672


GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR CHANGE(S):

 

1.   Changes due to implementation of University core

The global cultures flag and the quantitative reasoning flag will be incorporated into the BSW degree requirements in compliance with the University core curriculum.

1.   The global cultures flag will replace a three-hour elective, so as not to increase the number of hours required to complete the BSW degree. Six hours of lower-division electives and three hours of upper-division electives are still required.

2.   SW 318 is required of all BSW students; there will therefore be no substantive change.

2.   Changes to the internal transfer standards

The School of Social Work has decided to tighten the internal transfer standards so as to increase the expectations of incoming social work students. Additionally, this change in standards will give the BSW program committee more ability to limit the number of students transferring into the School of Social Work from other schools and colleges to the number for which a quality education may be provided.

3.   Additions to acceptable coursework to fulfill School of Social Work requirements

The School of Social Work will expand the learning opportunities, educational options, and course availability for the human biology requirement and for the upper-division social and behavioral science requirement through adding additional courses to the approved course list. Representatives from the impacted departments have been contacted and have given approval.

4.   Revision of maximum number of hours completed in social work

Students will be allowed to complete up to sixty hours of social work coursework counted towards the BSW degree program, so as to allow for social work students to take additional specialized courses in social work that will aid in their particular career interests.

 


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

Yes Item 3 expands approved courses to those facilitated by the Colleges of Education Natural Sciences.


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: Richard Mattingly, College of Education
Date of communication: 07/11/2011
Response: Supports the inclusion of Applied Learning and Development and Kinesiology courses to the list of approved courses for the upper-division social and behavioral science requirement.

Person communicated with: Mike Raney, College of Natural Sciences
Date of communication: 07/18/2011
Response: Supports the inclusion of BIO 301L and BIO 311C in the list of approved courses for the human biology requirement.

 


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

  Yes

If yes, explain:
 

It reflects the changes to the University core curriculum.


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: March 23, 2011
College:
Yes
Date: April 4, 2011
Dean:
Yes
Date: September 1, 2011

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