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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Dean Frederick Steiner in the School of Architecture has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Architecture section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on April 12, 2013. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on December 11, 2013, 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.

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 January 17, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014.


PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE SECTION IN THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Type of Change:
x
Academic Change

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 AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE:
The Architectural Interior Design Curriculum Committee determined that there are shortcomings in the program requirements that limit our undergraduate students exposure to courses outside of the School of Architecture. In short, students have no elective hours.

To provide for electives, the math requirement has been changed from 4 hours to 3 hours, and is in line with professional accreditation requirements and comparable programs at peer institutions.

Physics has been changed from a 8-hour sequence to a 6-hour sequence, also meeting professional certification requirements and in line with peer institutions.

An architectural history requirement, ARC 318K, has been removed. With ARC 318K, the UT Austin degree required a great many more architectural history hours than professional accreditation mandated, and more than comparable programs. Interior Design students will not be required to take ARC 318K as a prerequisite for ARC 318L, and the Course Inventory will reflect this as soon as we can make a Course Inventory update during the Spring 2014 cycle.

The Art History requirement is no longer stipulated to be an upper-division course; again, this change does not impact professional accreditation and allows students flexibility in completing degree requirements.  

SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  No.
Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
  No.
If yes, explain:
  N/A
Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
  Yes.
If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
  How many students do you expect to be impacted?
Ultimately, up to 50 Interior Design majors

Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
Person communicated with: Math: Dr. Ray Heitman, Department of Mathematics, College of Natural Sciences
Physics: Dr. Greg Sitz, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
Date of communication:
Math: September 25, 2013
Physics: September 30, 2013
Response:
Math: No impact expected on mathematics courses because of the low number (15) of students entering Interior Design each year.
Phsyics: No impact expected on physics courses because of the low number (15) of students entering Interior Design each year.
Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  Yes.
If yes, explain:
  Students will have more options for fulfilling the mathematics and different options for fulfilling science and technology part 1 requirements.
If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
  Person communicated with: Jen Morgan
Date of communication: September 26, 2013
Response: Our allowed mathematics courses should be modified to not include the mathematics courses that would no longer be in the core in the 14-16 catalog. Our solution was to simplify our text to indicate any mathematics course fulfilling the core would be sufficient for the degree.
Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A
COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
Department:
Yes
Date: April 12, 2012
College:
Yes
Date: April 12, 2012
Dean:
Yes
Date: April 12, 2012

View the edited version of the catalog changes.