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Proposed changes to The DEGREES AND PROGRAMS SECTION in the School of business SECCTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016


Dean Thomas Gilligan in the School of Business has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the School of Business Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college approved the changes on April 8 and August 12 and the dean approved the changes on April 15 and September 13, 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 September 25, 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 October 201, 2013.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2013.

1No-protest deadline was extended from October 20 to October 21.

Proposed changes to The DEGREES AND PROGRAMS SECTION in the School of business SECCTION in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

  Degrees and Programs Section


• 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


1. Replace six hours each upper and lower-division requirement for the MIS minor with language explicitly stating that MIS 304 can be used to replace three of the nine hours upper-division requirement for the minor.

Rationale is to replace the more ambiguous language with the actual allowance and specific course number accepted. MIS 304 is the only course the MIS minor allows to replace three of the nine upper-division hours required; this should be explicitly stated rather than leaving it open to confusion or different interpretation.
2. Remove restriction on allowing major courses to also satisfy requirements for a minor.

Rationale is to eliminate the need for exceptions to business minors and allow for equity across all business majors. Currently, more than half of the majors have exceptions that allow more than one class counted towards the BBA major to also be counted towards a minor; this proposal would allow that same flexibility for all majors.
  Applicability of Certain Courses
3. Change wording about pass/fail classes to make clear that business classes must be taken for a letter grade, except if the class is offered on the pass/fail basis only.

Rationale is to make the pass/fail restrictions clearer to students, and remove the ambiguity of the previous language.
4. Not an academic change, updating the terminology UT Extension uses, replacing correspondence and extension with self-paced and semester-based.

Rationale is to match catalog language with UT Extension current terminology.
5. Correct wording of policy on UT Extension and concurrent enrollment to indicate meeting with academic advisor, rather than dean approval, is required.

Rationale is to make catalog language match actual practice.
6. Update concurrent enrollment restriction wording, remove the restriction that business core classes cannot be used from correspondence courses without dean’s approval, and remove restriction of 30% semester hours limitation on correspondence and extension courses.

Rationale is that UT Extension no longer offers correspondence courses rendering that restriction obsolete, and the in-residence requirements already in force makes the 30% restriction unnecessary.
  Certificate Programs—all three existing certificates (BFP, RE, SLO)
7. Include statement of University’s residency requirements that at least half of the certificate requirements must be completed in residence.

Rationale is that this is required for all certificates, and specifically stating it with each certificate informs students of this requirement.
  Certificate Programs—Business Foundations
8. Add application instructions and deadlines to the Business Foundations Program certificate.

Rationale is to include a way to start tracking students who plan to complete the BFP certificate to ease the administrative burden of certification. Admission is automatic; this is an administrative tracking mechanism only.
9. Change economics and statistics prerequisite classes to corequisite classes for the BFP certificate, and adjust language accordingly.

Rationale is that these classes have been accepted as corequisites, and should not have been labeled as prerequisites, which needs to be corrected.
10. List ECO 301 as an accepted corequisite class for BFP certificate; the course is currently accepted but not included on the list of accepted classes.

R ationale is that ECO 301 is often taken by students pursuing the BFP certificate; it is more convenient for students’ academic planning to have it listed explicitly as accepted.
11. Remove MIS 301 and 310 from the list of MIS accepted courses, replace with a sentence to see equivalents on BFP website, for both tracks.

Rationale is that there are so many possible equivalents and that information may change, it’s better to simply refer students to the website for the most current information on equivalent classes.
12. Add BBA major sections of IB 350, LEB 323, MAN 336, MKT 337 as accepted towards BFP certificate, both tracks.

Rationale is that with the Summer Enhancement Program, non-business students have the opportunity to take these BBA classes, which are accepted to satisfy the BFP certificate requirements.
13. Add BA 320F/MAN 337 Entrepreneurship as a new class option for the BFP certificate, accepted for both the General and Global Tracks.

Rationale is that this is a new class offering for the program and should be included as accepted for the certificate.
14. Change wording for the study abroad allowance to read that 9 of 18 hours can be completed while on study abroad, for both tracks.

Rationale is the addition of the new BA 320F course requires clarification on the study abroad hour allowance.  There is no reason to restrict LEB 320F from being allowed to be taken abroad.
15. Add Statistics as accepted for BFP certificate if done by exam, for both tracks.

Rationale is that many students have credit by exam for an acceptable statistics course, and it is not needed for them to have to take a class in addition, for the certificate.
16. Remove statements about BFP courses and semesters needing to be in residence for both tracks.

Rationale is that these classes can be taken through UT Extension and are accepted, so this restriction should be removed.
17. Change BFP Global Track language requirement to nine hours, with three hours upper-division.

Rationale is that UT has changed beginning language courses, so the 507 classes are mostly no longer offered; grammar and composition are not specifically required, upper-division is all that is needed for the certificate requirement.
18. Change BFP Global Track study abroad requirement to at least three hours of academic credit earned while on study abroad.

Rationale is to include summer opportunities, Maymester and minimester study abroad options to satisfy the global experience requirement.
19. Add certificate application deadline to BFP certificate section, with information that students have up to one year after graduation to complete the certificate.

Rationale is to keep students to a deadline to reduce administrative burden and to include the UT certificate completion time allowance information with the certificate for students’ convenience.
  Certificate Programs— Real Estate
20. Not an academic change; add a description of the Real Estate Certificate, for students’ understanding and information, and clarification of the prerequisite courses.
21. Change ACC, FIN, and ECO prerequisite classes to corequisites.

Rationale is that this will allow students to more easily complete the certificate, by being able to take the corequisite classes at the same time as the certificate requirements.
22. Change separate Real Estate certificate Accounting class options for Finance majors; still allowing them the option to take ACC 326, but listed in a different area.

Rationale is to simplify certificate requirements and make more consistent for all students.
23. Add ARE 377K as an accepted Real Estate certificate elective.

Rationale is to expand certificate course choices with appropriate content classes.
24. Remove redundant Geography 337 from the Real Estate Certificate electives.

Rationale is that it is a repeated number that should not be on the list twice.
25. Not an academic change; move RE 376G before URB 301 in the Real Estate Certificate elective listing, and adding certification application instructions.

Rationale is that the Program wants electives to be listed alphabetically, and for students to have information how to apply for the certificate on their transcript.
  Certificate Programs—Supply Logistics Optimization
26. Not an academic change; add a description of the Supply Logistics Optimization Certificate and information on how to apply for the certificate on the transcript, for students’ understanding and information.
27. Change the Supply Logistics Optimization Certificate prerequisite from ME 205 to ME 318M. Change does not change the hours for the certificate courses, only the prerequisite required to apply for the SLO program.

Rationale is that Mechanical Engineering will no longer offer ME 205 and is replacing it with ME 318M.
28. Add “or the equivalent” to SLO certificate prerequisites of M 308D and MIS 301.

Rationale is that equivalent versions of these courses are accepted, and this should be listed consistently for all the certificate prerequisites.
29. Add an UT 3.0 GPA requirement to the SLO Certificate eligibility.

Rationale is that students must have a demonstrated solid academic performance to be able to successfully complete the engineering and other required courses for the certificate.
30. Add OM 367 as an accepted elective for the SLO certificate.

Rationale is to increase the options for the certificate with a class that meshes well with the content and objectives.
  Certificate Programs (three new certificate proposals)
31. Add new Business and Public Policy certificate.

Rationale and further information on separate forms.
32. Add new Energy Management certificate.

Rationale and further information on separate forms.
33. Add new Global Management certificate.

Rationale and further information on separate forms.
  Core Curriculum—Flags
34. Require the third Writing flag, the Independent Inquiry flag, and the Global Cultures flag. Add a separate section about flags and detailed information about requirements and courses that satisfy specific flags.

Rationale is to introduce these requirements in compliance with the University’s goals of incorporating all flags in the 14-16 catalog, and to provide explicit language and explanatory information so students can understand how they can satisfy flags.
  BBA Degree Requirements
35. Change the lowest grade a student can earn before being allowed to retake a class from C to C-.

Rationale: students should only be able to retake classes with a grade of D or lower; this should have been changed when plus/minus grading was introduced.
36. Add other accepted calculus class sequence of M 408N and 408S.

Rationale is that listing this accepted sequence that is a common alternate makes this information more complete and reduces the need for students to ask about those courses.
37. Remove the STA 375H option for quantitative finance track students.

Rationale is that STA 375 and 375H meet together, but only Business Honors Program students are able to take the Honors designation. Listing STA 375H as an option for Finance majors gives the incorrect impression that the class could be available to non-Honors students.
38. Add BA 353 internship course to be accepted by all majors as satisfying the internship course requirement. 

Rationale is that adding a general internship class that any major could take will facilitate awarding internship credit.
39. Remove MAN 366P as an option to fulfill the internship or practicum course requirement.

Rationale is that the Management department will be retiring the MAN 366P course.
40. Change wording on foreign language proficiency requirement to remove “two semesters” and clarify the pass/fail and credit options.

Rationale is that the University has changed how different languages are taught for the first year, so two semesters is not accurate across language options. Also to make the requirement more clear and understandable to students.
41. Add a footnote listing the courses that can be counted towards the BBA residence requirement for each major.

Rationale is to reinstate this footnote which was removed from the 12-14 catalog, that was found to cause uncertainty for students and degree auditors about what classes can be used to satisfy this requirement. The uncertainty can be eliminated by reinstating the footnote.
42. Not a change to the program, but adding flag information to courses for students’ convenience and planning.


Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:

Only the certificate programs; impact addressed separately on Certificate–specific forms

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

If yes, explain:

Only the certificate programs; impact addressed separately on Certificate–specific forms

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

Not as a result of these proposed changes, except for the certificate programs; impact addressed separately on Certificate–specific forms


Dates: April 8 and August 12, 2013
Dates: April 15 and September 13, 2013
Dates April 15 and September 13, 2013

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