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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES TO THE PROPOSED PRE-HEALTH PROFESSIONS CERTIFICATE (D 10348-10355) IN THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Dean Linda A. Hicke in the College of Natural Sciences has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the proposed Pre-Health Professions Certificate (D 10348-10355) in the College of Natural Sciences section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. college faculty and the dean approved the changes on February 13, 2014, and February 14, 2014, respectively. 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 February 26, 2014, 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 March 20, 2014.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 6, 2014.



PROPOSED ADDITION OF FLAGS TO THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2014-2016

Type of Change Academic Change
  1. 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

  2. EXPLAIN CHANGE TO DEGREE PROGRAM AND GIVE A DETAILED RATIONALE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CHANGE (include page numbers in the catalog where changes will be made:

Overall change: Alter structure of the certificate to create two tracks: one for science majors and one for non-science majors.

Rationale: The certificate is being restructured according to early feedback from advisors and students, who found the flexibility and large amount of choice difficult to understand and to incorporate easily into their degree plans. The newly revised certificate ensures that students clearly understand what they must take to earn the certificate. In addition, the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) will manage advising for this certificate out of its main advising center, rather than the original plan housing it within the Health Professions Office. The college is looking at options to facilitate managing the certificate program, including automating the checking of requirements and dedicating advising personnel to the program.
The new proposed structure seeks to manage enrollment and permit participation in CNS courses for students outside of CNS. The College of Natural Sciences must ensure certain courses are open and available to all majors. The new structure of this certificate ensures students outside CNS will be able to enroll in the science and math courses required for professional school preparation, provided adequate academic performance.
The new proposed structure clarifies two degree tracks of students who might pursue this certificate: (1) students pursuing a degree in the College of Natural Sciences whose preparation for professional school should additionally include competencies in social science and psychology; (2) students outside the College of Natural Sciences who require access to basic science courses in CNS. A suggested course list is provided separately for these two tracks.
2.     Add in statements regarding lack of admission for natural sciences majors and an admission requirement for non-science majors. Identify the courses and grades needed for admission into the certificate program. Identify the office, which will award the certificate. Identify when students should apply for the certificate.
Rationale: Natural sciences majors are already taking the science courses as part of their degree plans. The degrees require completion of math and science coursework with minimum grades of C-. The grade requirement makes it more likely that the college will continue to have capacity to offer these seats to non-majors who are making good progress toward the healthcare professional program requirements. The anticipated participation of the certificate program is now too large to be supported by the Office of Health Professions. The dean’s office has a larger staff to handle the number of students who may participate in the certificate program.
3.     Remove the requirement of three to six hours of public health. In the science major track, incorporate the public health oriented courses in requirement #1 to the Healthcare Policy theme under requirement # 2c.
Rationale: Natural sciences is concerned that there will be insufficient capacity in the public health courses. By incorporating the courses under the Healthcare Policy theme, the college hopes to remove enrollment pressures from the individual courses while still allowing students who take the classes to count them toward the certificate requirements.
4.     Change title of healthcare theme from Cultural Competency to Cultural Awareness.
Rationale: The college believes that the term is more descriptive of the intention for including this theme.

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  1. SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
    If yes, then how? As with the previous draft of this certificate, this proposal requires students in CNS to pursue a variety of courses in other colleges, as described below.
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, then how?  The proposed changes manage enrollment in the basic science courses required for professional school preparation. Students outside of CNS will be required to meet new prerequisites for access to these courses.
    Yes
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    However, there will be fewer seats taken in courses from other colleges than would have been taken in the previous certificate structure.
    Yes
    If 3 a, b, or c was answered with yes:
     

    How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    This certificate will define and permit access to CNS courses for more than 1000 non-CNS majors wishing to take CNS courses for pre-medical education. It will serve potentially 500 CNS students hoping to take non-CNS courses for pre-professional education. It may curtail enrollment in CNS courses by non-CNS students because they fail to meet the academic criteria to enter the certificate. Based on past data, this could be 200 students per year. These CNS courses would not be crucial to non-CNS students’ degrees, but would impact their ability to pursue pre-professional education.

    Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with: Mark Bernstein, Associate Dean, Moody College of Communication
    Date of communication: February 5, 2014
    Response: No problems with the legislation.

    Person communicated with: Gayle Timmerman, Associate Dean, School of Nursing
    Date of communication: February 5, 2014
    Response: No problems with the legislation.

    Person communicated with: Richard Flores, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
    Date of communication: February 17, 2014
    Response: Overall, the certificate looks fine by me.

    Person communicated with: Richard Hogeda, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, College of Education
    Date of communication: February 17, 2014

    Response: The changes look fine to me and the College of Ed supports this new certificate

     

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

    If yes, undergraduate studies must be informed of the proposed changes and their response included:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
    No
    e. Will this proposal change the number of hours required for degree completion?
    If yes, explain:

    No
  2. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Department approval date: n/a
    College approval date: February 13, 2014
    Dean approval date: February 14, 2014

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