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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Proposed changes to The ECONOMICS degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts SECTIOn in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

 

Dean Randy Diehl in the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Liberal Arts section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on May 3 and May 23, 2013, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on November 6, 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 November 19, 2013.

Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2013.



Proposed changes to The ECONOMICS degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts SECTIOn in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016

NAME OF CHANGE:
  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:
  1. Change to language in honors program description. Drop sentence mentioning an honors section of ECO 420K and replace it with a more generic statement that encourages application early in sophomore year.

Rationale: We have not offered honors sections of ECO 420K recently. Although we hope to add these back to our offerings, a 420K honors section is not required for honors designation, and we do not want to dissuade students from applying for the honors program.

  1. Drop the sentence “Students may not enroll in Economics 420K more than twice.” from the major description.

Rationale: Very few students attempt 420K three or more times. Screening for third attempts involves a lot of advisors’ time that could be spent better elsewhere. Now that most of the upper-division ECO electives require 420K, the main rationale for the two-attempt limit is no longer present. Students used to take upper-division courses that did not require 420K, while at the same time continuing to attempt 420K until they received a satisfactory grade. This problem no longer exists. Eliminating the rule will have no effect on the size of the economics major or the quality of students who choose the major, and advisor resources used in implementing the rule can be redeployed to more valuable uses.


SCOPE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE(S):

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?
  No
If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
  N/A

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?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?
  No
If yes, explain:
  N/A

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: March 19, 2013 (changes proposed by director of Undergraduate Studies and department chair, and both approved unanimously by the voting faculty)
College:
Yes
Date: April 19, 3013
Dean:
Yes
Date: May 23, 2013

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