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Proposal Summary: AS-09-015

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TitleChange prerequisites and course number for 300 level area studies and cultural diversity courses
Submitting DeanLevant
Submitting CollegeArts & Sciences -- Annabelle Foos x7937
Departments Generating the ProposalDeans Off
Objection DeadlineJuly 08, 2009
Proposal StatusFinal Approval Granted
Proposal Last UpdatedJuly 09, 2009 by Karen Greene
Effective DateFall 2009
Brief Summary of ProposalChange the prerequisites and lower the course number of General Education Area Studies & Cultural diversity courses. The prerequisites will become 32 credits plus English Composition I and II and course numbers will be lowered to the 200 level for Geography of Cultural Diversity (3350:375), World Civilizations (3400:385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391), and Japanese Culture through Film (3560:304).
Type of ProposalCourse changes only
Graduate School Endorsement StatusNot required
Graduate School Endorsement UpdatedJanuary 27, 2009 by GS Heather Blake
Institutional Research StatusApproved
IR Status UpdatedJune 23, 2009 by IR Anu Mahapatra
Library StatusApproved
Library Status UpdatedJune 24, 2009 by UL Mike Tosko
Distance Learning Review Committee StatusNot required
DLRC Status Updated
General Education Advisory Committee StatusApproved with comment
GEAC Comment4/21/09 - GEAC recognizes that these courses cause advising problems in the College of Arts & Sciences since they are currently at the 300-level but CAS does not count them toward the 47 credit hours of 300/400 level courses. Presumably this could easily have been fixed internal to the college by simply accepting the credits. Nevertheless, if these courses really are being taught at the 200-level, we see the value in changing their numbers. We are not convinced, however, that lowering the pre-requisites to completion of the second semester of English is wise. Yes, the other 200-level courses in the Area Studies Gen. Ed. curriculum are structured this way, but we feel that students may not be adequately prepared. We would suggest that completion of 32 credits would be an appropriate pre-requisite for a 200-level course. This would, unfortunately, set up an inconsistency in the pre-requisites required for the sophomore level courses in this section of our Gen. Ed. curriculum, but we do not feel that previous decisions to allow minimal pre-requisites should be followed just for the sake of consistency. In summary, GEAC supports changing the numbering of these courses as requested, but with pre-requisites of 32 credit hours completed (including the second semester of English) that must be checked and enforced. 1/2009 This proposal from the Department of History is similar to AS-08-105 that we had serious concerns with last year. This proposal does not address the apparent need for curricular reform with an emphasis on world history, rather only proposes to change all the World Civilization courses, as they stand, to 200 level instead of 300 level. In addition, the prerequisites would change from 64 credit hours completed to only requiring students to have completed English Composition I and II, or the equivalent. It is therefore possible that a student with as few as seven credit hours could take the World Civilization courses. Based on the very extensive reading assignments witnessed in the syllabus provided for the course “India”, for example, our committee is not sure that students entering these courses without proper prerequisites will be mature enough for the heavy workload. 5/5/09 CRC approved the proposal, amended to contain the pre-requisites recommended by GEAC.
GEAC Status UpdatedMay 14, 2009 by Karen Greene
Resource RequirementsNo additional resources
Resource Requirements UpdatedDecember 05, 2008 by AS dean's ofc Cathy Moore


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