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January 18, 2005

Volume XXXIII - Number 4

 

SENATE CURRICULUM REPORT

 

TO ALL SENATORS, THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST OF THE UNIVERSITY, HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS - PROGRAMS - DIVISIONS - INTERCOLLEGE PROGRAMS, CAMPUS EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION, AND MEMBERS OF THE GRADUATE COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON PROGRAMS AND COURSES.

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Implementation of United States Cultures and International Cultures Requirement

On April 27, 2004, the University Faculty Senate passed, and the President subsequently approved, legislation replacing the current 3-credit Intercultural and International Competence Requirement (GI) with a requirement that students complete a 3-credit course in United States Cultures (US) and a 3-credit course in International Cultures (IL). This new requirement will become effective for students enrolling in or after summer session 2005. The Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs would like to update the Faculty Senate regarding various issues involved in the transition to the new requirement.

  1. At the end of spring semester 2005, the GI designation will cease to exist. Students enrolled prior to summer session 2005 may fulfill the exiting GI requirement by taking any course carrying the new US or IL designation.
  2. As of January 19, 2005, 133 courses have been designated as US courses, 154 have been designated as IL courses, and 93 courses have been designated as both US and IL courses. These courses include all courses that previously carried the GI designation. The list of courses carrying the US and/or IL designation is available through the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin on the WEB at: http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/gened/gi.html. This list is updated twice each month.
  3. An expedited process is in place for designating existing courses [i.e., courses in place as of June 23, 2004] that were never GI certified as US and/or IL. A form to initiate this process is available at: http://www.psu.edu/ufs/scca/US_IL_Request_Form.html. The Curricular Affairs Committee encourages departments to have their courses with 25% or more diversity content designated during spring semester 2005. The deadline for the expedited process is December 16, 2005.

For information on proposing a new US and/or IL course, refer to the Guide to Curricular Procedures, Section G, at: http://www.senate.psu.edu/curriculum_resources/guide/sec1.html#US-IL.

Any questions or concerns regarding the transition to these new requirements can be addressed to Douglas K. Brown, Chair, Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs, at: dkb5@psu.edu.

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Implementation of Revised Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

At the October 26, 2004 meeting of the University Faculty Senate a legislative report proposing changes to the Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements was adopted and subsequently approved by President Spanier. These changes will become effective for students enrolling Summer 2005 and thereafter. Students currently enrolled in BA degrees may choose to follow these new requirements or to continue following the current requirements. The following summarizes these new requirements, contrasting them with those currently in effect.

Under the new Bachelor of Arts requirements, students must complete at least 9 credits and up to 24 credits as follows:

  1. Foreign Language (0 – 12 credits): students must attain 12th credit level proficiency in one foreign language. This requirement is unchanged from those currently in place.
  2. BA Knowledge Domains (9 credits): Currently, candidates for a BA degree must complete 3 credits in each of three domains (Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences). Under the new legislation, the number of domains is increased to six and students are permitted to complete all 9 credits in any one of these areas or a combination thereof. The only stipulation is that courses may not be taken in the area of the student’s primary major. The six knowledge domains are Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification and Foreign Language. In the latter case (foreign language), the coursework must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level proficiency in the first foreign language. In all cases, the courses must be chosen from the list available at: http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/gened/bad.html. Note that, although there is considerable overlap between this list and the General Education knowledge domains (GA, GH, GS, GN), courses may not be counted simultaneously toward General Education and BA requirements.
  3. Other Cultures (0 – 3 credits): Students must take 3 credits selected from the Other Cultures course list, again available at: http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/gened/bad.html. Students may use these credits, if the course qualifies, to also satisfy a major, minor, elective or General Education knowledge domain requirement. These courses may not, however, be used to satisfy a US/IL requirement.

The Bachelor of Arts Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs is currently drafting guidelines governing the inclusion of courses on the BA lists. These will be included in the Guide to Curricular Procedures upon completion.

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I. OLD BUSINESS

Questions concerning items that have been held must be resolved within a 90-day period following the approval date of the Senate Curriculum Report. The proposals will be returned to the presenting departments if the hold is not resolved by the end of the 90-day period unless an extension of the hold is granted by the Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs.

August 31, 2004, Senate Curriculum Report, Volume XXXIII, Number 1
Item #111 SUR 335, Course Add, College of Engineering (HOLD)

October 12, 2004, Senate Curriculum Report, Volume XXXIII, Number 2
Item #001 Poultry and Avian Science Minor, New, Agricultural Sciences (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #003 Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, Drop, Berks-Lehigh Valley College (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #004 Information Sciences and Technology/Finance Minor, New, Capital College (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #009 Science, Society, and the Environment of Africa Minor, New, Earth and Mineral Sciences (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #032 HLS 410, Course Add, College of Medicine (REJECTED)

November 23, 2004, Senate Curriculum Report, Volume XXXIII, Number 3
The entire Curriculum Report was approved with the following exceptions and corrections:

Item #011 Chemistry Minor, New, Altoona College, (REJECTED)
Item #012 Mathematics Applications Minor, New, Altoona College (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #037 Geobiology, New, Earth and Mineral Sciences (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #066 Secondary Education, Add Option and Change Name of Option, College of Education (HOLD)
-- Citizenship Education Teaching Option (name change)
-- Social Studies Teaching Option (add)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #288 Italian B.A., Add Two Options, Liberal Arts (HOLD)
-- Language and Literature Option
-- Italian Studies Option
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #289 Italian B.S., New, Liberal Arts (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #298 Forensic Science Major, New, Science (HOLD)
Approved academically; pending administrative approval by the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Item #301 B M B 401H, Course Add, Health and Human Development (REJECTED)

II. NEW BUSINESS

The Senate Committee on Curricular Affairs is considering the attached proposals. New majors, options, and minors become effective following the approval of the Executive Vice President and Provost; new courses and courses being dropped become effective the first semester following the approval of this Report unless otherwise specified, the date upon which changes in existing offerings will become effective is the date of the first published Schedule of Courses listing the changed course, unless written objection is received by the University Curriculum Coordinator Sherry F. Walk (sfw2@psu.edu) at the Senate Office, 101G Kern Graduate Building (863-1202) on or before February 18, 2005. A copy of any written objection sent to the Committee must also be sent to the college representative of the sponsoring college. The University Curriculum Coordinator will communicate the objection to the Chairperson of the Committee. Any item to which written objection is made will be reconsidered by the appropriate committee and may be delayed in becoming available for scheduling; however, reconsideration of any specific item will not affect the scheduling date of other items here listed.

For Curriculum information (guidelines, forms, etc.), visit the Senate's curriculum page at http://www.psu.edu/ufs/curriculum.htm.

SENATE COMMITTEE ON CURRICULAR AFFAIRS

Charles W. Abdalla, Agricultural Sciences
Laurie P. Breakey, Vice Chair, DuBois
Douglas K. Brown, Chair, Altoona
Jeremy Cohen, Resource, Undergraduate Education and International Programs
Karen Duncan, Ex Officio
Roger A. Egolf, Berks-Lehigh Valley
Christopher J. Falzone, Science
John J. Hannan, Engineering
Sally Heffentreyer, Resource, University Publications
Michael J. Hines, Student, Berks-Lehigh Valley
Lee R. Kump, Earth and Mineral Sciences
Binh P. Le, Abington College
Alexis A. McCune, Student, Arts and Architecture
Kidane Mengisteab, Liberal Arts
Karthik Namasivayam, Health and Human Development
Robert A. Novack, Business
Mary Beth Oliver, Communications
Kyle L. Peck, Education
Mary Beth Rosson, Information Sciences and Technology
David W. Russell, Commonwealth College
Loanne L. Snavely, Libraries
David J. Spector, Medicine Hershey Medical Center
Bonj Szczygiel, Arts and Architecture, Spring 2005
Arkady Tempelman, Science
Rodney L. Troester, Behrend
Horst von Dorpowski, ACUE, Education
Warren K. Wake, Arts and Architecture, Fall 2004
Mark L. Wardell, Graduate School
Matthew T. Wilson, Capital


TABLE OF CONTENTS

APPENDIX A (Undergraduate)
Abington College (No proposals submitted)
Agricultural Sciences, College of
Altoona College (No proposals submitted)
Arts and Architecture, College of
Behrend College
Berks-Lehigh Valley College
Business, Smeal College of
Capital College
Commonwealth College
Communications, College of
Dickinson School of Law (No proposals submitted)
Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of
Education, College of (No proposals submitted)
Engineering, College of
Great Valley, School of Graduate Professional Studies
Health and Human Development, College of
Information Sciences and Technology, School of
Intercollege Programs (No proposals submitted)
Liberal Arts, College of the
Life Sciences Consortium (No proposals submitted)
Medicine, College of (No proposals submitted)
Science, Eberly College of (No proposals submitted)

APPENDIX B

Graduate
Post-Baccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs (No proposals submitted)

APPENDIX C

College of Medicine (No proposals submitted)

APPENDIX D

Dickinson School of Law

SUBCOMMITTEE ON RETENTION AND TRANSFER (No proposals submitted)

CURRICULAR DEADLINES

2005-2006

Common Course Numbers (for which special titles may be given--as a one-semester offering--using one of the following letter suffixes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, K)*

All requests for special titles should be submitted to the Curriculum Coordinator, e-mail ID univfs@psu.edu, at the Senate Office four (4) weeks prior to registration:

Summer Session 2005 and Fall Semester 2005

- January 10, 2005

Spring Semester 2006

- August 14, 2006

Summer Session 2006 and Fall Semester 2006

- January 30, 2006

United States Cultures, International Cultures, and Writing-Intensive Course Proposals
All requests for one-semester United States Cultures, International Cultures, and Writing course offerings should be submitted to the Curriculum Coordinator at the Senate Office six (6) weeks prior to registration:

Summer Session 2005 and Fall Semester 2005

- January 3, 2005

Spring Semester 2006

- July 31, 2006

Summer Session 2006 and Fall Semester 2006

- January 16, 2006

Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheet) Schedule
All course and major/option/minor proposals are due in the Senate Office on the following dates:

Proposal Due Date

Record Publication Date

SCCA Meeting Date

August 13, 2004

for the August 31, 2004 Issue

September 14, 2004

September 24, 2004

for the October 12, 2004 Issue

October 26, 2004

November 5, 2004

for the November 23, 2004 Issue

December 7, 2004

January 3, 2005

for the January 18, 2005 Issue

February 1, 2005

February 11, 2005

for the March 1, 2005 Issue

March 15, 2005

March 25, 2005

for the April 12, 2005 Issue

April 26, 2005

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*The following alpha letters have been reserved for identifying special types of courses:
A-G,I,K - special topics courses
H - honors courses or sections
J - individualized instruction courses
L,P,R - lecture, practicum (or laboratory), recitation sections
M - honors and writing intensive courses
S - First-Year Seminar courses
T - honors and first-year seminar courses
U - United States cultures and/or international cultures and honors courses
W - writing intensive courses
X - First-Year Seminar courses and writing-intensive courses
Y - United States cultures and/or international cultures and writing courses


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