|TO:||Dr. Joel Piperberg
Faculty Senate Chairperson
|FROM:||Francine G. McNairy
Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs
|DATE:||November 19, 1999|
|SUBJECT:||APPROVAL OF FACULTY SENATE CURRICULAR RECOMMENDATIONS|
As the Presidents designee, I am informing you of the approval of the following Faculty Senate Curricular Actions:
1. Faculty Senate actions at meetings on 2/16/99, 3/2/99, 3/16/99, 5/5/99
COMMENT: Deans Council commends Faculty Senate and the General Education Review Committee for the significant effort that has been invested in establishing the goals and objectives for general education. We recognize that our work is not yet completed, and we encourage you to continue to move forward with piloting the assessment of our goals.
--Multi-Disciplinary Minor in Environmental Hazards and Emergency
Approved - proposal will be recommended to the Council of Trustees and Board of Governors. Effective date to be determined when notification of State System approval is received, which is estimated to be approximately one year from now.
COMMENT: The subject code EHEM will be used as a subject designation for EHEM 498 Independent Study. Other existing courses that may count in the minor will retain the subject code of the department offering the course. Dr. Henry Fischer in the Sociology/Anthropology Department will coordinate the administration of this minor.
--Major QPA Definition
Approved, as revised, effective immediately for enrolled students.
COMMENT: During the review of this Faculty Senate recommendation, Deans Council spent considerable time discussing several issues. Department chairpersons were also consulted. Deans Council found that different departments address the course content and pedagogy differently with regard to defining the major--thus, resulting in varying terminology interpretations. The revision is intended to address these concerns.
Department chairpersons and Deans Council noted that professional education courses are counted differently across departments. Deans Council was unable to find a common definition to meet all the academic needs. For this reason, the revised policy states which professional education courses will count toward the major QPA. (We believe that not listing these courses in the policy would result in departments petitioning the Faculty Senate for inclusion at a future date.)
The Department of Foreign Languages contains several majors in distinct languages with required courses in a second language. The revision clarifies how these courses should be counted.
Because the B.S.Ed. in Social Studies is a multi-departmental major, calculating courses for the major QPA is included in the revision.
Department chairpersons and Deans Council agreed that determining what is included towards the 50% in the major rule is a corollary to the definition for the Major QPA. Thus, we proposed to reference what should be counted toward the 50% rule in this policy.
The major QPA includes all core courses, major electives, and any other major courses taken beyond the minimum requirements for the major. Required related courses are not included in this calculation.
When determining that a transfer student has completed 50% of the major at Millersville, the courses used in calculating the major QPA will determine the total number of courses/credits required for the major.
The following professional education courses are NOT included in the major QPA calculation:
|Art||ART 321, ART 322, ART 323, ART 325|
|English||ENGL 485, ENGL 487|
|Foreign Language||FORL 480|
|Industry & Technology||EDTE 291, 391|
|Music||MUSI 171, MUSI 271, MUSI 372, MUSI 373|
The major QPA for foreign language majors is based on courses taken in the primary language only.
The QPA in the BSE Social Studies program is based only on courses taken in the option (History, Psychology, etc.) and not on the social studies courses, some of which may count towards the G3 block of the Liberal Arts Core.
c: Ms. Frances Axsmith, Assistant Registrar
Ms. Candace Deen, Academic Information Officer
Mr. Mariano Gonzalez, University Registrar
Dr. Paul Specht, Academic Advisement
Ms. Rachael Wywadis, Associate Registrar
Dr. Dan Heslink, Music
Dr. Henry Fischer, Sociology/Anthropology