Agenda Item No. V. B. 6.

Washburn University Board of Regents



SUBJECT: INCREASE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CREDIT HOURS THAT MAY BE COUNTED FOR GENERAL EDUCATION FROM ANY ONE DISCIPLINE IN NATURAL SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS





Description:

Currently, many students enroll in a five-credit hour science or mathematics class and subsequently enroll in a 3 hour class in the same discipline. This occurrence has led departments to petition the VPAA to allow 8 hours in a single discipline to count toward the general education requirement in the Natural Science and Mathematics group instead of the current limit of six hours. This proposal will eliminate the need for the petition/approval process. The proposal would modify the language listed on pages 52-53 of the 2004-2005 Washburn Catalog as presented below.



Present Language for all baccalaureate degrees:

"No more than 6 hours may be counted for General Education credit from any one discipline."

(For BA, BBA, and BPA.)



"No more than 6 hours may be counted from any one discipline."

(For BSW, BSCJ, and BAS.)





Proposed Change:

"No more than 6 hours may be counted for General Education credit from any one discipline except in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics where up to 8 hours may be counted if earned in two separate General Education courses."



The University Council approved the proposal on November 16, 2004. The General Faculty approved the proposal on January 27, 2005. On approval this proposal will become effective Fall 2005.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.



RECOMMENDATION:

President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval to increase the maximum number of credit hours that may be counted for General Education from any one discipline in Natural Science and Mathematics.





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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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