During the University’s Curriculum Council meeting on May 1 at 2 p.m. in the Dyson Conference Room, members will decide on changes proposed for the 2017-2018 General Catalogue for several departments, the new Publishing Studies Program and prerequisite change for SE 101.
The new ACTS courses previously tabled at the March meeting will be revisited alongside their ART, COMM, and ENGL counterparts. Using these courses, students will be able to minor in publishing studies with the new publishing studies program. The courses offered include digital illustration, internet programming, podcasting and web management.
An additional prerequisite will be added to SE 101 for incoming students: they must be freshman standing, meaning that students with less than 30 hours will be required to take SE 101 and students above 30 hours will no longer have to take the course.
For the department of teaching and learning, the GPA for admissions could be raised to 2.75 with 2.5-2.74 requiring an interview and additional conditions not yet mentioned. The provisional admission status will be removed upon passing this decision.
According to the 2016-2017 general catalogue, full status candidates, meaning candidates that completely passed the program screening and were eligible to join, are required to have a GPA of 2.5 or better. Provisional status is defined as a candidate who still meets the 2.5 GPA minimum, but does not meet one of the five additional requirements outlined in the full status criteria, such as being convicted of a felony or achieving a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 102.
The meeting was originally scheduled for April 24, but to ensure that all proper forms could be turned in by the departments, the meeting was rescheduled for May 1. It is expected that professors representing various departments and curriculums will be present at the meeting, particularly those affected by the Publishing Studies Program.