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LIST #7 - 2007/2008


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on May 13, 2008)


Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:









Add courses to sculpture area. Art 182 Intermediate Sculpture and Art 283 Graduate Sculpture. Proposal addresses the new 60 unit BA program changes where student choose a concentration in a given medium.




Undergraduate Programs


Management Information Systems Concentration in the BSBA Program


As the MIS field is evolving constantly, the existing elective courses in the concentration are not sufficient to provide the requisite MIS skills to satisfy the market demands. The proposed change reorganizes elective courses, delete obsolete electives, introduces new electives, and requires students to take at least one elective relevant to operation and integration issues for information systems. In addition, the proposed change introduces two new electives to other concentrations in the BSBA program.


Graduate Programs


Master of Science in Business Administration, Taxation (MSBA/TAX) Program


The College of Business Administration requests the suspension of the Master of Science in Business Administration, Taxation (MSBA/TAX) degree. This degree was established in Fall 2005 as a completely online degree program administered by the College of Continuing Education (CCE). Though both CCE and CBA implemented marketing plans, enrollments never reached the expected numbers. Enrollments in this program since its inception have never topped fifteen and have been less than eight in the last two years. In addition the level of faculty qualification required by our accrediting body, AACSB, is currently not being met for classes taught in this degree. A detailed analysis of enrollments, FTEs and the various requirements for accreditation confirms that the MSBA/TAX degree is not currently viable. We do not want to eliminate this degree, simply suspend it until sufficient demand for the degree is apparent. Please also refer to attached copy of enrollment data sheet.

Master of Science in Business Administration, Management Information Systems (MSBA/MIS) Program


The College of Business Administration requests the suspension of the Master of Science in Business Administration, Management Information Systems (MSBA/MIS) degree. Enrollments in this program have seen a consistent decline over the past six years from a high of sixty-two in 2002 to the low of twenty-seven in 2007. In addition our accrediting body, AACSB, has expressed serious concerns about our ability to maintain six graduate degree programs. We concur with the AACSB position: a detailed analysis of enrollments, FTEs and the various requirements for accreditation confirms that the MSBA/MIS degree is not currently viable. We do not want to eliminate this degree, simply suspend it until sufficient demand for the degree is apparent. Please refer to attached enrollments data sheet for details.




Bilingual Muticultural Education


Master of Arts in Education, Multicultural Education


 In order to better meet the needs of candidates seeking a Master’s in Multicultural Education, the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department has revised its MA program.  (Please see attached table comparing the new and old programs.)  The major revision consists of a change to the way that the department delivers the MA classes.  In the new program, classes are offered in a concentrated format that shortens the duration of the MA program but continues to meet the department’s goal of graduating Master’s students with in-depth expertise in the education of multicultural and multilingual populations.  Another revision to the program involves the incorporation of a MA exam option for the culminating experience, in addition to the project and thesis options.  (Those candidates taking the exam option will not be required to take the culminating course for thesis/project candidates only, EDBM 565.  Consequently, exam candidates will enroll in an extra elective.  The following table reflects this option by indicating that there are variable numbers of elective units, 6-9, depending on whether candidates take the exam and need 9 units to complete the MA, or write a thesis/project and need only 6 elective units, plus EDBM 565.)   The comprehensive exam will address the major areas of multicultural and multilingual education including second language acquisition and instruction; the role of nonstandard language varieties in schooling; primary language instruction and programs; critical race theory and pedagogy;  and assessment of diverse populations.

     In addition to these changes, the two previous MA options in the department, Teacher Leadership in Multicultural Education and Multicultural Educators in Nontraditional Settings, are combined into a single program that is designed to meet the needs of teachers and community members who are not in the teaching field.   It is the department’s position that the inclusion of both teachers and community members who are committed to social justice will enrich the overall program in for all candidates.  Furthermore, the new program also includes a greater number of electives, allowing candidates to take advantage of MA courses across the College (e.g., Teacher Education, Counselor Education, etc.), and the university, to enhance their MA experience.   The MA candidates’ selection of these electives will be guided by their department advisors.  As needed, course change proposals will be submitted to Academic Affairs in order to carry out any revisions to the MA courses in the new program.


Counselor Education


Master of Science


Given the addition of 1 unit added to EDC 216, Counseling Theory, the total unit count for students who endeavor to take the Thesis or Project Option (Choice A), then moves to total units of 61. Students who take the Oral/Written Examination (Choice B), recently had a 2 unit adjustment to EDC 290 so that their total units remains at 60 units. This Program Proposal acknowledges the unit modification of total program for students opting to commit to the Thesis or Project with a total of units going from 60 to 61.




Computer Science


MS in Computer Science


Add existing course CSC 245, Performance Modeling and Evaluation, to the System Software area of the Breadth Requirement. This course is not currently listed in any area of the Breadth Requirement, and little coverage of its topics occurs elsewhere in the MS program.


Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering Technology


Remove ME 194 (formerly ENGR 194) Career Development in Engineering and Engineering Technology from the MET curriculum.
ME 194 is not a technical course. It doesn’t need to be a required course in the MET curriculum. It should not be used as technical nor technical/business electives. Note: ME 194 is recommended as an optional course for students who are interested in knowing about career opportunities and obtaining skills for effective job searches.




Criminal Justice


Master of Science in Criminal Justice


This proposal outlines an increase in the number of required courses and a reduction in the number of electives.  It also adds a comprehensive examination alternative to doing a thesis or a project. This addition will serve students who are established in their careers and have no plans to attend a doctorate program or teach at a community college.  This alternative will be listed as CrJ 500 – Culminating Experience: Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (3 units). It requires no additional units for degree completion.

The proposal also requires students who elect to complete a thesis or project to take two classes: CrJ 501 – Thesis/Project Development (3 units) and CrJ 502 – Culminating Experience: Thesis or Project (3 units). This will provide the quality educational experience necessary for completion of a project or thesis and will be comparable to other Criminal Justice Master’s programs in the CSU system. These courses will be taken in sequence. It requires no additional units for degree completion (students opting to complete a thesis or project will take 6 elective units rather than 9 elective units).


Kinesiology & Health Science


Athletic Training Major degree Program


The present athletic training academic program is a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with the athletic training option. This program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).   The standard for accreditation (see below) requires that the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) be a major in order to be compliant.  This program proposal is to have the athletic training program become a major as defined by university policy.  This program proposal has no change to any part of the present academic program. 

CAATE Standard Section I.  Curriculum and Instruction
I1.     Description of the Program – The athletic training education program must be an undergraduate or graduate program that offers a major or graduate equivalent in athletic training.  The undergraduate major or graduate major equivalent must be:
         I1.1    consistent with other majors offered within the institution,
         I1.2    identified as an  academic athletic training major program in institutional                    academic publications, and
         I1.3    indicated on the official transcript of the student as is normally designated for                    other undergraduate majors or graduate major equivalents at the institution.


Adapted Physical Education Specialist


RLS 125-Therapeutic Recreation and Persons with Physical Disabilities will be removed from the required courses and replaced with RPTA 118-Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation.  This change is being made to match the recent curricular changes in the RPTA program.  The new course RPTA 118, meets standard 21 (Curricular Development) for the APE Credential.   The program provides knowledge in the development of adapted physical education goals and objectives throughout the lifespan for individuals with disabilities. this standard was met in part by RLS 125.   It will now be met in part through RPTA 118.


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