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LIST #3 - 2007/2008


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on December 13, 2007)


Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:






BA Art Studio


ART 144 will be added to the BA Studio Art major, the Studio Art minor, the Pre-credential subject matter program and the Graduate studio program.






This currently required upper division course, Photo 138 Color Photography A, would be switched to the electives area of the program.

The proposed change takes an existing course, Photo 111, Intermediate Digital, from the electives area of the Photography B.A. degree program and moves it to the required upper division core.

This change reflects the growing demand for digital knowledge and skills in all areas of photography – commercial, fine art and photojournalism. A number of photo classes have digital components, however this instruction is proving insufficient to prepare our students for professional careers or graduate programs.




Certificate in Teaching Composition


The English Department offers an 18-unit graduate certificate in the teaching of composition. As the department has recently updated its offerings in rhetoric and composition—adding some courses and deleting others—it was necessary to update the certificate requirements and electives. The Department also reconsidered the number of required courses, reducing the requirement by one, so that students would have a greater variety of elective options. It was intended that the flexibility built into these options might be more relevant for the different populations of students working on the certificate—future community college teachers, future multilingual student teachers, continuing high school teachers, etc.




Computer Science


Certificate Program in Web Development


1. The certificate will now be offered to Computer Science majors upon completion of CSC 121 and CSC 123 in addition to the completion of major core courses CSC 60, CSC 130, CSC 134, CSC 138, and CSC 139. These courses are more than adequate replacements in content for the courses required of non-majors (in addition to CSC 121 and CSC 123): CSC 8, CSC 22, CSC 80, CSC 120, and CSC 122.

2. The certificate will now be offered to fully-classified graduate students in both the Computer Science and Software Engineering master’s degree programs upon completion of CSC 121 and 123. Admission requirements, which are the same for both programs, are more than adequate replacements in content for the courses required of non-majors (in addition to CSC 121 and CSC 123): CSC 8, CSC 22, CSC 80, CSC 120, and CSC 122.

Justification: These changes will enhance the knowledge and marketability of majors who desire the certificate. In addition, the change of program title more accurately reflects the overall content.





Undergraduate Nursing Program


The Division of Nursing is requesting to combine the courses in the previous fourth and fifth semesters (see below) into the fourth and final semester of the nursing program. This change will result in program completion in four semesters rather than the current five. The Division of Nursing conducted a pilot of this plan with students selecting into a combined 5th and 6th semesters (former program was 6 semesters, but has been approved to go to a 5 semester program). The results of the pilot program were extremely positive and supported the action of combining the last two semester requirements into one semester. Please see the attached document for the results of the pilot program. In addition, the recommendation of the pilot committee and the faculty is to decrease the number of units for Nurs 156. This change is not reflected on this document, as it will be contained in the accompanying Form A.

1. Students entering the program often have completed all of the "co-requisites" required plus a pharmacology class. Consequently, these students carry only 6 nursing units in their fifth semester. Combining the fourth and fifth semesters' nursing units will allow students with no remaining co-requisites to complete the nursing program in four instead of six semesters.

2. The research course can, at present, be taken during any of the last three semesters of the program. Its relocation in the curriculum poses no change. It will still be able to be taken during any of the last semesters of the program. It is anticipated that more students will take it either during the summer or in the 2nd or 3rd semesters.

3. The writing intensive reasoning course N169 has always been recommended to be taken in the final semester and the timing of the course offerings will be adjusted to allow students in either 3rd or 4th to be able to satisfy this requirement. A summer offering is also being considered.

4. There is no programmatic or fiscal impact to other academic units.

5. Fiscal analysis of the proposed changes:
It is anticipated that any increase in expenditure for faculty will be offset with accompanying increases in FTES.
Because of the shortage of nurse faculty, no negative effect for existent faculty positions is projected. The proposed changes will require no additional resources.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing


The Division of Nursing is requesting a change in the course repetition admission criteria for the BSN program. Currently there is no limit to the number of times that a prerequisite course may be taken and the highest grade attained in the course is used for calculating the admission ranking. The change in the repeat policy states: A prerequisite course may be repeated once with no penalty to the ranking score and the highest grade achieved will be used for GPA calculations. The third time a prerequisite course is taken, a 5 point deduction per course will be taken from the candidates final score in the ranking for admission to the nursing program. If more than 7 years have elapsed, this deduction will not be made.

The nursing program is an impacted program with approximately 300 qualified applicants for 70 positions. The change in the repeat policy is intended to further refine the selection criteria to ensure that students selected for positions in the nursing program are successful, not only in the program, but in licensure as well. The Board of Registered Nursing published a report in 2000 titled: NCLEX-RN task force report: The problem and the plan. The following recommendation was suggested: “Limit the number of times pre nursing students can retake required prerequisite courses” (p.15). Several of the CSU programs have followed suit and therefore there is a precedent throughout the CSU system for limitations on repeating prerequisite courses considered for entry into impacted nursing programs.

Link to BRN Report: http://www.rn.ca.gov/forms/pdf/taskforce00.pdf




Ethnic Studies


Asian American Studies Minor


Please See Attachment


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