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Academic Program Renewal Update
September 26, 2012

University Studies/General Education Reform: The university-wide committee continues to work with the deans and curriculum committees of the undergraduate schools and colleges to identify ways to satisfy degree requirements with 120 credit-hours. Working with the Provost, the committee will begin vetting design attributes of a proposed new model for general education in October.

College of Arts and Sciences: Graduate Music Programs: The accrediting agency for music programs approved the reorganization of the graduate programs.

College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Health, Human Performance and Leisure Studies (HHPLS): The recommendation to merge selected concentrations with the program in Nutritional Sciences in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences is under review by the Department of HHPLS faculty.

College of Arts and Sciences: Transition of Classics program in the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program: Departmental faculty has submitted a proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop the interdisciplinary curriculum.

School of Communications, Reorganize Bachelor's and Doctoral Programs: Recommendations to reorganize program concentrations at the bachelor’s and doctoral levels have been submitted to the Board of Trustees. The School’s undergraduate Communication and Culture, Journalism, and Radio, Television and Film (RTVF) programs are being consolidated into two: one focusing on the media and the other on legal and strategic communications. The two former doctoral programs (one in Communication and Culture and the other in Mass Communication and Media Studies) are being consolidated into a single umbrella program.

School of Divinity: Recruitment of Ph.D. prepared faculty to develop the doctoral program is in progress. The dean and the faculty are recruiting the required faculty to support the program, and developing the curricular components to support the introduction of a doctoral program. Full implementation will occur over 3 to 5 years.

Graduate School, Streamlining Doctoral Education: The doctoral program in Computer Science admitted its first class consisting of 3 students.  Proposals to establish interdisciplinary doctoral programs in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Chemical & Biomedical Engineering are under review. Implementing the April 2012 Board of Trustees approved revised criteria for Graduate Faculty membership.

School of Education, New Undergraduate Program in Urban Teacher Education: Faculty is refining the draft curriculum, and the first students will be admitted in the fall semester of 2013.

School of Education, Dual M.Ed. Program in school Psychology and Counseling Services: Curricula have been developed, and first students will be admitted in the fall semester of 2013.

College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Architecture Program: The Architecture Program will remain with the College of Engineering.

Africana Studies Doctoral Program: A university-wide interdisciplinary committee was constituted and is considering options for the design of the program, resource requirements, and institutional alignment.

International Studies: The Assistant Provost for International Studies has been working with the Schools and Colleges to develop Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with partner universities in Africa and other regions.

Black Male Achievement: Black male students have been identified as a recruitment, admission and matriculation priority for the entering class of fall 2013.

Ronald Walters Center: The general framework for the Center has been developed and the founding director has been appointed.

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