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AGENDA ITEM NO: 9.2 UNIVERSITY COUNCIL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE REQUEST FOR DECISION PRESENTED BY: Gordon Hill, Chair, Academic Programs Committee DATE OF MEETING: June 18, 2009 SUBJECT: Arts & Science:
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AGENDA ITEM NO: 9.2 UNIVERSITY COUNCIL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS COMMITTEE REQUEST FOR DECISION PRESENTED BY: Gordon Hill, Chair, Academic Programs Committee DATE OF MEETING: June 18, 2009 SUBJECT: Arts & Science: programs in Languages & Linguistics DECISION REQUESTED: It is recommended: That Council approve Bachelor of Arts Three-year and Four-year in Modern Languages, and deletion of the BA Three-year programs in German, Russian and Spanish, BA Four-year and Honours in Comparative Literature & Languages, and BA Four-year and Honours in Linguistics & Languages PURPOSE: The Bachelor of Arts is an academic program at the University of Saskatchewan. New fields of specialization at the major level and program deletions must be approved by University Council. SUMMARY: The new 3-year and 4-year BA programs in Modern Languages will provide a more flexible program for students in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. These programs will also serve to strengthen the faculty complement of the department. Students will complete courses in linguistics and in comparative literature, as well as at least eight to 12 courses in one language and at least four courses in a secondary language or in literature. The following programs will be deleted and replaced by the Modern Languages programs BA 3-year degrees in German, Russian, and Spanish; BA 4-year and Honours in Comparative Literature & Languages; and BA 4-year and Honours in Linguistics and Languages. The minors and language recognitions will continue to exist. The Academic Programs Committee established a Subcommittee to review this proposal and requested additional information. The Committee also discussed this proposal with department and college representatives. At its May 21 meeting, the Committee agreed to recommend approval to Council. ATTACHMENTS: Proposal documentation; program termination forms, subcommittee report. Proposal for Curriculum Change to be approved by Council or by Academic Programs Committee 1. PROPOSAL IDENTIFICATION Title of proposal: Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts Field(s) of Specialization: Modern Languages Level(s) of Concentration: 4-year and 3-year Option(s): N/A Degree College: Arts and Science Department: Languages and Linguistics Home College: Arts and Science Contact person(s): Tom Steele Associate Dean, Undergraduate Affairs College of Arts & Science Tel: 4315 Fax: Richard Julien, Chair of Languages and Linguistics College of Arts and Science Tel: Date: February 18, 2009 Approved by the degree college and/or home college: January 9, 2009 Proposed date of implementation: September Type of change Requiring approval by Council X A replacement program, including program deletions Proposal Document 3. RATIONALE The new 3-year and 4-year B.A. programs in Modern Languages which are being proposed will provide a more flexible program for students in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. These programs will also serve to strengthen the faculty complement of the department especially in the areas of German, Russian, Spanish and Comparative Literature, where the number of faculty members available in each of the existing programs is not sufficient to sustain the existing programs. The following programs will be deleted and replaced by the Modern Languages programs BA 3-year degrees in German, Russian, and Spanish; BA 4-year and Honours in Comparative Literature & Languages; and BA 4-year and Honours in Linguistics and Languages. The minors and language recognitions will continue to exist. 4. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS 3-year B.A. in Modern Languages Required: (36 credit units) in 24 c.u. of language, culture, or literature courses taught in the chosen primary language 6 cu Linguistics Literature In addition, students must select 12 c.u. from the following areas: Senior literature and/or cultural courses taught in the primary language or in English A secondary language Comparative Literature Linguistics Total of 48 credit units required for the 3-year B.A. in Modern Languages te: Students who have chosen German, Russian, or Spanish as their primary language must take German 314 and 317 or Russian 314 and 317 or Spanish 314 and 317 as part of their major. Primary language courses can be chosen from: French, German, Spanish, Russian. Secondary language courses can be chosen from: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian; CHIN 111.6; CREE 101.6, GRK 112.3, 113.3; HEB 111.6; LATN 112.3, 113.3; the Department may also recognize language courses taken at other institutions on a case by case basis. The following courses satisfy the requirements for Comparative Literature: LIT 100.6, 261.3, 262.3, 263.3, 264 The following courses satisfy the requirements for cultural courses: FREN 252, 272; GERM 202, 204, 212, 265, 266; RUSS 275, 295, 395; SPAN 202, 204. ******************************* 4-year B.A. in Modern Languages Required (54 c.u.) in: 30 c.u. of language, culture, or literature courses taught in the chosen primary language 9 c.u. of Linguistics 9 c.u. of Comparative Literature 6 c.u. of a secondary language In addition, students must select 12 c.u. from the following areas: Literature and/or cultural courses taught in the primary language or in English Senior course in secondary language Comparative Literature Linguistics Literary/Critical Theory Total of 66 c.u. required for the 4-year B.A. in Modern Languages te: Students who have chosen German, Russian, or Spanish as their primary language must take German 314 and 317, Russian 314 and 317, or Spanish 314 and 317 as part of their major. *************************** Primary language courses can be chosen from: French, German, Spanish, Russian Secondary language courses can be chosen from: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian; CHIN 111.6; CREE 101.6, GRK 112.3, 113.3; HEB 111.6; LATN 112.3, 113.3; the department may also recognize language courses taken at other institutions on a case by case basis. The following courses satisfy the requirements for Comparative Literature: LIT 100.6, 261.3, 262.3, 263.3, 264 The following courses satisfy the requirements for cultural courses: FREN 252, 272; GERM 202, 204, 212, 265, 266; RUSS 275, 295, 395; SPAN 202, 204. Courses in Literary/Critical Theory can be taken from other departments in the College but require Department of Languages and Linguistics approval prior to registering. 5. RESOURCES Due to the deletion of the 3-year B.A. in German, the 3-year B.A. in Russian, the 3-year B.A. in Spanish, the programs in Comparative Literature & Languages and in Linguistics & Languages, the Department foresees no additional resources needed to implement the new program being proposed since present faculty resources will be utilized in a more efficient manner. 6. RELATIONSHIPS AND IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTATION other departments or colleges or the resources within the Department of Languages and Linguistics will be impacted by the activities from this new program or the deletion of the indicated programs. As well, the deletion of these programs will not have any external impact to any other PSE institutions or professional bodies. All students currently following these programs will be grandfathered through their programs to completion. Number of students presently enrolled in programs slated for deletion. - Comparative Literature and Languages = 1 - Linguistics and Languages = 17 - German 3-Year = 1 - Russian 3-Year = 1 - Spanish 3-Year = 4 Number of students enrolled and graduated over the last five years from programs slated for deletion. - Comparative Literature and Languages = 3 - Linguistics and Languages = 4 - German 3-Year = 1 - Russian 3-Year = 3 - Spanish 3-Year = 13 - Spanish 4-Year (Grandfathered students) = 6 7. BUDGET Budget allocations will change. Report Form for Program Termination University of Saskatchewan Department: Languages and Linguistics College: Arts and Science Program(s) to be deleted: BA Three Year Spanish Effective date of termination: September List reasons for termination and describe the background leading to this decision. This program will be replaced with a stronger program, the new proposed Modern Languages program, which has a stronger compilation of coursework that will allow the students to become more proficient in their languages of choice. Currently, the number of faculty members available in each of the existing programs is not sufficient to sustain the existing programs. As well, faculty and staff resources from this program will be utilized in a more efficient manner with the new proposed Modern Languages program. 2. Technical information. 2.1 Courses offered in the program and faculty resources required for these courses. 1 Faculty position was assigned to this program. All SPAN courses and faculty will still exist for the new Modern Languages program. 2.2 Other resources (staff, technology, physical resources, etc) used for this program. ne. 2.3 Courses to be deleted, if any. ne. 2.4 Number of students presently enrolled. Four. 2.5 Number of students enrolled and graduated over the last five years. Enrolled: 2004/05-10; 2005/06-5; 2006/07-5; 2007/08 4; 2008/09 4. Nineteen students have graduated from this program over the last 5 years. 3. Impact of the termination. Internal 3.1 What if any impact will this termination have on undergraduate and graduate students? How will they be advised to complete their programs? ne. 3.2 What impact will this termination have on faculty and teaching assignments? ne. 3.3 Will this termination affect other programs, departments or colleges?. 3.4 If courses are also to be deleted, will these deletions affect any other programs?. 3.5 Is it likely, or appropriate, that another department or college will develop a program to replace this one?. 3.6 Is it likely, or appropriate, that another department or college will develop courses to replace the ones deleted?. 3.7 Describe any impact on research projects. ne. 3.8 Will this deletion affect resource areas such as library resources, physical facilities, and information technology?. 3.9 Describe the budgetary implications of this deletion. ne all resources will transfer to the new Modern Languages program. Due to the deletion of the 3-year B.A. in German, the 3-year B.A. in Russian, the 3-year B.A. in Spanish, the programs in Comparative Literature & Languages 1 and in Linguistics & Languages, the Department foresees no additional resources needed to implement the new program being proposed since present faculty resources will be utilized in a more efficient manner. External 3.10 Describe any external impact (e.g. university reputation, accreditation, other institutions, high schools, community organizations, professional bodies). ne Is it likely or appropriate that another educational institution will offer this program if it is deleted at the University of Saskatchewan? Other institutions will already offer stand alone Spanish programs. U of S students will now major in Modern Languages and still come out with a strong primary language (24 credit units in the 3 year same as 3 year Spanish degree - and 30 credit units for the 4 year degree) no different than any other program but in a stronger degree comprising of language, linguistics, and comparative literature. Other 3.12 Are there any other relevant impacts or considerations? Please provide any statements or opinions received about this termination. In the College of Arts and Science s challenge process, opinions are specifically requested from various departments. After the College Challenge was closed and the proposal was approved by the Academic Programs and Standards for the Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Committee, it went to the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. concerns were received at this or either of these stages of the approval process and was passed unanimously at both levels. One of the reasons for the unanimous approval was that the programs were rationalized into a new structure rather than program terminations. (Optional) 4. Additional information. Programs which have not undergone recent formal reviews should provide additional relevant information about quality, demand, efficiency, unique features, and relevance to the province. 2 Report Form for Program Termination University of Saskatchewan Department: Languages and Linguistics College: Arts and Science Program(s) to be deleted: BA Three Year German Effective date of termination: September List reasons for termination and describe the background leading to this decision. This program will be replaced with a stronger program, the new proposed Modern Languages program, which has a stronger compilation of coursework that will allow the students to become more proficient in their languages of choice. Currently, the number of faculty members available in each of the existing programs is not sufficient to sustain the existing programs. As well, faculty and staff resources from this program will be utilized in a more efficient manner with the new proposed Modern Languages program. 2. Technical information. 2.1 Courses offered in the program and faculty resources required for these courses. 1 Faculty position was assigned to this program. All GERM courses and faculty will still exist for the new Modern Languages program. 2.2 Other resources (staff, technology, physical resources, etc) used for this program. ne. 2.3 Courses to be deleted, if any. ne. 2.4 Number of students presently enrolled. Two. 2.5 Number of students enrolled and graduated over the last five years. Enrolled: 2004/05-1; 2005/06-2; 2006/07-3; 2007/08 1; 2008/09 2. Two students have graduated from this program over the last 5 years. 3. Impact of the termination. Internal 3.1 What if any impact will this termination have on undergraduate and graduate students? How will they be advised to complete their programs? ne. 3.2 What impact will this termination have on faculty and teaching assignments? ne. 3.3 Will this termination affect other programs, departments or colleges?. 3.4 If courses are also to be deleted, will these deletions affect any other programs?. 3.5 Is it likely, or appropriate, that another department or college will develop a program to replace this one?. 3.6 Is it likely, or appropriate, that another department or college will develop courses to replace the ones deleted?. 3.7 Describe any impact on research projects. ne. 3.8 Will this deletion affect resource areas such as library resources, physical facilities, and information technology?. 3.9 Describe the budgetary implications of this deletion. ne all resources will transfer to the new Modern Languages program. 3 Due to the deletion of the 3-year B.A. in German, the 3-year B.A. in Russian, the 3-year B.A. in Spanish, the programs in Comparative Literature & Languages and in Linguistics & Languages, the Department foresees no additional resources needed to implement the new program being proposed since present faculty resources will be utilized in a more efficient manner. External 3.10 Describe any external impact (e.g. university reputation, accreditation, other institutions, high schools, community organizations, professional bodies). ne Is it likely or appropriate that another educational institution will offer this program if it is deleted at the University of Saskatchewan? Other institutions will already offer stand alone German programs. U of S students will now major in Modern Languages and still come out with a strong primary language (24 credit units in the 3 year more than 3 year German degree which has 18 credit units of GERM - and 30 credit units for the 4 year degree) no different than any other program but in a stronger degree comprising of language, linguistics, and comparative literature. Other 3.12 Are there any other relevant impacts or considerations? Please provide any statements or opinions received about this termination. In the College of Arts and Science s challenge process, opinions are specifically requested from various departments. After the College Challenge was closed and the proposal was approved by the Academic Programs and Standards for the Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Committee, it went to the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. concerns were received at this or either of these stages of the approval process and was passed unanimously at both levels. One of the reasons for the unanimous approval was that the programs were rationalized into a new structure rather than program terminations. (Optional) 4. Additional information. Programs which have not undergone recent formal reviews should provide additional relevant information about quality, demand, efficiency, unique features, and relevance to the province. 4 Report Form for Program Termination University of Saskatchewan Department: Languages and Linguistics College: Arts and Science Program(s) to be deleted: BA Three Year Russian Effective date of termination: September List reasons for termination and describe the background leading to this decision. This program will be replaced with a stronger program, the new proposed Modern Languages program, which has a stronger compilation of coursework that will allow the students to become more proficient in their languages of choice. Currently, the number of faculty members available in each of the existing programs is not sufficient to sustain the existing programs. As well, faculty and staff resources from this program will be utilized in a more efficient manner with the new proposed Modern Languages program. 2. Technical information. 2.1 Courses offered in the program and faculty resources required for these courses. 1 faculty position was assigned to this program. All RUSS courses and faculty will still exist for the new Modern Languages program. 2.2 Other resources (staff, technology, physical resources, etc) used for this program. ne. 2.3 Courses to be deleted, if any. ne. 2.4 Number of students presently enrolled. Two. 2.5 Number of students enrolled and graduated over the last five years. Enrolled: 2004/05-2; 2005/06-2; 2006/07-3; 2007/08 1; 2008/09 2. Three students have graduated from this program over the last 5 years. 3. Impact of the termination. Internal 3.1 What if any impact will this termination have on undergraduate and graduate students? How will they be advised to complete their programs? ne. 3.2 What impact will this termination have on faculty and teaching assignments? ne. 3.3 Will this termination affect other programs, departments or colleges?. 3.4 If courses are also to be deleted, will these deletions affect any other programs?. 3.5 Is it likely, or appropriate, that another department or college will develop a program to replace this one?. 3.6 Is it likely, or appropriate, that another department or college will develop courses to replace the ones deleted?. 3.7 Describe any impact on research projects. ne. 3.8 Will this deletion affect resource areas such as library resources, physical facilities, and information technology?. 3.9 Describe the budgetary implications of this deletion. ne all resources will transfer to the new Modern Languages program. Due to the deletion of the 3-year B.A. in German, the 3-year B.A. in Russian, the 3-year B.A. in Spanish, the programs in Comparative Literature & Languages 5 and in Linguistics & Languages, the Department foresees no additional resources needed to implement the new program being proposed since present faculty resources will be utilized in a more efficient manner. External 3.10 Describe any external impact (e.g. university reputation, accreditation, other institutions, high schools, community organizations, professional bodies). ne Is it likely or appropriate that another educational institution will offer this program if it is deleted at the University of Saskatchewan? Other institutions will already offer stand alone Russian programs. U of S students will now major in Modern Languages and still come out with a strong primary language (24 credit units
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