THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† FACULTY SENATE

 Senate Document Number†† ††3609S

 

Date of Senate Approval†††† 02/12/09

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

APC Document 24: ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Revise Title and Course Description for ESI 490

 

Effective Date: Fall 2009

 

 

1.Delete:†††††††† On p. 173, the course description for ESI 490:

 

490†††††† Readings and Research in Ethics and Social Institutions (3)

Advanced interdisciplinary readings and research on a topic of current interest in Ethics and Social Institutions. The research project serves as the studentís senior capstone experience. See program director.

 

 

Add: ††††††††† On p. 173, in place of deleted entry:

 

490 ††††† Senior Research in Ethics and Social Institutions (3)

Guided research on a topic of interest in Ethics and Social Institutions. The research project serves as the senior capstone experience for ESI majors. An IP grade may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor. See program coordinator.

 

 

Impact:

None.Frequency of offering will be as needed, as has been the current practice.

 

Rationale:

In 2007-08, an assessment of the ESI program was conducted which included a survey of graduates and current students and a review of a range of quantitative and descriptive information by a committee of interested faculty members. This assessment led to the conclusion that it was asking too much of students to both undertake a senior thesis project and to participate in a readings seminar. In order to allow students the time needed to develop and carry out satisfactory research projects, the readings component of ESI 490 has been removed.

 

The inclusion of an IP grading option is to add flexibility for students who are unable to complete their research projects in one semester, which has been the case for a few in the past.While an Incomplete grade has been granted in the past for these students, an IP grade is more appropriate.