THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

FACULTY SENATE

 

Senate Document Number†† ††7509S

 

Date of Senate Approval†††† 04/09/09

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

 

APC Document 60:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Change in Credit Hours for POLS 460

 

 

Effective Date: Fall 2009

 

 

1.Delete:†††††††† On page 240, credit hour total for ďPOLS 460 Senior Colloquium.Ē

 

460†††††† Senior Colloquium (1)

 

 

Add:†††††††††† On page 240, in place of deleted entry:

 

460 ††††† Senior Colloquium (1-3)

 

 

Impact:

The only potential impact is a slight increase in one personís teaching load when the number of seniors is large.

 

Rationale:

In the Senior Colloquium, a component of the departmentís capstone experience, students present their research or internship analyses and then critique each otherís papers and presentations.The number of students enrolled has a direct impact on how much work students are required to do.When enrollment is lower because of a smaller graduating class, students have less work to do. If however, a larger number of students are graduating the amount of work and time spent in class can increase dramatically. Experience indicates the course functions most effectively with 9 to 11 students per credit hour. We need the flexibility of adjusting the hours to make the class productive and efficient and the workload for students manageable. Because our object is to bring all the seniors together, multiple sections of a one-hour course are not feasible.