†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

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Senate Document Number†† ††1305F

 

Date of Senate Approval†††† 12/01/05††

 

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

APC Document3:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Changes to MLA 500, 610, 670 and 680

Deletion of MLA 620, 640, 660, 681, 690 and 691

 

 

Effective Date: Fall 2006

 

1.Add:††††† On pg 174, to the current description of MLA 500:

 

500 Human Condition (3)

This course includes guided scholarly research.[Current Catalog description to follow, without change.]

 

Rationale:

UNCA's MLA students are--and should be--expected to conduct research at at least the level of our undergraduates.However, many, if not most, are not able to do this.*Quality master's degree programs traditionally begin with some kind of research-course, because the ability to do good research is essential to learning at that level.MLA 670 is an excellent and necessary course, but it is taken too late in the student's program to benefit their work throughout the MLA curriculum.The students need tutelage early in the program so that they can carefully and confidently incorporate the excellent ideas of scholars with their own.(Good MLA students sometimes begin work on their thesis before taking 670; as a result, too often they err in their ways.)

*This is my observation (Iíve taught 9 MLA classes at different levels, from the first class that was offered, to a course last year).It also is a national concern regarding such programs:the issue has been a focus at past AGLSP conferences, and the point was emphasized to me in a conversation last year with an AGLSP officer.

So we are not alone in dealing with this problem.

 

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2.Delete:††††††† On pg 146, the entry for MLA 610:

 

†††††††††††††††† 610†† Tutorial (1-3)

Individual study under the supervision of a faculty member. Topics chosen in consultation between student and faculty member. May be repeated for credit with permission of program director.

 

Add:†††††††††† On pg 146, in place of deleted entry:

 

610†† Tutorial (3)

Individual study supervised by a faculty member. Topics are chosen after consultation between student, graduate advisor, and faculty member. Course may be repeated once as subject matter changes for a total of 6 hours of credit.

 

Impact:Limiting the number of MLA tutorials will reduce the workload on faculty. It will also insure that students participate in seminar experiences with other MLA students

 

Rationale:Students should concentrate their studies in a seminar setting. In the past students have been allowed to register for multiple tutorials, thus reducing their exposure to group seminars.

 

 

 

3. Delete:†††††††† On pg 147, the title and description for MLA 670

 

670 ††The Nature of Scholarly Inquiry (3)

This colloquium provides a forum for students to develop their individual scholarly

interests into an MLA project or thesis topic. Includes survey of techniques of inquiry in

the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as practical issues from

finding a topic to final presentation. Prerequisite: 21 hours in MLA program. Must be

taken prior to or simultaneously with MLA 680 or 690. (Grading S/U.)

 

†† Add:††††††††††† On pg 147, in place of the deleted entry:

 

670†† Scholarly Inquiry Seminar (3)

This seminar provides a forum for students to develop their individual scholarly interests into a capstone MLA project. Includes survey of techniques of inquiry in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as practical issues from finding a topic, to final presentation and defense. Students will define a topic for the project seminar and begin preliminary research. Project proposals must be approved by the project advisor and the project seminar instructor. Prerequisite: 21 hours in the MLA Program. (Grading S/U). Fall.

 

Impact: This change will allow students to begin designing their capstone project.

 

Rationale:Course will focus on the development of capstone project in consultation with fellow students. The capstone project, MLA 680, will be completed during the following spring semester; thus a cohort of students will pass through a two semester senior experience.

 

 

 

4.Delete:††††††† On pg 147, the title and description for MLA 680

 

680†† Masterís Project (1-3)

A scholarly research project, an original interpretive essay or a creative project in the arts

or literature. Project to be chosen in consultation with the faculty member who will serve

as its supervisor and approved by the Graduate Council. Either 3 credits of MLA 680 or 6

credits of MLA 690 are required of all MLA candidates. (Grading S/U/IP.)*

 

†††† Add:††††††††††† On pg 147, in place of the deleted entry:

 

680†† Project Seminar (3)

Seminar dedicated to the completion of a capstone scholarly research project under the direction of a project advisor and project seminar instructor.Typically the project takes the form of a major research paper (40-50 pages), but alternatives, including creative projects in the arts or literature are permitted with the concurrence of the advisor and project seminar instructor. Drafts are presented and defended in the seminar, and final projects are due before the end of the semester. No extensions are allowed; those who do not complete the project must retake the seminar in the following year. Prerequisite: Successful completion of MLA 670. (Grading S/U). Spring.

 

Impact:Project seminar will require close cooperation between individual project directors and the instructor of the 680 seminar. Students completing the MLA program will now be required to complete this project instead of choosing either a project or thesis.

 

Rationale:Students should complete their capstone project as part of a wider scholarly community. The seminar format will create this community, allowing for peer critiques and feedback from three faculty members.

 

 

5. Delete: ††††††† On pg 146-147, entries for MLA 620, 640, and 660

 

Impact:The impact will be negligible since the courses are offered infrequently. Once students complete the seven required courses under the revised curriculum, they may complete their 30-hour requirement with a combination of tutorial and additional 500-level offerings.

 

Rationale:Deleting the courses eliminates redundancy with MLA 520, 540, and 560. The original purpose of the 620, 640, and 660 seminars was to allow for courses that did not contain an interdisciplinary component. Over the years, fewer and fewer discipline-based courses were offered. Eliminating these seminars will streamline the curriculum and allow the MLA Program to focus on interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

 

 

6.Delete:††††††† On pg 147, the entries for MLA 681, 691

 

Impact:Removal of the Project Extensions will insure the expeditious completion of degree requirements.

 

Rationale:†† Students need to complete their work in a timely manner, and in community with their peers.Peer review and critique will improve the quality of capstone projects and begin the process of disseminating the results of a scholarly research project.

 

 

7.Delete:††††††† On pg 147, the entry for MLA 690

 

Impact:Currently enrolled students with outstanding In Progress grades in MLA 690 will be able to complete the course. Students under the old curriculum who have not taken the thesis or project for graduation will be required to complete MLA 680.

 

Rationale:We wish to eliminate the thesis/project option in the MLA Program and concentrate on a two-semester capstone experience where all MLA students work alongside their peers and critique each otherís work.