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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


January 14, 2002

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, x4521,

The department of Mathematics and Computer Information Science has proposed the following curricular change:


Action: Course Change : Change the number of the course MA 202, Fundamentals of Mathematical Reasoning, to MA 119

Purpose and nature of the change: Change MA 202 to MA 119

Rationale for the change:

When the new general education program was put in place, some people outside of our department expressed the desire for us to offer more choices of courses in which students with minimal backgrounds in mathematics could succeed. We feel that MA 202, a course which was already "on the books" but which has not been offered recently, fits this requirement. MA 202 was placed on the schedule for spring, 2002, but only eight students have registered. We do not know why this has happened. Perhaps it is that students and advisors just don't know about this course. At any rate, neither the department nor the university can afford to run general education mathematics courses with only eight students enrolled.

Some people have suggested to us that students don't consider the course because it has "such a high number," and that enrollment might be larger if the course had a "less forbidding" number. Perhaps this is so. Therefore we propose to renumber the course with the less forbidding number of MA 119.















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