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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


January 25, 2002 (h)

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 Music has requested the following curricular change:


Action: Program Change: Add Sophomore Review for all music majors

Purpose: The purpose of the review is to serve as a benchmark examination for all music majors. It is designed from a positive perspective, assisting the student in recognizing their strengths and weaknesses. While it may simply confirm for most students that they are on track, it will also identify students with deficiencies so that we may better direct them towards improvement and coordinate this effort among the entire department. This review will be combined with regular checks of student's grades and progress each semester during their first three semesters, and therefore serve as the capstone of their first two years. Upon satisfactory completion of the sophomore review, the department and student could be more assured of their continued success. Ultimately, the sophomore review would probably "weed out" a few of our weaker students. Whether or not this weeding out means a recommendation to pursue another course of study or remediation in music is outlined later in this presentation, but overall, the process will increase retention. For example, even the student who we recommend pursue another course of study will find this out quickly and in a timely fashion. Regular contact with advisors, this review and semester progress check will provide the student ample time to digest the needs for changes and our own counseling centers can be used to direct the student towards a more appropriate career. This is not meant to be an obstacle to the students, but rather a positive assessment. It is meant to assist them in their development and provide us with documentation on their success or failure.





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