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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


March 2, 2007

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Teri Doerksen, G04C Belknap Hall, ext. 4588.

Curricular Action Notice – Liberal Studies

Program Change Proposal -- AA in Liberal Studies

Rationale for change:
The proposed AA in Liberal Studies program is designed for students who may not yet be fully committed to completion of a four-year degree and/or who have demonstrated some elements of the potential for academic success, but lack others, such as consistent academic performance or discipline, both of which are necessary to be successful in a Baccalaureate degree program. The purpose of the proposed AA in Liberal Studies program is to offer students the opportunity to complete an associate degree that will also meet the majority of general education requirements, while assisting at-risk students by providing them with a supportive and skill-based preparation for eventual matriculation in one of Mansfield University’s baccalaureate programs. At-risk students, as defined by the university to be academically under prepared (e.g., rigor of high school program, SAT/ACT scores, high school grade point average and class rank, etc.) will be encouraged, and in some cases required, to begin their studies at MU through the AA program. This will provide them with the opportunity to receive intrusive advising and appropriate course placement/scheduling to maximize the likelihood that they will develop the attributes to academically succeed, persist, and complete a degree.

List all changes:
This is a comprehensive revision of the previous program, to coincide with removing the program from moratorium. The curriculum of the program is designed to overlap tightly with the current MU General Education requirements.

Program Description for Catalog (if changed):
The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies (AA) offers students an opportunity to obtain a two-year degree that provides the core elements of a liberal education in preparation for a broad variety of career paths and additional educational experiences. The degree is designed to facilitate ease of transfer to a bachelor’s level program on campus.

Program Objectives (if changed):

  • To encourage college attendance among the population of the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania;
  • To provide a supportive start to college for students who have shown some, but not all, of the requisite elements of potential for academic success;
  • To provide a core liberal education foundation for students who may desire only an associate degree or who may not yet be certain as to their future educational and career directions.

Impact on other programs (if any):
It is not expected that this program will directly impact other degree programs, but it may reduce the number of students admitted as AEP students.


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