Number 02-22
Description Modern Languages proposal
Authored by Tara Brignac
Chris Canon
Brad Rollins
Sponsored by Josh Warren
Date Submitted Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Date Considered Wednesday, January 1, 1000
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Rules and Appropriations
Result n/a
Remarks No further information is available about this resolution.
Whereas The administration has decided to eliminate the master's degree programs in French and German, citing a lack of graduates and the need to allocate university resources more appropriately; and
Whereas Enrollment in the French and German Masters of Arts programs has increased 70 percent in the past year and is projected to increase further with a growing undergraduate enrollment in the department and additional recruiting efforts; and
Whereas The chairman of the Modern Languages department has said that elimination of the French and German master's degrees would most probably increase costs by having to hire adjunct faculty, as opposed to graduate teaching assistants, in order to cover the remaining undergraduate courses that cannot be physically taught by tenured faculty in French and German. In addition, elimination of the aforementioned graduate programs will result in a loss of revenue generated by graduate student tuition; and
Whereas Elimination of the degrees would be a disservice to Metroplex residents who take graduate courses to continue their education with no intention of pursuing a corresponding degree; and
Whereas The faculty of the Modern Languages department has drafted, with great expenditure of time and labor, a proposal for an MA in Modern Languages with concentrations in French, German and Spanish, thereby addressing the concerns of the administration and maintaining graduation quotas set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Be It Further Resolved That The proposal by the Modern Languages faculty be accepted by the University in order to assure the future of modern languages degrees that are a vital component of the university's academic environment.