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Faculty Senate OKs streamlining of math requirement

In its second and final meeting of the semester, the Faculty Senate completed discussion on the Academic Honesty Policy and approved a resolution changing the general education mathematics/reasoning (M) requirement.

The senate unanimously approved changes to the general education mathematics/reasoning requirement, simplifying the process for students to meet it.

Richard Eckert, associate professor of computer science and chair of the Faculty Senate University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC), said the proposed revisions would eliminate the need for students who had not demonstrated proficiency in math equivalent to passing algebra, geometry or trigonometry with an 85 or above on a Regents exam to pass Math 107 or 108 before taking a higher-level course.

Eckert noted that the UUCC was convinced that elimination of the two tiered math/reasoning requirement would not diminish the quality of education students will receive in terms of demonstrated proficiency.

The new rules also eliminate a computer science class from the list of those courses that fulfill the M requirement.

The senate approved the revisions allowing students to opt immediately for a higher-level math/reasoning course should they choose. The approval “will still allow students already enrolled to choose to be held to the new requirement or those already in place,” said Provost Mary Ann Swain.

H. Steven Straight, vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs, had chaired a committee charged with looking at implementation issues for the current Academic Honesty Policy. As a result of its work, and in consultation with the Graduate School and Graduate Council, the committee recommended revisions clarifying implementation procedures and the length of time records of reports of academic dishonesty should be maintained.

With one amendment deleting specific language referring to the Masters in Public Administration program, the senate unanimously approved the revisions.

In other business, the senate approved a resolution in support of the New York State College of Ceramics as a statutory school of the State University of New York.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08