Plan offers more 8-week courses

Undergraduate Assembly also approves new major

by Sally Claunch
The Shorthorn staff

The Undergraduate Assembly approved a plan Tuesday allowing more eight-week courses during fall and spring semesters beginning in 2001.

The plan, part of the preliminary academic calendar for 2001-2002, would be the first time eight-week courses will be offered outside of the College of Business Administration.

Vice Provost Dana Dunn said students have expressed interest in making eight-week courses available in other departments.

"Some students have written on the survey that they are interested in a shortened-semester format all year long," she said.

University President Robert Witt presided over the assembly, which is the legislative body of the university faculty in undergraduate academic affairs.

He said the university is in a period of transition and is moving in a new direction with higher enrollment and faculty participation.

"In the past several months we've had more suggestions from faculty and administrators about new ideas and new initiatives they would like to put in place," Dr. Witt said. "People are beginning to think about the future in terms of the possibilities and promise instead of in terms of the constraints and problems."

Also during the meeting, the assembly elected two new officers and approved a new athletic-related major.

Registrar Zack Prince was re-elected Secretary, and Mary Ridgway, vice president for undergraduate academic and student affairs, was elected as parliamentarian.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee presented an athletic training major for the assembly's approval.

Head trainer Brian Conway said that although a similar majors can be applied to students seeking a job in the athletic training field, this is the first fully accredited program being offered in athletic training by the university.

The assembly discussed the course requirements, and approved the new major unanimously. The proposals must also be approved by the UT System and the Coordinating Board.

Conway said that there are few schools that offer an accredited athletic trainer major, and that students have been interested in pursuing the degree.

"The quality of students we attract will be increased," he said.

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