Memos from the Office of Academic Programs

Two New Degree Programs and Two New Degree Concentrations (April 4, 2016)

Two new degree programs and two new degree concentrations have been proposed and are submitted to all faculty for review pursuant to UPS 410.103. The proposed degree programs and concentrations may be viewed via Curriculog.

  • MS in Financial Engineering and Risk Management
  • MS in Engineering Management
  • Two new concentrations for the MS in Information Technology, Data Science concentration and Information Technology Management concentration. 

If the degree programs are approved by the Academic Senate and the President, they will be forwarded to the Office of the President for final campus approval. The Office of Academic Programs has the responsibility for ensuring that the degree program proposals are forwarded to the CSU Chancellor’s Office for review and approval at the system wide level.

If the concentrations are approved by the Academic Senate and the President, they are forwarded to the Office of the President for final approval. If approved, the Office of Academic Programs has the responsibility for ensuring that the concentrations are included in the university catalog and that the information about the concentrations is forwarded to the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

The deadline for submitting questions is April 20, 2016. Questions or comments must be submitted in writing to the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs, with copies to the Dean of the College proposing the new concentration or degree program, the Chair of the College Curriculum Committee, and the Chair of the proposing Department. If you have questions about this process please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Katherine Powers (kpowers@fullerton.edu or x2150).

Proposed new MS in Financial Engineering and Risk Management  in the Department of Finance (Mihaylo College of Business and Economics)

The master’s degree in financial and risk engineering provides preparation for professional careers in the financial services industry and government, and provides a foundation for further graduate research work at the doctoral level. The curriculum is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science.

Proposed new MS in Engineering Management (an interdisciplinary degree program between the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics)

This degree is designed for working engineers and professionals who are in leadership or management positions or who are planning to advance their careers into the management of technical enterprises. It is also designed to benefit engineering or science graduates who are interested in assuming leadership positions in the industry. MSEM is planned to be a year-round, 30-unit degree program to be completed in 21-months with students taking two courses per semester (Cohort). The course schedule will be based on the 16-week semester in the fall and spring, and one 10-week summer session. In addition, students will be required to attend and complete a mandatory orientation prior to beginning the program and a mid-point symposium for a review of their progress toward completing the final project and for continued authentication of their work.

Proposed Data Science concentration in the MS in Information Technology in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences (Mihaylo College of Business and Economics)

The current degree program, MS in Information Technology, focuses on information technology and its management. While information technology continues to be a field high in demand in industry, the demand for business school graduates with skills in Data Science is rapidly growing, and is expected to continue growing well into the next decade. To cater to the growing market demand for data science professionals, we propose to create a Data Science concentration within the MSIT program. The Data Science concentration will provide students with knowledge, skills, and experience in data processing and analytics in the context of business.

Proposed Information Technology Management concentration in the MS in Information Technology in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences (Mihaylo College of Business and Economics)

The current degree program, MS in Information Technology, focuses on information technology and its management. While information technology continues to be a field in high demand in industry, the demand for business school graduates with skills in Data Science is rapidly growing, and is expected to continue growing well into the next decade. To cater to the growing market demand for data science professionals, we propose to create two concentrations in the MS in Information Technology program: (1) Information Technology Management, and (2) Data Science. The proposed concentration, Information Technology Management, consists of essentially the same courses that are offered in the current MS in Information Technology program and is intended to replace the degree (in its general concentration) and to be offered as a partner to the new Data Science concentration, both within the MS in Information Technology. 

First Year Experience (Feb. 16, 2016)

As you know, the First Year Experience (FYE) at CSU Fullerton is being reimagined with an eye toward scalability and impact. Numerous conversations with stakeholders across the campus took place last semester, with Brent Foster, Interim Director, Office of First Year Experience, and myself, engaging many of you in these discussions. This memo is provided to you as an update on the progress we have made on FYE.
 


First, the office name change from Freshman Programs to First Year Experience (FYE) has expanded conversations to include support for both freshman and transfers.

Second, UNIV 100, the existing three-unit elective course, was successfully redesigned last semester to strengthen curriculum content, consistent with national literature on first year experience expectations. Several of the current UNIV 100 faculty contributed through faculty meetings and email discussions to the re-design of the content of the course, including textbook selection, and sequencing of course materials and assignments. They also provided recommendations on implementation of major/career exploration, a key component of the course. In addition, multiple arms of the Division of Student Affairs were equally involved in discussions of the course redesign as it relates to co-curricular experiences and have offered their continued support towards strengthening the FYE experience.
 
Because the course redesign work happened so efficiently, the decision was made to offer in fall 2016 this redesigned and more rigorous content now posted in the FYE Titanium Community. Consequently, the FYE office will work with colleges and appropriate faculty in the delivery of this stronger content, which now includes a common set of FYE student learning outcomes to better inform assessment, consistent with national literature on first year experience. As you know, any first year freshman will be able to take UNIV 100. However, the FYE office will act as a 'home" for those students who have yet to commit to a college, and will intensify efforts to recruit undeclared students for UNIV 100. Currently, between 12-14% of our nearly 4,500 Freshmen are undeclared. Through this course and our strengthened advising efforts, we would better guide students toward major declaration as appropriate.
 


Third, in spring 2016, we will continue discussions with colleges that have expressed interest in implementing their own FYE offerings to identify appropriate modalities for doing so.  In addition, conversations will continue with colleges that have expressed concerns with the decentralization of the FYE to explore if, how, and when they could join this effort.
 


Fourth, we will continue to explore different options with colleges to effectively support our first year transfer students.  In this regard, the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is offering a new course, BUAD 300, which caters to first year transfer students majoring in Business. It is conceivable that other colleges may like to consider a first year transfer course as well. 
 


Finally, as other updates emerge, we will apprise you accordingly. We look forward to working with you and your faculty in this important work. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brent Foster, Interim Director, Office of First Year Experience. 
 
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Peter O. Nwosu, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Academic Programs
Accreditation Liaison Officer

Professor of Human Communication Studies

California State University, Fullerton   

800 N. State College, Blvd.
MH-133, Fullerton, CA 92831

Telephone:  657-278-3602  

Two-Year Course Rotation Plans (Feb. 12, 2016)

On February 3, I sent you a memo following the January 27 meeting of the Council of Deans regarding the submission of updated undergraduate academic degree program roadmaps to the Office of Academic Programs on March 25, 2016.

This current memo emanates from that January 27 COD meeting and requests the submission of two-year course rotation plans from programs within your colleges to the Office of Academic Programs on or before May 1, 2016. The academic degree program roadmaps and the course rotation plan work together to enhance how students plan their academic pathways with u-Direct and Titan Scheduler (both technology solutions that support course selections and degree planning).

To facilitate the submission process for the two-year course rotation plans for the individual departments in your colleges, we are providing the following directions on how to complete the spreadsheet that will be used with u.Direct and Titan Scheduler. Deans are responsible for sharing this memo and the course rotation spreadsheets with department chairs.

As you are aware, our campus is in the process of implementing an academic planning software called u.Direct. u.Direct is a web based, interactive academic planning tool that will allow students to view degrees in a term by term format and create personalized plans. Titan Scheduler, introduced in the Fall of 2015, is an automated tool that helps students build their class schedules each semester. The tool allows students to block out days and times when they are not available to take classes, then choose which courses they want to take and when to take them. For u.Direct and Titan Scheduler to work, the semester (or semesters) a department plans to offer a particular course needs to be built into the system.

Attached are spreadsheets for each department in your college. Please use this template to provide us with the planned offerings of courses over the course of the next two years. Simply place a check mark in the column for all semesters (fall, winter, spring, summer) that the course will be offered.

Please submit your two-year course rotation plan to your associate dean using the spreadsheet that corresponds to your area. Your associate dean will compile them by college to submit them by May 1 to Alison Wrynn, Director of Undergraduate Studies and General Education. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Alison Wrynn at awrynn@fullerton.edu or at (657) 278-3602.

  • College of the Arts
  • College of Communications
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Undergraduate Degree Roadmaps (Feb. 3, 2016)

This memo is to follow up on our presentation to the Council of Deans on January 27, 2016 regarding the submission of updated undergraduate academic degree program roadmaps that are due March 25. To facilitate this process with the individual departments we are providing the following directions on how to complete the template to be uploaded to u.Direct. Deans are responsible for sharing this memo, and the degree roadmap template, with Department Chairs.

As you are aware, our campus is in the process of implementing an academic planning software called u.Direct. u.Direct is a web based, interactive academic planning tool that will allow students to view degrees in a term by term format and create personalized plans. u.Direct works with the Titan Degree Audit (TDA), and thereby is able to validate the student’s personalized academic plan against the TDA for completion verification. The software requires a suggested 4 year academic roadmap approved by the department for publication that students will use to build their personalized roadmaps. The department roadmaps will be considered the best path to graduation and will enable students to plan their academic goals each semester. A separate roadmap is required for each concentration, option or emphasis within your degree program or programs.

Attached is a modified roadmap template that has additional columns to help departments specify academic Area, suggested Course, and Units in each term. Please use this template to provide us with your roadmap. Some colleges might have a suggested course for GE or they may leave it blank. We do prefer that departments list the GE or Major Area according to the TDA. The best direction for completing these roadmaps is to run a TDA and review the roadmap with the TDA requirements so all areas are met. This will also ensure that all GE/major areas on the TDA are accounted for in the roadmap.

Here is a link to the 4 year roadmaps that are currently available for public viewing at the Academic Programs site fullerton.edu/undergraduate/academicmaps/

Please return your updated roadmaps, using the attached form, by March 25 to Alison Wrynn, Director of Undergraduate Studies and General Education (awrynn@fullerton.edu) or contact her at (657) 278 -3602. Please note that target implementation date for U.Direct is Fall 2016.

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Proposed New Courses and New GE Courses - Spring 2016 (Feb. 1, 2016)

The following 41 new courses and 11 General Education courses have been proposed and are submitted to all faculty for review pursuant to UPS 411.100. Copies of the proposed courses are available to access via Curriculog.

To access Curriculog, enter through the button found in your CSUF portal. Once you have clicked on ‘Log In’ in the upper right corner, you will see a magnifying glass in the far right corner. Click on the magnifying glass and a search bar will drop down. Type in the Course ID (e.g., KNES 483) and hit ‘Enter’/‘Return’. The results will appear in the same area as the search bar. Click on the course you would like to see and the proposal should appear on your screen.

To view attachments (including syllabi) click on the icon that looks like a white piece of paper with a green plus sign. This icon will be located at the top of the right pane of the proposal. Please contact curriculog@fullerton.edu if you have questions regarding navigation within Curriculog. For all other questions please contact Alison Wrynn (awrynn@fullerton.edu) x8512.

Please note that the process approved by the Academic Senate for university-level course approval requires that courses not challenged by any unit will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration without further review by the University Curriculum Committee or Graduate Education Committee. Newly proposed GE courses are sent to the GE curriculum committee for approval before being forwarded to the Academic Senate.

Once courses are approved by the Academic Senate, they are forwarded to the Office of the President for final approval. The Office of Academic Programs has the responsibility for ensuring that the approved courses are included in the university catalog.

The deadline for submitting questions (i.e. a written inquiry about the appropriateness of a new course proposal) is February 16, 2016. Questions must be submitted in writing to the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs with copies to the Dean of the College proposing the course, the Chair of the College Curriculum Committee, and the Chair of the proposing Department. Conversion of questions to challenges (i.e. a formal objection to a course proposal that can only be submitted by a department) must take place by March 1, 2016.

Additionally, only courses approved as a part of the regular curriculum may be considered for inclusion in the University’s General Education program.

College of the Arts

  • No new courses approved

 

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

  • ACCT – 415 – Accounting Ethics
  • ECON – 529 – Seminar in Monetary Economics
  • CON – 530 – Seminar in Labor Economics

 

College of Communication

  • HCOM – 215 – Introduction to Digital Media Studies
  • HCOM – 305 – Digital Media Literacy
  • HCOM – 321 – Latina/o Culture and Communication
  • HCOM – 415 – Seminar in Digital Media and Culture

 

College of Education

  • EDSC – 446M – Methods and Inquiry for Mandarin Bilingual Teachers
  • EDSC – 541M – Culture and Education of Chinese-American Students

 

College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • No new courses proposed

 

College of Health and Human Development

  • CAS – 454 – Practicum Seminar in Transitional Early Childhood Education
  • CAS – 454L – Practicum in Transitional Early Childhood Education
  • HESC – 402 – Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System
  • HESC – 472 – Nutritional Assessment
  • KNES – 483 – Sport, Film, and Culture
  • NURS – 516B – Nurse Educator Clinical Practicum

 

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • ANTH – 425 – Lithic Analysis
  • ANTH – 458 – Sustainable Urban Food Systems
  • CHIN – 385 – Advanced Chinese Culture Communication
  • ENGL – 410 – Language & Power in AFAM Culture
  • GEOG – 451 – Political Geography
  • GEOG – 501 – Qualitative Research Methods
  • GEOG – 532 – Political Ecology
  • GEOG – 533 – Environmental Change
  • GEOG 543 – Seminar in Cultural Geography – Trends, Topics, Themes
  • HIST – 400B – Concepts in World History
  • HIST – 405 – Visual History
  • HIST – 438 – Modern Italy since 1796
  • HIST – 476B – African Americans since 1863
  • JAPN – 408 – Advanced Writing on Current Issues
  • PHIL – 390 – Philosophy of Time
  • SOCI – 417 – Violence against Women and Girls: Global
  • TESL – 98 – Developmental ESL Writing
  • WGST – 305 – Gender Frameworks: Introducing Intersection
  • WGST – 482 – Difference and Intersectionality
  • HIST – 405 – Visual History
  • HIST – 438 – Modern Italy since 1796
  • HIST – 476B – African Americans since 1863
  • JAPN – 408 – Advanced Writing on Current Issues
  • PHIL – 390 – Philosophy of Time
  • SOCI – 417 – Violence against Women and Girls: Global
  • TESL – 98 – Developmental ESL Writing
  • WGST – 305 – Gender Frameworks: Introducing Intersection
  • WGST – 482 – Difference and Intersectionality

 

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • BIOL – 251 – Genetics
  • BIOL – 252 – Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL – 253L – Cell and Molecular Biology Skills Laboratory
  • BIOL – 254L – Research Skills for Ecology and Organismal Biology
  • GEOL – 381 – Data Collection and Analysis for Earth
  • MATH – 116 - Trigonometry

 

Academic Programs

  • UNIV – 397 – The Peer Mentor Experience

 

Existing Courses Submitted for General Education Inclusion

C.2 Introduction to the Humanities

  • PORT - 105 - Introduction to Lusophone Culture and Language
  • PORT - 214 - Intermediate Lusophone Culture and Language

 

C.3 Explorations in the Arts or Humanities

  • AFAM - 388 - Hip Hop Culture
  • AMST - 345 - American Dream
  • PHIL/LING - 375 - Meaning and Mind
  • PORT - 385 - Brazilian Cultural Communication Through Narrative

 

E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

  • BUAD - 300 - Professional and Career Development
  • CNSM - 100 - Introduction to Learning and Thinking in Science and Math
  • COUN - 252 - Career and Life Planning
  • HESC - 115 - Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety
  • UNIV - 100 - Foundations for College Success, Life-Long Learning and Self-Development