Part 3 - Core Requirements
  

2.7.2  The institution offers degree programs that embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with its stated mission and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education. (Program Content)

Compliance
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Narrative

The degree programs at the University of New Orleans embody a coherent course of study that aligns with the University’s mission and are based on fields of study appropriate to postsecondary education.

Compatibility with Stated Mission

The University of New Orleans offers a total of 84 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The following excerpts from the Mission and Vision Statement demonstrate that the programs of study are aligned with the University’s mission:

comprehensive urban research university committed to providing educational excellence

offering a variety of world-class, research-based programs

advancing shared knowledge and adding to the region's industry, culture and economy

offers a number of challenging and in-demand programs

the University of New Orleans grants baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees

commitment to excellence in teaching and in student success

innovative and relevant undergraduate, graduate, professional and research programs;

Public colleges and universities are organized by the Louisiana Board of Regents into five categories:  1) comprehensive research universities, 2) specialized units, 3) statewide universities, 4) regional universities, and 5) community and technical colleges. The Master Plan developed by the Board of Regents designates the University of New Orleans as a statewide, selective admissions university. The number and types of academic programs offered by UNO are appropriate to the designation as a statewide university as defined by the Board of Regents.

The Board of Regents defines statewide universities [Page: 20] as follows:

Statewide universities offer a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and masters’

levels, with selective offerings at the doctoral level. Research is selective in nature, focusing in

those areas of graduate expertise. Typically, moderately selective admissions and higher tuition

characterize the state university.

The Role, Scope and Mission of the University of New Orleans, as described in the Master Plan [Page: 72] , follows:

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a comprehensive university with a mission to

educate undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of arts, sciences and professional

programs and to conduct research in these fields. Admission to UNO is selective, based on

courses completed and academic performance.

Process to Ensure Programs are Coherent

Each degree program offered at the University of New Orleans embodies a coherent course of study. All programs include breadth of knowledge and development of progressively more advanced expertise in the discipline. The narrative refers primarily to the undergraduate programs as the graduate programs are fully discussed in Comprehensive Standard 3.6.

The primary vehicle used to ensure breadth of knowledge is the requirement of 39 credits of general education coursework. The general education requirement is prescribed by the Board of Regents (Academic Affairs Policy 2.16) to ensure consistency across all public universities in the state. Coursework is taken in the following areas: 1) English composition, 2) Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning, 3) Natural Sciences, 4) Humanities, 5) Social/Behavioral Sciences, and 6) Fine Arts.

Effective 2014, the University of New Orleans has adopted a new menu of 59 courses to satisfy the general education requirements. All courses are 1000-2000 level to ensure that students can take general education coursework early in their programs of study and to comply with the recently revised language in the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors Bylaws/Rule Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

Procedures are in place to ensure that all programs of study support students in progressively developing more expertise in their discipline. All degree requirements are structured into three categories: general education requirements, other requirements, and major requirements. The Catalog [Page: 191] includes a requirement that a minimum of 50% of the “Major” requirements represent courses at the 3000 – 4000 level. An analysis of all undergraduate programs was completed as part of the self study process for reaffirmation that demonstrates that the majority of programs offered at UNO exceed this criterion. (See Attached Table)

Another vehicle used to ensure coherence with the program is the use of prerequisites for some courses, particularly those at the upper division level. Advising is also used as a tool to ensure that students complete the program of study in a coherent, progressive manner. The recently implemented First Year Advising Program ensures that students early in their career register for appropriate courses to satisfy general education and lower level required courses in their chosen program of study. Four year plans (see example) are published in the Catalog as well as via each department website (see example) to assist students in taking courses in a recommended sequence.

Program coherence is also assured through the internal review process required for program approval and revision. This process is described in a subsequent section as well as in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1.

Analysis of a Representative Sample of Degree Programs

A sample of undergraduate degree programs selected from each college is presented to demonstrate how individual programs of study incorporate features to demonstrate coherence in sequencing, increasing complexity, and linkages between and among program components. For three colleges, two undergraduate programs were selected for inclusion in the sample. Three programs were selected for the College of Liberal Arts since it is divided into three primary types of programs; Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts. One program was selected from the College of Education and Human Development due to the relatively small size of its undergraduate programs.

Table 1: Analysis of Representative Sample of Degree Programs

Program Coherence in Sequencing
Increasing Complexity

Linkage Between and Among Program Components
College of Business Administration BS –Accounting

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Statement included in College requirements that students are responsible “for taking courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly progression”

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.

Program includes 1000 – 4000 level coursework.

“Other” requirements include coursework at 1000 – 3000 level in other areas of Business and the first course in Accounting

100% of “Major” requirements (31 hrs) comprised of 3000 – 4000 level coursework in discipline.

The curriculum of the Accounting program is reviewed by AASCB (accrediting body for College of Business Administration).

Several courses in the program of study serve as prerequisites to upper level accounting courses.
College of Business Administration BS – Finance

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.

Program includes 1000 – 4000 level coursework.

“Other” requirements include coursework at 1000 –4000 level in other areas of Business and two lower division (1000-2000) courses in Economics

90% of “Major” requirements (27 hrs) comprised of 3000 – 4000 level coursework in discipline.

The curriculum of the Finance program is reviewed by AASCB (accrediting body for College of Business Administration).
College of Education and Human Development BS –Elementary Education

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.

Program includes 1000 – 4000 level coursework.

Program organized into four tiers: 1) pre-entry coursework, 2) pre-professional coursework, 3) professional coursework, and 4) capstone student teaching semester.

100% of “Major” requirements (48 hrs) comprised of 3000 – 4000 level coursework.

Students must complete a minimum of 180 field experience clock hours prior to Student Teaching.

EDUC 2000, 3000, 4000 provides “spiraled” curriculum across three levels of program (pre-professional, professional coursework, and student teaching capstone semester).

Students must pass required assessments to progress from one level of the program to the next.

Assessments and design of curriculum reviewed as part of accreditation process by NCATE/CAEP.

Program of study includes a capstone Student Teaching semester (EDUC 4910 – 9hrs)
College of Engineering BS Civil Engineering

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.

Program includes 1000 – 4000 level coursework.

100% of “Major” requirements (48 hrs) comprised of 3000 – 4000 level coursework.

Assessment component of program reviewed by ABET as part of the program accreditation process.

Several courses in related areas of engineering and in math/science required as prerequisites to course in “Major” requirement courses.

Program includes a capstone course ENCE 4390 with an applied project.
College of Engineering BS Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

93% of “Other” requirements (52 crs) comprised of 1000-2000 courses

“Major” requirements comprised of 3000 – 4000 level coursework in discipline.

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.

Program includes 1000 – 4000 level coursework.

100% of “Major” requirements (37 hrs) comprised of 3000 – 4000 level coursework.

Assessment component of program reviewed by ABET as part of the program accreditation process.

Several courses in related areas of engineering and in math/science required as prerequisites to course in “Major” requirement courses.

Program includes a capstone course NAME 4175 with an applied project.
College of Liberal Arts BA English

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.

Program includes 1000 - 4000 level coursework

24 credit hours of "Major" requirements comprised of 3000 - 4000 level coursework.

Each of the five concentrations builds on a base of American, British, and World literature.

Each concentration is primarily comprised of upper level coursework (3000+).


College of Liberal Arts BA Fine Arts

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.
Program includes 18 - 30 hours of 3000 - 4000 level coursework in "Major" requirements depending on option selected (Art History vs. Studio Art). Both options include a capstone experience. Art History students complete an internship in a museum or gallery. Studio Art students complete a senior project which is jury reviewed.

College of Liberal Arts BA Political Science

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.
Program includes at least 18 credit hours of 3000 - 4000 level coursework in "Major" requirements. Students complete a capstone course which requires a paper/presentation.

College of Sciences BS Biology

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

“Other” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 courses

“Major” requirements comprised of 1000 – 4000 level courses in discipline.

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.
Program includes coursework from 1000 – 4000 level. Lower level courses in Biology required as prerequisites before taking upper level courses in Biology. A minimum of 59% of courses (20 hrs) in “Major” requirements comprised of courses at the 3000-4000 level.

Coursework in “other” requirements provides foundation in other areas of science.

Several courses in program of study have prerequisite requirements to ensure adequate preparation of students.

Capstone assessment (BIOS 4010) requirement to test knowledge across coursework included at senior level.

College of Sciences BS Chemistry

“General Education” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 coursework

“Other” requirements comprised of 1000-2000 courses, including lower level chemistry courses not recognized by the American Chemical Society as professional level courses.

90% of “Major” requirements (27 hrs) comprised of 3000-4000 coursework recognized by American Chemical Society as professional-level coursework

Recommended 4 year plan provided to advise students of recommended sequence of coursework.
Program includes coursework from 1000 – 4000 level. Lower level courses in Chemistry required as prerequisites before taking upper level courses in chemistry. 90% of courses in “Major” requirements comprised of courses at the 3000-4000 level.

Coursework in “other” requirements provides foundation in other areas of science or serves as prerequisite coursework for more advanced chemistry coursework.

Several courses in program of study have prerequisite requirements to ensure adequate preparation of students.

Capstone assessment (CHEM 4000) requirement to test knowledge across coursework included at senior level.

 

Demonstration that Programs are Appropriate to Higher Education

Three primary strategies are used to ensure that degree programs offered by the University of New Orleans are appropriate to higher education.

All program content, sequence, and related components (such as assessment) are designed by faculty with appropriate expertise and training in their discipline.

All programs undergo a review process which includes oversight by the governing board, the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and the coordinating board, the Board of Regents.

All programs satisfy the descriptions of the United States Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).

Proposals for new academic programs must be reviewed and approved by both the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors (University of Louisiana System Bylaws/Rules Chapter 1 Academics Section V. New Degree Program Requests) and the Board of Regents (Academic Affairs Policy 2.04 Letters of Intent for Projected New Programs). This process assures that new programs are appropriate for a higher education institution and are appropriate with the role, scope and mission of the institution submitting the proposed program. The review process also ensures that adequate resources are available to deliver the proposed program of study and that unnecessary duplication among institutions is avoided.

New programs of study begin with faculty work to develop the purpose and content of the program. With the approval of the Dean of the college in which the program will be housed, the University Courses and Curriculum Committee, the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the President, a Letter of Intent is developed and submitted to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. The most recent example of a Letter of Intent approved by the Board is the B.S. in Health Care Management.

The Letter of Intent must address the need for the program, faculty qualifications, student demand, facilities, and required library or equipment support (B.S. Health Care Management). Upon approval [Page: 4] by the University of Louisiana System Board, the Letter of Intent is submitted to the Board of Regents for review, as required in BOR Academic Affairs. Minutes [Page: 2] documenting approval of the Letter of Intent by the Board Of Regents for the B.S. in Health Care Management are provided.

Following approval of the Letter of Intent, a proposal for a new academic program is developed by the faculty and submitted for approval as per Board of Regents Policy (Academic Affairs Policy 2.05 Proposals for New Academic Programs/Units). Upon approval of the program proposal, new or changes courses as well as program requirements and descriptions are approved by the University Courses and Curriculum Committee prior to publication in the catalog and start-up of the program.

 

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconACCT_BS_4yr plan_webBS in Accounting Four Year Plan
Document IconACCT_BS_degree_webB.S. Accounting Degree Requirement
Document IconBOR_AA_Poli_2_05Board of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.05 Proposals for New Academic Programs/Research Units
Document IconBOR_AA_Policy_2_16Board of Regents Policy Establishing Statewide General Education Requirements
Document IconBOR_Master_Plan_Def_Statewide_de_UnivBoard of Regents Definition of Statewide Universities
Document IconBOR_Master_Plan_UNO_RoleUNO's role BoR Master Plan
Document IconBOR_Policy_2.04_Letter_of_IntentBoard of Regents Academic Affairs Policy 2.04 Letters of Intent for Projected New Programs
Document IconChpt_2_VIII_Baccalaureate_Degrees_Requirements_10_22_2013Section VIII. Baccalaureate Degrees Requirements
Document IconFirst_Year_Adv_WebFirst Year Advising Website
Document IconLA_BOR_Approval_LOI_BSHCM_20140217Louisiana Board of Regents Meeting Minutes: LOI Health Care Management, BS Approval
Document IconLOI_BS_Health_Care_ManagementLetter of Intent: Health Care Management, BS
Document IconNCES_CIP_WebDescription of CIP Code on National Center for Education Statistics Website
Document IconProposal_BSHCMProposal: Health Care Management, BS
Document IconUL_System_Approval_LOI_BSHCM_20130820University of Louisiana System Meeting Minutes: LOI Health Care Management, BS Approval
Document IconUL_System_Part_2_Chap_1_Sec_VUniversity of Louisiana System Bylaw/Rule New Degree Program Requests
Document IconUNO_CatalogUniversity of New Orleans Catalog
Document IconUNO_Gen_Ed_RequireGeneral Education (Core) Requirements
Document IconUNO_Menu_of_Gen_Ed_CoursesUniversity of New Orleans Menu of General Education Courses
Document IconUNO_Mission_and_Vision_2_7_2University of New Orleans Mission and Vision Statement
Document IconUNO_Table_Major_RequireAnalysis of Percentage of Upper Division Coursework in Each Undergraduate Major