Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards
  

3.5.4  At least 25 percent of the course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level are taught by faculty members holding an appropriate terminal degree—usually the earned doctorate, or the equivalent of the terminal degree.  (Terminal degrees of faculty)

Compliance
Partial Compliance
Non-Compliance
Not Applicable

Narrative

The University of New Orleans meets or exceeds the standard of 25% of discipline course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level being taught by faculty members holding the terminal degree. University-wide, a total of 2494 credit hours of undergraduate coursework was offered in Fall 2013, excluding some of the general education core coursework as described below (a total of 2772 credit hours were offered in total). Faculty with terminal degrees taught 77% of the credit hours (excluding general education).  The same calculation for Spring 2014 found that faculty with terminal degrees taught 79% of the 2473 credit hours taught, excluding the majority of general education requirements. A total of 2711 credit hours were offered in the Spring 2014 semester..

Definition of Terminal Degree

In general, the terminal degree at the University of New Orleans is considered to the doctorate. In the College of Liberal Arts, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is considered the terminal degree in the disciplines of Fine Arts, Film and Theatre, and Creative Writing and the Master of Music (MM) is considered the terminal degree in the discipline of Music. Although the Library does not offer credit-bearing coursework, the Master of Library Science is considered the terminal degree for Librarian faculty.

A table of faculty holding the terminal degree is provided for each college. The list includes all faculty members with terminal degrees appointed for the Fall 2013 semester. The table includes all full and part-time faculty members in a department with terminal degrees and reflects faculty who teach at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels depending on their assignment for a given semester.

Definition of Major

The University of New Orleans follows the definition of major as defined in Board of Regents policy:

A Major is that part of a Degree Program which consists of a specified group of courses in a particular discipline(s) or field(s). The name of the Major is usually consistent with the Degree Subject Area. A Major usually consists of 25% or more of total hours required in an undergraduate curriculum. Establishment of a Major requires prior approval by the Board of Regents.

The University of New Orleans is approved by the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents to offer a total of 38 undergraduate degrees.(39 including the BA in Organizational Leadership offered via a University of Louisiana consortium).

Calculation of Coursework

All undergraduate courses, 1000 – 4000 level, offered by each academic department were considered. For departments that offer courses included in the required areas of general education, two calculations were computed, one for all undergraduate coursework delivered and another for all undergraduate coursework except the courses in the general education requirements. The list below includes the general education coursework adjusted for the calculations of a specific department:

UNIV 1001 – a one credit hour orientation course required for all “first-time, full-time” freshmen

English - ENGL 1157, 1157, 1159 – General Education Composition Coursework

Mathematics – MATH 1021, 1023 (Math Block for Education Majors), 1031, 1032 (Survey of Mathematical Thought), 1115, 1116 (Algebra/Trigonometry), 1125, 1126 (PreCalculus I,II), 2114, 2124 (Calculus I,II), 2314, 2785 (Elementary Statistics)

Biology BIOS 1053 (Human Biology for Non-Science Majors), 1063 (Biodiversity for Non-Science Majors), 1073 (Biodiversity), 1083 (Form & Function)

Chemistry CHEM 1001 (Chemistry of TV and Movies), CHEM 1002 (Life, the Universe and Everything), CHEM 1017, 1018 (General Chemistry I,II)

Earth & Environmental Science – EES 1000 (Dynamic Earth), EES 1002 (Introduction to Environmental Science)

Physics – PHYS 1005, 1006 (Astronomy I,II), PHYS 1061, 1062 (Physics for Science and Engineering I,II)

Calculations were computed for the total number of undergraduate credit hours offered by each academic department, the total number of those hours taught by faculty with terminal degrees, and the percentage of credit hours taught by faculty with terminal degrees. Calculations are presented for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 by program and college.

Table 1: College of Business Administration

 

Department/Major Fall 2013 Spring 2014
  Total SCH SCH by Terminal Deg Percent Total SCH SCH by Terminal Degree Percent
Accounting 65 40 62% 67 43 64%
Economics & Finance 98 45 46% 86 45 52%
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism 52 46 88% 55 49 89%
Management 101 77 76 105% 83 79%
Marketing 42 24 57% 45 24 53%
Total - College of Business Administration 358 232 65% 358 244 68%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(College of Business Administration spreadsheet)


Table 2: College of Education and Human Development

 

Department/Major Fall 2013 Spring 2014
  Total SCH SCH by Terminal Deg Percent Total SCH SCH by Terminal Degree Percent

Curriculum/Instruction

(Elementary, Secondary Ed)

131 74 56% 112 49 44%

Ed Lead, Coun, Health, Found

(Health Promotion)

27 18 67% 30 21 70%

Special Education  

(Integrated/Merged)

52

52 100% 55 55 100%
Total - College of Education and Human Development 210 144 69% 197 125 63%

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(College of Education and Human Development spreadsheet)

 

Table 3: College of Engineering

 

Department/Major Fall 2013 Spring 2014
  Total SCH SCH by Terminal Deg Percent Total SCH SCH by Terminal Degree Percent
Civil Engineering 72 60 83% 65 55 85%
Electrical Engineering 60 50 83% 43 39 91%
Mechanical Engineering 55 49 89% 58 49 84%
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering 35 19 54% 38 32 84%
Total - College of Engineering 222 178 80% 204 175 86%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(College of Engineering spreadsheet)


Table 4: College of Liberal Arts

Department/Major Fall 2013 Spring 2014
  Total SCH SCH by Terminal Deg Percent Total SCH SCH by Terminal Degree Percent
Anthropology 48 45 94% 45 42 93%
English 310 211 68% 255 1958 76%
English (Without Gen Ed) 187 151 81% 171 147 86%
Film & Theatre 147 92 63% 148 102 69%
Fine Arts 93 87 94% 90 72 80%
Foreign Languages (Romance Languages) 136 88 65% 132 81 61%
Geography* 39 36 92% 53 50 94%
History 75 75 100% 78 78 100%
Music 210 177 84% 218 190 87%
Philosophy 53 53 100% 57 57 100%
Political Sciences 61 37 61% 61 37 61%
Planning and Urban Studies (Urban Studies) 30 27 48% 48 42 88%
Sociology 70 57 81% 55 45 82%
Total – College of Liberal Arts 1149 925 81% 1156 943 82%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Department does not offer a degree program. Courses support other programs of study as well as a minor program.

(College of Liberal Arts spreadsheet)

 

Table 5: College of Sciences

Department/Major Fall 2013 Spring 2014
  Total SCH SCH by Terminal Deg Percent Total SCH SCH by Terminal Degree Percent
Biological Sciences 103 103 100% 119 119 100%
Biological Sciences (Without Gen Ed) 88 88 100% 98 98 100%
Chemistry 63 50 79% 59 48 81%
Chemistry (Without Gen Ed) 52 39 75% 46 38 83%
Computer Science 58 39 67% 65 46 71%
Earth & Environmental Science 86 71 83% 80 68 85%
Earth & Environmental Science (Without Gen Ed) 74 68 92% 68 65 96%
Mathematics 183 83 45% 173 73 42%
Mathematics (Without Gen Ed) 81 71 88% 80 61 76%
Physics 55 55 100% 51 51 100%
Physics (Without Gen Ed) 40 40 100% 36 36 100%
Psychology 72 54 75% 69 57 83%
Total - College of Sciences 465 399 86% 462 401 87%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(College of Sciences spreadsheet)

Off-Campus Instructional Site

The University of New Orleans offers off-campus instruction at one site, the Jefferson Campus. No entire program of study is offered at the Jefferson Campus. The same faculty members teach courses at both the main campus and the Jefferson Campus. Table 6 presents a calculation of the courses taught at the Jefferson Campus for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

Table 6: Jefferson Center Coursework

Fall 2013 Spring 2014
Total SCH SCH by Terminal Deg Percent Total SCH SCH by Terminal Degree Percent
90 51 57% 96 60 63%

 

 

 

 

(Jefferson Center spreadsheet)

 

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconBOR_AA_Policy_2_11Board of Regents Policy Providing Standardized Academic Terms
Document IconCOBA_Spreadsheet_Term_DegCollege of Business Administration Spreadsheet Calculating Percentage of Coursework Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees
Document IconCOE_Spreadsheet_Term_DegCollege of Engineering Spreadsheet Calculating Percentage of Coursework Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees
Document IconCOEHD_Spreadsheet_Term_DegCollege of Education & Human Development Spreadsheet Calculating Percentage of Coursework Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees
Document IconCOLA_Spreadsheet_Term_DegCollege of Liberal Arts Spreadsheet to Calculate Percentage of Undergraduate Coursework Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees
Document IconCOS_Spreadsheet_Term_DegCollege of Science Spreadsheet Calculating Percentage of Coursework Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees
Document IconJefferson_Center_Term_DegreeSpreadsheet Calculating Percentage of Jefferson Center Faculty with Terminal Degree