Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: November 4, 2019
Date of Second Reading: December 2, 2019
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences –Department of English– for the disestablishment of an undergraduate certificate – Writing
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: In the past few years, enrollment in the Certificate in Writing program has steadily declined, and there are now just four students enrolled. The resources required to administer this program cannot be justified given this small size, as it takes time and attention away from other programs that are more attractive to students. We believe the certificate program may be less attractive to some students than the department's undergraduate Writing Rhetoric and Literacies concentration and major, which is a robust and well-developed academic program for students interested in studying writing.