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Resolutions of
The Board of Trustees

Lincoln University, PA

November 19, 2005

ESTABLISHING CURRICULUM STRUCTURE FOR                                                                RES219_111905

WHEREAS, The evolution of the curricula pattern for undergraduate education at Lincoln University evolved over a period of transition from a pure liberal arts University to a University offering professional programs.  Thus, the present undergraduate curriculum has been developed without defining a structured pattern or process; and

WHEREAS, Lincoln University’s curricula pattern is so diverse that students matriculating the University as an undergraduate can have as many as three majors, any number of minors and any number of free electives, all depending on the major selected; and

WHEREAS, Credit requirements for graduating from Lincoln University can range from a minimum of 120-semester credit hours to 133-semester credits hours; and

WHEREAS, Upon examination of the undergraduate curriculum one finds the number of semester credits for a major can vary from 37-semester credits to 76 semester credits; and

WHEREAS, Even with variation of semester credit hour requirements for majors at the University there are no courses designated within the major as “capstone courses;” and

WHEREAS, Lincoln University has a “core curriculum” that has been in place for more than 10 years; and

WHEREAS, The present core curriculum was created in a timeframe significantly different from the present; and

WHEREAS, Universities across the country are reexamining and revising their core curriculum and curriculum structure to reflect the anticipated needs of undergraduate students in the global marketplace of the twenty-first century; and

WHEREAS, The Lincoln University’s present core curriculum is quite restrictive in requiring a 49-semester credits within a minimum graduation requirement of 120-semster credits; and,

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees has established a range between 120-124 semester credit hours for undergraduate programs excluding developmental courses; now therefore be it

WHEREAS, After much dialogue and discussion, the faculty has exercised its will and authority to shape the structure of the undergraduate curriculum; and

WHEREAS, At the September 6, 2005 Faculty Meeting the Faculty of Lincoln University voted on two separate proposals for an Undergraduate Curriculum Structure: and

WHEREAS, The Faculty adopted by a vote of 38 to 33 an Undergraduate Curriculum Structure that facilitates the granting of 120-124 semester credits as follows:

I.    Common Core (40-42 credits)
II.    Major Emphasis (up to 48 Credits)
III.    Optional Minor, Minor Emphasis, or Certifications/Program Requirements (15-24 credits)
IV.    Foreign Language/Computer Science (6-8 credits)
V.    Academic Enrichment (3-6 credits)
VI.    Free Electives (6-12 credits)

Total (120-124 credits); and

WHEREAS, The Board of Trustees accepts the Undergraduate Curriculum Structure recommendation as adopted by the Faculty; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Trustees adopts the Undergraduate Curriculum Structure adopted and recommended by the Lincoln University Faculty, and further

RESOLVED, That University developmental courses are not counted in the 120-124 semester credits, and further

RESOLVED, That the specific courses for the revised Undergraduate Curriculum Structure be submitted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs to the President for approval and inclusion in the University’s Official Electronic Catalogue by January 30, 2006, and further

RESOLVED, That the academic school deans will submit the revised programs within their schools to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will verify and inform the President that all academic programs meet the 120 to 124 semester hour graduation requirement consistent with the approved Undergraduate Curriculum Structure by April 2006; and further

RESOLVED, That the President will report to the Board of Trustees at the September 2006 Board of Trustee Meeting that all undergraduate programs at Lincoln University meet the 120 to 124 semester hours graduation requirements, and further

RESOLVED, That the new curriculum structure be implemented for the Fall 2006 entering freshman class.

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