|From:||General Education Review Committee|
|Re:||Double Counting a Perspectives Course in the Music Dept. Major Requirements|
In June 2003 Senate voted to allow the Music Dept. to double-count Music 363 as both a required Music major course and as a perspectives course for the 2003-04 school year. This double-counting is prohibited by the rules established to fulfill the General Education requirements at Millersville University. The rationale for granting this exception was the conflicting pressures that the Music Dept. faced from their accrediting agency and the 120 credit state mandate. In June it was decided that the General Education Review Committee would review this action and make a recommendation to Senate.
The General Education Review Committee recommends that Senate continues to allow the Music Dept. to continue to double-count Music 363 as both a required Music major course and as a perspectives course for the 2004-05 school year. We further recommend that this exception not be made permanent but that the exception should be reviewed on an annual basis.
The committee feels that this is exception is necessary for the Music Dept to retain it's accreditation and to meet the 120 mandate. There are two reasons for not making this a permanent exception. First, the committee discussed the tension that exists between major degree credits and general education credits that some of our degree programs are feeling. The committee does not want to weaken the general education program. Second, the General Education Task Force will be making recommendations for changes to the general education program in November 2004. The Music Dept. and the General Education Review Committee will want to reconsider this exception if the general education program is changed.