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Senate Summary | April 2024

If you missed the Academic Senate meeting on April 1, 2024, or need a refresher, keep reading for the highlights from the meeting. For more information on the Academic Senate, click here.

Consent Calendar

New Graduate Certificate: Advanced General Dentistry in Endodontics

Jaron Smith, Director of Education, School of Dentistry, and Dr. Danielle Wingrove, Section Head for Endodontics, School of Dentistry, presented on the following:

The University of Utah School of Dentistry is excited to add a new graduate certificate in Endodontics to its offerings. Students pursuing their DDS will now be able to concurrently earn a credential in Endodontics that will provide additional learning and experiences, support students in their residency applications, and expand their opportunities as a practicing dentist. Students are eligible to apply for the certificate program during their second year and, if accepted, will enroll in 6 additional courses over the remainder of their DDS program focused on endodontic training.

Debate Calendar

Combined Degree Program: English Teaching B.A. and Educational Psychology M.Ed

Lauren Aimonette Liang and Colli Lucas from the Department of Educational Psychology proposed a new five-year combined degree program for an English Teaching B.A. and Educational Psychology M.Ed. Includes the state requirements for secondary teaching licensure in English Language Arts.

Academic Unit Change: College of Science, College of Mines and Earth Sciences Merger, with Approved New College Charter

Peter Trapa, dean, College of Science and College of Mines and Earth Sciences, presented that the merged College of Science is seeking final approval for the unit change to officially merge the College of Science and the College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

Information & Recommendation Calendar

Program Change: Biology Emphases Restructure

David P. Goldenberg, associate director for Undergraduate Programs, School of Biological Sciences, presented the following:

The SBS proposes to revise the structure of its major and emphases to make the path to graduation clearer and easier for students to navigate. The changes include consolidation of some of the existing eight emphases, reducing the number to four and a common structure for all the emphases.