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Raising the Bar: A Note from Dean Arzola

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday September 8, 2011

Raising the Academic Bar

Fernando Arzola Jr.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Since being appointed President of Nyack College in 2006, Dr. Michael G. Scales has cast a bold vision: If we are to meet the demand of our mission, we must provide the breadth and depth of degree programming of a university.”  The College of Arts and Sciences has met this charge head on!

Since 2006, we have added 19 new Arts and Sciences faculty, significantly increased online and classroom course options, and built a Physics laboratory.  The New York State Education Department approved all 5 of our program requests: the addition of Criminal Justice and the restructuring of General Education (AA), Liberal Arts and Sciences: Sciences (AA), Interdisciplinary Studies (BA & BS), Communications (BS) and Computer Science (BS).  Furthermore, the College of Arts and Sciences continues to support the expanding needs of the School of Nursing and School of Education.  Our future plans include the development of Biology, Engineering and Pre-Law programs.

Most significantly, as we continue to raise the level of academic expectations toward university status, the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences has committed themselves to demand from students the volume of work (or semester credit hour/load) equivalent to the Carnegie Unit of Credit. Utilizing the Carnegie Unit of Credit provides more accurate academic measurement and credit/course-load/disciplinary comparability, ensuring consistency throughout the Arts and Sciences.  It also adopts that standard of academic measure compatible with the field of higher education.  The Carnegie Unit Expectations are as follows:

Lab or Practicum

Number of Credits

Course Hours per Semester

Hours of Instruction

(with no breaks)

50 minutes per credit

x 15 weeks /60 minutes

1

45

45

2

90

90

3

135

135

4

180

180

 

Homework Hours

Number of Credits

Homework hours per semester

(outside of class)

1

30

2

60

3

90

4

120

  

Required Assignments

Reading Level

Reading hours per semester

(outside of class)

Easy

1 hour for 30 pages

Text

1 hour for 20 pages

Technical

1 hour for 15 pages

Graduate

1 hour for 15 pages

   

Writing Assignments

Writing Level

Writing hours per semester

(outside of class)

Easy

1 hour for 2 pages (500 words)

Guided Response

1 hour for 1.5 pages (375 words)

Research based

1 hour for 1.5 pages (375 words)

Analytical, Documented

1 hour for 1 pages (250 words)

Original Research

1 hour for 1 pages (250 words)

Other

If the assignment does not fall in any of the categories,

estimate time based on the closest category.

 
Nyack is a Master’s level, private liberal arts college building toward university status.  It has been designated by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “2011 Great College to Work For.”  Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.
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