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Program Change

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2007 - 2008

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KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE: 9.19.07 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCE, REBECCA DUNN 8-2423, rdunn@keene.edu & REBECCA BROWN 8-2817, rbrown@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSORS: Rebecca Dunn, rdunn@keene.edu; Karrie Kalich, kkalich@keene.edu; Pam Smith, psmith@keene.edu TITLE SUMMARY: Admissions Criteria Change: Health Science/Nutrition Option PROPOSED ACTION: Change in requirements* *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. EXISTING (OLD) DATA: (for proposed changes – as stated on page 44 of catalog) Nutrition 64 credits The Nutrition option is currently granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. This option provides the basic academic preparation necessary to become a registered dietitian (RD). Certification as an RD is often mandatory for professional positions and requires completion of an approved postgraduate supervised practice program. Typically, a student who successfully completes the ADA-approved curriculum, an ADA-accredited internship or preprofessional practice program, and the registration examination becomes qualified as a health professional responsible for services in areas such as nutrition service-related management, clinical or community dietetics, education, consultation, private practice, and research. The application process for admission to the Nutrition option occurs during the first semester for freshmen and transfers. Each student should meet with a faculty advisor and take HLSC 101 Health and Wellness. The review of applicants and notification of the results of this review will be made by the end of that semester. If a student is not accepted, he or she should schedule a consultation with one or more members of the Health Science Admissions Committee. During the conference, the student will be notified of any areas of deficiency that need to be addressed. Once admitted, the student must officially declare his or her major through a faculty advisor. Admission Criteria Overall GPA of 2.7, major GPA of 2.7, and a grade C or higher in HLSC 101 Health and Wellness is required. For transfer students, equivalent transferred courses may be considered if approved by the Admissions Committee. PROPOSED (NEW) PROGRAM: PROPOSED CHANGES ARE SPECIFIC TO THE HEALTH SCIENCE/NUTRITION OPTION ADMISSIONS CRITERIA. Nutrition 64 credits The Nutrition option is currently granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995. This option provides the basic academic preparation necessary to become a registered dietitian (RD). Certification as an RD is often mandatory for professional positions and requires completion of an approved postgraduate supervised practice program. Typically, a student who successfully completes the ADA-approved curriculum, an ADA-accredited internship or preprofessional practice program, and the registration examination becomes qualified as a health professional responsible for services in areas such as nutrition service-related management, clinical or community dietetics, education, consultation, private practice, and research. Admission Criteria Students must have an overall GPA of 2.8. Application for permanent admission to the option is typically completed at the end of the student’s first year. After completion of the following courses with an average of “B” or higher (3.0), students interested in pursuing the Nutrition Option must submit an application for permanent admission to the Health Science Nutrition Option: HLSC 101: Health and Wellness HLSC 125: Nutrition and the Profession INCHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry For transfer students, equivalent transferred courses may be considered if approved by the Admissions Committee. The application process for admission to the Nutrition Option occurs just after grades are finalized in the spring semester. The following steps should be followed by all students interested in applying to the Nutrition Option: Application Process 1. Arrange an appointment with an advisor in the Nutrition Option and complete a Declaration of Major form that is then submitted to the Registrar’s office. 2. Complete the following introductory courses required before the “official” application for permanent admission to the Nutrition Option will be considered: HLSC 101: Health and Wellness; HLSC 125: Nutrition & the Profession; INCHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry. An overall GPA of 2.8 and an average grade of “B” or better in those courses previously listed are required for application submission. 3. If the above criteria are met, applications can be officially submitted for permanent admission to the option. Applications should be submitted to the Nutrition Option program director immediately upon completion of the spring semester. Applications need to be postmarked by one week following the last day of final exams in the spring semester. Enrollment in additional Health Science/Nutrition Option major courses will not be allowed if application has not been made. The review of applications and notification of the results of this review will be made in writing before the start of the fall semester. Students who have met the application criteria will be considered admitted to the option. The overall GPA of these students will then be monitored by their Nutrition Option advisor to assure that it remains at the 2.8 or higher level. Students who are not admitted into the Nutrition Option or do not submit application materials to the Option by due dates will be deregistered from HLSC 215 and/or HLSC 216. These students will be able to adjust their schedule using the online registration process at least 1 week prior to the start of classes. If a student is not permanently accepted into the Nutrition Option they should complete the following steps: 1) If the student desires to continue to pursue the option, schedule a consultation with her/his Nutrition Option advisor. During this conference, the student will be notified of any areas of deficiency, which need to be addressed. 2) If the student does not desire to continue to pursue the Nutrition Option, complete a new “Declaration of Major” form removing them from the Nutrition Option. If the student does not complete this step, their advisor will notify the Registrar’s office to change their major to “undeclared”. 3) If interested and if deficiencies are addressed, the student can reapply one time at the conclusion of the following fall semester. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of the Health Science curriculum, the student will be able to: 1. Apply evidence-based knowledge and behavior change theories in the areas of substance abuse/addictions, physical activity and nutrition. 2. Critically evaluate health information through the application of information literacy skills. 3. Effectively communicate health information. 4. Discuss the relationship between health, disease and public policy. 5. Develop and apply culturally competent health initiatives. 6. Design and deliver health education and promotion programs across the lifespan (asset based assessment, developing program goals and objectives, marketing, business management and program evaluation). 7. Create and present a scholarly project through the use of research methods. 8. Apply ethical principles in practical settings. 9. Recognize the impact of social justice factors such as social, cultural, sexual, gender, and political issues on personal and community wellness. 10. Develop an academic and professional portfolio that documents learning and community engagement. Upon graduation, the student will demonstrate: Student Learning Outcomes for the Nutrition Option of the Health Science Program 1. a strong foundation in the scientific theory of nutrition. 2. knowledge and skills in food science, food preparation, food management, food composition, and the cultural aspects of food. 3.an ability to apply knowledge in nutrition to help prevent and treat disease in diverse populations & improve the wellness of people. 4.the credentials needed to enter American Dietetic Association accredited Dietetic Internships. 5.the ability to use self-assessment, critical thinking, and appropriate documentation when presented with new information in the field of nutrition and dietetics. 6.the necessary skills in research methods. 7.the ability to use technology to access information. 8.the ability to use technology to effectively communicate nutrition information. 9.an understanding of public policy and its relationship to nutrition and wellness 10. the knowledge and skills needed to continually engage in lifelong learning endeavors such as professional conferences and community service RATIONALE: The Health Science/Nutrition Option has Admissions Criteria in place. The rationale for revising our current admissions criteria is two-fold: recognition of the nationally competitive post-graduate experience and enrollment management. When many of our students (~75%) select the Health Science/Nutrition Option for their major of study, they wish to further pursue professional credentialing through the Commission on Dietetics Registration. This credentialing requires students to complete a baccalaureate degree from a dietetics accredited institution (i.e. Keene State) and then apply for a position in a post-graduate dietetic internship. To meet the rigorous criteria for placement into a post-graduate internship, selection criteria often require students to have an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher. We are proposing to increase our admissions GPA from 2.7 to 2.8 to meet those standards and more importantly ensure the large majority of our graduates will be competitive in the dietetic internship process. Over the past three years, student enrollment in the Nutrition Option has escalated 4 to 5 fold, which has reached the point of compromising the curriculum and the delivery of courses. We are proposing to tighten our admissions criteria to assist with enrollment management as we are limited to the number of students we can accommodate each year due to laboratory space limitations in the Joslin House Foods Lab and in several of the required science courses for the Option (i.e. CHEM 220, BIO 240). RESOURCES: No additional resources will be required. ADVISORY OPINIONS: Department of Chemistry Department of Biology

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Senate Curriculum Committee

Language

English

Publisher

Keene State College

HLSC Admissions Criteria Changes

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