Resolution on American History

Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies

CUS&P Resolution 1998-1999B

Approved by CUSP: March 22, 1999
First Reading by University Council:
Approved by University Council:
Approved by the President:
Approved by the Board of Visitors:
Effective Date:

Whereas, the faculty and administration of Virginia Tech believe that knowledge of critical concepts of American history can be a cornerstone for responsible citizenship and informed future participation in a democratic society, and

Whereas, the Virginia House and Senate Joint Resolution number 346 also indicated this expectation by instructing Boards of Visitors of state universities to "...review their curriculum to incorporate American history as a requirement for a bachelor's degree" and,

Whereas, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has endorsed a Virginia Tech draft plan for addressing the sense of the General Assembly at the February 1999 meeting, and

Therefore, be it resolved that significant knowledge of American history will be considered a necessary component of pre-college education and experience for those students intending to pursue an undergraduate degree program at Virginia Tech, and

That Virginia Tech will expect all students, beginning with those students who enter in the fall of 2001, demonstrate proficiency in American history in one or more of the following ways:

That all entering students at Virginia Tech who score at or above specified standards through the university governance system, in one or more of the previous methods will satisfy the Virginia Tech American History competency requirement, and

That all entering students at Virginia Tech whose competency levels fall below the aforementioned established Virginia Tech standards, will be required to successfully complete one of the following options:


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