The basic points of the proposal can be summarized as follows:

- Maintain the standard Analysis and Algebra exams for mathematics Ph.D. candidates.
- Allow students to petition for the option of replacing the current exam in Topology with an exam in Logic and Foundations.
- Graduate students planning to write a thesis in the area of mathematical logic and foundations of mathematics may still elect to follow the standard examination system (Analysis, Algebra, Topology).
- Time limits to complete the new set of exams will remain the same as in the present system.
- On the discretion of the advisor, Ph.D. candidates having completed the new set of exams may be required to take certain courses, a certain number of credits, and/or certain exams in areas of pure mathematics as a graduation requirement.
- Candidates under the new option will graduate with the same title of Ph.D. in Mathematics as those in other areas.
- The proposed option will be established in a trial basis for the next five years. During that period of time, fine tuning and adjustments will take place to ensure the best results. A committee will re-evaluate the program and recommend changes, if deemed appropriate. In the latter case, proposed changes will follow the guidelines of the ``Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the University Faculty Senate''.

Sun Apr 19 19:59:54 EDT 1998