Baccaulaureate Core Committee
Annual Report 2001-2002|
The following were the major activities of the Baccalaureate Core Committee (BCC) over the past year.
Faculty Senate Executive Committee
John W. Lee, Chair
2001-2002 Baccalaureate Core Committee
2001 - 2002 Annual Report
The 2001-2002 members of the Baccalaureate Core Committee were: Bonnie Avery,
Mary Burke, Ed Jensen, Janet Lee, John Lee, Kurt Peters, Ann Marie VanderZanden,
student members Stephany Peebler and Darlene Vranas, and Ex-officio members Lisa
Ede and Susan Shaw.
The BCC reviewed twenty-two proposals from OSU faculty members requesting curricular
action. The committee approved eighteen of the proposals (seven following revision
and resubmission); four were withdrawn. In addition, one LBCC transfer course was
approved and two are pending.
The committee continued its mandate to periodically review baccalaureate core courses:
The BCC completed its review of WIC courses begun last academic year.
This year seventeen WIC courses were approved based on liaison with
the affected departments. During the two-year review process,
ninety-one courses were reviewed with the following results:
sixty-four were approved for continued WIC status, twenty-two
were withdrawn from WIC status by the offering departments, two
lost WIC status when the departments did not participate in the
review process for those courses, and three "thesis-WIC" courses
that currently do not meet the WIC guidelines have had their WIC
designation extended until June 15, 2003 at which time they must
be modified to meet the WIC guidelines or they will lose their WIC
The BCC reviewed all Perspectives Science/Lab courses that had been
approved more than five years ago for continued baccalaureate core
status in this area. Thirty-one courses were reviewed. All requests
for continuation were approved, sometimes after discussion and revision.
Two courses were removed from the category by mutual agreement of the
offering department, the BCC, and the College of Engineering whose
students were the principal clientele.
The BCC and Academic Affairs still have not resolved how to treat transfer
courses with regard to baccalaureate core status. Discussions continue.
See last year's annual report for a summary of some of the issues. Here is
one unresolved issue: The BCC is currently reviewing on-campus courses for
continued baccalaureate core status. There is no similar review in progress
or mechanism to accomplish this for transfer courses. The bottom line is
that we have a system that approves off-campus courses in perpetuity and
periodically reviews on-campus courses. Something has to change.
In connection with OSU 2007, the BCC has submitted a review of the current
baccalaureate core program and its central role in the education of our
undergraduate students. That report is available at either
The BCC also met with the Curricular Issues Core Planning Team - 4 to discuss
curricular issues related to the baccalaureate core. The BCC provided input
to the Planning Team that may be read at