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Curriculum Council

Annual Report 2007-2008

Activity report

The Curriculum Council met 14 times during the academic year. It reviewed and approved the following items:

  • 3 Category I Proposals
    • Graduate Certificate in Water Conflict Prevention and Transformation (Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Forestry, Liberal Arts, Health and Human Sciences)
    • Graduate Certificate in Marine Resources Management (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences)
  • 5 Abbreviated Category I Proposals
    • Termination of the B.S. in Medical Technology (College of Science)
    • Renaming the B.S., M.S. and PhD Degrees in Nutrition & Food Management (Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science, College of Health and Human Sciences)
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Religion and Culture (Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts)
    • Reorganize Administrative Units in the College of Business (College of Business)
    • Reorganize the College of Forestry (College of Forestry)
  •  Category II Course Proposals  (approved 210 of 349 submitted)
    • 55 new
    • 133 changed
    • 22 dropped
  • Category II Program Proposals (approved 53 of 101 submitted)
    • 3 new
    • 42 change
    • 7 dropped
    • 1 change department
  •  Study Abroad Programs (all submitted programs approved)
    • Akita International University, Japan
    • James Cook University, Australia
    • University of Sheffield, England
    • Iceland (summer program with Holar University College, University of Akureyri, University of Iceland)
    • Rome, Italy (joint with University of New Mexico)

Academic Program Reviews

Periodic ten-year program reviews were completed for the Departments of English and Food Science and Technology. The program review reports for both were unanimously approved by the Curriculum Council. Pursuant to the reviews, the Curriculum Council forwarded to the Provost the following ongoing concerns – that effect many academic units:

We recommend that the central administration, in consultation with the colleges and departments, develop budgeting plans to address these concerns:

  • OSU should release funds to colleges and departments for the courses the university wants taught in a given term well before the start of that term. Departments should not be in the position of being under pressure to staff sections to meet student demand and then learn later that they have acquired an uncovered deficit. With access funds no longer available, courses not funded in advance should not be taught and pressure to cover unmet demand should not be applied.
  • Quality education and training requires that faculty and students have up-to-date equipment (computers, software, lab equipment, etc.) and a budgeted replacement cycle to keep the equipment in that state. Our impression is that the university budgeting process does not systematically plan for these expenses and departments are left trying to cobble together funds for equipment and seeking grants for equipment, a process that is certainly not predictable in its outcomes and one that results in not being able to keep equipment up-to-date.

The university is spread too thin and needs to refocus its programs so the ones it actually delivers enable high-quality learning experiences for students and an environment in which faculty members can achieve their scholarly aspirations in a nationally competitive way.

Issues Addressed by the Council

The Curriculum Council (CC) discussed several curricular issues during the 2007-2008 academic year. A few highlights follow. Additional information can be found in the CC minutes for the academic year.

  • (Extended Campus delivery of courses originally approved for on-campus delivery) The following item needs attention by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee: The CC completed during Fall Term 2007 a multi-year series of discussions with visitors from Extended Campus, faculty members heavily involved in Extended Campus courses, and the faculty senate Distance Education Committee. The discussions focused on the council’s concerns with the manner in which currently approved on-campus courses are ported to Extended Campus based versions. Related concerns about how on-campus students are charged for taking Extended Campus courses also entered the discussion. The CC forwarded a detailed report with recommendations and suggestions to the Executive Committee, Extended Campus, Provost, and others. Among the recommendations was one centered on improving liaison when an existing on-campus course is approved for delivery as an Extended Campus Course. To date the EC has not acted on this recommendation.
  • (Baccalaureate Core Review) The CC and Baccalaureate Core Committees worked jointly to consider whether there was a need to review the OSU Baccalaureate Core (General Education) Requirements that were put in place nearly 20 years ago. After much discussion of how best to proceed, the committees recommended that the Faculty Senate Executive Committee conduct an e-mail survey of faculty to elicit attitudes about the current core. The survey was completed in June 2008 and next steps are in the hands of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. The survey consisted of four short questions, essentially as follows: Your input is needed on the following questions about the baccalaureate core.
    • Are the current goals being met?
    • Do we still want the current goals?
    • Do we want to review these goals because either (a) the current goals are not being met, (b) the current goals are not the right ones, or (c) we should conduct a review to help us answer the above two questions.
  • (New On-Line System) Academic Planning and Assessment is implementing a new on-line Category II Proposal System. The CC and APA worked closely together to develop desiderata for the new system. In particular, the CC made several suggestions that should result in more effective liaison among units as proposals move through the new system and better record keeping about what liaison was done and its impact on the approval process.
  • (BIOE Program Liaison) During Fall Term 2007 the CC met with representative from Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering and Zoology to discuss liaison matters related to a long-standing, upper division zoology sequence and a proposed new bioengineering course. As a result of the discussions and with assistance from the Baccalaureate Core committee, the new BIOE undergraduate degree program and the new BIOE course in question were gently revised to better serve undergraduate BIOE majors and reasonably respond to the concerns raised by both BIOE and Zoology.

Membership -- 2007-2008

John Lee '08, Chair
Frank Chaplen '08
Mary Cluskey (v. Shintaku) '08
Marv Pyles '08
Mike Bailey '09
Alisan Bobal '09
Sandy Brooke '09
Carol Brown '09
SueAnn Bottoms '10
Marisa Chappell '10
Rick Nafshun '10
John Simonsen '10

Nutrition & Exercise Sciences
Forest Engineering
Computer Science
Valley Library
College of Business
College of Education
Wood Science & Engineering

Ex-officio members:
Director of Academic Programs (Susie Leslie)
Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee (Frank Bernieri)
Extended Campus (Alfonso Bradoch)
Registrar's Office (Kent Kuo and Tom Watts)
University Libraries (Laurel Kristick)
Liaison members
Academic Advising Council (Kerry Kincanon)
Instructional Technology (John Greydanus)
OSU-Cascades (Sandy Brooke)
Student Members:
Executive Committee Liaison - Len Friedman