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Curriculum Council

Curriculum Council

MINUTES - #01.02.13

Thursday, May 23rd, 2002




M. Quinn – Chair, Computer Science

C. Boyer -- Horticulture

I. Delson – Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

T. Dick – Mathematics

J. Drexler -- Business

L. Friedman -- Public Health

K. Higgins -- Education

N. Scott – Crop and Soil Science




M. Abbott – Academic Programs

G. Beach -- Academic Affairs

B. Burton – Academic Programs

M. Patterson -- Catalog

M. Rhodes – Registrars

B. Allen – Library



I.                APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes from May 9th were approved.


II.              REPORT FROM CURRICULUM COUNCIL CHAIR (M. Quinn) – M. Quinn reported that he spoke to the Executive Committee regarding the Curriculum Council's role in reviewing reorganizations of colleges and departments (as per the Curriculum Council's discussion at the May 9th meeting). The Executive Committee appreciates the Council's work on this issue and agrees that the Council should take the role of discussing these proposals, approving them on behalf of the faculty, and making recommendations to the Provost. The Executive Committee also determined that the list of questions compiled by the Council to be used in such reorganizations does not need to be debated by the Faculty Senate, and can simply be included in the Curricular Procedures Handbook.


III.            REPORT FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS (B. Burton) – B. Burton reported that Access funds were recently distributed to colleges to improve students' access to closed courses for the Fall Term 2002 and the balance of the 2002-03 academic year. The authority for distributing these funds within the colleges has been transferred to the Deans. Enrollment projections indicate that access to classes will be an increasingly significant problem as university enrollment rises.


IV.            NEW BUSINESS


Physics Program Review – I. Delson explained that the recent review of the Physics Department was difficult. She explained that the self study was submitted late and seemed hasty, and that several faculty members, who did not have the opportunity to review the self study before it was submitted, were dissatisfied with the report. She distributed a copy of correspondence between Physics faculty member Rubin Landau and the review committee regarding the Computational Physics undergraduate program, which Landau felt was overlooked in the self study. Because the memo came after the review process was completed, the review committee was unsure whether—or how—to include it in the report materials. The Curriculum Council suggested that if the Physics Department wants additional information about the Computational Physics program (or any other additional information) included in the report, it should come as a separate document to go through the review process and "catch up" with the report. The recommendations raised in the Program Review, and the concerns that have surfaced since its completion, can be addressed in the three-year follow up review. The Physics Program Review report was accepted as submitted.


The Council briefly discussed the three-year follow up reviews. The scheduling of these reviews is the purview of the Curriculum Council and the Graduate Council. The Academic Programs Office will compile a calendar of the follow up reviews that are due or overdue since 1996. This table of follow-up review, along with future academic program reviews coordinated between the Office of Academic Programs and the Graduate School, will be presented to the Curriculum Council at the first Fall Term 2002 meeting.


Category I Proposal – Renaming the MS and PhD degrees in Human Performance – Postponed, pending the Graduate Council's discussion.


Category II Proposal – Business Marketing Option – Though there was initially some confusion over whether this proposal involved the creation of a new option or the modification of an existing option, it was determined to be the latter. The proposal was approved.


Service Learning and Transitional Learning Communities – B. Burton reported on two new initiatives in Academic Programs. Service Learning involves providing academic credit for students to do community service. Transitional Learning Communities (TLC's) are small groups of students who enroll in the same cluster of courses with the aim of helping them make connections with one another and among their academic subjects. Seats are being reserved in several core courses across campus for these learning communities. There will be an additional seminar course to draw the themes together. Both courses will be incorporated into Academic Learning Services (ALS) and will be developed in cooperation with other programs on campus (such as Odyssey, Start, and Connect.)

V.              OLD BUSINESS


Merged list of questions for Abbreviated Category I proposals – Postponed until next meeting.


NEXT MEETING: May 30th, 1:15-3:00pm, MU Board Room


To check the status of Category I and Category II proposals, visit: for all Category I proposals, Category II proposals (other than course changes), and Baccalaureate Core course proposals for Category II proposals for courses changes submitted after November 2001