COMMITTEE ON THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM (CUC)
Second Meeting/2003-04 Academic Year
October 9, 2003


PRESENT:           M.J. Blaschak (HHS/AHP, chair), R. Blecksmith (LAS/MATH, for J. Thunder), N. Clifton (LAS/ENGL), S. Conklin (UCC, HHS/AHP),
                            G. Conderman (EDUC/TLRN), C. DeMoranville (BUS/MKTG), J. Ferris (EDUC/KNPE, student), E. Goldberg (LAS/FLAL, student),
                            M. Konen (LAS/GEOG), R. Newsom (VPA/THEA), E. Seaver (Vice Provost, ex officio), D. Zinger (EET/ELE)

GUESTS:             C. Kubic (Orientation), D. Rode (Orientation)

CONSULTANT:  K. Van Mol (Catalog Editor/Curriculum Coordinator)

CONSENT AGENDA

DeMoranville moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.  The motion passed unanimously. The undergraduate-level curricular items in the following minutes were so approved.

            College of Business #1                                     College of Education #2
            College of Education #16 (AY02-03)              College of Health and Human Sciences #2
            College of Education #1                                   College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #11 (AY02-03)

COLLEGE MINUTES AND OTHER CURRICULAR ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

Proposed new course UNIV 102, The Freshman Leadership Experience

Because Kubic and Rode were present to discuss this proposal, it was moved up on the agenda.  Kubic explained that the purpose of UNIV 101 and UNIV 201 was to enable students’ transition to life at the university by helping them learn college success skills.  Data show such courses make a difference in retention.  The proposed course UNIV 102 is a continuation of these courses but adds leadership skills.  It is the next step from UNIV 101 and would be offered only to freshman and only in the spring semester.  Conklin said she thought the purpose was clear, but she wondered what criteria would be used by UNIV 101 instructors for recommending students for UNIV 102.  Rode replied they do not have any criteria this point, but some could be developed.   Conklin said she mentioned this because of a recent discussion she took part in regarding female students  in leadership positions at the university.  Goldberg mentioned that she did not take UNIV 101, but had spoken with students who have and there were mixed feelings about how useful it is.

DeMoranville asked if they had talked with students to see if there is a demand for this kind of course.  Kubic said nothing formal has been done.  Rode added that they know it has worked on other campuses.  Blaschak observed that with the amount of work involved, it appeared this should be a 2-semester-hour course.  Seaver asked about having UNIV 101 as a prerequisite, and Rode observed that this is currently a pilot course and it is better to have this prerequisite if the Orientation Office is running UNIV 102.  If the course is expanded, there would be other possibilities and the prerequisite could be dropped.  After some discussion of how UNIV 102 might relate to the Northern Leadership Institute, students who choose not to take UNIV 101, and the possibilities of expanding such a leadership course, Kubic pointed out that the proposal for UNIV 102 was a starting point.  It was noted that there is no IDSP topics course under which this course could be initially offered on a trial basis.  After further discussion, Conklin moved, seconded by Conderman, TO APPROVE UNIV 102.  After some additional discussion, Konen offered the friendly amendment THAT THE COURSE TITLE BE CHANGED TO THE LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE.  This was accepted by Conklin and Conderman, and the motion passed unanimously.  DeMoranville then moved, seconded by Conklin, THAT THE CONTENTS OF THE ANNUAL REPORT ON UNIV 102 GIVEN TO THE CUC IN THE FALL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON THE SELECTION PROCESS, FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS, AND ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF THE SUCCESS OF THE COURSE, IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL KIND OF INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE ANNUAL REPORT FOR UNIV 101.  The motion passed unanimously.

 
[NOTE: UNIV 102 was not received by the UCC; instead it was returned to the CUC to check for nonduplication with the six undergraduate, academic colleges of the university.]

College of         DeMoranville moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL ITEMS IN
Education         THE #2 MINUTES OF THE EDUC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Blaschak pointed out that these
    #2                 minutes contained the name change of the Department of Counseling, Adult and Health Education to Department of Counseling, Adult and
                         Higher Education, the deletion of the minor in sports medicine, and the name change of the minor in physical education to kinesiology and
                         physical education.  After some brief discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

College of         Conklin moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULAR ITEMS IN
Liberal Arts       THE #10 MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Conklin remarked that she had some
and Sciences     involvement with the development of the certificate of undergraduate study in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies
     #10                proposed in this set of minutes and highly recommended it.   DeMoranville pointed out that although the name of the certificate
(AY02-03)         is lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies, four of the courses are located in the women’s studies program, and she wondered how
                          feminist theories are specifically related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies.  Conklin commented on how lesbian, gay, and bisexual
                          issues are related to sexual orientation, while transgender issues are more related to identity, and assured DeMoranville that the group that put this
                          proposal together had done a very thorough job with looking at various courses for their appropriateness.  After some further discussion, the
                          motion passed unanimously.

College of         Clifton moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #1 MINUTES OF
Liberal Arts      THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Van Mol suggested that the sentence “Students selecting a sequence that does not include
and Sciences     STAT 301 or STAT 350 will be required to also take one of these courses.” – which was being added to all four of the emphases in political
    #1                  science – would be just as effective (and less space-consuming) as a footnote.  The CUC agreed by consensus to this suggestion.  The
                          motion to approve, with this minor change, passed unanimously.

College of         It was noted that the new language proposed by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry regarding teacher certification information,
Liberal Arts      contained a sentence very similar to the sentence previously put forth by three other departments and rejected by the CUC last month.  Van Mol
and Sciences     pointed out that the course ENGL 381, American Ethnic Literature, which was being divided into lettered topics sections, appears in the list of
    #2                  electives for the Black studies minor; she suggested the CUC approve the replacement of that with the proposed ENGL 381C, African American
                          Literature.  Blaschak moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #2
                          MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE, WITH THE DELETION OF THE APPROPRIATE SENTENCE FROM THE
                          DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY MATERIAL AND WITH ENGL 381C TO REPLACE ENGL 381 IN THE
                          MINOR IN BLACK STUDIES.  The motion passed unanimously.

                          Because these minutes contained the new course ENGL 383, Gay and Lesbian Literature, which was not included in the suggested list of electives
                          for the new certificate of undergraduate studies approved earlier, DeMoranville moved, seconded by Clifton, TO RECOMMEND TO THE LAS
                          CURRICULUM COMMITTEE THAT ENGL 383 BE ADDED TO THE LIST OF ELECTIVES IN THIS NEW CERTIFICATE.  The
                          motion passed unanimously.
 
Proposed new course IDSP 316, African American Critical Thought

Zinger moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE NEW COURSE IDSP 316.  DeMoranville expressed her concern that, as presented, this course did not seem to have the rigor typically expected for a 300-level course.  Discussion ensued, including (1) the course requires only two papers and class attendance; (2) although the course description refers to the course as a survey course, the syllabus implies more; and, most significantly, (3) how the evaluation tools seemed inadequate to measure the educational objectives of the course.  In general, CUC members seemed to agree that there was a mismatch between the course objectives and the methods of assessment.  The motion to approve failed, 1 yes, 9 no.  DeMoranville moved, seconded by Conderman, TO RETURN IDSP 316 TO THE CENTER FOR BLACK STUDIES FOR CLARIFICATION OF THE EVALUATION METHODS AND THE COURSE OBJECTIVES AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND FOR ASSURANCE THAT THIS 300-LEVEL COURSE WILL CONTAIN AN APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF RIGOR.  The motion passed unanimously.

Revision to the Black studies minor to include two options
The material regarding this change, returned by the CUC last month, was revised and resubmitted with corrections and clarifications per CUC suggestions.  Clifton moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE REVISIONS TO THE BLACK STUDIES MINOR TO INCLUDE TWO OPTIONS.  DeMoranville pointed out that the title given for FINA 115 in the list of electives was incorrect, and commented it was not clear how this course was related to Black studies.  After some discussion, Konen made the friendly amendment TO DELETE FINA 115 FROM THE LIST OF ELECTIVES.  This was accepted by the mover and seconder.  DeMoranville then made the friendly amendment TO ADD “ANOTHER APPROVED ELECTIVE WITH THE CONSENT OF THE CENTER FOR BLACK STUDIES” AT THE END OF THE LIST OF ELECTIVES.  This was also accepted by Clifton and Zinger.  The motion to approve, as amended, passed unanimously.

Proposed certificate of undergraduate study in Asian American studies
Last spring the CUC requested responses to this proposed interdisciplinary certificate from the three colleges with courses included in it – the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA).  Responses have been received from HHS and VPA, and a response is expected from LAS in time for inclusion on the agenda for the next CUC meeting.  Blecksmith moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO TABLE THE RESPONSES FROM HHS AND VPA UNTIL THE NEXT CUC MEETING.  The motion passed unanimously.

Annual report from International Programs
This was distributed to CUC members as they arrived for the meeting and was received by consensus.

Election of members for the CUC subcommittee on the review of contract majors and KNPE letter-suffixed courses
Newsom and Blaschak agreed to serve on this subcommittee, with the understanding that a representative from the College of Education might be asked also to serve at a later date.
 

The meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.

The next CUC meeting will be on November 13 in Holmes Student Center 306 at 12:30 p.m.