COMMITTEE ON THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM (CUC)
Third Meeting/2003-04 Academic Year
November 13, 2003

PRESENT:  M.J. Blaschak (HHS/AHP, chair), 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), J. Thunder (LAS/MATH), D. Zinger (EET/ELE)

GUESTS:  C. Mirman (TECH, chair), M. Tahernezhadi (EET, acting associate dean)

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

ANNOUNCEMENT

Van Mol reported that the UCC had returned the new course UNIV 102, The Leadership Experience, to the CUC to be checked with the academic colleges regarding duplication.  She suggested discussion of this item could take place when the proposed new course UNIV 300 was considered later in this meeting.

CONSENT AGENDA

Blaschak removed the #6 minutes of the LAS Curriculum Committee from the consent agenda, and DeMoranville removed the #7 minutes of the HHS Curriculum Committee.  Zinger moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS REMAINING ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.  The motion passed unanimously. The undergraduate-level curricular items in the following minutes were so approved.

College of Business #2, #3, and #5
College of Education #4
College of Health and Human Sciences #5 and #6
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #3
College of Visual and Performing Arts #1 and #3
COLLEGE MINUTES AND OTHER CURRICULAR ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

Because of the guests present, the #1 minutes of the EET Curriculum Committee were moved up on the agenda.

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology #1

Zinger moved, seconded by Conderman, TO APPROVED THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #1 MINUTES OF THE EET CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Tahernezhadi distributed replacement copies of these minutes.  He then noted that although there is precedence for including a college mission statement in the catalog, it has been strongly recommended by ABET (their accrediting agency) that mission statements also be included in the departments along with program objectives and outcomes.  He pointed out that he had reduced the number of lines in the original submission, so they would add less than one page to the catalog.  Seaver asked if ABET specified that this published information must appear in the catalog, to which Tahernezhadi replied “no.”  Seaver then remarked that he knew of no accreditation agency which forces a university to be that specific in the catalog.  Tahernezhadi responded that ABET is not forcing them to do it, but they were following models from other universities, for example, the University of Illinois.  Mirman observed that ABET is in a transition stage and will be reviewing NIU’s engineering programs next fall, and the college/departments don’t want to take any chances regarding accreditation and thought it would be best to have this information in the catalog.  Van Mol expressed her concern with how many pages might potentially be added to the catalog, particularly since approval of the inclusion of this material would set a precedent for all of the other departments/programs to include mission and program objectives/outcomes in the catalog.  Seaver suggested that the catalog might simply refer students to other places (for example, a website or department manual) to obtain this information, but Mirman expressed concern that ABET might find them in noncompliance if this information is not in the catalog.  Discussion continued, with other suggestions being made as to how this information might be otherwise published and concern continuing to be expressed by CUC members as to the appropriateness of the inclusion of this material in the catalog and by those from EET with the need to have this information in the catalog for accreditation purposes.

Attention then turned to other curricular items in this set of minutes.  Thunder wondered why STAT 350 was being deleted as a prerequisite for IENG 371, and Zinger explained that IENG 334 was the more appropriate prerequisite for this course.  DeMoranville reported that the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems (OMIS) had apparently not been checked with regarding duplication for the proposed new course IENG *466, Design and Analysis of Supply Chains.  Tahernezhadi replied that he had been told that the College of Business had been consulted and found no duplication problems.  Since it was not clear why OMIS had not been specifically contacted, DeMoranville moved, seconded by Zinger, TO RETURN IENG *466 TO THE DEPARTMENT TO CHECK WITH OMIS REGARDING DUPLICATION.  The motion passed unanimously.

Blaschak then questioned the statement being added by the Department of Technology, requiring a grade of C or better in MATH 155 for their majors/minors, asking if students who placed into MATH 229 would still have to take MATH 155.  Mirman explained that was not their intent, and the proposed statement was revised to read “All technology majors/minors who do not place into MATH 229 must obtain a grade of C or better in MATH 155.” [added language in italics]  Mirman then observed that the department was changing its current three areas of study to emphases so they would appear on the students’ transcripts, noting that this was also being done because of accreditation concerns.

After some further discussion Zinger/Conderman withdrew their motion to approved the undergraduate curricular items in this set of minutes.  Zinger moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE REVISIONS TO “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE B.S. DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING,” THE REVISIONS TO “SPECIAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTRICAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MAJORS,” THE  COURSE REVISIONS, AND THE DELETION OF EMPHASIS 1 AND THE PROPOSED THREE NEW EMPHASES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF TECHNOLOGY.  The motion passed unanimously.

Zinger moved, seconded by Blaschak, TO APPROVE THE COLLEGE AND DEPARTMENT MISSION AND PROGRAM OBJECTIVES/OUTCOME STATEMENTS FORWARDED IN THIS SET OF MINUTES.  After brief discussion, the motion failed, 3 yes, 7 no, 1 abstention.

College of Business #4

The only undergraduate item in these minutes was a proposal from the Department of Marketing which added a portfolio as a graduation requirement.  Seaver noted that this is not unusual, but should be seen by APASC.  After some discussion, DeMoranville moved, seconded by Konen, TO APPROVE THE ADDITION OF THE PORTFOLIO AS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING, CONTINGENT ON APPROVAL BY APASC.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Education #3

Conklin moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #3 MINUTES OF THE EDUC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  It was noted that TLSE 90, which was being revised, is a 0 credit hour course.  During the discussion of this course, the suggestion was made that the department consider if it is still viable to offer such a course and consider giving credit for it, perhaps using UNIV 101 as a model.  Clifton moved, seconded by Blaschak, TO RETURN TLSE 90 TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR RECONSIDERATION, CLARIFICATION, AND JUSTIFICATION, WITH THE STIPULATION THAT THIS ITEM WILL BE BACK ON THE CUC AGENDA FOR ITS FEBRUARY MEETING.  The motion passed unanimously.  Seaver then pointed out that the revision to KNPE 494 included the phrase “as reflected in the declared catalog year” which could conceivably be added to every prerequisite and requirement in the catalog.  The CUC agreed by consensus TO DELETE THIS VERBIAGE BOTH IN THE COURSE DESCRIPTION AND WHERE IT WAS ALSO ADDED UNDER THE MAJOR IN KINESIOLOGY.  The motion to approve the undergraduate curricular items in this set of minutes, modified as noted above, passed unanimously.

College of Health and Human Sciences #3

Van Mol reported that the revision to FCNS 470 and the revision to the requirements outside school for the major in textiles, apparel, and merchandising had been withdrawn by the college. It was noted that the Department of Literacy Education had raised an objection to the addition of the prerequisite of ENGL 207 to COMD 403, which is crosslisted as LTLA 403X.  However, no one was sure if or how that concern had been addressed.  Consequently, the CUC agreed by consensus TO TABLE COMD 403 UNTIL THIS MATTER IS CLARIFIED.  Blaschak then moved, seconded by Demoranville, TO APPROVE THE OTHER UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #3 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Health and Human Sciences #4

Zinger moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #4 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  It was noted that these minutes contained a proposal to change the name of the major in community health to public health.  It was further observed that these minutes contained identical material regarding COMD 403 and COMD 423, which had been dealt with previously in the consideration of the #3 HHS minutes.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Health and Human Sciences #7

DeMoranville moved, seconded by Blaschak, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #4 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  DeMoranville pointed out that in the addition of several courses under “one of the following” seven of the eight courses included were from departments outside the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences, and she questioned if placing this list under “Requirements in School was appropriate.   The CUC agreed by consensus TO MOVE THIS INSERTION TO THE MORE APPROPRIATE PLACE UNDER “REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE SCHOOL.”  The motion to approve, with the above-noted revision, passed unanimously.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #4

 
Zinger moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #4 MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Van Mol reported that she had checked with the College of Business regarding the proposed new course STAT *481, Probabilistic Foundations of Actuarial Science, and the proposed new certificate of undergraduate study in actuarial science, and they had no objections to either since they do not offer course work in this area.  DeMoranville pointed out that in one of the rationales for the several new Spanish courses forwarded in this set of minutes reference was made to the deletion of “geographically-structured classes,” but no such deletions were included.  After some discussion, Clifton agreed to see if such deletions are forthcoming, and if not, why not.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #5

Clifton moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #5 MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Van Mol reported that the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology and the College of Health and Human Sciences had been consulted regarding the numerous changes being made to PHYS courses in this set of minutes, and had no objections to them.  It was also noted that the proposed new course ANTH *448, Human Growth and Development: An Evolutionary Perspective, had be checked for duplication with the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences and no concerns had been raised by them.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #6

DeMoranville moved, seconded by Konen, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #6 MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Van Mol reported that in the revision to the requirements for the major in meteorology, the college had recently approved replacing PHYS 273 with PHYS 263.  She requested the CUC approve this correction at this time to insure the correct information gets into the next Undergraduate Catalog.  The CUC was amenable to this, and the motion passed unanimously.

College of Visual and Performing Arts #2

Newsom moved, seconded by Conderman, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICU- LAR ITEMS IN THE #2 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  It was noted that these minutes contained the name change of the B.A. major from theatre arts to theatre studies.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Visual and Performing Arts #4

Conklin moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #4 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Van Mol reported that the School of Art had agreed that reference to a cognate in drawing, as proposed in these minutes, was unnecessary.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Visual and Performing Arts #5

Newsom moved, seconded by Blaschak, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #5 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  The question was raised as to whether it was necessary to add successful completion of the Illinois Subject Matter Knowledge Test as a prerequisite to the two student teaching courses, ARTE 488A and ARTE 488B, or if this requirement should be included in the Teaching Certification Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.  Discussion ensued on the need for CITC to clarify teacher certification information in the catalog, but it was agreed that could take some time and approval of the revisions to these two courses should not be held up at this point.  Seaver noted that the addition to the teacher certification track in the major in art education of the requirement of a minimum 2.75 GPA for enrollment in art education courses needs to be seen by APASC.  The motion passed unanimously.

Proposed new course UNIV 300, Resource and Skill Development for Student Orientation Leaders

Seaver reported that when UNIV 102 was returned by the UCC to the CUC to check for duplication, UNIV 300 had been sent to the colleges to address that concern as well.  Objections to UNIV 300 had come back from some of the colleges, and this morning he had received an e-mail from D. Turner, Office of Orientation, stating that they had decided to withdraw this course proposal.  C. Kubic and D. Rode, Office of Orientation, are still considering what to do regarding UNIV 102, so that course is not up for reconsideration by the CUC at this time.

Proposed new course IDSP 316, African American Critical Thought

Although this resubmission of IDSP 316 seemed to answer the concerns raised by the CUC at its last meeting, Seaver suggested it would probably be a good idea to send it out to other colleges regarding duplication, given the duplication question raised by the UCC regarding UNIV 102.  Consequently, the CUC agreed by consensus TO TABLE CONSIDERATION OF IDSP 316 PENDING FEEDBACK FROM THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS REGARDING DUPLICATION.

Proposed certificate of undergraduate study in Asian American studies

Responses were received from the Colleges of Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts regarding this new certificate of undergraduate study, and no objections were raised.  Seaver reported that beginning in the fall of 2004, this certificate would be housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and it was determined that it should appear in that college’s section of the next Undergraduate Catalog, which is effective in fall 2004.  Clifton moved, seconded by Conderman, TO APPROVE THE NEW CERTIFICATE OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDY IN ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES.  The motion passed unanimously.
 

The meeting adjourned at 2:35 p.m.

The next CUC meeting will be on November 20 in Holmes Student Center 306 at 12:30 p.m.
 
 

NOTE: The revisions in the Department of Physics, and their consequent revisions in other departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were withdrawn by the department/college and were thus not received by the UCC on December 4, 2003.  These withdrawn revisions have been X’ed out on the attachments to these minutes.