COMMITTEE ON THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM (CUC)
First Meeting/2003-04 Academic Year
September 11, 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), M. Konen (LAS/GEOG), R. Newsom (VPA/THEA), E. Seaver (Vice Provost, ex officio), J. Thunder (LAS/MATH), D. Zinger (EET/ELE)

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

INTRODUCTIONS

New and returning members introduced themselves.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The name change of the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations to Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations was approved by the Undergraduate Coordinating Committee on May 1, by the Graduate Council on May 5, and by President Peters on May 22, 2003.

Approved by President Peters on May 22, 2003, and effective July 1, 2003, the Department of Leadership in Educational and Sport Organizations in the College of Education was dissolved.  The M.S. in sport management program and faculty were moved to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.  The M.S.Ed. in school business management program and faculty and the M.S.Ed., Ed.S., and Ed.D. in educational administration programs and faculty were moved to the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations.

The new emphases in human resource management and in organizational management under the B.S. in management were approved by the Board of Trustees on June 19, 2003.

Seaver reported that at its first meeting this semester, APASC discussed the question of limited retention information appearing in the Undergraduate Catalog, which had been referred to them last semester by the CUC.  APASC intends to contact colleges and accumulate information for potential inclusion in the catalog.  However, it is doubtful this will be done in time for inclusion in the 2004-05 Undergraduate Catalog.

Blaschak reported that over the summer the health education programs, which were housed in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Health Education in the College of Education, were moved administratively to the School of Allied Health Professions in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

CUC members were reminded that if they are unable to attend a CUC meeting, they can name a substitute to represent their constituency.  If they know who that person will be prior to the mailing of the agenda packets, they should inform Van Mol (753-0126) so the packet can be sent directly to the substitute; otherwise, they should give their packet to the substitute.

The consent agenda is used to expedite the consideration of some college curriculum committee minutes and other straightforward and/or noncontroversial curricular items.  If a CUC member has a question/concern about or wants to discuss any item on the consent agenda, she or he should ask to have that item removed from the consent agenda and added to the items for discussion prior to the approval of the consent agenda.

The CUC is the curricular body for interdisciplinary undergraduate curricular material not located in an academic college or colleges, specifically UNIV 101 and curricular offerings from the Division of International Programs and the Center for Black Studies.  This responsibility includes usual curricular activity (new, revised, and deleted courses as well as other catalog changes), general education submissions/resubmissions, and review of these units’ overall curricular offerings.

CONSENT AGENDA

The #14 minutes of the EDUC Curriculum Committee and the #6 minutes of the EET Curriculum Committee were removed from the consent agenda.  DeMoranville moved, seconded by Zinger, 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 #17
            College of Engineering and Engineering Technology #7

COLLEGE MINUTES FOR DISCUSSION

College of Education #14

DeMoranville raised a question about a course title in the proposed new certificate of graduate study proposed in these minutes, but since this was a graduate matter, it fell outside of the CUC’s purview, and these minutes were received by consensus.

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology #6

These minutes were mistakenly included on the consent agenda as having no undergraduate curricular items, when, indeed, there were undergraduate curricular items on pages 1-2.  Zinger moved, seconded by Conklin, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #6 MINUTES OF THE ETT CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Education #15

Conklin moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #15 MINUTES OF THE EDUC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  These minutes contained a proposal for a new certificate of undergraduate study in professional teaching practices.  The motion passed unanimously.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #9

DeMoranville moved, seconded by Newsom, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #9 MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE.  Seaver noted that there was language proposed by three departments which told students seeking teacher certification to contact the department coordinator or to access the department’s certification website.  It seemed to him that this was saying that the university has another catalog on the web, but one which is not monitored by the registrar.  Since the printed catalog is a contract and its changes can be monitored by Registration and Records, he was concerned about what recourse the Provost’s Office would have when there is a mistake on the website and it differs from the catalog.  Although he can understand the need for up-to-date information and has no problem with referring the student to the department coordinator, he worried about the catalog endorsing whatever might appear on a given website.  Discussion ensued on the various problems that could arise with such language in the catalog, after which Clifton moved, seconded by Conderman, TO AMEND THE ORIGINAL MOTION TO APPROVE WITH THE EXCLUSION OF THE SENTENCES THAT MADE REFERENCE TO WEB PAGES.  Discussion then turned to other revisions proposed by the Department of Biological Sciences.  DeMoranville pointed out that the course title of PHYS 494, which was being added as a requirement, was incorrect, and the proposed addition of “(or equivalent courses)” in two places, was deemed unnecessary since such a phrase could conceivably be added after virtually every requirement in the catalog.  The amended motion passed unanimously.

Discussion ensued regarding the sentence referring to web pages which had been deleted from the material approved.  Among the concerns discussed was the fact that many programs (particularly teacher certification programs) face rapidly changing requirements, so it was not clear why this should be specifically pointed out in these three departments.  Various suggestions were made regarding the information in these similar statements, although all CUC members agreed that reference to a web page should not be included.  Consequently, the suggestion was made that the sentence might be included with the reference to the web page simply deleted.  It was additionally suggested that instead of repeating this sentence in every appropriate department, a single statement could be added to the information in the “Teacher Certification Requirements” section of the Undergraduate Catalog.  However, a look at the “Teacher Certification Requirements” section of the Undergraduate Catalog (page 37) revealed that it already states that “Students seeking initial teacher certification should contact the academic department offering the certification program” so it was suggested that perhaps this sentence could simply be edited to make it somewhat stronger.  After some additional discussion, Conklin moved, seconded by Ferris, TO REFER CONSIDERATION OF THE SENTENCE WHICH HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TEACHER CERTIFICATION LANGUAGE PROPOSED BY THE DEPARTMENTS OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, GEOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCES, AND PHYSICS TO CITC FOR REVISION AND POTENTIAL INCLUSION ON PAGE 37 OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG.  The motion passed unanimously.  It was noted that Conklin is chair of CITC this year, and she will make sure this matter is forwarded to that group.

Revisions to the minor in Black studies

Conklin moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE MINOR IN BLACK STUDIES.  Blaschak pointed out that there is a problem with the way in which the required hours are presented, since it appears that the student could fulfill the requirements with 9 semester hours in the core plus 9 in the option; however, since a minimum of 3 semester hours are required in the elective, it also appears that the minor requires 21, not 18, semester hours.  Other problems were noted in the presentation of the proposed revisions, and CUC members agreed that this material needed additional work and clarification.  The question was called, and the motion to approve failed, 0 in favor and 10 opposed.  Conklin moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO REFER THIS ITEM BACK TO THE CENTER FOR BLACK STUDIES FOR CLARIFICATION AND WITH THE REQUEST THAT THEY FOLLOW STANDARD CATALOG FORMAT WHEN A RESUBMISSION IS MADE.  The motion passed unanimously.

Annual reports from the Center for Black Studies and UNIV 101

These two annual reports were received by consensus.
 

The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.

This next CUC meeting will be on October 9 in Holmes Student Center 306 at 12:30 p.m.