Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum (CUC)
Second Meeting/2004-05 Academic Year
October 14, 2004

PRESENT: N. Clifton (LAS/ENGL), G. Conderman (EDUC/TLRN), D. Gough (UCC, HHS/COMD), R. Newsom (VPA/THEA, acting chair), J. Rabak-Wagener (HHS/AHP), E. Seaver (Vice Provost, ex officio), J. Song (LAS/GEOG), W. Tallon (BUS, associate dean, for C. DeMoranville), J. Thunder (LAS/MATH), D. Zinger (EET/ELE)

NOT REPRESENTED: J. Kratohwil (EET/ELE, student)

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Zinger requested that the #2 minutes of the College of Visual and Performing Arts be removed from the consent agenda. Zinger moved, seconded by Conderman, TO APPROVE THE REMAINING ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. The motion passed unanimously.

The #1 minutes of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology which had no undergraduate curricular items were so received.

The undergraduate-level curricular items in the following college curriculum committee minutes were so approved.

College of Business #1
College of Business #2
College of Health and Human Sciences #2
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #1
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #2
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #3
College of Visual and Performing Arts #2

COLLEGE MINUTES AND OTHER CURRICULAR ITEM FOR DISCUSSION

College of Visual and Performing Arts #2

Zinger wondered why “may be used” was being added to the S/U grading statement for THEA 495. Newsom explained that this grading varies depending upon the section being offered; for example students from other schools/universities might take the course but those institutions do not accept S/U grading. Zinger moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #2 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Health and Human Sciences #3

Van Mol pointed out that these minutes included material moving Air Force ROTC information into the Department of Military Science; since NIU does not offer Air Force ROTC she thought this matter was worthy of some attention. After a brief discussion, Tallon moved, seconded by Rabak-Wagener, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #3 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Visual and Performing Arts #1

Van Mol noted that these minutes reported the addition of a limited admissions track in the School of Art, and, typically, limited admissions are referred to APASC. Seaver reported that this limited admissions area was actually approved by APASC on December 3, 2003. At that time, however, consequent Undergraduate Catalog changes had not been submitted. Thus, this item did not need to go to APASC. Gough moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #2 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE. The motion passed unanimously.

OLD BUSINESS

Page 1, HHS #14 minutes

The items on page 1 of the #14 minutes of the HHS Curriculum Committee were tabled at the last CUC meeting because of concerns regarding proposed revisions to the requirements in the emphases under the major in family and child studies. Thunder had noted that there did not seem to be much of a commonality between the previous MATH choices to which choices in writing, logic, and PSYC research methods were being added, and further indicated that the rationale for the proposed change was not particularly helpful. Clifton noted that the Department of English was initially concerned that the addition of ENGL 250 to the list of options might cause some problems because the department can only offer two sections of this course with enrollments of only 25 students per section. She also noted that curricular changes are being proposed regarding PHIL 103, another course in the proposed list of options, which might make this course not a viable option. Thunder reported that neither MATH or PSYC had serious concerns with the proposed revisions, although PSYC would prefer not to have additional competition for student enrollment in PSYC 305, which is required of their majors. Seaver commented that capacity issues are surely a concern in LAS.

Extensive discussion then ensued regarding (1) the use of a practical writing course in lieu of a mathematics/logic course, (2) the concern of FCNS to provide students with flexibility regarding the best choice of a course for the student’s needs, and (3) the appropriateness of the two rationales provided by FCNS. Eventually, Newsom suggested that it seemed the CUC had three courses of action available to them – accept the rationale and proposed changes, return the material to FCNS, or accept the material with the deletion of ENGL 250. Additional discussion ensued, after which Zinger remarked that the second rationale seemed appropriate to him – he agreed with providing diverse options for students and thought FCNS knows what is best for its students. Consequently, he moved, seconded by Tallon, TO APPROVE THE REVISIONS TO THE EMPHASES IN THE MAJOR IN FAMILY AND CHILD STUDIES, WITH THE CHANGE OF “WITH CONSENT OF ADVISER” TO “IN CONSULTATION WITH ADVISER.” The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Annual report on UNIV 101/UNIV 201

Clifton moved, seconded by Zinger, TO RECEIVE THE ANNUAL REPORT REGARDING UNIV 101 AND UNIV 201. The motion passed unanimously.

Annual report on IDSP courses offered through the Center for Black Studies

Tallon moved, seconded by Rabak-Wagener, TO RECEIVE THE ANNUAL REPORT REGARDING THE IDSP COURSES OFFERED BY THE CENTER FOR BLACK STUDIES. The motion passed unanimously.

Selection of members to serve on the CUC subcommittee on the review of contract majors and KNPE letter-suffixed courses

Rabak-Wagener (HHS) and Song (LAS) agreed to work on this subcommittee, with Rabak-Wagener serving as chair. The CUC also appointed Conderman (EDUC) to this subcommittee.

The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

The next meeting will be at 12:30 on November 11, 2004, either in Altgeld Hall, room 212.