COMMITTEE ON THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM (CUC)
Third Meeting/2004-05 Academic Year
November 11, 2004

PRESENT: N. Clifton (LAS/ENGL), C. DeMoranville (BUS/MKTG, chair), R. Newsom (VPA/THEA, acting chair), J. Rabak-Wagener (HHS/AHP), E. Seaver (Vice Provost, ex officio), J. Song (LAS/GEOG), E. Wilkins (EDUC/TLRN, for G. Conderman), D. Zinger (EET/ELE)

NOT REPRESENTED: D. Gough (UCC, HHS/COMD), J. Kratohwil (EET/ELE, student), J. Thunder (LAS/MATH)

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

CONSENT AGENDA

Clifton moved, seconded by Newsom, TO APPROVE THE ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. The motion passed unanimously. The following college minutes with no undergraduate-level curricular items were so received.

College of Education #1 and #3
College of Engineering #2, #3, and #4
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #5

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

College of Business #3, #4, and #5
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #6

COLLEGE MINUTES FOR DISCUSSION

College of Education #2

DeMoranville pointed out that both the revisions to ETR 440 and to the emphasis in athletic training on pages 1-3 of these minutes needed to be seen by APASC because they concern retention/admission standards. She noted it would facilitate the curricular process if these items were approved by the CUC contingent on APASC approval. Clifton moved, seconded by Newsom, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #2 MINUTES OF THE EDUC CURRICULUM COMMITTEE, WITH APPROVAL OF ETR 440 AND THE REVISIONS TO THE EMPHASIS IN ATHLETIC TRAINING CONTINGENT ON APASC APPROVAL. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Engineering and Engineering Technology #5


DeMoranville reported that the revision to TECH 230 on page 9 of these minutes had been withdrawn by the department/college. She then questioned the change of TECH 334 to TECH 441, also on page 9 of these minutes. It did not appear that the content of the course had actually changed, although there was an addition of two 200-level prerequisites, so she did not see the justification for raising it to a 400-level course available for graduate credit. Zinger noted that it was his understanding that the revised course would go into more depth. After some discussion, Seaver suggested the CUC might want to send the course back for a clearer rationale. DeMoranville agreed that would be helpful and moved, seconded by Song, TO RETURN THE REVISION OF TECH 334 TO TECH 441 TO THE COLLEGE/DEPARTMENT FOR A CLARIFICATION OF THE CHANGE IN THE COURSE CONTENT THAT WOULD MAKE IT A 400-LEVEL COURSE. The motion passed with two opposed. Clifton moved, seconded by Rabak-Wagener, TO APPROVE THE OTHER UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #3 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Health and Human Sciences #4

Several items in this set of minutes – the new course FCNS 457, the course revisions to twelve FCNS courses requiring a grade of C or better in prerequisites, and the revision to the special requirement in the major in nutrition, dietetics, and hospitality administration – need to be seen by APASC. Seaver reported that the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences will be developing a statement for the limited retention section of the Undergraduate Catalog, which will also need to be reviewed/approved by APASC. Clifton moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #4 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE, WITH APPROVAL OF THE ITEMS NOTED ABOVE CONTINGENT ON APASC APPROVAL. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Health and Human Sciences #5

DeMoranville pointed out that several items in this set of minutes are also subject to APASC approval – the revisions to FCNS 330, FCNS 331, FCNS 331A, FCNS 332, FCNS 382, and FCNS 383; the revisions to the special requirements under emphases 2 and 3 under the B.S. in family and child studies; and the revisions to the “Academic Standing” statement in the School of Nursing. Some discussion took place regarding the proposed new course IHHS 301, Independent Study in Health and Human Sciences, after Rabak-Wagener reported that there were some objections at the college level because of concerns of having the oversight of such a course in the dean’s office; however, there had been assurances that there would be department faculty oversight for such a course. Eventually Rabak-Wagener moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR REVISIONS IN THE #5 MINUTES OF THE HHS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE, WITH APPROVAL OF THE ITEMS NOTED ABOVE CONTINGENT ON APASC APPROVAL. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences #4

An e-mail and additional hand-out from W. Minor, LAS Associate Dean, had been distributed at the beginning of the meeting. These noted that LAS and the Department of Computer Science had decided to withdraw the limited admission requirement for the proposed new minor in computer science; that the proposed new course CSCI 275 should include the statement that this course is not available for students with prior credit in COMS 359; and that there should be a maximum of 6 semester hours on the repeatability of the proposed new course ECON *489. Van Mol reported that other information she had received from Minor stated that the revised course title for FLRU *434 should be 20th Century Russian Literature (not Russian 20th Century Literature) and that the provision “Six or more semester hours in the minor must be taken at NIU” should be retained under the minor in French. It was then noted that the many revisions to emphasis 3 in the B.S. in geology as well as the revisions to that department’s teacher certification information should be approved contingent on approval by CITC. Similarly, the revisions to the emphasis in mathematics education, should also be approved contingent on approval by CITC.


DeMoranville then expressed her concern with the proposed change in course hours for HIST 491 from 3 to 4 because it was not clear that the additional time involved for the student was simply a matter of this becoming a thesis course or if it actually involved an additional hour of face-to-face contact with a faculty member. CUC members agreed that the course description did not make it clear that students would actually be meeting four hours per week. Thus, after lengthy discussion, Clifton moved, seconded by DeMoranville, TO ADD THE STATEMENT “IN ADDITION, EACH STUDENT WILL MEET FOR ONE HOUR EACH WEEK WITH HIS OR HER RESEARCH ADVISER” TO THE COURSE DESCRIPTION OF HIST 491, FOLLOWING THE STATEMENT “EXTENSIVE LIBRARY/ARCHIVAL WORK.” IN SAID COURSE DESCRIPTION. The motion passed unanimously.

Questions were then raised regarding the proposed change of PHIL 302 to PHIL 205, which was also being submitted for general education credit. Of particular concern was the note attached to this submission, which read “If the General Education Committee does not approve PHIL 205 for general education credit (either in the Sciences and Mathematics or the Interdisciplinary Studies area), then the Department of Philosophy wishes to keep the course at the 300-level, renumbering it as 305.” It was not clear how this course could vacillate between a 200- and 300-level course. It was also noted that the rationale stated that the course “is renumbered to a 200-level course to reflect its lowered degree of difficulty.” If that is the case, there seemed to be no justification for renumbering it at the 300-level, should it fail to obtain GEC approval. Consequently, Rabak-Wagener moved, seconded by Clifton, TO APPROVE THE RENUMBERING OF PHIL 302 TO PHIL 205 (WITH A NEW COURSE DESCRIPTION) WITH THE STIPULATION THAT IF PHIL 205 IS NOT APPROVED FOR GENERAL EDUCATION CREDIT, THEN THE DEPARTMENT/COLLEGE WILL NEED TO RESUBMIT THE REVISION TO CHANGE PHIL 302 TO PHIL 305. The motion passed unanimously.

Rabak-Wagener moved, seconded by Zinger, TO APPROVE THE REMAINING ITEMS IN THE #4 MINUTES OF THE LAS CURRICULUM COMMITTEE, WITH APPROVAL OF THOSE ITEMS SPECIFIED ABOVE CONTINGENT ON CITC APPROVAL. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Visual and Performing Arts #3

These minutes were not on the consent agenda because there was a question of whether or not the statements requiring a portfolio review at the end of the sophomore year needed to be referred to APASC. Seaver reported that this would not be necessary, since this requirement had already been approved by APASC. Rabak-Wagener moved, seconded by Newsom, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #3 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE. The motion passed unanimously.

College of Visual and Performing Arts #4

The same concern about statements requiring a portfolio review at the end of the sophomore year needing to be referred to APASC was the reason that these minutes were not on the consent agenda. Rabak-Wagener moved, seconded by Newsom, TO APPROVE THE UNDERGRADUATE- LEVEL CURRICULAR ITEMS IN THE #3 MINUTES OF THE VPA CURRICULUM COMMITTEE. The motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Annual report on INTL and IDSP courses offered through the NIU Study Abroad Office

Newsom moved, seconded by Rabak-Wagener, TO RECEIVE THE ANNUAL REPORT FROM THE STUDY ABROAD OFFICE. The motion passed unanimously.

Members agreed that the next meeting, scheduled for November 18, 2004, could be conducted electronically to consider the clarification of the proposed change of TECH 334 to TECH *441.


The meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

The next physical meeting will be at 12:30 on February 10, 2005, in Altgeld Hall, room 212.