UNDERGRADUATE COORDINATING COUNCIL
115th Meeting
December 5, 2002
Approved



Present:     S. Conklin (EDUC), C. Downing (BUS), P. Eubanks (LAS), W. Goldenberg (VPA), D. Gough (HHS),  J. Hertz (HHS), K. King (EDU), C.T. Lin
                   (LAS), K. Millis (LAS), N. Osorio (LIB), L. Rigg (LAS), D. Rusin (LAS), D. Sinason (BUS), J. Stewart (EET), R. Wheeler (Interim Vice
                   Provost).

Absent:      S. Short (EET), W. Tolhurst (LAS),  Student:  K. O’Kelly (LAS)

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

ADOPTION  OF AGENDA

MOTION: K. KING/D. SINASON MOVED TO ADOPT THE AGENDA.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

        A.     The minutes of the November 7, 2002 meeting were approved electronically.

REPORTS

APASC- D. Sinason

On behalf of APASC, D. Sinason moved that the UCC receive the November 6, 2002 minutes.  The motion carried.

D. Sinason reported under new business, IAI Transfer Policy, that nothing had changed except the wording, which was cleaned up for clarification purposes only, allowing that there might be more than one course that this would apply to.

D. Sinason said that at the December 4, 2002 meeting there were a couple of issues that would be addressed later.  One has to do with Theatre.  He said some students are applying to the School of Theatre and Dance without any prior experience in theatre.  He said that Theatre had requested and APASC approved that there be a requirement of 3 letters of recommendation preferably from theatre professionals.  R. Wheeler said that Theatre already had a limited admission for their B.F.A. program, and that they also proposed to have their B.A. program as a limited admission.  He said APASC took a careful look at that because we want to create opportunities for students who walk into the university with perhaps no particular background in an academic area to have the chance to enter such a B.A. program.  D. Sinason said they had limited space and they wanted to be sure that the space was filled by people with a genuine interest in the academics of theatre, whether that be performance, technical or writing aspects. R. Wheeler said that this is, to his knowledge, only the third B.A. program to be classified as limited admission, the other two being Communication Studies and Sociology.

D. Sinason also said that the Interdisciplinary major in Early Childhood Education, which is jointly administered by the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Sciences, had proposed changes in admission requirements pertaining to GPA which was raised from a 2.5 to 2.75.  He said there was also cleaning up of some language in the admission policy regarding a test that is no longer available for students to take.

GEC —J. Hertz/L. Rigg

L. Rigg reported that there were no minutes available from the November 21, 2002 meeting.  She said that the meeting started off accomplishing a lot and then seemed to hit a wall.  She said they were reviewing resubmissions on the new general education resubmission form, which seems to be working very well.  She said the packages that are coming in are very nice, easy to read, and the information is straight forward.  She said the problem started to arise when the aims of the committee in rewriting the document didn’t seem to be coming through in what the committee was receiving; the wording of the questions didn’t seem to be eliciting the correct response.   She said there was  discussion as to what the form should say and is hoping to receive, and the aims of the GEC at the moment in terms of assessment, and to what degree that burden will get spread around.  She said there were a few wording changes in the actual goals of the GEC and the program itself, which she’ll report on at the next UCC meeting.

R. Wheeler said that the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences proposed some changes in their course structure at the 100 level.  He said these changes were in the #1 CLAS minutes and were previously approved by the CUC as course changes contingent on GEC approval.  He said at the November meeting of the GEC they were approved from the perspective of the general education program.

MOTION: S. CONKIN/D. SINASON MOVED TO RECEIVE THE APPROVAL BY THE GENERAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE OF THESE COURSE CHANGES IN GEOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCES.  THE MOTION CARRIED.

HONORS COMMITTEE – D. Gough

On behalf of the Honors Committee, D. Gough moved that the UCC receive the November 6, 2002 minutes.  The motion carried.

D. Gough said she wasn’t able to attend this meeting but reported that work continues to progress in the Honors Program.  She said the second issue of Prime is out.  She said there was discussion on the potential for the space in the Honors House since the TEACH program is no longer going to be there in the fall.  She said students talked about what to do with the new space in Douglas Hall and that they wanted “fun stuff” rather than academic stuff.  R. Wheeler said he is waiting for them to submit a proposal to him.  He said Housing has nixed the notion of a ping pong table for the Honors area  because they claim there’s too much danger for student injuries.  D. Gough said the other basic topic had to do with setting standards of what should or could be expected in an Honors section of a course.  She said that people who are asked to teach a section of their course for Honors figure out their own way to do it and it’s different from department to department and professor to professor.  Students and committee members support the concept of providing some structure and standardization so that students are getting what they are supposed to be getting from an Honors section rather than just doing an extra paper or other additional writing projects.  She said that one EYE grant was submitted that is going back to the student for clarification and reworking.

CIUE – K. King

K. King said there were no minutes since there was no meeting in November.  He said they are expecting the nominations for the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award to be coming out soon and the CIUE grant proposals will also be coming out soon.

CUAE – C.T. Lin

On behalf of the CUAE, C.T. Lin moved that the UCC receive the November 12, 2002 minutes.  The motion carried.

C. T. Lin said that there were two issues at this meeting, the first relating to transportation issues and the second relating to graduate teaching assistant training.  He said regarding the transportation issue, Maurice Montgomery, Director of Transportation Services for the Student Association reported that the bus schedule is set on an as needed basis.  He said that students can also apply or solicit a change of bus schedule.  He said any changes are posted on their web site as well as advertised in the newspaper.  He said they also touched upon the bus schedule to Fox Valley Mall as well as DeKalb downtown and night spot areas.  He said there was discussion related to the delay of busses which was generally due to the turn around traffic problems and how we can solve this situation on Lucinda.  He said the best way to get any action started is for the Student Association to pass a resolution and send it to the President.

C. T. Lin said the second report was by Dr. Miller, Director of the Graduate Assistant Training and Development Office and was related to graduate teaching assistant training and it’s importance because they have a great impact on undergraduate education. He reported that this year the workshop style has been changed and improved, and break-out sessions have been added on related topics.  He said preliminary data shows an increase in attendance.  He also said that NIU does not have mandatory training for TA’s as other schools do.  He said M. Krishnamurthi had sent out a survey to departments with a variety of responses given as to the value of a central teaching assistant training office.  He said that at the workshop a certificate of appreciation was given to students who participated, and if they attended five  additional workshops during the year they were awarded a Graduate Teaching Certificate. He also said that several years ago at a CUAE meeting there was discussion about an award for the best teaching assistant, but nothing has happened since.  R. Wheeler said that he would mention this to Elizabeth Miller, Director of the Graduate Assistant Training and Development Office .

CUC – J. Stewart

On behalf of the CUC, J. Stewart  moved to receive the November 14, 2002 and the November 21, 2002 minutes.  The motion carried.

J. Stewart said that at the first meeting the CUC resolved almost all of the issues and decided to have a second meeting on-line for word clarification.  He said that basically they had either accepted the wording that came through or negotiated an acceptable wording with the department, and those that carried over were resolved in the second meeting.  He said as far as he knows we are now clear on the wording for the undergraduate catalog.  K. Van Mol mentioned that the minutes are divided up into sections A, B, C and D.  She said the B section is for items that are pending further approval, and per the report from APASC that the three items that were approved (relating to limited admission in early childhood education, elementary education, and theatre) are in this B section, but after the UCC approves them today, that’s all the further approval some of them will need.  However, she said that the first one in the minutes, the interdisciplinary early childhood studies major, actually involves the proposal for two new emphases, and that will go on to the Board of Trustees.  R. Wheeler mentioned that in the B section, page 18 of 19B, the place where you’ll find the limited admission proposal for Theatre Arts, there is a one word change proposed by APASC and approved by the department and the college at yesterday’s meeting to say “submit three letters of recommendation preferably from theatre professionals.”

V.  OTHER REPORTS

A.  UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT PANEL — N. Osorio/J. Hertz

N. Osorio reported that at the November 15, 2002 meeting they continued to review the assessment and status reports.  He said they reviewed five programs from the College of Education, four from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, all from the College of Health and Human Sciences, and all from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

B.  INFORMATION – R. Wheeler

R. Wheeler said that he would like to provide information on a topic of great importance to the university, and that is providing students with the appropriate courses at the upper division level so that they could complete their major and graduate in a timely fashion.  He said this is a huge issue for the university right now and will continue to be of importance as we see impaction at the upper level.  He said that the College of Business has been faced with a situation of many students needing to take Management 468, the capstone course in that college, in order to complete their degree.  He said the college and the department have gone to considerable lengths to add additional sections and to move students into those sections so that they could graduate in a timely fashion.  He said he would like to commend the College of Business for doing that.

OLD BUSINESS

There were no items.

NEW BUSINESS

There were no items.

Meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
 

Christine Welch, Secretary