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UCC Minutes 12/03/2009

 

 

Northern Illinois University

Undergraduate Coordinating Council

170th Meeting

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Altgeld Hall 203

MINUTES

Approved

 

Present: B. Broughton (Student/LAS), R. Caughron (Representative for G. Schlabach/EDU), B. Henry (HHS), S. Honig (EDU), C. Jones (LAS), M. Koren (HHS), C. T. Lin (LAS), C. Malecki (LAS), K. Mantzke (BUS), S. Morris (HHS), O. Najjar (LAS), G. Nicolosi (BUS), E. Seaver (Vice Provost), C. Snow (LIB), P. Stoddard (LAS)

Absent: A. Azad (EET), A. Doederlein (LAS), W. Goldenberg (VPA), B. Hart (VPA), M. Kostic (EET), D. Matousek (Student/SA), G. Schlabach (EDU)

Guest: D. Smith, Catalog Editor/Curriculum Coordinator

Greg Barker, Director, Testing Services

Greg Long, Co-Chair, Baccalaureate Review Steering Committee

Julia Spears, Research Associate, Office of the Vice Provost

 

I. Adoption of Agenda

E. Seaver suggested that the order of the agenda items be adjusted so as to allow Julia Spears, Greg Barker, and Greg Long, guest speakers, to make their presentations prior to the normal order of business.

A motion was made by C. Snow, seconded by K. Mantzke, to approve the revised agenda. The motion carried.

 

II. Announcements

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the November 5, 2009, UCC meeting were electronically approved.

B. Student Recognition

E. Seaver extended congratulations on behalf of UCC to Brad Broughton, UCC student member, on recently being named the first finalist for the NIU Lincoln Laureate award.

III. Reports/Minutes from Standing Committees

Admissions Policies and Academic Standards Committee

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E. Seaver reported on the October14, 2009, APASC meeting. He reported that the committee approved catalog language for Satisfactory Academic Progress and discussed several curricular items.

 

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Minutes 170th Meeting

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C. Snow made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the October 14, 2009, minutes of the Admissions Policies and Academic Standards Committee meeting. The motion carried.

 

B. Committee on the Improvement of Undergraduate Education

There was no report.

 

C. Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment

B. Henry reported on the October 13, 2009, CUAE meeting. She noted that the committee was presented with results of the NSSE survey, heard a report from the Ombudsman, and held a discussion relative to the fulfillment of the bylaws of the committee.

B. Henry made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the October 13, 2009, minutes of the Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment Committee meeting. The motion carried.

 

D. Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum

E. Seaver reported on the November 12, 2009, CUC meeting, noting that numerous curricular items were approved. He also said that the committee discussed the issue of colleges submitting new courses without providing information regarding impact on other departments and colleges, which potentially results in a capacity/impact issue.

O. Najjar provided an overview of the new Communication/Journalism courses approved at the meeting. R. Caughron reported that the College of Business is offering a new minor in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship which, although housed in Business, will be available to all students. He also noted that the committee briefly discussed the relationship of APASC and CUC and whether representatives from each of those committees should be attending each committees meetings. E. Seaver reported that the Committee on Initial Teacher Certification (CITC) has also asked about having a representative on CUC. This will be discussed in more detail at the next CUC meeting.

C. Snow made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the November 12, 2009, minutes of the Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum meeting. The motion carried.

E. Seaver reported on the November 19, 2009, CUC meeting.

C. Snow made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the November 19, 2009, minutes of the Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum meeting. The motion carried.

 

 

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E. General Education Committee

There was no report.

 

F. Honors Committee

C. Snow reported that at the October 2, 2009, meeting of the University Honors Committe e, the committee heard various directors reports, established working groups, and reviewed two EYE Grant Proposals.

C. Snow made a motion, seconded by G. Schlabach, to receive the October 2, 2009, minutes of the University Honors Committee meeting. The motion carried.

 

IV. Other Reports

A. University Assessment Panel

S. Morris reported on November 6, 2009, meeting of the University Assessment Panel. The panel held a follow-up discussion regarding direct and indirect assessment methods, reviewed a capstone course report from the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, reviewed status reports from the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, and discussed suggestions for proposals for Expo 2010.

S. Morris made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the November 6, 2009, notes of the University Assessment Panel meeting. The motion carried.

S. Morris reported that at the November 20, 2009, meeting of the University Assessment Panel, the panel reviewed status reports from the College of Business and approved a funding request from Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services to help fund a internal and external review of the units programs.

S. Morris made a motion, seconded by K. Mantzke, to receive the November 20, 2009, notes of the University Assessment Panel meeting. The motion carried.

 

V. Old Business

Selection of Student Representative to the University Assessment Panel

Brad Broughton graciously volunteered and was approved by the committee to serve as UCCs student representative on the University Assessment Panel.

 

 

 

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Date/Agenda for Annual UCC Retreat

E. Seaver requested to table this item until the spring semester.

 

VI. New Business

Results of National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

E. Seaver introduced Greg Barker and Julia Spears who are facilitating the distribution

of results of the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) to various NIU committees. The survey was administered during the spring 2009 semester to NIU first-year and senior students and is a comprehensive assessment of effective practice in higher education.

Spears said that the information being provided to the committee is a summary of the data collected through the survey. She explained that student engagement is a mechanism by which students are involved not only in coursework but in the college environment as a whole. By focusing on engagement in both academics and out of class activities, the students college experience is richer.

Barker explained that students responding to the survey are asked to answer numerous questions, and each question independently feeds into one the following five benchmarks:

Level of Academic Challenge

Active and Collaborative Learning

Student-Faculty Interaction

Enriching Educational Experiences

Supportive Campus Environment

Barker went on to say that each benchmark represents a different measurement of student engagement. He gave examples of types of questions asked and showed how NIU compared to other groupings of NSSE institutions. Results revealed specific trends and areas for possible growth and improvement.

A NSSE steering committee is being formed, and a NSSE website has been developed. Data and summary reports showing the results of the survey are posted on the NIU website as well as a communication tool for the university community to provide feedback to the steering committee.

Baccalaureate Review Update

Greg Long, Co-chair of the Baccalaureate Review Steering Committee, provided an update on the Baccalaureate Review process. He explained that the review process began initially with the intent to review and reform the general education goals, but it was found that it was necessary to have a stronger sense of what the baccalaureate goals were before moving ahead with general education reform. Last spring through the strategic planning process, the Baccalaureate Review Task Force was formed.

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Long said that during this past year, the task force has been gathering feedback from the NIU community. The task force conducted focus groups, an online survey, and devised a website for submitting input. A preliminary report identified three common goals (three Cs). He said it was clear that an NIU graduate should be able to be a critical thinker, have sound communication skills, and understand context. During this past fall semester, members of the task force have been sharing this preliminary report information with various committees and groups across campus to make sure that the data has been interpreted correctly, as well as asking for additional input.

Long said that it has been su ggested that a fourth "C", creativity or creativity/innovation be added to the goals, and there appears to be fairly broad support for this. Another potential "C" suggestion was submitted for adding "content." He also added that it was pointed out that NIU has no undergraduate mission statement in place and that many felt a foreign language requirement should be included, as well.

Long said that during the next semester, the task force will be divided into subcommittees. The major focus of each group will be to concentrate on one specific goal ("C") in order to develop measurable, meaningful, student learning objectives. He emphasized that in moving forward toward implementation and assessment, it will be important to have the student learning objectives identified.

Long encouraged anyone interested in becoming more involved with the task force or serving on one of the task force subcommittees to do so.

 

VII. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m.

The next UCC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2010, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 203.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Mollie Montgomery