`Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee
January 18, 2007
A regular meeting of the Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee was convened at 3:30 p.m. on January 18, 2007, in Martin 128 with Chair Stefan Cairns presiding and Donna Mayeux serving as secretary. Members present: Lori Cochran, Doug Couch, Nicholas Fessler, Mike Grelle, Mary Kelly, Clint Orr, Mary Ellen Rowe, Dan Schierenbeck, Tony Shaffer, Doug Short, Jim Taylor, Joseph Vaughn, Stephen Walker, and Yuankun Yao and Xiaodong Yue
Absent: Renee Cole, Scott Keifer and Christine Wright
The December 14, 2006, minutes were approved as written.
III. Discussion Item(s):
a. General Education Recommendation - Dan Schierenbeck
Dan Schierenbeck brought recommendations from the General Education Committee to address the Provost's directive of reducing to 42 hours. He distributed and explained information concerning core requirements in the Gen Ed program. The two recommendations are as follows:
The Removal of Division IV, Integrative Studies from the General Education Program. The IGEN and ICAP courses currently offered in this area could continue to be offered if individual departments wish to do so, but the courses would have to be re-prefixed accordingly.
ICAP courses are currently being used as capstone courses for specific majors; thus they should be prefixed under the majors themselves.
Most of the IGEN courses currently offered are required by one major or another, so these courses are functioning more as default major courses than as integrative courses intended for a range of students within the General Education Program.
Division IV courses are Additional Institutional Requirements beyond the state suggested 42 hours described by the Missouri Transfer and Articulation Agreement and thus must be completed by transfer students, even if they have completed their 42 credit hours. Eliminating these courses from the General Education Program would not affect UCM's ability to meet the state competencies and would provide greater flexibility for transfer and native students.
While both IGEN and ICAP courses are intended to integrate two or more disciplines that are not already closely related to each other, in the committee's review of these courses, only two courses actually fulfilled these requirements and were approved.
II. The General Education Committee also recommends the following interrelated adjustments:
A) The elimination of the separate category of "Division II, Area A, Part II Technology" from the General Education core requirements;
This step will have a limited impact on the courses being removed in that they will still be offered and /or continued to be required by departments. Similarly, there would be minimal impact on faculty loads within departments.
The category of "Technology," while clearly important to UCM's mission, is really supposed to permeate all of our courses and does not need to be relegated to a single category in the General Education Program. Furthermore, this category does not coincide with the state category of "Information Management." This competency needs to be addressed more fully.
We have charged the FS University Assessment Council to develop an assessment of computer literacy, particularly software applications and online literacy, and recommend that courses continue to be available for students who are not proficient in appropriate computer technology.
B) The development of a strategy for courses within Division II, Area A, B, C, D, and E to require specifically that these courses address the area of information management;
While recognizing the importance of information management, the committee believes that such skills may be best learned within the student's subject area. Our goal would be to raise the level of expectation for integrating information management into all General Education courses.
C) The moving of the T&OE 2000 course to Area B: Social and Behavioral Sciences without having to go through the process of resubmission. This course should be offered as an option for students;
This course has a distinct orientation that differs significantly from other courses in the Technology area. It is not intended to be an applied course; rather, it is an overview of how technology has evolved in society and would be in line with UCM's emphasis on technology. It should remain an option for students. It self-identifies as "drawing on social science."
D) The creation of a Division II, Area E category and list the courses currently identified under Division III: Personal Interaction along with IGEN 3116. IGEN 3116 would not need to go through the process of resubmission to the FS General Education Committee. Division III would thus be eliminated.
These courses have significant enrollments that are dependent on being General Education courses.These courses focused on personal well-being are considered centrally tied to student success.
E) The new category Division II, Area E should be titled "Civic Engagement and Human Well-Being"
The opportunity to expand the category to include "Civic" in the title is in line with the current effort on campus, The American Democracy Project, and the ongoing role of the University in shaping an informed citizenry.
Mike Grelle reported that the Provost is holding a work retreat with the Provost Cabinet. Curriculum will be one of the topics discussed which could have an impact on the issues UCC is considering concerning the gen ed hours. Stefan Cairns stated, even so UCC needs to work within the existing framework and then if it does change, the committee will deal with it accordingly. He also stated that this is an important issue that affects the whole campus but the decision should not be rushed either. The outcome will be taken to the Faculty Senate. What UCC is looking to approve are the recommendations only, so there would still be another implementation level. Discussion followed. The general consensus was for members to take the Gen Ed recommendations back to the college committees and bring back for vote at the February meeting.
b. Major limits, Minor required, Functional major name
Delayed until February to give subcommittee a chance to meet.
c. Transition to new college distribution
Stefan Cairns reported that he has asked the Faculty Senate office for assistance with the university curriculum website to update it once per year and have another consistent contact person who is familiar with the process.
d. Curriculum concerns and issues for the upcoming Provost's Cabinet Retreat - Mike Grelle
Mike Grelle restated that the Provost and Provost Cabinet will be discussing reducing curriculum at the January 19 retreat. Topics will include majors, general education requirements, retention and graduation rates, attendance, D and F grades - mid semester grades and the early alert program.
Meeting adjourned at 4:35pm.
Next meeting will be February 15, 2007, 3:30 P.M. in MAR 128
Any questions, please contact Stefan Cairns, Committee Chair at extension 8291