Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee

February 15, 2007

3:30 PM

MAR 128

 

A regular meeting of the Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee was convened at 3:30 p.m. on February 15, 2007, in Martin 128 with Chair Stefan Cairns presiding and Donna Mayeux serving as secretary. Members present: Lori Cochran, Renee Cole, Nicholas Fessler, Mike Grelle, Mary Kelly, Clint Orr, Mary Ellen Rowe, Dan Schierenbeck, Doug Short, Jim Taylor, Christine Wright and Xiaodong Yue

Absent: Doug Couch, Scott Keifer, Tony Shaffer, Stephen Walker and Yuankun Yao

  1. Minutes - Approve minutes.

        Delayed.

  1. New Program Proposal(s)

         None 

  1. Discussion Item(s):

       General Education Recommendations

 Dan Schierenbeck gave a brief presentation concerning the General Education Committee's recommendations. FSUCC had previously reviewed the information as it had been sent out with the agenda.

Renee Cole/Mary Ellen Rowe moved to accept the recommendations (see below) made by the FS General Education Committee as outlined in the January 18, 2007 document. Motion Passed unanimously.

  1. The General Education Committee recommends the following adjustment to the General Education program: 

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.

Chris Wright/Mary Kelly moved that departments will determine what is an okay equivalency for their degree program courses. The General Education Committee will oversee and determine any equivalencies for general education status.

Motion Passed Unanimously.

Functional major name

The group discussed the functional major.

A motion was made and seconded to remove the word " functional" from functional majors.

Motion Passed Unanimously.

FSUCC Chair will email the new names to departments for approval following Faculty Senate approval.

 

Minor required - motion

FSUCC reviewed the subcommittee's suggestions about stating a directive to degree programs that currently require a minor in the catalog under Choice of Degrees.

Chris Wright/Clint Orr made a motion to change the word "required" to "recommended minor or area of emphasis" on page 19 and 33 of the catalog.

Yes-9 No-1 Abstain-0

Motion Passed and will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for approval.

NOTE: One voting member had left for another meeting prior to this vote, leaving a total of ten voting members for this motion.

40 hour upper-level rule

Stefan Cairns stated that the current 40 hour upper-level course rule has mandated students go beyond the 124 hour requirement. Cairns researched what peer institutions require and the most common he found were 30 and 35 hours. He directed the committee to take this information to their colleges and departments and find out whether some of the inflexibility can be solved without hurting our programs. Specifically, they are to ask the following:

"If we went back to 35 hours, what would be the negatives of doing so?"

"If this is a good direction, what would it hurt to go to 30 hours?"

"Leave at 40 hours?"

Adjourn 4:48pm

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Donna Mayeux

 

Next meeting will be March 15, 2007, 3:30 P.M. in MAR 128