Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee

December 14, 2006

3:30 PM

MAR 128 


A regular meeting of the Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee was convened at 3:30 p.m. on December 14, 2006, in Martin 128 with Chair Stefan Cairns presiding and Donna Mayeux serving as secretary.  Members present:  Lori Cochran, Renee Cole, Doug Couch, Mike Grelle, Mary Kelly, Clint Orr, Mary Ellen Rowe, Dan Schierenbeck, Tony Shaffer, Jim Taylor, Stephen Walker, Christine Wright and Yuankun Yao.


Absent:  Scott Keifer, Nicholas Fesser, Doug Short, Xiaodong Yue.


I.                    Minutes:

The November 16, 2006 minutes were approved as circulated. 


II.                  Discussion Items:

        Dan Schierenbeck reported that the General Education Committee is still in search of how to get the general education requirements down to 42 hours.  They have managed to

        figure ways to get to 43 with lab hours.  Gen Ed will have a series of motions along these lines to send FSUCC next semester. 


       Mike Grelle reported that the Graduate Council tabled the topic of dual listings.  In the meantime the Graduate Council will try to define what constitutes 5000 level for dual

       courses and publish the criteria.  Brief discussion followed.


      Stefan Cairns led the discussion regarding committee structure and how the transition to five colleges will affect membership.  After discussion, a motion was made by Mary

      Ellen Rowe/Chris Wright to update the FSUCC membership by adding two members from the new college and removing two of the at large positions.  Motion passed



      Cairns reported that he is checking into the possibility of using part of the Faculty Senate Office Professional's time to help the FSUCC Chair with the curriculum website.  

      Everyone agreed it was a good idea to pursue. 


      Lori Cochran stated there had been discussion in CAST concerning the lab setting not equaling lecture hours.  Stefan Cairns advised that the Academic Policy and Procedure says 2 hours of lab

      = 1 credit.


      FSUCC is still trying to determine how best to eliminate required minors as charged by the provost.  Feedback from at least one of the colleges is this shouldn’t be a problem as

      long as we have good advising available to students.  The following wording was suggested: Remove the word "required" and instead give students the option to take 15 hours in

      an area of concentration or a minor.  Also, note that another degree can count as an area of concentration (example, have a B.S. and a B.A.)

      Chris Wright, Mary Ellen Rowe and Renee Cole will work on the wording and email it to Donna Mayeux and Stefan Cairns for the committee to deal with Spring 2007 semester.


III.                New Program Proposals:  None


Meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Donna Mayeux


The next meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2007, 3:30pm in Martin 128.

Any questions, please contact Stefan Cairns, FSUCC Chair at ext. 8291.