Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee
September 14, 2006
A regular meeting of the Faculty Senate University Curriculum Committee was convened at
3:30 p.m. on September 14, 2006, in Martin 128 with Chair Stefan Cairns presiding and Donna Mayeux serving as secretary. Members present: Renee Cole, Doug Couch, Mike Grelle, Mary Kelly, Mary Ellen Rowe, Tony Shaffer, Doug Short, Jim Taylor, Stephen Walker, Christine Wright, Yuankun Yao, and Xiaodong Yue.
Guests present: Alice Greife, Joan Neal-Mansfield, Y. T. Shah, Richard Sluder, and Peter Viscusi.
Stefan Cairns introduced special guest, Provost Y.T. Shah. He then asked Dr. Shah to share his ideas on curriculum.
Provost Shah reported that the Board of Governors will be voting on the name change next week. This change will hopefully bring a new vision and opportunities for all of us. Six task forces have been formed for the retreat and he will meet with each task force to go over their charge. Before the Provost will make any new appointments to deans, associate provost, etc., he wants to form the structure that will help Central move forward toward a new image. Shah shared that he has definite thoughts, but this does not mean he is not open minded. He wants to put his thoughts on the table and have open communication.
Five Year Targets:
1. Academic Reputation and Educational Process
Improve Centralís image.
Improve the value of degrees for students.
Bring Central back to at least tier 2.
Reduce teaching load to allow time for scholarships.
Average ACT score of 23 or 24.
Improve retention rate to 75%.
Improve graduation rate to 80-85.
Degrees at 124 hours with no required minor.
Remove limit on major hour requirement and/or justify functional majors
2. Academic Structure
Collegial structure - Currently 4 colleges. Propose Allied Health and Life Sciences and also Education.
Why are some departments located in areas that do not seem to make sense? For example, Shouldn't Psychology be in Arts and Sciences rather than Education?
Some departments are combined that do not really go together. For example, Biology and Earth Science.
Provost Shah asked the curriculum committee to look at the curricular issues such as the number of credit hours. The task forces he formed at the retreat have been asked to provide an assessment to him by the end of November. Stefan Cairns suggested college curriculum chairs discuss the curricular issues within their college and bring a report back to FSUCC on October 19. Some discussion followed and Dr. Shah concluded by stating, he does not want to start on a path we cannot finish. He is serious about making changes helpful to the institution. The departments will benefit if the university benefits. He hopes to have meaningful closure.
The next meeting is scheduled for October 19, 2006, 3:30pm in Martin 128.
Any questions, please contact Stefan Cairns, FSUCC Chair at ext. 8291.