Graduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Members Present: T. Uphoff, T. Krueger, C. Frye, S. Krajewski, M. Kelley, K. Koppelman, S. Simpson, A. Matchett, R. McCannon, K. Hunt

Members Absent: T. Kuffel, exc.; K. Periyasamy, exc.; P. Wilder, exc.

Consultants: James Finch, Charles Martin-Stanley, Mandi Anderson, Diane Schumacher

Guests: Delores Heiden, Mary Leonard Anderson, Judy Holloway

1. Announcements – Kenny Hunt was introduced as a replacement for Kasilingam Periyasamy, who has a class conflict this semester.

2. M/S/P to approve the minutes of September 4, 2001.

3. Second Reading, Proposal #1, EFN 486/586, course description, objectives and content outline, 1-3 credits, and EFN 765, course description, objectives and content outline, 2-3 credits, effective spring 2002.

The issue of changing the credits for EFN 486/586 to 2-3 and offering it as a non-repeatable course was again discussed. The department representatives responded that the department curriculum committee and the college curriculum committee reviewed this course and it is their desire to offer the course as originally proposed. The 1-3 credits responds to teachers’ needs. The role of GCC was questioned, since key items not proposed for change, but appearing on the LX form, were recommended for change. The registrar explained that GCC discussed non-proposed changes because the revisions to the course outline drew questions regarding credits and repeatability.

M/S/P to approve Proposal #1 as submitted with minor revisions. (Prerequisite EFN 205 added to 486/586, and prerequisite EFN 705 recommended added to EFN 765, as well as a statement added to the LX139s.) EFN 486/586 approved as a non-repeatable, 1-3-credit course.

4. First Reading, Proposal #2, THA 421/521, Performance Studio, new course, 3 credits, effective spring 2002.

“This is an advanced performance studio that provides an opportunity for students to research, explore, and create performance within a specific style or genre. The course will provide directing and/or acting students with both theoretical and practical experiences in the art of theatre performance and will occasionally feature a guest artist. Examples of offerings include improvisation, traditional (comedy of manners, commedia dell’arte) and non-traditional styles (absurdism, post-modernism), auditioning and others. May be repeated for credit – no maximum. Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.”

GCC raised the questions why the title is Performance Studio, since the course is mostly classroom, questioned why the objectives are simply a repeat of the course description, and the lack of sponsorship for a graduate course being offered by a department without a graduate program. The department representative will address these questions at second reading. The course is approved at the undergraduate level.

 This was a first reading. There will be a second reading.

5. Old business – none

6. New business – No special charge was given to the committee this year by faculty senate.

The meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m. The next meeting will be October 2, 2001.

Diane L. Schumacher