Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Members Present: Schoen, Reithel, Socha, Odulana, Huppert, Kemnitz, Klindworth, Loh, Matchett, Scheuermann, Weihrauch

Members Absent: A. Nelson, exc; J. Williams, exc

Consultants: Martin-Stanley, M. Anderson, Schumacher

Guests: T. Holder, Keller

1. M/S/P to approve minutes of September 25 as amended.

2. Discussion- The duties and responsibilities of the committee, according to the bylaws.

--Consensus was that the responsibility to consider “…the ability of the department and college to meet the resource needs of the proposal” was still appropriate even though that charge now rests more with the Academic Planning Committee.
--When discussing developing a hierarchical set of criteria by which to evaluate curricula, the Kraemer document on “Reasons for Rejecting a New Course Proposal” was distributed. There was discussion about the desirability of a negatively stated list vs. a positively stated one; however, the group agreed the list was a good one.
--Should the University have some means to offer experimental courses with an assessment requirement before incorporating them into the curriculum as permanent courses? How would this differ from the umbrella topics option that currently exists? Would a lower division common number for all departments be helpful? How would departments respond to the additional assessment/ reporting requirement? How would the practical implementation issues be handled?
Discussion will continue at the next meeting.

3. First reading, Proposal #4, GEO/ESC 499, Undergraduate Research, 1-3 credits, new course effective Spring 2002
“Individual research by an advanced student under the supervision of a faculty member in the geography/earth sciences department. The student must present a written report and either have their work published in an appropriate journal or presented either orally or by poster at a conference acceptable to the department chair and adviser. A contract must be signed by the student, the project adviser, the student’s adviser and the department chair. Repeatable for credit-maximum 6. Three credits may be applied to a major or minor in geography and earth science. Prerequisite: Twelve credits in geography and/or earth science with six of the credits numbered 300 or above.”

The requirement of accepted article or conference presentation should not create undue hardships on students because the UWL undergraduate research day is an acceptable venue. Department chair will work with the registrar on details about where this elective course fits into the majors and whether it will be acceptable for the department honors program.

M/S/P to waive the second reading and approve the course.

4. First reading, Proposal #5, HIS 265, Ancient Egypt, 3 credits,  re-instate course, effective Spring 2002
“A survey of the archaeology and history of ancient Egypt which will emphasize Egyptian Civilization and its development. An emphasis will be placed on the adaptive aspects of Egyptian culture as well as the spectacular legacy of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations. Prerequisite: ARC 200 or ARC/HIS 204 recommended. Cross-listed with ARC 265. May only earn credit in HIS or ARC.”

HIS 275, Ancient Britain and Ireland, 3 credits, re-instate course, effective Spring 2002
“Exploration of the fascinating archaeological heritage of the British Isles and Ireland from the earliest Stone Age inhabitants to the end of the Roman Occupation. Prerequisite: ARC 200 or HIS/ARC 204 recommended. Cross-listed with ARC 275. May only earn credit in HIS or ARC.”

Courses were deleted in 2000 when the history department made massive changes to its curriculum. Now the department wants to re-instate them exactly as they were previously offered. The archaeology faculty supports this.

M/S/P to waive the second reading and approve the proposal.

5. Old business—none

6. New business—none

7. Meeting adjourned: 4:30 p.m.

8. Next meeting: Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m.

Diane L. Schumacher
Recording Secretary