Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Members Present: Raymond Schoen, Curtis Reithel, Donald Socha, Jennifer Williams, Justin Odulana, George Huppert, Sharon Kemnitz, Robert Klindworth, Adrienne Loh, Andrew Matchett, Jane Scheuermann

Members Absent: Albert Nelson

Consultants: Amelia Dittman, Carla Burkhardt, Charles Martin-Stanley, Mandi Anderson, Diane Schumacher

Guests: Delores Heiden, Anne Galbraith, Richard Pinnell, Terence Kelly, Jan VonRuden, Judy Holloway, Theda Holder, Sandy Keller

1. In view of today’s national events, Raymond Schoen convened the meeting, postponed the official election of the chair and secretary until the next meeting, and questioned whether the members would like to conduct business.

2. Members of the committee chose to continue, were introduced and notebooks were distributed.

3. M/S/P to approve the minutes of April 24, 2001.

4. R. Schoen suggested that UCC devote 20 minutes discussing UCC organization, philosophy and other internal topics prior to starting agenda items. He shared Faculty Senate’s charge for UCC this year, which included one hold-over charge from last year, and also distributed the interim report that was submitted to Faculty Senate last year concerning 3-4 week courses.

5. Second Readings – None

6. First Reading, Proposal #1, EFN 486/586, Multicultural Education, course description, objectives and content outline, 1-3 credits, effective fall 2001.
“The course will examine multicultural education as a reform effort for pre K-12 schools and the rationale for advocating it. Alternative approaches for implementing multicultural education will be discussed with emphasis on curriculum. Classroom activities to assist students in understanding and appreciating human differences will be presented and evaluated. Prerequisite EFN 205. Offered summer session.”

Department Chair Delores Heiden stated that at last Tuesday’s Graduate Curriculum Committee meeting, the GCC recommended either making the course repeatable or changing it from 1-3 credits to 2-3 credits and allowing students interested in just a 1-credit multicultural field trip to enroll as an independent study. However, the department had approved the changes to the course based on 1-3 credits. The format may vary, depending upon the instructor. A field trip may be an integral part of the lecture portion as a 3-credit course, or it may be offered as a 1-credit course without the option to repeat it. Since EFN 486/586 is a slash course, GCC’s decision will impact this course.

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

7. First Reading, Proposal #1, SAH 160 Keys to Success for the Science Student, new course, 1 credit, effective spring 2002.
“Students in this course will explore the role of science in society as well as in their personal lives. The course will provide an orientation to the study of science, math, and computer science including academic, internship, and research opportunities that are available at UW-L. Students will also learn about careers in these areas and how to become viable candidates for employment, graduate school, or professional school.  Prerequisite: one semester of college course work, and freshman or sophomore standing. Offered Sem. II, eleven-week course.”

Anne Galbraith was the spokesperson for the course. The main objectives of the course are to help students find out more about Science and Allied Health offerings, programs and career options, to strengthen students’ oral and written communication skills, and to retain students in the science area. The course is designed for science and allied health students as an elective that will not count toward a major or minor, but will count toward total credits for a degree. Some members expressed concern about SAH 160 being a letter graded course because the material does not appear to be representative of scholarly activity. The suggestion was made to offer SAH 160 for transcript credit only or to offer it as a pass/fail course. In either case, the GPA would not be affected unless the student fails the course. Consideration will be given to these options prior to the second reading. Letters of support are on file from Linda Host, Bill Cerbin, and Mary Rathgaber (CSC 106 instructor).

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

8. First Reading, Proposal #3, MUS 201, Musical Cultures, 3 credits, title, credits, description, instructional pattern, prerequisites, effective fall 2002.
“World music from a global perspective, celebrating both the similarities and differences of musical expressions. Exemplary artistic, folkloric, and popular music cultures of the world are compared to those of the Medieval and Renaissance eras. An introduction to hearing these expressions as cultural phenomena, using objective methods of study that lead to a general understanding of music by visual and aural analysis and by hearing music in its cultural context. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or a music major or minor. Offered Sem. I.”

MUS 202, Music History: 1600-1825, 2 credits, title, description, prerequisites, effective fall 2002
“A study of music history and literature in the Western world from 1600 to 1825. Prerequisite: MUS 105 or 110 or 201. Offered Sem. II.”

MUS 301 Music History: 1825-1900, new title
MUS 302 Music History: 20th Century, new title

All Music Majors and Minors, increase credits, effective fall 2002.
The increase in credits from two to three for MUS 201 would increase the Music core by one credit. However, if this course is approved for General Education credit, it could reduce the total degree requirements by two credits.

Chair Terence Kelly and Richard Pinnell, representing the department, stated that music in other cultures is growing in academia, and requires globalization in the discipline. The Council on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) recommended that prior to re-accreditation, UW-L address this issue. UCC questioned prereq. 105 vs. 110 for MUS 201, to which presenters responded that there is concern in the music dept. regarding overlap between 110 and 201. Pinnell will confer with department prior to the second reading. The department will seek General Education approval for MUS 201 in the gen ed category global/multicultural studies.

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

9. Two committee members may pick up their packets from Records and Registration on Thursday afternoons because of mail delays to the Health Science building.

10. Old business – UCC will discuss their role throughout the year and prepare a report for Faculty Senate.

CBA: BIO 201 for BIO 103
HST 241, 242, and 000L for HIS 151

The meeting adjourned at 5:10. The next UCC meeting is September 25, 2001.

Diane L. Schumacher,
Meeting recorder