Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 (corrected)


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

Consultants: C. Burkhardt, C. Martin-Stanley, M. Anderson, D. Schumacher

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

1. Elections:
— Chair: Raymond Schoen
— Secretary: Diane Schumacher

2. M/S/P to approve the minutes of September 11, 2001.

3. Announcements: Ben Weihrauch was introduced as a UCC member representing the Student Association.

4. Discussion – The duties and responsibilities of the committee, according to the bylaws as listed below, were discussed.

1) Determining curricula for students in the various academic programs.
2) Receiving proposals for all undergraduate curricular changes from the various academic departments.
3) Initiating, developing and recommending changes in the design of curriculum for experimental and research purposes.
4) Informing department chairpersons, in writing, of proposals being considered that relate to experimental curricula or their programs, thus providing adequate opportunity for departments to be heard prior to committee and senate action on such proposals.
5) Evaluating curriculum proposals by a hierarchical set of criteria, taking into consideration the needs of students and of society, the mission of the university, the necessity for quality programs, and the ability of the department and college to meet the resource needs of the proposal.
6) Coordinating the various curricula through formal consultation with the academic departments.
7) Publishing the agenda of regularly scheduled meetings in the university newsletter.
8) Authorizing substitutions or waivers for individual students.

Generally, discussion focused on the role of UCC vs. departments in determining curricula; definition of     “experimental”; involving/informing departments and its impact on deadlines; what hierarchical review criteria should be and what issues are within the purview of committee discussions. A summary of the discussion will be written by Chair Schoen and included with the next agenda.

5. Second Reading, Proposal #1, EFN 486/586, Multicultural Education, description, objectives and content outline, 1-3 credits, effective spring 2002.
The changes recommended by the graduate curriculum committee and approved last Tuesday include: Deletion of the parenthetical sentence on LX139 under “one credit – the field trip”; moving paragraph “one credit – field trip” after the paragraph titled “two credits – the course”; agreement to let credits stand as 1-3; and the addition of prerequisite EFN 205.

M/S/P to approve the proposal as a 1-3 credit course with the removal of the parenthetical sentence on the LX139, and the addition of prerequisite EFN 205.

6. Second Reading, Proposal #2, SAH 160, Keys to Success for the Science Major, new course, 1 credit, effective spring 2002.
The college is opposed to offering the course for transcript credit only because it would have to be offered under a remedial number (0__), and that is not the intent of the course. As a graded 1-credit course, there would be minimal effect on overall gpa. Since this is an experimental course, the committee thought assessment would be particularly important. The college agreed to that, since this was part of their original plan in proposing the course.

M/S/P to approve the proposal with the proviso that the college monitors the course assessment and takes appropriate action.

7. Second Reading, Proposal #3, MUS 201 Musical Cultures, title, credits, description, prerequisites, instructional pattern; MUS 202, Music History: 1600-1825, title, credits, description, prerequisites; MUS 301 Music History: 1825-1900 and MUS 302 Music History: 20th Century, titles; Music Majors and Minors, credits, effective fall 2002.

The contact hours were changed on LX138C to 3 for MUS 201 and 2 for MUS 202; the prerequisite for MUS 201 was changed to read: “MUS 105 or MUS 110 or standing as a music major or minor. If MUS 201 is approved as a general education course in the global/multicultural category, it will be more apparent to the national accreditation agency NASM that the course meets NASM standards; however, gen ed approval is not mandatory for accreditation purposes.

M/S/P to approve the proposal as recorded 9/11/01 and as revised above.

8. Old business – none

9. New business – none

The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. The next UCC meeting is October 9, 2001.

Diane L. Schumacher
Recording secretary