Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes
September 23, 2008
Members Present: Berlin, Friesen, Rolfhus, Secchi, Socha, Sullivan, Zheng
Consultants Present: Clow, Dittman, Richter, Schumacher
Members Absent: Johnson, (exc) Ahmed, Decker, Van Winkle
Guests: Manrique, Arney, Severson
1. Approval of September 9,2008 minutes
M/S/P to approve minutes
2. Second readings:
POL 316 Ethics Management in Government 3cr., New course, effective Spring 2009.
(Revised title and description from previous meeting)
This course will include: an introduction to ethics management; a discussion of the U.S. constitutional and administrative environment in which officials carry out their duties; descriptions and assessments of the tools available to elected and appointed officials who are committed to building ethical organizations; a review of existing ethics management programs in American cities and counties; and a review of legislative and administrative measures taken by Congress, presidents, the judiciary and the fifty states to foster ethical government.
M/S/P to approve the proposal
SOC 326 Sociopharmacology 3cr., Course revision-- change in prerequisites, title and course description, effective Fall 2009
2nd reading postponed
BIO 202 Introduction to Biological Data Analysis and Interpretation: 2cr., New Course, effective J Term 2009
2nd reading postponed
3. First readings: None
4. Consent Agenda:
Change Department/Program prefixes for the following, effective Fall 2009
Computer Science from C-S to: CS
Health Professions from H-P to: HP
Radiation Therapy from R-T to: RT
Information Systems from I-S to: IS
Curriculum and Instruction from C-I to: CI
Military Science from M-S to: MS
Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from W-S to: WGS
CHM 407 2cr. Biophysical Chemistry; 2 cr., course revision, change prerequisites, effective Fall 2009
CHM 417 or CHM 325; MTH 207: MTH
250 265 or MTH 208 or concurrent
in either of these;
PHY 104 or PHY 204 PHY 103 or 203 and PHY 104 or 204
M/S/P to approve the consent agenda items ( Note: technically, prefix changes make all numbers available again)
5. Old business: none
6. New business:
Faculty Senate UCC Charges:
Faculty Senate UCC Charges: Discussion noted in italics
· Please communicate with departments and request they delay the effective dates of any curriculum changes until fall of 2009, to coincide with the printing of the new undergraduate catalog and with the implementation date of the new Student Information System (SIS)
Registrar Bakkum will send chairs a memo reminding them of this; also discussed at Deans’ Council and Chairs’ meeting at beginning of year.
· Please review the issue of “hidden” prerequisites (see UCC final report, 2007-2008, enclosed) with the Registrar to determine if any recommendation regarding this issue is appropriate.
The issue remains.
· Determine if a “common format” for each department be incorporated into the new catalog is desirable or necessary.
Committee is not too concerned about this; reasonable consistency exists.
· Determine whether the use of “hyperlinked” within the electronic on - line catalog be considered or a means of making cross - checks of listed requirements more simple.
Schumacher will check with Bakkum for ideas (NOTE: PeopleSoft hyperlinks automatically)
· Review the 40 credits limit for majors and recommend if this policy needs clarification.
Committee is interested in reviewing; will consider rewriting policy and providing more flexibility. Need to determine what credits count—include or exclude prerequisites.
· Review data related to the ratio of students graduating with a BS vs. a BA to determine if an “imbalance” exists and whether this need to be addresses through curriculum changes.
Chair Rolfhus will discuss the reason for this particular charge.
7. General Education Course Substitutions:
· GEL 00L Literature of Old Testament and New Testament from
Wartburg College for ENG 200 (Lit and Humanities category)
Meeting Adjourned: 4:43