UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

COURSE PROPOSALS

Form RC:

Revised Course Proposal

FORM RC

(2/00)

 

Discipline:

Interdisciplinary Studies

 

 

Date:

August 15, 2002

 

Course Revision #1

I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (deletions in strikethru font, additions underlined)(see instructions)

IS 3110. CE: Applied Rural Community Field Project: Center for Small Towns. (SS; 1-6 cr; prereq #; S-N only; additional tuition required; course not included in UMM tuition band)

Under the auspices of the Center for Small Towns, students will work in teams with a faculty member on a service-learning project providing assistance for one or more community, local government, or business organizations. The project will allow students to use previous coursework to benefit organizations in the local community. Projects may include employee satisfaction surveys, market research or strategic planning, for example. An educational experience in a rural learning environment that focuses on rural issues of community life, demography, culture, environment, and policy. A collaborative effort between the Center for Small Towns and a public rural entity will provide a structured environment in which civic engagement objectives will be achieved and grounded in a practical setting. Students will gain a valuable understanding about the historical social structures of rural society and witness these structures firsthand.

 

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s): Dr. Engin Sungur and Benjamin Winchester

II. Rationale (see instructions):

The Center for Small Towns has been, and will be utilized as a valuable resource in its role as a mediating structure between faculty at UMM and organizations/institutions based in rural communities. This course allows students with an interest in rural areas to work with local units of government, non-profit agencies, and school systems to solve a specific local problem, thereby extending educational outcomes. Most practical learning opportunities involve private, for-profit organizations, and it is hoped that this course will generate interest in, and direct attention to, serving public entities in rural areas.

 

Regular Approval Process:

Forms RC must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

 

 

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

 

 

 

2)

Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)

 

 

 

3)

Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)

 

 

 

4)

Campus Assembly approves. (Course revisions become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval, unless specifically requested otherwise in the Rationales.)

 

 

Provisional Approval Process:

If time does not allow for the regular approval procedures to be completed before the course is to be taught, or if a course will be taught only once, "provisional approval" can be secured for a one-time offering of the course. For provisional approval, curricular change forms must go through the following process (put check in box and date when approved):

 

Date

Step #

 

 

1)

Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)

 

 

2)

Division Chair, approving for one-time offering, sends proposal to #3

 

 

3)

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, with concurrence of the Division Chairs, approves the course for a one-time offering