University of Minnesota, Morris
MINUTES-1997-98 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING #12
March 3, 1998; 8:00 a.m.; Behmler Conference Room
Present: Asmus, Beiswenger, Farrell, Frenier, Korth, Kissock, Lee, Leroux, McIntosh, Nylander, Schuman, Taylor, Thielke
Absent: Ballou, Ellis
[In these minutes: Continued discussion of semester GER designator proposals
and semester bulletin copy revisions; semester repeatable course lists]
Kissock reported that the first three courses on the list--Ed 3102, ElEd
4202, and SeEd 4202--should have the GER designation removed. Schuman noted
that we had already had a response from physics about Phys 1000 and Phys
3000 which are to have the credits changed to "2-5 credits" and
keep the GER designation. Farrell assumed that ArtH 4000 and Fren 4210 should
be changed to begin with 2 credits and keep the GER designators. [Note:
the ArtS course listed was proposed for "ArtP" which is in the
Skills category and does not have the 2-credit minimum, so this course does
not create a problem.] Korth assumed that Chem 4894 would probably have
the designator dropped, but he would need to check with the discipline about
that. Lee also needed to consult with the disciplines about Hist 3000 and
Schuman again asked Division Chairs to consult with the disciplines and
report back to the CC.
Kissock wondered what the highest count on major requirements would be.
Schuman thought it would be the biology major. Korth said that the biology
major required about 60 credits and 60 credits is the maximum for any major.
MOTION (Farrell, Lee): To approve the bulletin copy revisions for European Studies.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).
MOTION (Frenier, Nylander): To approve the bulletin copy revisions for Women's Studies.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).
Korth said he was struck by the phrase "spectrum of ideas which
flourish within the academic setting." Some courses look at ideas that
did not flourish. There was agreement to strike the words "which
flourish" from the description. Kissock said the second sentence
should begin with a capital letter. McIntosh suggested that each
instance of "which" should be changed to "that."
Kissock suggested dropping the "to" before "sensitize."
There was agreement on these suggestions.
McIntosh suggested that the course number be 1000. Mooney said the numbering
standards say that courses ending with a "0" are reserved for
repeatable courses. Lee wondered if the course could be numbered 1001. Mooney
said yes. Schuman said the course number should be changed to 1001.
McIntosh wondered why human diversity is not mentioned as the focus for
the course. Lee said it is not clear how long we will have human diversity
as the focus for the course. We could add a statement that the focus for
the first year will be human diversity, but this will appear in a two-year
bulletin. McIntosh thought the campus had made a longer commitment to the
focus. Schuman thought the focus should be in place for at least three years.
McIntosh did not have a wording change to suggest. Farrell suggested changing
the second sentence to say "Special emphasis is placed on themes,
including diversity, that help sensitize students..." Kissock said
he would like to leave the wording about the focus as it is. Farrell noted
that the course does not really seem to be a "common" course and
so one could argue about the title of the course as well.
MOTION (Kissock, Lee): To approve the course description for the common experience as amended.
VOTE: In favor--9; opposed--1; abstentions--1 (9-1-1).
Mooney suggested that there be a standard answer to the repeatable question
for all directed studies (DS) and senior honors projects (SHP). Thielke
agreed. Korth also agreed and thought that those courses should be repeatable.
Mooney asked if there should be any maximum credits on DS and SHP. Farrell
said no; it would be too hard to keep track of how many DS each student
has taken. Thielke said the faculty member could ask the student. Mooney
said APAS would track it.
Schuman suggested that the policy should be that DS and SHP are repeatable,
but disciplines have the option of delineating the maximum number of credits.
The default would be that they are repeatable with no maximum. Korth assumed
that meant that each level of directed studies, which has its own course
number, would be repeatable. He wondered if most DS are taken in the discipline
of the student's major. Farrell said not exclusively. Korth thought the
credits of directed study would be limited by the maximum of 40 credits
in one discipline.
Motion (Korth, NO SECOND): To send to the disciplines the proposal that all directed studies and senior honors projects would be repeatable by default, but disciplines would be allowed to put a maximum number of credits on these courses. Note: each level of directed studies would be repeatable.
Lee commented that most DS are self-restricted because of the discipline
limit. Schuman wondered what the CC would do if a discipline indicates that
DS and SHP are not repeatable. Thielke said that would not be necessary
because faculty have to sign each student's DS approval form. Schuman said
that gives each faculty member the right to deny a DS, but not the discipline
as a whole. Say, for example, that a student takes a DS from Garavaso in
philosophy and another later from Haji. Would Haji know that the student
had already taken a DS from Garavaso if there was a limit of one DS in philosophy?
Thielke noted that many students have to use DS to take courses while
abroad. We encourage students to do that. It would be very difficult for
APAS to allow exceptions to the repeatable limits.
Kissock said he liked the position that says all DS and SHP are repeatable,
but let the disciplines put a limit on how many. Even within the "Ed"
designator, a student could take all four levels of DS. To limit the repeatable
credits to one repeat would give students eight DS courses. It seems to
be a non-issue since no student is going to take eight DS courses.
The motion on the floor died for lack of a second. A new motion was proposed
in its place.
MOTION (Kissock, Korth): To set a policy that all semester directed studies and senior honors projects would be repeatable.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).
Schuman then moved discipline by discipline through the repeatable course
lists, asking for comments and concerns. Kissock asked about topics courses,
which are not handled in the same way by each discipline. Mooney said her
inclination was to make an editorial change for topics which said "no"
for repeatability and say instead in the bulletin "repeatable when
Schuman said the CC would continue the review of repeatable courses at
the next meeting. The next item on the agenda is GenEdWeb. Should Bowers
and McCannon be invited? Schuman said he would be able to give an update.
There was agreement to listen to Schuman's update before inviting guests
to a CC meeting.
Meeting adjourned 9:00 a.m.
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