University of Minnesota, Morris

Morris, Minnesota





FOR 2003-04



The Curriculum Committee (CC) held 12 regular meetings during the academic year 2003-04. There were seven (7) meetings during fall semester, and five (5) meetings during spring semester.




WSS 1353 CE: Beginning Tap Dance:

Motion to approve the proposed new course WSS 1351 CE: Beginning Tap Dance. Motion passed.



Schwaller informed the committee that the approvals will be coming to CC in a new format printed directly from the ECAS (Electronic Course Authorization System). Instead of typing the information on the RC, NC or TC forms and sending a hard copy through for the approval process the information will be entered online into ECAS and forwarded on for approval, editing and be uploaded into PeopleSoft. Schwaller indicated that he believes the ECAS system will make for a more efficient process and eliminate errors and/or lost information.


Schwaller indicated that the information was being entered 3-4 times by different people in different programs including ECAS and PeopleSoft. This will not eliminate all errors but will reduce the amount of errors along with duplication of work. All the information that goes into the catalog is pulled from ECAS.


Even though there is no specific spot for the rationale, goals and assessment, or faculty sponsor information on the ECAS form at this time, it will be added in the Editors Comments section and the History Information going forward.


Teacher Education Committee Report:

Schwaller asked Kuechle to address the committee about the Teacher Education Committee report and the recommendation that the committee be disbanded. Kuechle indicated that the purpose for the committee was for accreditation and UMM must show a link between the teacher education program and the liberal arts. A member asked how essential this committee is for the teacher education program and Kuechle indicated that it is very essential. Motion to approve the report and reject the recommendation to abolish the committee. Motion passed.


Catalog Changes:

This course is being changed from a 1xxx course to a 2xxx course because the workload does not correspond with a 1xxx level course. Motion to approve Geog 2001. Motion passed. Members suggested including a statement that the course is: designed for students seeking secondary education teacher licensure. Motion to approve Geog 2001 as amended. Motion passed.






Topic Courses and Course Approval:

Schwaller reviewed Mike Korth’s proposal.


I.          All courses must receive Curriculum Committee approval (either provisional or regular) before being offered.

II.                 Courses receiving provisional approval may be offered a maximum of two times. If a course is to be offered a third time, it must be presented to Curriculum Committee for regular approval in time for Campus Assembly approval to be granted before the third offering.

III.       All variable topics courses xx00 will either be converted to course cluster headings or be eliminated from the catalog, as each discipline thinks best.


Korth explained that number II in the proposal increases the number of times a provisionally approved course can be offered and asked if other members had concerns with the issue. A suggested that instead of saying two times, which would be hard to keep track of, keep the course active for the current catalog. When asked if that would be easier to track and the member stated that it would since courses in PeopleSoft can be made inactive on a future date. After discussion among the members it was agreed to revise the proposal to state that a provisionally approved course would remain active for the duration of the current catalog.


The committee members also discussed the issue of changing variable topics courses to regular courses and to have courses clustered under a header without a variable topic umbrella occupying a course number. Topic Course umbrellas will default to cluster headings. Motion for CC to approve new cluster headings. Motion passed. Motion to approve the three proposals as amended. Motion passed.


Maximum Credit Limit:

Helsper explained that currently the defaults for the maximum credits allowed for a directed study is 999. Schwaller suggested 16 credits, as that is the maximum on the TC range. Helsper explained that this credit limit is for the lifetime of the student not the maximum for the semester. This would be the maximum number of credits a student could take repeating the same directed study course number. Helsper explained again that the maximum being discussed is not the number of times a course can be taken in a single semester but the maximum number of credits for the career of the student. A member asked if this change was in response to a problem and Helsper stated that it has not been an issue before because the maximum limit was stated “behind the scenes” now it shows up where students can see it. Motion to set the maximum credit limit for Directed Studies at 10 cr. for the life of the student. Motion passed.


Ed 1201 Perspectives on Young Adult Literature: Schooling, Society, and Culture:

Kuechle noted that the discipline had gone back and forth regarding the number level of the course and even though it is presented as a 1xxx level course the faculty sponsor would not be opposed to moving the course to a 2xxx level. Motion to move the course from the 1xxx level to the 2xxx level.


Mus 1300 Concert Band, Mus 1310 University Choir, Mus 1320 Concert Choir, Mus 1330 Jazz Ensemble, and Mus 1340 Orchestra:

Nellis explained that this group of courses has had the grading option changed from S-N to Student Option. Schwaller reminded the committee that this is the result of a request by CC last spring to have the grading changed to Student Option on these courses. Motion to approve the changes for the series of courses.


Th 1060 Production Experience:

There was discussion among the members about the concern that Th 1060 does not have an ArtP designator. To avoid confusion the Th 1060 should have a statement such as “participation in other than performing” added to the description. Motion to send Th 1060 back to the discipline for clarification on the GER, concurrent registration or co-req, addition of statement to the description “participation in other than performing” and assessment information.


Chemistry Proposals:

Bioorganic Chemistry is added to the list of electives for the major and the minor requirements will now include Organic Chemistry. The course changes proposed are credit changes to stay within in the 40-credit limit. Korth stated that these changes would be effective Fall 04. There was considerable discussion among the members regarding major and minor changes effective between catalog years. Motion to approve all proposed changes in chemistry major and minor requirements and course changes. Motion passed.


Mgmt 4602 Advanced Corporate Finance I and Mgmt 4603 Advanced Corporate Finance II:

Lee explained that the courses were set-up as two half-semester courses to allow flexibility for the students. After some discussion among the members, the courses will be sent back to Management for clarification on the following issues: pre-reqs, when the courses will be offered, clarification on the description to match the intent of the course and the rationale for having two 2-credit courses instead of one 4-credit course.


Fall Semester Curriculum Proposals:

                Passed: To approve the following curricular change proposals.

                        Division of Education

                                Wellness and Sport Science

                                                WSS 1351 CE: Beginning Tap Dance

                                Division of Humanities


                                                Mus 1045 Class Guitar

                                                Mus 1300 Concert Band

                                                Mus 1310 University Choir

                                                Mus 1320 Concert Choir

                                                Mus 1330 Jazz Ensemble

                                                Mus 1340 Orchestra

                                                Mus 1401 English Italian, German, and French Diction for Singers


                                                Span 1052 Variable Topics in Associated Languages: Beginning Nahautl I

                                                Span 1053 Variable Topics in Associated Languages: Beginning Nahautl II


                                                Th 1070 Performance Experience

                        Division of Science and Math


                                                Chem 2302 Organic Chemistry II

                                                Chem 3701 Inorganic Chemistry

                                                Chem 3801 History of Chemistry

                                                Chem 3811 Macromolecules

                                                Chem 3901 Chemistry Seminar I

                                                Chem 4351 Bioorganic Chemistry

                                                Chem 4352 Synthesis

                                                Chem 4551 Theoretical Chemistry

                                                Chem 4552 Molecular Spectroscopy

                                                Chem 4751 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

                                                Chem 4901 Chemistry Seminar I

                                                Chem 4902 Chemistry Seminar II

                        Division of Social Science


                                                Geog 2001 Problems in Geography


                                                Hist 3041 Indigenous People 1500-Present

                                Political  Science

                                                Pol 3201 Legislative Process


                                                Psy 3403 Developmental Psychology III: Adulthood, Aging and Death

Interdisciplinary Studies

                                                IS 1001 First Year Seminar: Human Diversity

                                                IS 1331 CE: Disability in America: Politics, Art and Culture(s)




EDP Sub-Committee:

Schwaller called for volunteers for the EDP subcommittee. Dave Roberts and Jackie Thorvaldson volunteered and Schwaller nominated Jenny Nellis as chair.


NSSE Survey Discussion:

Schwaller explained he was attending a meeting in Washington DC when CC was supposed to meet last and one of the panel discussions he attended was “Working Toward a Shared Vision of Liberal Arts Education: Adding Value Through Student Engagement “ by George Kuh the founder of NSSE. The presentation was on DEEP, Documenting Effective Educational Practice. Twenty schools were selected that were particularly exemplary: that had higher than predicted graduation rates and higher than predicted scores on the NSSE benchmarks. These schools were chosen for more in-depth study to see what was going on there. The schools we would be most interested in would be Macalester, The Evergreen State College, and the U of Maine, Farmington, the last two of which are COPLAC schools.


Features of Liberal Education at DEEP Schools (NSSE)

·      Writing intensive (writing across the curriculum)

·      Peer teachers and mentors

·      Practical applications of learning

·      “Seminaring” - students are equal participants in classroom dialogue

·      Common academic and intellectual experiences

·      Emphasis on social responsibility

·      Socialization to liberal education

·      Celebrations of scholarship


Practical applications such as the 8 abilities of Alverno College:

1.   Communicate (in writing and in speech)

2.   Analyze situations

3.   Solve problems

4.   Apply values consistently

5.   Interact with others effectively

6.   Act responsibly in the global environment

7.   Fulfill the obligations of citizenship

8.   Engage in artistic experiences


Traits common to DEEP schools:

·      Mission guides actions (Philosophy and values are the compass and conscience)

·      Improvement oriented ethos

·      Leadership

·      Collaborative ethic

·      Data guides improvement


Helsper notified the committee that UMM will be doing NSSE again this spring and it will be interesting to see the results from a different group of students. These results will be available Fall of 2004.


Schwaller explained that of the DEEP characteristics, the principal problem for UMM is writing and then socializing. Schwaller explained that we cannot rely solely on the NSSE results and that it will be difficult for this large of a group to move forward. He suggested forming a sub-committee to look at the issue and make recommendations to the committee. Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Tom Johnson, and Dorothy DeJager volunteered to be on the sub-committee and Schwaller indicated he would like Jenny Nellis, one member from each division and a MCSA representative. Schwaller asked Mike Korth to choose someone from his area and he will ask Judy Kuechle to do the same. The sub-committee will also include someone from the English discipline.


Schwaller will prepare the charge for the sub-committee, which will include exploring the problems and pointing the curriculum committee in the right direction with recommendations.


Sub-Committee to Look at Internships and Legal Issues

Schwaller explained that he had met with Sandy Olson Loy, Gary Donovan, Tom McRoberts and Paula O’Loughlin regarding internships and it has been agreed, since they are credit bearing activities, that the Curriculum Committee should look a the legal issues UMM is exposed to when students participate in internships. Other issues raised were that UMM should develop a document so students know their legal rights. There can be no discrimination on the part of an institution where a UMM student is placed or on the part of businesses recruiting on campuses. It would be best to have a sub-committee to look at this issue and there are already faculty members involved in internships that would be willing to work on the sub-committee. We also have good models from some other schools and will run it through General Counsel before CC or Campus Assembly would approve anything. A member asked what issues are of concern and Schwaller explained some issues are health insurance, injuries not covered by workman’s comp, student errors, etc. A member also stated it would be important to included information for the student explaining what they should do in the case of sexual or racial harassment during their internship. Schwaller indicated this was not part of their original document plan but it could and would be a good idea. We currently have a contractual agreement with the student and handbook for them, and this would expand on that. Motion to empower the Dean to create a sub-committee to look at and create a document with the legal issues of student internships


Resident Credit for Study Abroad Programs

Schwaller explained that the item of Residential Credit for Study Abroad is an informational item that has been heard by the Scholastic Committee and is going forward to Campus Assembly. The Scholastic Committee is asking for Curriculum Committee’s endorsement. After considerable discussion, Schwaller explained that CC could make a motion to endorse the recommendation from Scholastic Committee before they forward it on to Campus Assembly.


Karla Klinger explained that she is here for Scholastic Committee with Leslie Meek and Tom McRoberts. She comes with the unanimous endorsement from the Scholastic Committee on this matter and is asking for endorsement from the Curriculum Committee. International Programs Committee has also given their approval and endorsement of this change to the residential credit policy with regard to our Study Abroad programs. Klinger read the current policy and explained that the Scholastic Committee has listened to all the arguments for and against this change and have been convinced by the rationale. She also stated that all Study Abroad programs that this change will apply to have been reviewed and approved by U of M.


Klinger explained that other colleges are doing this including the Big 10 and many private liberal arts schools. This is also an all University Policy and large parts of it cannot be changed without going through SCEP. Faculty will continue to have control of majors, minors and critical courses, and as such going this way will not dilute the programs.


Schwaller explained that it would be a good step for CC to endorse this before it goes to Campus Assembly. Motion to endorse the Scholastic Committee’s recommendation of resident credit for study abroad programs. Motion passed.


EDP Proposals

Nellis reviewed the proposals for the committee explaining that again this year more proposals were received than there were dollars available to fund all of them. The sub-committee chose not to fund one project, as the principal investigator will be leaving campus. There were not enough funds to fund every project at the level requested.


We the EDP Subcommittee, Jenny Nellis, Dave Roberts and Jackie Thorvaldson, reviewed seven proposals submitted for funding by the EDP program. The total amount requested was $21,144.


The Sub Committee reviewed the seven proposals submitted and recommends approval of six proposals based on the criteria set forth by the Curriculum Committee. Four of the proposals we recommend funding at the level requested and two proposals we recommend funding at a lower level than requested. This would bring the total funding to $12,000. One proposal we recommend not funding.


We, the Subcommittee make a motion to the Curriculum Committee to approve the recommended EDP Grant Proposals.


Motion of the proposal from the sub-committee Nellis, Roberts, and Thorvaldson. Motion passed.


Dance from WSS to Humanities with New Designator

Nellis explained that this proposal comes after many years of discussion and work. All areas involved are happy with this plan. Students who want teacher licensure in Theater need Dance courses. With change in licensure, Judy Kuechle, Tom McRoberts, Ferolyn Angell and Tap Payne, tried to figure out how to change the way a UMM handles Dance courses by remaining financially neutral. They recommend approval as soon as possible to show Dance and not Sports on the students APAS and transcript. DeVries indicated it would not affect WSS because the courses were just housed there.


McRoberts explained that the process is actually two parts. The first part is to move the Dance courses to Humanities from WSS with a Dance designator. The courses would not actually move until the next catalog. Right now they are asking to approve the move and create the designator.


A member questioned if there has been any thought as to what designator would be given. Helsper explained that the Twin Cities uses DNCE and Duluth uses DN and she recommends that UMM use the same designator as the Twin Cities, DNCE.


Helsper made a point of clarification that the catalog becomes effective Fall of 2005 and that it is understood that McRoberts is asking for these courses to be effective immediately after Campus Assembly approval in Fall 2004 for Spring 2005 instead of waiting for Fall 2005 when the new catalog is effective.


Proposal:  Move dance courses from the Division of Education to the Division of Humanities and assign them a new dance designator.


Motion for proposal from Tom McRoberts, Jenny Nellis, Judy Kuechle and Ferolyn Angell. Motion passed


Fall Semester Curriculum Proposals:

                Passed: To approve the following curricular change proposals.

                        Division of Education

                                Wellness and Sports Science

                                                WSS 1412 Varsity Swimming and Diving (W)

                                                WSS 1409 Varsity Wrestling

                                                WSS 2207 Wrestling Coaching

                                Division of Humanities


                                                Th 2111 Creative Drama with Children

                        Division of Science and Math


                                                Bio 1053 CE: Introduction to Insect Biology

                                Computer Science

                                                CSci 4454 Systems: Robotics

                                                CSci 4509 Theory: Cryptographic Protocols

                                                CSci 4608 Programming Languages: Principles of Web Programming

                                                CSci 4656 Programming Languages: Human-Computer Interaction and Interface Design

                        Division of Social Science


                                                Anth 3203 Indigenous Peoples of the World: A Cultural Perspective      


Hist 3032 Family and Sexuality in Medieval Europe

                                                Hist 3359 Native Strategies for Survival 1880-1920

                                                Hist 3462 Strange Harvest: A History of Rural America


                                                Psy 3451 Cultural and Cross-Cultural Psychology


                                                Soc 3203 Indigenous Peoples of the World: A Cultural Perspective