University of Minnesota, Morris

Morris, MN

 

 

Annual Report of the

 Curriculum Committee

For 2004-2005

 

 

The Curriculum Committee (CC) held fifteen regular meetings during the academic year 2004-2005. There were eight meetings held during fall semester and seven during spring semester.

 

 

FALL SEMESTER

 

This was a catalog year and the committee met weekly to review and approve changes for the upcoming catalog.

 

CC discussed inactive/active courses and listing them in the catalog.

 

*Courses not offered during the catalog can be included in the catalog and can remain active however, if a course is not going to be taught in the next 2-3 catalogs then it should be made inactive.

*Courses may be listed as “offered when feasible”

*Reactivated courses should go through the Curriculum Committee. 

*If a course is being dropped from the catalog it does not have to be made inactive if the discipline plans to offer it again. If a course is being dropped from the catalog because it is not going to be taught again then it should made inactive.

 

If a course is summer only it does not need to be in the catalog but if the course is part of the regular curriculum then it should be listed in the catalog.

 

Humanities:

Humanities course approvals that were being presented for approval were sent forward last spring and the Division was asked to bring them for approval this fall along with the other catalog changes.

 

Motions to approve the following courses were approved.

ArtH 3142 Art of the Italian Renaissance 1200-1520. Motion passed

ENGL 3010 Practicum in Writing Tutoring

ENGL 4018 American Postmodern Lit

ENGL 4019 Re-Writing Shakespeare for Film and Stage

ENGL 4020 British Literature of the Fin de Siecle

HUM 3051 Russian Literature with the understanding that the

grading option will be verified to be S-N.

MUS 1046 Class Voice

SPAN 3505 Sex, Love and Marriage in the Golden Age Spanish Literature

TH 2111 Creative Drama with Children

TH 3101 World Theater: History and Literature I

TH 3102 World Theater: History and Literature II

TH 3201 Advanced Acting

TH 3202 Advanced Directing

 

Motions to send the following courses back for missing information were approved.

ARTS 3011 Collecting and Display in Art for clarification of course description

ENGL 2106 The Environmental Imagination for a rationale

MUS 1101 Core Studies I: Music Studies I returned for assessment and rationale information

MUS 1102 Core Studies I: Music Studies II for rationale information

MUS 2101 Core Studies II: Music Studies III for rationale information

MUS 2102 Core Studies II: Music Studies IV for rationale information

MUS 1223 Composition for rational, assessment and required fee listed in additional course

information section.

MUS 3223 Composition for rational, assessment and required fee listed in additional course

information section.

TH 1060 Production Experience for assessment and concurrent or co-req information.

 

CC approved a motion to allow course changes for the catalog to come to the committee on the Multiple Course Revision form.

           

Provision V

A motion was made and passed to remove Provision V of the GER which include the statements on writing and computer skills from the new catalog

           

Science and Math

A motion was made and passed to accept the topics restructuring in Science and Math.

 

Biology

A motion was made and passed to accept Biology Form A and B and the addition of the course BIOL 1002 Human Nutrition. This course is a requirement for pre-nursing students and students would have to take the course somewhere else, now UMM will be able to offer that requirement.

           

Chemistry

A motion was made and passed to accept the Chemistry Form A and the addition of a new course Chem 3711, Chem 4311 is a new 1 credit synthetics lab.

           

Computer Science

A motion was made and passed to approve Computer Science Form A. A motion was made and passed to approve CSci 3511 with the understanding that an acceptable assessment statement will be received and reviewed by the Dean.

 

Geology

A motion was made and passed to approve Geology Form A and Form B.

 

Math

A motion made and passed to approve the Math Form A and Form B.

 

Physics

A motion was made and passed to approve Physics Form A and Form B.

 

 

Statistics

A motion was made and passed to approve Statistics Form A and Form B with clarification of A-F only on the two new courses and a Pass/Fail statement on Form B.

 

Social Science Catalog Changes

Anthropology

A motion was made and passed to approve Anthropology Form A and Form B.

 

Economics

A motion was made and passed to approve Economics Form A and Form B.

 

History

A motion was made and passed to approve History Form A and B and course with a suggestion to have the GER for Hist 1402 changed to HDiv and the GER for Hist 3707 changed to IP.

 

Management

A motion was made and passed to approve Management Form A and Form B and one new course Mgmt 4602 which had received provisional approval earlier with the exception of the residency statement on Form B. If the discipline insists on keeping the statement it will come back to CC separately.

 

Political Science

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and Form B with only minor changes proposed by the discipline.

 

Psychology

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and Form B with minor changes.  The Psychology discipline agreed to and approved a title change suggestions from CC for Psy 4620 and Psy 4720 to take out “Psychology I” and “Psychology II” after Biological to make the title read easier.

 

Sociology
A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and B with the exception of Soc 3301 which was sent back for clarification on the rationale.

 

Geography

A motion was made and passed to approve Geography changes.  They now have an instructor with a PhD in Geography. With the permission of Humanities, Social Science would very much like to increase the number of Geography courses as the instructor is also an English professor. The whole campus would benefit from an increase in Geography courses.

 

Education

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A, Form B and course changes. ED 2101 and 2111 were approved as amended to include the co-reqs.

 

Elementary Education

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A, Form B and course changes for El Ed. Form B shows changes aligning the program to the licensing requirements and course changes in other disciplines. A friendly amendment to Science and Math courses requirement was made to read “at least one with lab” to avoid confusion for students.  Education received approval last year from the state to license students in the World Languages specialty.

 

Secondary Education

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and Form B for Secondary Education noting that since the licensure relies on courses from other disciplines this information may have to be changed to reflect the Humanities changes that have not yet been presented to CC.

 

Wellness and Sports Science

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and Form B for WSS noting some minor changes with wrestling no longer a sport at UMM. An amendment was made and approved to remove Spch 2101 as a requirement noting that Speech 2101 does not offer any public speaking experience.

 

Humanities

Art History

A motion was made and passed to approve Art History catalog changes.

 

Studio Art

A motion was made and passed to approve Form B for Studio Art and course revisions as amended to change the rationale to state that the credit change brings these courses in line with the other studio art courses.  Form A was missing and was requested.

 

English

A motion was made and passed to send English back to the discipline for clarification including a completed Form A and inclusion of cluster headings for CC to review. Engl 2106 received provisional approval at this time. 

 

European Studies
A motion was made and passed to approve the catalog changes for European Studies noting that some information is reliant upon other divisions and would need to be updated, accordingly and will be handled the same as Education.

 

French

A motion was made and passed to approve the French catalog changes as amended with the exception of the placement exam statement on Form B as that statement is in conflict with Scholastic Committee’s policy on placement exams.  That statement was held in abeyance until clarification with the Scholastic Committee.

 

German

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and B for German noting changes due to the retirement of one faculty member.

 

Humanities

A motion was made and passed to approve the Humanities catalog changes.

 

Music

A motion was made and passed to approve Form B for Music. Form A was requested for Music.

 

Philosophy

A motion was made and passed to approve Philosophy Form A and B.

 

 

Spanish

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and B for Spanish.

 

Speech

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and B for Speech noting that a new hybrid course is being offered.

 

Theater

A motion was made and passed to approve Form B for Theater.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies

A motion was made and passed to send back IS 3810 Practicum in French to be considered as a French course and not an IS course or  changed to a Humanities Practicum to remain as IS course. A motion was made and passed to approve the Multiple Course Revision form for IS courses.

 

African American Studies Minor

A motion was made and passed to approve Form B for the African American Studies Minor noting that the changes reflect changes from other disciplines.

 

Continuing Education

A motion was made and failed to change all non-major units described as disciplines to programs. There was discussion among the members as to the rationale for calling Dance a discipline and not a program. Several examples were given of the use of the words discipline and program throughout the catalog. It was noted that in the larger university world programs are equivalent to majors and discipline is actually a better description. It was suggested that a decision be made to clarify this issue for the catalog and that UMM should have an agreement to the meaning of the language.

 

Motions were made and passed to approve Dance Form B, Italian catalog changes, deletion of the WSS Dance Courses, French courses as amended to include CE: in the course title and the list of Continuing Education courses to be included in the catalog, the new Dance courses, Italian courses, and ED 1112, and English CE courses.

 

Honors Program

A motion was made and passed to approve Honors as amended with language changes suggested by members of CC.

 

IS Honors Courses

A motion was made and passed to approve IS 3204H, IS 3205H, and IS 3206H. The faculty member for IS 3205H The Early Modern Body in Literature, Philosophy, and Science, was contacted and agreed to add “human” before body in the description but not the title.

 

LAAS

A motion was made and passed to approve the changes for LAAS noting that the only changes are those mandated by changes in other disciplines that have already been approved.

 

LAHS

A motion was made and passed to approve the changes for LAHS indicating the same rationale for changes as LAAS

 

Social Science Major

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A and B for the Social Science Major with a correction on the wording on Form A.

 

Women’s Studies

A motion was made and passed to approve the revised Form A and Form B for Women’s Studies.

 

WoSt 4101

A motion was made and passed to approve WoSt 4101; this approval would also allow set-up for Spring registration, and to approve WoSt course changes presented on the MCR form.

 

Psychology

A motion was made and passed to approve the revised Form B for Psychology which removed the statement that required courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only.

 

English

A motion was made and passed to approve Form A for English.

 

A motion was made and passed to approve Form B for English with the Dean’s approval of the cluster narratives.

 

English Courses

A motion was made and passed to approve the new English courses and course revisions.

 

Interdisciplinary Catalog Changes

A motion was made and passed to approve IS 4994H revisions.

 

Review of Forms A and B

Form A

CC reviewed Forms A and B that are used during a catalog year. Several changes were made as a result of the Committee’s discussion.  A revised draft of Form A was presented to the committee. The information requested at the bottom of the form was worded differently to encourage description by asking for a summary of the intent of the proposed changes and what financial and staffing implications result from the proposed changes.  It was suggested to add to the last question what the implications would be in the discipline and other disciplines, since many changes impact other disciplines.

 

The committee will continue to review this information and it will continue to be discussed at a later meeting after members have time to discuss this with their colleagues.

 

Form B

A section on cluster headings will be added and indication will be made that only changes need to be noted. There was discussion on the assessment information and the issue was tabled for more discussion.

 

CC Forms Instructions

The committee reviewed the instructions and several changes will be made for clarification. The provisional approval statement, the effective date, grading basis, delivery mode, assessment and goals sections, auto enroll, course equivalency, and enforced prerequisite will all have changes for clarification.

 

 

Courses with A-F or S/N Only Grading

Currently there is a bit of disconnect in practice in selecting grading options for a course. If the course is A-F only it should be listed so in the catalog. On page 36 of the current catalog it states that courses may be taken A-F or S/N unless otherwise noted; therefore A-F only grading should be noted. If no variation is noted it is assumed that Student Option is available. There was also a concern with the number of A-F only courses.

 

CC will continue to discuss Forms A and B at future meetings.

 

SPRING SEMESTER

 

COURES APPROVALS

English

A motion was made and passed to approve changes to the Goals for College Writing GER and the course description for Engl 1011 pending editorial revisions for clarity which will be reviewed by the Dean. The Scholastic Committee encouraged these changes to be sent to CC because of petitions that had been received.

 

IS

A motion was made and passed to approve IS 3221H Honors: Open Source vs. Proprietary Technology: The Economics of Networks and Innovation for approval.

 

Continuing Education

A motion was made and passed to approve Anth 2311 CE: American Indian Assimilation and Resistance on the Great Plains, IS 2035 CE: Aging in Greece, and Hum 1552 CE: Jewish and Muslim Spain, are all being offered during May Session.

 

A motion was made and passed to approve History 3607 Aztec Culture and History , Chem 1001 Chemistry and Society, CSci 1101 Dynamic Web Programming, CSci 4408 Systems: Computer Forensics, CSci 4455 Systems: Computer Architecture, CSci 4556 Theory: Computer Graphics, and NSci 1061 Salmon in Endangered Ecosystems.

 

Repeatability of Courses

A motion was made and passed to approve a default for repeatable courses to repeated one time if not specified. A number of courses are listed as repeatable however, it is not indicated how many times or to what credit limit.

 

Areas of Concentration

Over the last year and a half several faculty members along with Ruth Thielke, Registrar, have worked to prepare templates or prototypes for several different Areas of Concentration. This was a result of retention studies to find out why students leave. These are not intended to lead the way to new majors, they would continue to be Areas of Concentration requiring the student to complete the rationale statement as to why it should be considered an Area of Concentration and will also continue to require the necessary approvals by faculty, Division Chairs, and the Dean.

 

Division Chairs will still be involved in the approval process and approval of Areas of Concentrations will continue to go through the current process requiring faculty and division approval, review by the Registrar and approval by the Dean.

 

EDP Subcommittee

The call for EDP applications was been sent out with a deadline of March 25, 2005. Dave Roberts volunteered and Judy Kuechle and Sarah Black were nominated to serve on the EDP subcommittee.

 

Consistency of Term and Year offerings

The committee agreed that courses that are only taught in the summer and courses that are consistently taught in the summer are the only courses that should have a term offering listed as summer.

 

Chem 1001 and NSci 1061 were both provisionally approved by the Division Chair Members in attendance, due to lack of a quorum and the need for students to register for classes for summer term before the next assembly meeting.

 

Writing Subcommittee Final Report

The findings of the Writing subcommittee were presented to CC. The committee looked at the history of writing on our campus, results of various surveys on effective writing and recommendations. The committee spent a large amount of time looking at what is available on writing on our campus and other campuses. The committee found that writing has always been a concern for UMM expecting the best possible quality and that the students are challenged to write in their discipline area.  The committee used the NSSE survey results and also did their own survey. They felt the “Distribution of ACT English Scores” analysis should be done again as it has not been done recently. The subcommittee concluded that those at UMM ARE concerned about writing, it is not taken lightly. At the time they were meeting, English was in the process of hiring a director of the college writing program. That person has now been hired and the committee felt the best policy at this point would be to give that person the subcommittee’s findings and information and allow her to proceed with improving the program.

 

EDP Recommendations

Motion made and passed to approval all four EDP Grant requests. Four applications were received; one from each division and the requested amount was less than what was available to award. The subcommittee looked at all four applications carefully and discussed how the applications would compete in others years when there have been a larger amount of requests. The subcommittee felt all four projects were worth approving for funding. All four projects were funded at the salary amount requested plus fringe which would be adjusted to the correct rate.

 

ECAS Forms and Instructions

CC continued the discussion about the ECAS forms and instructions from the November 18, 2004 meeting. It was noted that the changes are grayed out on the forms. A member listed several suggestions and all were accepted.

 

v     To add a statement on the ECAS form and instructions that “It is expected that nearly all courses at UMM will be Student Option.”

v     To take out the statement in the instructions for Form A that the bottom portion is required. All information is required on Form A.

v     On Form B and the instructions for Form B the following statement should be added “If no changes are proposed for a section of the form that section should say “NO CHANGE.””

 

A motion was made and passed to accept the recommendations of the Assessment Committee and remove the Assessment and Goals section from the ECAS form. The ASL committee thought it better to focus on assessment at the level of the Major and not at the level of the individual course.

 

CC discussed changes to Form B. The form has been changed as the Assessment Committee suggested asking how the changes affect the Major assessment plans. The Form B will also contain the statement "Show the complete text of any section being changed with additions underlined and deletions in strikethrough font. If no changes are being proposed in a section, indicate "no change" in that section." Noting that being more explicit will be helpful.

 

CC moved on to Form A and the course count. Courses not sections should be counted. A footnote will be added noting that courses with multiple sections will count only once.

 

Teacher Education Committee Final Report

A motion was made and passed to accept the final report of the Teacher Education Committee.

 

Assessment of Student Learning Pre-Survey

The Assessment Committee has prepared a Gen Ed Pre-Survey for incoming freshman. This would compliment the Senior Gen Ed Survey. Endorsement by CC for this survey at this meeting was sought so it could be on the agenda for the last CA meeting this spring. If not, it will have to wait until next fall to go to CA. The survey would be taken during the FYS courses in the beginning of the semester. There was some concern with the questions and the intent of the survey, either to track the importance of Gen Ed at UMM or how much the student learned. The discussion was tabled until the next meeting in order to move on to the NSSE survey. 

 

NSSE Report

Olson-Loy began the presentation stating that the NSSE Survey was started in 2000, this is the second time UMM has participated, once in 2002 and again in 2004. Olson-Loy presented an overview of the NSSE survey and the 2004 Benchmarks. The response rate for UMM, with all freshman and seniors invited to participate, was 47%. Olson-Loy gave an overview of the results for the Benchmark sections comparing UMM from 2002 to 2004 and also to COPLAC, Bac-LA, and National scores:

v     Level of Academic Challenge

v     Active and Collaborative Learning

v     Student-Faculty Interactions

v     Enriching Educational Experiences

v     Supportive Campus Environment

 

The benchmarks are the midpoint of each section. Olson-Loy reviewed the individual sections under the section “Level of Academic Challenge”:

            Results for the percent of students who:

v     Spent more than 15 hours per week studying

v     Are writing at least 5 or more papers of 5-19 pages in length

v     Said coursework emphasizes synthesizing and organizing ideas, information or experiences

v     Said coursework emphasizes making judgments about the value of information, arguments or methods.

v     Said coursework emphasizes applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations

v     Worked harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor’s standards

v     Said the Campus emphasizes studying and academic work

v     Said their experience at this institution contributed to writing clearly and effectively

v     Said their experience at this institution contributed to speaking clearly and effectively

v     Said their experience at this institution contributed to thinking critically and analytically

v     Were challenged by their examinations to do their best work

v     Often or very often made a class presentation

v     Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions

v     Worked with other students on projects during class

v     Worked with classmates outside of class to prepare assignments

v     Often tutored or taught other students

v     Participated in a community-based project as part of a regular course during the current year

 

Other specific questions were also reviewed. Even with the concern about writing papers, faculty members have indicated they are assigning papers in quantity and length.

 

The last benchmark “Supportive Campus Environment” results were reviewed for:

 

v     Evaluation of entire college experience

v     Students who stayed on campus 12-15 weekends

v     Students who stayed on campus less than 6 weekends

 

A member concerned about the academic challenge part ran an informal survey among faculty in Humanities and Social Science and found that in fact assignments are given and students are not doing their assignments. Faculty should be brought together to address this issue. Schwaller noted that he would like to have this presentation give to the Scholastic Committee and open sessions for faculty will be held in the fall. Changes to improve this area would need a campus wide effort. Faculty members clearly need more information on this generation of students and ways to approach them. This topic will continue to be discussed with faculty.

 

Legal Aspects of Internships

A motion was made and passed to accept the fact sheet and expectations for internships created by the committee with editorial changes.

 

Donovan explained the background and charge of the Legal Issues of Internships Committee that was created by the Curriculum Committee. The committee included Paula O’Loughlin, Barbara Burke, Dian Lopez, Jeff Ratliff-Crain, and Gary Donovan. Donovan meet with Ms.Tracy Smith from the UM General Counsel’s Office and Mr. Cary Jones from the UM Office of Risk Management. Donovan also talked a number of times with Ms. Julie Sweitzer, Director of the UM Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Office (AA/EEO).  Out of these discussions and other UMM committee meetings, a set of guidelines were created for the Morris campus. Chancellor Schuman suggested creating a fact sheet for faculty; a copy was handed out to the members. The internship committee would like the endorsement of the CC so this information can be shared with faculty. Indemnity agreements (commonly referred to as “hold harmless” agreements) were discussed and it was noted that the U of M will generally not sign hold harmless agreements. Faculty and staff are not to sign any agreement/contract with an internship agency. If required by an internship agency, the agreement/contract must be approved by the UM General Counsel and Risk Management offices.

 

Following the advice of the UM General Counsel, the committee agreed that it is important to spell out the expectations of all parties involved in an internship. The committee created the list of expectations for the internship site, student and UMM. The committee wants to guarantee that the field supervisor at the internship site receives a copy of the expectations. It is important for the internship site to have this information but it is equally important for UMM faculty to have this information.

 

Three areas of importance were discussed with the committee. The first explains the requirement of organizations or sites to sign an “Assurance Regarding Unlawful Discrimination” form. Any organization or person coming to UMM to recruit for internships, summer or full time employment, and graduate/professional school is required to sign this form. The Career Center has been designated the contact point and repository of signed unlawful discrimination forms.  The Career Center must report annually to the UM Office of AA/EEO on any problems with organizations that may violate the UM AA/EEO policies. Often a recruiter may go through a faculty member, club or organization; even in these instances the Career Center is still responsible for having the assurance form signed. If the sole intent of the organization is to recruit students and/or alumni then this form must be signed and maintained in the Career Center; if recruiting is secondary then no form is required.

 

The next item discussed was that internships need to be made available to all students. A faculty member cannot give the information to only certain students. Students cannot be screened and selected by faculty/staff; all who wish to apply must have the opportunity to have their applications submitted. This is something that faculty are unaware of. Part of affirmative action/equal employment opportunity is that faculty/staff cannot screen; all students should have equal access to all the internships that are available. The Career Center has an unrestricted web accessible database where all employment and internship announcements are posted. All students must have access to these opportunities; they cannot be given only to selected students.

 

The last item discussed covered the importance of following FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) guidelines when giving out information about students. A signed release form from the student must be obtained before faculty or anyone can give information in either written or verbal form to an internship site, or anyone else outside the university. The release is good for one year from the date signed. Copies of the University recommended release form were distributed to the CC. This would apply to former students of UMM as well. The form is available on the General Counsel’s web site. The web address is on the faculty information sheet. Email would serve as written consent.