University of Minnesota, Morris Morris, Minnesota

MINUTES--1996-97 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING #3
October 8, 1996;3:00 p.m.; Behmler Conference Room

Present: Ballou, Ellis, Frenier, Korth, Kuechle (for Kissock), J. Lee, M. Lee, Schuman, Thielke, Whelan

Absent: Barbour, Bass, Davis, Farrell, Imholte, Kissock, Vickstrom

Guest(s): None


NUMBERING FOR SEMESTERS:
Schuman informed the Curriculum Committee (CC) that there is a University-wide policy on course numbering for the new semester system. All numbers will have four digits, and follow these conventions: 0xxx courses do not carry credit toward any University degree 1xxx courses are primarily for undergraduate students in their first year of study 2xxx courses are primarily for undergraduate students in their second year of study 3xxx courses are primarily for undergraduate students in their third year of study 4xxx courses are primarily for undergraduate students in their fourth year of study.

The theoretical difference between 2xxx- and 3xxx-level courses will not be great, but faculty could think about whether they would aim the course for the junior year, for example. Schuman had discussed course numbering with Thielke, Strand, Mullin, and Mooney and he is working on a communication to the campus community about course numbering. UMM will not have a choice about this numbering policy.

Whelan believes that general education coursework should be taken over all four years. Most general education courses will probably be placed in 1xxx numbers. Could some be placed in the 2xxx numbers? It bothers him to have seniors in 1xxx-level courses, but that is certainly a possibility. Thielke commented that, for some areas like math and the languages, students cannot jump in at the appropriate year of study without the introductory work. In some cases, the level of study will be determined by the background of the student, not his/her year in college. J. Lee said he has had trouble with juniors and seniors enrolling in freshmen level courses, but the reason they are there is that they cannot get into the course any earlier. Anthropology is offering a course this fall for freshmen only.

Schuman noted that having four levels of course numbers may seem more sequential than the past. In terms of general education, we should probably be sure that we have some courses at the 2xxx and 3xxx levels. Frenier said that there are a large number of students who like introductory level courses. Are we going to insist that upper-class students not take introductory courses? Schuman noted that we could limit the number of 1xxx level courses that a student could take; however, that is not a possibility that he would like to introduce at this point.

Korth wondered if there will be any way to distinguish quarter courses from semester courses. Schuman said that there would not be a way to tell from the numbers, although we should try to avoid using the same numbers that we used under quarters. Korth commented that all of the good numbers have already been used in quarters. Schuman said that we will be able to reuse numbers if we need to do so. Thielke pointed out that we will know semester courses by the date they are recorded.

Whelan asked if anyone would be looking over his shoulder and requiring that he make changes in his discipline's semester curriculum. Mooney said that she would e looking for conformity to all -University policies and campus conventions when preparing copy for the first semester bulletin. Another all-University policy is that all discipline designators will have to agree with the all-University list (which we have not seen yet).

Schuman said that he would be disseminating the information on the course numbering, but CC members should feel free to pass the word.


COURSE CHANGE PROPOSALS:


IS 3009
Schuman asked the CC to consider the course proposal for IS 3009, English Language Teaching Assistant Program in a Nonwestern Country, which is a new course, patterned after IS 3010, English Language Teaching Assistant Program.

Korth wondered if a student could take IS 3010 and IS 3009. Do we need to worry about it? Kuechle thought it would be a good experience for a student to do ELTAP twice. Ballou wondered if Korth thought it should be limited. Korth said he might want to limit it rather than see a student accumulate 30 credits to take ELTAP twice because they would still need to meet the other degree requirements. Korth thought ELTAP credits would count in the 90-credit GER. Whelan said he would love to see a student take ELTAP twice. Schuman thought it would be acceptable if the student also met all of the other degree requirements. Kuechle did not think anyone had done ELTAP twice thus far. Thielke commented that taking ELTAP is a rigorous exercise; students appreciate having had the experience but she did not think they would be rushing into a second one. J. Lee wondered exactly what an ELTAP student does. Kuechle said the student assists the English language teacher in a foreign country. Thielke noted that the ends up doing much more than serving as a native language speaker in a English class. The community has so many activities for them that they end up being overworked. Students must also study the culture extensively before they make the trip. Kuechle added that students write papers and have other assignments for the course as well.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to add a new course. IS 3009, English Language Teaching Assistant Program in a Nonwestern Country, with E3, Non-W status.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (6-0-0).


Mgmt 3704
Schuman asked the CC to consider the curriculum change proposal to add "W" to Mgmt 3704, Topics in Management: Organizational Behavior.

Korth wondered if the "W" only applies to the specific topic, not to the general heading of Topics in Management. Mooney said that it only applies to this specific topic. Whelan and Schuman noted typos on the form which should be corrected before sending it to Campus Assembly.

MOTION (Ballou, Korth): To approve the curriculum change proposal to add "W" to Mgmt 3704, Topics in Management: Organizational Behavior.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (6-0-0).


SEMESTER CURRICULUM FORMS (continued discussion):
Schuman reminded CC members that he had asked them at the last meeting to come to this meeting with proposed changes for the draft semester curriculum forms.


Form A
Whelan was concerned about the counting required for the statistical summary on Form A. Specifically, he is worried about the 2/3 rule. Could he count alternate year offerings as 1/2 course? Schuman said all courses need to be counted as 1. Frenier noted that some of her colleagues are talking about some courses on 3- year cycles. Schuman said he would discourage that, in most cases. Mooney suggested that as the discipline is counting its courses and credits, it should make special note anything that makes the count seem like a special case, and to put that note on the form.

J. Lee said some disciplines may change the number of specific topics offered under a general heading. Mooney said only the general topics headings should be counted, not the specific offerings under them. Korth did not think Morris should have topics courses at all. Specific topics do not need CC approval. If the general heading carries a general education category, then those specific topics will carry the general education category too., Frenier thought that sabbatical replacements need some flexibility in course offerings. Schuman said at on institution where he taught, the English department had a topics heading which allowed faculty members to teach a quirky course once.

Whelan commented that when a general topics heading is approved, the CC is really approving how the material is to be approached. Schuman said there would be a concern if there are too many topics courses being offered is a discipline and the core is not being covered. Korth thought there needed to be a way to offer one-time experimental offerings, but some disciplines have long-term offerings under the topics. Schuman suggested that, if Korth wanted to address this issue, he should bring in a proposal for a policy. He agreed that it is a legitimate concern.

Whelan suggested that the Form A only refer to new material. The Summary Explanation should not ask for "action requested" but rather ask for the course number and title. Thielke was concerned about the semester curriculum forms which Zetterberg is having prepared and which are to appear on the web. She thought UMM faculty would need to use those forms. Schuman said the new web site is not up yet.

Mooney thought there would still need to be a sheet for mapping quarter-system courses to semester-system courses. Schuman agreed.


Form B
Schuman noted that all disciplines will need to define their objectives for the semester bulletin. Mooney assumed that all material here would be considered "new" and so putting "NC" for "no change" would not be acceptable here. There was agreement from CC members on that point.


Form C
Whelan wondered why faculty would have to show how the bulletin description had changed from the quarter system. We should be trusting our colleagues.

Schuman said that the discussion of Form C would have to be continued next week.


NEXT MEETING:
The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be on Tuesday, October 15, at 3:00 p.m. in Behmler Conference Room.

Meeting adjourned 4:00 p.m.
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