University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, Minnesota

MINUTES--1996-97 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING #5
October 29, 1996; 3:00 p.m.; Behmler Conference Room

Present: Ballou, Davis, Farrell, Frenier, Hansen (for Bass), Imholte, Korth, Kissock, J. Lee, M. Lee, Schuman, Vickstrom, Whelan

Absent: Barbour, Ellis, Thielke

Guest(s): Kohler


CURRICULUM CHANGE PROPOSAL WITH EARLY EFFECTIVE DATE:
Schuman asked for comments or questions on the proposal to add E9-L to Biol 1006, Natural History of Insects. Note: This is a new topic offering under Biol 1000; the proposal is to approve the E9--L designation, not the topics offering itself. This course is to be offered winter 1997. Joan Leong is the instructor.

MOTION (Korth, Farrell): To approve the curriculum change proposal to add E9-L to Biol 1006, Natural History of Insects.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


DIVISION OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM CHANGES:
Schuman asked CC members to consider the packet of curriculum changes for the 1997-99 quarter Bulletin which were submitted by the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Mooney said she had reviewed the packet for items which were editorial in nature and need not be approved by the Curriculum Committee. For example, items which were simply changes in the year "not offered" without a change in the total number of offerings were considered editorial. The packets from Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics were entirely editorial changes and need no approval. In the Biology packet, only items 2, 5, 7-10, 17, 19-20 need action. In the Computer Science packet, only items 1 and 6 need action. Korth had no objection to proceeding with those items only.


BIOLOGY:


Biol 1004
There was no Form C for this change. The action requested--to delete the course--is listed on the Form A under item #2.

Imholte wondered what the change in staffing was. Korth said that Tom Straw had retired. Davis wondered what course would replace this one since it carries C2 and E9-L designation. Korth said the discipline would not be able to guarantee a C2 replacement but Biol 1006, which was just approved, is an E9-L course. Schuman noted that C2 courses are in short supply.

Mooney suggested that it would be good to have a Form C on this course for Campus Assembly. Farrell was concerned about clerical time. Imholte thought that the deletion of a course, which had gone through an approval process to begin with, deserved some consideration and attention. Schuman asked Korth to prepare a Form C on the deletion of Biol 1004 and to expand somewhat on the rationale.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to delete Biol 1004, Birds of Minnesota

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biol 1120
Schuman noted that the proposal for Biol 1120 was to change the quarter of offering from winter to fall. Kissock wondered if there were any implications for students in connecting other courses to this one. The answer was no.

J. Lee commented that the Social Sciences Division has been putting several courses with this type of change on one Form C. He thought it would be easier for Campus Assembly if the use of Forms A and C were consistent.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to change Biol 1120w to 1120f.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biol 3250
Schuman said the proposed change for Biol 3250 is in the prerequisites. Ballou wondered what the ¶ (paragraph symbol) referenced. Mooney said it means "concurrent registration required."

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to change prerequisites for Biol 3250.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biol 3310
Schuman noted that the change with Biol 3310 was to change the quarter of offering from fall to spring. Korth indicated that this course is actually a Psychology offering which is double-listed in Biology. This is an editorial change for the Biology discipline.


Biol 3410
Schuman said the proposal is to drop Biol 3410. This change should also have a Form C. He wondered if the course is important to pre-med students. Korth did not think so.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to delete Biol 3410, Immunology.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biol 3400
Schuman noted that the proposal for Biol 3400 is to change the course description.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to change the course description for Biol 3400, Microbiology.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biol 3905
Schuman said the proposal for Biol 3905 is to drop the spring offering and keep the winter offering. Also, there is a minor wording change in the prerequisites.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to change Biol 3905w,s to 3905w and to add "Biol" within the prerequisite listing for clarification.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biology Teacher Education Requirements
Schuman wondered if the proposal to drop Geol 1120 from the teacher education requirements had been discussed with faculty in the Division of Education. Kissock said the Division of Education had been consulted; this is a case of the State Board of Teaching requirements changing. Schuman wondered if this change would have any effect on the Geology discipline. Whelan said that it would not.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to drop Geol 1120 from the teacher education requirements for Biology.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


Biol 3501
Korth indicated that Biol 3501 is a proposed new lab course to accompany the existing biochemistry course.. Schuman wondered if it would be an E9-L course. The answer was no. Vickstrom noted that the prerequisites for biochemistry are E9-L courses. Hansen wondered if the biochemistry course would drop to 4 credits to make the combination a 5-credit offering. Korth said the biochemistry course (Biol 3500) would remain at 5 credits, so that the combination of 3500/3501 would be worth 6 credits. Imholte wondered if there were other 6-credit lecture/lab combinations in Science and Mathematics. Korth thought this set of courses would be unique as far as the credit total goes. The lab is being added to a course that has been in existence for a long time as a 5-credit offering. Most students will take the course without the lab. The discipline might have proposed more changes if they weren't working on a redesign of the curriculum for the conversion to semesters.

J. Lee commented that the Biology proposal eliminated the immunology course, with justifiable reasons. What will be added in its place? Hansen clarified that the proposal actually deletes two lecture courses and adds a 1-credit lab. Korth said that Biol 1006 is being added. The new faculty member replacing Tom Straw has not been here long enough to add another course. Schuman said he is not uncomfortable reducing the total number of offerings in the Biology discipline since there are so many courses which are offered only in alternate years. If the discipline continued to reduce the number of offerings, then they would be expected to increase the offerings of the alternate-year courses.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to add Biol 3501, Biochemistry Lab.

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


COMPUTER SCIENCE:


CSCI 3210
Schuman said the proposal for CSci 3210 is to change the offering from alternate years to "offered when feasible." He wondered if the course would be offered within the coming decade. Korth said that it would; the discipline has not been able to offer everything that is in the current bulletin, due to single quarter leaves, and they need to add some flexibility. When asked if the inability to teach all of the offerings had to do with lack of enrollment or lack of faculty time, Korth said it was linked to availability of faculty.

Schuman said he would prefer to have the Bulletin say "offered every second year" or "offered every third year" rather than "offered when feasible." Farrell noted that Philosophy is the only discipline which uses "offered" and the particular quarter rather than "not offered" because Phil offerings do not fall in the same quarter each year. He wondered if the bulletin editors in the Twin Cities would allow changes in the wording. Mooney said the intent is to be consistent in the wording across the campus. Perhaps the new semester bulletin would be the place to change the wording across campus to be "offered" rather than the negative "not offered." Whelan said he preferred "when feasible" because most of the courses which fall in that category are taken by majors and the discipline wants to keep the maximum flexibility when offering courses within the major.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to change CSci 3210 from "not offered 1995-96" to "offered when feasible."

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


CSci 3700
Schuman indicated that the change for CSci 3700 is, again, to change the alternate year offering to "offered when feasible.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to change CSci 3700 from "not offered 1996-97" to "offered when feasible."

VOTE: Unanimous in favor (11-0-0).


SCIENCE AND MATH PACKAGE AS A WHOLE:
Schuman indicated that consideration of the bulletin changes for the Division of Science and Mathematics had been completed. He wondered if all CC members were comfortable with the extent of the discussion. There were no objections.


NCA ASSESSMENT VISIT FOLLOW-UP:
Schuman thanked all of the CC members who attended one of the sessions last week with Dr. Cecilia Lopez from the North Central Association. He reminded the group of the memo he had sent out after her visit which outlined the action UMM will be taking as a result of her recommendations. He wondered if CC members had any comments or questions about the visit.

Frenier wondered why UMM has to be accredited. Schuman said we need to be accredited partly because that is the way it is done. To be unaccredited means no federal funding. The NCA accreditation sets universal standards. To be unaccredited would have implications for student and faculty recruitment.

Farrell was concerned about the creation of the standing committee. He wondered if he had to call a Division meeting in order to elect members to serve on it. Schuman said that J. Lee had simply proposed some names from his Division. He said that Dr. Lopez is the person who needs to be satisfied about the way UMM is proceeding since she is the NCA authority on assessment. He thought she had done a good job in answering questions and listening to UMM concerns. He had also found a copy of the team report from the last NCA visit. The recommendations did not seem as obvious to Schuman as Lopez had made them sound. He recognized that the NCA assessment requirements would mean substantial additional work for the campus.


NEXT MEETING:
The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be on Tuesday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. in Behmler Conference Room.

Meeting adjourned 3:45 p.m.
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