University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, Minnesota

November 12, 1996; 3:00 p.m.; Education 211

Present: Ballou, Frenier, Hansen (for Bass), Korth, J. Lee, M. Lee, Schuman, Whelan

Absent: Barbour, Davis, Ellis, Farrell, Imholte, Kissock, Thielke, Vickstrom

Guest(s): None

Schuman distributed copies of a proposal prepared by Korth to add "Area of Emphasis" as an alternative to a minor in the Bulletin. He indicated that the procedures for approving students' Area of Emphasis proposals are already in place and regularly used. The option and procedures for using it need to be added to the bulletin copy. "Area of Emphasis" as an alternative to a minor parallels the "Major or Area of Concentration" option already in the Bulletin..

There was some discussion clarifying current procedures and the exact placement of the "Area of Emphasis" in bulletin copy.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the proposal to add "Area of Emphasis" as an option to a minor in the next Bulletin.

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

J. Lee said that 80-90% of the changes in the Social Sciences packet are editorial in nature.

J. Lee distributed copies of a missing page from the Anthropology packet which contained the explanation of how the course would meet the general education criteria. Schuman noted that the Form A says E9 is being added to Anth 1100 and it should say E9-L. J. Lee said the discipline has been working on the lab portion of this course for a couple of years.

MOTION (Hansen, understood): To approve the proposal to revise Anth 1100 (course title, course description, add E9-L).

Whelan wondered if there had been any discussion of cross-listing this course. J. Lee said he had not inquired about that. No one in Anthropology has contacted faculty from other Divisions. He could check on that possibility at semester conversion time. A question which had been discussed was whether to add a C2 designation. Computer use is a part of the class, but the instructor is not comfortable adding C2 now. There is potential for making this a C2 course in the future.

Since only two labs are held in the Biology Lab, Schuman wondered where the other labs are held. J. Lee said he could check into it.

Whelan came back to the cross-listing topic. He sees Anth 1100 as genetics and evolution narrowed down to humans. Biology already has a class called "Evolution." Hansen thought the Biology course was much broader than the Anthropology course.

Schuman said his only concern about this course is wondering if it is a way for students who are not interested in science to meet the lab course requirement. Frenier thought the instructor's intention was to provide a lab course for Anthropology students. Ballou said she had checked the criteria for E9-L courses and believes that this course could fit the criteria. Mooney noted that the General Education Committee (GEC) had already approved the addition of E9-L to this course.

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

Econ 3115
J. Lee said Econ 3115 was moved to an "offered when feasible" schedule when the faculty member who taught it left UMM. The course will be offered next fall. There will be offerings beyond fall 1997 only if there is a faculty member available. Korth wondered why the quarter would be listed if the course is offered when feasible. Hansen said it would be valuable to students to know about the fall 1997 offering. Whelan suggested that the parenthetical include "offered fall 1997 and thereafter when feasible."

Korth suggested that the Curriculum Committee approve the course proposal and let the Division Chair discuss the options with the discipline.

MOTION (Understood): To approve the proposal to revise Econ 3115 (quarter change, offered when feasible).

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

Econ 3400
J. Lee said the discipline wants to drop the "W" from this course. It is too difficult to teach it as a "W" course when there are 40 students enrolled. There are three other "W" courses available to Economics students: two in Economics and one in Management. Economics may add another elective "W" course, as well. Mooney indicated that this course is on the GEC agenda for next week. CC members agreed to wait to act on this course proposal until after the GEC has taken action.

Korth noted that he had checked printouts and found that enrollment in Econ 3400 was 29 last spring.

Hist 3544H
It was noted that History submitted two disciplinary cover sheets, rather than the standard one. J. Lee indicated that the proposal for Hist 3544H had been sent to the Honors Program Committee (HPC) last spring, but it has not gone through the Curriculum Committee. Bonnie Storck in the Division Office tried twice through Sharon Van Eps to get in contact with Dwight Purdy, the director of the Honors Program. However, Bonnie did not receive a return call from Purdy.

Committee members were confused by the Form C for Hist 3544H. Ballou wondered how the honors course would be different from the non-honors course. Mooney wondered if 3543 was changing to an honors offering or if there would be both a 3543 topics heading and a 3543H heading. Schuman suggested that the CC defer action on this proposal until we can get clarification on who has approved the course and what exactly is being proposed. J. Lee wondered if the instructor should be invited to the meeting. Schuman said that was not necessary; we just need clarification through Lee about the proposal. He said to be sure to convey to the faculty member that this looks like an interesting course.

Hist 3401-02
Schuman noted that the proposal for Hist 3401-02 is to eliminate the two-quarter course and also drop it from the requirements for the major and teacher education. J. Lee said the sophomore year for history majors has sometimes been too restrictive. The work which had been required in 3401-02 will have to be part of the self-initiated study requirement taken through directed studies. Frenier noted that the discipline is moving toward the semester curriculum with this proposal. In semesters, the requirement will cover two semesters.

Hansen noted that history majors currently do two research papers. With the revision, will they only be doing one paper? Frenier was not sure; she was confused about the various options the discipline discussed and the plan for semesters as well. Korth noted that the "..." on the Form B is where the wording about 10 credits of self-initiated study occurs. Hansen wondered where the other 5 credits of self-initiated study would come from. Frenier said it could come from anywhere the student wants, e.g., another directed study or a course. Hansen said he had no problem dropping one of two major research papers required for the history major.

Ballou wondered about the statistical summary on Form A. Why doesn't it show that they are dropping two courses? Mooney wondered if the "Proposed" column should be the same as the "Present" column, with the zeros moving over to the "Net Change" column. There was some discussion of whether Hist 3401-02 should be considered one course or two courses. The history of the course is that it was initially offered as one course during one quarter. That was not enough time for students to get the projects done, so it was stretched out over two quarters. Students do not get credit for the first quarter until the second quarter is completed. Schuman noted that students do get financial aid credit for the 3 credits of the first quarter even though they do not get a grade. Frenier said the discipline counts it as one course. Korth suggested counting it as one course, putting an asterisk by the total, and explaining that 3401-02 is counted as one course.

There was agreement from CC members that the History proposal should go back to the discipline.

Other Comments on the Social Science Package
Whelan was concerned about the rationale on the Form C for Pol 1400, 3250, 3260, 3270, 3420, 3530, 3550 which says the common course requirement was dropped. He noted that Inquiry was not dropped; a moratorium was put on it until semesters.

Schuman observed that if curricular proposals were not presented to the CC in more coherent form than this package when approving the semester conversion courses, the committee would never get through them all.

The remainder of the bulletin changes from the Division of the Social Sciences and those from the Division of the Humanities will be on the next agenda. The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be on Tuesday, November 19, at 3:00 p.m. in Behmler Conference Room.

Meeting adjourned 4:00 p.m.
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