University of Minnesota, Morris
MINUTES--1996-97 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING #24
May 7, 1997; 3:00 p.m.; Behmler Conference Room
Present: Ballou, Ellis, Farrell, Frenier, Hansen, Kuechle (for Kissock), Korth, J. Lee, Schuman, Thielke, Whelan
Absent: Bauer, Davis, Imholte, M. Lee, Vickstrom
Farrell said he had two replacement handouts--one for Art History and
one for Humanities. The changes do not alter the content of the proposals.
Courses were added to Art History because a new faculty position was added.
The new faculty member taught new courses as topics in 1996-97. In Humanities,
a similar situation has occurred. Some specific topics were dropped to allow
more flexibility for instructors to choose their own topics. He noted that
some majors have more than 40 credits in a single discipline: Music and
Theatre. In Art History, the total credits in the major are over 40, but
some of those credits are in Studio Art. The Art History major has the same
sequence as it had under quarters.
Schuman said that the Graz program mentioned in the German discipline
materials has disappeared. The campus heard about this change last week.
It should be editorial to make that change.
Thielke noted that 12 credits in the Studio Art major are from outside
Studio Art. There is a Philosophy of Art course. Farrell said the Division
doesn't have anyone to teach Philosophy of Art at this time. Thielke said
there are 52 credits for the ArtS major, with 8 credits of ArtH. Lee pointed
out that there were actually 12 credits of ArtH required in the ArtS major.
Thielke and Farrell agreed.
Lee asked about the Speech Communication mapping form. How can a course
map "1.5 to 1"? Schuman indicated that half of the course is mapped
to one course and half to another.
The CC decided to discuss the semester proposals in a systematic way,
beginning with Art History.
Thielke was concerned that there are no 2000-level courses. Schuman did
not think that would work, but he considered it an editorial problem. Farrell
said there was a lot of confusion in the Division about numbering. Schuman
said we will have to do some tinkering with numbers this summer and go back
to the disciplines next year. Farrell said some of the foreign language
courses say they are at the 2000-level, but they should be available for
both freshmen and sophomores. Ballou wondered if no sequence was required
in the foreign language courses. Farrell said there is a sequence, but intermediate
courses are not necessarily taken in the second year. Each discipline will
have peculiarities and should make a case for the appropriate level.
Ballou noted that there are 42 credits in the ArtH major, with 6 credits
from ArtS. Farrell agreed; Art History and Studio Art are two distinct disciplines.
Ballou saw that two courses on the old mapping form--Art of Ancient Greece
and Art of Ancient Rome--were linked from quarter courses. On the revised
mapping form, they appear as new courses with no link to quarters. Were
those topics courses? Farrell said that they were.
Whelan wondered if the standard of saying "not offered" in
a certain academic year had been changed. He saw that the bulletin copy
showed courses with "not offered 2000." Farrell thought it was
an editorial oversight not to list the academic year rather than a single
year. He noted that Philosophy has been an exception to the standard because
they have 5-quarter sequences. They list the years offered because they
are not offered in alternate years. Schuman said that the quarter should
be listed in that case.
Ballou asked about the statistical summary. For the General Education
Program (GEP), they have some numbers for the quarter system but nothing
under the semester system. Mooney said the General Education section was
to be left blank since we don't have an approved semester GEP yet. Farrell
said the numbers in that section show the intent of the discipline, but
all of the humanities courses are offered when feasible. Whelan said ArtH
shows 21 credits in GEP for semesters. Are they making an assumption? Farrell
said he thought they were making an assumption and that would be true for
any discipline which has entered numbers in the GEP section. Schuman thought
it was helpful to see where the discipline thought it would be in terms
of GEP courses.
Hansen thought it would be very time consuming if the student needs 52
credits and the courses are all 2-3 credit offerings. Thielke said the ArtS
major is time consuming now under quarters. In order to build a baccalaureate
program in the fine arts, they need to offer a broad range of courses. The
discipline must offer courses with fewer credits in order to offer all the
experiences they need. Schuman noted that the quarter major totals 74 credits
(including many outside the discipline).
Whelan wondered if a 3-credit ArtS course would be recognized as being
more work than normal. Schuman said that depends on what "normal"
is. If one counts the hours spent in the studio as "outside the classroom"
work, then it might be more than normal. Farrell said students have asked
to have the studio open 24 hours of the day. Students spend a lot of time
fixing problems with their end products. Whelan said the "norm"
should be 9 hours of work per week for a 3-credit course. He would be concerned
if the expectation is more than that in order to make it through the class.
Farrell said the expectation under semesters would be no greater than it
was under quarters. Schuman thought it was impossible to measure the average
time spent in studio work for ArtS students. The time would be different
for each project and each student. Whelan said the philosophy in his course
syllabi is for 15 hours/week. He is not worried if students spend 20 hours,
but it they spend 25 hours to get through the course, that is not fair to
the students. Schuman said his guess would be that, on the average, art
students spend on a 3-credit course three-quarters of the amount of time
others spend on a 4-credit course, in and out of class. The answer to the
question is that Schuman does not think the 3-credit courses are a ruse
to allow them to spend more time in the major.
Farrell did not think this issue could be addressed by the CC. If students
have complaints, they should take them to the discipline faculty or to Farrell.
Lee commented that, as long as ArtS is considered an exceptional case, perhaps
the CC should accept it. If this option were open to everyone, we would
have a problem. Thielke noted that they worked out a 2/3 ratio.
Schuman said the question is: Are we going to allow ArtS to continue
an idiosyncratic credit module? Farrell was not sure the credit module should
be considered idiosyncratic. For instance, the faculty workload issue caused
the French discipline to change 4-credit courses to 5-credit courses. This
is the way the discipline has worked out its curriculum. Why would we change
it at this point?
Korth suggested that the questions really require answers from Studio
Art faculty. The CC should not spend time guessing at the answers. Schuman
thought that was a good point. Should we invite someone from ArtS to the
next meeting? Lee said the CC could ask Farrell to check it out. Farrell
said the answer is that they need to provide a variety of experiences in
the major. Schuman asked for a show of hands for those who wanted to invite
ArtS faculty to the meeting. There was only 1 vote in favor. Schuman said
we could ask them to send a written note. Farrell volunteered to do that.
Whelan said he, too, assumed that there was no ruse. They are just dividing
the pie differently. But he would appreciate hearing from the discipline.
Ballou asked for clarification. The major requirements identify 1xxx
through 1xxx. How many credits does that include--all of them? Thielke said
it does include all of them. Farrell said it is the same sequence they required
under quarters. Ballou wondered what the difference was between ArtS and
basic studio. Schuman said the first "ArtS" is simply the Studio
Schuman said it would be helpful to get a note of explanation from the
Frenier wondered why the German play is changing from 1 credit to 4 credits.
Farrell said the course has not been offered since 1985. He has encouraged
the discipline to drop it. The course has been offered on an overload basis.
The thought is that students don't take the course because it is only offered
for 1 credit. They would like to turn it into a more significant offering
as an advanced oral language course.
Korth observed that there is a large number of proposed courses in all
three foreign languages--the same number as under quarters. He assumed that
the faculty have figured out a way to teach all of these courses. Schuman
wondered if there is more rotation in course offerings. Farrell said yes.
Schuman said the CC will have to meet Friday this week to continue the
discussion of Humanities proposals. He wondered if CC members want to have
faculty from Theatre and Music present to explain the credits required in
the major. Farrell wondered if they could provide a written explanation
if no one is available to come to the meeting. Schuman said he would be
comfortable with that, although the CC may still want to talk to them. What
is the CC's wish? Ballou said written explanations were fine with her. Schuman
asked Farrell to request written explanations.
Thielke said other things come into play, as well. Student demand for
courses changes, especially as changes occur in graduate school requirements.
A need for a course can come up. So much effort goes into putting a course
together and developing it. Sometimes an old course is requested during
Farrell thought the Division Chair should approve the change. If the
course is to be offered on a regular basis, then it would go through the
Curriculum Committee. Schuman suggested that a one-time-only offering be
approved by the Division Chair and any more offerings than that would have
to go through the Curriculum Committee. There was agreement of CC members
to that suggestion.
Meeting adjourned 4:00 p.m.
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