University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, Minnesota

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
FOR 1998-99



The Curriculum Committee (CC) held 14 regular meetings during the academic year 1998-99. There were five (5) meetings during fall quarter, five (5) meetings during winter quarter, and four (4) meetings during spring quarter.

FALL QUARTER

Semester GER: one course, one GER designation clarification: The 1997-98 CC voted to designate one category per course, which the General Assembly approved on June 2, 1997. However, the course catalog stated courses are limited to one Expanding Perspectives category. The implication was that there could be additional Skills categories. The CC unanimously passed the following motion:
Passed: To clarify that the rule is courses can be proposed to satisfy only one of the general education categories.

Provision (v) of the GER: Provision (v) reads: "In the description of each major, there will be a statement about how students majoring in that area formally acquire computing and writing skills." The only disciplines that have submitted a statement are biology and psychology. Korth wrote a reminder to the division chairs.

EDP Funds: The CC discussed the distribution of the 1998-99 EDP funds. Discussion centered around the fact that the funds set aside for Common Course development appear to have been used elsewhere. Since the funds were not used as the CC had wished, the committee approved a motion to open the funds to all faculty for course proposals.

Passed: To open up EDP funds for all faculty for course proposals.

Request to make "Editorial Change" in Listing for Mgmt 4896: The CC unanimously approved an editorial change requested by Lee regarding Mgmt 4896. The course was listed as a 2 credit course, which was an oversight. The intent was to list it as 1 - 4 credits so there was some built-in flexibility.

Passed: To approve the change in Mgmt 4896 from 2 credits to "1 - 4 credits. max 2 credits may be applied to the major or minor."

Adjunct Committee for Honors: In the 1997-98 academic year, the CC voted on the recommendation of the director of the Honors Program to eliminate the Honors Committee. The General Assembly rejected this proposal and instead suggested the CC create a new adjunct committee to oversee the Honors Program, UROP, and MAP. Korth invited Matt Senior, Andrea Wojtanowicz, Sharon Van Eps, and Christian Borden to discuss this proposal. The CC unanimously passed the following three-part motion:

1) Delete the Honors Program Committee form the UMM bylaws; 2) That the director of Honors, MAP, and UROP form an advisory group to assist in conducting those programs; 3) That issues of policy concerning these programs will come to the Curriculum Committee for approval.

P7 Advanced Course Outside Division Requirement: The CC discussed what courses would satisfy this requirement for those students graduating under the quarter GER requirements. The question was if 2xxx-level courses were satisfactory or would only 3xxx and 4xxx-level courses satisfy this requirement.

Motion Failed: That 3xxx and 4xxx-level semester courses qualify for the P7 (advanced course) quarter GER requirement.

Discussion followed regarding the need to be lenient in the semester conversion process and the fact that students are not required to take an advanced course in the semester GER. The CC then approved the following motion:

Passed: To accept 2xxx, 3xxx, and 4xxx-level courses to fulfill the quarter-based P7 GER requirement.

1999-2000 Spring Semester Calendar Changes: The Semester Transition Course Catalog listed the final day of spring quarter instruction as Monday, May 8. The suggestion was made to change the last day of instruction to Friday, May 5. The CC unanimously approved the following motion:

Passed: To change the 1999-2000 Academic Calendar to, "Last day of instruction - Friday, May 5; spring semester study day - Saturday, May 6; spring semester examinations - Monday-Thursday, May 8-11; UMM Commencement - Friday, May 12.

Fall Quarter Curriculum Proposals

Passed: To approve the proposal to add the new course, Chem 1005, a one-time offering for quarters.
Passed: To approve the computing and writing statements from Science & Math.
Passed: To approve the designation of C2 and W semester course for use in quarter-based GER from Science and Math.
Passed: To approve the computing and writing statements from Social Science.
Passed: To approve the semester courses satisfying C2 and W for Social Science.
Passed: To approve the revised computing and writing statements from Social Science.
WINTER QUARTER

Proposed policies and procedures for Intersession: Tap Payne, Roger McCannon, and Tom McRoberts were present at the meeting to discuss proposed policies and procedures for Intersession. After some discussion, the proposed policies and procedures were approved.

  • Types of courses/programs offered in Intersession:
    • Courses that are innovative, experimental, and/or interdisciplinary
    • Courses that have no spot in the regular academic year
    • International study and other types of travel courses
    • Experiential learning
    • Institutional exchanges
    • Pedagogically unique general education and discipline courses

  • Procedures:
    1. Intersession courses are generally self-supporting and must satisfy minimum enrollment requirements in order to be offered. Course offerings and enrollment requirements will be determined by the UMM Summer Session Office (the administrative office for the Intersession).
    2. Intersession will be considered an overload assignment, not part of faculty B-base salary.
    3. Students must pay tuition and fees in addition to enrollment for fall and spring semesters. This may have an impact on their financial aid.
    4. Students may register for only one Intersession course at a time.
    5. UMM's normal grading and registration policies will apply to the Intersession.
    6. Intersession courses can be offered for variable credits.
    7. Contact hours for Intersession courses will approximately equal contact hours for regular semester courses.
    8. It is anticipated that the student population during the Intersession will support approximately five courses taught on the UMM campus and perhaps as many as three international/travel courses.
Passed: To approve the proposed policies and procedures for Intersession.

Status Report from Subcommittees: The EDP Subcommittee was reminded of the need for a report before the end of winter quarter. The General Education Assessment Subcommittee reported that they had met numerous times, working to draft evaluations of abstract systems and writing competency instruction. The evaluation was used in the senior survey with results available on the Assessment Committee Web page.

Provisional Approval Process for Curricular Changes: The CC discussed and approved a process for temporarily approving curricular changes while the longer approval process proceeds. This temporary approval process is for "one-time" course offerings and is similar to the temporary approval process already in place for University College courses; requiring approval by the division chairs and the dean.

Passed: To create a provisional approval process for new courses in the day school that follows the University College process already in place. This approval would be for a one-time course offering only and would need to be brought before the Curriculum committee for approval of further offerings.

In a related matter, the CC discussed the need for a simple approval process to approve GenEd categories for courses offered under a topics rubric that lack GenEd designators.

Passed: Division Chairs will be empowered to assign, as appropriate, GenEd designations for specific, variable topics offered under "umbrella" topics courses.

This issue was revisited at the next meeting because of concern this process would eliminate campus-wide approval since the Campus Assembly would not be involved in the process. After discussion, the CC approved the following motion:

Passed: To rescind the last motion regarding the GER designation of variable topics courses by division chairs and to incorporate that designation into the provisional approval process.

This provisional approval process will be incorporated into the old Form C.

Policy on Students Grading Students: Some of the issues the CC discussed regarding students grading students were: should limits be considered, should courses with student TAs be identified in the catalog, student privacy issues, and should the student TAs be evaluated. The CC decided to adopt a statement urging restraint and caution in the use of students grading students and not to formalize a students-grading-students policy at this time.

Revision of Curricular Change Forms: The most significant change in the Form C is a new section that allows for a provisional approval process for on-time course offerings. The form still retains the regular approval process section for permanent course offerings.

Passed: To approve the revised Forms C allowing a provisional approval process for one-time course offerings.

EDP Subcommittee Recommendation: The EDP Subcommittee recommended the following:

We understand that EDP funds allocated in the amount of $15,000 were not dispersed for the period 1996-98 so that they could be used to assist faculty in the development of Common Course classes beginning this year. It is our recommendation, therefore, that the 1998-99 funds ($7,500) be used for the development of educational innovations other than the Common Course. Our recommended priorities are:
Priority One: The development of new courses or the revamping of existing courses to be taught under the semester system.
Priority Two: The development of other educational innovations.

The EDP Subcommittee also recommended that grants not be less than $800 nor more than $1500 for a given project. The CC approved the following motion:

Passed: To endorse the EDP Subcommittee recommendation for allocation of 1998-99 funds.

Winter Quarter Curricular Proposals:

Passed: To approve the Humanities Division Computing and Writing Statements and C2 and W Courses (including European Studies)
Passed: To approve the Education Division computing and Writing Statements and C2 and W Courses.
Passed: To approve IS 3405, both semester and quarter versions.
Passed: To approve History 3159 H as an Honors course.
Passed: To approve Psy 1203, trailer course for fall 1999 at 4 credits.
Passed: To approve IS 1001 (common course) title change.
Passed: To approve Form B, WSS discipline objectives and requirements and Form C, WSS 2112, Exercise Physiology.
Passed: To approve Form C for Music 3101, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Music.
Passed: To approve adding the Honors designation to IS 3401, Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science: Behavior Biology of Females.
Passed: To approve the biology curricular changes as submitted. [Form A, add 2 credits to the discipline; Form C, Biol 1701; Form C Biol 3111; Form C Biol 3112; and Form C Biol 4111]

SPRING QUARTER

Renewal of Adjunct Committees: The committee reviewed reports from four of its adjunct committees and recommended to the Campus Assembly continuation of all four.

  • Passed: To recommend continuation of the Teacher Education Committee.
  • Passed: To recommend continuation of the Minority Experience Committee.
  • Passed: To recommend continuation of the International Programs Committee.
  • Passed: To recommend continuation of the Academic Support Services Committee.

GER Designations of Variable Topics Courses: A list of variable topics courses being offered during 1999-2000 which lie under variable topic umbrellas that have no such designation was considered. Concerns were expressed that too little information was provided.

Passes: To accept the GER designations of the variable topics courses.

Honors Program Changes: The Director of the Honors Program proposed changes in the honors program that would require students to complete a mentor/mentee program and would allow students to substitute MAP or UROP experiences for the senior honors project. The proposed changes would also allow academic experiences abroad to count toward the requirement of one honors course annually.

Passed: To approve the Honors Program changes as proposed.

EDP Grant recommendations: The committee reviewed the EDP subcommittee’s recommendation to fund nine projects. Questions arose at to the proposed use of EDP funds to purchase equipment. It was suggested the committee return to that question at a later date.

Passed: To approve the EDP Subcommittee grant recommendations as proposed.

Women’s Studies Major: The proposal for defining a Women’s Studies major at UMM was discussed at two meetings. There was discussion regarding possible impacts on other programs at UMM, budgetary implications, student demand and demographics, and the need for a Women’s Studies major.

Passed: The Curriculum Committee approves the Women’s Studies major proposal and sends it to the Campus Assembly.

GenEdWeb Report: Roger McCannon and Karen Johnson were invited to discuss a report on GenEdWeb. Issues discussed included faculty ownership of course materials, the need for the program to be self-supporting, the appearance of shifting objectives, the dominance of an unintended clientele group (high school students), and the positive experience of faculty involved.

Interactive Television Course and Meeting Report: The committee discussed a report from Karen Johnson. There were no undergraduate enrollments at UMM for ITV courses during 1998-99. Because of that, the committee agreed to leave the existing policy in effect and review the situation again in two or three years.

Course Descriptions on Variable Topics Courses: The committee discussed requiring that course descriptions be submitted for all variable topics course offerings. Issues of flexibility for faculty and information for students and advisors were discussed.

Passed: A short, flexible course description will be required on variable topics courses.

Provisional Approval Report: Korth informed the committee members of usage of the new provisional approval process. Some committee members reiterated that the process is intended for the rapid one-time approval of new courses and not for alteration of existing courses or retroactive changes.

Spring Quarter Curricular Proposals:

Passed: To approve Psy 3222H Behavioral Biology of Women as an Honors course.
Passed: To add Pol 3101 Political Science Analysis, delete Pol 2101 Introduction to Political Science Analysis, and alter the Pol major requirements.
Passed: To approve the French curricular change forms as amended. [New courses: Fren 1021, 1022, 1302, 1352, 3060, and 3070. Changes in major and minor requirements.]

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