University of Minnesota, Morris

Morris, MN




September 30, 2004, 8:00 a.m. Behmler Conference Room


Present:           John Schwaller, Mike Korth, Judy Kuechle, Jooinn Lee, Jenny Nellis,

Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, Harold Hinds, Carol Marxen, Dave Roberts,

Sarah Black, Blair Jasper, Ruth Thielke, Sarah Haugen, Nancy Helsper

Tom McRoberts and Jeri Mullin.


Absent:           Lee Thao, and Chris Ervin




Schwaller informed the committee that in response to CC’s question regarding the grading option for Hum 3051 the faculty member stated the grading option should be student option. 



Korth presented the restructuring of topics courses.  A member asked if any of the Biology courses are scheduled to be offered during the new catalog. Korth explained that some are offered this year but the discipline does not have next year’s schedule planned yet. The Biology discipline felt it was important to list all courses in the catalog to show what can be offered. Korth reviewed the restructuring of topics courses in the other disciplines. There was one question about the word “topics” in a physics cluster and a member asked if that could be changed to another word to avoid confusing with the move away from topics courses. Korth will take it back to the discipline.


MOTION: (Hinds, Kuechle) To approve topics restructuring in Science and Math

            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)



Korth presented Form A and B and explained the addition of the course BIOL 1002 Human Nutrition. This course is a requirement for pre-nursing students and they would have to take the course somewhere else, now UMM will be able to offer that requirement. A member asked for clarification on the offering years of “offered when feasible” or “every year”. Korth stated his understanding was that the course would be offered every year and that the proposal will be amended. A member noted that pre-nursing is not listed in the catalog under the pre-professional program information but under the admissions information. For consistency it should be in both places. Helsper explained that the information in the pre-professional section of the catalog is given to her by Advising. DeJager responded that it is her understanding that it will be added back in the catalog.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Nellis) To approve Biology Changes as amended           


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)




Korth presented the Form A and noted the addition of a new course Chem 3711. Korth explained that the grading option for this course should be Student Option and will be corrected. The course does not have a GER as it is only a 1 credit course. Chemistry 4311 is a new 1 credit synthetics lab.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Black) To approve Chemistry changes


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)



Korth presented the Form A and presented a new course CSci 3511 and noted that the GER should be M/SR and will be corrected. A member pointed out that the assessment information shows the assessment goals and that information doesn’t really fit with what CC is asking for in the assessment statement.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Hinds) To send CSci 3511 back for the assessment statement.


            VOTE: Motion passed (8-2-0)


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Black) To approve Computer Science Form A


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)


Schwaller asked if the committee would like to see the assessment statement or if the committee would be willing to approve CSci 3511 with the understanding that an acceptable assessment statement would be received and reviewed by the Dean.


MOTION: (Kuechle, Hinds) To approve CSci 3511 with the understanding that an acceptable assessment statement will be received and reviewed by the Dean.


            VOTE: Motion passed (9-1-0)



Korth presented Form A and Form B and noted that two courses are going inactive.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Black) To approve Geology changes


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)



Korth presented Form A and Form B noting some rewording of the objectives and addition of elective possibilities for the major. Course changes for Math 1993, 2993, 3993 and 4993 included additional information in the course descriptions.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Jasper) To approve Math Changes


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)



Korth presented Form A and Form B noting slight changes to the minor requirements.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Black) To approve Physics Changes


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)



Korth presented Form A and Form B noting minor rewording and the addition of two new courses with the elimination of topics courses. A member asked about adding the statement “Required courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only” to the requirements for the major and changing the grading option for the new courses to Student Option instead of A-F only. Korth will ask the discipline. A member asked if the information will be updated after approval of the course and Schwaller confirmed that it would.


            MOTION: (Bezanson, Hinds) To approve Statistic Changes with clarification of A-F only

on the two new courses and a Pass/Fail statement on Form B.


            VOTE: Motion passed (10-0-0)


Meeting adjourned.

8:45 a.m.


Submitted by Karen Van Horn