University of Minnesota, Morris
MINUTES--1996-97 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING #6
November 5, 1996; 3:00 p.m.; Behmler Conference Room
Present: Ballou, Ellis, Farrell, Frenier, Hansen (for Bass), Imholte, Korth, Kissock, J. Lee, M. Lee, Schuman, Thielke, Whelan
Absent: Barbour, Davis, Vickstrom
Guest(s): Tap Payne
Schuman said he liked the first option, where the faculty member would get the grant directly from the Ford group and then take the changes through the approval process. Thielke was concerned about the possibility that the Curriculum Committee might not approve of the changes after all of the work had been done. She suggested that the Curriculum Committee be involved at an earlier stage.
Whelan wondered if the Ford grants would apply to semester courses only. Payne said the original proposal to the Ford Foundation was not written with semesters in mind. On the other hand, it does seem like a good idea to be making the effort to internationalize the curriculum at a time when the entire curriculum is being revamped. Schuman asked which term would be the first offering for the new or revised courses. Payne said the grant says the courses should be offered as soon as they can be integrated into the curriculum. Whelan thought it would be a lot of work to create a quarter course and then have to convert it to semesters. He also noted that several UMM faculty had participated in a similar grant some years ago which was looking at non-Western and international courses. Their expertise should be tapped.
Farrell wondered what the end date of the Ford grant was. Payne said the grant will end in three years and it began on January 1, 1996. Hansen said the campus would be throwing away money if no quarter courses were included. Schuman thought the money was for development of courses, not the teaching of them. He also thought that faculty should be allowed to work on quarter courses, but they should be courses that could easily convert to the semester system. Payne hoped that some people would be willing to do quarter courses. An equal weight would be put on revised courses and new courses. The goal is to permanently offer seven internationalized courses. Schuman asked if the funds are for development only. Payne said there are replacement funds for faculty who are teaching new international courses. J. Lee wondered, after the end of the grant, if the international courses would not be taught because there would be no faculty resources available. Payne said that creation of a "permanent" course does not mean it is offered every year.
J. Lee wondered if the grant would be offered if subsequent years. Payne said the Ford group has hinted that they would look favorably on a continuation of the grants. Thielke wondered how long it would take a faculty member to develop a course. Hansen wondered about the possibility of the Ford Foundation renewing the grant after three years. Payne did not think the Ford Foundation would be likely to continue the level of funding for this project, but there might be other grant possibilities at that time.
Korth wondered why the course number was not changed since the title and the complete bulletin description are being modified. Schuman commented that the course is still an introduction to health and wellness issues. Farrell also thought the course should have a new number. Schuman was inclined to accept the proposal as a fairly substantial change to one course. Kissock said the WSS faculty see the proposal as a revision of one course. It is an elective course. Korth noted that there might be students working under old bulletins who want to take the course. Kissock said, as a requirement, the course does not affect any student on this campus. Imholte wondered if the Division of Education had any objections to giving the course a new number. Kissock's answer was no. Whelan said he would not vote for the change as proposed.
MOTION (Whelan, Korth): To approve the curriculum change proposal for revising WSS 1100, with the friendly amendment that the course be given a new number.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0).
Mooney noted that the CC has been asking for a Form C if a course is being deleted; this proposal does not have a Form C. Whelan questioned the need for two Form Bs. Mooney said she would combine them before submitting the package to Campus Assembly. J. Lee asked that the strikethru font be used in this proposal in order to be consistent with other proposals.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to eliminate WSS 3105 and to delete the course from the coaching licensure requirements.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0).
Schuman said he was uncomfortable about deleting the aerobics classes. They have had fairly substantial enrollments and aerobics is something one can actually do in Minnesota in the winter. Hansen wondered what the actual enrollments have been. Kissock was not sure. The aerobics classes were new for the last bulletin. In order to teach them in the future, faculty would have to be hired. Farrell wondered if the courses would be reintroduced in the future. Kissock said he would hope to bring the courses back, but there would have to be someone interested in teaching them. Farrell did not think it was worth deleting the courses if they were only being dropped for one bulletin. Whelan wondered if "offered when feasible" could be added to the skills courses.
Thielke was concerned about the archery course being deleted. There is an archery store in Morris; interest in the skill is not waning. Frenier commented that bow and arrow hunting is on the rise. Schuman said the archery course teaches target shooting.
J. Lee suggested that the WSS discipline use the directed studies rubric for skills courses that come and go. Korth did not think that would be an advantage to students because they don't know what the offering is going to be. J. Lee said the specific skills would be identified the quarter before the offering. Hansen said it is better to be specific so students can do long-range planning. Schuman did not think students would need to do long-range planning for aerobics or archery, in the same way that they would for, say, a history topics offering. Ballou would rather that the title of the course make the offering more clear to students.
Kissock said there has been a noticeable drop in the enrollment for skills courses this fall because there is no Inquiry offering. When students had to take the 3-credit Inquiry offering, they also looked for 1- and 2-credit offerings to take with it.
Schuman asked Kissock if he was sure that there would not be an aerobics or archery offering in the next two years. Kissock said there is no plan to offer those classes. The WSS discipline did have a topics offering in the skills area and no one enrolled because students didn't know what it was. This proposal will keep the listing accurate.
Korth noted that a Form C is needed for this proposal.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to drop WSS 1220, 1221, and 1222.
VOTE: In favor--6; opposed--1; abstentions--2 (6-1-2).
Korth wondered if there would be confusion using the term "internship" here when there are other internship programs in the UMM curriculum. Kissock said some students will be doing this internship along with their student teaching.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the curriculum change proposal to modify the title for WSS 3110.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0).
Meeting adjourned 3:50 p.m.
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