Curriculum and Teaching Committee

Minutes (draft) of meeting on

Monday, November 24, 2003



Present:? Derrick Boucher (chair), Robert Liebler, Anne Massey, Edmund Napieralski (guest), Jack Ryan, Trent Snider, David Sosar, Thomas Visgilio, Ann Yezerski



Meeting called to order at 3:07 pm


1.?? Minutes of the last meeting were approved.


2.?? Committee considered a proposal to create a new minor program in Forensic Science:


? ??? At the onset, a request by the Biology Department (received by Dr. Boucher) to table the committee?s discussion of this proposal was denied, citing the fact that Faculty received the initial draft proposal from Dr. Sauls in an email dated October 6, giving all departments ample time (in the committee?s eyes) for review and comment.? It is unclear as to what difficulties the Biology Department has with the current proposal; however, several issues were raised:


a)      Dr. Yezerski made the comment that there is less biology required for the minor than she had thought (hoped?) there would be.


b)      Dr. Napieralski noted that the objectives for the program are not listed explicitly, a requirement of Middle States as specifically mentioned in ?Characteristics of Excellence.?? Dr. Boucher commented that the current draft does include these objectives (albeit not with the vocabulary and format MSA may prefer) and the actions of C&T concerning this proposal can be made independent of what MSA would like to see (especially if the only problem is one of style). [Note: this point has been passed on to Fred Sauls and Paul Lindenmuth, the proposal?s authors, for their consideration.-D.B.]


c)      Several members noted that many of the courses in the Biology, Chemistry, Psychology Departments and that even CORE offerings required of students in the program have not been offered in some time, and there is a question of if?given current staffing difficulties?they will be able to be taught in the future.? Specifically, Dr. Ryan noted that the ACCT 498 course required of students in this minor will need to be taught by an adjunct or part-time faculty member, which has ramifications on the Business School?s ratio of courses that are taught by full-time faculty as required for AACSB for accreditation.


The main question, it appears, is the following:? Can a minor (or for that matter a major) program require a course of a department that that department may not be capable of teaching?? Dr. Boucher mentioned that the answer to this, at least in the past, has been ?yes,? as there exist many minor programs (i.e. physics) that have not been completed by a student in years, given current staffing issues.


After much discussion, the committee voted to table a vote on this proposal until early in the Spring, at which time ALL members of the faculty with business on this matter will be invited to make their issues known before C&T.? Further, members agreed that this will be the LAST opportunity faculty will have to make comment on this issue; ?Either come to this meeting or go away.?


3.?? Dr. Boucher handed out to committee members the most recent copy of the ?Core Review Topics List.?? This newest version, which will be made available to Faculty Council and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (and eventually to the faculty at large for comment at an all-faculty meeting), is ordered ?logically.?? Members are to review the list and respond with comments, questions, or suggestions to Dr. Boucher.? This list will be part A of C&T?s report to Faculty Council early in the Spring.? Part B of this report will be composed of?


4.      ?the CORE curriculum review of other schools (due of members to Dr. Boucher ASAP).? Only major points of interest are noted below:


a)      There is a great push in CORE curricula of other schools to require study in one or more of the following areas, none of which are a part of the CORE curriculum at King?s:


v     Diversity Studies (i.e. Women?s, Latin American, or African American Studies).


v     Writing in the discipline:? most often, this is done by requiring of students 1-2 courses in their major sequence that are designated as ?Writing Intensive.?? Some members are in favor of instituting a similar structure at King?s.? Specifically, Dr. Snider noted that such a change could likely be made without the addition of new faculty members or the creation of new courses, and Dr. Massey speculated that such courses may improve the transferal of student writing skills (the message of ?writing across the curriculum? gets across to students better).?


v     Courses in health, wellness, and practical living.? Schools seem to be split on the once very popular practice of requiring ?physical education? of all students; however, there are members of the College community who desire to see such a requirement as part of the CORE.? Specifically, this was one of the suggestions offered by students at the last C&T meeting.? Schools that require such courses often exempt students for participation in intercollegiate athletics, that agree to take a one-semester course in ?health? or ?wellness.?? Interestingly, some schools require both two ?PE? credits and courses in areas such as personal finance or career planning.


v     Fine Art and/or Music:? the issue for King?s, quite clearly, is that there is not a Department of Music or Fine Art at the College, making requiring such courses difficult.? Clearly, establishing such departments simply for this purpose would be imprudent, but this problem should be kept in mind as our review of the CORE continues.


v     Laboratory science:? this issue is another brought to the committee by representatives from student government at the last C&T meeting (allowing/requiring honors students or all students to replace CORE 270 with a course specific to biology, chemistry, physics, etc).? Although the committee did not discuss this issue at length, it appears that most (though not all) of the institutions reviewed (and specifically those viewed as in direct ?competition? with King?s) do require one course in a specific natural science that includes a one-credit laboratory component.


b)      There is a great range in the number of credits required by schools as part of their core curricula (~ 30 to ~ 70).? Several members noted, however, that ?credit counting? is dangerous, as ?credit? at one school may or may not equal ?credit? at another.[Clarification: That?s less of a problem than what credits get categorized as ?core? or gen. ed. requirements and what get classified under requirements for the major programs.-D.B.]



Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 pm



Respectfully Submitted,





Trent S. Snider, Ph. D.


Assistant Professor of Chemistry