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CURRENT CORE REVISION

As of revised September 14, 2007; revised again April 18, 2008


The Curriculum and Teaching Committee (C&T)
This committee shall be formed and operated according to the Faculty Governance Constitution in the Faculty Handbook. C&T is charged to suggest curricular policies and to assist in the implementation of established policies in such areas as approving and reviewing courses in the Core Curriculum, changing and supervising the Core Curriculum, maintaining the quality and coherence of the Core Curriculum, adding or deleting all academic programs (majors, minors, concentrations, certificates, etc.), developing and evaluating experimental teaching methods and experimental academic programs, aligning admissions policies and degree requirements, and serving as liaison to the library.

C&T will ensure that courses approved not only meet the goals and objectives of each respective Core category, but also that they are truly designed for the general student population, not for major programs. The committee will also monitor the number of courses it approves for each category to avoid unnecessary proliferation.

Core Area Responsibility Teams (CARTs)
A Core Area Responsibility Team (CART) supervises and organizes the Core courses within a designated Core course category. The members of a CART are those full-time and part-time faculty who in the past, present, or future have taught, are teaching, or will teach courses in that area of the Core. Participation in appropriate CARTs is required of faculty members as part of their college service. There is theoretically no limit on the size of a CART or the number of CARTs to which a faculty member may belong. Still, faculty and administrators, to ensure smooth functioning, should both monitor the size of CARTs and may invite participation from those who do not teach in the area. Work of the CART is directed by a CART Coordinator.

The Curriculum and Teaching Committee (C&T) shall review each CART every five years according to a staggered schedule. Each CART shall prepare and submit to C&T by the end of fall semester a written report which examines how its courses fit in with the overall mission of the College and the Core Curriculum. The report will specifically address the currency of master syllabi, goals and objectives, assessment policies and practices, staffing issues, interdisciplinary connections to other parts of the Core, and any relevant changes in the overall core discipline. The study should encourage dialogue with Major Programs to update Competency Growth Plans about transferable skills. The report will summarize successes, areas of concerns, and suggestions for improvement. C&T will meet with the CART to discuss the report. C&T will then accept the report, possibly with amendments or suggestions about needed action, keep a copy in a public file, and submit a copy to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Before its next review, the CART should work with Academic Affairs and C&T to address any areas of necessary change.

CART Coordinators
A CART Coordinator directs the activities of a CART on a regular basis. The CART Coordinator maintains connections with C&T, supervises updating master syllabi, goals, and objectives, evaluates the quality of courses, and implements assessment policies. The CART Coordinator should convene at least one meeting per semester so that team members may help carry out CART business. The CART Coordinator invites appropriate full-time and part-time faculty to participate in the activities of the CART and ensures a fair division of work.

The CART Coordinator is normally a faculty member whose Department or Program contributes substantially toward staffing sections, content knowledge, and methodological expertise to that area of the Core. A CART Coordinator who is not a Department or Program Chairperson should receive appropriate compensation for time and effort. C&T appoints CART Coordinators and monitors their workloads and responsibilities to ensure that a proper rotation of the Coordinator’s position takes place.

Staffing
Any faculty member may potentially teach in any area of the Core. The first time a faculty member wishes to teach an established course within a specific Core category, that member should apply, in a timely manner, to the appropriate CART Coordinator, providing a brief written description of qualifications and an awareness of course goals and objectives, methodology, and content.

If a faculty member wishes to create and teach a new course, that member should submit, in a timely manner, an application to the appropriate CART Coordinator and the Chairs of C&T. That application should include (1) a brief description of qualifications and an awareness of the area’s course goals and objectives, methodology, and content, and (2) a tentative syllabus. The CART may then approve the course as submitted, approve the course with suggestions for improvement, or reject the course with an explanation for how it is not suited to that area’s Core goals and objectives. The CART Coordinator then sends the CART’s decision to C&T, which may approve the course as submitted, approve the course with suggestions for improvement, or reject the course with an explanation for how it is not suited to that area’s Core goals and objectives. The approval or rejection by C&T may overrule the decision of the CART. C&T’s decision is submitted to the VPAA.

Scheduling
The CART Coordinator schedules the sections and the faculty who teach them in each Core category. The number of total sections to be offered is determined in consultation with the Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services and the Registrar. If more than one course is offered in a particular Core category, the number of sections of any one course should follow the guideline percentages established by C&T, which will regularly consult with Academic Affairs on the matter.

The CART Coordinator may take seniority, a broad distribution of teaching times, the demand of teaching major courses, or other special needs of various faculty into account for teaching assignments. Filling the scheduled load of full-time faculty members takes priority over part-time faculty members. CART Coordinators and Department Chairs need to be cooperative and receptive to the needs of both the Core and Major Programs. Any conflicts among Department Chairs, CART Coordinators, and/or faculty over teaching Core sections shall be resolved by the VPAA.

Core Exemptions for Majors
If the faculty of a Major Program determine that a course in their major may suitably and substantially provide an alternative to a Core category, the Chair should submit a written proposal for an exemption to C&T. The proposal should describe in detail (using, if possible, Competency Growth Plans) how specific goals and objectives in the major course adequately meet those of the Core category. C&T will meet with the faculty who teach the course in the Major Program and the CART of the affected category. C&T may accept and specify the exemption (possibly with amendments or conditions) by a majority vote. The Chair of C&T will notify Academic Affairs, Academic Advisement, and the Registrar of the relevant changes.

Assessment of the Core
The Curriculum and Teaching Committee (C&T) shall review each CART every five years according to a staggered schedule.
1. Each CART shall prepare and submit to C&T by the end of fall semester a written report which examines how its courses fit in with the overall mission of the College and the Core Curriculum.

The report will specifically address the following:
• currency of master syllabi, goals and objectives
• assessment policies and practices
• staffing issues
• performance of the CART Coordinator
• interdisciplinary connections to other parts of the Core
• any relevant changes in the overall core discipline
• successes, areas of concerns, and suggestions for improvement

The study should encourage dialogue with Major Programs to update Competency Growth Plans about transferable skills.

2. C&T will meet with the CART to discuss the report.

3. C&T will then accept the report and issue a statement to that effect (possibly with amendments or suggestions about needed action), keep a copy in a public file, and submit a copy to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

4. Before its next review, or earlier if recommended, the CART should work with Academic Affairs and C&T to address any areas of necessary change.

The following schedule is planned, to be repeated every five years:
2008-2009 Oral Communication; Theology; Natural Science
2009-2010 Thinking and Writing; Composition; FYE; Honors Program
2010-2011 Liberal Arts Seminar; Foreign Languages and Cultures; Literature
2011-1012 Math; Philosophy; The Arts; Civilizations: Historical Perspectives
2012-2013 American Studies; Contemporary Global Studies; Social Science


Other relevant decisions of C&T:

CART Coordinator Job Description: <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/minutes/ctmintsSep2107.html>

Duties:

Qualifications:

Appointment:  <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/minutes/ctmintsOct507.html>, <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/minutes/ctmintsOct1607.html>

With only one interested party for the position of a CART Coordinator, the name is forwarded to the VPAA with the communication that the C & T has no objections to the appointment of this coordinator.
With more than one interested party for the position of a CART Coordinator, the Chair of C&T shall request from applicants for a brief (no longer than one page) description of 1) qualifications and 2) vision or goals for the CART.  C&T discusses the candidates then votes by secret ballot.  The Chair of C&T forwards the names of the winning candidates to the VPAA.

Compensation:  <15 february 2008>

CART coordinators compensated at three levels of compensation, only as an overload:

1.  American Studies, Arts, FYS, Global, Oral Communications, Natural Science, and Social Science: Compensation for 4 credit hours per year.

2.  Effective Writing, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Literature: Compensation for 3 credit hours per year.

3 Civilizations, Math, Philosophy, and Theology: Compensation for 2 credit hours per year.

 

Master Syllabi:   <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/minutes/ctmintsDec707.html> <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/minutes/ctmintsJan1808.html>

Master Syllabi need to be uniform for clarity in assessment in light of the up coming Middle states update. General requirements should be determined by C & T and be sent to all CART coordinators.

 

Scheduling:  <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/minutes/ctmints7FEB08.html>

C&T recommends the general guidelines for apportionment of the Social Science CARTs.  See <http://departments.kings.edu/candt/docs/SocScinumBRF.doc>

 

How Majors draw on the Core:<http://departments.kings.edu/candt/docs/fnlCOREASSESS.doc>


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