Meeting of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee

January 23, 2006

Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center Lipo Room


Present:  Trent Snider (Chair), Jennifer McClinton-Temple (Chair-elect), Gregory Bassham, Kristi Concannon, Margaret Corgan, Hamid Hosseini, Brian Pavlac, Jeremy Simington, David Sosar, James Wallace


1.      The meeting was called to order at 3:30 PM


2.      The minutes of the November 11, 2005 meeting were approved.


3.      Dr. Snider indicated that he has a copy of the results of the “King’s College Survey of Alumni One Year After Graduation” for the 2003 graduates.  He also has a copy of the results of the “King’s College Survey of Alumni One Year After Graduation” and the “King’s College Survey of Alumni Five Years After Graduation” for the 1998 graduates.  Dr. Snider will have these results at his office and they are available to members of C&T during meetings and outside of meetings.


Dr. Snider gave a copy of the survey instrument (the one-year and five-year instruments are the same) to the committee members, and suggested that C&T should decide if a sub-committee should be formed to examine the instrument.  This sub-committee would likely be charged with determining if the instrument is effective, if it can be improved, and if so, how.  He noted that in the survey results for the classes of 2003 and 1998, King’s is ranked as “Better” very frequently, perhaps so frequently that the instrument is not providing effective, useful feedback.  In addition, there is wording in the open-ended questions that may be confusing for the alumni, where the word “major” is used to mean “greatest” but is likely being interpreted to mean the academic major.


4.      Dr. Snider passed out a copy of his notes from the Fall Meeting of the Business Division (Division D), which he attended as a representative of C&T.  The notes indicated items of interest regarding the CORE Curriculum as discussed by that division.  Dr. Snider gave a brief verbal review of the notes.


5.      Dr. McClinton-Temple proposed forming a sub-committee to investigate the development of a first-year seminar that would be a writing intensive course that could also have interdisciplinary elements.  She noted that this was a popular theme in many of the reports from the CORE team meetings.  She said that her research has shown that many schools use a model in which writing intensive courses must require at least 20 pages of writing over the semester, which may be broken into multiple assignments.  Future research on the issue of writing intensive courses will be complete by Drs. McClinton-Temple and Wallace.  However, a sub-committee composed of Drs. Bassham, Concannon, Pavlac will investigate first-year seminar courses at other schools and how one can be optimally developed. 


6.      Dr. McClinton-Temple said that she and Dr. Snider would be attending the AAC&U conference this week at which they expected to be able to learn more information about first-year seminars and writing-intensive courses.


7.      The reports that were given to C&T by CORE project team leaders were presented by having the Individual C&T members briefly talk about the CORE project team meeting that they each attended.  During some of these brief verbal reports, questions and/or points of interest were brought up which were not included in the report from the project teams.  These are noted below:


CORE 115

·        Mr. Simington noted that the following points were brought up at the project team meeting by Dr. Dolhon, but were not mentioned in his written report:

o       CORE 115 should be taken by students in their 2nd year

o       In the past, before there was a course specifically for oral communication, the material taught in CORE 115 was taught in three one-credit courses, along with other information, and this did not work very well

o       There is a process by which students can test out of CORE 115—this was a surprise to the committee; Dr. Snider will investigate

o       An Honors version of CORE 115 was proposed to the Honors Committee in the past, but was not well received


CORE 120

·        In the written report, it was noted that enrollment in CORE 120 has doubled in recent years, but the reason why was not addressed, and the answer was not specifically known by any C&T committee members.


CORE 140

·        Dr. Corgan noted that a religion course that covers non-American religion/culture could meet the requirement within the cultures and global awareness area.


CORE 150

·        When asked what the typical class size of a CORE 150 course is, Dr. Sosar said that the cap is usually 25 but some classes may have 28 or 29 students.


8.      Dr. Snider suggested that, following the second C&T meeting in February, the committee create a publication to submit to the faculty that specifies the guiding principles being followed in the CORE review.


9.      Dr. Snider proposed that C&T begin meeting on some Monday afternoons due to the many Friday afternoons already booked by Faculty Council.  It was also suggested that weekly meetings may be necessary.


10.  The next meeting will be January 30, 2006, at 3:45 PM, in the Lipo Room.


11.  The meeting was adjourned at 4:50 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Jeremy Simington