Oct. 28th, 2005
Comments related to Core Review
C &T Chair Trent Snider opened this portion of the
meeting by thanking the committee and giving a brief overview of various
concerns that have been raised about the core so far.
Faculty Council Chair Fred Sauls stated that Father O'Hara
will circulate a letter to the faculty stating that no full-time faculty member
will lost his or her job due to the core review.
Points Raised by Faculty Members
2/3 of the Core is presently taught by part-time faculty. This should be a concern in the
must also consider staffing.
classes don't necessarily need to be taught by more than one faculty
reference to the "credit-counting" survey of other schools: how have the categorizations been
made? Some courses (geography was
the example given) could conceivably be placed in more than one category.
- It is
most important to compare ourselves to other Catholic institutions.
should look less at the numbers and more at the kinds of courses that are
being taught at other schools.
Thinking about the actual courses that we are teaching, instead of
numbers, in order to market this institution to our children.
are fraught with peril"
- Can we
poll alumni on their impressions of the Core?
Arts is an area students would like to see more of--see recent article in The Crown
need to give students more choice.
must consider where our students' abilities lie.
need to consider our students and their profile: 1030 average SAT, problems with reading
comprehension, difficulty adjusting to an academic environment, many
instances of plagiarism.
faculty member urges the Project Teams to not "just rely on internal
information" when meeting with C&T, but also to consider the
opinions of other faculty members and of students.
Chair urges Project Teams to be honest about "what's not
need to focus on guiding principles.
we consider a distribution model rather than a Core?
Core seems repetitive in places.
the Chair's comment that "diversity-intensive" courses have been
an item of discussion, one faculty member points out that the recent HERI
study shows a lack of concern among faculty in regards to diversity.
about requiring Core courses in the major.
Education faculty member points out that NCATE will want our education
majors to have more "content" based courses such as math,
literature. A reduction of the Core
would allow for this.