Curriculum and Teaching Committee
February 6, 2006
Present: Trent Snider (Chair), Jennifer McClinton-Temple (Chair-elect), Professors Bassham, Concannon, Corgan, Hosseini, Pavlac, Simington, Sosar, and Wallace.
· Be more flexible in allowing students exemptions based on major
· Consider “test-out” options for some classes, especially writing and foreign language
· Continue to research the First-Year Seminar option
· Consider a fine arts requirement in the Core
According to Dr. McClinton-Temple, implementing these recommendations may help King’s compete for the attention of talented local students who choose other colleges. Committee members discussed these recommendations, noting that the final two are reflected in the current, ongoing conversation regarding the Core review. The rationale for allowing exemptions and “test-out” options was debated, with the Committee determining that some flexibility in the new Core is desirable. The Committee noted, finally, the difficulty in determining whether students are attracted to a specific college because of its core curriculum. The recommendations in Dr. McClinton-Temple’s report will be revisited in future meetings.