Minutes of Curriculum and Teaching Committee
September 23, 2005
Present: Trent Snider (Chair), Jennifer McClinton-Temple (Chair-elect), Professors Simington, Sosar, Bassham, Wallace, Hosseini, Corgan, Concannon.
§ In a response relayed via the Chair, Dr. Susan Jones-Held assures the Committee that the proposal to develop an honors section of CORE 270 will be interdisciplinary and not narrow in focus. She is currently on sabbatical and will respond to specific concerns at a later date. The proposal has been sent to the CORE 270 Project Team.
§ The Chair-elect looked at the Middle States Review documents and found little useful information in regards to the Core Curriculum. The Chair-Elect will consult the Appendices of the document and report at the next meeting. In related news, the Chair consulted the strategic plan in search of mentions of the Core and/or Core review and had a bit more success; this information was compiled in a document the Chair distributed to committee members.
§ Dr. Holodick has indicated to the Chairs that the modification of the Core Curriculum is on the list of projects for the 2007-2008 academic year. The C&T Chairs hope that the Committee will have organized their suggested revisions by Spring 2006 so that the 2006-2007 C&T Committee can act on those suggestions and the faculty can vote on the changes in Spring 2007. The initial implementation of any changes would likely be in Fall 2008.
§ The Committee will complete the review (started by last year’s Committee) of the Core curricula at other schools. Each committee member was assigned three schools, two of which had completed AAC&U’s General Education Survey and one from our pool of local competition. An examination of the core philosophies and the number of required core or general education credits at those schools is to be reported to the Chair by the end of Fall Break. Once completed, the Committee will have 50+ schools to use as a comparison for our Core Review.
§ The Chair-Elect led a discussion about the philosophies of our Core Curriculum. In the previous faculty survey, most agreed with the given wording of the philosophies, however, some Committee members suggested reviewing the philosophies of similar schools as a comparison. Committee members were asked to review our Core statements and send comments on “tweaking” the wording to the Chair-Elect.