Curriculum and Teaching Committee
September 9, 2005
Present: Trent Snider (Chair), Jennifer McClinton-Temple
(Chair-elect), Professors Simington, Sosar, Bassham, Wallace, Hosseini, Corgan, Pavlac, Concannon. Guests: Paoletti and Kraszewski
- The meeting
was called to order at 2:06 p.m.
- On the
Chair’s recommendation, the Committee agreed to continue maintenance of
the C & T Webpage but discontinue use of the public folder (the
Chair-elect will handle these tasks for the committee).
Committee discussed a proposal from Dr. Susan Jones-Held to develop a
two-course Honors sequence that would fulfill the Core requirements for
Natural Science I and II. As Drs. Paoletti and Kraszewski explained, the first course, HNRS 270,
would focus on Molecular Biology; the second, HNRS 271, would focus on
Ecology. Both courses would emphasize “hand-on” learning and would include
some lab and/or fieldwork. Whether the courses would be offered as 3- or
4-credit courses was left open. After discussion, the proposal was tabled
pending approval of the courses by the Core 270 project team. However,
several members of the Committee expressed reservations about the
relatively narrow specialization of the proposed courses.
Committee next turned to its ongoing review of the Core Curriculum. The
Chair distributed several handouts, including results from the faculty
survey that was administered last fall. A lengthy discussion ensued as to
how the Committee should proceed in its review. Several options were
discussed, including asking the Core project teams to conduct their own
reviews and report back to the Committee. Several members questioned the
usefulness of this procedure, since similar reviews were conducted
recently for purposes of our Middle States accreditation. The Committee
determined that a logical place to begin would be to review both the
sections of the Middle States Report pertaining to the Core Curriculum and
survey data collected by the Committee last year. The Committee also
decided to complete its review of the Core curricula of 50 comparable
institutions, which was begun last year.
meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.