Minutes of Curriculum & Teaching Committee

October 3, 2008


Present:  Kristi Concannon (Chair), Michael Little (Chair-elect), Margaret Corgan, Kyle Fetterolf, Robin Field, Hamid Hosseini , Jonathan Malesic, James Wallace


1.       Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m.

2.       The Chair reported on the new Core forum.  Four major issues were the topic of discussion at the forum.

a.       The Core requirement of an interdisciplinary course in 150, 180 and 190.  It was discussed that some majors have difficulty with this requirement because of their required use of the Core.  For example, Education requires students to take Psychology (CORE 154), American History (CORE 181) and World Geography (CORE 192).  The requirement that all students must take an interdisciplinary social science course (CORE 150/180/190) necessitates that education students take an additional Core course.  After much discussion, it was felt that since the new Core is just being implemented C&T will continue to evaluate this requirement and suggested that perhaps individual majors could request an exemption from this requirement.

b.       Overall scheduling issues:  Concerns about sections being overwhelmed with students and then some sections having only 4-5 students.  A few CARTs had some difficulty finding enough instructors.  This will be monitored as we move through the first year of the new Core.

c.        The concern about not having course descriptions for new Core offerings during summer advisement was brought up. 

d.       The question of who needs to be consulted when a section of a course needs to be added was brought up.  Should it be the department chair or the CART coordinator?  There was a consensus that the CART coordinator should be the contact person addressing this issue.


3.       The procedure for adding a new major to the curriculum was reviewed and discussed. A motion was made to use the current language as a working procedure and to rework the specific wording of the document to improve clarity. The motion was seconded and passed.


4.       The process of submitting a new Core course was discussed.  Several issues were raised, such as: where does the proposal for a new course go (CART vs C&T)?  What courses need this process (i.e. a CORE 100 theme vs a CORE 13x)? If the proposal goes to a CART coordinator first, is there an appeals process if a proposal is denied? It was decided to table the discussion until members had time to consider the current document and the process.


5.       The process of assessing a Core area during a scheduled review was discussed. Several changes to the draft document were suggested.   A motion was made to accept the document with the recommended changes; the motion was seconded and passed.   The final document is attached.


6.       Meeting Adjourned at 3:45 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Kyle Fetterolf


Assessment of the Core Curriculum


The Curriculum and Teaching Committee (C&T) shall review each CART every five years according to a rotating schedule as indicated below.


2008-2009 Oral Communication; Theology; Natural Science

2009-2010 Thinking and Writing; Composition; FYE; Honors Program

2010-2011 Liberal Arts Seminar; Foreign Languages and Cultures; Literature

2011-1012 Math; Philosophy; The Arts; Civilizations: Historical Perspectives

2012-2013 American Studies; Contemporary Global Studies; Social Science


During the academic year in which a CART is to be reviewed:


1.       Each CART Coordinator will receive a formal notification of the review process at the start of the fall semester.


2.       Each CART Coordinator shall prepare and submit to C&T by February 1st a written report which examines how its courses fit in with the overall mission of the College and the Core Curriculum.


The report must specifically include the following:


The study should encourage dialogue with Major Programs to update Competency Growth Plans about transferable skills.


3.       After C&T has reviewed the document, the Chair will invite the CART Leader and members to attend a scheduled C&T meeting to discuss the report.


4.       C&T will then accept the report and issue a statement to that effect with any amendments or suggestions about needed action.  A copy of the report will be kept in a public file and submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).


5.       Before its next review, or earlier if recommended, the CART should work with Academic Affairs and C&T to address any areas of necessary change.