Minutes of Curriculum & Teaching Committee

November 7, 2008


Present:  Kristi Concannon (Chair), Michael Little (Chair-elect), Margaret Corgan, Robin Field, Nick Holodick, Hamid Hosseini, Jonathan Malesic, Joel Shuman, James Wallace


1.  The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.


2.  The committee reviewed the minutes of October 31, 2008.  Further discussion, revision, and approval of the minutes will take place through e-mail.


3.  The committee reviewed its draft response to the proposal for a new major in  Leadership and Global Dynamics (hereafter LGD).  The committee agreed to distribute its final response to the faculty.


a.  Dr. Holodick asked the committee to clarify several statements in the draft.  In response, C&T noted the following:


The committee has not rejected the proposal, nor does the committee want to suggest that a revised proposal will be automatically approved by C&T.  The purpose of C&T’s response to the proposal is to encourage revisions.  The committee intends to continue working with the designers of the LGD major.


Between the formal presentation of the proposal to C&T on Oct. 13 and C&T’s meeting of Oct. 31, members of the committee reviewed the proposed master syllabi for rigor and compared several proposed syllabi to those at other institutions offering majors in leadership.  C&T did not consult an outside reviewer.  Dr. Holodick asked that the committee include in its response a recommendation for external review of the proposed program.  The committee discussed the proper placement and wording for the recommendation.


b. Because the committee sees some inconsistency between the new major’s intended focus on global dynamics and the proposed list of courses, C&T will recommend that designers of the LGD major bring the curriculum and the program’s title into better alignment.  


c. After revising several other points for clarity, the committee accepted the document, a memo to Teresa Peck entitled “Leadership and Global Dynamics Proposal” (attached).





4.  The committee reviewed “Procedure for Adding a New Course to the Core Curriculum.”


a.  The Chair announced that C&T might expect to hear soon from the Education Dept., whose majors now need over 130 credits to graduate.  The Education Department will most likely ask for several exemptions from the Core and for the substitution of some major courses for Core requirements. 


b.  C&T members noted that the draft of “Procedures” makes no distinction between a new course and a course that would fall under an existing Core umbrella (CORE 100, for example).  Since course offerings under an existing umbrella do not need the approval of C&T, the language indicating this needs to be clearer.  The Chair will revise point 3a of “Procedure” to clarify.


c.  At the request of Dr. Holodick, C&T  will add under point 6 of “Procedures” that Academic Affairs is to be notified when C&T has approved the proposal for a new Core course.


d.  A motion to approve the document with the suggested revisions was made, seconded, and passed unanimously. The approved document is appended to the end of these minutes.


5.  In order to report helpful information to the designers of the LGD proposal, Dr. Holodick asked for additional details regarding C&T’s review of the proposal and the committee’s deliberations during the Oct. 31st meeting.  C&T members offered further suggestions for strengthening the proposal. 


6.  The meeting adjourned at 3:20.   The next meeting is Nov. 21 at 2:00 in Sheehy-Farmer Room 115. 


Respectfully Submitted,

Jim Wallace



Procedure for Adding a New Course to the Core Curriculum


The Committee on Curriculum and Teaching (C&T) oversees the college curriculum, in general, and, along with the Core Area Responsibility Teams (CARTs), is responsible for the oversight and approval of all courses within the Core Curriculum. 


The oversight of existing Core courses takes place during the five-year review of each area of the Core.


Submitting a New Core Course


All proposals for new Core courses should be submitted early enough in the semester to allow adequate time for consideration before the advisement and registration period begins.


If any faculty member wishes to propose a new Core course, the following procedure should be followed:


  1. The faculty member should prepare a brief proposal which includes a short description of the course and a sample syllabus which clearly outlines the goals and objectives of the proposed course.


  1. The faculty member should submit the proposal to the relevant CART Coordinator.  Within two weeks, the members of the CART will discuss the proposed syllabus and determine whether it meets the objectives of the Core category.


  1. After reviewing the course proposal, the CART can choose to (a) approve the course as submitted, (b) recommend improvements to the course, or (c) reject the proposal.


    1. If the CART approves the course and if the course will constitute a new CORE course number, the CART Coordinator will forward the proposal along with a letter of support to the Curriculum and Teaching Committee.  If the approved course is part of an umbrella course offering (e.g. CORE 100, CORE 164, CORE 180), no action by the Curriculum and Teaching Committee is needed. 


    1. If the CART recommends changes, the faculty member may choose to make the requested changes or provide a letter to the CART justifying why the changes are unnecessary.  The modified proposal should be re-submitted to the CART Coordinator.


    1. If the CART rejects the proposal, the faculty member may appeal the decision to the Curriculum and Teaching Committee. 


  1. The Chair of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee will add the proposal to a meeting agenda within four weeks after receiving the proposal. The faculty member may wish to attend the relevant meeting.  If the proposal is presented to C&T as an appeal of a CART decision, the attendance of both the faculty member and the CART Coordinator will be requested.


  1. The Curriculum and Teaching Committee will review the proposal and either approve or reject the inclusion of the course in the relevant area of the Core. The decision of C&T is final.


  1. If the Committee approves the proposal, the Chair of C&T will notify Faculty Council and Academic Affairs of the decision and contact Academic Advisement to ensure that the new course is included on all relevant Core documents.


  1. The faculty member should work with the CART Coordinator regarding course scheduling and to ensure that the course is listed in the next edition of the King’s College Catalog and is listed on the CART website.