Minutes of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee

Thursday, March 13

Present:  Brian Pavlac (Chair), Kristi Concannon (Chair-Elect), Margaret Corgan, Kyle Fetteroff, Hamid Hosseini, Mike Little,  Jon Malesic, Anne Massey,  Ed Ockerman

 Guests:  Paul Zbiek, Professor of History and Chair of the Contemporary Global Studies CART;  Chris Sutzko, Director of Career Planning and Placement

1.  The meeting was called to order at 3:35 p.m.

2.  Chris Sutzko began the meeting by describing two proposed 1 credit CARP courses:  CARP 325 (Graduate/Professional School Planning) and CARP 411 (Wealth Management/Life Skills for the New Graduate.  

Copies of the proposed syllabi had been previously sent to the Committee members, so Mr. Sutzko summarized the major purpose of CARP 325 as an attempt to better serve more students who contemplate going to graduate or professional school, especially since 27% of King’s students pursue such studies.

He described the CARP 411course as a dramatic extension of the 1 hour wealth management workshops which are now conducted by his office.

A great deal of discussion, both critical and supportive, ensued.   Criticism included the assertion that the CARP 325 course should be for no credit, since it is not sufficiently “academically” oriented and students can learn about graduate school planning by talking with faculty members.   Mr. Sutzko pointed to the fact that a significant number of students wait until the second semester of their senior year (when it is too late) to make plans to apply to graduate or professional school, thus indicating a need for such a course.  Other supportive comments indicated that such an elective course could be a valuable opportunity for students to learn how to extend their education beyond undergraduate school, thus supplementing the help that advisors are able to provide.

A motion was made and seconded for the Committee to approve the CARP 325 course, but it failed by a 5 to 4 vote.

The CARP 411 course was also discussed, but not as extensively as CARP 325.  Concern was expressed that “brand awareness” may not be a proper motivation for participation by the course’s guest speakers if it resulted in students being exposed to a series of sales talks.  Mr. Sutzko said that the speakers would not be selling products or companies, but would be engaging in community participation and service by imparting useful information.    

Following some additional discussion of pros and cons of such a course, a motion was made and seconded that it be approved by the Committee and it was by a 7 to 2 vote.

3.  Paul Zbiek summarized the history and current status of the CORE 193:  Globalization (modified Introduction to International Business (IB 241)) issue, including the role of and effect on the Contemporary Global Studies category.  

The Committee proceeded to engage in discussion, describing the details of which would only add to the confusing nature of this long-considered issue.  One key question, however, which impacts on this controversy is whether only International Business and Business Administration majors, or all MSB students, will be required to take this course.  

After careful and deliberative discussion of the alternatives the Committee has, this motion was made, seconded, and approved:  The Curriculum and Teaching Committee accepts IB 241 as CORE 193 (Globalization) with modifications as determined by the Contemporary Global Studies CART, with the provision that no more than 2 sections per semester be offered.

 

The Committee adjourned at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Ed Ockerman


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