Minutes of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee meeting, Friday, February 15, 2008

Present: Committee Chair Brian Pavlac (presiding), Chair-Elect Kristi Concannon; Margaret Corgan, Joe Evan, Kyle Fetterolf, Hamid Hosseini, Mike Little, Jon Malesic, Anne Massey, Ed Ockerman; VPAA Nick Holodick.

Guest: Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center.

 1.     The meeting was called to order in room 115 of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center at 2:03 p.m.

2.     The Chair announced that no one has yet been nominated for C&T Chair-Elect for the 2008-2009 academic year and encouraged members to nominate themselves or others.

3.     The minutes of the Feb. 7, 2008, meeting were approved as amended.

4.     The committee discussed a proposed one-credit pass/fail course in grammar (Grammar Lab) that would be required of certain incoming students and taken concurrently with CORE 110: Effective Writing.

    1. Students would be placed into the course based on performance on a writing sample or grammar test designed by the English department.
    2. As the aim of the course is to get students to reach a standard of correct English grammar, a student in the course could test out of it mid-semester if he or she demonstrated that he or she had attained that standard.
    3. The course would not be intended for CORE 099 students to take concurrently with CORE 099.  Taking CORE 099 would not exempt students from the Grammar Lab, however.  Some students who take CORE 099 may have to take Grammar Lab as well, though they would take it concurrently with CORE 110 in their second semester.
    4. A motion was made and seconded to adopt a Grammar Lab based on Dr. McClinton-Temple’s proposal to Dr. Holodick dated January 28, 2008.  The motion passed.
    5. A motion was made and seconded to create CORE 110L (if required), a one-credit pass/fail course, and add it to the Core curriculum.  The motion passed.
    6. The catalog’s requirement that CORE courses may not be taken pass/fail was noted.

5.     The committee discussed changes to the CORE advising planner.

    1. “If required” was added next to CORE 098, 099, and 110L on the planner without objection.
    2. A motion was made and seconded to add the following language next to CORE 150, 180, and 190: “You may not take CORE 150 for CORE credit if you have taken 180 or 190 [and mutatis mutandis next to planner entries for CORE 180 and 190].”  The motion passed.
    3. A motion was made and seconded to change the language at the top of the CORE planner to reflect the different number of courses and credits required for some students to complete the CORE: “18-20 courses = 52-59 credits” and, for Quantitative Reasoning, “(3-6 credits),” and, for Effective Writing, “(3-7 credits).”  The motion passed.
    4. A motion was made and seconded to reorder the categories under Part II of the CORE advising planner: immediately following the statement about the interdisciplinary introduction to the social sciences requirement would be the social science (CORE 150-159) courses, followed by the American studies (CORE 180-189) courses, followed by the contemporary global studies (CORE 190-199) courses, followed by the other course categories in Part 2 in numerical order.  The motion passed.

6.     The committee discussed CART coordinator compensation.

    1. A motion was made and seconded to recommend offering three levels of compensation for CART coordinators.  The motion passed.
    2. A motion was made and seconded to recommend the following compensation for CART coordinators, available only as an overload:

§       American Studies, Arts, FYS, Global, Oral Communications, Natural Science, and Social Science:

o      Compensation for 4 credit hours per year.

§       Effective Writing, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and Literature:

o      Compensation for 3 credit hours per year.

§       Civilizations, Math, Philosophy, and Theology:

o      Compensation for 2 credit hours per year.

The motion passed.

    1. The committee informally recommended to the VPAA that CART coordinators be compensated for their work during the 2007-2008 academic year at half the annual rate.

7.     The committee discussed issues related to CORE 100: First Year Seminar.

    1. A motion was made and seconded to lower the enrollment cap on CORE 100 to 18.  The motion passed.
    2. A motion was made and seconded to recommend that no student take CORE 100 simultaneously with CORE 099 or 110, and that students who take CORE 099 may take CORE 100 in their third semester at the College.  The motion passed.
    3. A motion was made and seconded to change the generic title of CORE 100 to Liberal Arts Seminar.  The motion passed.

8.     The committee noted a number of additional issues related to the change in the Core curriculum, including uniformity among CART Web sites, exemptions from CORE requirements for some majors, encouraging assessment within the CORE, the catalog, workshops on advising and on leading Liberal Arts Seminars, a Fall 2008 CORE 180 course on immigration for which the committee had not seen a description, the status of an international business/globalization course in the Contemporary Global Studies area, the CORE equivalency sheet for current students, and the URLs for CART Web sites.

    1. The Chair pledged to contact the American Studies and Contemporary Global Studies CART coordinators about the issues related to their CARTs.

9.  The meeting adjourned at 4:08 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Jonathan Malesic

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