Minutes of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee Meeting

Friday, April 18th, 2008


The meeting of Curriculum and Teaching Committee was held in Room 115 of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center and was called to order at 2:05 p.m.

In attendance: Committee Chairman Brian Pavlac (presiding), Chair-Elect Kristi Concannon, members: Margaret Corgan, Hamid Hosseini, Paul Lindenmuth, Michael Little, John Malesic, Anne Massey, Ed Ockerman; representing V.P.A.A. Nick Holodick was Terry Mech.

The minutes from April 10, 2008 were approved as amended.

I:        A motion to accept the document “Assessment of the Core”, as amended, was approved.

II:       The document “Exceptions to the Core” was approved as amended.

III:      The issue of scheduling in the Core was tabled until the Fall.

IV:       The committee decided that revisions to the appropriate sections of the College Catalog should be made by the CART Coordinators. Brian Pavlac will make the changes to the Core introduction in the Catalog.

 V:       The Service Learning sub-committee reported that they were satisfied with the changes to the service component of FYE and the encouragement of faculty to take advantage of grant monies from the Shoval Center. The sub-committee suggested that no further action by the sub-committee was necessary and that any further action would be left to the project team.

VI:      Terry Mech, representing Nick Holodick (V.P.A.A.), informed the committee that the College’s Periodic Review Report (PRR) to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is due June 1, 2009.  Middle States has some specific assessment-related questions that the College is expected to answer.  A copy of Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness: Understanding Middle States Expectations was distributed.  In preparation for the PRR report, copies of learning objectives and assessment strategies for Core courses will be needed as well as information on how assessment results have been used to improve teaching and student learning. 

The consensus of the committee was to have the CART coordinators become responsible for gathering and assembling this information.

The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Paul Lindenmuth

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