Minutes of Curriculum & Teaching Committee September 5, 2008
Present: Kristi Concannon (Chair), Michael Little (Chair-elect), Margaret Corgan, Kyle Fetterolf, Robin Field, Hamid Hosseini, Paul Lindenmuth, Jonathan Malesic, James Wallace
1. Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m.
2. The chair reported that there are no major projects on the Committee's agenda at the moment but there are issues about the implementation of the new CORE which arose over the summer and need to be discussed. Among them are:
a. Should the description of incoming freshmen's course choices be sent to them in advance? This year it was not. Rather a sheet describing the CORE 100 options was given to them when they came to register and sections were removed from the list as they closed. The titles of CORE 16x, 17x, 18x, and 19x choices were listed on the sheet but without descriptions.
b. This summer there were some problems with the number of sections needed for some courses or categories. For some there were too many, for others not enough. Based on this summer's experience which was the first year for the new CORE, a better estimate of the number of courses and sections needed should be possible in the future.
c. The process by which the choice of CORE 150, 180, and 190 is made needs to be looked at and possibly changed. In some cases a student's choice is limited because required major courses are in some of the three categories. Also there may be problems when students change their major.
d. Some advisers need to be better informed about the details of the new CORE with which they are not familiar and the equivalents of courses in the new CORE for students who began under the previous CORE. It was suggested that perhaps the Committee could schedule a meeting with advisors for this purpose.
e. Some departments' four year planners have yet to be revised. Correct department planners should help prevent advisement errors.
f. Department planners need to be reviewed by the Committee to see how majors are using CORE courses.
g. The chair will meet with Academic Advisement to discuss any other problems they have observed and any recommendations they may have to solve them. Any decisions which will have an impact on preregistration for the spring semester will need to be made before it begins in October.
3. How the Committee will fulfill some of its responsibilities needs to be determined.
a. Guidelines for how the Committee will monitor the new CORE need to be established.
b. The role of the Committee in approving new CORE courses needs to be consistent. Some new courses are being offered this semester without the Committee ever discussing them or seeing their syllabi.
4. What needs to be in the next catalog concerning the CORE needs to be determined as well as what should be on the Web and where. There is already some information available on-line.
5. There are several issues concerning the CARTs.
a. CART Web sites need to be up and running soon and the Committee must be sure they contain required information.
b. Guidelines for removing and replacing CART coordinators who are not fulfilling their duties are needed as is a procedure for replacing any who resign.
6. Guidelines establishing the process and procedures for the Committee's review of CORE categories need to be established. There is already a schedule of which categories will be reviewed in each of the next five years. This year Oral Communication, Theology, and Natural Science will be reviewed.
7. Dr. Holodick reminded the Committee of the importance of the assessment program for CORE courses which is the responsibility of the CART coordinators. He will have to give a report to Middle States on CORE assessment this year.
Meeting adjourned at 3:10 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Margaret Corgan