Curriculum Committee April 17, 2009

April 17th, 2009 by Nathaniel

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Casey Bisson




style=’font-size:11.0pt’>April 17, 2009 – Lamson Tower Room



style=’font-size:11.0pt’> Bonnie L.
Bechard, Julie N. Bernier (2:36 pm), Mary E. Campbell (consultant, non-voting),
Stephanie M. Caron (student, voting; 2:36 pm), Samir V. Choudhry (student,
voting), Robert G. Egbert, Elliott G. Gruner, Lindsay E. Harrington (student,
voting; 2:36 pm), Joyce C. Larson, Nick Sevigney (new faculty observer,
non-voting), Wendy J. Palmquist (Chair), Lisa D. Spradley, Anil Waghe (3:15 pm)
[11 voting members]

Vacant position:
Elizabeth A. Cox who is serving as Acting Chair of the Music, Theatre,
and Dance Department for the spring semester

Presenters of Proposals:
style=’font-size:11.0pt’> Barbara
Boschmans, Kate C. Donahue, Linda S. Levy, Barbara D. Lopez-Mayhew, Robert A. Nadeau,
Richard E. Sparks, Cynthia W. Vascak

Unless otherwise indicated, all curricular changes noted below will
become effective with the 2010-2011 edition of the Academic Catalog.

style=’font-size:11.0pt’> Recorded
in the order in which the agenda item was discussed.

Wendy Palmquist called the
meeting to order at 2:30 pm. She
announced that Bonnie Bechard is now serving in place of Debra Brown.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Lindsay Harrington introduced Stephanie
Caron who will serve as the third student representative in place of Ashley
Pistorino. Both were welcomed.

The minutes of
the February 20, 2009 meeting were approved
as presented, 7-0-0-5

New Business


BS Social Science
(both options): reduce total
credits required from 122 to 120.
Postponed by the Department until May. [The proposal for the
Social Studies Teacher Certification Option needs to be submitted to the
Council of Teacher Education.

style=’mso-tab-count:1′> AN 2290 Great Discoveries in Archaeology: change level.
New course number is AN 3290.

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>(b) BA
Anthropology/Sociology, Anthropology Option: add AN 3290 to the requirements for the Option.


Health and
Human Performance:

HE 3330
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Evaluation and Research in Health
Promotion (QRCO): change
prerequisite to Math Foundations.

HE 3710
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Sex and Family Living Education:
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> change prerequisite to [BI 2110 or BIDI
2010 or BIDI 2020] and HHP majors/minors.

PE 3310
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Curriculum Design and
Implementation: change
prerequisite to HE 3760 or PE 3000.
[Approved 4/20/09 by the Council of Teacher Education]


Languages and

style=’mso-tab-count:1′> FR 3060 French for Criminal Justice I: change credits from 4 to 3

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>(b) FR
3070 French for Criminal Justice
II: change credits from 4 to 3

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>(c) SP
3050 Spanish for Criminal Justice
I: change credits from 4 to 3

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>(d) SP
3060 Spanish for Criminal Justice
II: change credits from 4 to 3

10-0-0-2. New course numbers,
effective Fall 2010, are:

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>FR 3080
French for Criminal Justice I

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>FR 3090
French for Criminal Justice II

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>SP 3080
Spanish for Criminal Justice I

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>SP 3090
Spanish for Criminal Justice II

style=’mso-tab-count:1′> FR 4200 Seminar in French: change course description

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>(b) SP
4500 Spanish Seminar:
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> change course description



AR 3570
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> The Art of Sustainability (INCO):
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> second experimental offering.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Approved

New course:
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> ARDI 2310 Table Manners:
Functional Pottery (3 credits).
A hands-on ceramic art class in which students explore a variety of
approaches to creating handmade tableware. Explorations include considerations
of context, function, style, and expressive potential within the framework of
the utilitarian sensibility. Traditions, rituals, and customs for food
preparation and presentation are compared with contemporary and innovative
ideas for creating vessels and containers for food to be offered at the table.
Culmination is the development and creation of original and individualized sets
of tableware by the students. Additional course fee required. Falls and
Springs. (CTDI) [Previously
offered as an experimental course, ARDI 2310 Table Manners:
Handmade for the Table]
style=’mso-bidi-font-style:normal’>Approved 10-0-0-2.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’> BU
3080 Non-Profit Management and
Philanthropy: second experimental
offering for Fall 2009.
style=’mso-bidi-font-style:normal’>Approved 10-0-0-2.

New course:
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> BU 3350 Event Marketing (3 credits). Introduces students to special event marketing processes and
techniques. Emphasizes creating, organizing, identifying sponsors, marketing,
and implementing large and small community events. The capstone project is to
plan and implement a special event. Falls and Springs. Prerequisite(s):
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> BU 2450. Approved 10-0-0-2.

New course:
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> BU 3310 Business and the Media (3 credits).
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> An analysis of the business of mass
media as an interconnected system of industries. In a media-saturated society
as the United States, an understanding of the business operations of these
media industries is imperative. In addition to investigation of recent
ownership concentration and conglomeration trends, examination of the media
products produced and distributed that consumers read, listen, and view are
studied. The understanding of the business side of the media industries’
production processes and products is needed by those who wish to work in these
organizations, as well as the fields of broadcasting and film, professional
writing, marketing, advertising, and public relations. Falls.
Prerequisite(s): BU 2450.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Approved

Marketing: change core
requirements; reduce total credits to 120; create three
options—Integrated Marketing Communications, Professional Sales, and
Public Relations.
style=’mso-bidi-font-style:normal’>Approved 10-0-1-1.

style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> [This
proposal needs to be submitted to the Faculty and reported to SAPC.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> If approved, the Options would begin
Fall 2010.

Council of

Change Faculty
Bylaws regarding membership of Curriculum Committee.

style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> The Curriculum Committee is composed of
twelve voting members: the Vice
President for Academic Affairs (or Associate Vice President for Undergraduate
Studies), Registrar, seven faculty members not Department Chairs, and three
members selected from the student body to be chosen by procedures established
by the Student Senate. Only one
member of a department may serve on the Curriculum Committee at one time.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> The Vice President for Academic Affairs
may appoint the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies to
participate as a full voting member of the Curriculum Committee in the Vice President’s
absence. [Faculty Bylaws]


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>The Council of Chairs discussed the restriction of
Chairs serving on the Curriculum Committee and voted to formally request that
the Curriculum Committee bring a motion to the Faculty to remove this restriction
from the Bylaws.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>It is very informative to be on the Curriculum
Committee, to know what is going on.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>Why was the decision made to exclude Chairs?
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Historically it was a question of
conflict of interest. It should be
people not representing the interests of the department.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Faculty serving on the Committee are representative
the Faculty as a whole; Chairs would be more representative of their


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>Would we end up with a majority of Chairs to the
exclusion of junior faculty?


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>The Council of Chairs is not in the Bylaws.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> What is the role of the Chair?
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Depends on the department.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Would like that clarified.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>Question of whether Chair is management in a unionized
faculty. Description of the
Chair? Will that change when we go
to schools? Would deans be added
to the Curriculum Committee? Deans
would be administrators. Assume we
would still have an all University Curriculum Committee, not connected to
schools and colleges. Chairs
are faculty, have administrative duties but they are not administrators.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Chairs are academic leaders.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>It is important that only one person from a department
may serve. Tenured people are
known more so they could be more likely to be elected.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> One way for new people to develop is to
serve on committees.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>No more than “x” number of Chairs may serve on the
Curriculum Committee? Possible to
limit the number of Chairs?


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>Chairs presents proposal and then votes on it.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Discipline Coordinator versus Chair.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>Could speak but could abstain on their own
department’s proposals. Anyone can
speak but abstain from voting on proposal from own department.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Anyone can come and speak, including deans.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>Years ago this Committee felt more bias; not so in
recent years.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>It is harder to be on this Committee as a new faculty
member because there is a lot to learn.
Serving helps new faculty; it gets us out of our building and our


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>The faculty is shorthanded. Only one of two vacancies was filled.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>It is important for people who are passionate about
curriculum to have them participate.


style=’font-size:11.0pt’>This topic will be discussed at the May meeting.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Please come prepared with the language
of a motion with a limit of the number of Chairs. It would not go into effect until Spring 2010 because
Faculty elections are over.



style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Each campus will have a steering
committee to oversee academic technology funds—how to spend the money to
meet the needs of each campus.
Looking at three year baccalaureate degrees, how to finish a bachelor
degree in three years. Not all
programs can do it in three years.
List those programs that can be done in this manner.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Ask Chairs which programs can be done
in this way. Sequencing.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Could save tuition dollars for the
student. Take summers and Winterims
for General Education and electives.
Want to advertise that students can complete in three years.

General Education
Committee. An initial effort to
assess the General Education program will be hosting a focus group on April 30th
for those who teach Creative Thought Directions. The last meeting of the semester will be April 27th.

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>The Student Senate has created a general education
task force. It is drafting a
survey for students to take about the general education program, if they feel
generally educated.


Council on
Teacher Education. Met March 30th
to work on NCATE and State reports.
Next meeting is April 20th.

style=”mso-spacerun: yes”>

Committee. Discussed some
complaints from principal policy making committees about not being able to get
information from Institutional Research.
What kinds of information do we need? Fact book has not been there for three years.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Task forces not getting
information. Information for
academic departments is not a priority for Institutional Research.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> We did not purchase a reporting module
from Banner; we have now purchased the module. It organizes the data which make reporting easier.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> It will take 18 months to get it up and
running because we have so much data.
The fact book will be going up but will look different from the old fact
book. What is the data that you

At 4:25
pm the Chair entertained a motion to adjourn.

Curriculum Committee meets on the third Friday of the month from 2:30 until 5
pm in the Student Senate room (HUB 119).
Proposals need to reach the Chair 10 days prior to the meeting.
style=”mso-spacerun: yes”> Their next meeting is Friday,
style=’mso-bidi-font-weight:normal’>May 15th
style=’mso-bidi-font-weight:normal’>it may need to start earlier because
Convocation begins at 4 pm that day.

style=’mso-tab-count:6′> Respectfully

style=’mso-tab-count:6′> Mary
E. Campbell, Scribe

style=’mso-tab-count:6′> Director
of Curriculum Support

style=’font-size:11.0pt’>These minutes were approved May 15, 2009.


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