A&S; Curriculum Committee Minutes, 9/14/99


SEPTEMBER 14, 1999

Members Present: R. Baldwin, J. Hart, T. Mackey, S. Maloney, R. Powers, M. Rohmann, M. Stenger, R. Taylor

Guests: Julia Dietrich

Professor Stenger, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.

The minutes of the meeting of August 31, 1999, were approved as distributed.

The committee reviewed and approved the departments' learning outcomes measures as submitted via Associate Dean Dietrich. Several patterns were noted, including the use of portfolios, entrance and exit surveys, and capstone courses. Acknowledging that departments will need flexibility to revise the measures as we gain more experience with assessment, the committee stated that it did not expect departments to submit every fine-tuning for review. But it did ask Dean Dietrich to notify it and to request review of significant changes in departmental measures. A general statement that completion of the department's learning outcomes measures is a requirement for graduation in each major will be stated in the next undergraduate catalog, but the specific requirements will not be printed.

The committee approved the proposal that students with Pre-College Curriculum deficiencies in the social sciences may remove the deficiency by successful completion of a 100 or 200 level course in any social science discipline. They also approved deleting the requirement that students must remove all PCC deficiencies before they can be removed from conditional status. This change was not thought to substantially change the requirements for removal from conditional status since completion of any required remedial courses in English or Mathematics remains a condition, and most students are advised to take a social science course during the first year of enrollment.

The following course actions were approved effective Fall 2000 unless otherwise noted:

    PAS 562/WMST 540: Women's Health in Africa (change from 300 to 500-level; WR approval)
    PAS 342/ENGL 342: Title change TO Black Women Novelists
The following courses, all of which have not been taught in three or more years, were removed from the course inventory:
    HON 273: College Honors Seminar I
    HON 274: College Honors Seminar II
    HIST 303: History of American Political Parties
    HIST 323: History of the Family
    HIST 335: Ibero-Latin American Culture
    HIST 371: European Expansion and Colonization
    HIST 372: Europe in the 17th and 18th Centuries
    HIST 373: War and Society in Early Modern Europe
    HIST 381: Europe in the 19th Century
    HIST 382: Europe in the 20th Century
    HIST 390: The History Behind the Headlines
    HIST 578: Studies in Modern European History
    HIST 592: East Asia in Conflict
    HIST 606: Seminar in Archives Administration
    HIST 625: History of American Education
    HIST 631: Studies in Latin-American History
    HIST 641: Studies in Ancient History
    HIST 642: Seminar in Ancient History
    HIST 661: Studies in Early Modern European History
The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m.