Minutes of the February 5, 2014 Meeting

University Curriculum Committee
University of Mary Washington
5 February 2014

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Present: Voting members:

  • Rachel Grafe-Anderson  – College of Business, secretary
  • Marcel Rotter (German), chair – University Faculty Council
  • Beverly Epps (Foundation, Leadership, and Special Populations) – College of Education
  • Tim O’Donnell (Communication), College of Arts and Sciences

Non-voting members:

  • Rita Dunston – Registrar
  • John Morello – Associate Provost

Chair Marcel Rotter called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. in George washington Hall, room 106.

The UCC reviewed and approved the following curriculum change proposals:

  1. Remove GEOL 221 as an elective in the Geology major.
  2. Change Geology Major to require that GEOL/EESC 210 and 211 be taken concurrently in order to count as an elective in the major.
  3. Require that EESC/GEOL 210 and 211 be taken concurrently to count in the Environmental Science Major social science track
  4. Require that EESC/GEOL 210 and 211 be taken concurrently to count in the Environmental Science Major natural science track
  5. Delete GEOL 221 from list of electives in Environmental Science major, natural science track
  6. Change Environmental Sustainability minor to all EESC/GEOL 20 to count as an elective in the minor.
  7. Change Environmental Geology major requirements to require that EESC/GEOL 210 and 211 be taken concurrently.
  8. Change requirements for M.Ed. Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway: Secondary
  9. Change requirements for M.Ed. Initial Licensure 5-year Pathway (PreK-12)

 The UCC reviewed and approved the following new program proposals:

b. New Program

  1. New Minor – Pre-Conservation in Fine Art. (The committee discussed the fact that this minor is limited to specific majors, but ultimately approved the minor as is.  The consensus was that only students in those specific majors would be able to complete all of the requirements for the minor.)
  2. Change BSN program requirements to delete 8 credits of Chemistry as a requirement and specify that Microbiology should be taken at the Community College. NOTE: State Approval is Required for this Proposal

The UCC reviewed and approved the following new course proposals:

c. New Courses

  1. New BUAD course – Intensive Principles of Accounting. (The committee approved the new course contingent on the necessary paperwork to amend the BUAD major to reflect the addition of the new course.  The amendment to the BUAD major to add the new course was also approved.)
  2. New SOCG course – Gender and Work
  3. New PSCI course – U.S. Federal Judiciary
  4. New course — EDUC 536, Advanced Pedagogy Internship

The UCC reviewed and returned to the College of Business Curriculum Committee  the following curriculum change proposals.  Explanation and requests for modifications to the proposals below are to be provided in writing by the UCC Chair.

1. Change Master of Business Administration degree requirements

The committee voted 3-1 against approving this proposal and for returning it to the COB CCC.  UCC’s objections center on the inadequacy and non-curricular nature of the rationale for the change.  The committee requests this proposal be resubmitted with a more complete explanation for why the course Managerial Economics is no longer necessary, complete with pedagogical support.  The rationale needs to be more curricular in nature and explain how this curriculum change benefits students.  The committee was also concerned that this reduces the MBA to a 30-credit program.

2. Change Business major requirements

The committee voted 3-1 against approving the new courses that this proposal would make required.  While the UCC is in support of the creation of such a sequence of required courses, it was the position of the majority of the committee that the courses have not been fully developed and the proper documentation has not been provided. For new courses to be approved a full proposed syllabus is required that not only outlines the course, but also allows an assessment to be made regarding whether the coursework and expectations are consistent with the number of credit hours being offered.  The new proposed curriculum needs to be further developed before it can be approved by the committee.  The new proposed curriculum can alleviate faculty concerns about the potential “dilution” of academic credit by adding discussion of how business fits into the overall liberal arts framework.  You might also consider the format of the 1-credit course in comparison to an integrated 3-credit course or one 1-credit + one 2-credit course. The committee also discussed the inclusion of your goals across the curriculum or the use of the resources of Academic and Career Services. Some faculty have also raised concerns with UCC members of the resource impact ($4000 for adjuncts) of these new courses as well as requiring the maximum 48 credit hours for the BUAD major.

3. New courses

• New BUAD course – Employer expectations (SOAR)  III
• New BUAD course – Employer expectations  (SOAR)  II
• New BUAD course – Employer expectations (SOAR)
• Orientation for prospective business majors (0 credits)

 Future meetings– The next UCC meeting will be Wednesday, April 9 at 3pm (location TBD)

Respectfully Submitted,

Rachel Graefe-Anderson, Secretary