ASCRC Minutes 11/27/07
Members Present: L. Economides, I. Crummy, J. Graham, S. Gauthier, E. Henderson, S. Lodmell, J. Luckowski, P. Muench, K. Nalty, M. Nielsen, L. Tangedahl, H. Thompson, G. Weix
Members Absent/Excused: J. Burfeind, J. Cox, M. Hoell P. Silverman
Ex-Officio Present: D. Micus, A. Walker-Andrews
Guest: Associate Dean Tompkins
Chair Thompson called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.
The minutes from 11/13/07 were approved.
Business Items: - Curriculum Review
Science Subcommittee Follow-up
The negotiated changes between Geosciences and Geography were briefly explained and the proposals were approved.
Education and Fine Arts Subcommittee Follow-up
Drama 107A has three sections and is also offered for non-majors. The repeatability simplifies the advising for the department. The proposal was approved.
Humanities Subcommittee Follow-up
Although Film Studies agreed to the 9 credits repeatable rather than 12 for UG 381 Studies in Film, Graduate Council will only approve 6 credits repeatable because the course is offered for graduate students and only 6 credits of 300 level courses count towards a graduate degree. Although History does not consider the title change of UG 376 American Constitutional History to 1864 to Problems in American Constitutional History significant, ASCRC would still like to see a syllabus.
The writing courses were reviewed and approved by the writing committee. ASCRC concurred with the summary.
Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Possibilities - Provost Engstrom
National discussions are taking place with regards to the idea of a liberal education. The undergraduate degree could be designed around a larger conceptual context of a major issue or question. After students are exposed to the question they would identify what tools and knowledge was needed to better understand the question and could choose their major according to how they would like to contribute to finding a solution. This context would also help guide their choice of breadth requirements (see diagram).
eg/ Global Warming
What tools / Knowledge are needed to understand question.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:00.
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