ASCRC Minutes 2/10/09

Members Present: J. Bergman, I. Crummy, J. Dempersmier, S. Lodmell, J. Luckowski, M. Nielsen, P. Silverman S. Smillie, H. Thompson, E. Uchimoto, K. Unger, R. Vanita, G. Weix, K. Zoellner, D. Zolnikov

Members Absent/Excused: A. Walker-Andrews

Ex-Officio Present: D. Micus, S. O'Hare

Chair Weix called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.

The minutes from 1/27/09 were approved.



  • The committee was informed of the upcoming Academic Strategic Planning Town Hall meetings.
    • Prioritizing Strategic Issues - Fri, 2/6, 1:10-2:30 in UC 330
    • Undergraduate Education- Tue, 2/10, 3:30-5 in UC 330
    • Graduate Education- Wed, 2/18, 12:00-1:30 in UC 326
    • Research, Creativity and Scholarship - Fri, 2/20, 2:00-3:30, UC Theater
    • Technology - TBA
    • International Connections / Engagement - TBA
  • The Commissioner of Higher Education has an electronic common course numbering transfer guide available at:

    UM will have a electronic guide available through CyberBear soon as well.
  • There will be a representative from the Registrar's Office attending ASCRC meetings after Registrar Micus leaves for his new position.

Business Items:

      Curriculum Follow-up     

  • The Chair of the Science Subcommittee follow-up with the department regarding the course description for SCN 201. The revision was approved by ASCRC.
  • A late submission for SW 420 was received and justified based on accreditation. It was reviewed and approved by the Forestry and Biomedical Subcommittee. ASCRC concurred.
  • ASCRC did not approve CLS (LCS) 167, Nature and Society because of questions regarding the new rubric. However, it was approved as a Historical and Cultural Studies course in the general education review and was granted one-time-only writing status by the Writing Committee. CLS is intended to stand for Cultural and Liberal Studies which was proposed as an additional division under the Department of Applied Arts and Sciences to distinguish broad liberal arts courses from other existing divisions. However it was discovered that CLS is an existing rubric for Clinical Laboratory Science, so the department proposed LCS. The issue still needs to be discussed by the Social Science and Humanities Subcommittees and the Registrar consulted. The Liberal Studies Program should be consulted as well.

General Education Follow-up

  • The following symbolic systems items were approved:

    Chemistry - One course in Mathematical Science at 150 level or above
    Geography - MATH 241
    Geoscience - MATH 150 or MATH 152
    HHP - C&I/HHP 486 or MATH 241 or PSYC 220 or SOC 202 or WBIO 210
    Music-MUS 111, 112, 137 & 138

Applies to the following degrees:
Bachelor of Music Education-BME
Bachelor of Music in Composition/Music Technology-BM
Bachelor of Music Specialization in Instrumental Performance-BM
Bachelor of Music Specialization in Piano Performance and Pedagogy-BM
Bachelor of Music Specialization in Piano Performance-BM

There was considerable discussion regarding the compromise negotiated by the Symbolic Systems Subcommittee and Math.  Several programs submitted MATH 117 as part of a required sequence.  However, Math did not submit the course for review because it does not meet the criteria. It recommended that the last course in the sequence meet the requirement given that it likely has other mathematics courses as prerequisites and the framework allows for variable credit. The subcommittee agreed to this and made changes to some of the sequences that were submitted.  However, the change has not yet been communicated to departments.  

It was questioned whether the change meets the intent of the compromise that was negotiated to exempt departments from requiring the modern and classical language requirement.  It was also noted that listing one course for a sequence that has prerequisites is misleading for students.  The variable credit for this group can be confusing and should be clarified.  Also noted was that the primary impediment of gaining a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at UM is the university's lack of a foreign language requirement for all majors.

The committee voted 9 to 4 for Chair Weix to consult with the departments with revised symbolic systems sequences, for the symbolic systems sequences to go forward to the Faculty Senate and for the General Education Implementation Workgroup to clarify the symbolic systems course prerequisites.

  • The Historical and Cultural Studies Subcommittee reviewed JOUR 100 and did not approve it. Therefore it requests that ASCRC rescind its approval. The Committee agreed.
  • The Ethics subcommittee received revised forms for SW 410 and CHEM 334 and recommends approval. ASCRC concurred.
  • The Literary and Artistic Subcommittee has yet to approve ENLT 227. [The subcommittee's decision will be reported at the General Education Committee meeting on February 23].
  • The following charge to the General Education Implementation Workgroup was adopted:
  • Identify two new GE designations for Indigenous/Global and American/European.
  • Drafta brief explanationdirecting the completion of current GE requirements from among the lists of new GE courses and sequences. E.g.To complete 2-6 credits of the Historical and Cultural perspective, choose from among the courses listed in the new Group .... ofHistorical and Cultural courses. Since the old set of requirements ismore parsimonious than the new structure, it shouldn't take a great deal of explanation, but they should paycareful attention to Writing, Math, Languages, and Symbolic Systems.
  • Draft the catalog copyfor the GE section of the catalog to reflect the new structure

1.       Include section that lists courses that meet more than one general education requirement

1.      Clarify symbolic systems courses prerequisites

Academic advisors and a representative from the Registrar's Office will be added to the workgroup membership. The Registrar will need the catalog language as soon as possible.

  • The Writing Committee received 92 forms to review and five departments requested exceptions to the deadline. The committee has set up additional meetings to complete the review and should have a list of approved courses to ASCRC by March 3rd. There will likely be courses that require follow-up and will take longer to approve.
  • The Committee discussed the proposed Dormant Course Policy Draft. Professor Bergman will revise the language for vote at next week's meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.