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ASCRC Minutes 8/26/08

Members Present: J. Bergman, I. Crummy, S. Lodmell, J. Luckowski, D. MacDonald, M. Nielsen, H. Thompson, E. Uchimoto, K. Unger, R. VanitaG. Weix, K. Zoellner

Members Absent/Excused:

Ex-Officio Present: M. Hoell, D. Micus, A. Walker-Andrews

Guest:  Associate Dean Tompkins

Chair Weix called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.

The minutes from 4/28/08 were amended and approved.

Communications:

 

  • Committee members were introduced by Chair Weix.
  • Chair Weix would like most of the committees work to be done in subcommittee so that ASCRC meetings can end at 3:00 p.m. She suggested that subcommittee members provide the curriculum consent agenda to Camie prior to the meeting.
  • The committee will miss two meetings in November due to Election and Veteran's Day. Because of this, it may be necessary to have an additional meeting in October or November to accomplish the curriculum review.
  • The curriculum forms were updated over the summer to be parallel with the Board of Regents language and to include a section on course fees. The following items were removed from the level II Regential Form and added to the level 1 Program Form.

(h) Adding option within an existing major or degree *.

(i) Eliminating organizational units such as departments, divisions and colleges or schools *

(j) Consolidating existing program and/or degree *

*Requires level II BOR documentation submitted to the Provost's Office (refer to http://www.umt.edu/provost/curriculum.htm)


      The language below was added to the course form at the request of Rosi Keller:

Fees may be requested only for courses meeting specific conditions determined by the Board of Regents. Please indicate whether this course will be considered for a fee.  

YES

 NO

If YES, what is the proposed amount of the fee?

Justification:

Business Items:

  • Members were asked to review the policies and procedures handout to determine whether updates were needed.
  • Members with terms ending in 2010 or 2011 were asked to consider serving as chair-elect. The chair-elect is a member of the Graduation Appeals Committee that meets monthly on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Please think about what would make it possible to serve.
  • Several curriculum subcommittee members and chair positions were confirmed.

Education & Fine Arts

Jean Luckowski, C& I  (Chair)

Humanities & Cultural Studies

Ione Crummy, MCLL (Chair)

Jill Bergmann, English (member)

Forestry, Pharmacy, & Health Sci

Mary Nielson, Health Science (Chair)

Science & Math

Steve Lodmell, DBS (Chair)

Social Science

G.G. Weix, Anthropology (Chair)

Kay Unger, Economics (member)



Repeat Fee

  • Chair Weix suggests that a subcommittee including several students work on the repeat fee issue. Professor MacDonald agreed to serve on the committee. The committee discussed the history of the issue, the resolution, and the language proposed last May (below). The fee generates considerable revenue ($132,000 in 2007). The administration will not support a complete removal of the fee and the Provost suggests that the faculty propose an alternative solution. Registrar Micus explained a recent situation where a student brought his GPA up to a 2.0 in order to graduate by paying two fees. Associate Dean Tomkins interviewed 100 CAS students regarding the issue and will share his report with the committee next week.

Repeating a Course

Students may repeat a course.  All courses remain on the permanent record.  All grades are used to calculate the grade point average.  Students who repeat a course are assessed $25 for each repeated course.  This policy goes into effect beginning Autumn 2010.

  • Last year the committee discussed the need for a sample course form. Subcommittee chairs might keep an eye out for a well completed form to use as a sample. Incomplete or incorrect forms should be sent back to departments.
  • Chair Weix asked the committee to consider whether it would like to have any joint meetings with the General Education Committee or the Writing Committee. She also inquired as to whether there should be cross fertilization on the subcommittees reviewing general education courses that are concentrated in one department such as symbolic systems and Mathematics.

    The general education courses will come to ASCRC as a seconded motion from the General Education Committee for approval.
  • Members were asked to fill out the Academic Strategic Planning Committee's Environmental Scan Survey and return it to Associate Dean Brewer.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:18 p.m.