Writing Subcommittee Minutes, 10/13/08

ASCRCWriting Subcommittee Minutes 10/13/08 


Members Present: H. Bruce, J. Carter, N. Hinman, K. Kuipers, M. Medvetz, 
M. Semanoff, K. Zoellner

Members Excused/Absent:


Ex-Officio Present:  K. Peterson, K. Ryan, A. Walker-Andrews

Guest: Provost Engstrom

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

The minutes from 9/8/08 were amended and approved after communication from Provost Engstrom.



·         The Provost appreciates the work that has gone into the writing guidelines.  He suggests that the committee take another look at whether information literacy is explicit in the document. There should be more detailed information regarding what is expected.  It should be clear that the learning outcomes for the upper-division course have more rigor and depth.  Rather than limiting enrollment to 25, it should be established as a goal.  This is a resource issue and will take time to accomplish.

·         Rather than increase the length of the writing guidelines document, the Committee decided that links should provide additional instruction and examples with regard to information literacy.  Professor Zoellner will work on this. 

·         The upper-division learning outcomes were designed to be flexible.  The committee did not want to get too specific because this could overlap with discipline specific content.  The committee will know how successful the guidelines are after completing the review of courses in the spring.  The review will be an iterative process.

·         There is no monitoring in terms of class size. So the requirement is essentially a stated goal.



Business Items:

  • The following list of writing courses were approved:

Writing Course

Applied Arts and Sciences

CLS 167

Nature and Society

Upper Division Writing Course in the Major



Prayer and Civil Rights


HIST 495

Religion and Politics in Early Modern England

Media Art

MAR U 450

Topics in Film/Media

Native American Studies


Contemporary Tribal Resource Issues

  • Next month’s meeting will be on Monday, November 10th.  The committee will discuss Kelly Peterson’s meeting with ECOS and the UDWPA.  Also pending is whether the Faculty Senate Bylaws should be amended to include the charge of the Writing Subcommittee.  Other standing committees’ membership and charge are outlined in the bylaws.  


The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.