Writing Subcommittee Minutes, 2/9/09

Members Present: N. Hinman, K. Kuipers, M. Medvetz, M. Semanoff, S. Smillie,

Members Excused/Absent: J. Carter, H. Bruce, K. Zoellner

Ex-Officio Present:  K. Peterson, K. Ryan

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


The minutes from 12/1/08 were approved.



  • The Upper-Division Writing Workshop held over winter break was attended by approximately 28 faculty and had very positive responses.  The faculty were engaged and wanted to make their writing courses more effective.  Another workshop should be offered.
  • Chair Hinman has received a lot of questions regarding the guidelines.  The committee may want to consider including additional FAQs after the review is complete.
  • A few issues regarding the transferability initiative were discussed.  The Technical Writing Course in Forestry (FOR 220) was moved to Composition to accommodate common course numbering.    It was questioned whether UNC 270 should be housed in an academic department rather than the Undergraduate Advising Center.  These issues may need to be revisited.
  • Thirty-two writing course forms and 59 upper-division Writing Requirement forms were submitted for review.  The Committee should try to have the review completed in time for the start of pre-registration April 13th.   The printed catalog will not be available until next all.  The online and CD versions will be completed according to the normal schedule.
  • Members were assigned to review groups and provided with a list of approximately 30 courses to review (appended below).  The review groups should elect a chair and distribute review assignments. Each form should be reviewed by at least two members.
  • The following departments requested deadline extensions:
    • DBS - shortly after 2/16
    • English - 2/15 (Sunday)
    • College of Forestry & Conservation - shortly after 2/17
    • Wildlife Biology - 2/20/09
    • Art - 2/20/09

Business Items:

  • ASCRC would like to have a list of approved courses by March 3rd so the consent agenda can be presented to the Faculty Senate March 12th.  This list will be the first batch of courses that clearly meet the guidelines.   The courses that need follow-up will likely take longer.
  • Additional meetings were added to the spring schedule to accommodate the timeline.  There will be a norming session on Wednesday, 2/18/09 in GBB 202.  Each group should come prepared with two sample forms to be discussed.  This will assure that the members are applying the criteria consistently.   Members should have reviewed at least 2/3 of the forms and have them categorized into three groups (approved, needs work, or follow-up pending) for the 2/23/09 meeting.  The subcommittee chair will communicate with instructors regarding necessary clarifications and/or minor revisions.   For the most part the review should be completed by the 3/2/09 meeting.
  • The Committee agreed to propose permanent status for the committee.  It reviewed the draft bylaw amendment and made several revisions (below).  The draft will need to be approved by ASCRC, ECOS and then voted on by the Faculty Senate.
  • Discussion of the evaluation of the UDWPA was postponed.  This discussion will likely take place after the review has been completed.  Another topic for discussion includes defining proficiency levels for writing.   

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 pm.

Group 1 - Upper Division Writing Courses (30)


ANTH 314

Principles of Forensic Anthropology


ANTH 314

Principles of Forensic Anthropology


ANTH 402

Advanced Anthropological Statistics


ANTH 431

Ethnographic Field Methods


ANTH 450

Archaeological Theory


ANTH 451

Cultural Resource Management


ANTH 455

Artifact Analysis


CHEM 334

Chemical Literature and Scientific Writing

Communication Studies

COMM 377

Rhetoric, Nature, Environmentalism

Communication Studies

COMM 455

Rhetorical Criticism and Theory

Communication Studies

COMM 480

The Rhetorical Construction of "Woman"

Communication Studies

COMM 481

The Rhetoric of U.S. Women's Activism, 1960 - present

Computer Science

CS 415

Computer Ethics and Society

Computer Science

SC 499

Senior Thesis/Project


CSD 430 & CSD 440

Senior Capstone I and II


DAN 494

Junior/Senior Dance Seminar


DRAM 321

Theatre History II


ECON 488-489

research Method & Thesis Design / Senior Thesis capstone

Environmental Studies

EVST 302

Introduction to Environmental Regulation

Environmental Studies


The Environmental Vision

Environmental Studies

EVST 367

Environmental Politics and Policy

Environmental Studies

EVST 487

Globalization, Justice and the Environment


RECM 451

Tourism and Sustainability


RECM 482

Wilderness and Protected Area Management


GEOS 320

Global Water Cycle


GEOS 499

Senior Thesis


GEOS other

Health & Human Performance

HHP 372

Rehab of Athletic Injuries


HIST 437

The Dynamics of Diplomacy

Information Systems

IS 448

Management Game

Group 2- Upper Division Writing Courses (29)


JOUR 331

Public Affairs Reporting


JOUR 333

Magazine Freelance Writing


JOUR 415

Feature Writing


LING 473

Language and Culture


LING 484

North American Indigenous Languages and Linguistics


MGMT 444

Management Communications


MGMT 445

Small Business Management and Strategic Planning


MGMT 446

Strategic management


Math 406, approved upper division writing course or MATH 499


JPNS 311

Classical Japanese Literature in English Translation


JPNS 312

Japanese Literature from Medieval to Modern Times


JPNS 431

Postwar Japanese Literature


MCLG 494

Seminar in Russian Studies


MUS 424

Music of the 20th Century to the Present


MUS 436

Topics in Music History


MUS 437

Cultural Studies in Music


NAS 494

Capstone Reading Course

Pharmacy Practice

PHAR 550

Drug Literature Evaluation


PHIL 480

Senior Seminar

Political Science

PSC 400

Advanced Writing in Political Sciences


PSYC 320

Advanced Psychological Research Methods


PSYC 400

History and Systems of Psychology

Radio TV

RTV 360

Advanced Broadcast Reporting

Radio TV

RTV 361

Newscast Reporting and Producing

Radio TV

RTV 494

Senior Seminar


SOC 438

Seminar in Crime and Deviance


SOC 441

Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice


SOC 460

Capstone in Rural & Environmental Change


SOC 488

Religion and Political Movements

Group 3 - Writing Courses (32)


AAS 372

African American Identity

African American Studies

AAS 450

Prayer and Civil Rights

Applied Arts & Science

AASC 195 (CLS 167)

Nature and Society

Applied Computing and Electronics

CRT 122E

Ethics and Information Technology


COMM 410

Communication in Personal relationships

Curriculum & Instruction

C &I 318

Teaching Language Arts

Curriculum & Instruction

C&I 287

Business Communication


ECON 350  (ECNS 317)

Economic Development


ECON 440 (ECNS 433)

Economics of the Environment (cross-list w/ EVST 440)


FOR 220

Technical Writing


GEOG 335

Water Policy

Health & Human Performance

HHP 450

Analytical and Communication Techniques


HHP 301

Instructional Strategies in Secondary Physical Education

Honors College

HC 121

Ways of Knowing


JOUR 270


Liberal Studies

LS 151/152

Introduction to the Humanities


MATH 406

History of Mathematics



Survey of French Cinema


MUS 325

History of Music II

Native American Studies

NAS 200

Native American Studies Research and Writing Methods

Native American Studies

NAS 202

Oral & Written Traditions in Native America (Received late)


PHIL 300

Moral Philosophy


PHYS 330

Methods of Communicating Physics

Radio TV

RTV 280

Reporting for Broadcast

Undergraduate Advising Center

UNC 270

Critical Writing II

Wild Life Biology

WBIO 245

Science Writing

Writing Studies

WTS 115

Technical Writing

Writing Studies

WTS 120L

Introduction to Critical Interpretation

Writing Studies

WTS 121L

Introduction to Poetry

Writing Studies

WTS 184A

Beginning Creative Writing: Multiple Genre

Writing Studies

WTS 185A

Beginning Creative Writing: Fiction

Writing Studies

WTS 186A

Beginning Creative Writing: Poetry

Writing Studies

WTS 240

Ethics and Rhetoric: Writing Arguments on Contemporary Issues

Writing Committee Bylaw Amendment (DRAFT)

B. Academic Standards and Curriculum Review Committee

(1) This committee shall consist of 12 faculty members nominated by ECOS and appointed by the President for staggered three-year terms, five students appointed by ASUM for one-year terms, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex-officio and nonvoting), and the Registrar (ex-officio and nonvoting) who shall serve as recorder. The Chair will be elected by the members of the committee.

(2) The committee shall create a standing subcommittee, the Graduation Appeals Committee, which has power to grant exceptions to the faculty rules for graduation, admission, retention, and readmission. The subcommittee shall consist of three faculty members and one student. The current chair and vice chair of the ASCRC and one student will serve as voting members. The immediate past chair of the ASCRC will serve as a non-voting member. The Registrar, or a deputy appointed by him or her with the concurrence of the subcommittee, shall serve as non-voting Recorder. (amended 11/10/05)

(3) The committee shall create a standing subcommittee, the General Education Committee. It will provide ongoing evaluation of the general education requirements and evaluate proposed changes to those requirements. The subcommittee shall consist of 12 voting members, including ten faculty members and two students. The faculty shall reflect the diversity of academic experiences at the University of Montana, with five faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences, with at least one member each in the Humanities, Natural and Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Five faculty members will be from the professional schools with one faculty member from the School of Fine Arts, and one faculty member from the College of Technology. The remaining three faculty members shall consist of faculty chosen from the Colleges of Forestry and Conservation, and Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, the schools of Business Administration, Education, and Journalism, and the Library. At least one faculty member must also be a member of ASCRC to serve as liaison between the committees. Preference shall be given to at least one faculty member who is knowledgeable about Indian Education for All. The committee may also have ex officio, nonvoting members representing the Registrar's and Provost's offices. Faculty members will be nominated by ECOS and appointed by the President for staggered three-year terms. Student members will be appointed by ASUM for one-year terms. The Chair shall be selected by the committee. The committee will meet as often as needed, but at least once a month.

Chair (selected by the committee)

Faculty (10 - three year terms)
Faculty ASCRC member (at least 1)

College of Arts and Science (total of 5*)

Professional Schools (total of 5)

  Humanities (at least 1)
  Natural & Physical Science (at least 1)
  Social & Behavioral Sciences (at least 1)

*Preference shall be given to a faculty  member knowledgeable about Indian Education for All.

  School of Fine Arts (1)
  College of Technology (1)
  (3 chosen from remaining schools)
     College of Forestry & Conservation
     College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sci
     School of Business
     School of Education
     School of Journalism
     Mansfield Library

Students (2) Appointed by ASUM for one year
Ex Officio, non voting members
  Associate Registrar
  Associate Provost (amended 11/10/05)

(4) The committee shall create a standing subcommittee, the Writing Committee, charged with ongoing evaluation of the writing program. The subcommittee shall consist of seven faculty members and two students. One faculty member must also be on ASCRC to serve as a liaison; one member must be from the English Department, one from the College of Technology; one from the Mansfield Library and one each from Social Sciences, Sciences, and Professional Schools The committee may also have ex officio, nonvoting members representing the Writing Center, the Composition Program, and the Registrar's and Provost's offices.  The committee may create other standing subcommittees.

(1) ASCRC shall make a continuing study of the academic standards and curriculum of the University, review and recommend action to the Senate for all proposed alterations of the academic program, and make recommendations to the Senate regarding academic standards. ASCRC shall be responsible for the content of those portions of the University's catalog consistent with its duties.

(2) Petitions for exceptions to the rules governing admission, graduation, retention, and readmission shall be reviewed and acted upon by the Graduation Appeals Committee. The subcommittee shall develop general policies for such review and action and publicize those policies for the faculty and staff from time to time.

(3) The primary responsibility of the General Education Committee will be ongoing evaluation and assessment of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the general education requirements and criteria. The subcommittee shall act as an advocate for general education, propose revisions to the requirements and criteria, review proposals, and ensure that all general education requirements are feasible within campus constraints, Board of Regents policies and legislative actions. The subcommittee shall report directly to ASCRC.

(4) The primary responsibility of the Writing Committee is to assure the effectiveness of the writing program.  It shall review all writing course proposals and evaluate writing courses and writing course criteria.  The committee monitors the Writing Proficiency Assessment procedures, results, and appeals; acts in an advisory capacity to the Writing Center; and advocates for the writing program.