CORE CURRICULUM OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT, AY 2010-2011
The Core Curriculum Oversight Committee (hereafter “the Committee”) held three meetings in AY 2010-11, two in the fall and one in the spring. At the first fall meeting (11/11/10), COL Spencer Hurd convened the Committee and solicited nominations for Chair. LTC Scott Lucas was nominated for the position and elected by the assembled Committee members.
The Committee then turned to the primary matter before it, the weighing of a proposal by Dean Robert McNamara titled “Proposal for Core Curriculum Requirements for Undergraduate Evening Programs.” COL Hurd, the senior member of the Committee, explained his understanding of the reason for the proposal, which sought to redraw core-course requirements for at least one of the majors in the Evening-Undergraduate Studies program (EUGS). Noting the challenges in terms of time and opportunity often faced by non-traditional evening students in seeking to take a wide range of general-education courses, the proposal sought to lessen the burden on new students in the EUGS program by reducing the number of classes outside their major they must take once they come to The Citadel.
In considering this proposal, Committee members found themselves with many more questions and concerns than the memorandum outlining the proposal was able to answer. The Committee decided to contact Dean McNamara in order to gain further insight into the need for the reduced EUGS core curriculum and the rationale behind certain elements of the plan. The Committee also decided to ask Dean McNamara to submit a revised, expanded version of his proposal.
In response to the Committee, Dean McNamara wrote a revised version of his memorandum, and he and Provost Tara McNeely agreed to meet with the Committee at its next meeting. On 12/2/2010, Dean McNamara and Provost McNeely answered questions from the Committee about the impact of the proposed core-curriculum plan for EUGS students. After this question-and-answer session, the Committee discussed once more the merits of Dean McNamara’s proposal, but decided not to vote on the issue until it could receive assurance that all the academic deans who would be affected by the move endorsed the McNamara plan.
On 1/20/11, the Committee met for its final time. Once more, its members discussed the EUGS core-curriculum proposal, and it examined a letter of endorsement from The Citadel’s academic deans. All present agreed that the EUGS proposal should represent the minimum number of core-curriculum classes a student would be required to take in the Evening College. Each major in the program could set its own requirements above this number, allowing for, say, Criminal Justice to require foreign language instruction for its students in addition to the general EUGS requirements for general education. The Committee agreed that the EUGS core-curriculum was a base upon which individual departments could build rather than a list of the only general-education courses that could be required.
After discussion was concluded, the question of whether or not our Committee would recommend that the EUGS proposal be adopted came to a vote. By a 4-1 vote, the Committee decided to recommend the proposal. LTC Lucas wrote a recommendation that outlined the rationale for the Committee’s endorsement of the EUGS plan as well as noted some of the reservations raised in the discussion of it. This recommendation was sent to members of the Curriculum Committee and later distributed to members of Academic Board.
There were no further Core Curriculum Oversight Committee meetings after 1/20/11.
Submitted by LTC Scott Lucas, Chair, Core Curriculum Oversight Committee
April 26, 2011