Curriculum and Instruction Committee
Annual Report AY 2011
The Curriculum and Instruction Committee (hereafter called “the Committee”) held three
meetings in AY 2011, one in the fall and two in the spring. At the first meeting held on Tuesday,
October 4, 2011, the Committee met to vote on a chair for the academic year. The members voted
to make CPT Holly Bevsek chair for AY 2011. During the meeting several other issues were
discussed. It was noted that Banner made advising students difficult as some information was not
available and the information in the “Degree Evaluation” was confusing. After checking the
Committee’s charter, the chair determined that problems with Banner were not in the Committee’s
purview. A desire for an electronic new course submission process was also brought up; CPT
DeFebbo volunteered to work on this (the Committee’s web site now has a link to this web form).
The Committee acted on a number of new course proposals and changes in Fall 2011. Since
these actions were straightforward, electronic votes were cast.
A summary of the Fall actions follows:
- the Department of English requested that their six-hour upper-level course requirement be replaced with a three-hour upper-level writing class (either ENGL 411: Legal Writing or ENGL 413: Advanced Composition) and an internship in professional communications (ENGL 499). The Committee unanimously approved this request and passed it on to Academic Board, which also approved it.
- the Department of Modern Languages (German division) proposed a new, elective, course–GERM 498: Internship in German Language and Culture. The rationale was to award credit to students that undertake internships. The Committee unanimously approved this request and passed it on to Academic Board, which also approved it.
- the Department of Physics proposed a two new, elective courses–PHYS 241: The Physics of Flight and ASTR 240: Astrobiology. Both courses require a year of physics (algebra- or calculus-based) as prerequisites. The Committee unanimously approved both requests and passed them on to Academic Board, which also approved them.
In Spring 2012 the Committee met on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The following issues were
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science requested that CSCI 491: Internship be removed as a capstone course. The rationale was that there are two other courses that seniors can take to fulfill the capstone requirement and it was difficult to control the academic content of an internship. The Committee unanimously approved this request and passed it on to Academic Board, which also approved it.
Michael Fekula, director of Academic Leadership Programs for the Krause Center put forward two proposals which were administrative in nature. The first changed the title and course description of LDRS 201 to align with the new core values “Honor, Duty, Respect”. The content of the course was not itself changed. The second was to grant the Leadership Laboratory (the corequisite lab for LDRS 201) the course number of LDRS 211 in order to make it easier to track student completion in Banner. The Committee unanimously approved this request and passed it on to Academic Board, which also approved it.
The Committee also discussed creating a FAQ for the Curriculum and Instruction Committee
The Committee also voted electronically on proposals from the Department of Political
Science and Criminal Justice regarding three new courses: CRMJ 470: Ethics in Criminal Justice;
CRMJ 471: Psychology of Criminal Justice; and CRMJ 472: Crime Prevention. The Committee
unanimously approved this request and passed it on to Academic Board, which also approved it.
Finally, the Committee met on Tuesday, April 17, 2011 to discuss eight new course proposals
from the Department of History. The new courses were:
- HIST 318: Charleston and the War for Southern Independence
- HIST 342: Spain, 1000-1700
- HIST 343: War and Society in Early Modern Europe
- HIST 356: History of Africa, 1500-Present
- HIST 375: The French and Indian War, 1754-1763
- HIST 379: History of Weapons and Firepower
- HIST 385: World War II in Europe and Africa
- HIST 386: World War II in the Pacific
The Department of History also requested deleting HIST 318: The American West from the course
catalog as there were no permanent faculty to teach the course. They also requested the deletion of
HIST 384: World War II since this course is being divided up into two new courses as described
above. Professor Michael Barrett of the Department of History attended the meeting to present these
There was some controversy in the Department of History regarding HIST 318 and this
particular course passed the Department’s vote by a one-person majority. Department Head
Professor Knapp requested that he address the Committee to explain the opinion of the minority,
which can be summarized by stating that the title could be offensive. Course instructor Professor
Sinisi also requested to address the Committee to explain why the title was appropriate, which can
be summarized by stating that the American war from 1861-1865 was indeed a war for Southern
Independence. Hence, both Professors attended the meeting and presented their positions to the
Committee. All courses except for HIST 318 were approved by the Committee; HIST 318 was
rejected because of its title by a vote of 5-4. The entire proposal (including all eight courses) has
since been advanced to Academic Board.
Submitted by CPT Holly Bevsek, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction Committee
April 23, 2012