Undergraduate Studies Committee
Present: Michael Arenson, Douglas Buttrey, John Courtright, Joseph Di Martile, Louis Hirsh, Amy Johnson, Thomas Leitch, David Marshall, Charles Pavitt.
After the meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m., the Committee waived a reading of the minutes from the last meeting and began its business immediately with a presentation by Professor Charles Boncelet, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, concerning the proposed changes to the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and the Bachelor of Computer Engineering that had been rejected at the Committee’s last meeting. After discussing the presentation, the Committee agreed to approve the following changes to both majors:
1. Require CPEG, Career Skills for Engineers.
2. Reduce the number of Technical Elective Credits required from 15 to 14 by reducing the number of Technical Elective Credits that must be ELEG or CPEG from 9 to 8.
3. Replace the required ENGL 301, Expository Writing, with one course from the following list:
ENGL 301, Expository Writing
ENGL 312, Written Communications in Business
ENGL 410, Technical Writing
ENGL 415, Writing for the Professions
The Committee did not, however, approve the three Communication courses proposed—COMM 255, COMM 312, or COMM 350—as alternatives to ENGL 301.
Professor Arenson, speaking for the subcommittee considering the multicultural requirement, noted that many comparator institutions have similar requirements that draw on a menu of courses; that some require courses in both diversity and global citizenship; and that few or none have created a single course to fulfill this requirement. The subcommittee will submit a further report on desired outcomes for the requirement after its next meeting January 30.
The Committee then welcomed Professors Avron Abraham and Martha Carothers of the General Education Committee, who explained that the Gen Ed Committee’s report of October 20, 2003, was officially an informational and advisory document, submitted in fulfillment of the requirements of the Faculty Senate Resolutions of March 2000 on General Education, whose recommendations could not be submitted to the Faculty Senate for action as resolutions without endorsement or further revision by a standing committee of the Senate. Following the presentation, the Committee agreed to defer discussion of the report and possible action on it until its next meeting.
Turning to new
business from the
The Committee then
considered a group of proposals from the
The Committee concluded by approving (7-0-0) a proposal to convert HESC 495, Health Studies Practicum, to HLTH 496, and tabling a proposal to convert all undergraduate Independent Studies in Health and Nursing Science (HESC/NTDT 168, 268, 369, and 468) to Pass/Fail until someone from the College can further explain the desirability of the change.
After setting times for its next two meetings at Thursday, January 22, and Thursday, January, 29, the Committee adjourned at