FACULTY SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

November 19, 2004

105 Hullihen Hall 4:15p.m.

 

MINUTES

 

 

Meeting #4  11/19  Hullihen 130 & 105.

Present: Douglas Buttrey, Amy T. Johnson, Louis L. Hirsh, Lesa Griffiths, Joseph DiMartile,
David L. Marshall, Charles E. Mason, Jeff Jordan.

I. Discussion of the Multicultural criteria.

A. Professor Leslie Goldstein presented a case that the 1987
           (April) resolution should be understood in a particular way --
           that it be understood in the form found in the May 1986 Senate
          
minutes.

B. Professor Jinfa Cai presented concerns that have been expressed
           in the A&S Faculty Senate, and by the A&S ad hoc committee.

These presentations were discussed.  It was decided that a written
statement would be drafted that states why the "three of five" rule was
adopted.

II. Revisions were made to the five criteria in response to various
concerns.  These revisions are intended to make the criteria as clear as
possible.  The criteria now read:

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 For the purposes of this review, culture includes but is not limited to
 ethnic and gender-related differences.

 1. The course content provides significant opportunity for students to
    gain a greater understanding of the cultural diversity of the people
    of the United States.

 2. The course content provides significant opportunity for students to
    gain a greater understanding of world cultures.

 3. The course content provides significant opportunity for students to
    gain a greater understanding of the behavior of people within the
    culture(s) under study.

 4. The course content provides significant opportunity for students to
    compare and contrast the culture(s) under study with their own.

 5. The course content provides significant opportunity for students to
    use their understanding of cultural differences to inform their own
    behavior and decisions to a significantly greater degree.

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III. The Review Pair assignments were made:

Review Pairs:

Douglas J. Buttrey
John A. Courtright

Ted Davis
Louis L. Hirsh

Joseph DiMartile
Jeff Jordan

Lesa Griffiths
Amy T. Johnson

David L. Marshall
Charles E. Mason

James L. Morrison
Charles Pavitt

IV. Discussion of the nine curricula proposals was delayed until the next
meeting.  These items are linked to the email agenda circulated by Karren
Helsel-Spry, on Nov 18.  Please access those items and review them.

V. The next meeting is Dec 10, at 4pm in Hullihen 105.

VI. A memo will be drafted and sent to Deans, and Chairs of units
informing them of the two-deadlines, and the revised set of criteria.

VII. A statement explaining the rationale of the "Three of Five" rule will
be drafted and circulated among the committee for comment.