Report to Faculty Senate, Meeting of January 6,
The Curriculum Committee held its third meeting of the academic year
on December 3. The committee acted on the following:
UCAPC Subcommittee Reports
Study and Assess Writing Across the Curriculum (SAWAC):
Carol Loranger submitted minutes of the November 8 meeting to keep everyone
informed of the committee's progress (which was noted by other UCAPC members
as being most impressive) .
Course Inventory and Modification Requests
1. Present were C. Loranger, K. Schatmeyer,
R. Mercer, L. Finkelstein, J. Fraker, J. Law and C. Holdcraft.
Committee members are continuing the review of WI
syllabuses submitted to WAC for academic year 2001-2002. Committee
members will prepare written reports on WAC compliance/implementation as
indicated by syllabuses and deliver these to Loranger by finals week (Dec
2-6). Loranger will use these to draft a preliminary report during the
At the committee's request, OBR is compiling data
on staffing of WI sections, student enrollment and grading--particularly
pass/fail rates for the WI component. This material will be available by
the end of November. Rudy Fichtenbaum will analyze and report to the committee
3. The committee discussed a suggestion made by a
college dean that a controlled experiment be used to assess WAC: have a
group of students who have take WI courses and a control group of students
who have not taken WI write for 50 minutes in response to a prompt, then
compare the essays to see if any difference in writing proficiency is evident.
While it is grateful for any input offered, the committee decided not to
follow up on the suggestion for the following reasons:
a. such an experiment unduly emphasizes one WAC
outcome (improved writing) at the expense of two equally significant outcomes
(writing to learn and introduction to writing conventions of a discipline)
b. opportunity for revision, a key component in
WI course implementation, would be absent
c. educational background and writing instruction
prior to enrollment at WSU cannot be accounted for
d. even were the above problems addressed, the committee's
time frame does not allow for implementation
The committee agreed to recommend that, in future, if it wishes to
have useful information on student results, the university faculty develop
and implement a long-term longitudinal study, perhaps following an entire
class from matriculation to commencement.
4. Committee members decided to informally interview
representative WI faculty from their colleges to learn how faculty use
and evaluate writing WI courses in GE and the major. Interviews will be
completed for report to the committee by February 1.
5. Carol Loranger will draft a request for assessment
from deans and chairs by finals week. The committee will offer revisions
so that the materials can go to deans before winter quarter.
6. Richard Mercer and Ken Schatmeyer agreed to be
present at WAC open forums November 13 and 14 to receive feedback from
interested participants. They will report back to the committee at our
7. The committee will meet in early January, conducting
any interim business by email. Committee members should provide Carol Loranger
with a grid of their available hours as soon as possible.
Approved Inventories: BIO 260, EH 369, EH 416
Returned Inventories: CL 499, EH 451
Returned Modifications: BIO 451
Regarding proposals returned for change, the committee noted some minor
problems that can best be explained and corrected by contacting the COSM
representatives to UCAPC.
Inventories: (included in the Program Changes for RS COB)
Modifications: (included in Program Changes for RS COB)
Winter Quarter Meeting Schedule
The committee reviewed the COB proposal to convert, beginning
Fall 2003, existing Business Core Requirements and all Major Programs,
Minor Programs, and course offerings from a 3 credit hour base to a 4 credit
hour base. The proposal simultaneously incorporates all program changes
to accommodate the New General Education Program and a Transition Plan
to serve existing students. The complete proposal was 51 pages in length
and was accompanied by more than 200 course modification and inventory
requests with attached syllabi. Prior to the meeting, the Department of
Management Science and Information Systems and the CECS worked closely
with one another to coordinate MIS course change proposals and resolve
potential issues. That effort was successful. After its complete review,
the committee returned 13 modification and inventory requests for change.
In its review of course syllabi, the committee noted many errors in prerequisite
courses that did not reflect the conversion to new course prerequisites.
It was made clear that the COB faculty primarily focused on changing course
content as the overriding task and that such minor syllabi errors will
subsequently be corrected prior to the course offerings. Along the same
lines, writing intensive course syllabi were found to be lacking in meeting
the WAC Program requirements, but given the current effort via the Study
and Assess Writing Across the Curriculum Committee (SAWAC) and ongoing
reviews by the WAC Committee, these syllabi (and, in fact, others across
the university that are not presently before UCAPC for review) will have
to be revised to meet the WAC standards. That revision process will be
coordinated throughout the university and is forthcoming. Aside from that,
the committee is requesting a few reformatting of program area changes
and changes in the transition plan. Overall, the committee felt that the
latter minor changes could easily be accomplished outside of the committee.
With those changes, the proposal was approved for submission to the Faculty
Following the meeting, the RS COB incorporated all of the UCAPC's recommendations
into the proposal and it will be forwarded to the Faculty Senate as follows
(in pdf format):
Raj Soin College of Business: Proposal
for Conversion to Four Credit Hours
Chair's Note: The above UCAPC members representing colleges and units outside
the RS COB are owed much appreciation and are to be commended for their
diligent work in the Fall Quarter and, in particular, with regard to the
current proposal. It is not often that the UCAPC receives proposals of
such magnitude. The previous one dates back to the 1997 CEHS proposal to
meet the new licensure standards of the Ohio Department of Education. While
that UCAPC meeting lasted 4 hours, the current meeting on the much more
extensive COB proposal took a mere 3 1/2 hours. In addition to the
3 1/2 hour meeting, they all spent countless hours reviewing the 51 pages
of program changes and 200+ course modifications, inventories, and syllabi
in preparation for the meeting. Their recommendations for improvements
will greatly assist the Faculty Senate in their review and ultimately the
RS COB in its future implementation.
The committee tentatively set its Winter Quarter meetings for
January 13 (3:00 p.m.), February 10 (3:00 p.m.), and March 17 (1:00 p.m.).
Colleges submitting curriculum and policy proposals for review by the committee
need to submit the original and 18 copies at least 8 working days in advance
of each meeting.