USF Undergraduate Council - Minutes of March 29, 1999
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Present: Richard Dietrich, Grace Erickson, Nell Faucette, Mary Hardy, Thomas Johnson, Ram Pendyala, Ken Pothoven, John Robison (Chairperson), Edward Silbert
Guests: Bruce Cochran, Janna Jones, Lorraine Mayfield-Brown, Joyce Nutta, Drew Smith, Curtis Wienker
The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m.
- The minutes of February 9, February 23, and March 15 were approved as submitted.
- Announcements - Since the Council has only one more meeting this academic year, the members were polled to see who would be available for an extra meeting on April 26th, 1999. This meeting would allow time for a through discussion of the +/- grading proposal. John Robison will draft a statement on Plus/Minus grading and will e-mail it to the members for discussion.
Academic Renewal Policy - Curtis Wienker discussed this history of the policy and the various changes it has gone through in the last few years. He distributed a proposal that would return USF's policy to what it was prior to the original changes. After brief, discussion, the council approved the recommendation to return to USF's original policy. This will now be forwarded to the Faculty Senate for approval.
- Review of Course Proposals
- AML 4275 Black Women Writers - This course was tabled until next meeting.
- FLE 4315 Teaching Students with Limited English Proficiency K-12 - This course is designed to prepare preprofessional teachers to provide linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction, assessment, and learning opportunities for students with Limited English Proficiency. A course of this type is required by state of Florida. BOR has granted waiver of 120 hours to include 5 extra hours to accommodate this course and one other in the degree requirements for the College of Education. Following discussion and minor changes in the course proposal, the course was approved.
- IDS 2180 Biology for Learning Communities - This course is an introduction to major concepts of biology, focusing on evolution as the unifying concepts in the field. This course is for non-science majors. Corrections were made so students will not be able to take course twice. A second course will submit next year. Following discussion and corrections, the course was approved.
- IDS 2664 Social Science Perspectives I - This course provide an overview of the evolution and global expansion of Western Civilization. Following discussion, the course was approved.
- IDS 2665 Social Science Perspectives II - This course approaches the study of human behavior and society using the lens of various institutions. The course addresses issues of social stratification, economics, education, religion and social status. Following discussion and corrections to the syllabus, the course was approved.
- IDS 2667/2667 Historical Perspectives I & II - These courses were tabled to the next meeting.
- IDS 3668 Writing Culture: Images of Culture in the Modern World - This course offers multiple perspectives on the visions, theories, and practices of the modern culture through the use of various literary genres. The title on the syllabus needs to be corrected. When this course is reviewed to meet the Liberal Arts exit requirement, the director of the Learning Communities will request an exception to the policy that requires students to be juniors before they may enroll in exit requirements. Following discussion and corrections, the course was approved.
- General Discussion and Distribution of New Proposals
The Faculty Senate members have raised concerns regarding the teaching of the Liberal Arts exit courses by non-regular faculty. The General Education Council approved a change to this policy recently to allow these courses to be taught by non-regular faculty. The Undergraduate Council discussed this change and agreed to look into the situation in the coming academic year. Data will be collected on this and will be shared with the council members.
Proposal Assignments for the Next Meeting
- English Major Changes - Dietrich
- AML 4275 Black Women Writers - Robison
- ENC 3212 Communication for Engineers - Pendyala
- EEL 4411 Introduction to Electromagnetism - Pothoven
- IDS 2666 Historical Perspectives I - Silbert
- IDS 2667 Historical Perspectives II - Silbert
- MTG 4214 Modern Geometry - Pendyala
SYG 3260 Latina Lives - Erickson
The next meeting will be Monday, April 12, 1999. The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.
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