Meeting Date: 
April 5, 2021
04/05/2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
  1. Course Proposals
    • AEC 4/511 – Science Technology & Society
    • ENG 216 – Literature & the Arts
    • FR 439 – WIC
  1. Discuss Scheduling Restrictions for DPD Courses

Voting members present: Kathy Becker-Blease, Kelsey Emard, Daniel Faltesek, Andrew Harker, McKenzie Huber, Jack Istok, Rene Reitsma, David Roundy, Rorie Solberg, Kaplan Yalcin
Voting members absent: Heather Arbuckle, Aidas Banaitis, Matt Kennedy, Lori McGraw
Ex-Officio members present: DPD Director– Bradley Boovy; Academic Programs and Assessment – Heath Henry; WIC Director – Sarah Perrault Tinker; Ecampus – Karen Watte
Guests present: Dwaine Plaza


Course Proposals

  • AEC 4/511 – Science Technology & Society
    • The syllabus lacks a detailed course schedule.
    • There is a mention of guest lecturers but there is no detail on who they are, when they are lecturing or what the topics will be.
    • There is only on syllabus provided, but nothing else for the other modalities they are looking to add.
      • It has not yet been through Ecampus development.
    • Motion to send back for updated schedule of events and syllabi for each requested modality; seconded. Motion passes with 9 in favor, none against. Two abstentions.
  • ENG 216 – Literature & the Arts
    • Will be discussed next week
  • FR 439 – WIC
    • Only two syllabi and they are the same for Ecampus and hybrid. They also mention and on-campus lecture but no syllabus was provided for it.
      • No distinguishing for the hybrid course – when will they meet? How will the contact hours be met?
    • Was sent back previously and previously identified issues seem to have been addressed.
    • Assignments are in French but seem to be sufficient for the category.
      • WIC courses do not have to be in English.
    • It is unclear who the intended audience of the writing for the course is.
      • Audience is francophone literature and culture readers.
    • From a WIC-standpoint, the course does meet the requirements.
    • Motion to rollback to request schedule for Corvallis syllabus showing how contact time will be used. Need hybrid syllabus showing what parts of the course will move to an asynchronous format; seconded. Motion passes with 9 in favor, none against. Two abstentions.

Discuss Scheduling Restrictions for DPD Courses

  • There are no scheduling restrictions for DPD courses. At the moment, they are coded as perspectives courses. It was never intended to be part of the Perspectives and is its own category with its own rules.
    • It is listed on the schedule of classes’ website with Perspectives and is likely to confuse students and new advisors.
  • It was suggested that a cap on enrollment in the same vein that WIC courses would be a good option for DPD courses. Some upper division DPD courses are capped at 30.
    • Upper division courses sometimes have caps, but it depends on the school
    • There are more students who need to take DPD courses than there are instructors properly trained in instructing DPD courses. The program is lacking in resources and this makes it difficult to set a cap on courses.
  • The Baccalaureate Core Committee (BCC) could recommend a cap as there is a certain interactivity implied in these types of courses that would be better implemented in smaller class sizes.
    • The BCC can send out an email reminder to DPD instructors and college designees with an explanation that DPD courses require a certain level of interactivity and that courses with high enrollments are not getting that.