Meeting Date: 
May 16, 2018
05/16/2018 9:00 am to 9:30 am
109 Gilkey Hall
Event Description: 

A PDF of the agenda can be found here.

A PDF of the minutes can be found here.

  1. Category II Proposals
    • No Discussion Needed
      • FES486/586
    • Discussion Needed
      • SOIL395
  2. Volunteers Needed
    • Summer Cat II reviews
  3. Schedule for Spring Term

Voting members present: Pat Ball (via phone), Nancy Barbour, Isabelle Brock, Filix Maisch, Bob Paasch, Dana Sanchez, Inara Scott, Bill Smyth, Rorie Spill Solberg
Voting members absent: Natalie Dollar, McKenzie Huber, Weihong Qiu
Ex-Officio members present: Academic Affairs – Heath Henry, WIC Director – Vicki Tolar Burton

  1. Category II Proposals
    • No Discussion Needed
      • FES 486/586 (WIC)
        • Approved
    • Discussion Needed
      • SOIL 395
        • Verbatim statements are required
        • Many of the questions were left largely unanswered and had to be sent back for revisions       
        • The course is a Science/Tech/Soc (STS) course and the requested change is to make it a WIC course, in addition to STS
          • Do they have to worry about the 1250 word requirement for STS in addition to the 2,000 words required by WIC?
            • The committee noticed that the writing component for the course was actually very large at around 7,000 words.
              • Is that too much for students who are looking to fill their general education requirement?
        • They meet the three of the outcomes but they don’t seem to meet the multi-disciplinary requirement
        • It was discussed that students cannot meet both their STS and WIC requirement at the same time with this course; they have to pick which requirement they will be meeting.
        • It was discussed that there are 8 other courses that are both STS and WIC so it is not unheard of for a class to have both.
        • How STS outcomes are assessed is not discussed in the syllabus, but the WIC matrix is there.
          • It looks as if they added the WIC requirements to an existing syllabus without making any other changes. This means there are differences in formatting and is not consistent.
            • Approve with suggestions for changes to make the syllabus easier for students to read and more consistent. Warn the originator that making the course a WIC could limit enrollment. STS and WIC also serve different purposes.
  2. Volunteers Needed
    • Summer Cat II reviews
      • To help alleviate the backlog that is usually present when the new chairs take over
        • Filix Maisch, Dana Sanchez, Rorie Solberg volunteer
          • Please contact the chair if you would like to volunteer
  3. Schedule for Spring Term
    • May 23 – Keep this meeting for now, but it may be cancelled depending on workload.
    • May 30 – Neither chair is available, this session will be cancelled
    • June 6 – This session will be cancelled
    • June 13 – Keep this meeting, final reviews and business will be wrapped up at this meeting.



Minutes prepared by Caitlin Calascibetta