Meeting Date: 
April 24, 2020
04/24/2020 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Zoom Meeting
  1. Curricular Proposals
    • See Information Items below for instructions to access the CPS and CIM.
    • For new courses and change courses, please remember to review Learning Outcomes, as well as alignment with assessments.
      • Course Proposals
        • The proposals in the attached file will be approved following the April 24, 2020 meeting.
        • The proposals in the attached file will be approved following the May 1, 2020 meeting.
      • Pending Non-course, Non-degree Proposals
        • NOTE: Proposals followed by blue lines indicate they are pending approval by the Curriculum Council co-chairs; proposals followed by orange lines indicate they are pending approval by the Curriculum Council College Rep; and proposals followed by green lines indicate they are with the Graduate Council.
        • The proposals to review are those pending approval by the Curriculum Council co-chairs. The remaining proposals are included to show you what is coming up.
        • Members are asked to please notify Vickie Nunnemaker when ready to present a brief overview of the proposals in their college.
        • Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS) #414
          • Swift was going to discuss with Bradoch, Nave-Abele and Hart on April 17 to determine whether to send back to proposer.
          • Swift indicated that most of the comments were replied to, but not those from Bob Mason.
        • The below proposals were approved by the respective college this week and are now with the Curriculum Council college representative:
          • Computer Science Minor #279
          • Ecological Engineering Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS) #651
          • Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS) #233
          • Pastoral Systems of the World Option #646
          • Resource Economics Minor #62
          • Thermal-Fluid Sciences Graduate Option #224 Note: currently with the Graduate Council college representative
  1. Policies
    • Course Designators – Attached is a proposal to add a new section to clarify Step 3 of the Course Designators Policy.
    • Proposed revision to the Syllabus – Minimum Requirements – Dana Sanchez, Michele Swift
    • Ecampus – Delivery of Instruction
    • Discuss revisions made to policies by other entities, but not reviewed or approved by the Curriculum Council.
  1. May 1 Curricular Deadline
  1. Matters Arising
  1. Report from Registrar – Rebecca Mathern
  1. Report from Undergraduate Programs – Janice Nave-Abele
  1. Report from Co-Chairs – Carol McKiel, Michele Swift

Information Items:


Zoom Connection

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Meeting Schedule 
May 1 ~ Zoom
May 8 ~ Zoom



Degree Proposals

  • Artificial Intelligence MS, MEng, PhD #107212  – New Degree Program Proposal – Carol McKiel, Mina Ossiander
    • 11/20/19 – Approved by Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee; pending Graduate Council review
    • 2/4/2020 – Pending originator response to Graduate Council concerns; Graduate Council approved 2/13/2020
    • 4/1/2020 – Pending originators response to Curriculum Council concerns

  • College of Business, School of Design and Human Environment (DHE) #108435 – Termination of an Academic Unit Proposal Jake Hamblin, Seri Robinson
    • 3/4/2020 – Curriculum Council discussed and had many questions; M Swift will send concerns to J. Coakley
    • 4/1/2020, 4/23/2020 – Pending originators response  to Curriculum Council concerns

  • Energy Policy Online Graduate Certificate #106319 – New Certificate Program Proposal Carol McKiel, Yumie Takata
    • 11/21/2019 – Budgets & Fiscal Planning Committee returned to originator
    • 2/17/2020  – pending B&FP approval
    • 2/26/2020; 4/1/2020 – Curriculum Cncl discussed & is forwarding concerns to Grad Council. Issues: 2 of 3 core courses are slash courses and 9 of 13 electives are slash courses; 6 of 14 electives are required; not measurable LOs for all objectives; need to clean up verbiage; letters of support are weak; and 501 Research and Scholarship is a capstone – is this appropriate?
    • 4/22/2020 – pending originator response to Graduate Cncl inquiry

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management BS, HBS #676 – Undergraduate Major – Carol McKiel, Jane Nichols
    • 2/27/2020; 4/1/2020 – pending approval by Budgets & Fiscal Planning
    • 4/16/2020 – pending Curriculum Council approval
    • 5/1/2020 – Curriculum Council discussion

  • Urban Agriculture #107200, New Certificate Program Proposal – Mina Ossiander, Terry Rooker   
    • 1/9/2020 – Proposal sent back to originator  by Budgets & Fiscal Planning
    • 2/17/2020; 4/22/2020 – Pending  originator response to Budgets & Fiscal Planning concerns

Non-degree, Non-course Proposals

  • Education Graduate Major (EDD, EDM, MS, PhD) #353
    • 4/21/2020 – Approved by Curriculum Council

  • Natural Resources Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS) #15
    • 4/21/2020 – Approved by Curriculum Council


  • Credits/Contact Hours
    • Students earning 4 credits for 3 contact hours – Rebecca Mathern; See background information.
    • On April 10, 2020, Takata requested from Mathern for more information/clarification about the contact hour definition for waivers, specifically by sharing the Federal policy/agreement on contact hours that OSU signs off.
  • 2/26/2020 – Foreign Language Deficiency – Invite A. Gitelman and N. Buckley related to German 100.
  • Hybrid Courses – G. Beach requested to revise based on 4/17/18 CC comments; req 4/26/18
    • 9/24/19 – Cub Kahn, Shannon Riggs and Gary Beach reviewing the final draft
    • 11/1/19 – Tentatively scheduled to be discussed
    • 11/?/19 – A. Gitelman & L. Templeton to review – no review mtg scheduled
    • 2/26/2020 – R. Mathern will talk with her team, A. Gitelman, Financial Aid and J. Bunnage to determine what it would take to implement the policy; she will then review with Curriculum Council within a month.
    • 2/26/2020 – Once the Hybrid Course Policy is approved, discuss the issues related to a course designated as face-to-face, but the instructor chooses to place a large amount of the course material online, is this allowed? Is there a policy that addresses this situation? C. McKiel is communicating concerns to R. Mathern.
  • Majors – 5/23/2018 –  Action: Tabled R. Mathern will resolve some of the CIM issues; needs to relate to Academic Regulations; CC will review after revised
    • Not approved in 2017-2018 ~VN
    • 2/26/19 – to be finalized after the CIM rollout
  • Minimum Class Size – 5/23/2018 – Action: R. Mathern will work over the 2018 summer to create a more coherent policy
    • 1/18/2019 – Mathern will determine from Gitelman if review needed prior to accreditation
    • 2/26/2019 – per RM and A. Gitelman – HOLD – will not be reviewed prior to accreditation visit
  • Minors 5/23/2018 – Action: R. Mathern and M. Ossiander will review over the 2018 summer and propose combining Minors and Options
    • Review on 2/22/19 with Options (tentative)
  • Non-credit Coursework Policy – Prem Mathew is requesting review
    • 2/1/19 – subcommittee of P. Mathew, P. Diebel, R. Mathern, R. Garagnani, L. Shirley will draft a structure for the CC to review
  • Options – 5/9/2018 – Tabled until recommendations from Rebecca and Mina are brought forward for consideration – this likely won’t occur until Fall 2018s
    • Review on 2/22/2019 with, or after, Minors (tentative)

Undergraduate Academic Program Reviews

  • Dept. of Ag Ed & Ag Science – early to mid-April 2020
  • American Studies B.S. –  Reviewers: Candice Clark, Allen Thompson – this is an OSU-Cascades-only degree, and the site visit will take place at OSU-Cascades April 21-23, 2019
  • Environmental Sciences B.S. (tentatively scheduled week of February 3-8 March 18-20, 2019 – APA is working on securing external reviewers) – Rebecca Mathern, Carol McKiel Terry Rooker

Course Designators

  • AI Course Designator
    • 10/18/19 – Curriculum Council voted to send back for additional information to strengthen the proposal, more rationale for why a distinct course designator is needed, and to wait for the program proposal to make its way through the CPS so both the course designator and program proposal can be considered in conjunction.
    • 11/1/19 – C. McKiel will again advise the originator of the following Curric Cncl action: “The Curriculum Council is not rejecting the AI course designator, but would like to review the course designator in tandem with the new program proposal once it arrives in the CC system.”
    • 3/18/2020 – Curriculum Cncl reviewer’s returned degree proposal to originator; course designator to be considered  in conjunction with the degree proposal


  • Accreditation Standards
    • 11/1/19 – Registrar’s Office annually runs a credit-hour review report to identify discrepancies between a course’s hours and credits. Registrar requests that the CC members review the identified discrepancies. Following review, CC, members to decide if J. Bunnage from accreditation should come to a CC meeting to discuss the discrepancies and possible resolutions.

  • SWLF waiver of 1 cr when courses moved from 3 to 4 credits due to lack of classroom space. 3/2/20
  • Discuss review and approval of Ecampus proposals
  • Professional Degrees Workgroup appointed during 2/22/2019 CC meeting
    • Members: Gary Beach, Theresa Filtz, Lisa Ganio, Rosemary Garagnani, Rebecca Mathern, Ann Zweber

  • Undergraduate Academic Program Review/Unit Review Discussion
    • The January 15 discussion summary is in BOX.  

  • Alix Gitelman (below topics were not discussed 2/19/2020):
    • Is there a university policy related to course learning outcomes?
    • Definition of a Lab, Recitation, etc.

Note: blue, bolded text indicates dates items were approved or dispensed with.