Meeting Date: 
October 31, 2018
10/31/2018 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
442 Austin Hall
Event Description: 

A PDF of the agenda can be found here.


Anticipated absence: Richard Nafshun
Remote participants: Andrew Ketsdever
Early departure: Mina Ossiander


1. Curricular Policies and Procedures – Reviewing and Updating

  • Special Topics
    • Since there was no prior approval date on the policy, Vickie inquired of Caryn Stoess in APA whether this was a new policy. Caryn’s response was: This is not a new policy, but unfortunately the origin of the text is not included in any of our records. I’ve been able to track this policy back to a 2013 archive of the APA page, but I expect it existed well before then.
      • Caryn did find a definition from the 2018-19 catalog:
        • Special Topics Courses (X99): Like reserved numbered courses, special topics courses may be repeated as specified by the academic unit responsible for the course offering. It is implied that the course content is different each time the student takes the course. In the schedule of classes, section titles are listed as "ST/" followed by the topic covered in the section.
      • Although there are no approval dates, Caryn indicated that both APA and the Office of the Registrar have reviewed this policy – turn on Track Changes to view the blue text on the attachment which indicates their

2. Category II Proposals

  • The proposals in the attached file will be approved following the October 31, 2018 meeting.
  • The proposals in the attached file will be approved following the November 7, 2018 meeting.

3. Matters Arising

4. Report from Co-Chairs – Carol McKiel, Allen Thompson

5. Report from Academic Programs and Assessment – Gary Beach

Information Items:

  • Please advise Vickie at [email protected] if you’ll miss a meeting.
  • Curriculum Proposals – The Curriculum Proposal System can be found at To access Curriculum Council proposals, select Curriculum Council Chair in the ‘Review Group’ box, then click on ‘Search’ below the boxes; the proposals will be listed below the ‘Search’ button.
  • All materials distributed during a meeting shall be forwarded electronically to Vickie Nunnemaker prior to the meeting to ensure that remote participants also receive the materials.


  • Cat I Proposals
    • BA/BS Arts, Media & Technology #103310 (New degree) – Jake Hamblin, Michele Swift
      • HOLD until the ‘Canceled’ status is removed; HOLD removed 4/13/18
      • 4/25/18 – CC discussed and requested additional information
      • Tabled until 5/1/18 when additional information was requested.
      • 5/9/18 – new materials in the proposal included addition of 4-5 brand new courses; being held for submission of Cat IIs for new courses; someone will be invited to discuss the proposal
      • 10/05/18 – Approved by B&FP
      • 10/24/18 – CC discussed and approved

    • MA/MS in Communication #99706 – needs GC approval - Mina Ossiander, Terry Rooker
    • Crop & Soil Science (Ecampus – expedited proposal)
    • Organic Agriculture #100609 – Michael Harte, John Schuna
      • Approved by B&FP; 4/25/18 – GC sent back; 5/2/18 – GC sent back again

  • Policies
    • Hybrid Courses – G. Beach requested to revise based on 4/17/18 CC comments; req 4/26/18
    • 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

    • Minimum Class Size – 5/23/2018 – Action: R. Mathern and A. Thompson will work over the summer to create a more coherent policy
    • Minors - 5/23/2018 – Action: R. Mathern and M. Ossiander will review over the summer and propose combining Minors and Options
    • Options – 5/9/2018 – Tabled until recommendations from Rebecca and Mina are brought forward for consideration – this likely won’t occur until Fall 2018
    • Posthumous Degrees – 5/9/2018 – Tabled until R. Mathern takes this policy to the UEC for input; current policy stands
      • Action: R. Mathern will forward revised verbiage from the UEC to V. Nunnemaker, who will forward for review to the Graduate Council and deans of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.

    • Special Topics – 10/31/2018 – initial discussion

  • Undergraduate Academic Program Reviews
    • Environmental Sciences B.S. (tentatively scheduled during the week of February 3-8 – APA is working on securing external reviewers)
    • Joint review for two undergraduate programs housed in the same department (tentatively scheduled during the week of March 3-8 – APA is working on securing external reviewers): Reviewers: Michael Harte, Michele Swift
      • B.S. Agricultural Business Management
      • B.S. Environmental Economics and Policy

    • Sociology B.A./B.S. (this can be held during Spring term if necessary) Reviewers: Jeff Reimer, Carol McKiel
    • American Studies B.S. – this is an OSU Cascades-only degree, and the site visit will take place at OSU Cascades (Spring term) – Reviewer: TBA

  • Course Designators
  • OP (  ) 6/12/2018 – Curriculum Council tabled until more information is available on the BS in Outdoor Products degree at OSU Cascades ( – there is no academic college identified
    • 10/6/2018 – requested from Ron Reuter if an academic home had been identified; 10/8/2018 – Ron thought it was COF but forwarded msg to Geoff Raynak to confirm or deny. 10/9/2018 – no response yet; 10/17/2018 – tabled – as soon as the code is needed, it will be prioritized on the CC agenda.

  • Miscellaneous
    • Discuss review and approval of Ecampus proposals

Meeting Schedule
November 7 – 128B Kidder Hall
November 14 – 128B Kidder Hall