AFLS Curriculum Minutes -- Jan. 25, 2008

Minutes of the DBAFLS Curriculum Agriculture Subcommittee Meeting
January 25, 2008 – Entomology Conference Room

1. Chair Donn Johnson called the meeting to order at 1:40 pm. Members in attendance were Ed Gbur (AGST), Donn Johnson (HORT), Dave Miller (CSES), Luke Parsch (AEAB), Curt Rom (HORT), Rick Rorie (ANSC for Hayden Brown), Craig Rothrock (PLPT), Freddie Scott (AGED), Ya-Jane Wang (FDSC), Donna Graham (Dean's Office).

2. The agenda was approved as distributed. The minutes from the November 16, 2007 meeting were approved as distributed.

3. Hayden Brown was elected as secretary for 2008 and will serve as chair for 2009.

4. Dean's Office report.
(a) A one FTE reduction has been achieved beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, primarily through courses being offered on an every other year basis. A list of changes will be distributed.
(b) This semester there are approximately 50 courses in the College which are being offered with low enrollment.
(c) Prerequisites for undergraduate courses and the undergraduate sections of dual enrollment courses are being enforced at the campus level. This semester 457 students were given course overrides because they did not satisfy the necessary prerequisites. Departments should consider whether or not courses where overrides are often given should have prerequisites changed or deleted.
5. Old business.
(a) After a great deal of discussion including the idea of two separate courses being taught at the same time as opposed to one 4000-level course with dual enrollment, changes to POSC 5922 and the new course POSC 4923 passed the second reading on a 5-4 vote. Alternative equivalent prerequisites for POSC 4923 will be added to broaden the potential undergraduate audience.

(b) HORT 3503 passed the second reading unanimously.
6. New business.
(a) Proposed changes to ENTO 4123 Insect Pest Management were introduced. The lab session will be deleted, the prerequisite ENTO 3013 will be removed and the description will be changed to reflect the current content more closely. The proposal passed the first reading unanimously. The proposal passed the first reading unanimously. Donna Graham said these course changes can now be done directly online and do not require approval before this committee.
(b) Donn Johnson asked if this committee needs to be thinking about possible curriculum topics to address during the Division of Agriculture Gathering on 5-7 January 2009. Donn will discuss this idea with Mary Savin, co-chair of that Gathering, and report in February.
7. Announcements.
(a) Dave Miller announced that CSES will have 10 to 12 seniors take the Soil Science Society of America's National Soils Exam. The department will pay the exam fee and will use the results as part of their program assessment.
8. The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.