AFLS Curriculum Minutes -- March 30, 2007

DBAFLS College Curriculum Committee Minutes 30 March 2007

Approved: 25 May 2007

1. Call to order at 12:30pm by Chair, Curt Rom
∗ Attendance (department representing): Lucas Parsch (AEAB), Freddie Scott (AGED), Hayden Brown (ANSC), Thomas Costello (BAEG), Dave Miller (CSES), Donn Johnson (Committee Secretary; ENTO), Ya-Jane Wang (FDSC), Curt Rom (HORT), Jason Emmert (POSC), Alice Griffin (AFLS), Donna Graham (AFLS)
∗ Not Attending: Craig Rothrock (PLPT), Tim Killian (HESC), Ed Gbur (AGST)
∗ Invited Guests: Mary Warnock (HESC) and Randy Luttrell (ENTO)
2. Review and approval of Agenda as is

3. Old Business
A. Approved minutes with a change noted on p. 2 bullet one to change "tour" to "tourism". Moved, seconded and approved as revised.
B. AEAB (Parsch):
1. AGEC 5713 Food Safety Law – an on-line course – see minutes first reading from 23 February 2007. Clarified that non-degree and on-campus students could register for this course and that it is offered every third spring. Moved, seconded and approved the second reading.
2. AFLS Global Agricultural Food and Life Sciences Minor. Second reading of proposed changes to this minor curriculum. Noted a couple problems: the curriculum for this Minor was too flexible and too vague as written. The proposal: deletes the AGEC 402V Special Topics course from the list of possible core courses and electives; adds two courses HESC 4653 Global Travel and Tourism Management and AFLS 3313H Global Issues to the list of core courses and controlled electives; and merges two sets of elective courses into one. Also discussed the problem of multi-lingual students completing the 12 credits of foreign language requirement using one of their home languages. Suggested that Ray Barclay needs to identify an ad hoc committee for this International Programs minor. Moved, seconded and approved second reading.
B. New Business
1. AGED – Program change to ASTM concentration and minor with addition elective list of ENSC 3603 GIS for environmental science and delete ENSC 3263/3260L Environmental Soil and Water Conservation from elective list. First reading was moved, seconded and approved with the request that AGED department check on the impact of this change on other departments.
2. FDSC 4011 Undergraduate Seminar course was first recommended to be inactivated but a friendly amendment suggested this course be deleted –Moved, seconded and approved.
3. We also had a short discussion about the list of inactive courses that have not been taught in the last 5 years and learned that courses on this list will be deleted after 5 years of inactivity.
4. No other new business
5. Report from the Dean's Office: Associate Dean Donna Graham discussed several items:
• Course cleanup
• Catalog has been revised and submitted for printing
• You can search the U of AR web page for Self-Study to find our Self-Study Assessment document
• Some involved in review of management plan at a Dean's retreat.
• New signature line added on "Course Change Form" at bottom. Departments should have it forwarded to department impacted by a change in other colleges.
• Clearing students for graduation – advisors should not procrastinate on getting documentation for course substitutions to Alice in the Dean's office.
• Every department has their own policy on requirements for communication credits varying from 12 to 15 – when a student is exempt from Comp I and II you can substitute
• Accuracy of degree Check sheets was discussed
6. Report on National Leadership Summit
• Randy Luttrell – talked about the fact that Agriculture Education may need to change in the future to be more relevant.
• Curt Rom – made an observation that Tyson or Wal-Mart do not hire Agriculture College graduates because they think we train technicians not managers. We may need to adjust our curriculum to ensure that more students are hired in more managerial positions. Our Agriculture courses apparently are not accepted as potential service courses to other colleges, especially the Business College on campus. However, our College does have attributes such as a strong Undergraduate research program and internet courses.
• Mary Warnock – described interdisciplinary as a means to work with Biology colleagues or Extension. Noted that there is a difference between interdisciplinary and integrated: need to work with each other in our college and other colleges and have students take other courses in other colleges. Need to get colleges to review courses and get rid of duplications among colleges. We need to be training for the world of work – are we doing this and getting our students jobs. Journey without maps – need to be able to integrate diversity in gender, race, discipline and be able to think globally/ creative/ value/ diversity/ responsible/ be flexible/ interact cooperatively. Industry/ deans/ presidents/ faculty/ and student representatives indicated that Internship(s) were a must for any major and any curriculum. No one at the meeting agreed on a process for Promotion and Tenure.
• Donna Graham – We need to force people to look at their curriculum. Most students lack knowledge of activities of all departments in college and University. We know our College problems but we need to ask: Are we addressing skills? Are we integrating skills? How do we represent ourselves about contributions to Agriculture to the University and to the globe? We need to think globally. What does our College provide our students that prepares them for a global economy? Colleges are doing many activities but the Summit attendees asked: Are we doing what we are supposed to do? How can we better evaluate our own programs? How do we promote our various career opportunities? Are we going to take time to think about ways to adapt to change?
• Alice Griffin - Retention retreat – institute research page (National Survey of Student Engagement) has Bumpers College leading University of Arkansas campus in advising.
• Curt Rom - Land grant system was created 160 years ago. We have had the same departments in some cases for over 100 years. Have we accomplished our Land grant system objectives and do we need to evolve as a system or College? We need to market our College better. We are not getting the brightest students in our College and not many students in other Colleges take our courses. We need to find out how we need to adapt our curriculum to get students to bridge disciplines – to integrate. How can we change this situation? We need to learn how the needs of our clientele are changing. Emerging issues include: food safety, obesity, global climate, biofuels, and environmental abuse. Is our College changing curriculum to train people to deal with these emerging issues? Thus, is each degree program still relevant? Is each department still valid? Can we have a state-wide summit (2-3 days) on comparing curriculum to clientele training needs? What steps do we need to take institutionally?
• Luttrell says –counting of students in courses is not a productive administrative goal.
• Graham – we need to squelch misimpressions of our College, educate those in other Colleges, and initiate a positive College dialog. It was noted that there is too much paperwork leaving inadequate amounts of time for creativity. Any consensus that we should have a state summit on curriculum?
• Rom suggests Hypotheses: Is our curriculum still relevant? What do we do to make it more relevant? Need to get input from former students and clientele.


Addendum: DBCAFLS Faculty Council (FAC) Meeting on 13 April 2007

Donn Johnson presented the report of the DBCAFLS Curriculum Committee for February/March 2007 at the DBCAFLS Faculty Council Meeting. Fred Stephen (ENTO) asked: Why was HORT 4603 Practical Landscape Design being changed from UG/Grad to UG only? He thought anyone could take a 4000-level course for Grad credit. Dean Donna Graham noted that there are several 4000-level courses listed for UG only and that a faculty can refuse to offer a 4000-level class for Grad credit. There was a short discussion and FAC committee members decided to approve the change for HORT 4603 to UG only status. Recommendations for seven other changes to courses or AFLS International Programs Minor as listed in the report were accepted. However, Gene Milus (PLPA) requested that the deletion process for PLPA 5532 Science Professionalism be terminated. Gene stated that the request to delete was an overreaction by PLPA department to recent low enrollment in this course. The PLPA department expects better enrollment in the future and plans to keep this course listed. The FAC members accepted Gene's request to remove the recommendation to delete PLPA 5532 Science Professionalism.