HESC Curriculum Minutes -- Oct. 6, 2006

School of Human Environmental Sciences
Curriculum Meeting Minutes
October 6, 2006

Voting Faculty Present: Laurie Apple, Lorna Harding, Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg, Tim Killian, Cat Wallack, Kelly Way, Jennifer Webb, Peggy Whan

Ex-Officio Present: Mary Warnock

Others Present: Dean Graham and Alice Griffin

Meeting was called to order by chair, Tim Killian at 2:40 p.m.

1) Approval of Minutes
Minutes from the September 20, 2006 meeting were presented for approval. Jennifer Webb moved that the minutes be approved as written. Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg seconded the motion. The vote was unanimous to approve the minutes.

2) Old Business

a) Interior Design Minor
Cat Wallack stated that the proposed minor would have 33 hours. There was some concern voiced about this. Dean Graham stated that this was about two times as many hours as was standard, with 15-20 hours being the norm with other minors. She stated that justification would need to be included when the request is submitted. Jennifer Webb added that the intent was to collaborate with Architecture to work with their students who were seeking a minor in IDES. These students need the foundation of the studio class before they can be successful in the lecture portion of the class. There is concern within the IDES area that without appropriate studio preparation, the students will not be successful. The architecture students have the foundational knowledge to allow them to be successful. Dean Graham added that maybe this should be presented as a pre-requisite situation. There was discussion as to who the target audience was for this proposal. Cat stated that this minor was targeted at architecture students and other students who had decided that they did not want to continue in the IDES program. This would allow these students to keep the hours that they had already taken and apply them towards a degree. Jennifer agreed with this and furthered the discussion with the fact that many of the students who leave IDES would be able to use the minor if they went into art, marketing, or sales. Cat noted that the architecture department is enthusiastic about this venture. Dean Graham stated that there would have to be complete justification provided for this proposal, with supporting letters from possible collaborating areas (i.e. architecture, art, etc.) Dean Graham also asked how many students would choose this option. Cat answered that a "handful" (2-3 per year) would choose the option. Dean Graham stated that she would find the paperwork necessary for this and get it distributed. It was moved by Jennifer Webb that this item be tabled at this time. Peggy Whan seconded the motion. The vote to table the item was unanimous.

b) Changes to HDFS Check List
Tim Killian stated that this request was to change the HDFS check sheet by removing the computer course requirement. Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg made the motion to accept the request as a second reading. Jennifer Webb seconded the motion.

3) New Business

a) Standing Meeting Times
It was decided that Friday, 1:30 p.m. meetings were good for the group. Tim Killian stated that there would be coordination with the Faculty Council meetings, so as to accommodate any members who would be involved with that group.

b) Proposed Principles of Tourism Course
This proposal, presented by Kelly Way, was to add an Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism course. Dean Graham asked why this had not been done before. She also asked if this would be a duplication of any courses already in existence. Mary Warnock asked if this would incorporate more of the recreation side. Kelly stated that this was the case and that by doing so, this would assist the students when they take other hospitality classes. It was noted that this is not an intrusion on any classes being offered by recreation. This is actually a joint venture with the recreation department. Dean Graham asked for clarification that this is not actually adding classes, but taking away from the electives. Kelly and Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg agreed that this was the case. Dean Graham reported that there is a crack down on campus about adding courses. If a course is added, it is expected that a course will be taken away. Tim Killian confirmed, for the committee, that the request was: 1) adding a course to the curriculum; 2) changing the program. The motion was made by Kelly Way to add a course and change the program. Jennifer Webb seconded the motion. All members were in favor of the motion.

c) Intensive Communications Requirements
This was presented by Alice Griffin as a point of clarification. No action from the committee was needed. Information only item.

d) Catalog Clean-Up
Dean Graham urged everyone to start early to get the catalog cleaned up. Faculty are being urged to check their spring 2007 class schedules to be sure that all of their classes are showing up correctly. There was no committee action required on this item.

e) Cross-Listed Classes
Dean Graham asked why there are cross-listed classes. She stated that the credit hours follow the instructor and the credit hours for students go to the college. Peggy Whan stated that the cross-listing of classes might be necessary for accreditation purposes. Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg replied that cross-listed classes are not necessary for that purpose. There was further discussion on this matter, but no committee action was required on this item.

f) Learning Outcomes
Dean Graham told the group that there is a self-study for accreditation going on which will last for approximately one year. This self-study primarily deals with learning outcomes. She told the group that each area and faculty member will need to look at their program and see how their courses meet the outcomes. Old assessments will need to be reviewed, asking how to move toward new assessments. Dean Graham further stated that she wants to take time to make sure that this process is completed correctly. She told the group that other North Central schools are way ahead of the University of Arkansas in developing learning outcomes. Mary Warnock asked which schools this included. Dean Graham gave Iowa State, Michigan State, and California schools as examples. She also pointed out that many of the schools have documentation readily accessible on their web sites.

g) Change to APST Program
Laurie Apple presented the proposed curriculum changes for the APST area. She stated that the changes proposed are as follows:

1) HESC 2013 (Quality Assessment) – Removal of co-requisite and add HESC 2053 as a pre-requisite
2) HESC 3013 (Introduction to Fashion Merchandising) – Should be offered in spring semester
3) HESC 3033 (Fashion Merchandising Methods) – Add pre-requisite of MATH 1203
4) HESC 4033 (Advanced Textile Study) – Should be offered in fall semester
5) HESC 4043 (History of Apparel) – Change wording to read "and" instead of "or" for HESC 1013 pre-requisite
6) HESC 4053 (Contemporary Apparel) – Remove HESC 3033 as pre-requisite and add "or consent"
7) HESC 4903 (Recent Advances in Manufacturing and Merchandising ) – Should be offered in fall semester

She also stated that a change was needed in HESC 2023 (Visual Merchandising). The proposal would change the current class format of 1 hour lecture/4 hours lab to 2 hours lecture/2 hours lab. Peggy Whan asked how this would be scheduled. Laurie stated that she thought that it would be a large lecture with smaller labs, but added that she was only bringing the proposal to the group. Dean Graham stated that a more expanded course objective, with the grading component incorporated should be included. Tim Killian asked when the change to this part of the proposal would need to take place. Laurie stated that she believed that it should be fall 2007.

All of the above items were discussed and it was suggested that "or consent" should be removed from HESC 4053.

A call was made for a vote for a first reading, noting that the suggested change would be made. Laurie Apple made the motion and Jennifer Webb seconded the motion. All members were in favor of the motion.

4) Tabled Items

a) HESC 1501 Orientation
It was decided that this item would be left tabled at this time.

5) Adjournment
With no further business to discuss, Tim Killian asked for a motion to adjourn. Marjorie Fitch-Hilgenberg made the motion to adjourn. Jennifer Webb seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 3:00 p.m.