CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION POLICY PROCEEDINGS
The Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee met on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room. Those in attendance were Ernie Wade, William Sandidge, Ruth Hendrick, Muriel Mickles, James Lemons, Jeffrey Laub, Judy Graves, Joey Fronheiser, Margie Jones, Charles Poff, Julie Loving, and Ava Connelly.
Ernie Wade called the meeting to order. The minutes from the October 15, 2012, meeting will be distributed to the committee for approval.
Copies of the proposed curriculum changes being presented were distributed to all committee members.
Dr. Lemons presented the program changes for the Accounting A.A.S. Degree. The proposed changes to this curriculum illustrate how skill sets we have developed are being implemented in terms of curriculum mapping. The rationale for some of these changes was based on looking at the entire evaluation process. The BUS 226/ITE 115 computer requirement will be replaced with ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software due to the extensive use of spreadsheets in the Accounting job market. Also, ENG 112 College Composition II will be added as a requirement in place of ENG 131 Technical Report Writing in order to offer the ENG 111-112 sequence. This will also meet general education requirements and will better prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year university. MTH 152 or higher will be recommended as the mathematics requirement. ECO 120 Survey of Economics is being replaced by ECO 201 or 202 Principles of Economics I or II. ECO 201 is not a prerequisite for ECO 202.
Dr. Laub made a motion to approve the Accounting A.A.S. proposed curriculum. Dr. Mickles seconded the motion. The committee approved the proposed changes.
Dr. Lemons presented the Administrative Support Technology A.A.S. Degree. AST 240 Machine Transcription is being deleted since most office environments do not require this skill set. Medical Machine Transcription is offered in the AST Medical Office Specialization. Editing and formatting skills which are part of AST 240 are taught in other classes in the curriculum. A free elective has been added to provide more flexibility to the curriculum. The restricted elective was expanded to include FIN, HLT, and LGL. There was discussion regarding the minimum number of credits required by the VCCS for the associate of applied science degrees. The credit range set by the VCCS is 65-69.
Ernie Wade made a motion to move forward with this recommendation. The motion was seconded and approved by the committee.
Will Sandidge suggested that a hyperlink be included in the footnotes for each program in the online catalog which will direct students to the Humanities and Social Sciences course listings. Donna Hobbs will be consulted to see if this can be done.
Dr. Lemons discussed the proposed changes to the Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist A.A.S. Degree. The first change is to delete ACC 105 Office Accounting and add a restricted elective. Students will be encouraged to take ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I as their restricted elective. BUS 195 Customer Service was deleted since customer service skills are covered in many of the existing AST courses. The credits were reduced from 68 to 67.
Dr. Mickles made a motion to approve these changes. Margie Jones seconded the motion. The committee approved the proposed changes.
Dr. Lemons then presented the Information Systems Technology A.A.S. Degree. Currently there are three IST specializations – Application Software, Programming, and Web Developer. The proposed curriculum will replace the three specializations. In reviewing the VCCS program viability studies, the number of graduates in these specializations does not meet the VCCS requirement of 11 graduates per year. The proposed curriculum will still meet the needs of business and industry. The electives that have been added to this curriculum will provide flexibility to offer various topics of interest in the subject areas of ITE, ITD, ITP or ITN. A crosswalk of new classes to the former required classes has been developed and will be distributed to Counselors. The curriculum will be implemented Fall 2013.
Ernie Wade made a motion to approve the proposed Information Systems Technology A.A.S. Degree. The proposed curriculum was approved.
Dr. Mickles presented the proposed Communication Design A.A.S. Degree. The program objectives were not consistent with other program objectives listed in the catalog and were not up to date. The purpose, occupational objectives, admission requirements, and program requirements were revised and updated. Admission requirements were revised to include placement testing for mathematics and English. A new requirement included in the curriculum is that students must take an exit exam. The faculty found that due to scheduling difficulties, students were not able to complete the curriculum in two years. A summer session has been added to enable the students to graduate from the program in two years and concentrate on building their portfolios, which will increase their chances of gainful employment. ART 283-284 Computer Graphics I-II were both changed from 4 credits to 3 credits. One Social Science course and one Health/Physical Education course were deleted. A two-credit BUS 195 class will be added as recommended by the Curriculum Advisory Committee. There was discussion about whether BUS 100 Introduction to Business would cover the material needed in the curriculum. Dr. Mickles asked if BUS 165 Small Business Management would meet the business requirement. Dr. Lemons stated that this class was cancelled due to insufficient enrollment the last two times it was offered. Dr. Lemons suggested offering a Business elective. If BUS 100 or a Business Elective is added, the total credits for the curriculum will change from 69 to 66 credits. Dr. Mickles will discuss this with the faculty.
Ernie made a motion to approve the proposed Communication Design A.A.S. Degree with the suggested changes. The committee approved the proposed curriculum.
Dr. Laub presented the proposed Welding Career Studies Certificate. In looking at the students’ assessment results in WEL 127 Pipe Welding II (a 9-hour laboratory class), the faculty felt that they were not getting adequate exposure to welding concepts and fundamentals. It will be replaced with a similar course, WEL 122 Welding II, which is a more general course with lab and lecture. WEL 122 allows the freedom to teach these concepts and to use advanced pipe welding techniques for the laboratory portion of the course. WEL 126 Pipe Welding I and WEL 130 Inert Gas Welding are prerequisites. These prerequisites will be listed in the course descriptions section of the catalog. Evan Abatecola will enter the prerequisites into Peoplesoft.
Ernie made a motion to approve the proposed Welding Career Studies Certificate. The Committee approved the proposed curriculum.
Dr. Laub then discussed the proposed Machine Shop Certificate. These changes are being proposed to meet the Chancellor’s credit-hour guidelines by eliminating 5 credits. This program only requires 15 percent of general education courses. PSY 120 Human Relations and BUS 226/ITE 115 were eliminated. Computer concepts are covered in other courses in the program. SDV 100 College Success Skills was added.
Ernie Wade made a motion to approve the proposed Machine Shop Certificate. The committee approved the proposed changes.
Dr. Laub reviewed the proposed changes to the Machine Tool Diploma and Machine Tool and Quality Diploma. The BUS 226/ITE 115 computer requirement, the free elective, and the Social Science Elective were deleted. These changes will reduce both diplomas from 69 to 60 credits to meet the Chancellor’s credit-hour guidelines.
Ernie Wade made a motion to approve the proposed Machine Tool Diploma and Machine Tool and Quality Diploma curricula. The committee approved the proposed changes.
The proposed Nuclear Technology A.A.S. Degree was discussed. Dr. Laub explained that AREVA is the sponsor of this program and it is a closed program. The program has been modified from the prior technical studies degree to a standalone degree. Dr. Laub noted that the total credits will be changed from 64 to 65 credits as required by the VCCS. He suggested that the Elective will be increased from 3 credits to 4 credits. A new two-credit course, ITE 116 Survey of Computer Software Applications, is being added to the curriculum. This course covers different operating system commands as opposed to being just Windows-based in order for students to work on different platforms. There was discussion on whether ITE 115 Computer Applications and Concepts would satisfy the computer requirement for AREVA. This would also increase the total credit hours in the program without changing the Elective credits. Dr. Laub will take this back to AREVA and see if they agree with the change. Will Sandidge asked that requests be submitted to the VCCS to obtain new course numbers to replace NUC 195 and the IND 195 courses in this curriculum. He stated that the committee would approve the curriculum with ITE 115, and Dr. Laub will get back to the committee after he contacts AREVA.
Ernie Wade made a motion to approve the proposed Nuclear Technology A.A.S. Degree program with the suggested changes. The committee approved the curriculum.
Will Sandidge asked everyone to make corrections and submit all curriculum changes to Jessica Riddick by April 10.
Ernie Wade thanked everyone for the hard work that was put into making these curriculum changes.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
April 2, 2013
Submitted by Ava Connelly