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2013-09-25

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION POLICY PROCEEDINGS
September 25, 2013
 
 
The Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee met on Wednesday, September 25, at 3 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room.  In attendance were Ernie Wade, William Sandidge, Jeff Laub, Muriel Mickles, Ava Connelly, Brent Lester, Julie Loving, Matthew Poteat, Charles Poff, Jim Lemons, and Larry Scott.  Absent were Joe Csaky, Joey Fronheiser, and Ruth Hendrick.
 
Ernie Wade called the meeting to order.  The minutes of the last meeting were distributed for the committee members to review.  There being no changes, the minutes were approved.
 
Will asked that proposed curriculum changes be e-mailed to the committee members prior to the meetings.  This will give members the opportunity to review them prior to discussing them at the meeting.
 
Jeff Laub presented curriculum changes for the Science, Math, and Engineering Division.
 
Welding Career Studies Certificate.  The Welding Advisory Committee recommended that WEL 126 Pipe Welding I and WEL 122 Welding II be replaced with WEL 141-142 – Welding Qualification Test I-II.  This change will reduce the amount of time and material utilized on pipe welding, while allowing students to gain a broad skill set.  One of the Welding Advisory Committee members stated that his company would be able to hire beginning weld inspectors from the program with this proposed curriculum change.   Will asked about the entry-level Math for this curriculum.  Jeff stated that the threshold for Welding is MTE I, which will be mandated for all students admitted to programs beginning in the fall semester.  Jim suggested that the courses in the curriculum be listed by semester.  Jim made a motion to approve the curriculum.  Will seconded the motion.  The curriculum was approved with the suggested changes.
 
Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science, Mechanical/Industrial Specialization.   The advisory committee recommended that ENV 170 be eliminated in order to reduce the time required to complete the degree and increase retention, while maintaining the integrity of the program.   MTH 115-116 sequence is being replaced with MTH 166 since the content is very similar. MTH 166 meets the prerequisite for both calculus sequences for students wanting to continue their education.    The reduction in credit hours will meet the credit-hour range set by the Chancellor.  Will recommended that ECO 120 be moved to the second semester in order to balance student workload.  Ernie made a motion to approve the curriculum.  Ava seconded the motion.  The curriculum was approved with the suggested changes.
 
Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science, Architectural/Civil Specialization.  CIV 227 and ENV 170 are being eliminated to reduce the number of credit hours and decrease the time required to complete the program.  The advisory committee determined that these courses could be eliminated while maintaining the integrity of the program.  MTH 115-116 sequence is being replaced with MTH 166 since the content is very similar and meets the needs of Engineering Technologists.  MTH 166 meets the prerequisite for both calculus sequences for students wanting to continue their education.   The reduction in credits will meet the credit-hour range set by the Chancellor.  ECO 120 will be moved to second semester to balance student workload. Ernie made a motion to approve the curriculum.  Muriel seconded the motion.  The curriculum was approved with the suggested modifications.
 
Muriel Mickles presented the curriculum change for the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.
 
General Studies Associate of Arts and Sciences.  The General Studies narrative is being expanded to clarify the admission and program requirements and to reinforce transfer requirements.  The expanded narrative will also serve to maximize transferability of the degree by providing more detailed guidance to ensure students select appropriate courses to meet the requirements of the four-year colleges and universities to which they plan to transfer.  Jim made a motion to approve the curriculum.  Ava seconded the motion.  The curriculum was approved with recommended modifications.
 
Jim Lemons presented the curriculum changes for the Business and Allied Health Division.
 
Health Technology – Pre-Nursing I and II Career Studies Certificates.   These proposed changes are being made due to a request by the Dean of the Centra College of Nursing, and to meet the needs of Lynchburg College, Liberty University, and Campbell County Schools nursing students.   The dean requested that PSY 200 and SOC 200 be eliminated and that SDV 100 and HLT 141 be added to the Pre-Nursing I program.  The dean also requested that BIO 205 and MTH 120 be eliminated from the Pre-Nursing II program.  The addition of the Social Science Elective in both programs will allow flexibility to meet the requirements of the nursing programs of Centra College of Nursing, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, and also meet the high school graduation requirements for the Campbell County dual enrollment students.   Counselors will be given the requirements for each of the programs in order to advise students.  Ernie made a motion to approve both curricula.  Charles seconded the motion.  The curricula were approved with the suggested modifications.
 
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science.   The Radiology accrediting agency, JRCERT, requires either a logic or mathematics course.  After assessing the students over the past several years, the faculty believes the students would be better served by taking MTH 120.  A Humanities elective was added to meet the VCCS requirement for an AAS degree.  This increased the total credits to 72, which is within the guidelines set by the Chancellor for health care programs.  Ernie made a motion to approve the curriculum.  Matt seconded the motion.  The curriculum was approved with recommended modifications.
 
Pharmacy Technology Career Studies Certificate.  The Pharmacy Technology Curriculum Advisory Committee recommended that HLT 195 be replaced with a basic computer applications class.  The software utilized in this course is no longer available. The committee believes students need a basic understanding of word processing, spreadsheets, and database management.  BUS 226/ITE 115 will provide students with the appropriate skills.  Ernie made a motion to approve the curriculum.  Muriel seconded the motion.  The curriculum as approve with suggested modifications.
 
Charles Poff volunteered to review all curriculum changes before they are presented to the Local Board.
 
A Curriculum Committee meeting will be held on Monday, October 7, at 3 p.m. to approve additional curriculum changes.  All curriculum changes will be mailed to the Local Board by Dianne Sykes on October 11.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
 
Submitted by  Ava Connelly
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