CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION POLICY PROCEEDINGS
The Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee met on June 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room. In attendance were Ava Connelly, Kimberly French, Judy Graves, Jim Lemons, Brent Lester, Muriel Mickles, Kris Ogden, Charles Poff, and Will Sandidge. Those absent were Ruth Hendrick, Matthew Poteat and Ernie Wade.
Jim Lemons, who chaired the meeting in Ernie Wade’s absence, called the meeting to order. The minutes from the April 7, 2014, meeting were distributed. Jeff Laub made a motion to approve the minutes. Judy Graves seconded the motion. The minutes were approved.
Engineering Fundamentals Career Studies Certificate
Jeff Laub presented the proposed Engineering Fundamentals Career Studies Certificate. This curriculum offers a variety of courses that relate to engineering, math, and chemistry. It has been designed in cooperation with the XLR8 STEM Academy to meet the needs of their students and the employers who sponsor the students in their internships. Kimberly French asked if CHM 101 is being offered only for the dual enrolled STEM Academy students. Jeff stated that the course has been offered before, but not very often. The reason CHM 101 is in this curriculum is because of the math level required to take CHM 111. The students are not ready to take CHM 111. These courses will be entered in the college catalog since they are now part of a degree plan. Kris Ogden asked if all of the courses were existing courses and if they are being taught on the main campus. Jeff indicated that they are in the VCCS Master Course File and are taught on the main campus. This program is under the Engineering Technology umbrella and would not constitute a substantive change.
Muriel Mickles made a motion to approve the curriculum with the recommended formatting changes. Charles Poff seconded the motion. The curriculum was approved with recommended changes.
Mechatronics Career Studies Certificate
The Mechatronics Career Studies Certificate was tabled.
Emergency Medical Services A.A.S. Degree
Jim Lemons discussed the proposal to add a Fire Science Specialization to the Emergency Medical Services A.A.S. Degree. There are no changes to the Paramedic Specialization. The Fire Science Specialization was requested by representatives from the local Fire and EMS agencies at the recent EMS Curriculum Advisory Committee Meeting to meet their need for additional personnel. The curriculum is based on the Fire Science Technology common curriculum developed by the VCCS. The first year of the Fire Science Specialization and the Paramedic Specialization are identical. However, the second year differs by 15 credits. The courses that were selected for this specialization are specific courses recommended by the National Fire Academy as core courses in an associate degree program.
Jeff made a motion to approve the specialization with recommended formatting changes. Muriel seconded the motion. The specialization was approved.
Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S. Degree
Jim presented the proposed change to the Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S. Degree. The Medical Laboratory Technology Curriculum Advisory Committee made the recommendation to replace MTH 146 Introduction to Elementary Statistics with MTH 157 Elementary Statistics. MTH 157 provides a broader statistical background, is more readily transferable, and meets the mathematics requirement for the General Education Certificate if the students wish to continue in a transfer degree program. CVCC now has an articulation agreement with The University of Virginia to accept 100 percent of the Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy programs in their Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management program. The MTH course they recommend is MTH 157. UVA also plans to include the Paramedic A.A.S. Degree program in this agreement.
Muriel made a motion to approve the curriculum with suggested formatting changes. Judy seconded the motion. The curriculum was approved.
Will stated that these curriculum changes need to be included in the online catalog after Local Board approval. The next meeting is July 16. Will asked the deans to look at courses that have been offered as “Topics in” courses and submit a proposal to the VCCS for new course approval.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Submitted by Ava Connelly
JUNE 5, 2014